Jill Nutter/Jillian Kent

Secrets of the Heart, The Ravensmoore Chronicles, Book One is Jillian Kent’s debut novel that released in May 2011. Jill is fascinated with human behavior and how our minds work, and understands the mind, body, and spirit connection. She is a full-time counselor for nursing students and possesses a masters degree in social work. Jill is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and is passionate about mental health and wellness and stomping out the stigma of mental illness which is evident in her novels. You can reach her at jill@jilliankent.com and explore her website at www.jilliankent.com, and the website for the national alliance on mental illness is http://www.nami.org/

The Well Writer

Heart Rhythms

It’s February! And that brings all things related to the heart to the forefront of our minds as we think of our loved ones, especially those we are engaged to marry; our spouses of one day, one year, or sixty-plus years; and anyone in our lives who is special. Love is in the air, and Cupid is shooting arrows of romance around the world. Chocolate and flowers and getaways are being planned. Reservations for dinner to that special restaurant are being made. It’s a time to celebrate love. And I’m such a sap for all things romantic. Historical romance writer, go figure.

Our hearts desire love. Celebrate the awesome love that God blesses each of us with today and every day.

Wounded Hearts

Last year I attended the funeral of a friend who was forty-five. Her devastated husband will suffer a seriously wounded heart for a long time to come. Not every Valentine’s Day is a happy one, so we must care for hurting, lonely hearts in our lives. If you know someone who has lost a loved one, this might be an opportunity for you to share your love and reach out to someone who is healing from a broken heart.

Our men and women in the military suffer from long separations and ache to see their loved ones. It’s not easy keeping long distance marriages and relationships strong. So this Valentine’s Day say a prayer for couples separated by responsibilities of military duty.

Heart Disease

Our physical hearts need care. It’s no secret that if we don’t take care of our hearts we will suffer the consequences. Some of those consequences can be: 1) a fluttering in your chest. These palpitations can be a sign of disease and is not to be confused with romantic love that makes the pulse race; 2) lightheadedness, also a symptom of romantic love for some heroines in romance novels, can be a real-life symptom that our hearts have a problem; 3) fainting, not romantic swooning, is a sign of problems of the heart.

In my Bible for Hope, the introduction to the last book of the Old Testament states, “Malachi reminds us that spiritual heart disease is slow but deadly. People who stop seeking God become discouraged and apathetic.” This is just one reason it is important for us to continue to seek God in our daily lives, to pray, to study the Word.

Poetic Hearts

When was the last time you wrote a love letter or poem to someone you love? I think you should try this year. Go ahead, you’re a writer, after all; you can do this.

Here’s some poem excerpts to get you warmed up. Since I write historical romance I’ll pick a few lines from different poems throughout history to inspire your imaginations.

From “The Highwayman”

One kiss, my bonny sweetheart, I’m after a prize to-night,
But I shall be back with the yellow gold before the morning light;
Yet, if they press me sharply, and harry me through the day,
Then look for me by moonlight,
Watch for me by moonlight,
I’ll come to thee by moonlight, though hell should bar the way.
Alfred Noyes (1880−1958)

From “She Walks in Beauty”

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes . . .
Lord Bryon

Or maybe you’d rather write a song. For inspiration, check out Diana Ross’s “Aint No Mountain High Enough” or “And I Love Her” by the Beatles.

Loving Hearts

To be strong writers we need to take good care of all aspects of our hearts. God is revealed in the love in our relationships and the love that shines through in our writing.

1 John 4:12 says, “No one has seen God at anytime. If we love one another, God abides in us . . . By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit” (NASB).

As well writers we are at our best to share God’s love in our novels. I encourage you to take care of yourselves. Wear red on February 3  http://www.goredforwomen.org/. Encourage others to take good care of their hearts, and maybe even share your heart’s desire with someone else. For more information on issues of the heart, please visit The American Heart Association at http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/

Have a heart healthy month and spread it throughout your year!


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