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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Making A Difference

Tonight I see the funeral of former President Ford being broadcast on television, and it reminds me of this devotional sent out last week by Bill Keller at

It speaks to all of us who will never be president of this country, or any country. And it speaks to us on what we *can* do to make a difference--writers included.

Very few people in their life will have the opportunity to become
the President of the United States or the leader of a nation.
However, EVERY PERSON has the ability to make a difference in this
world no matter what you have been called to do. I don't care if
you are 15 or 115, rich or poor, male or female, what color your
skin is, YOU can make an impact on this world with your life and be
a leader.

God gives each of us passions, things that we develop a love for
throughout our life. God gives each of us gifts, special abilities
that come naturally to us. Throughout our life God opens and closes
doors. It is through these passions we have, through the gifts we
have received and developed, and through the opportunities that life
presents us, that each person can make an impact on this world
during the course of their life.

You see, God needs His children in every area of life. He calls His
children to be teachers, doctors, scientists, astronauts, pilots,
police officers, fire fighters, secretaries, bank tellers, garbage
collectors, janitors, nurses, homemaker, car dealers, mechanics,
farmers, politicians, entertainers, lawyers, writers, stock brokers,
and any other profession you can name. Throughout the course of a
person's life, God may call someone to do many different things.
The point is, whatever career or profession you are in, you can make
a difference. The key is to do your very best each day and realize
that your life matters.

Those who know Christ as their Savior have been called to lead.
The most common way we lead is by example, how we live our lives
each day before this lost world we are part of for this brief time.

Of course, no matter how much we may accomplish in our life, our
greatest legacy will be those lives we touch for Christ along our
journey. You see my friend, no matter what your passions may be,
what your gifts may be, what career or occupation you have, we all
have the same purpose in this life. That is to serve and glorify God
with our lives. All that we do in this life comes back to our God-
given purpose which is to serve and glorify Him. The money we
accumulate, the property we own, all of the things of this world
will one day pass away, but those lives we impact for Christ will
last for eternity!

Wednesday, December 27, 2006


When the star in the sky is gone,
When the Kings and Princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flocks,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost
To heal the broken
To feed the hungry
To release the prisoner
To teach the nations
To bring Christ to all
To make music in the heart.

--Howard Thurman

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Christmas Grace

What a nice surprise to find that Christmas Grace has been released not only in e-book format but also in paperback!

Monday, December 18, 2006

He's in the Noise

Thanks to Sally Chambers for this inspiring poem!

For busy writers—something light.
Have you written something bright?
Something given from above,
Something of God's heavenly love?

Meditating on the meaning
Sitting, musing, hoping, gleaning
Thinking of the holy birth
What it means to all the earth
God the Father fills my mind
Inspiring me to tell mankind
God sent his Son to save us all
If we will only heed his call
He's in the noise and in the toys
He's in the feasts and in the joys
He is everywhere we look
In every cranny, every nook
Omnipresent, gracious Lord
Capture hearts in one accord.

Jesus said: "For I have given to them the words which You have given
Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came
forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me" (John 17:8

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Another Round of Have you ever. . .

From authorLaura Hamby.

Have You Ever...

Along the same lines of that 150 item post a while back, here's another one... one that I thunk up all by meself. And no, not everything on the list is stuff I've done.

1. Used real snow to make/eat a snow cone
2. Slept in you car while parked at the side of the road
3. Didn't go to bed until 4 in the morning on New Year's Day
4. Dyed an Easter egg, using all the colors available
5. Catch a scent on the air that reminded you of something from your childhood
6. Taken a picture of the sky because it was a remarkable shade of blue that day
7. Caught a fish and cleaned it yourself, then cooked it for dinner
8. Wished you bought two pairs of your favorite shoes
9. Made a list like this
10. Taken art lessons
11. Taken ballet lessons
12. Driven a really scary stretch of road
13. Read a book from cover to cover in one sitting
14. Written a letter to your Congressman
15. Changed political parties
16. Made a boat yourself, and sailed in it
17. Worn mismatched shoes by accident
18. Been so happy you wanted to burst into song
19. Watched Barney, as an adult, without becoming annoyed
20. Thought you could walk to Sesame Street
21. Invented something
22. Came up with a new recipe
23. Snorkeled or dived a coral reef
24. Been in a shark cage
25. Been told that a character in a Nora Roberts book reminded a friend of you
26. Howled in the car with your kids
27. Loved someone so much your heart hurt
28. Painted a house
29. Painted a picture in the style of a famous painter
30. Seen the Mona Lisa
31. Seen the Hope Diamond
32. Been the president of the PTA
33. Sat on Santa's an adult
34. Lost your spouse
35. Driven a race car
36. Eaten fried okra
37. Climbed Mt. Everest
38. Seen Mt. Rushmore
39. Saved a baby bird that had fallen from its nest
40. Tried a food you always thought was gross and discovered you loved it
41. Been to Hawaii
42. Been to Africa
42. Had an "old-time" picture taken with your family, your friends or alone
43. Made good friends via the Internet
44. Met a movie star
45. Seen the Queen of England in person
46. Indulged in a tinsel fight while decorating the Christmas tree
47. Attended a family reunion
48. Couldn't turn out the lights for the night after reading a Stephen King novel
49. Gone on a cruise
50. Can you remember where you where the day the Challenger exploded?

Feel free to copy this list and post to your own blog, "bolding" the items that apply to you!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Christmas Carols

As many of you know, my husband runs karaoke for small parties and gatherings, usually company functions or events where there is no smoking allowed. Well, tonight he had a job at a very small private Christmas party and I went along to help out.

I was so touched that the crowd wanted to sing traditional Christmas carols and some of the more trendy ones-- but they shunned all the pop music for the Christmas music. And they all sang together (although not always "together," if you get my drift.) And it was beautiful. Not politically correct or fashionably "cool," but beautiful and with respect to the season. And the reason for the season.

Merry Christmas, carolers everywhere.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Carnival Time

I didn't realize the second edition of Christian Writer's Carnival was up--you can check it out here.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Writers, Condescending. . . .

Thanks to Brenda Coulter over at
No Rules. Just Write. for bringing up a not-so-sticky-sweet subject--

Friday, December 08, 2006
When writers attack

Today's post about writing and rejection by novelist Jack Cavanaugh at the The Charis Connection is both thought-provoking and chuckle-inducing. But there was one small part that disturbed me. I'm getting really, really tired of reading things like this all over the blogisphere:

I refuse to write whipped cream stories. There are too many all sugar, no substance stories on the shelves already.

I don't know Mr. Cavanaugh. And I'm not going off on him personally, because these are just two little sentences and I have the impression that he tossed them off at least partly in jest. But please. Could we writers stop trying to plump up our own egos and promote our own writing by tearing down the work of others? Who benefits when we sniff and insist that we, unlike so many other writers, are determined to write quality fiction?
Do we honestly believe that some writers wake up in the morning and say to themselves, "I need money. I believe I'll write some garbage today. Good thing my editor is lazy and my publishing house wouldn't know quality if it bit their backsides--and the public can be fooled into buying just about anything. I won't even have to break a sweat. I'll just crank something out and mail it to New York next week."

Read the rest

Monday, December 04, 2006

Are you Interesting?

Wow, I'm more interesting than I thought! LOL

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said “I love you” and meant it
09. Hugged a tree-------for photo purposes only :o)
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game (and survived the crush afterwards)
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby’s diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your CDs
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Played touch football
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on television news programs as an “expert”
83. Got flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Kissed on the first date
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in Rocky Horror
96. Raised children
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Touched a stingray
110. Broken someone’s heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a T.V. game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Touched a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad - and the Odyssey
135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved someone’s life

Thanks to "Mom Nancy" for this list. Copy and paste it to your own blog, hi-liting the things you've done!

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Working Around a Problem

Terry Whalin has a great post today over at The Writing Life. It just goes to show how writers can make more of a difference in the world by getting a bit "creative" when needs arise.