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YOU CAN GET BACK UP AGAIN!

Posted on April 30, 2019 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (1)

On a beautiful and breezy Sunday afternoon , on the 18th hole on one of the the most beautiful golf courses in the world,  Tiger Woods won his fifth Masters tournament and his 15th major title. But this was a different win for Tiger Words, for this victory was accomplished after he got back up again.


You see, Tiger Woods had fallen down. He had fallen to personal problems. He had fallen to health problems. And he had fallen to legal problems. He had even fallen to the disrespect and disdain of his colleagues and friends. But the good news is that Tiger did not allow his problems to keep him down. With a dogged determination and a heart of resilience, Tiger was able to rise back up again and win his 15th major  title.

 

It says so much about him. So much about his perserverance. So much about his willpower. For Tiger could have given up when he fell down to health and personal problems. He had enough championships under his belt . He had enough millions to retire and live comfortably for the rest of his life.


But Tiger wasn’t done. He still loved the game of golf and wanted to keep playing. So he did the hard work required to play again:  The back surgeries. The daily trips to the gym. The ice baths. The golf sessions. The gratitude training. Asking forgiveness from those he hurt - his wife, his mom, his children, his colleagues, his friends.


And today he stands. Holding another coveted trophy. All because he was willing to get back up again.

 

But Tiger isn't the only one who has fallen, because I’ve also fallen many times on my journey to write for ministry. I’ve fallen to discouragement when financial problems arose that impeded me from living out my writing calling. I’ve fallen to depression when I didn't understand why I hadn't yet achieved the success others had attained as Christian writers. I’ve fallen to procrastination when I’ve allowed other people and things to interfere with accomplishing my daily writng goals. So I'm thankful for Tiger's victory, for he reminds me that when I've fallen on my journey to write for the kingdom, I don't have to stay there. With a determined spirit, a steely focus and a continued belief in myself, I can rise back up again!


And you can too!

 

Sharing the journey

Jeaninne





Are you guarding your writing time?

Posted on April 23, 2019 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I'm fascinated by the soldiers assigned to stand guard at Buckingham Palace to protect the queen and her family. For in spite of the many distractions and other annoyances they encounter from tourists, sightseers, pests, and the weather they never allow their distractions to deter them from their assignment to protect the queen.


Like the guards at Buckingham Palace, you have been given an important assignment – to stand guard of your writing time. For if you are called to write for ministry, the time spent writing is work God has assigned you to do for his kingdom. The time spent writing is  time where you’ll write to offer inspiration, hope, encouragement, comfort, and healing.

 

But watch out! For just as the guards at Buckingham Palace are bombarded with distractions to keep them from their duty to protect the queen, you’ll be bombarded with distractions designed to keep you from writing. How can you overcome these distractions?

 

By tapping into your power within. For as the soldier taps into the inner discipline he has acquired through his soldier training, you have an inner power that was given to you when you became a Christian called the Holy Spirit. As you draw strength from within, it will help you overcome your distractions.

 

Christian writer, what are you doing today to stand guard of your writing time?

 

Sharing the journey,

 

Jeaninne

 

Responding to God’s call to write: How are you  guarding  your writing time? Post your comments on my blog. I enjoy hearing from you!

 

How are you acting today?

Posted on April 15, 2019 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (1)

What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? James 2:14, NLT


How many times have you told yourself you are going to write the book God has placed on your heart and mind to write, but it’s still not written?

 

Those given the charge to write for ministry must demonstrate their calling by their actions. For example, Noah, being warned of God that he would destroy the world, acted by preparing an ark to save his family. Abraham, when told he would be the Father of a great nation, acted by packing up his belongings to move to a foreign land. And Rahab, after being told her city would be destroyed by the Israelite army, acted by gathering all of her family under her roof, and hanging a scarlet cord from a window.


Your actions as an aspiring author demonstrate your faith in what God has called you to do. So if there is a book within you God is calling you to write, seek help if needed on how to begin your writing journey. Then get moving!

 

Sharing the journey,

 

Jeaninne


Responding to the call to write for ministry:  How will you show by your actions today that you really want to write for ministry? Post your comments on my blog. I enjoy hearing from you.

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WHERE DO I GET MY WRITING IDEAS?

Posted on April 9, 2019 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)


In an recent documentary about his life,an aged and famous singer was asked where he got his ideas for his great and enduring songs. Without hesitation, he responded: “I just listened-in and observed the world around me.”


In her book, An Introduction To Christian writing, Ethel Herr says that   ‘’Ideas swarm around us everywhere – in all we see, hear, read, touch, experience, do, feel and learn about. The secret is to reach out and grab the inspiration.”

 

 Here are seven places she recommends to reach out and grab your writing ideas:


Yourself – ideas can be found in your past and present experiences, hobbies, journals, dreams and lessons learned in daily life.


Your family – ideas can be found in familiar sayings, experiences, relationship problems and bits of colorful ancestral history.


Your friends – ideas can be found in their experiences, hobbies, distinctive points of view, insightful conversations


Your church – ideas can be found in sermons, church members, special projects and programs, attitudes


Your community – ideas can be found in neighbors, club and organizations, historical landmarks, social programs


The media – ideas can be found in stories of people doing interesting things, letters to the editor, classified ads, TV shows and movies


Miscellaneous sources – ideas can be found in books, travels, the content of your purse, conversations you overhear, the doctor’s waiting room


Are you struggling to find something to write about today?  Then look around, and you’ll find your ideas are everywhere!

 

Sharing the journey,

 

Jeaninne

 

Responding to the call of writing:  Name one place from which you generate your writing ideas? Post your comments on my blog. I enjoy hearing from you!

Are you an eagle or a hippopotamus?

Posted on April 2, 2019 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (3)

 

There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud. Carl Sandburg


Every so often I run into them on my journey as a Christian author. And every time I encounter them, I have a choice - to overcome them or let them overcome me. 


What are they? The calling blockers. In the book, How to live your calling, the authors describe calling blockers as “things that prevent you from taking the needed actions to live out your calling.” They list four calling blockers people encounter as they seek to live their callings - fear, negative thinking, busyness, and money. How do these relate to you as an aspiring writer? Busyness keeps you from carving out time to write. Fear keeps you from submitting your writings for publication. Negative thinking keeps you from believing your writngs are good enough, and money keeps you from pursuing a career as a writer.


Which of the above calling blockers are causing you to wallow in the mud of doubt and fear when there’s a writer in you that wants to soar?

Sharing the journey,

Jeaninne

 

Today's takeaway for your writing journey: Name one calling blocker that is getting in the way of your desire to write for publication and how you are planning to overcome it. Post your comments on my blog. I enjoy hearing from you.

 


Are you expecting rain?

Posted on April 2, 2019 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Seven times Elijah told him to go and look out toward the sea, and seven times he went. I King 18:43


After a long drought in Israel God told Elijah he would send rain. But when Elijah told his servant to look out towards the sea for a rain cloud, his servant came back and told Elijah he didn’t see one. So Elijah sent him again and again until his servant finally came back with a good report.

How many times have you submitted a poem, article, short story or manuscript to a magazine or publisher to only receive a discouraging report? Are you almost ready to give up on your dream to write for publication? 

Even if writing for publication takes longer than expected in your life, don’t give up on your dream to become a Christian author. No matter how long it takes, keep being persistent in your submission efforts, until you finally see the raincloud of publication.


Sharing the journey,


Jeaninne

 

Responding to God’s call to write or publish:

If you’ve been rejected for publication, how will you continue to persist in submitting your writings until they are accepted for publication?

I have no choice!

Posted on April 2, 2019 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

God has chosen me and given me this sacred trust and I have no choice. I Corinthians 9:17


While I have worked part-time for a number of years since beginning my journey to write professionally, I am currently looking for a full-time job.

But as a former full-time employee, I understand what returning means. It means I may not have as much time to write as I had before. It means I may not have as much mental energy as I had before. It means I may not have as much physical energy as I had before.

 

But even if I return to full-time employment, I will still find a way to write. For like the apostle Paul, God has chosen me and given me the sacred trust of writing for Him. He chose me when I heard him speak to me on my way to work one day and he told me it was time to leave my job. He chose me when he started awakening me at the crack of dawn to read his Word and write down the insights I received. He chose me when I battled discouragement after giving up my career, and he kept reminding me of my new calling. He chose me when I didn’t have the monetary resources to attend the writing conferences or buy the books I needed to hone my craft, yet he provided a way to attend every conference and the financial resources to purchase every writing book.

 I have been chosen and given the sacred responsibility to write for the kingdom, so no matter what happens regarding my employment status, I will write. Because I simply have no choice.

 

Sharing the journey,


Jeaninne

 

Responding to God’s call to write: Is God calling you to write for Christian publication? Then no matter what changes occur in your life along the way, remember you have no choice but to keep writing. Post your comments on my blog if this post ministered to you today. I enjoy hearing from you!

 

Are you tapping into your power source?

Posted on April 2, 2019 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.

       Ephesians 3:20 NLT

 

Do you remember the classic movie, The Wizard of Oz? After a tumultuous tornado landed Dorothy in the land of Oz, her one desire was to get back home to Kansas where she lived with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. But in order to get home, she had to take a journey down a yellow brick road to a land called Oz to visit a great Wizard. When she finally arrived, the Wizard told her she already had on her what she needed to get home. All she had to do was click the ruby red shoes she had on three times and they would take her home.

 

Like Dorothy, you also have access to a power within you called the Holy Spirit to help you accomplish your writing goals. And this power will not only help you write effectively but help you accomplish more than you ever thought you could do. For example, you may have planned to write just one article for publication, but as you tap into the power that resides within you, you begin to write more articles. You may have never imagined yourself writing a book or novel, but as you tap into the power that resides with you, you complete your first manuscript. You may have thought you could never stand before an audience to talk about your book, but as you tap into the power that resides within you, you are able to overcome your public speaking fears.

 

So don’t be afraid to begin. For you have a power within to help you to not only write effectively but to accomplish more than you ever imagined you could do.

 

Sharing the journey,

 

Jeaninne

 

Responding to God’s call to write: How are you utilizing the power within you to write for Christian publication? Share your comments on my blog. I enjoy hearing from you!

 

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Step by Step

Posted on March 27, 2019 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

It’s such a fun time in a baby’s development when they begin to walk. But since the art of walking can be daunting at times, a baby may decide it’s easier to keep crawling. However, as his mother gently encourages him each day to take a step, a baby gains confidence in his walking abilities.


Similarly, the goal of writing for publication can be a daunting task to achieve. And as an aspiring writer, you may even decide to give up on your desire to write for publication because the task is too hard to accomplish. But instead of looking at your long-term goal, focus instead on taking one step at a time towards your destination. For example, take a step to write a certain time each day towards your writing goal, or take a step to write a certain amount each day towards your writing goal. You may start off a little shaky at first, but if you’ll take your first step, you’ll gain the confidence needed to take the next, until you’re walking confidently.


Sharing the journey,

Jeaninne

Are you growing?

Posted on December 6, 2016 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Grow in the grace and knowledge our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. II Peter 3:18. NLT

Have you ever put on an item of clothing, only to realize you had outgrown it, and it was time to move up to another size?Such was the case with the writer's conference I attend every year. After receiving my conference brochure recently in the mail , I highlighted the workshops I wanted to attend, but noticed that I only highlighted a few. After thinking over the reasons for my decision, I realized it was because I had outgrown my annual conference, and it was time to move on to another one to meet my needs.


As you prepare to write for publication , be sure to take advantage of the writing conferences that are offered to help you learn the industry and hone your craft as a Christian writer. But if you find you're disenchanted with a particular conference after you’ve attended it a number of times, it could mean it’s time for you to move up to another “size.”

Sharing the journey,

Jeaninne

 

Writer’s prayer: Father, thank you for the resources you send my way to help me develop my craft as a Christian writer. I plan to outgrow every one. Amen.

 


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