NATIONAL WRITING DATE DAY

TL 9-3 NATIONAL WRITING DATE DAY

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Writers are disciplined individuals.  Quit laughing!  Seriously…  it’s really bugging me – stop!

There are only so many hours in the day…  plus, there are so many distractions that can derail your train of thought…  everything from a noisy dishwasher to the television set in the room next to your writing space.  It can be maddening when you’re trying to write.

Natalie Marie Collins makes a wonderful suggestion…  LEAVE.  Go to a writing safe place, whether it is a favorite coffee shop or restaurant.  Wherever you decide to go, make it a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed while you research and write.PEACE HAS A HOLD ON ME

When God has placed a desire in your heart to write and share with others about Him, you have to trust that He will provide the perfect atmosphere to do the work He’s asked you to do.  I’m fortunate because I have a room that is specifically designated for writing and designing.  Nobody bothers me or distracts me while I’m there.  I make coffee or tea before I begin – then let the research begin!

This is a day set aside specifically for those who may not have a special writing spot at home.  Maybe there are more distractions than you can deal with.  Maybe you just get sat down to write and get interrupted.  Nothing kills the will to write faster than interruptions.  I hope you’ll find Natalie’s suggestions helpful.  I believe there are so many Christian writers out there, but they have such busy lives and can’t figure out a way to find a quiet, peaceful atmosphere where they can spend two or three hours writing.

NECTAR FOR A BUTTERFLYIt’s important to find solitude and serene surroundings before you write.  If a butterfly wants nectar it has to find a flower.  Nothing intended to encourage and uplift can be conveyed if it’s written in the midst of chaos.  If God calls you to write, He’s going to work out the details for you.  The world may need to hear the story that only you can tell.  If you ask God to help you find a great place to write – He will certainly find it for you!

May God bless you as you contemplate writing today!  🙂

 

 

 

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A DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE POOR

TL 12-12 A DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE POOR

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Make us worthy, Lord, to serve those people throughout the world who live and die in poverty and hunger. Give them through our hands, this day, their daily bread, and by our understanding love, give them peace and Joy. Amen   – Mother Teresa

The International House of Prayer in Kansas City is hosting a day of prayer in December for the poor and suffering around the world and those who are giving their lives to helping them.  Please plan to join us for part or all of the solemn assembly. Get more info here: http://www.ihopkc.org

This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.  – Psalm 34:6

What is Christmas all about?  One of my friends reminded me recently that it is not his birthday, but the birthday of Christ Jesus.  If we can keep it in perspective and teach little ones that lesson, it honors God.  Today I invite you to join me in prayer for those who are less fortunate.  We do what we can to help, but in addition to helping physically, we pray.

 O GOD, Almighty and merciful, who heals those that are broken in heart, and turns the sadness of the sorrowful to joy; Let Your Fatherly goodness be upon all that You have made. Remember in pity those who are this day destitute, homeless, or forgotten by their fellow-men. Bless the congregation of Your poor. Uplift those who are cast down. For those who suffer innocently, I pray that You will sanctify their endurance of the wrongs worked on them, keeping their hearts free of bitterness. Cheer with hope all discouraged and unhappy people, and help those who are tempted into sin by their poverty; though they be troubled on every side, suffer them not to be distressed; though they be perplexed, save them from despair. Grant this, O Lord, for the love of Him, who for our sakes endured poverty and blameless suffering, Your Son, our Jesus Christ.  It’s in His Name we pray, Amen.

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 He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.  – Psalm 102:17

We pray because we know our Lord hears us.  I hope you’ll join me and pray too!  ❤

If you are looking for a perfect Christmas gift, may I suggest a new devotional book by Lucinda Berry Hill?  Everyone needs a new devotional book to begin the new year!

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CLEAN UP THE WORLD WEEKEND

TL 9-19 CLEAN UP THE WORLD WEEKEND

GOSSIP IN THE FRUIT BOWL

It is CLEAN UP THE WORLD WEEKEND.  Although the spirit of this weekend is to remove litter from the earth, I want to talk a little about one of the most destructive “litter” known to man – gossip.

Gossip is a sneaky sin. I’ve fallen into that trap and I’m sure you have too. We have to be aware of it when it comes around and learn how to squelch it before it spreads. Even though everyone in the fruit bowl was gossiping about plum, she refused to take part. She chose, instead, to make a positive statement about the fruits, noting that God made them to be unique.

If we can meet ugliness with a soft answer, it will turn away wrath. Soft, sweet, kind responses are always appropriate. I know some people will just say, “I don’t want to hear your gossip” and walk away, but I think there’s an opportunity to help the person attempting to spread the gossip as well. If you say you don’t want to hear the gossip, it will stop them in their tracks, but it may hurt or embarrass them so much they decide to give up on church or on Christian friendships. I never want to be a stumbling block to anyone, so I believe it’s a better idea to defuse the gossip by pouring honey on it. It’s surprisingly effective, and the other person’s feelings are spared.

Wouldn’t it be better to have a soft answer for a gossip?  Pour honey on it by first saying something like, “You know I love you, but I really don’t think we should be discussing this.”  That’s a soft answer that does not make the other person feel so bad.  Always remember to be soft instead of harsh.  None of us are above the temptation to speak out of turn from time to time.  We may think we are helping a situation when we gossip.  Of course we are not, but it’s something I believe we have all done from time to time.  God doesn’t give up on us – we need to be patient and loving with one another.

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. – Proverbs 15:1

Just imagine what the fruits would have to say about watermelon! She is so large she can’t fit into the fruit bowl. She might even break it! God made watermelon a certain way so that the fruit would taste a certain way. It doesn’t do watermelon any good to whine and cry and tell everyone that she wished she looked like banana. If she looked like banana, she would taste like a banana and in fact would BE a banana. That’s not good because when I reach for a watermelon, I want the fruit that looks and tastes like a watermelon, not a banana. 😉

I WILL MISS YOU…

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THE WORDS OF MAYA

Photo credit:  William J. Clinton Presidential Library.

Photo credit: William J. Clinton Presidential Library.

Where to begin? Maya Angelou was a great inspiration for the meek and the mighty! Entire nations listened to her words of wisdom and were moved to action by them. Her impressive list of accolades includes her popular book entitled, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”, which brought about some controversy and was banned from some school libraries across America. Maya contended that the ones banning the book had not even taken the time to read it.

Her fabulous career began when she cut her first album in 1957, “Calypso Lady”. It’s reported that Billie Holiday told her that she would be famous, but not for singing. How right she was!

Between the fiction, non-fiction and published verse, she had more than 30 best-selling titles!

I will miss reading her writings, always thought-provoking, they encouraged me to grow. I believe that’s what good writing does, it makes a person think, take it to their own heart and life, and act on it. It makes us grow as a person and in the way we interact with those around us.

Rest in Peace, Maya Angelou. ❤