Decisions 101

Tonight, I spent possibly two hours working on a resumé from a template that comes with Microsoft Office 2016. I finally gave up in frustration because I wanted to delete certain items from the formatting and it replaced the empty space with descriptions of other things I may want to include elsewhere. After highlighting and deleting and then seeing other information show up, I’d move my cursor over to that offending entry and highlight and delete until it became apparent that the program was winning and I was continuing in a losing activity. So, I gave up.
I then went to a blank Word document and using an older resumé. I made up a new one with the homemade format. That probably took me half an hour or more of the two hours I mentioned above. The template may work for people that are more computer savvy than I am.
After all that work, I wondered if I will need the resumé soon or not. I saw an ad for a part-time job that sounded good to me. I told my grandson and a few others that I’m interested in it. At the end of a long day and after working on a resumé that mostly highlights writing, I began to think about this step I might take. When I told my husband about it he sounded enthusiastic about it, but he asked, “Do you want to take this job?”
I changed my schedule around in case I send the resumé out so I’d be available for the employer. Now, I need to think about the opportunity, pray about it, and consider my calendar. I’ve already prayed that if it’s not a good idea, don’t let them hire me, but that’s not exactly the way I want to pray.
I’m thinking of going to visit the place and check out the drive. It’s not right around the corner.
I have until September 13 to send out my information, so I have time to ponder. I don’t like to commit to something and then figure out I need to quit.
When I wasn’t sure about becoming a pastor’s wife, a young pastor gave me a Word from the Lord at the altar of the church we were attending. I was praying quietly about it and suddenly he showed up at my elbow and told me something to the effect that the Lord was saying you will be a pastor’s wife, you’re already acting in that capacity.
Friends gave me a plaque with the Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:24, “The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.”
What relief that gave me!
May God bless you.

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Writing Opportunities

I recently received “Christian Communicator” Magazine. Some months back they announced that they were going to combine their professional writer’s magazine with their normal writing magazine. This month that concept grabbed my attention.

One year at the Montrose Christian Writers Conference, the editors and agents gathered for a question and answer period for the participants. They told us that we should pay attention to the business side of writing. I think this combination of “Christian Communicator” will help us do that.Christian Communicator 5 6 2017.jpeg

The first article this month is written by James Scott Bell. I like his fiction and his writing craft books. The article for the May/June issue is entitled, “Short and Strategic” under the heading, “Marketing.”

He gives advice for getting an author’s name in the public realm and he tells how to make some money and how to increase or establish an email list of readers.

The next article under “The Write Stuff” is entitled “Making Editors Smile,” written by Dr. Dennis E. Hensley. He too, is a prolific author and gives valuable insights to avoid rejections and to develop relationships with editors and to earn income as a freelance writer.

I didn’t write this with the express notion of advertising the “Christian Communicator.”

I tried one of James Scott Bell’s ideas as I wrote a small article this morning right after having time in the Word and in prayer. I called three different family members whose opinion I value and they gave critiques and support, so after I let my rough draft set for a few days, I hope to submit it. I just prayed today for an opportunity to earn some money since a freelance writer’s income is sporadic until they have established customers and even then they need to keep marketing their work and/or services to new editors and clients since circumstances change.

Reading in the book of 1Kings and of Solomon’s wisdom, it reminded me to ask God for help with my writing. In a dream, Solomon told God that he didn’t have the wisdom to lead the multitude of Israelis. He wanted to be a king who judged the people with insight and he wanted to please God. 1Kings 3:11, (ESV):  And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right,

1Ki 3:12  behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.

1Ki 3:13  I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days.

1Ki 3:14  And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”

Having read in James_1:5 , (KJV), “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him,” I figured God wouldn’t object to me asking for wisdom about projects to write and markets to send pieces to various editors.

He is a good God.

So, I’ll see what this latest opportunity provides. I thought I’d write a thank you note to “Christian Communicator” if my article gets accepted.

May God bless you.

 

Controlling Words

 

When I spent some quiet time with the Lord today, I thought, what should I read?

 

The book of James came to mind and for some reason I read it out loud. That made it more immediate. When the part about controlling the tongue came up, and just how difficult it is to do so, I considered that’s not bad advice for being careful about what I write as well. Here’s the verse: Jas 3:8  But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

 

God is the only one that can help me control my tongue when I ask Him to. I try my hardest and when I sense I’m about to fail, I can call out to Him and save myself and others a tremendous amount of hurt.

 

I remember many years ago, when I took a correspondence writing course on Fiction, my instructor asked me if I wanted to portray my character in a harsh light.

 

It hadn’t occurred to me that I was doing that. That’s why professional writers usually want an editor to go over their stuff. Even if it hurts sometimes.

 

I’m spending more time writing lately and catching up on craft books. Today I continued reading and highlighting The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Magazine Articles by Sheree Bykofsky, Jennifer Basye Sander, and Lynne Rominger, published by alpha books, Indianapolis, IN and copyrighted in 2000.

 

I’ve owned it for many months. Sometimes I don’t get to the books I own for a while because I get books from the library with a due date to consider.

 

Anyway, the editors quoted in the book say, “Please familiarize yourself with our magazine before trying to write for us.”

 

There’s a lot of work to freelance writing beyond learning grammar and point-of-view and other basics. I’ve heard an author who wants to get published needs to spend fifty per cent of the time on writing and fifty per cent of the time on marketing. I’m reading this book on publishing magazine articles because it’s good to be reminded of the necessary steps for a freelancer. Also, some of it is review for me, and some points I’ve never heard of before.

 

I count on magazines and the internet to keep me current on writing trends, and conferences.

 

God bless!

Crossroads in Life

Have you ever come to a crossroad in life? Do I change jobs because I’m constantly at odds with the company’s policies? Do I continue dating this man or tell him we need to part ways? Do I continue to follow Christ when all my friends tell me I’m no fun anymore? Do I spend this money or save it toward a specific goal: education, better food, clothes, transportation, to help someone in need? Do I continue working tremendous hours or do I spend more time with my loved ones?

Life gives us so many opportunities. When a crisis hits, we can pivot and change priorities radically or in increments. Sometimes a crisis will so change us that folks that haven’t seen us in years will feel they don’t know us anymore. Tomorrow at church I am going to give a word that I’m sure God has spoken to me, in His still small voice. It is the second time I ‘ll say the same thing in a short time span. “I’m coming quickly,” that’s what I believe Jesus is saying. So many biblical prophecies are already fulfilled. His quickly may not be “my” quickly, but then again, it might be. So I consider my writing. Spend a ton of time on finishing my novel. Spend more time blogging. Continue placing ads for freelance writing for individuals or businesses.

What do you think? Part of the word is to stir up the gift within you that God has given you, now is not the time to lie dormant. Do you want to share your opinion?