Monday, April 28, 2014

A Step in the Write Direction, April 28, 2014--The Stone of Procrastination

A Step in the Write Direction

April 28, 2014

Update: Good news and disappointing news this week! The good news is that I finished combining the two “Step in the Write Direction” books—the original one and the Student Edition and sent it to the new publisher last night. I’m really excited about this book as it contains all the original material, PLUS assignments all the way through so it can be used by a school or a writers’ group almost as a text. I think it will be fun for a class or a group to hear all the responses the others come up with….The disappointing news is that the publisher has decided to cancel the contract on The Freedom of Letting Go, BUT I’m praying to find a new publisher as I believe in that book and don’t think it should go out of print….Making plans now to teach at a one-day workshop in Wagoner, Oklahoma, near Tulsa on May 31st. It will be a fun day, especially since my daughter who lives here and I will then be spending the next week with our other daughter and family in Cushing, Oklahoma. (Praying for no tornadoes!)

Thought for the Day: A lot of church members who are singing 'Standing on the Promises' are just sitting on the premises. 

Song for the Day:
I recommend Jesus; He’ll carry you through.
I recommend Jesus; He died for you.
So if your skies are gray and you cannot find your way,
I recommend Jesus.
                        --Donna Clark Goodrich, © 1970

Laugh for the Day:                            Christian One-Liners

Don't let your worries get the best of you; remember, Moses started out as a basket case. 
Some people are kind, polite, and sweet-spirited until you try to sit in their pews. 
Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisors. 
It is easier to preach ten sermons than it is to live one. 
The good Lord didn't create anything without a purpose, but mosquitoes come close

Writer’s Tips:

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth (Proverbs 27:1).

The Stone of Procrastination

            A little story made the rounds years ago that went like this: A man dreamed that he attended a meeting of the board of directors in hell. Satan had expressed concern that business was not increasing as fast as hoped. He asked for suggestions.
            One demon volunteered to go back to earth and tell people that there is no heaven. “We’ve tried that,” Satan said. “It doesn’t work.”
            Another offered to convince men that there is no hell. “That won’t work either,” the devil said.
            Then a clever demon in the back of the room rose. “If you let me go,” he said, “I can fill this place. I won’t tell people there is no heaven or hell. I’ll just tell them they can get right with God—tomorrow!”
            Sound familiar?
            “I’m going to be a writer—someday.”
            “I’m going to start on my book—someday.”
            “I’m going to attend a writer’s conference—someday.”
            You may be writing now, but you’re not submitting your work to editors because you’re afraid of being rejected. Or you may already be writing, but only what you want to instead of what God has called you to write. One writer friend wanted to write about her missionary experiences, while God was leading her to write about the religious cult she had left. She finally obeyed, and her book has become a best-seller.
            If you’re one who has been procrastinating, it’s time to stop talking and begin acting. These hints may help:
            1. Write your goals in detail.
            2. Write a target date.
            3. Make a “to do” list.
            4. Divide your goals into bite-sized pieces.
One pastor said that he has buried a lot of people with the music still in them. Don’t let the following be said of you:
            The greatest of workers, this man would have been
            The world would have known, had he ever seen
            But the fact is, he died, and he faded from view;
            And all that he left here, when his lifetime was through,
            Was a mountain of things he’d intended to do

                                                —Author unknown

Write down your responses to steps #1 through #4 above.
Have a good week spreading the
gospel through the printed page.

Donna Clark Goodrich

 "A Step in the Write Direction--the Complete How-to Guide for Christian Writers"
"The Freedom of Letting Go"
"Healing in God's Time" (story of Dave Clark, songwriter)

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