Thank You!

Instead of making resolutions for the coming year—which I rarely do—I’d like to share the many things for which I’m thankful as we slide from 2015 into 2016. 

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  • First, I thank and praise God for working through me in this blog. To Him be the glory in all of this! I cannot imagine doing any of it without the Holy Spirit’s guidance and help.
  • I am beyond blessed with a wonderful husband who not only supports my writing and blogging, but who is also diligent to make sure I don’t overdo. Thank you, Rick, for always being there for me to lean on and hug, to hold hands with, and to walk this earthly journey with me.
  • I can’t let 2015 end without thanking my friend Pat Knight for all of the devotionals she writes for this blog. In spite of the constant chronic pain she deals with on a daily basis, she has been instrumental in keeping this blog going. Thank you, Pat!
  • A huge thank you to all my readers and followers for hanging in here with me as I’ve tried to keep up with a consistent blogging schedule. I’m still working out a balance in my life so that I can keep up with this blog without hampering my health.

I don’t know what 2016 holds for me, but I do know Who holds 2016! I believe without a doubt that if it is God’s will for me to keep blogging here, He will continue to enable me in this venture.

Beloved,

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy. —Philippians 1:3-4

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Changing Things Up

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A couple of months ago I wrote this post about having to scale back and only post here three times a week because of my health issues. And my nemesis—aka our monsoon season —is back again, so you’d think I’d have to take a complete break for a couple of months since I always feel worse during these times.

So how come I’ve increased the frequency of my posting to almost every day? 

I am so thankful to find many, many great articles and posts from other sites and blogs that I can share with you! It is a slight change in direction for this blog but is still in line with my vision for it:

  • how God is working in our lives no matter what else is going on
  • how to live a joyful and hopeful life with the Lord at the helm
  • learning to recognize the many blessings in our lives and be thankful for them

Having said all that, if I miss a day or two (or more), it’s probably because I didn’t feel well enough to work up and schedule some posts ahead of time. I’ll do my best to stay current here while I also fit in my writing assignments for the other blogs to which I contribute.

Remember: Thanks living always leads to thanks giving!

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Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; speak of all His wonders.
—1 Chronicles 16:9

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A Change of Plans

 

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A couple of months ago I decided to try posting more often than I had been doing. What I discovered is that I’ve been putting so much work into these almost-daily posts that I’ve been neglecting my other writing responsibilities. Since I believe that the Lord has provided these writing opportunities for me, I need to use my limited time and energy more wisely.

Starting this week, I’ll be posting three times per week: Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. I’m very thankful for my contributing writers, which alleviates some of the time I dedicate to this blog. I come across many great blog posts from other sources and I’ll continue to share those with you too. God is doing some great things in my writing life this year and I’ll be doing my best to honor what He has given me to do for His glory.

Beloved, thank you all for sticking with me and being a part of my bloggy world! I appreciate each and every one of you!

To humans belong the plans of the heart,
    but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.

All a person’s ways seem pure to them,
    but motives are weighed by the Lord.

Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
    and he will establish your plans.

—Proverbs 16:1-3

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Very Inspiring Blog Award

Recently I was nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by Hope Turner of To Peace from Despair. Thank you so much, Hope!

My health issues mean I have very limited time to keep up with my blog plus the other sites to which I contribute, so I can only follow award rule #1. However, you can read a little of what this is all about below. 

Again, thank you Hope. May your days be filled with God’s blessings!

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Screen Shot 2015-02-12 at 10.36.18 PMToday I’m ‘paying it forward’. After being nominated by (an amazing blogger herself), The Rabbit Hole, for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award, I’d like to, in turn, nominate seven bloggers to receive the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Each of these bloggers has been an inspiration to me. I thank them all for the impact they have made on my life and many others. I encourage everyone to visit them! Their nominations are well deserved!  Hugs, Hope

The Rules for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award:

1.) The nominee shall display the respective logo on his/her blog and link to the blogger that has nominated her/him.

2.) The nominee shall nominate 7-10 bloggers she/he admires, by linking to their blogs and informing them about the nomination.

You can read Hope’s entire post about this here.

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Other Blogs I Write For

Although I’m a little late in doing so, I would like to officially share the links of the blogs for which I am a contributing writer. I am thrilled and blessed to be a part of these blogs to share Jesus Christ’s Gospel message of mercy, grace, hope and faith. 

 

CMI’s  mission: To connect the online world with local churches and local churches to the online world. To focus on the story of missions and to equip and educate the Christian to engage the culture.

CMI encourages people to submit ideas on how to spread our message better. So we created projects to make you heard and encourage people to join you in your endeavor. Want to suggest something?

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Like a good cup of coffee, faith can touch and be touched. It warms and wakes us and magnifies the joy of Salvation.

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Please take the time to visit these great sites and share the links above with your friends via social media or email. 

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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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He is Faithful [repost]

Lately I’ve been thinking about how the Lord is leading me in my writing life, and how thankful I am to Him for that. I am going to be starting a new phase soon and will share more about that when the time comes. For now, rather than cut back on my blog posting, I thought I’d share an older post with you once a week or so. 

This particular post from 2012 about God’s faithfulness concerns a very big turning point in my writing career. I discovered that sometimes we need to just stop everything in order to allow our Lord to give us a fresh insight into His plans for us. When I stopped writing a few years back, I had no idea that the hiatus would involve a huge amount of trust in Jesus.

The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.
—1 Thessalonians 5:24

I’ve been talking and blogging a lot lately about leaning on the Lord with faith and trust. Today I’d like to focus on how faith plays such a huge part in trusting and believing in the Lord’s timing.

By the way, “faith” (a noun) and “believe” (a verb) are both translated from the same Greek word. If you claim to have faith in God, then believing in Him is to put that faith into action. In other words, our faith leads to believing that what God says is true and more important than what we see or feel with our frail and easily persuaded human minds.

Are you still with me? If so, I’d like to share one of the times God reinforced a believing faith in my life.

I don’t know about you but just when I feel comfortable with the way my life is going, that’s when I know God will start to shake things up a bit. I like to say He is moving me from one comfort zone to the next!

One of the examples of this in my own life happened about seven years ago. After several years of writing, my well of imagination seemed to have run dry. I had unexpectedly lost my desire to write.

Those who know me best suggested that I was probably experiencing writer’s block, but God simply had other plans for me. In the midst of my quiet times with Him, I felt Him telling me to stop everything writing-related for a time and focus on Him as I rested my exhausted body and mind.

As difficult as it was to understand this, I knew God was asking me to put into action what I believe to be true: God is more than worthy of my faith and trust.

My writing hiatus came to an abrupt end about a year later when a writing assignment dropped into my inbox that I knew had to be from the Lord. I had sent my resume to a publisher the previous year and then forgotten about it. Now this same publisher offered me an assignment that was tailor-made for my style of writing.

But there was a problem: not only was the deadline a mere three weeks away, but I needed to research and write while battling severe daily migraines.

The migraine issue was not a new thing, but I just cannot think clearly when in the midst of one of these nausea creating, light and sound bothering, hair hurting migraines hits me. And it was happening on a daily basis.

Nevertheless, I struggled through this assignment day after day, sometimes praying through my tears. And—day after day—God provided me with the ideas I needed plus the necessary strength to get this enormous amount of writing done in such a short period of time.

The finished book was a compilation of prayers written by me and several other authors. By the grace of God and by believing that He would faithfully help me complete this assignment on time, I met my deadline of composing 31 prayer devotionals.

You read that right: 31 devotionals in 3 weeks!

In great pain I toiled through the writing of every single one of those devotionals but God was faithful in giving me exactly the strength I needed exactly when I needed it most.

Beloved, are you facing something in your life that seems too much for you to handle? Maybe—like I did—you think there is nothing you can contribute because of your circumstances or illness or limited energy.

If you take away anything from what I went through, it should be this: when God wants us to do something for Him, He does not expect us to do it on our own. He just wants us to have faith and believe that He will walk with us through it.

He is the Great Enabler and will always grant us exactly the amount of strength and stamina we need to finish whatever He calls us to do!

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