Florida Christian Writer’s Conference 2016

FLChristianWritersConferenceFeb. 24 – 28. 2016
I’m taking a week off to prepare for an awesome conference.

This is a conference of mostly Christian writers, agents, editors and publishers. We come together to share what god has put on our hearts and help each other in our careers.

I’ll let you know next week what I learned. Have a blessed week!

Bible Characters Through the Ages

Thank You God, for this blessing. It’s still hard for me to believe that He has me as a published author. This isn’t something I ever even thought of doing. I am having the time of my life doing it though. While writing, I learn more about the characters. When talking with the children and adults, I can share my faith and hope to bring them to a stronger faith.

The first two books in the series “Bible Characters Through the Ages” are now available on Amazon. “Book One Adam in the Garden” and “Book Two Meeting Eve” are ready as an eBook and a paperback.

I can’t wait to start setting up book signings and talking with the children. I pray that this series helps bring children and families closer to God. Let me know if I can visit your church or school to share these books. If I don’t live near you, we can set up a Skype visit.

Ash Wednesday

This week we begin Lent. In the past I have given up something, like dessert, chocolate, and snacks. Other times I have tried to add something to my daily routine, like more prayer, or reading more in the Bible. This year, I think I will try to be better focused on what God wants me to do each day. In Matthew 6:1-7 it says:

“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 3 But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.

5 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. 7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.”

I will add to my morning prayers: Please, Father, help me to see more clearly who You want me to help today. Please guide my thoughts and writing to be to Your glory. Amen.

How about you?

  • Do you give something up for Lent?
  • Do you try to do something to help others?
  • Do you want do something to improve your health?

Let’s work together and see how we can improve our lives. Go to the end of the blog and write what you want to do this Lenten season. Then each week we can share how we are doing. If we stick to what we have planned maybe this can be a new beginning for being more faithful to God.

I can’t wait to hear what you have planned. God bless you.

 

 

1 The New King James Version. (1982). (Mt 6:1–7). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Making Time for God

This shouldn’t be so difficult, but it is. It’s easier now for me, but as a young wife and mom, the day seemed like it was over before it began.

  • Make sure everyone was up and ready
  • Get breakfast on the table
  • Check backpacks for homework
  • Errands for the day
  • Make dinner
  • Dance class
  • Bath and bed time
  • Whew

As I fell into bed, I’d start my prayer: I’m sorry God I forgot to talk with you today. Please forgive me and help me to do better tomorrow.

Over the years I have learned to take more time for God throughout the day. Once I started praying for direction for what I was going to be doing things fell into place better and easier. I even started asking for driving directions. Usually there is more than one route to where I would want to go. The first time I did it I later learned that there had been a bad accident and I was able to avoid the area by listening to God’s direction.

During the day if a name comes to mind, I pray for that person, for whatever is going on in their life. Or if I see that a cashier looks like they are having a rough day, I make sure that I smile and thank them for helping me. Also tell them to have a blessed day, and then pray for them. Sometimes when out shopping or walking you may see someone that looks like they are having a tough time. You can say a quick prayer asking God to give them peace.

A benefit I have for talking to God more during the day is that I see things more clearly. I notice people not just a blur that is walking by me. I see more in nature when I am on a walk and hear the birds singing more clearly. The more I walk, the better I feel. The pain from sciatica stays away if I keep active enough. Getting older isn’t for the weak, but it sure helps when you feel God’s loving presence helping you get through your day.

Ways to help in making time for God:

  • When you wake up say a prayer of thanks for getting you through the night
  • Tell Him you hope He had a good night
  • My husband and I read a chapter in the Bible with our morning coffee, then comment on the reading
  • Weather permitting, you can sit outside for breakfast and listen to the birds around you
  • Pray for safety and guidance on the road
  • Ask God to help you make a decision
  • Thank God when you are ready to go to sleep for a good day

I believe that my writing books for children, is a gift and a call from God. It’s not something I ever had even thought of doing. I pray when I first sit down to write the books and my blogs asking Him what I should write. Many times when I go back over my manuscripts I will find parts that I don’t remember writing. Those are the time when I feel He really has put the words down that He wants the children to read.