Sunday, April 15, 2018

Early in the Morning (Celtic Prayer)

Early in the morning
I wait on you, O Lord; 
Day by day I toil for you, O Lord; 
At the bright noon-day
I recollect you, O Lord; 
In talk and recreation
I enjoy you, O Lord;
In study and in prayer
I learn of you, O Lord; 
At nightfall and in sleep
I rest in you, O Lord.

Poem taken from 40 Prayers from Celtic Christianity

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

IWSG: When my writing life is dismal, what do I do to keep on writing?

The optional question this month: When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing?

For me, the only way to get OUT of a writing funk is to figure out a way to get back IN to my writing, and to write. 

Generally, the clouds and the rain rain are about those endless distractions, enormous and tiny, that keep me from writing. However, it's not always the tangible, external goings-on that cause the funk. 

Sometimes it's my inner judgments about the market, my age, my chances of ever having a book published, that stop me cold. It's my cynicism that needs to be dealt with. 

And there is the WIP itself. Sometimes the WIP isn't working and I feel too stupid to be a writer. 

Ultimately, however, it's sitting at my computer and writing that blows the storm clouds away. Writing can always be fixed. It may not feel good to sit down and work it out. It may feel hopeless, and make me sick to my stomach. It may feel like pins and needles are stabbing me, and I can't sit and work at it for long. 

Eventually, as I sink into the words and I examine the scenes, I discover that yes, everything really can be fixed. Unlike the real, external storms of life that can often only be managed or coped with, we are the Gods of our word creations. We are in control of what ends up on the page and the stories we tell.  

Writing is my escape, my refuge, from the thunderstorms of the external world ... those things that I want to be different, but have no power to change. 

If I can but get away from the storms long enough, I am often healed, at least for a while, by the sweet balm of writing

The awesome co-hosts for the April 4 posting of the IWSG are Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Renee Scattergood, and Tamara Narayan!

Hosted by: Insecure Writer's Support Group

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time - and return comments. This group is all about connecting! Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post. And please be sure your avatar links back to your blog! If it links to Google+, be sure your blog is listed there. Otherwise, when you leave a comment, people can't find you to comment back.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.

Remember, the question is optional!

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Sunday Inspiration: Happy Easter!

Bless this day
When light returns, 
Love astounds, Life prevails.

Bless the grieving, 
The lonely, 
The hungry. 
Hope is reborn.

Bless the young ones
And the old.
Bless the enemies
And those despised.

Bless this wrold,

Gripped by violence. 
Peace returns. 

God makes a way
Where there was no way. 
Christ has risen. 
--Beth Richardson, Christ Beside Me, Christ Within Me

Friday, March 30, 2018

Celebrating ... A Trip and a Story

It's been a month of travel. Firstly, we drove to Sacramento and were gone for six days. Then we flew to Chicago and were gone three days. Most recently, we flew to New Orleans and were gone another six days. Hubby was invited to speak at a religious convention each time. The third convention was actually in Gulfport, Mississippi, so we rented a car and drove the 80 miles to Gulfport after spending some time in New Orleans.

We hadn't been to New Orleans since the mid-90's. The French Quarter and the French Market hadn't changed much at all--maybe a little older and in need of some tidying up--fresh paint, cleaning.

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, 24-miles long. The lake is only 10' deep.

We didn't want to spend too much time retracing our steps, so we decided to drive over the 24-mile bridge over Lake Pontchartrain and then tour around the Louisiana bayou. 

Mike and Cathy in Gulfport, Mississippi

Water! How I love to see water ...

When in Gulfport, we spent some time with a friend who lost everything during Katrina. He was telling us that the water near his home, which was only a couple blocks from the Gulf, was 25' deep after the storm.

After the floodwaters receded, they discovered their neighborhood was still intact ... except for their house, which was nowhere to be found.

Apparently, besides the hurricane, a tornado had swept through and demolished their house. Our friend found only a few of his belongings, including the tie he'd worn at his wedding.

The natural response: "God, why me?"
The Christian's response (and our friend's): "God, why not me?"

It was a horribly traumatic event, and our friend and his family suffered enormously. But God is good. Our friend's family all survived. Since Katrina, God has amply recompensed them for all that they lost.

So I'm celebrating our opportunity to see New Orleans again and to visit Gulfport for the first time, and especially to hear about this story of faith.

What are you celebrating today?

To be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is visit the Celebrate page on Lexa’s Blog for the rules, and then post every Friday about something you’re grateful  for that week.  It can be about writing or family or school or general life. This is the funnest and easiest blog hop ever! (Originated by VikLit)
Along with Lexa, her wonderful co-hosts of Celebrate the Small Things are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Sunday inspiration: Lord, You are My Island (Celtic prayer)

Lord, you are my island. 
In your bosom I rest. 
You are the calm of the sea. 
In that peace I lie. 
You are the deep waves of the ocean.
In their depths I stay. 
You are the silence of the spheres. 
In that space I live. 
You are the smooth white strand of the shore.
In its swell I sing. 
You are the ocean of life that laps my being. 
You are the Lord of my life. 
In you is my eternal joy.

Poem taken from 40 Prayers from Celtic Christianity
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