A Step in the Write Direction
October 20, 2014
Update: The Bible says that we don’t know what a day may bring forth (Proverbs 27:1). How true! Friday I hung up the phone after talking to my brother, and my husband said, “Something’s wrong. You’d better take me to the E.R.” Well, all you women know that when a man says that, something is wrong. I let him off at the E.R. door, parked the car, and by the time I got in there, they had him in a exam room. Took a lot of tests and it turned out his magnesium level was low (never heard of this) and he had a bladder infection. Seven hours later we went home with a prescription for antibiotics. He’s better now, just real tired….Two more weeks and our daughter and family will be moving back here from Oklahoma. They’re still waiting for word on a church opening. Appreciate your prayers!...Sent in a one-page proposal for the caregiver book. If that passes the committee, then they want a full proposal, so I need to get busy and get a couple of chapters ready, just in case.
Thought for the Day: The only way God can show us He’s in control is to put us in situations we can’t control (unknown).
Song for Today:
Yesterday, today, forever,
Jesus is the same.
All may change, but Jesus never!
Glory to His name!
“Yesterday, Today, Forever,” Albert A. Simpson
Laugh for Today:
Auctioneer: What am I offered for this beautiful bust of Robert Burns?
Man in crowd: That ain't Burns, that's Shakespeare.
Auctioneer: Well, that shows how little I know about the Bible.
Comment on last week’s blog: Beautiful, Donna....your opening really spoke to me. We have a strange guy attending our church. Don't know what's wrong with him but he stands right in front of the big screen because he can't see well, his equilibrium is off, wears strange clothes and one time didn't take his meds and had to be dealt with strongly and left church. BUT one day I chatted with him...he was the most gentle, humble soul and I felt a love for him at once. The deacons watch him closely for signs of trouble but the more we learn about him, the more we understand. Thanks!
Writer’s Tip: (from unpublished writer’s devotional book)
“I Don’t Have Time”
There is a time for everything, and a season for
for every activity under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
Would-be writers, and even those that sell on a regular basis, all complain they don’t have enough time. The following three words will help in this area.
1. Goals. Make a list of your long-range goals. Do you have an idea for a book? Make a list of what needs to be done before you can start writing. Will you need to send out surveys? Write down the questions and the names of people you want to interview. How about research? Plan a trip to the library and note the books and reference material available. Jot down a list of Internet resources. Then set a goal for each month; i.e., by the end of January you’ll complete research or send out surveys for chapter 1, and so on. Other long-range goals can include sending out a specific number of articles or queries a month, taking a correspondence course in writing, or setting up a marketing file.
2. Priorities. A pastor told his congregation that their lives could be changed in a week if they formed the habit of making a daily list of things to be done, and then rearranging them in order of priorities. Is writing on your list of priorities, or is it something you do only when you have some spare time? This may depend on how you view your writing—as a hobby or a calling. Harold Ivan Smith says, “We are called to write and I feel we will be held responsible at the Judgment for the people who are hurting that we could have helped but didn’t because we didn’t write what God laid on our hearts to write.”
3. Planning. Plan your day in advance. If you have to be away from your computer for a while and have some waiting time, take along a writing book or a rough draft to edit, or take a writing pad and begin something new. Time spent waiting in a car or in a doctor’s office can be fruitful moments. Study the people around you; develop character sketches; jot down conversations to use in future stories. While waiting in line at the supermarket, check out magazines for possible markets.
The minutes are there waiting. Make the best use of them. You are called to write, and God will help you make time for this important calling.
List today’s tasks in order of priority. Where is writing on your list?
Have a good week spreading the
gospel through the printed page.
Donna Clark Goodrich