Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Nudge from God

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As I’ve been reading my Bible and my daily devotions, I’ve felt a pull, (from God?) to write some devotionals myself. Right here on this blog.

I thought I could create a ‘tab’ across the top just for devotions and park them there. It wouldn’t be daily, maybe only once or twice a week, at least on my part. This would be separate from any regular blog posts and have a page of its own. It would also have the option to leave comments.

Then I thought, why not invite others who write devotions to share theirs here, too. No rules, just write from your heart as God leads. You would send your contribution to me via email, along with any images you’d like to include. If you become a regular contributor, I’ll create another tab which would include your picture and a bio.  If enough are interested we’ll work out some sort of schedule, although I really dislike schedules. I’d rather just have you send something and I’ll put them up as I receive them. I reserve the right to edit, although I doubt that would be necessary.

If this is something you’d be interested in doing, use the Contact tab an let me know. Not just for those of you who might want to contribute, but for all my blog readers.

Of course, feel free to leave a comment here, too. They are always welcome and appreciated.

One more thing: if you are one of those who have problems with leaving comments, just use the Contact tab. It sends an email directly to me.

So, what do you think?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Spiritual Food for the Weekend

 

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God

“For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.

“Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for you consolation and salvation

“And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation.”

2 Corinthians 1:3-7 [NKJV]

Monday, August 11, 2014

Futile Regrets

Have you ever made a decision you’ve lived to regret? One that is pretty much irrevocable. Can’t be changed. Can’t go back. The thing is to learn to live with it. And it would most likely do no one any good to complain about it, or even discuss it.

At times like that I invoke the “Serenity Prayer”:

“God, give me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference.”

Amen?

Some of these decisions are made in haste, without thinking them through, and we then repent at leisure.

For example: A man and woman think they’re madly in love, get married, and all too soon realize it was a mistake. Today’s modern couple seek Divorce Court. But what if God gave them the serenity to accept the consequences of that decision and then He gave them the courage to make it work?

My mom and dad gave me a Bible on my 30th birthday. On a blank page inside the front flap, Daddy wrote:

  • To know wisdom and instruction, to receive the words of understanding —
  • The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom —
  • Receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, so that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding —
  • Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God —

These are excerpts from Proverbs Chapters 1 & 2.

I still have that Bible, a little battered, worn, and beloved. It is the King James version [KJV]. The words I typed above are from the New King James version [NKJV] but without all the thee’s and thou’s.

I recently pulled that old Bible from the shelf because I was doing a study of something in particular and wanted to see how all the different revisions and interpretations presented the same words. Anyway, my eyes caught Daddy’s inscription and I wept.

How often do I follow his instructions? Or, to put it another way, how often and faithfully do I follow HIS instructions through the words of Solomon.

Something to think about, huh?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Vapors

Backyard Wisconsin Home

My Beautiful Wisconsin Backyard

Have you ever made promises to yourself for things you want, or need, to do only to find them vaporized in the morning? You get up, look around at those things and decide they can wait. Nothing is urgent. Necessary, yes. Urgent? No.

The carpet needs to be vacuumed, but if I pick up the obvious clumps of cat and dog hair, twigs and stuff the dogs bring in on their feet, etc, it’s not so bad. I need to do laundry, but I still have clean clothes and bedding. It can wait. Sure, it’s procrastinating, but still…

I’m working on a mid-September deadline for a novel and it is going so well I can’t stop. I must write, I must get it finished. Because, at the same time, there’s another deadline riding alongside. And that, my friends, IS urgent.

My first contracted full-length novel and I can’t afford to mess this up. The other is a third contracted novelette that I can’t wait to write.

So, the housework and laundry get ignored. Does my conscience bother me? Of course. 

Vapors.

Intentions that have vaporized when faced with the urgent need to be writing.

How about you? Do you, as writers, find yourself in this situation?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Computers! Gotta love ‘em

I’ve been messing around in my blog settings today and I just might have fouled a few things up.

Just bear with me for a few minutes. As soon as this post appears I’ll know and I’ll take it down.

Thanks for indulging me.