Friday, January 11, 2019

32 Ways to Write About Fear -Guest Post

32 Ways To Write About Fear


32 Ways To Write About Fear


How do we write about fear in an authentic way?
Fear is a vital response for human beings. If we didn’t feel fear, we couldn’t protect ourselves from threats. Our bodies and brains are wired to treat threats as life-threatening. This triggers an extreme fight-flight-or-freeze response.
Our fears are not solely dependent on instinctive responses. They are also shaped by our societies and cultures, which teach people when to fear and how much to fear.
Sometimes, our fear is unnecessary and we avoid doing things that could be beneficial to us. Sometimes, facing danger can result in lingering  responses that trigger us to act in a certain way, even when the risk is gone.
The same is true for the characters we create. When we write about fearful characters, we should remember to write about them in a realistic way.
Here are 32 things to consider when you write about fear:

A)  Physical Reactions

When we are afraid, we have these reactions:
  1. An accelerated breathing rate
  2. An accelerated heart rate
  3. Increased muscle tension
  4. Goose bumps
  5. Sweating
  6. Increased blood glucose
  7. Increased white blood cells
  8. Sleep disturbances
  9. Butterflies in the stomach
  10. Difficulty concentrating
  11. Difficulty swallowing
  12. Dizziness
All of these responses help us to survive by either running away or fighting. Use these physical reactions to show your character is afraid.

B)  Body Language

In your body language, signs of fear include:
  1. Hunching shoulders
  2. Shrinking away
  3. Open mouth
  4. Wide eyes
  5. Shaking
  6. Trembling
  7. Freezing
  8. Wrapping arms around oneself
  9. Shaking hands
  10. Rocking from side to side

C)  Rational Or Irrational?

  1. Fear is rational. It is a reasonable response to danger.
  2. Phobias are irrational. They are persistent, irrational fears of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it. Read: Writing About Characters With Phobias

D)   Ways to create conflict

There are three classic ways people respond to fear. They fight, flee, or freeze. Use these responses to create suspense in your book.
  1. Fight – choose when your characters would reasonably stay to confront the danger.
  2. Flight – choose when your character would reasonably choose to run away.
  3. Freeze – choose when your character would realistically become paralyzed with fear.
Use these three responses at different times to show different aspects of your character. Use them when they suit your plot.

E)  The Importance of Fear in Plotting

As a writer, you can use fear to move the plot forward in many ways:
  1. You can create a fearful situation to move a plot forward.
  2. You can literally change the setting by making characters move to avoid a threat.
  3. You can increase or decrease the pace of a story by introducing a threat.
  4. You can show another facet of the character in the way he or she reacts to fear.
  5. You can use it to show growth. Characters can look at the way fear made them act and change their behaviour.
Top Tip: If you want to learn how to write a book, join our Writers Write course in Johannesburg or sign up for our online course.
© Amanda Patterson
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Blessings,
Elva Martin
Elva Cobb Martin is vice-president of the South Carolina Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers. She is a former school teacher and a graduate of Anderson University and Erskine College. She has two inspirational novels published with Lighthouse Publishers of the Carolinas. Summer of Deception, a contemporary romantic suspense, and an historical romance, In a Pirate’s Debt. Both have spent time on Amazon’s 100 Best Sellers List for Women’s Religious Fiction. She has indie published a Bible study on Amazon, Power Over Satan, on the  believer's authority in Christ. Decision, Charisma, and Home Life have carried Elva's articles. She and her husband Dwayne are semi-retired ministers. A mother and grandmother, Elva lives in South Carolina. Connect with her on her web site http://www.elvamartin.com,on Twitter www.twitter.com/ElvaCobbMartin; Facebook http://www.facebook.com/elvacobbmartin;  and Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/elvacobbmartin    
 Link to her romance novels and non-fiction works on Amazon:http://amzn.to/2pOgVHI

Friday, January 4, 2019

Writers' January Prayer & Fast - Part 2 Five Prayer Points

by Elva Cobb Martin

For Part 1 click here http://bit.ly/2GSzoja


Below are five prayer points to help you draw close to God during whatever fast you choose to do. My fave fast is to fast all meats, all sweets, secular TV, movies for at least one week. This will cleanse your body from a lot of toxins and your mind from culture contamination--and bless you spiritually! And there are plenty of great vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains, eggs, etc. to choose from. God's original diet he gave mankind in Gen. 1:29 was a vegetarian diet and they lived hundreds of years. 

These five prayer points are based on James 4:7 "Submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee."


1) Draw close, submit to God and humble yourself
In true repentance for any backsliding, slackness, unforgiveness, anger, jealousy

In all manner of prayer (petition, confession, intercession, binding and loosening (spiritual warfare)and your prayer language, if you have one.

Start your annual Bible Read through plan

Meditate, memorize scripture

Read other Christian growth books (you’ve got time now, without TV). Check out my mini-book on Spiritual Warfare prayer at this link: http://amzn.to/2xwObpT  If you'd like a free eBook of Power Over Satan, leave your request in a comment below or contact me through my web site at www.elvamartin.com.


Keep a prayer journal (notebook) daily. Start out with thanks and praise, then list prayer needs and jot down texts of God's promises. I have prayer journals that go back years and track so many important moves in our lives. God's plans.

2) Ask the Lord to reveal and change whatever needs to be changed in your life.
Stewardship of your body (diet, exercise), your time, and your money and talents

Determine to show God’s love and kindness to all

Be a better witness and seek first the Kingdom of God

Determine to speak right words of faith (Prov. 18:21) and hope vs. negativism, doubt, fear. Speak the Word of God over needs. Bless others. Call forth seeds of greatness in those others are tearing down.




3) Petitions – List your needs and write scripture promises for each one in your journal

Your family and lost family members

The church pastor and church family

Health issues

Financial needs, getting out of debt, wisdom to plan

Other personal needs. If a writer, like me, ask the Lord to guide and bless your efforts, your computer, your time, and give you divine connections to those who can assist you. Plant seeds of help to others. Harvest will come just when you need it.

4) Pray for our Nation, Our Leaders, and a Great Awakening


The President, His Cabinet, Congress, Pentagon, city and state leaders

Our schools blessing and protection

Ask God to deliver all unborn babies slated for abortion and turn our nation against murder of the unborn.

Ask God to protect our soldiers, law officers, and firemen whose lives are on the line for our protection

Join the thousands in our nation praying fervently for God to send America a Great Awakening. I believe it is beginning!





5) Resist the devil –and he will flee
         Be forewarned, the enemy will try everything to keep you from prayer and fasting. Be wise. Don’t plan anything extra to do, or places to go. Give this prayer and fasting week your first, best and quality time. Refuse to be sidetracked, sideswiped or sick in Jesus’ name! You are in the Army now!


During my week of  prayer and fasting, I usually spend about an hour daily in the above type prayer mode, then go about my regular duties

Two vital things God spoke to me during earlier January Prayer and Fasts

1) He instructed us to move our retirement funds out of the stock market several years ago two weeks before the first big 300 point dip of the market. Some folks lost a great deal.

2) For years I have lifted up our financial plans, especially investments for retirement, during these January times. One year the Lord spoke into my spirit, "If you don't become a better steward over your body, somebody else will be steward over your retirement funds." DUH! I got that message and that coming year we made an about face toward a healthier diet, supplements, and regular, diligent exercise. We continue to study health stuff in our retirement. And we are blessed in every way. Even with our retirement funds. We give God the glory!

Thanks for stopping by. Do you have a pointer for prayer and fasting or an experience to share? Don't miss next week's guest blog on "32 Ways to Write About Fear."

Blessings,
Elva Martin

Elva Cobb Martin is vice-president of the South Carolina Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers. She is a former school teacher and a graduate of Anderson University and Erskine College. She has two inspirational novels published with Lighthouse Publishers of the Carolinas. Summer of Deception, a contemporary romantic suspense, and an historical romance, In a Pirate’s Debt. Both have spent time on Amazon’s 100 Best Sellers List for Women’s Religious Fiction. She has indie published a Bible study on Amazon, Power Over Satan, on the  believer's authority in Christ. Decision, Charisma, and Home Life have carried Elva's articles. She and her husband Dwayne are semi-retired ministers. A mother and grandmother, Elva lives in South Carolina. Connect with her on her web site http://www.elvamartin.com,on Twitter www.twitter.com/ElvaCobbMartin; Facebook http://www.facebook.com/elvacobbmartin;  and Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/elvacobbmartin    
 Link to her romance novels and non-fiction works on Amazon:http://amzn.to/2pOgVHI



Sunday, December 30, 2018

Writer's New Year Prayer and Fast - Part 1 Why Do It?

by Elva Cobb Martin

I encourage you to start the New Year of 2019 seeking God's face with prayer and fasting! I began this discipline long before I became a published author and really recommend it. I have had so many answers to prayers that I lifted up during my January Prayer and Fasts.

Here are three reasons for beginning a new year with fervent prayer and fasting:

1) By doing so you set the course for the rest of the year.
Just as beginning your day with prayer sets the course for your normal day and covers anything that might happen, the same is true of the beginning the year with a fast and planned, fervent prayer.

2) Blessings will happen for you and your family through out the year because you gave God the first fruit of the year. Our God is the God of first fruits whether the tithe of your money, Sunday, the first day of the week, or January, the first month of the year. When you give Him the first fruit, the rest of the money, the week or the year will be under His special blessing and protection.

3) You release the principle found in Matthew 6:33: "Seek FIRST the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."

What is Fasting?
It is NOT just going without food. That is dieting. Biblical fasting is refraining from food (and/or other activities) for a spiritual purpose. Fasting and prayer brings one into a deeper, more intimate relationship with God, His voice and His wisdom. Now I ask you, does a Christian or a writer need anything more than these things?

Three specific duties of a Christian Jesus taught in the Beatitudes are giving, praying, fasting. Jesus said, "When you give" and "When you pray" and "When you fast." He made clear these are to be part of a normal Christian life.  When these three are practiced by a Christian, they create a type of three-way cord that is not easily broken. In fact, Jesus went on to teach that "Nothing will be impossible." Fasting along with your prayer can cause God to zoom in on your children. In addition it can help bring health to you body and many other blessings.

So what kind of fast will you choose? There are several ways to fast. And one amazing principle that has ALWAYS worked with my fasts, was that once I decided on a type fast and the length, God made it so much easier than you would imagine. He honors your fasting with supernatural help to accomplish it.

A total fast means no food or water for a period of time. Personally, I've never felt led to do this type of fast without water. I am such a water-drinking nut to keep toxins flushed out. 
When Jonah called the huge city of Nineveh to repentance, the pagan king ordered a total fast for all the people and also the animals.
In John 4 the Bible says Jesus fasted food forty days, but does not mention water.

A juice only fast. I've done this type fast several times for one, two, or three days when I need direction or confirmation on something important. I mix half apple juice and half water and sip on it during the fast as I pull aside to seek God's voice. 

Once I did a fast with only water for three days to confirm God's call into full-time ministry. The enemy really fought this fast and calling. Since one of my parents had diabetes, the devil whispered, "You're really diabetic yourself. If you try to go without any food, you'll die." Well, we don't have diabetes and I declare I never will. I didn't eat any type food for three days and I didn't die, or even suffer, actually. God energized the whole thing and really confirmed our calling into ministry.

The enemy really fears a fasting, praying Christian!

Other type fasts: When pastoring we sometimes led our church into what we knew as a Daniel Fast of no pleasant bread (sweets) or meats for 21 days. (Daniel 10:1-3) This is really a vegetarian healthy detox for your body of fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and filtered water. Sometimes we encouraged our congregation to add "no secular TV or movies" to clear their minds. This is the type fast I most often practice, sometimes just for a week, seven days, or even for three days.

If you ask the Lord, He will share the type fast He would like for you to do, and he will enable you to do it.

In Part 2 I will share some prayer points for a strong January Prayer and Fast.

Thanks for stopping by. Do you believe and practice fasting?
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Onward into 2019!
Elva Martin


Elva Cobb Martin is vice-president of the South Carolina Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers. She is a former school teacher and a graduate of Anderson University and Erskine College. She has two inspirational novels published with Lighthouse Publishers of the Carolinas. Summer of Deception, a contemporary romantic suspense, and an historical romance, In a Pirate’s Debt. Both have spent time on Amazon’s 100 Best Sellers List for Women’s Religious Fiction. She has indie published a Bible study on Amazon, Power Over Satan, on the  believer's authority in Christ. Decision, Charisma, and Home Life have carried Elva's articles. She and her husband Dwayne are semi-retired ministers. A mother and grandmother, Elva lives in South Carolina. Connect with her on her web site http://www.elvamartin.com,on Twitter www.twitter.com/ElvaCobbMartin; Facebook http://www.facebook.com/elvacobbmartin;  and Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/elvacobbmartin    
 Link to her romance novels and non-fiction works on Amazon:http://amzn.to/2pOgVHI







Friday, December 28, 2018

Christmas Special: Angels - Our Supernatural Helpers Part 3 "On Assignment"

By Elva Cobb Martin

Today in Part 3 we will look at angels on assignment and how we can make sure they work for us, not against us. To find Part 1  click here  http://bit.ly/2UVVtAc
and to find Part 2 here http://bit.ly/2LsTvTG.


Angels on Assignment
Jacob had a vision in Genesis 28:12 of a ladder reaching from heaven to earth with angels descending and ascending and God standing above them. I am so glad God showed Jacob and us He does send angels to earth and back on special assignments. Jacob was going through a real family crisis and had, in fact, fled from his home. God wanted to reassure him and share great promises for his future.

The Bible shows several angel visitations during the lives of people trying to serve Him, or in the case of Balaam, not obeying Him. 

Remember Balaam's story in Numbers 22? God never meant for Balaam to go at the Midian king's request and curse Israel. He went anyway and God put a warrior angel in his path "for an adversary against him." His donkey saw it and stopped but Balaam did not see the angel and he became furious and beat the donkey,until the donkey spoke to him. God can use anything to get our attention in an effort to turn us from a wrong path. Note: Disobedience can cause our angels to work against us, God forbid.

The Bible describes other angels sent on assignment, in addition to Gabriel being sent to Mary in Luke 2 we covered earlier.

  • The two angels sent to Sodom because of Abraham's intercession to save Lot and his family before judgment fell for the city's practice of homosexuality. Isn't it great to know we may have loved ones living in the devil's camp but we can intercede and expect God to send angels to pull them out in time?                                                                                                            
  • The angel sent to Daniel while he was in Babylon in chapter 10 who had to battle the demon angel over Persia for twenty-one days before he could get through. He told Daniel that Michael (Israel's guardian angel) came to assist him. We can glean a lot about angels from this story. The angel told Daniel he came "for his words." Daniel was fasting and praying. Evil nations have evil angelic principalities leading and guarding them--but God's angels can overcome. They told Daniel what would come in the future of nations. And let's don't forget the angel sent to shut the mouths of the lions to save Daniel. (God's angels can be sent at a moment's notice to deliver and help us.)                                                                                                                    
  • The future assignment of ONE angel in Revelation 20 who will lay hold of Satan, bind him in a great chain and cast him into the bottomless pit. (Angels were sent on assignment throughout the Bible and will continue to be sent in the future).

To understand about angels form and abilities, here are some general facts I've gleaned from the Bible:

They are heavenly spirit beings with personal spirit bodies, created by God, with human-looking body parts, emotions, passion, intelligence, wisdom, great strength (one angel in the OT slew 185,000 of Israel's enemies in one night). 

They need no rest, they travel at inconceivable speeds, speak all languages, are innumerable, are subject to God, are interested in human affairs, can cook, wear clothes, not to be worshiped, can lead sinners to gospel workers and rejoice over one sinner who repents, minister to the saints, can appear unawares, bring answers to prayers, appear in dreams, guard Christians and Christian nations, wage war against the devil and evil spirits, and receive departed spirits. Last, but not least, angels will come with Christ when He returns.

How can we encourage the work of angels on our behalf? Remember the angel told Daniel he came "for his words." His prayers. Here's something from my personal experience.

I was in my prayer closet one day of prayer and fasting and God showed me a door opening in the spirit and a mighty warrior angel came marching through. Then the Lord lifted me up to see like a courtyard with many doors and behind these doors also stood mighty warrior angels, but the doors were closed. I asked the Lord about this, and He told me those Christians were not praying and that was what opened the doors into the earth for special assignments.

In Psalm 103:20 KJV, the Psalmist tells us that angels "hearken unto the voice of God's word." As we speak and confess God's mighty Word, His promises, over whatever situation we are in, angels hearken and get busy helping that word come to pass. Find God's promises for deliverance, healing, or supply and speak them out and stand in faith. ALSO stay in obedience to make sure your angels won't be sent to work against you, like Balaam.

As a final Christmas comment, have you ever wondered just exactly WHEN Mary became impregnated with God's Son? We know the Holy Spirit was involved in this process.
Based on my understanding of scripture, I believe it was when she SAID aloud, "Be it unto me according to thy Word." I also believe that's about when some camels in a far country got up on their dusty legs and started on the LONG desert trek toward her and Joseph with their supply they would need in nine months --gold, frankincense and myrrh. 

God and His angels are just waiting for us to speak out God's mighty Word in faith instead of doubt, fear, and doom the world speaks. I believe demons are activated by these depressing kinds of words. Let's keep our angels working hard on our behalf and on the behalf of America!

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God bless you and your family this Christmas and New Year,
Elva Martin


Elva Cobb Martin is vice-president of the South Carolina Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers. She is a former school teacher and a graduate of Anderson University and Erskine College. She has two inspirational novels published with Lighthouse Publishers of the Carolinas. Summer of Deception, a contemporary romantic suspense, and an historical romance, In a Pirate’s Debt. Both have spent time on Amazon’s 100 Best Sellers List for Women’s Religious Fiction. She has indie published a Bible study on Amazon, Power Over Satan, on the  believer's authority in Christ. Decision, Charisma, and Home Life have carried Elva's articles. She and her husband Dwayne are semi-retired ministers. A mother and grandmother, Elva lives in South Carolina. Connect with her on her web site http://www.elvamartin.com,on Twitter www.twitter.com/ElvaCobbMartin; Facebook http://www.facebook.com/elvacobbmartin;  and Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/elvacobbmartin    
 Link to her romance novels and non-fiction works on Amazon:http://amzn.to/2pOgVHI








Saturday, December 15, 2018

Christmas Special: Angels - Our Supernatural Helpers Part 2

By Elva Cobb Martin


Some people refuse to believe in God, heaven, hell, the devil, or angels. But this unbelief does not negate the reality of the spirit realm and our Creator of both the natural and the supernatural realms. 

The Bible records hundreds of manifestations and encounters with angels. Angels are mentioned 108 times in the Old Testament (OT) and 165 times in the New Testament (NT).

Here are more angel facts that you can confirm by a good concordance and search of the word:

The word "angel" (Hebrew malak; Gk angelos) means "messenger." They are God's heavenly messengers or servants created by God before the earth began (Colossians 1:16).

Angels are not omnipresent--only God is, but angels are around everywhere on assignment. Jacob received a vision of them descending and ascending from assignments. In every nation assigned angels are among the agents executing God's will in the earth and assisting those who are trying to do so. Satan also has his demon angel assignments over various nations (Daniel 10) and ranks in his evil kingdom Paul received a revelation of in Ephesians 6. We'll discuss this in a later blog in this series.

Angels are not to be worshiped. Only God deserves worship.

The Bible speaks of good angels and evil angels, though it stresses that all were created good and holy. Having the freedom of choice, one-third of the angels joined in Satan's rebellion and were cast out of heaven (Ezek. 28:12-17; Jude 6). The Bible is not clear, but some theologians think likely these fallen angels can be identified with demons. Isn't it wonderful to know God has two good angels working for us for every bad one working for Satan?

In NT idol feasts Paul told the Corinthians that idol worshipers sacrificed to devils and that no one can drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of devils. This is just one of many Biblical prohibitions against Christians having anything to do with the works of Satan, sorcery, or the occult (I Cor. 10:21, Lev. 19:31). Anywhere the gospel was preached in the NT, God's power overcame the works of Satan and demons (Acts 19:11-20; Mark 8:26-36). This same power is available to us today if we learn and use our authority in Christ. This is why I wrote my primer, Power Over Satan. It can be found here  https://amzn.to/2G73tep

Thanks for stopping by. Next time we will look at the works and assignments of angels, good and bad. Please do share this blog by clicking on the small icons below.

Have a blessed Christmas aware of God's angels' helping us as we speak God's Word,

Elva Martin


Elva Cobb Martin Elva Cobb Martin is vice-president of the South Carolina Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers. She is a former school teacher and a graduate of Anderson University and Erskine College. She has two inspirational novels published with Lighthouse Publishers of the Carolinas. Summer of Deception, a contemporary romantic suspense, and an historical romance, In a Pirate’s Debt. Both have spent time on Amazon’s 100 Best Sellers List for Women’s Religious Fiction. She has indie published a Bible study on Amazon, Power Over Satan, on the  believer's authority in Christ. Decision, Charisma, and Home Life have carried Elva's articles. She and her husband Dwayne are semi-retired ministers. A mother and grandmother, Elva lives in South Carolina. Connect with her on her web site http://www.elvamartin.com,on Twitter www.twitter.com/ElvaCobbMartin; Facebook http://www.facebook.com/elvacobbmartin;  and Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/elvacobbmartin    
 Link to her romance novels and non-fiction works on Amazon:http://amzn.to/2pOgVHI

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Christmas Special: Angels - Our Supernatural Helpers Part 1

By Elva Cobb Martin


Most of us are familiar with the vital part the angel Gabriel played in the story of Christ's birth in Luke 2:26-38 when he appeared to the virgin Mary. I encourage you to reread this text. I do so each Christmas season. Just from these few verses we can glean a lot of information about angels.


  • They are very intelligent beings with computer-like brains and human characteristics. They can talk, walk, greet, share information from God, have feelings and desires.
  • They are at God's command and able to move from His presence to a specific, assigned place on earth at a moment's notice--God's GPS, far superior to ours!
  • They know specific countries, towns in those nations, persons in the towns and their names, who they are a descendant of and God's plan and purpose for these at their time in history, as God reveals it to them for their assignments on earth.

God says he gives His angels charge over us in Psalm 91:11. Isn't it wonderful to know, that today, if you are a born-again believer in Christ, you are in the charge of ANGELS?


We are in their charge and they are sent to minister to us when needed according to Hebrews 1:13-14: 


 “But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thy enemies thy footstool?  Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

I’ve personally experienced a few angelic visions and received help when needed. 

The first experience took place not long after we were called into the ministry. I had gone through deliverance ministry at my home with a young father who had such serious demonic panic attacks he could not work or even drive his truck. After three hours of deliverance prayer ministry with him, he became free and left our house a happy, new man. I was totally drained and just dropped into bed at 8:30 PM after he and my prayer team warriors left.

I awoke  with the sensation of the four corners of my bed being shaken with me bouncing in the middle. I remembered I had not commanded the demon spirits I had cast off of the young man to leave our property, so I did that and the shaking stopped immediately. 

My husband in the living room who heard the commotion I had made back in the bedroom came in, and he was upset. This was the first time I had gone through personal deliverance ministry with anyone at our house and some doubts of how all this could work well in the future in our new ministry calling assailed my mind as I tried to soothe hubby and then go back to sleep. 

Just as I was about to drop back off I became aware of a supernatural mighty being standing beside the bed, with weapons drawn. I can only describe him as looking like a powerful Mr. Clean standing guard. Peace flowed from him to me and all doubts fled. I truly believe this was a ministering angel sent from God or revealed as my guardian angel God had assigned to me to encourage us in our ministry.

Another angelic visitation took place late one night as my husband and I were headed home down the interstate at about 75 MPH. He was driving. Suddenly a carpenter’s wooden sawhorse, which had apparently fallen off a truck, appeared in the headlights in the middle of our lane, just in front of our car. In a micro mini-second I knew if we hit it, it would bounce up on the hood, through the windshield and probably kill us both. All I had time to say was, “JESUS!”

Immediately our car swerved to the left shoulder, passed by the sawhorse, then righted itself back in the proper lane. My husband, when he could catch his breath, said, “Elva, why did you grab the steering wheel like that? We could have wrecked!” I told him I HAD NOT grabbed the steering wheel. To this day, I believe an angel did that impossible split second maneuver and saved our lives.

Thanks for stopping by?Have you ever had angelic assistance or help? Would love to hear about it in the comments.

In the next parts of this series as we look at the different kinds of angels in the Bible and their assignments, and how to keep your angel working in your behalf versus against you. Yep, according to the Bible, it is possible to offend our angel helpers. 

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Have blessed Christmas Season,
Elva

Elva Cobb Martin is vice-president of the South Carolina Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers. She is a former school teacher and a graduate of Anderson University and Erskine College. She has two inspirational novels published with Lighthouse Publishers of the Carolinas. Summer of Deception, a contemporary romantic suspense, and an historical romance, In a Pirate’s Debt. Both have spent time on Amazon’s 100 Best Sellers List for Women’s Religious Fiction. She has indie published a Bible study on Amazon, Power Over Satan, on the  believer's authority in Christ. Decision, Charisma, and Home Life have carried Elva's articles. She and her husband Dwayne are semi-retired ministers. A mother and grandmother, Elva lives in South Carolina. Connect with her on her web site http://www.elvamartin.com,on Twitter www.twitter.com/ElvaCobbMartin; Facebook http://www.facebook.com/elvacobbmartin;  and Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/elvacobbmartin    
 Link to her romance novels and non-fiction works on Amazon:http://amzn.to/2pOgVHI

Friday, November 23, 2018

300th Anniv. of Blackbeard's Death This Week


REMEMBERING BLACKBEARD THE PIRATE
Dr. Mark Hopkins (former president of Anderson University and syndicated columnist) and Elva Martin contributed to this article published in newspapers Nov. 23, 2018        
                               
Blackbeard battling for his life with Lt. Maynard's crew Nov. 22, 1718, off Ocracoke Island, NC
         
He wrecked havoc from the Caribbean to Boston and was so feared that many gave up their goods and money to him without his firing a shot.  Blackbeard was a swashbuckling, fearsome, terrorist who has dominated our tales of the sea from then until now.  He met his fate on November 22, 1718, three hundred years ago this week.  His life and downfall make quite a story.
          Blackbeard was born Edward Teach and won his nickname by his long beard and flowing black locks.  He was a skillful navigator and a feared naval tactician.  Newspapers up and down the coast of the Colonies carried the exploits of this most famous of American pirates.  “Who was this upstart who could attack American coastal cities and ships at sea and disappear without a trace?”  Stories and poems were written about him, the invisible and invincible pirate.  Mothers frightened their children with the bare mention of his name.  By the early years of the 18th century Blackbeard had become the best known and most feared of all the rogues of the high seas.  
          Perhaps Blackbeard’s best known incursion into U.S. history was in May of 1718 when he sailed his fleet of pirate ships into Charleston Harbor.  He blockaded the harbor, captured and plundered nine ships and took several hostages including a member of the South Carolina Legislature.  He held the prisoners for ransom which the city gladly paid to get back their citizens and to see the stern of his ship, Queen Ann’s Revenge, sailing away.
          Blackbeard left Charleston Harbor gloating over the fact that not only had he taken the most valuable loot of his career, he had, as one writer put it, “reduced to total submission the proud people of South Carolina without firing a single shot.”
          What Blackbeard and his cohorts did not count on was that in the South, revenge rides hard on the heels of humiliation.  History records that the courts of Charleston in November of that same year hanged a total of 49 pirates.  The pride of South Carolina was certainly restored in great measure by these successes against piracy.  
          Blackbeard, however, was not among those executed in Charleston.
          The ruthless pirate met his demise just a few months later when the governor of Virginia dispatched a small fleet to Blackbeard’s stronghold on Ocracoke Island on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.  After a fierce battle, Blackbeard and many of his men were killed or captured.
          Lt. Robert Maynard, commander of the Virginia contingent, executed Blackbeard on the deck of his ship.  He chopped off Blackbeard’s head and attached it to his mast.  Legend has it that when they threw Blackbeard’s body over, it swam around the boat seven times before sinking.  The specter of Blackbeard’s head hanging on the mast of Maynard’s ship made quite a sensation when Maynard sailed his ship into the harbor at Norfolk.
          Pirates were the scourge of the high seas in the Western Hemisphere from the late 1600s until the Revolutionary War in the late 1770s.  Pirates, or privateers as they came to be called, joined the fight for freedom and were a major factor in the war with Great Britain.
          The story of Blackbeard the Pirate is still told in fictional stories.  Several movies have been made about his exploits.  He is memorialized even today on the stage at Myrtle Beach South Carolina where former Anderson, SC resident, Stan Wood, played the villain for several years in Dolly Parton’s Pirates Voyage Show. 
          The life of Edward Teach, Blackbeard the Pirate, is not one that we celebrate but it is worthy of note that he met his fate three hundred years ago this week.  There has been none like him since.
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As a footnote to the article, Mark Hopkins has written an excellent creative non-fiction account of how the pirates and privateers joined our war against Britain. Some of Mark's ancestors,  actually helped enlist the pirates to help us win the Revolution against the mighty British Navy war machine. Here's the cover and link on Amazon.  https://amzn.to/2OYZI9X


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Elva Cobb Martin is vice-president of the South Carolina Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers. She is a former school teacher and a graduate of Anderson University and Erskine College. She has two inspirational novels published with Lighthouse Publishers of the Carolinas. Summer of Deception, a contemporary romantic suspense, and an historical romance, In a Pirate’s Debt. Both have spent time on Amazon’s 100 Best Sellers List for Women’s Religious Fiction. She has indie published a Bible study on Amazon, Power Over Satan, on the  believer's authority in Christ. Decision, Charisma, and Home Life have carried Elva's articles. She and her husband Dwayne are semi-retired ministers. A mother and grandmother, Elva lives in South Carolina. Connect with her on her web site http://www.elvamartin.com,on Twitter www.twitter.com/ElvaCobbMartin; Facebook http://www.facebook.com/elvacobbmartin;  and Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/elvacobbmartin    

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