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Monday Writing Update

Pages for the week = 14 Total pages = 76 Words = 23, 500 Just for reference, an average novel is somewhere around 300 typewritten pages and from 85,000-100,000 words. That’s a generalization–some are longer and some shorter, but it gives you an idea of what I’m aiming for. I’ve heard several techniques for reaching the target count, but I’m a write-until-the-story’s-been-told writer. Hey, it worked out the first time–although I trust that if I ever do see that book published it will be somewhat shorter than it now is at about 106,000 words. Just saying it out loud to remind myself . . .

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It’s Easy to Forget

As a long, hot summer is finally waning we’re still seeing higher than average temperatures. Small talk often turns to the weather and how we’re all eager for fall and cooler weather to really get here. But before the record-setting summer, we had a spectacularly cold and snowy winter. Somehow as we wish for cool days, we seem to forget […]

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Scripture to Carry with You

A friend and I were talking about favorite scriptures today. I’m afraid I don’t have much scripture memorized, but I carry a few around with me to pull out in case of emergency. Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (KJV) This is the cornerstone of my book. Reminds me I don’t have to prove anything, just trust and believe. Mark 9:24 – Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (NKJV) I love this–it really sums up my faith walk. I do believe–deeply and passionately–yet I doubt all the time. I Corinthians 13:1-8 – 1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.  4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with […]

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Waiting to grow up

Remember wishing you could be grown up? Remember how much easier life was going to be when you could wear makeup and eat as much candy as you wanted? My niece is the one on the left. Here’s wishing her lots and lots of waiting to grow up and maybe just a smidge of knowing how fantastic it is to be a kid. Now go do something that makes you feel like a kid who can’t wait to grow up. I’m going back to my office to use as much tape as I want.

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Waiting for God

So here I am, waiting for someone to publish my book so it can reach lots of people and have an amazing impact on them and their Christian journey. I mean, that’s the point, right? Then a friend called me. He’s an older gentleman who has some ongoing health problems, but in spite of that, he’s always just a delight to talk to and spend time with. We chatted a minute and then he abruptly asked me to pray for him. He’d gotten some bad news about his condition. There’s nothing the doctor’s can do and while it isn’t immediately life-threatening, it will have an impact on his quality of life. He was home alone–his wife was out–and he was feeling down and a little discouraged. He said he called me because he knew I’d cheer him up. Well. I began trying to say wise, Godly things that would boost his spirits. Turns out I had little to say in the way of wise, Godly things. I gave up and we just talked. I think, based on the laughs we shared and the way he seemed to brighten, that I DID cheer him up. Or rather, I let God cheer him up through me. Maybe I’ll have a book published that will touch hearts and change lives. Maybe I won’t. But in the meantime, God can use me every day. What an incredible honor.

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