“I have been correcting the proofs of my poems. In the morning, after hard work, I took a comma out of one sentence…. In the afternoon I put it back again.” ~ Oscar Wilde

BLOGGING, the topic of tonight’s post.

I currently have eleven drafts in my blog ‘dashboard’ waiting to be finished, edited, and released for the world to read. I probably have a dozen more floating through my head. The fact that I am behind in my postings is no way any indication that I’m at a loss for words, I have plenty to say.

What I wish to do tonight is to briefly update you, perhaps clue you in, as to what is going on in the world of blogging that is so important for us as the blogger – feedback.  We need to know if you liked what we had to say or didn’t like what we had to say. You can let us know this information in various ways, for example, if you go to my site you will find an image of a thumb, two actually, one pointing up and one pointing down, which indicates a ‘like’ or ‘dislike’. We need you to click on one of those thumbs. We don’t know who clicked which thumb, we just want to know that someone actually liked or disliked what we had to say. Another way you can give us feedback is by actually leaving a comment on the blog. This option is usually off to the side of the title, located in the midst of the tags – either above the posting or below the posting – in addition to clicking on the title of the posting itself. This will take you away from the home page to the direct page of the posting you’re reading or reviewing. Once you’re directly on the page specific for that posting, you are able to either leave a comment or click the ‘like’ button option directly above the location for comments. This is NOT the same as the thumbs up or down.

While you’re on the bloggers page, take the time to subscribe to their blog. This too can be done two different ways. You can first click on the option that reads, subscribe to this blog – sign me up – email subscription – all of which will result in the posting being sent directly to your email. OR, you can subscribe to the bloggers RSS Feed, which sends it to your toolbar feed and can be found under your favorites/feed.

We NEED this from our followers, fans, and friends. If we are taking the time to remove a comma in the morning only to return the comma to its same origin by afternoon, we want to know that you’re enjoying our efforts. 🙂

IN ADDITION, by all means, if you like a post, share it with others. Attach the link, by copy and pasting, to Facebook, Twitter, email, and any other way you’re able. People usually like something, purchase something, do something, based on another’s influence – word of mouth, the quickest way for a wild fire to spread. (~Pj)

Now that you have the 4-1-1, allow me to share that there will be a test coming. Soon, very soon, I will be offering a way for you, the reader, to win free autographed books. In order to win them, you will do much of what was suggested. There will be more details to come – soon. In the mean time, you might as well get started, why put off until tomorrow what you can do today. 🙂

I hope this helps you feel more at ease about taking a step toward  helping me. I could not do this without you, you are treasured and appreciated. THANK YOU!

“Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” ~ E. L. Doctorow,

Do you trust me? – Introduction

“The heart behind the hands… changed everything.” ~ Sheila Walsh

Sheila talks in her introduction about her sister pushing her on a swing. It moved from her sister pushing her to a stranger, a man that she didn’t know, someone she didn’t trust and how now she has had a long journey taking her from fear to faith.

I will talk to you about things in my life which have kept me crippled in fear, untrusting of anyone or anything. Some things I will share I will just now be walking through as I hear what Sheila has to say and I meditate on what it is that she is teaching through God’s Word. I’m positive I will have a few light bulb moments along the way in addition to things that I’m already very aware of that keep me crippled. This is about transforming… from ashes to beauty.

“There is a world of breathtaking wonder wrapped up in trusting God…” Sheila says. In red ink beside this line you will find my notes reading, “Of this I want, something that takes my breath away.”

Sheila is going to introduce me, she says, to 10 people that helped her along the way. She gives a full summarized paragraph of what it is that each one taught her along the way. Below you will find their names and what I underlined in red out of Sheila’s paragraphs that stood out to me.

Anna – “Sometimes we have to wait a lifetime to see the fulfillment of a dream and the gift is who we become in the process of waiting.”

Mary and Martha – “God is always there and we are never lost.”

Paul – “When you come out of the dark place, you will be a different woman, loving God with a passion you never knew possible.”

Tabitha – “… woven love and service to each of her friends’ life. (While I’m not sure Tabitha thought of herself as beautiful, those around her did.”

Gideon – “I’ve felt God calling me to places I didn’t want to go because others would do a better job than I would.” … “God chooses each of us to show what he can do.”

Joseph – “… the greatest gift from Joseph’s story is seeing that as we learn to trust God, we can let others off the hook. The more we believe that God is in control, the more we can forgive others for the pain they have caused us. THIS IS HUGE!” … “… letting it go brings peace… no matter what others intend for evil, God will work for good.”

(SIDENOTE: you will need to know that the very day I read this was the very day that I was in VBS and heard the very same thing being said… and VBS was about Joseph.)

Samson – “Too little and too late… it is never too late to trust one more time. EVEN IF you have only one breath left in your body.”

Nicodemus – “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose. Jim Elliot”

Abraham – “He is the only one in the Bible called God’s friend.”

This is merely the introduction; we have yet to scratch the surface. Here’s to learning to trust – letting go of status quo – in order for beautiful things to happen in and through my life.

Lord, I ask that You give me the ears to hear what is being said; the wisdom to understand it; and the heart to receive it, so that I may see Your breathtaking beauty unfold in and through me. In Jesus’ name, amen!

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Do you trust me?

For some time I’ve been hearing God ask me, “Do you trust me?” And for some time I’ve been responding, “Yes, I trust you.”

My faith has never really been an issue for me, insomuch as, I believe that “nothing is impossible with God”. Having said that, it is a little one-on-one life application that need be applied.

Back-story: At the age of sixteen, I was called into the ministry. I of course had an image in my head of how this would unfold in my life and it was of course, “all-about-me”. With great excitement I planned and prepared for what I thought were my next steps. My life ended up down a path that I did not plan and then took several more paths off that path. Those paths led far from where I ever thought, dreamed, or could even imagine my life would go. But to say that I did not end up exactly where I am supposed to be, well that, in-and-of-itself, is an amazing paradox.

With the stirring rising within to go forward in my calling doubts, fear, insecurity, and lack of self-worth consume my mind for the past two years. Everything that I’ve known has been shaken. How could the bottom fall out when it fell years ago? But it did. How could God be leading me to my purpose when I feel I have no purpose?  But He is.

In February, perhaps March, I purchased the book, “Beautiful Things Happen When A Woman Trusts God” by Sheila Walsh. I have enjoyed previous books she has written, however it was her title this time that caught my eye. I picked it up, flipped it over, and read these words: “Do you ever question God’s ability to catch you when you fall? Do shame, fear, and brokenness keep you from fully trusting God? Do you secretly believe your dreams are unreachable? {You are not alone.}” [1] She had me (at hello).

It is now June and I’ve finally decided that it is time I learn to trust. Things are ever-changing around me and deeply stirring within me while I hear a constant whisper in my ear, “Do you trust me?” In reading, I’ve learned that the whisper in Shelia’s ear was, “Just follow me.” It is my hope that you follow me on this amazing journey as I seek to learn how to trust, getting real and raw, in order to see beautiful things happen.

[1] Walsh, Sheila. 1956. Beautiful things happen when a woman trusts God / Sheila Walsh. ISBN 878-1-4002-0243-0

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