JANUARY 18-24 IS NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK

TL JANUARY 18-24 2016 IS NATIONAL BIBLE WEEKMY BIBLEBIBLE HUGSNOT JUST A BOOK

A BOOK WITH PROMISE

Have you hugged your Bible lately?  We should be hugging it every day as we have devotionals – but I get it…  life gets busy.  The year is young, so isn’t this the perfect time to get back in the swing – the habit – of daily devotionals with the LORD?  He’s so patient with us, isn’t He?

Since this is National Bible Week, I thought a few passages of Scripture for this new year may be appropriate.  Here we go!

May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be blessed! On account of his vast mercy, he has given us new birth. You have been born anew into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.  – 1 Peter 1:3
Don’t remember the prior things; don’t ponder ancient history. Look! I’m doing a new thing; now it sprouts up; don’t you recognize it? I’m making a way in the desert, paths in the wilderness.  – Isaiah 43:18-19
I believe that the present suffering is nothing compared to the coming glory that is going to be revealed to us.   – Romans 8:38
Certainly the faithful love of the Lord hasn’t ended; certainly God’s compassion isn’t through! They are renewed every morning. Great is your faithfulness.  – Lamentations 3:22-23
Then the one seated on the throne said, “Look! I’m making all things new.” He also said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”  – Revelation 21:5

Look among the nations and watch! Be astonished and stare because something is happening in your days that you wouldn’t believe even if told.  – Habakkuk 1:5

Sing to the Lord a new song because he has done wonderful things! His own strong hand and his own holy arm have won the victory!  – Psalm 98:1

I will give them a single heart, and I will put a new spirit in them. I will remove the stony hearts from their bodies and give them hearts of flesh.  – Ezekiel 11:19

May God richly bless you as you study His Word in 2016!  🙂

And we are having our first annual CHRISTIAN AUTHOR’S VIRTUAL TEA PARTY & BOOK EXTRAVAGANZA this coming Saturday, January 23rd from 2-4 pm CST.  If you would like to be a part of this great event, please send me a FRIEND REQUEST on facebook and I will make sure to send you an invitation so you can RSVP.  If for some reason I don’t send an invitation – send me a message and remind me please.  :-/

Remember – this is a VIRTUAL TEA PARTY – no traveling involved – except to your own computer – it will take place on the facebook event page!  Our wonderful Christian authors will be standing by ready to post all sorts of goodies and we want YOU to post your questions and comments to them!  It will be a fun time of getting to know our favorite authors – those who God has clearly gifted with such talent – and they turn around and share it with us!

So – friend me on facebook!  Here’s the link:

https://www.facebook.com/linda.palmer.399041

I look forward to your friend request and having you join us on Saturday!  🙂

CHRISTIAN AUTHOR'S VIRTUAL TEA PARTY & BOOK EXTRAVAGANZA 2016I’m taking a little break but will begin writing again on Monday, January 25th.  🙂

Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.  – Charles Wesley

 

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SEPTEMBER 1-7 IS SELF-UNIVERSITY WEEK

TL SEPTEMBER 1-7 IS SELF UNIVERSITY WEEK

Writers have a never-ending bent toward curiosity.  The most interesting part of writing is the research involved.  Hours of digging, as though part of an anthropology excursion!  By the time we’re finished, we hope we’ve made the world a better place and feel a sense of accomplishment.

Learning does not only happen within the walls of schools and universities.  We all know you can’t believe every word you read on the internet, but if we use trusted sources, we can relay information that is usually spot-on.

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If you have not darkened the door of a university for decades, that’s no excuse to stop learning.  Life itself is all about learning, and to stop that process is to cause premature mental decline.

Only those who risk going too far will ever know how far they can go.  – Unknown

What can we do to maintain mental sharpness?  Keep learning!

  1. Learn a new word every day, then use it in three sentences.  If you watch The O’Reily Factor on Fox, you know that at the end of his show, Bill shares a new word with his audience.  I have a popular online dictionary in my favorites, along with a rhyming dictionary.
  2. Read something besides a magazine article once in a while.  I’m not knocking Reader’s Digest, but once in a while you need to open a real book.  I recently re-visited Henry David Thoreau’s writings.  Walden holds a special place in my heart, as you know.
  3. Driving is time wasted unless you have something to engage your brain.  I find audio books to be a good companion if I’m driving alone.
  4. We are a society of entertainment-seekers!  What happened to watching informative television?  Are we afraid we may learn something?  Oh, that would be horrible!  I like Fox News and Fox Business.  I find those programs to be fair and balanced.  Some consider them to be fake – not real news.  Well, that’s what the left would have you believe.  The truth hurts, as they say.
  5. Our local newspaper, The Wichita Eagle, has a section called The Opinion Line.  I enjoy writing letters to them, just to see if anything gets published in the paper.  It’s a good way to hone my writing skills and share my opinions on important issues.  http://www.kansas.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/submit-letter/  If it was a phone number, it would be on speed-dial.  Jus’ sayin’…
  6. I like to facebook or tweet with like-minded people about current events.  It’s especially neat when I find famous people who think the same way I do.  Hey, if you are famous and hold to a conservative, right-wing political view – like me on facebook https://www.facebook.com/linda.palmer.399041 or follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/makemelaughnow1   I look forward to chatting with you!
  7. The newsgroups I follow on twitter and facebook are right-leaning.  It’s a quick and easy way to stay up to speed on what’s going on in the world and in the country.
  8. Since the 2016 election is around the corner (okay, we have a way to go yet), go to You Tube and find all of the Republican candidates’ speeches from the Iowa State Fair.  They all spoke – and they are on You Tube.  Listen closely to what each one says and let it sink in – and then pray about who you want to see as president.
  9. Sign up for a seminar or workshop.  Make sure it’s something that interests you.  If it isn’t, you’ll regret spending the time and the money on it.
  10. In the workplace, we sometimes get caught up in a routine.  We enter the office building and walk straight to our little world – our safe little cubicle or office.  Make a point to wander beyond your comfort zone.  Go to another department and have a conversation with someone you’ve seen around but have never actually spoken with.  It’s amazing what you may learn.
  11. Here’s a challenge for you:  Take ten photographs that represent who you are.  Take ten photographs that best symbolize your dreams for the future.  Make an album of these photos on facebook and share with your friends!
  12. Remember back in school when we had to write essays?  We chose one subject and just researched the heck out of it – then wrote an A+ paper?  That was my favorite thing to do back then, and I still want to write those essays today!
  13. Choose two prominent figures – one living and one dead (for example, rapper Kanye West and Mozart).  Find out as much as you can about their family lives and accomplishments.  Write a paper comparing and contrasting the two.
  14. It’s easy to ignore the library because it seems easier to research everything from the comfort of my own home.  This week I think I’ll venture out and go to the library and maybe a bookstore.  I may go to a section I’ve not gone to before.  Learning something new is the idea this week.
  15. Is there a lecture you could attend this week?  If it is something that interests you, take advantage of the opportunity.  If it’s not something that interests you, take a chance and go anyway because you might walk away surprised that you learned something new.
  16. The last movie I watched with subtitles was The Passion of the Christ.  Funny story – I didn’t know I’d have to read subtitles, so walked into the movie theatre without my glasses.  I often watch movies without them, and just assumed it would be fine.  My friend was so kind to whisper the subtitles in my ear, with the occasional comment such as, “I can’t believe you didn’t know you’d have to read subtitles!” 
  17. Go to Goodreads or a similar website and from there compile a list of books you will read during the harsh winter months.
  18. Make a list of the most inspiring books you’ve ever read, then share the list on facebook with your friends.
  19. Reread a book.  You’ll find something you missed the first time.
  20. Is there a book club in your area?  No?  Start one.
  21. Nothing is more fun than ghost writing.  Write an article for someone, using their name, for their company, institution or community organization.  Post the article on ezine articles.  Most people will pay for that kind of writing.  There is minimal research (the one you’re writing for will fill you in on specs), and you will get paid for your writing.  That’s something that blog writing does not do – pay.  😦
  22. Wichita has a wonderful art museum.  If you have one near you, visit it and choose your favorite piece.  Research it and write about how it makes you feel and why it is your favorite.
  23. Train or teach.  A sure way to learn more about something is to teach it to someone else.  Whether it’s Sunday School or piano – share your knowledge with someone.  Most folks are willing to pay for that as well – so that’s a good thing.  It may be time for you to learn how to play the piano.  Hmm…
  24. As I get older, I tend to have a sort of “Who the heck moved my cheese?” mentality.  I don’t adjust to change very well.  This week, I’m determined to practice the tutorials for a new piece of computer software.  May the force be with me…  :-/
  25. Part of the reason I write a blog is to document some of my precious memories.  I don’t want to forget my past, my loving parents, my roots or my faith.  Take a moment (okay it’ll take longer than that), to write a brief summary of your life.  You may discover the inner blogger or book writer!
  26. Update your résumé.  Even if you don’t think you’ll need it…  keep it updated.
  27. Do a computer search on a subject that interests you.  For example…  PIANO, or MUSIC.
  28. I took a creative writing course in college and was challenged to write my obituary.  Talk about a smack in the face!  There’s nothing like that to make you reassess your life and how you’re living it.  What goals do you want others to remember that you met?  How do you want to be remembered?
  29. I wrote articles for the high school paper.  Part of good journalism is asking the right questions.  I decided to visit a local nursing home and ask some of the residents about the major lessons they have learned from life.  We should listen to their answers – it could save us from learning lessons the hard way.
  30. Read important American documents with the anticipation of learning something new.  The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution still have much to teach America.
  31. Volunteer your time – somewhere – anywhere.  Find an interesting person or persons to spark your imagination in writing.
  32. Turn off the television, radio and internet for an hour a day.  Just think, journal, meditate and pray.  Let God’s Holy Spirit speak to you and inspire your writing.
  33. Write about the greatest errors and accomplishments of the twentieth century.  How can these lessons make life better in the twenty-first century?
  34. If you are in management, read a book about the health risks of your workers (carpal tunnel, obesity, etc.).  If you are a worker, read about the challenges that those in management face.  We need to understand one another.
  35. Memorize a piece of music, a poem or a passage of Scripture.  Hide God’s Word in your heart – and other things too.

Learning can be FUN!  The goal is to learn something new everyday!  See you again on the 8th of September.  🙂

HERMIT DAY

TL 10-29 HERMIT DAY

10-29 YOU MAY THINK

 The Lord will make war for you, you have only to keep quiet.  – Exodus 14:14

I am so tempted to argue about political things because I care about the direction the country is headed.  I’ve had to read Scriptures that remind me that God is God and this is all part of His plan.  I need to trust Him more and be still.

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. – Psalm 46:10

Today we celebrate HERMIT DAY!  It’s a day to be in quiet seclusion.  For me it will be a day to ponder and wonder about the future.  A day to re-examine my own beliefs and a day to pray to my Maker.  I just want peace in the world, in my country and in my house.  I will pray to that end.  I’m fortunate enough to have the opportunity to spend much of my time alone, so I do a lot of praying.  I prefer to live away from the crowds and the sea of humanity.  Maybe it’s because I grew up an only child, but I know how to be alone.  I do it quite well and find all sorts of projects to keep myself occupied.

Today I will celebrate my lifestyle.  If you would like to be a hermit today, just run off by yourself to a secluded area where no one can find you.  It’s not difficult to leave – just leave.  Take a day to recharge your batteries.

Take a book.  Take a Bible and a devotional book or prayer-book.  Find a peaceful lake or a place you’ve always wanted to go.  Let the ones you love know you are leaving but don’t tell them where you’re going.  If you take your phone – turn it off.  When you are finished with the hermitization process – turn your phone on and let them know you’re ok and on your way home.

I think it’d be fun to bake some HERMIT COOKIES on hermit day.  But then, I’m weird.

It’s amazing how much good it will do (especially mentally) to be a hermit for one day.

My house is so quiet when the TV is turned off and there’s no one here but me.  I enjoy the quiet, especially when I’m trying to write.   Some folks just can’t let go of their hectic lifestyle – not even for a day.  They think they’ll get too bored or miss out on something.  Take a chance, go away, talk to God, just pray.  Or, bake some hermit cookies and pray while they’re baking.  You will be so glad you did – trust me!  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

READ A BOOK DAY

TL 9-6 READ A BOOK DAY

9-6 BOOK IT

According to the Online Slang Dictionary, the term “book it” means to move very fast. But I could be wanting a room in another town for the night if I’m taking a trip – so I would have to “book it”. Isn’t slang fun… and confusing?

Well all of that nonsense was to introduce READ A BOOK DAY, which has nothing whatsoever to do with moving very fast or making reservations. This is a holiday that was began by a librarian, one we suspect was encouraging youngsters to read books. It was first observed at the end of the first decade of the 2000’s.

I take a book almost everywhere.  Books are the perfect entertainment:  no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent.  What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.  – Stephen King

Don’t feel pressured to read an entire book today, but hopefully this day will remind you to read a certain passage of a favorite book. Maybe this would be a good day to look at some of your favorite Bible verses or read from a book of poetry. My favorite poet is Lucinda Berry Hill. I use her devotional book, “Coffee with Jesus” every day.

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To order this devotional, go to:
http://www.lucindaspoetry.webs.com/

I may be telling tales out of school, but there’s talk of a second cup of coffee with Jesus! Shh… don’t tell.

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Some other ways to celebrate this day may be to volunteer to read to children or give a book to a children’s school library. How about hosting a book reading party. What ever happened to book clubs? When did we all get too busy to get together to talk about a book?

Times have changed but I must admit I miss the old days. These days we not only have print books but e-books as well. I’m sure they count on this Read a Book Day. The idea is to encourage reading, whether it’s fiction or non-fiction. Books open up a whole new world to young and old alike.

Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read.  One does not love breathing.  – Harper Lee

I hope you’ll take the opportunity to relax and read today. It’s good for the soul and mind. 🙂

NO HOUSEWORK DAY

TL 4-7 NO HOUSEWORK DAY

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You have my permission to take the day off from housework! It is NO HOUSEWORK DAY, a great day to get outside and enjoy yourself. Ride your bike, wash your car, take a leisurely walk or take your dog to the park. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you take a deep cleansing breath and make a mental note – “I’m relaxing today!”

Some people say we make our own happiness – and I have mixed feelings on the subject. I believe God directs my path, but yes, I have a free will and can choose the activities I take part in. To that extent, I most certainly can decide whether I will take a break from work or not.

My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint. – Erma Bombeck

I’ve said time and again, I choose happiness! It is a decision I made a long time ago. Observing these wacky holidays and writing about them every day is part of my choice to be happy. See, I think it’s difficult to find a good reason to get out of bed in the morning sometimes. As strange as it sounds, these wacky holidays give me something to look forward to every day!

Check out this cute poem written by Lucinda Berry Hill:
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Some of the wacky days are really off the wall – but I think they are fun and I have enjoyed celebrating them – and celebrating life! Too many people fail to celebrate little things – and we all know that it’s the little things that make life worth living.

A towel-folding tutorial for men everywhere.  LOL!!!

Today I’m just going to read a book or watch a DVD or – hey, work on my blog! But I will under no circumstances do anything that resembles housework. This chick’s had it – at least for today.  Wink!  😉