Archive | January 2014

Morning Moment Of Praise

I love this song.  Simple to memorize, and just a wonderful little song of praise.

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Difficult Choices

In my quest to begin writing novels, I had hoped for a particular domain name to go with the pen name my sister and I are going to use to write under.  But that one was taken 😦  and that makes me said.  Just in case, I bought up my other choice to hang onto it.  But that isn’t the difficult choice.

The choice that is difficult at the moment is what type of novels to write.  I can write some pretty juicy material that will curl toes and cause folks to gasp just from my own life experiences.  A tweak here and a nip and tuck there and I can fictionalize it enough to cover my tail when it comes to legal issues.  Believe me I am convinced I could hit the best seller’s list, and I’m not flashing ego here at all.  I know I write well, and many have told me I need to publish a book.  My difficult choice(s) comes down to certain content.

I could write a juicy, steamy, sex filled story that would no doubt make me money.  Sex sells, no doubt about it. Jasinda Wilder proved that a quick read, short book loaded down with seriously descriptive sex scenes will sell like hot cakes and make you a lot of money.  I actually find her story inspiring, as she and her husband were about to lose it all and she sat down and wrote the first of her books, Big Girls Do It Better, and BAM they were rolling.  Trouble is I don’t know if I SHOULD write that type of book.  See, as I walk this road of faith, little by little I see that all things in my life need to be seen through a biblical perspective.  Would it be honoring to Christ to write such stuff?  The issue I had with her book was just that, the sex.  There was just TOO much of it!  I’ve read a number of her Big Girl series and honestly the story line is decent, but I started skipping a good portion because the sex scenes were just getting ridiculous.  Realistic sure, but entirely too much of it.

When I read, I love a good story.  I love several Christian authors, especially Lori Wick.  I think my very favorite book of her’s is Pretense.  It was so real, so impacting and a modern day story.  Historical fiction is great and I love reading it, but I really love things that are present day.  Face it, I cannot relate real well to living in a covered wagon or a log cabin, washing my clothes on a rock somewhere.  I enjoy getting lost in a good book but prefer things I can relate too.  I will naturally write about things in my novels that I can relate too.  There won’t be any vampires, no super model in looks characters, just real, ordinary characters, average. But with extraordinary situations and stories.

But what about the sex?  Sex between a husband and wife is beautiful, and special.  Is it wrong to write steamy scenes between two people married to each other?  And what about the fact that lots of believers don’t walk a perfect path, should I write my characters more realistic or as more fictionally perfect examples?  Sure, there are many real life believers that go from cradle to coffin walking out the Word of God in seeming perfection.  I’m not one of those.  My life, to say the least, has been rather colorful and edgy.  Woven into characters who while believers, have stumbled through some seriously sinful situations and made some poor choices, would those be more of interest to readers than the almost perfect ones I could make up?

SIGH…so many important choices.

Me, My Scale, And Made To Crave

MadetoCraveBook_largeIn my last post I had mentioned that I will be taking part in the online Bible Study for the book, Made To Crave, with Proverbs 31 Ministries.  I was very excited to find out they are doing this study.  See, of all temptations in life, food is probably my biggest weakness.  I LOVE food!  But not in a sense of what it should be, nourishment to my body, fuel to be active and healthy.  Oh I know that is the case, but I also have an incredible love for junk food, especially sweet things like desserts!  I’ve never met a donut I could pass by, or a piece of cake.  And ice cream?  Well you know that statement, “opportunity knocks, but temptation leans on the doorbell”?  That kind of temptation doesn’t bother with the doorbell, it has a master pass key through the front door!

I know I am a comfort eater, and emotional eater.  I eat for every emotion.  When bummed, I eat. When happy, I eat.  What good things happy, why let’s celebrate and eat!  I did a really decent job of keeping myself at a good weight until my divorce began 4 years ago.  While short in process, after it was final I stopped caring about what I was eating and put on about 30 pounds over the past 3.5 years.

For several years prior to my divorce, my then husband and I were walking so far off the path.  We had been members in good standing at church, taught children’s ministries and were youth leaders for the junior/senior high.  Then we fell, and hard.  Together we walked through the pits of sin and when we divorced I continued to live in the pig sty of life before finally finding my way back.  It has not been easy, this prodigal daughter is rather bull headed, pride and ego got in my way numerous times before I finally shook off the mess of the past and crawled back on to the path toward my Savior again.

This study is not only for my physical well being, to get food back into it’s proper perspective, but more than that, to keep Christ in His proper place in my life.  What a blessing to find this study starting up.  My son’s mother-in-law has done this study and said it was good, so I bought both the book and devotional for my Kindle, and I cannot wait for it to get started.

Are you struggling with food?  Sin?  Or maybe just need to re-ground?  Join us!  There are over 33,000 signed up for this online study, what a fantastic support network that will be!  33,000+ believers all studying God’s word together, what an amazing blessing!

Just go to Proverbs 31 Ministries Current Study page and get signed up!  The book is less expensive if you have a Kindle, or the Kindle reading app on your computer.  The study launches on January 19th, hope you will be a part of this too!

An Online Bible Study

MadetoCraveBook_largeI’m going to try something that I’ve never really done before, and online Bible study.

I follow the Proverbs 31 ministries because my goal in life is to BE a Proverbs 31 woman.  I’m not holding my breath because I know better than to think I can actually become one on my own.  No, this is a work from my Father in Heaven to accomplish through various means in my life.

The book, Made To Crave, hit the market sometime ago, I remember seeing it and thinking “Oh I should read that sometime” but I didn’t have the money to download it on my Kindle when it was new and frankly forgot all about it after that.  Recently I signed up for regular emails from Proverbs 31 Ministries and received one about a new, online study starting up on January 19th for 6 weeks.  They are doing the Made To Crave study.  I bought the book (I believe it was $3.99 this time on Kindle) and the devotional (not necessary but what the heck can it hurt).   When I posted about it on Facebook, my son’s mother-in-law commented that she had done the study and it was a good one.  I’m in.

I will likely keep my notes here in posts to benefit anyone who might need a lift.  Click the image to go to the site to get the book and sign up for the study.

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Gratitude Explained

If you do nothing else today, take time to sit and watch this 10 minute video.  The images are gorgeous.  But there is so much more in the words.  Listen to the child and then the elderly man.  REALLY LISTEN to what is said.  I wrote some of it down it was SO good.