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The Writing Life

 

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 My heart overflows with a good theme; 
I address my verses to the King; 

my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

—Psalm 45:1

 Over the past few of weeks I have been doing background work on a new teaching devotional series. This week I need to focus on writing the first piece of the series, so I’ve prepared and scheduled a few posts to keep you busy while I’m otherwise engaged.

There will be lots of coffee and Bible time this week, both of which always serve me well! And yes, I am being purposely vague about the topic of this upcoming series because I want to surprise you. I hope you like surprises as much as I do! 

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Thankful for Bloggy Friends

SoThankfulForYou…..

Compared to most bloggers, I am still a relative newbie. I started this blog a little over two years ago, and although I’ve had to take breaks from blogging every so often, I’m thankful to still be here. More than that, I am so thankful for my bloggy friends who have encouraged and lifted me up in prayer when I needed it most. Sometimes the encourager needs to be encouraged too!

THANK YOU for your faithfulness in hanging around to read what God gives me to share with you! I believe with all my heart that I am here only because of Him, and that He has some kind of plan for my writing.

My heart overflows with a good theme;

I address my verses to the King;

my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

—Psalm 45:1

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Difficulty Praying?

Well, friends, I think I charged back into blogging a couple of weeks ago too quickly so I’ve been paying the price since. Seems that’s what I do a lot these days!

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This has been the worst summer in my life, and that began early in the spring. The heavy monsoon activity we experience up here in northern Arizona really gets my nauseous migraines going, and that means I can’t do much. In an effort to better monitor my activity level, I think I need to scale back for another month or so and only post once or twice a week. Please forgive me if I don’t reply to your comments here or as quickly as I normally do. I so appreciate all your comments and prayers!

I admit that at times when my pain plus nausea levels are seemingly out of sight, I struggle with how to pray. And then I remember Romans 8:26-27:

In the same way, the Spirit also helps us in 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; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

And let’s not ever forget Verse 28:

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And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

I am so thankful for that! The Holy Spirit not only knows my heart and intercedes “with groanings” for me when I can’t find the words through the pain, but God also “causes all things to work together … to those who are called according to His purpose.”

How amazing and awesome is that?

Here’s a wonderful quote from Oswald Chambers that is good for all of us to remember and hold close during difficult times.

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Take a Break – Part 2

I know I’ve been quiet for a couple of weeks but I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth. Without going into a lot of detail, I’ve been sidelined in a major way by a flareup of my CFIDS in addition to the extremely nauseous migraines that are part and parcel of my monsoon summers.

You know how life just kind of happens? Well, this summer has served to knock me for a loop, to the point where I’ve been sleeping a lot.

I’m sorry I haven’t answered your comments on my blog but you don’t know how blessed I have been knowing that you have taken the time to visit here and leave me a sweet note.

This summer has not been very easy on me but God is still in control and my one true Hope… as He is yours, Beloved. Here is my prayer for all of us:

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As I said last time: Stay tuned, Beloved … I’ll be back before you know it!

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Take a Break!

I will—no, I need—to take a break from blogging for a week or two. Life has been happening for me a lot here lately and that will continue this week as I am blessed with visits from both of my children. I am so looking forward to spending some time with these two wonderful people! I often wonder how they turned out so great, because I made so many mistakes while they were growing up.

Anyway, there comes the time when I need to just cut back on my activities for awhile, so after they leave I’ll need some quiet time to just be. Please keep me in prayer as I rest as much as possible and try to cope with the daily monsoon activity which is heaping loads of migraine nausea on me.

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Stay tuned, Beloved … I’ll be back before you know it!

AnnaSmile

Beautiful Blogger

Last week I received a surprise in the form of another blog award. It came on a day when I really needed something to make me smile.

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Thank you, Betty, for giving me this award. You absolutely made my day!

Please take the time to visit Betty’s two wonderful blog sites: Betty’s Verse of the Day and Jesus is My Joy .

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Excited…thankful…humbled by awards

I have been so blessed by all my bloggy friends and today I want to share with you several blog awards I recently received:

These awards are such fun to receive and share with you!

I need to thank Ginger from Daily Life with Fibromyalgia and Peter from PJ Grace Community: Identifying Evidences of God’s Grace .

THANK YOU BOTH!

Peter nominated me for the Lovely Blog Award, the Shine On Award, and the Very Versatile Blogger Award.

Interestingly, both Ginger and Peter nominated me for the Blog of the Year 2012 award so I get to display the image that includes 2 brightly shining stars. [See explanation of this below.]

Peter, I know I am supposed to share 7 things about myself here, but I’ll save that for a few future Tidbit Tuesdays. I only have so much energy these days, and most people would probably be able to just dash off this post quickly, but it literally takes me hours to prepare, compose and schedule this kind of post.

Ginger, I am following your ‘rules’ for the Blog of the Year 2012 because it basically only entails my copying from your post where you listed your nominees. Now that I can manage, so here it is!

‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

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Here are my blog nominees for the Blog of the Year 2012:

Chief of the Least

God’s Word for Women

I Hope 4 Him

Meeting in the Clouds

Peaceful Wife

Tammy Kay’s Corner

Teshuva~Inspirations for a Better Life

The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

  1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award
  2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.
  3. Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/   and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
  4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them.
  5. You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience
  6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

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Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

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‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Badges

Here are the six badges for you to collect – you can either ‘swop’ your badge for the next one each time you are given the award – or even proudly display all six badges if you are lucky enough to be presented with the award six times!

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Need to know more? Check out our FAQ page.

And Congratulations! on being chosen for the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

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Here are the 6 awards in thumbnail size for your sidebar – feel free to Right Click and save any of the images on this page:

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Please visit the blogs I’ve nominated to show your support. You never know—you might be inspired to follow one of them too!

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Celebrate With Me!

One year ago today I started This Thing Called Life. I have had web sites and blogs before but apparently this one is what the Lord had in mind for me all along. You know how it is. Sometimes it takes awhile until we “get it.”

I’ve been thinking a lot about my tag line: while you’re here you might as well dance. My two bum knees have kept me from dancing for a long, long time so I’m not sure why I decided on that particular phrase. So I’ll be rethinking that in the coming year. I also want to work up the perfect mission statement for this blog and for me personally.

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Thank you so much for spending time with me as I share my heart with all of you. It’s been a huge privilege and blessing for me and I look forward to seeing what the Lord has planned for me here during the next year!

Blessings to all of you!

Award Time Continued

While I was away from my blog for personal reasons, I was also nominated for the “Sunshine Award” by Ugochi Jolomi of Teshuva: Inspirations for a Better Life ~ http://www.ugochi-jolomi.com.

According to Ugochi, this award is for bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.

The award details:

Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them

Ugochi,  thank you so much for nominating me for the Sunshine Award! Your blog is a true inspiration to me, and I am always thankful to read all your posts. I have been especially blessed by your openness about your marriage and the way you seek to honor the Lord by ministering to and caring for your husband in such a wonderfully Biblical way. You are a bit of sunshine in my life!

Answer the following 10 questions about yourself

  1. Favorite color? Any and every shade of pink!
  2. Favorite animals? Dogs for sure, although I don’t currently have one.
  3. Favorite number? 3 because it represents the Trinity.
  4. Favorite drink? Coffee!
  5. Facebook or Twitter? Both, although I use Facebook way more.
  6. Good book or good movie? Oh, absolutely a good book!
  7. My Passion? To illustrate and share God’s mercy and grace with those whom He places in my life.
  8. Giving or getting presents? Giving, especially anonymously.
  9. Favorite day? Probably Thursday because that’s our local family’s coffee get-together day!
  10. Favorite flower? Definitely tulips.

Select 10 of your favorite bloggers, link their posts and let them know they have been given the Sunshine Award

  1. Ez at Creature Comforts
  2. Rachel at Faith. Family. Fun.
  3. Alisa at Faith Imagined
  4. Julie at Joy’s Hope
  5. Karla at Karla Dornacher
  6. Mary at Live Uncaged
  7. Lynn at Lynn’s Kitchen Adventure
  8. Eileen at The Pink Home
  9. Janette  (Autumn) and Jordan (Spring) at The Two Seasons
  10. The Heart of J at Through Him with Him in Him

Remember to copy and paste the award on your blog!

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Congratulations to all of you, who inspire me in so many ways every day! Have fun spreading the “Sunshine” around!

Award Time

I was recently nominated for the “Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award” by Cloudwatcher at http://meetingintheclouds.wordpress.com/Meeting in the Clouds: Cloudwatcher’s Life Story and Inspirational Blogs ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17.

I was initially drawn to Cloudwatcher’s blog because there are similarities in our backgrounds, and I am impressed and blessed by her huge faith in spite of what went on in her young life. I became one of her subscribers because of her clear messages of faith and hope. It is apparent that she spends a huge amount of time and effort in Bible study, research and reading to complete her posts. She is a true blessing and encouragement to me!

As to the title of her blog, Cloudwatcher shares:

“Why “Meeting in the clouds”?  The Scripture reference on the heading gives the answer:

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17: “For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them IN THE CLOUDS, to meet the Lord in the air: and so we shall ever be with the Lord.”

What a glorious day that will be! Will you be there?

So thank you so much for the honor of this award, Cloudwatcher. I’m thankful for our blogosphere meeting and look forward to worshipping and praising the Lord together in heaven!

The guidelines for accepting the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award are:

Share seven things about yourself.

  1. I am the oldest of 5 girls—no boys.
  2. My name is actually Anna Marie but I dropped the Marie when I was 11 years old and we moved and changed schools. At that young age I thought Anna Marie sounded too Italian and I so wanted to be like most of my friends who were fair-skinned Irish girls.
  3. I have naturally curly hair with the accompanying eternal frizziness that has frustrated me all my life. During our super-humid monsoon season, which is happening right now, there’s no way I can wear my hair anything but curly. Check it out:
  4. I was given the nickname “Smiley” by some coworkers many years ago.
  5. I have a strong dislike for polenta topped with tomato sauce. Don’t ask.
  6. I was saved in 1979 and then spent 16 years backsliding. I became a true Jesus follower when I rededicated my life to the Lord and was baptized in 1995.
  7. I love everything about the color pink because it’s such a cheerful color.
  8. OK, I know it says 7 things but here’s a freebie: I’m a truck girl!

Link back to the person who nominated you.

Meeting in the Clouds

Cloudwatcher’s Life Story and Inspirational Blogs: 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

http://meetingintheclouds.wordpress.com/

Place the award on your blog.

Pass the award on to other bloggers.

I nominate the following to receive this award:

Susan Stilwell

http://susanstilwell.com/ — I Hope for Him

Ugochi Jolomi

http://www.ugochi-jolomi.com/

Teshuva ~ Inspirations for a Better Life

Katie

http://katherinescorner.com/

Katherine’s Corner

Anna (yes, another one!)

 http://godswordforwomen.wordpress.com

God’s Word for Women

StrawberryIndigo

http://strawberryindigo.wordpress.com 

My Life in Color

Please take the time to visit the blogs of these dear ladies. You’ll be glad you did and you might make some new bloggy friends!

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