Friday, November 22, 2013
Well, the name change has gone into slow gear, obviously! But it will come. My helper became very busy. Life. Sometimes it is so intrusive! And I would not have it any other way.
I am up to my hairline with my work in progress--the joy project. You can check up on those goings on or join the conversation over at www.joystarters.com.
I have decided I need to listen to my body and listen to my Lord. I have been so busy that I've not had time to sit at His feet and really listen. Or create. So I have asked for help. That is almost unheard of, but I did it! I may be a slow learner, but I think I'm getting it.
Along with that I have been asked to write children's stories about how to find the way back to the joy you feel when you are with someone who is glad to be with you. What would that look like to a kid?
There are 6 negative emotions (sadness, fear, anger, shame, disgust and hopeless despair). A person can't keep from going there; the important thing is to know how to find your way back to joy. If no one ever showed you the way you can become lost or stuck in that emotion. And if you do not know your way back from one of those big ugly negatives you avoid it like the plague. You will tie yourself into contortions trying to keep from even touching that dreaded emotion.
Finding one's way back to joy is a big concept. And I am to write kid stories for each one of those. Thankfully the Lord has ideas for each and every one. It is cool how he works to give the story. The last one started with just the image of a little boy being yelled at by his father and the boy's hair was blown back like in a Snoopy comic strip. Along with the image were the words "yelled so hard it blew his hair back!"
I sat down to the computer and began to type and paragraph by paragraph the story flowed out. At one point I told God that I had no idea how to end the story. He knew. By evening I had my rough draft. Done. God is pretty amazing.
The next big thing is that during December, I will be featuring the authors of John 3:16 Marketing Network who are launching new books in December. These are Christian authors who want to make a difference for the Lord in the literature that is available in the marketplace.
From December 1 through December 16, the John 3:16 Marketing Network is hosting a Christmas book Launch. As part of the event, the network is offering a $200 Amazon gift certificate to one lucky winner. During the launch for a chance to win, go to http://bit.ly/Christian_Books and enter the Rafflecopter (toward the bottom of the page). You may find just the thing for the bookworm in your family.
p.s. The picture at the top is a beautiful sunrise over Puget Sound in Washington State. Peaceful.