Inspire Me Monday

Monday, April 14, 2014

 

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Always be the great person for someone else. Encourage those around you.
Then you will be at your best.

 

 

April 2014 Blog Hop

Friday, April 4, 2014

I have the privilege of being invited to participate in a blog hop. I know, catchy right? Writers are answering the same questions regarding their writing process. Today, I will be answering the questions about how and why I write what I do.

Before I take my turn answering, I wanted to publicly thank Rachel Skatvold for inviting me to be a part of the fun. I know Rachel through the Heart of American Christian Writers Network. It has been a blessing to get to know her and see her at conferences and writers’ meetings. Here is a bit about Rachel, and then I will answer the questions each writer has answered on her blog. Meet Rachel…  Rachel

Rachel is an inspirational author and stay at home mom from the Midwest.  She enjoys writing inspirational romance, devotions and encouraging blogs.  Rachel is currently seeking publication for her first inspirational romance novel, “Enduring the Flames.” Other than writing, some of her hobbies include singing, reading and camping in the great outdoors with her husband and two young sons. You can find out more about Rachel’s books and writing on her website: http://www.rachelskatvold.com and on her Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/rachelskatvoldauthor

 

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What are you working on right now?

Other than writing my blog weekly, I am currently preparing for the launch of my second book coming out on August 19th. I have worked on outlines for Bedtime Thoughts for the Christian Wife and Bedtime Thoughts for the Christian Woman, but I am not very far into the actual writing process on either one. I am also praying about what my next book topic should be in addition to the Bedtime series.

How does your work differ from others of its genre?

I don’t know if this completely sets it apart, but I always try to write with a new believer in mind. I would love to be a part of building a new Christian’s faith by teaching a little something new, but mainly encouraging and challenging him or her to continue on their journey. Another thing I always try to do is add plenty of illustrations and personal stories. I think it adds something the reader can relate to. And hopefully, I can make them laugh at least once. [grin]

Why do you write what you do?

The only way I can truly answer that is “because God has led me to.” Nonfiction is not my first love for reading, although I read it a lot. But honestly, I LOVE an intriguing fiction novel. Preferably something with a lot of cheesy romance in it. Reading a romance novel is like a mini-vacation. So the fact that I am a non-fiction writer is a little surprising to me. But I know, at least for now, this is what God has called me to write.

How does your writing process work?

Oh, how I wish I had a brilliant answer for this one. Sometimes I feel like my “process” doesn’t “work.” I try to do the majority of my writing when the kids are in school. I have written many chapters waiting on a child at swim lessons or football practice, or even sitting in the carpool line. When starting a book, I do not make a clear, concrete outline. But I start by asking myself the question on paper, “What do I want the reader to get out of this book?” And I write out my answer to help organize my thoughts. Then I make a loose outline of how I can communicate what I want them to take away from my book. I break it into chapters, that by the end of the book, look nothing like my original outline. But it gave me a sense of direction when I needed it in the beginning. I have found the best thing to know about any process involves what is called BIC. It stands for Butt In Chair. Meaning, it takes a lot of good ole fashion sitting down and working. I do find I work best with deadlines looming.

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Inspire Me Monday

Monday, April 7, 2014

 

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If you are in the midst of a trial, I hope you are waiting with great expectancy to see God’s faithfulness and miracles coming your way….. because they ARE. He is ALWAYS faithful.

 

 

Crack Me Ups

Friday, April 4, 2014

 

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I love when people use photoshop in such a creative way. It makes me giggle. I love this yelling guy. Awesome.
Make some wonderful memories this weekend. Blessings!

 

 

Sometimes Healing Sucks

Thursday, April 3, 2014

First, I apologize for using the word “sucks” again – two weeks in a row. But sometimes, it seems that is the only word that works. It’s not eloquent or pretty, but there are times it is the only word that is applicable. And it is just a real life word.

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Now back to the title. Sometimes healing sucks. As I have been reflecting on the healing of my foot this last week, it occurred to me all I have learned about healing over the years. Here is a breakdown of what I have learned:

1.   There is now way around it – only through it. I remember when my water broke with my first pregnancy. With the gush of water, came the gushing realization that there is no way out of this. I CANNOT GET OUT OF THIS. I can only go through it – whatever the process will be. Unfortunately, this truth applies to a myriad of horrible hurts and tragedies. Last year a friend in Oklahoma found a brain tumor. She endured surgery and a year of chemotherapy and treatment. There has been no way out of this healing process for her. The same idea applies to the times we lose our loved ones to death or even divorce or abandonment. Attempts to avoid healing our hearts are futile, it doesn’t take us around the healing process, but only delays the inevitable. We must walk through it.

2.   Healing takes patience – it cannot be rushed. There is no set time for a healing process. It will vary by circumstance and person. By last week, I was done with this foot injury. DONE. But me wanting it to be healed doesn’t make it so. This injury needs time. And the time for healing cannot be dictated by anyone else either. I have seen friends or family members lose a spouse and mourn for several years, only to have someone tell them they “should be over it by now.” Each person’s healing journey is his own. It will be seven years on August 31st since my Grandma went to heaven. I still do not talk about her without crying. Seven years. I feel the pains of how much I miss her aren’t something that will ever heal. But I don’t know. I just know that no one else can tell you when your heart is healed. Maybe a foot, but not a heart.

3.   The other side of healing doesn’t always mean the same as before. The orthopedic doc feels confident I will be able to jog again, and my foot will be as good as new. However, other doctors have told me I will always have problems with this foot and I should say good-bye to high impact activities. Time will tell. But matters of the heart, of loss and death, things are never as they were before. The family I mentioned last week who buried their precious 19 year old son will never be the same. They cannot get out of the pain, like I mentioned in number 1. But even with years of time, they will never be as they were before. They will find a new normal, and will always long for “before.” When I received the phone call my Grandma had passed, I remember in that very instant thinking, “I wish it were 30 seconds ago. Now this can’t be undone.” My heart will never be the same as it was before that phone call. I am confident those who have buried a loved one or had a spouse walk out on their family would say the same thing.

4.   Sometimes God’s idea of healing is different than ours. I know when I pray for healing I want the person to be well from sickness here on earth. I want the person here so her family can hug her and hear her voice and laughter. That isn’t always the result. The precious lady I mentioned last Wednesday who was losing her battle with cancer went home to the Lord the very next day. Yes, she is healed and whole now. God’s perfect way. But that isn’t what I had in mind. Or likely her family. They love her and wanted her here with them. This is the part of faith I struggle with. I will never come close to understanding God’s ways and that is okay. But this is the area I have a hard time accepting. It seems I have prayed over so many people the past several months who have lost their battles with cancer and went home to Jesus. I can only say God’s idea of healing isn’t always the same as ours. I guess that is why it is called FAITH.

5.   Regardless of what we are healing from, we are not doing it alone. Sometimes the only way we are able to keep going another day through the healing process is the knowledge we do not have to go it alone. God is ALWAYS with us. The times I cried uncontrollably alone in the house or sobbed alone in my car in the days and months following my Grandma’s passing, I was never truly alone. God saw me and He was with me. The same is true for anyone in the valley of healing. His grace is sufficient to carry us through another day. He will never leave us nor forsake us. And He will bind up our wounds healing the brokenhearted. When the healing process seems unbearable this is what we can cling to.

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Psalms 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke  upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will  find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Inspire Me Monday

Monday, March 31, 2014

 

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“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” ~ John 14:13-14

Small prayers impress neither man nor God. Pray bold prayers.

Crack Me Ups

Friday, March 28, 2014

 

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This is priceless. I’m guessing the cat is a photoshop. But I don’t care. It completely cracks me up!
Have a weekend full of adventure. Go be a blessing to someone.  

 

 

Pray, Just Pray

Thursday, March 27, 2014

I thought this was fitting after yesterday’s blog…

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God does hear every single prayer, the boldest and the weakest. The prayers we pray for ourselves and the prayers we pray for each other. Our prayers make a difference. Just pray.

 

 

Yesterday Sucked

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Yes, I said it. Sucked. Yesterday was a tough day mentally. Leading up to yesterday, I had been fighting discouragement. I have never been one to sit much. Even being a writer, I have to get up from my chair frequently and do something else. These past two and a half weeks have been a complete shift from my norm.

I’m up early (dragging, but up), getting kids ready for school, racing up and down stairs, searching for shoes, backpacks, you name it. Once kids are gone, I am cleaning the kitchen, starting laundry and crossing things off my personal to-do list as well as what the household needs done. And highlights of my hectic schedule include Bible studies and breakfast with girlfriends at First Watch. Throw in a shower and some exercise, and many unexpected interruptions, and you have daily living.

So I want the healing to come faster. It has been over two weeks for gripe sake. Seriously, how long must this take? I can’t even put pressure on it. But I have told myself I refuse to focus on the negative, but to find the positives in this time of being mostly sedentary. I have been intentional about counting my blessings daily. But yesterday, it felt like a losing battle. foot

Yesterday, I had a lot of other people on my mind and my heart. A couple we went to church with for years in Oklahoma buried their teenage son yesterday. I can’t imagine the depths of their agony. I prayed for them all day.

Yesterday, I learned an acquaintance has had hospice called in for her as she loses her fight with cancer. I thought she was winning this battle. Yesterday, I found out otherwise. My heart aches for her and her family. She is my age. She is supposed to have her whole life ahead of her still.

Yesterday, I prayed and worried over the future of our country. Normally, I don’t take that one on, to be honest. (Yes. I know. We all should. For real.) But as I prayed constantly through out the day for my friends at Hobby Lobby going before the Supreme Court, I worried about the future of our nation. I worried for my children. And my unborn grandchildren.

And to pile it on, I spent too much time reading all the articles and arguments over the policy change at World Vision. This heated debate, and the fact that there are issues being debated that I personally cannot believe even need to be debated, added to my concern for the future of our great country. Again more specifically, my children. And my future grandchildren.

Maybe I was globalizing my emotions, but it was a sucky day. My heart was really heavy all day. My heart was heavy for others. And it made me feel guilty and petty feeling so down about my injuries. Yes, I ache from head to toe. I have new bruises from new falls because these crutches are going to be the death of me. My hands and under my arms ache more than words can describe from using the crutches. My left shoulder hurts to move or lift. And to add insult to injury, I am now battling a sinus infection.

foot bootBut with all that, I truly have no reason to complain. No reason to feel down. This too shall pass. Which adds to my heavy heart because I know better than to let myself be discouraged. Those I mentioned above have far greater burdens right now. So more guilt piles on. What a vicious little cycle. Ugh.

I know this is a growing opportunity. God is not going to waste this discomfort. He will use it to teach me valuable lessons and grow me more. However, they are called growing pains for a reason.

I will learn something important from this temporary trial. And I will make sure that good comes from it. Probably not today. Or tomorrow. Because I still just feel whiney and heavy-hearted. But very soon.

If you think of it, please pray for the families I mentioned above. They are carrying real burdens and real heartache that a few more weeks in a big, black boot won’t fix. Hold them in prayer.

And thanks for allowing me to be brutally honest by saying yesterday sucked. Some days just do.

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” ~ Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV

 

 

Inspire Me Monday

Monday, March 24, 2014

 

 88f31d7e9e08f6feef005bd4304b2383Not trying is an automatic fail. Not asking is an automatic no.
What are you attempting that seems to be impossible? Your answer should never be, “Nothing.”

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. ~ Philippians 4:13

 

 

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