Teresa is from Richmond, Virginia, and was saved at a young age. She has a Masters degree in English and Creative Writing from Hollins College, and has served as a Sunday School teacher and children’s worker for most of the last forty years. Married for forty years, she was devastated by divorce and the death of her youngest daughter, but God has blessed her with a new home and another grandson, and she now resides in Dacula, Georgia. Her website is TeresaPollardWrites.com.
Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Heb. 1:16 (NASB)
2013 was an incredible year for my family. Not only were my first two books, Not Guilty and Tokens of Promise, published this year after thirty years of waiting, but my son, Kevin Pollard became the 2013 IHRA World Footbrake Drag Racing Champion.
Kevin’s truck goes down the track in about five seconds. Before the race, he has to post on his windshield exactly how fast he can go on that track on that race. If he goes a thousandth of a second too fast or too slow, it could lose him the race.
But what I’ve learned this year is that God’s timing is even more precise than Kevin’s. In 2012, I was sitting in church one Sunday morning when my friend Betty came up to ask me if I was going to the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference. I was sitting there with a manuscript of Not Guilty on my lap to share with another friend I was helping to get started with her writing (Her book is coming out in 2014!). Anyway, I told Betty I couldn’t possibly afford to go to the conference. Before the words were even finished coming out of my mouth, a young woman from Liberty University got up on stage and sang a contemporary song called, you guessed it, Not Guilty! I took that as God speaking directly to me to tell me to go to the conference, so I did! The first person I met there and exchanged business cards with was Lynellen Perry, who is now my publisher. God had arranged a divine appointment!
I had written Not Guilty with my friend Candi Pullen in 1982 and Tokens of Promise in 1986 as my honors thesis at Hollins College. My professor there had said that neither of them would ever be published, not because they weren’t good enough—he assured me they were—but because they were too “righteous” for any secular publisher and too sexual for any Christian publisher. My belief had always been that the world was in such a mess precisely because Christians refused to talk about such “worldly” things from a godly perspective! Lynellen’s family believes the same. HopeSprings Books launched in January 2013, and Not Guilty became the second book in the lineup. Tokens of Promise followed other writers in June. Divorce, rape, abortion, alcoholism, child abuse, and even sexual abuse, etc. are not off limits in these books. What’s funny is that the Bible was never afraid to talk about any of them. Why have Christians avoided it for so long?
Real Christians face real problems in this world! We are not exempt from them! But God is real! We do have a place to turn! He promises to give us, His children, mercy and grace to help us in times of need. Not a moment too soon or too late, when we ask in faith according to His will, He is always there, not necessarily to fulfill our desires, but our needs. Then we will give Him the glory as we realize that our biggest need is Him. Waiting on the Lord isn’t easy. It isn’t meant to be! But it’s worth it! And remember, in God’s timetable, thirty years is a blink of an eye! On the other hand, He can time things right down to a thousandth of a second or less, just like when that girl got up to sing at precisely the right moment for me to know, “It’s time—green light—GO!”
Prayer: Lord, Paul describes our life as a race. Help us to live it to win it. Not for our glory, but for Yours. Thank You for Your perfect timing. Amen.
by Teresa Pollard
“Beware, Prince of Hebron, her witching ways are strong.” Ben Qara’s evil words still rang in his ears. Judah is sure he was bewitched by the beautiful Tamar. She is all he can think about. But no, it must not be. He will not break his vow to Yah. He already has a wife, and he will have only one. Tamar must marry Er.
Rescued from disgrace by the handsome Judah, Tamar is already in love with the kind stranger. She eagerly followed Emi’s advice on how to win him. It almost worked. He’d promised. If only his servant hadn’t come at that moment, she’d be his wife now instead of going home with him to be his daughter-in-law. Why had her father agreed to this? Surely he could see her destiny was with Judah?
“What are you talking about, woman?” Er demanded. “Tamar is no harlot. She’s the daughter of a Man of God, and Father bought her from him for me.”
“After he found her naked in the street and bought her back from her rightful husband,” Ruah said spitefully. Her family was gone from the town, but your father stayed in her home with her through the night. How many times do you suppose he could have come in to her before my father arrived with the dawn? You don’t believe me? Ask the messenger who took the supplies back to Chezib. It seems the whole town is talking about it.”
Er’s anger seethed, and he vowed revenge. His father must die. But not before he would see what he would do to the beautiful “bride” he had intended to foist off on him.