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.

 

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Does God Provide for Everyone?

One of my daughters mentions that God is a wonderful provider almost once a week. Her husband started a business so their income depends on other people buying his services. He works hard and does a good job, so that helps his business.

This week a friend hired her to watch her children for three days while her regular babysitter takes a break. Last week my husband offered her a lawnmower that belonged to his dad, who passed away over five years ago. The mower has hardly been used and he usually bought good quality items, so she said, “Yes.”

Her husband told her later when they spoke that they didn’t really need it; they have one. She didn’t tell her dad never mind. When their lawnmower died this week, she called to brag on God, again.

I see Him providing for so many people that seem financially stuck that it’s not hard for me to ask God to move on their behalf. When Jesus taught the disciples to pray, He started out, “Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name….”

Our Father – I’ve heard some say with reverence – “He’s my heavenly Daddy.

I get why He blesses her. As a human mom, it delights me to give my kids and grandchildren necessities and sometimes I even spoil them. So since God is our heavenly Father, He likes to shower us with blessings and He makes things out of things we can’t even see as it says in Romans:

Rom 1:20, (KJV): For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse…:

And again in Colossians it mentions that God created all things:

Col 1:16, (KJV) For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

Col 1:17  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Col 1:18  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

Col 1:19  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

It’s speaking here of Jesus. Praise God.

Anyway, the thing about God’s spiritual laws is that they work for believers and non-believers. In the book of Malachi, the Jews were reminded to tithe and not rob God. He also tells them that if they give, God will open the windows of heaven and have man pour into their lap:

Mal 3:8, (KJV)  Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

Mal 3:9  Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.

Mal 3:10  Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

Mal 3:11  And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.

Mal 3:12  And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.

My children have never been hungry because they are all givers. They may not all attend church regularly or even tithe, but they have a heart to help when they see people in need. My daughter gave away a kitchen set because her pastor didn’t have some furniture when they first moved here. She gave it away knowing she would need something herself before long and her husband agreed to it. As soon as her former boss heard she gave the set away she said, “I have a set from an estate from my parents tucked away. You can have that one when you’re ready.”

She hadn’t even moved out of her tiny apartment yet.

Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, (KJV): “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

He had been admonishing the Jewish people not to worry about clothing and food. He told them God would provide if they would seek Him first.

Many people that don’t seek God work hard and earn good money and they see their neighbor in need and buy them groceries or see starving children in Africa on the television and send money to organizations to feed the children. God pours out His blessings when those with resources give to the poor and to the widow.

My husband also reminded me that the Word of God says He gives to the just and the unjust. Why bless thieves? Maybe He likes to give out of a loving heart. Maybe He knows eternity is going to be awful for them so He wants them to enjoy a tiny particle of time here on earth. I don’t know. He knows everything.

Well, I’ve typed beyond midnight again. I get thinking of so many aspects of God’s character, I write more than I anticipate.

May God bless you. Sorry it’s so long if you stuck with it.