Let’s Chat! With Robin Bertram

Welcome, everyone!

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Faith. Will yours support you when you or a loved one is dying? Has it already done so? Or are you anticipating this inevitable event with trepidation or helplessness? 

Robin Bertram honors us with a visit this week to talk a bit about her latest release, Hidden Treasures, which Abbingdon Press released in August 2018:

Based on experiences derived from 25 years of prayer ministry, Robin Bertram, in Hidden Treasures provides insight and guidance to equip the reader — patient, family member or friend — to walk through these challenging times with foresight, looking for and expecting to see God at work in many miraculous ways. Hope is available. Death with dignity is possible, and there are hidden treasures to embrace along the way.

As an author, conference speaker, former host of the nationally syndicated television program, “Freedom Today,” Vice President for Christian Women in Media Association, and CEO of Bertram & Ross Consulting, Robin Bertram brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to women’s platforms across the country. 

Readers, this a turn onto a path of a different sort—nonfiction—but I think you’ll be glad for this detour. So grab a cup o’ something. Pull up a chair. And prepare for a blessing.

P.S. Robin’s giving away The Power of Joy in ebook to someone who blesses our group with a comment.

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Robin, what’s one piece of information you can give a terminally ill person to help them through difficult days?

First of all, life continues after death. You will go on into eternity and you will see Jesus.

It is an unquestionable fact that once you accept Jesus as Lord, you will have a glorified body one day and life eternal. You will not perish, but live on into eternity.

When your loved one feels alone, what can you do to encourage him or her and to help them through periods of loneliness?

This is a time when family and extended family must be present. If possible, have a weekly schedule where loved ones will visit on the same day at the same time. Consistency brings comfort and peace. When you line out a schedule, your loved one will anticipate the visit. This gives them something to look forward to and something to expect.

If you or your loved one is facing long-term or terminal illness, what part does knowing Jesus play in facing long, hard days?  

Sharing the gospel is critical. If they do not know Jesus, tell them or find a pastor or friend who can share the truth with them. When indivuals face such extreme suffering and pain, they are usually more receptive to hear the truth. They need a foundation to stand on like never before. It’s the greatest gift you can give them.

How do you help them through times of great anxiety?

The Bible reads in Isaiah 28:16: See, I am laying in Zion a foundation stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation: One who trusts will not panic. 

If you put your trust in Jesus, anxiety will be greatly diminished. You possess the one certain thing you can trust. God works all things together for your good and His glory. He sees the big picture; we do not. He knows what is best; we do not.

Who is the Holy Spirit and how can he help me?

The Bible reads in Romans 8:26In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

What did Jesus have to say about the Holy Spirit?

Jesus said, before he ascended into heaven, that he would send his Spirit, the Holy Spirit, the Comforter. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the God-head. He is the Spirit of God sent by Jesus to help us through great times of difficulty. We pray to God for help and His Spirit helps us.

During times of severe distress, we need more than someone’s kind word. We need the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit flowing through us to survive day-by-day. Also, we need His grace flowing through us, His love to surround us, and His peace to settle our frightened hearts. We need His precious Spirit to comfort us.

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You went through a very personal health experience, Robin. How did this help you write your books?

I struggled with a serious health issue for a year and a half. Mayo clinic provided 4 potential diagnoses. Three were taken off the table. One was left: one in which there was no treatment, no medicine and no cure with a life expectancy of 2 years.

It was an agonizing path to death. During the year and a half I battled for my own health, I wrote this book. All the lessons learned from 25 years of prayer ministry came back to me, those I had personally ministered to, and put them on paper.

It was in the midst of utter darkness, I cried out to God and shined His light into the deepest part of my soul. I could see again. He healed me and gave me this work to complete.

People who are facing sickness or long term or terminal illness sometimes feel they are unimportant or unloved. What nugget can you share that will help them change their mind?

We all grew up singing “Jesus Loves Me,” but did we really believe it?

My father was a paster for 50 years. I grew up in church singing that song. But I didn’t believe it. I had to find God for myself and that’s when I felt loved. I had to decide to give my heart to Jesus and believe that He died for me. His love covered me like a blanket. My life changed. I changed. And then I realized I was loved by my Heavenly Father.

How important is communication?

I‘ve heard the most ridiculous platitudes like God needs one more flower in his garden. One objective to this book is to encourage the reader to be honest, direct, and open in communication with their loved one. But to be loving and sensitive also. I once worked with a dying young child whose mother told  everyone, everywhere that her child was terminal. The constant reminder was more than the child could handle. Finally, a major melt down occurred in a place of business between the child and mother.

What are some ways to show love to their dying family member?

Show love by sharing memories. By saving memories. And by making memories. In my book I go into detail and offer suggestions that will help to make lasting memories for the entire family. This is the time to put things on hold and do what will mean the most for your loved one. It might be taking a trip to Disney for a child. Or reminiscing with old friends from the past for an elderly. When facing life’s challenges, acknowledge the differences between young, middle aged and seniors.

How can someone who has no hope grow in hope when the odds are against them?

You can find hope in Jesus because he is the anchor of our soul. You can find hope in words aptly spoken. Hope in faith-filled friends. In this book you will find an entire chapter on finding hope. Truly, hope is what helps the dying survive day-by-day. Hope on to the truth of what is written. Believe it for your situation. God is working. You are not alone.  You can find hope in understanding the sovereignty of God.

Where does our faith come into play?

Faith is a tool for battle and it must constantly be sharpened. We can acknowledge there is a real fight. In the midst of a battle, there is usually a hero that emerges. A hero will choose a side, and refuse to ride the fence. He will make a decision based on his beliefs and stand by that decision. Choose life, no matter the circumstances. If you do, you’ve already won.

How do we grow in faith?

We grow in faith by hearing, reading, meditating on the word of God. Reading the Holy Bible will build our faith and our confidence that God does love us and He is watching out for our best interests.

Many battles are won by our faithbelieving beyond our circumstances. When all odds are against us and our intellect screams we are wrong, faith stands as the most powerful force one can tap into. Faith is the assurance of things hoped for. Faith stands in the face of loss, sickness, or disease and simply says, “No I will not give in. I will not give up. Or accept defeat. I will win either way.”

Choose Life

Choose life instead of giving into the darkness that is meant to destroy you. In a battle, a hero refuses to allow the enemy to intimidate. “This disease is not a friend. Instead, it is an invader.” Rather than run, a hero stands firm in the midst of the battle. Refuses to be moved by circumstance. Declares victory either way. A true hero embraces all possibilities legitimately and refuses defeat. The fight spurs a true hero toward a deeper walk of faith.

A Bit More About Robin 

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obin is former Vice President for Christian Women in Media Association, an organization dedicated to bringing spiritual and professional enrichment within the industry. She is also CEO of Bertram & Ross Consulting, which provides comprehensive training and services to assist and empower other kingdom professionals in the areas of social media, marketing, content generation, customer engagement, and business analysis.

Her passion for the Word, love for people, and heart to serve were developed early on in life as a “PK” and continued through her life’s journey. She often appears as a keynote speaker at women’s conferences, retreats and media seminars. She delivers vibrant messages of encouragement, freedom, and victory in Jesus Christ. Her straightforward approach and in-depth biblical insight heals hearts and transforms lives.

Robin’s Books

In addition to No Regrets (Charisma House Publishing), Robin’s  Hidden Treasures: Finding Hope at the End of Life’s Journey (Abingdon Press) released in August 2018. Impacting, influencing and investing in women, her mission and message are simple: to spread the Gospel across the world.

Links

robinmbertram@gmail.com

919-923-4137

843-815-9089

Website: www.RobinBertram.tv

Facebook: @officialRobinBertram

Email: robin@robinbertram.org

Organization:  https://cwima.org/about/our-leadership/

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Dear Lord, we gather around one of Your uniquely gifted daughters, praising and thanking You for Your work in Robin’s heart and spirit. You take us, Your offspring, along pathways often paved with hardship and sorrow. But You’re the essence of love, so we trust You even in the dark valleys, through the troubled waters, and amid the thorns. Please bless Robin’s every effort in behalf of hurting souls. Multiply the power and effect of each word she speaks and writes for You. ~ For Jesus’ sake

4 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! With Robin Bertram

  1. Linda Davis

    Robin, you are beautiful. You glow with the Holy Spirit. I appreciate your sharing about trusting in God being what I need to to die with peace when it’s my time. I think about it a lot now that I’m 71. I don’t want to think about it a lot, and I struggle. I know I will be with Jesus and I want to just live my life with that thought in mind. Thank you for your ways for me to help others.

     
     
    1. Linda, you are beautiful inside and out. I love your openness and warmth. I can’t imagine a more loving, gracious person with whom to share my name! (We married “up” when we latched onto our Davis cousins 👏)

       
       
  2. It is such an honor being with you Linda! You are a tremendous servant of the Lord and I thank you!
    Robin Bertram

     
     
    1. I’m honored and blessed by your presence.

       
       

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Let’s Chat! Author Becky Melby

Welcome, Everyone!

Becky MelbyThis week Becky Melby is treating us with a visit. Becky writes cozy mysteries, and I just know you’re going to love her. 

Becky is offering a print copy of Family Secrets to the winner of this week’s drawing** (U.S. resident), so join the chat below to enter.

**Congrats, Lucy Reynolds, this week’s winner!

Becky Melby’s Roots

I’m a Midwest girl–born in Minneapolis. I’ve lived in Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin. I married my high school sweetheart 46 years ago. We just celebrated 50 years since our first date! We have four sons, all married, and fifteen grandchildren.

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y writing career began at the age of eight when I started writing stories on anything I could get my hands on. In fifth grade, when my teacher put my bunny poem (with a red “A+ Very Good!” on it), on the bulletin board, I knew I wanted to grow up to be an author. In high school I had a poem published in the local newspaper. That was a huge moment.

I was married with three kids by the time my first short story was published. I still remember dancing around my kitchen like a crazy lady with the acceptance letter in my hand.

A Debut for Becky Melby 

Twenty-seven years ago I was a stay-at-home homeschooling mom. In the midst of the busyness of raising four boys, my writing dream was a fuzzy, distant memory. Then one day my friend Cathy Wienke called and told me she’d just literally thrown a book at the wall because of its trite dialogue and predictable plot. “We should write our own,” she said. And so we did.

A Surprising Turn of Events

Becky MelbyNine months from that conversation, we had a finished manuscript. This was back in the old days before the internet and email. We used Writer’s Market to find publishers that accepted unsolicited manuscripts and started sending out proposals.

Then, after a few rejections, we received a positive response from Barbour Publishing. They were interested in our story for their Heartsong Presents line. There was just one small problem: Their word count limit was 50,000 and our manuscript was 75,000! We faced the bird-in-the-hand dilemma. After a few days of prayer, we decided to go ahead and start slashing. As it turned out, what we thought would feel like lopping off body parts without anesthesia became a hilarious time of “Why did we write that?”

What’s Up With Becky Melby Now?

Becky MelbyCathy and I wrote eight other Heartsong titles and a novella together. I have also written a full-length three-book series called the Lost Sanctuary Series. (Out of print now, but watch for the series re-release later this summer.) I have two novellas in collections with Cynthia Ruchti, Rachael Phillips, and Eileen Key. A Door County Christmas and Cedar Creek Seasons are both set in my home state of Wisconsin.

Family Secrets by Becky Melby

Becky MelbyFamily Secrets, my recent release is the first in a series of Guideposts cozy mysteries called Secrets of Wayfarers Inn. In the series, three retired school teachers find an old warehouse that had once been an inn and hope to restore it to its former glory as a B&B and soup café.

In Family Secrets, someone (or something!) is out to stop them. The inn was once a stop on the Underground Railroad and each of the books in the series will contain a contemporary mystery as well as a glimpse into the life of Prudence Willard, a former slave who became a conductor on the UR and hid people escaping to freedom in the inn’s secret rooms. I am one of eight authors working on this series. One will be released every month. I just finished the manuscript for Book 9 which will come out in February.

Insight from Becky Melby

Tess, LuAnn, and Janice, the three main characters in Secrets of Wayfarers Inn have become my good buddies after all the time we’ve spent together. I love “watching” how they strive to be the hands and feet of Jesus while sleuthing around the beautiful riverside town of Marietta, OH.

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look back at the editing required for that first book as the greatest editing lesson I’ve ever had. Cathy and I basked in the joy of holding that first book baby in our hands. Back then, our readers sent actual handwritten snail mail. To know that our story was touching someone enough to motivate them to sit down and bless us with a letter was such a humbling experience.

Where to Find Becky Melby

Family Secrets can be purchased from Guideposts

You may reach me on my website is www.beckymelby.com.

I’m also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/becky.f.melby and my author page, https://www.facebook.com/Becky-Melby-Author-Page-147542291976020/

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Lord, what a privilege and blessing it is as authors to realize our words encourage others and bring them closer to You, the Word. From all points in our great country and across the world readers are finding Your messages of hope and encouragement in stories you’ve given authors like Becky Melby. Please bless every word she writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ Sake

11 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Becky Melby

  1. Terri Buchholz

    Hi Becky. I am really excited to eventually read your new series. I read between 2 to 5 Christian fiction books a week. Sometimes I read so long into the night I start seeing double (then I just close one eye and keep on !) Historical fiction is my favorite ,, I collect those I like, loaning them out with subtle threats if not returned. I’m also blessed by a good mystery that is not gory. Bless you and thanks!

     
     
  2. Marilyn

    Hi Becky, nice to meet you here on Linda’s blog. I’m in Illinois and heat index is over 100 today.
    Your books are ones I know I’ll enjoy so they are going on My that never ending TBR list. Blessings as you continue to write.
    Linda, thank you for introducing new authors who write Christian genres right here in your blog. Hugs and blessings.

     
     
    1. Introducing authors to readers is so much fun! PS: You’re feeling south Texas heat, girl!

       
       
  3. Perrianne Askew

    Thank you for the chat. It’s always good to know an authors roots. I would love to be where you are right now, it’s just so HOT here in central Texas. And it’s too soon in the summer to be this hot. Stay cool!

     
     
    1. I’m visiting my son and family in central Illinois where it’s 93 today, but I imagine you are in three digit weather in central Texas, Perrianne!

       
       
  4. Faith Creech

    I lived in Wisconsin as a very young girl. Thanks for the chat and also a chance at the giveaway!

     
     
    1. Happy to meet a former Wisconsinite, Faith!

       
       
    2. Hi, Faith. So good to see you in our circle this week. This South Texas girl would love to visit Wisconsin. Thank you for supporting this blog—and Becky. God bless you!

       
       
  5. We are about an hour and a half south of Oostburg, Lucy. Beautiful area up there.

     
     
  6. Lucy Reynolds

    Loved reading this. Exciting journey. I lived in central WI for twenty years and am in Oostburg now visiting my daughter and family. Have a blessed day.

     
     
    1. Thanks for dropping by, Lucy. I love these connections among writers and readers of faith-based fiction. Thank you for your faithful support of this blog and Becky. Bless you!

       
       

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