Wednesday, April 28, 2010

God has a plan!

Two years ago, my dear husband forgot me on Mother's Day. Of course he didn't forget me. He forgot to get me a little present. I've told him that I will accept a pack of gum, as long as he doesn't forget. So...... he came in on Monday with a wrapped parcel in his back pocket. It was a book by Kim Vogel Sawyer. I read it, and I can honestly say that it was one of the best books that I have ever read. I really loved the book for three reasons. One was, that someone can read that book and learn how to accept Jesus as their personal savior. Two was, because it is a historical, and I love history. Three was because I felt a common bond with the characters and I needed to "see" how the main character learned to depend on the Lord instead of herself. I contacted Kim Sawyer, and now we have become very good friends. She came to my church for a ladies' retreat. It was absolutely perfect timing. I shared my dream of being a writer with Kim, and she has been very encouraging to me. I was able to attend the ACFW conference last year, and I learned a tremendous amount about writing. I forged friendships that are also inspirational to me as a Christian and a writer. I have so enjoyed everything I've learned on my journey thus-far. If Keith had not "forgotten" Mother's Day, then he might not have felt compelled to get me a present at the Christian Bookstore. I might not have read Kim's book, and I wouldn't have contacted her. I wouldn't have met her, and I would still be just dreaming of writing, and not pursuing it, still thinking that I didn't know where to start. Right now, the dream looks like it is attainable. I still have a ways to go, but I know that "God has a plan." Everything does happen for a reason, and I am looking forward to the next chapter in God's plan for me.
P.S.--Keith is off the hook for Mother's Day this year. I bought myself a new book by Miralee Ferrell, and some Yellow Box Shoes. So, I told him that he can rest---until my birthday.........

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Catching Up

Tonight I am trying to catch up on things that have fallen by the wayside. My dear cousin reminded me that I needed to write something on my blog. So here it is.
My writing journey is a very scenic one. I've been reading, listening, asking, writing, erasing, writing, finding, comparing, illustrating, painting, cleaning, writing, changing, learning, revamping, relaxing, etc. And I've been told that -ing words are very much the no-no, but that's what I've been doing, and the scenery is great!! Oh, I've also been posing for the headshot for those wonderful one-sheets that everyone will be scrambling (-ing again), to complete before the conference in September, which, by the way, will be here before you know it! If you are working (-ing), on it, then I would strongly suggest starting (-ing), on it now and having(-ing), your critique partners to look over it. Look up some examples on Google. What you put into something is exactly what you will get out of it. So make it your best.
I'm really excited about the ACFW conference. Last year was my first time to go. I had never flown on a plane, and I had never been that far away from home. It was a segment in the journey that God is taking me on. I'm looking forward to the next big segment, or small. Let's face it, they are all important. God has a plan..........more on that later!!!