Friday, February 20, 2015
By the time you read this post, I will be on my way to the hospital for some necessary surgery. Nothing life threatening, but major surgery nonetheless. I hope you'll pray for a successful outcome.
I don't have the direct link because I am posting this ahead of time, but if you visit Christian Children's Authors today at http://christianchildrensauthors.com/, you will find me sharing some of my favorite Bible verses on the topic of anxiety.
Blessings to all.
Monday, February 16, 2015
In this follow-up to the bestselling Simply Jesus, Joe Stowell says that loving Jesus is all about loving people. We never love Him more than when we involve ourselves in the lives of men and women, boys and girls. The highest form of love for God’s Son is pouring out our very lives for His sons and daughters. The Lord Himself teaches that when we touch others, when we encourage others, when we help others—"one of the least of these brothers of mine"—we are touching, encouraging, and helping Him. Through the tender story of Peter’s restoration on a beach in Galilee, we learn about proving our love for Jesus by caring about what He cares about most.
This is a book about how a boy―and a man―becomes a man.
It's a guide to the process of masculine initiation, that ancient path every boy and man must take if they would become the man they long to be. The path whereby they come to "know" they are a man, and are able to live and love from a deep, centered strength.
We live in a time where most men (and boys) are essentially fatherless. Whatever their circumstance, they have no man actually taking them "through" the many adventures, trials, battles and experiences they need to shape a masculine heart within them. They find themselves on their own to figure life out, and that is a lonely place to be. Their fears, anger, boredom, and their many addictions all come out of this fatherless place within them, a fundamental uncertainty in the core of their being.
But there is a way.
"We aren't meant to figure life out on our own," says John Eldredge. "God "wants" to father us." In "The Way of the Wild Heart," Eldredge reveals how God comes to a man and takes him on the masculine journey, how nearly all the events of a man's life can come togther to provide the initiation he never received. And how parents can offer that initiation to their sons. Whatever your age may be, your Father is ready to take up your journey. For you "are" his son.
A #1 New York Times bestseller, The Purpose Driven Life will help you understand why you are alive and reveal God's amazing plan for you both here and now, and for eternity. Rick Warren will guide you through a personal forty-day spiritual journey that will transform your answer to life's most important question: What on earth am I here for? Knowing God's purpose for creating you will reduce your stress, focus your energy, simplify your decisions, give meaning to your life, and most important, prepare you for eternity.
Monday, February 9, 2015
I know I am early with my quarterly review, but with my upcoming surgery at the end of the month I have no idea how I will be feeling later. This quick review will also help keep me on track while I am stuck at home recovering.
I have failed at this one miserably. Balancing real estate, editing, and family life is proving to be quite a challenge. I plan to take my Bible with me to the hospital and I plan to get on track with this goal while recovering.
Complete editing projects.
One is pretty much done. The second is taking much longer than I planned. I really hope I complete it before going in for surgery.
Complete Amelia's Mission by May 31st.
I finished the last chapter and got it over to my critique group. I'm currently at 20,113 words of my planned 35,000. Amelia just made it to Elms Academy. It doesn't look like it will go well for her.
Reconsider blogging duties.
I still haven't decided what to do about this yet. I currently run the following blogs:
The Book Connection
The Children's and Teens' Book Connection
The Busy Mom's Daily
Cheryl's Christian Book Connection
Books Can Be Deadly
I also contribute to the Christian Children's Authors blog twice a month. It is too much to continue now that I am working outside the house. I will probably make a decision soon.
That's it for now. How are you doing with your goals?
Friday, February 6, 2015
The title of today's post is "Size Doesn't Matter." Please check out Christian Children's Authors to see what I am talking about. Read on at http://christianchildrensauthors.com/2015/02/06/size-doesnt-matter/
Monday, February 2, 2015
Write2Ignite! is just a few weeks away -- March 27-28, 2015!
Write2Ignite! 2015 – March 27-28, 2015 at North Greenville University near Greenville, SC.
The Conference for Christian Writers of Literature for Children and Young Adults.
Key Note Speaker – Tim Shoemaker - author of 11 books for kids and parents.
Other speakers include Karen Whiting, Jenny L. Cote, Cheri Cowell, Kim Peterson, Tony Snipes, Vonda Skelton and Torry Martin.
Two tracks – one for adults and one for teens who write.
Interviews with editors and agents. Scholarships available.
Information and Registration at www.write2ignite.com
I thought my writing chums might be interested in this post from the agents at Books & Such about a blog post that went viral. You can find it at: http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/what-to-do-if-your-blog-goes-viral/
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Life is about choices: good ones and bad ones, easy ones and tough ones. This year started out with a tough choice--am I or am I not planning vacation Bible school (VBS) this summer?
Our church is very small and there are very few children right now. The children are also spread out in ages. We have a teen, a tween, two preschoolers, and an infant. Sunday school has become a challenge because the church needs to have in-depth and meaningful lessons for the older kids, but it also needs lessons that are easy to understand for the preschool kids.
Though our numbers are few, VBS has always been important to our ministry. We used to spend months planning VBS, but now it only takes a few weeks. We've gone from five days down to three days. As I looked at my calendar this year, considered our numbers, and pondered the age gap, I came to the decision that after more than 30 years, our church would not be holding vacation Bible school this summer. Yes, my girls have always loved it, but it is time to focus our attention on other outreaches.
It seems like the right choice, and yet, I struggled with it. Does canceling it this year mean VBS at our church is done forever? Is this just one step toward the closing of our little church? Though faithful, one can't help but consider how this one choice impacts the future.
Please pray that we follow God's direction and that He continues to bless this little church.