Reading and Planning

Complete Set Series - Lot of 7 Liberty Bell Books - Gilbert Morris (Historical)
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Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, Revised and Updated Edition
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I’ve been reading lots of books lately. A series by Gilbert Morris—The Liberty Bell tomes, copyrighted in 1995 by Gilbert Morris and published by Bethany House Publishers, Bloomington, MN. Also, two books on writing by James Scott Bell

How to Make a Living as a Writer; NOOK Book (eBook); Author - James Scott Bell
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Just Write: Creating Unforgettable Fiction and a Rewarding Writing Life; Paperback; Author - James Scott Bell

and a re-read of Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress-free Productivity by David Allen. This is the second version of Mr. Allen’s book. It was copyrighted in 2001, 2015 by him. Penguin Books published it in 2015, with a foreword written and copyrighted by James Fallows in 2015.

I’ve decided to take David Allen’s methodology to tackle a housekeeping area I’ve struggled with until it’s conquered. Some of his ideas I’ve learned from an organizing, planning company based in Rochester, NY that went out of business when paper planners became less prevalent. I missed Eagle Day Planners when they closed and then I moved on to the Franklin Covey organizing system for many years. This last year, I switched to Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner and I’ll start next year in the same planner as I keep learning the nuances to his helpful life structuring goals.

The Bible says to practice moderation in all things. Overwork does not equate with productivity oftentimes. My dad used to point to his temple and say, “using this will save these,” and then he’d gesture towards his feet. He did think things through and try innovative ways at his job and at home.

David Allen, Michael Hyatt, and others recommend taking time to think, and/or brainstorm with others while you ignore your internal critic at this stage. Although David Allen suggests some analysis might help. I can’t explain it well here. If you’re interested, it will help to read the book. I borrowed it from the public library and then purchased a copy for our family to read. Thus, I’m highlighting significant insights this second time through and feel I’m getting more out of it.

I’ll try to remember to tell you how my organizing project went. I hope you’re well. May God bless you!

I read the book A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck a few days ago. It was a quick read. Published in 2009 by Penguin Young Readers Books, it was copyrighted in 2009 by Richard Peck. His books about Illinois with Mrs. Dowdel make me laugh. I like this one because the new family in town is a pastor and his wife with three delightful PK’s – better known as Preacher’s Kids. My kids were mostly grown up by the time my husband became a pastor. Our youngest was a senior in high school and unfortunately we changed churches half way through her senior year. That was hard on her. What a transition.

Anyway, she kept her faith in Jesus through it all. Praise God!

When we go through difficult times, if we hold on to Jesus, He gives us strength to go through those situations and to draw closer to Him as Peter discovered after Jesus went to heaven. He spoke to the people by the temple after the Holy Spirit healed a lame man:

Act_3:16,(ESV) And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all.

Soon after that the priests and the captain of the guard and the Sadducees encountered them and Peter found himself in trouble with them. I love reading the book of Acts and seeing the power of God displayed.

I read from the book of First Peter chapter four tonight and these verses speak volumes to believers in Christ:

1Peter 4:7  The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.

1Pe 4:8  Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

1Pe 4:9  Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.

1Pe 4:10  As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:

1Pe 4:11  whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

1Pe 4:12  Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.

1Pe 4:13  But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.

1Pe 4:14  If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.

1Pe 4:15  But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler.

1Pe 4:16  Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.

1Pe 4:17  For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?

1Pe 4:18  And “If the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”

1Pe 4:19  Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.

Peter grew so much in wisdom and in the faith after the Holy Spirit arrived. 🙂

I got thinking about Richard Peck. He wrote respectfully of the family in A Season of Gifts, and he showed some persecution that PK’s in that day may have had to put up with. He adds some dark humor with it, but it got me thinking about Jesus telling people to turn the other cheek. I’ve always pondered that, to tell you the truth. I’m not exactly sure what that looks like.

A lady from another church attends ours on Sunday night. When she was young, she got bullied in school and it got really rough. She’s about 50 now. Anyhow, I asked her if she ever told on the kids or got back at them. Nope. She put up with it, turning her other cheek. I don’t remember hearing that teaching as a kid. I remember my dad breaking up a fight in the neighborhood when two teenagers were beating up each other. Yet, I think we were taught that the only way to stop a bully was to fight back.

Well, anyway, at the back of Richard Peck’s book they advertised a book he received awards for entitled, The River Between Us. So I imagine I’ll read that one next week. I’ve read a lot of fiction about the Civil War because I’m a Gilbert Morris fan. This book about the Civil War is written for Young Adults, whereas most of Mr. Morris’s books that I read were written for adults.

God bless!





Prov 21:5, (ESV): The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.

This verse is on my bulletin board to remind me to stay with the work I’m attempting. I was asking the Lord for a title because I wrote this blog and couldn’t seem to come up with a title. Then I noticed the verse tucked up on the right. So I will begin:

I had a busy day today. I like busy actually. I cleaned the house for a while, did some bookkeeping, read the Beatitudes in Matthew 5, ironed clothes, did laundry, went to lunch with my husband, put gas in the car, visited a friend at the library, stopped for two minutes at another friend’s house to drop off something and then went to the dr.’s office forty-five minutes away. I got there early, yay.

He said all is well; Praise God, and then I went to a different library to actually choose a book or two before going grocery shopping. I drove home, put the stuff away, cooked dinner and later my daughter and her husband stopped by.

So now I’m blogging close to midnight, so it’ll look like I skipped a day by the time I finish. Ah, well.

What a difference a day makes. Yesterday it rained when I thought I’d go to the library, twice, so I ended up staying home. A woman speaks thousands of words a day and the majority of gals are wired that way. I honestly think I only spoke around 500 words yesterday.

My husband met with people all day and into the night, so he didn’t have any words left to give.

I felt like I ran around in circles all day not getting anything done, although that wasn’t entirely true.

The bright spot of my day: when I read the Word, I felt my spirits lift despite the gray skies; and even if my husband fell asleep in the chair, I enjoyed seeing him. I’ve been reading Deep in the Heart, Book 1 in the Lonestar Legacy series by Gilbert Morris, copyrighted in 2003, published by Integrity Publishers, Brentwood, TN.

He is such a prolific writer. I’ve read a ton of his books over the years and enjoyed every one of them, even though one described Civil War torture of prisoners and that was too graphic for me.

I own a non-fiction book by Gilbert Morris on writing a novel and he covered so many essentials and discussed getting the work published. It’s been out a while now, but I got a lot out of doing the exercises, too.

I was thinking today how Gilbert Morris and T. Davis Bunn, (aka Davis Bunn), two of my favorite novelists, portray women with dignity and respect and insight. I appreciate that.

I had the privilege of meeting T.Davis Bunn at Montrose Christian Writers Conference many years ago and he was already well known in literary circles with lots of fans. He encouraged us by saying he started out just like we were and to keep at it. He taught and later, ate with the conferees, but he was on deadline, so he wrote whenever he found a spare moment. He gave up some of the activities at the conference, and apologized to us for not being there. That in itself was an eye-opener.

Writing the many novels he’s penned takes discipline.

In Proverbs 12:27, (KJV) it says, “The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.”

May God bless you and may your work bless Him and others.