I put an ad in the local Pennysaver-type newspaper, and got hired to do some typing by a fellow.

Then I got busy doing so many necessary things that I put off the typing for a week. I was absolutely determined to start typing for him today. So I set up my computer, and turned it on, when I received a text from him. He wanted to know how it was going. I got six pages done tonight, and decided to start again tomorrow. I’m practicing Dragon Speak as I blog, so I can get faster at it. I’m not sure when he wants the work finished by, but I’m wondering if it’s for Christmas. I decided I’d better get going on it.

I appreciate the chance to work for someone.

I’ve been reading a book on writing by Elizabeth Berg entitled escaping into the open: the art of writing true, published by Perennial, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, copyrighted in 1999.Product Details

This Dragon Speak is working well when I blog, but seems so slow when I’m typing for a customer. I think part of the problem is that the notebook I’m typing from has many names and locations that are difficult for the computer to pick up on. So I texted the client and told him I will practice this as I blog.

Anyway, I bought a notebook as Elizabeth Berg suggested. I have been reading ahead because I wasn’t ready to stop and do the exercises yet. I’ll probably start doing some of the exercises tomorrow night if I get a chance. Right now my priorities are work, spending time with God, getting organized and blogging. Family and friends are always a high priority for me. I’m getting ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well.

One thing about Dragon Speak that I appreciate, it saves my wrists from pain.

I hope you’re having a good day or night. May God bless you.

Great Expectations Foiled

I usually see some friends at the voting site, every election day. I anticipated the same this last Tuesday, but when I went to a cafe to order a chai tea, the barista and I got talking and I felt like I was missing out on something. Sure enough, later I discovered they were voting when I was not there.

So, knowing we were all set to have breakfast today, I expected to see them and enjoy their senses of humor. This couple comes from Britain and they are both clever with comments that get others laughing.

My husband felt under the weather and so we canceled our breakfast outing. It’s funny how I know that life throws curve-balls, yet I rarely expect them. So I thought of what the book of James has to say:

Jas 4:13 (GNB): Now listen to me, you that say, “Today or tomorrow we will travel to a certain city, where we will stay a year and go into business and make a lot of money.”
Jas 4:14 You don’t even know what your life tomorrow will be! You are like a puff of smoke, which appears for a moment and then disappears.
Jas 4:15 What you should say is this: “If the Lord is willing, we will live and do this or that.”
Jas 4:16 But now you are proud, and you boast; all such boasting is wrong.
Jas 4:17 So then, if we do not do the good we know we should do, we are guilty of sin.

Which got me thinking that tomorrow we’re invited to some friends’ home for a Seder meal and I’m not certain if my husband will be okay or not. He went to the dr.s’ office today and they did a test. We’ll know tomorrow if it’s something needing an antibiotic or not, and he’ll be able to tell if he’s mending rapidly or not.

After reading the passage from James, I’m thinking I’d better get back to my list from yesterday. I’ve done some work around the house, but not the priorities from the list.

I’m rarely bored, even when my great expectations turn into making soup for someone hurting or throwing in a load of laundry. Almost every group outing I usually go to in the course of the year is being put aside this year, it seems. One didn’t spark my interest and when a friend asked why I wasn’t there, I felt bad.

Jesus is working on me, is what I’m thinking. Getting me out of a rut. Broadening horizons sometimes, limiting opportunities other times. Take care!

Time Management

I took a tape out of the library a couple of months ago. Not many people use a tape recorder any more, but I have one that still works, I think. It did a few months ago. So I listened to “Time Management for Dummies” by Jeffrey J. Mayer and another Dummies book on Finances. It was a two book audio version of the books. I keep reading books on finance because I have an idea for a finance book I want to write.

The book on Time Management gave me one idea I’ve latched onto. Make a Master List of everything you want to get done and work on the most important thing on the list first. That’s part of the suggestion. So tonight I worked on thinning out some of my papers. The idea is less clutter, more room for thought and peaceful surroundings.

Have a great day!

Commitment: Are You For It or Against It?

Hi! I am writing tonight because I made a commitment to write more regularly in July of 2014 at Montrose Christian Writers Conference. I’ve been crazy busy with family, a writing project for a client and unfortunately, three funerals over the last three weeks. I began to realize that my blogging schedule fell by the wayside. So, I got to it shortly after remembering. Here goes:

I wonder what you think of commitment? I think of it often because I really care about marriage. I started a book on marriage but I am more eager to finish my novel, so that book is second on my list. I am writing for other people because I feel God wants me to and I know my husband appreciates me working to help carry the load. So, since I’m committed to God and to my husband, I’ve set priorities in my writing life.

Today I spent time in the Word early in my day because that’s something God’s been nudging me to do, and it amazes me how much better my day goes when I take those minutes to read the Word and pray. During prayer I felt as if God said to write today.

We had four little ones and their mom here for four days and my house, which is never perfect, looked so beat up, I knew I’d be restoring order and doing laundry. Since I try to obey God, (and believe me, I’m not perfect), in the back of my mind, I kept thinking about the writing. So, I did dishes and threw stuff away and found toys in unexpected places which went back in the toy box. My daughter did a ton to set things right, but she has very active children and couldn’t get it all done.

At three p.m., I called it quits and got on the computer. I finished a short story I’ve been working on, and blogging was my next priority. I was about to get ready for bed when I realized I didn’t get beyond signing in to, so here I am.

My husband and I have been married for thirty-nine years. That’s a commitment that seems tiny compared to a couple we know. We just attended their seventieth wedding anniversary. She said it’s been good, there have been times when it wasn’t good and then times when it was horrible. They stayed the course and she gave the credit to the fact that they met Jesus in a tangible way in their adult years. Not just as an idea in church, but as Lord and Savior, friend and judge, peace-giver and provider, protector and director of their paths, parent and confidant, healer and trustworthy authority. The list could go on, but then it would be too long. 🙂

Are you for commitment, or against it? I see people not getting married because their parents’ marriage didn’t work out. We are still married today, by the grace of God. I’m definitely for it, but sometimes it’s hard. The good definitely outweighs the bad.

Have you ever committed to something and then been sorry? Have you ever committed to something and been glad? I’d love to hear from you.

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?

Daily Time

I took some time yesterday to get into the Word of God. I’ve been reading John 14, 15, 16 and maybe 17 the last two days. So much to take in, like the fact that if we love Jesus the Father loves us! How cool is that? Yesterday I felt as though the Lord wanted me to read a bit of a Christian book. So I rummaged through the bookcase and found one entitled, It All Comes Out in the Wash, by Judi Braddy, copyright 2006, Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City.

I heard her at a pastor’s wives conference a couple of years ago. I bought her book and put it on a shelf. Now that I’ve started it, I’m enjoying her style of writing. She speaks about the tyranny of the urgent getting in the way of our time sitting at Jesus’ feet.

I felt as though the Lord wanted me to sit with Him three days ago, and I put it off just to do a load of laundry and then to answer the phone and then to just grab a quick bite to eat. The timer went off; it was time for me to leave the house.  I wondered later if He might have suggested I stay home had I spent time with Him. I know He would have given me some nuggets of truth to ponder while traveling and mingling with others.

Proverbs 6 reminded me today to get up and around after my devotional time. The chair felt cozy and I was snuggled in a blanket. My paraphrase of verses 9-11, “Too much sleep results in poverty.”  Later in Proverbs 6 it admonished men not to be lured by an adulteress, or an application for women, not to be an adulteress, in verses 24-29 and 32-35. Satan is subtle. I need those reminders to follow Jesus’ commands and not allow our culture to influence my thoughts. All sin starts with our thought life.

In, in Second Corinthians 10 it says: 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

We can change our thoughts and our actions with Jesus’ help. Hallelujah! Time for God and His Word pays dividends we’re not always aware of. In this life and the next we get to cash them in. Yay!