Healing Words

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sometimes the words flow freely

sometimes they back up behind a dam

sometimes

(though thankfully far less often than in the past)

they overflow the barrier

and batter anything in their path

at other times

the flow of words heads down an insignificant tributary

soon to disappear into nothingness

as a river can change the landscape

so can our words

a broken heart mended

a troubled mind calmed

a desperate soul pointed toward home

would that the flow of words

that proceeds from my mouth

bring refreshing

bring healing

bring life

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits(Proverbs 18:21 ESV).

Thanks to my fellow OctPoWriMo participant for the inspiration for today’s poem – http://welltemperedbards.wordpress.com/2014/10/22/an-ode-to-the-ones-that-wont/

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The Only Safe Place

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The world is a scary place

A self-evident statement for far too many people

From the battlefields of war

To the horrors of domestic abuse

From “other places”

Where we expect violence

To “here at home”

Where we don’t

Today

In Canada

We were reminded

Ours is not a country

Where bad things

Where scary things

Where unheard of things

Don’t happen

We are members

Of the global community

Where darkness seeks to extinguish the light

Where hatred blinds far too many

Where there are more questions than answers

So

I will dare to ask God to remove the blinders

To show me my role

To remind me

He is the Light

He is Love

He is the Answer

In His presence

Is the only safe place

For my heart

For my mind

For my soul

I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies” (Psalm 18:1-3 ESV).

In honour of Cpl. Nathan Frank Cirillo, whose was killed October 22, 2014, while standing guard at the War Memorial in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I add my prayers for his friends and family to the many others being raised tonight.

 

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God’s Fingerprints

I see them all over my life

God’s fingerprints

He gave me

A believing mother

He led me to

Bible College

There I met

My husband of over 30 years

God tapped us on the shoulder

And let us know

It was time to move

So we prepared to do so

Then

We received a call

Asking if we were settled

We had no doubt

This was where He wanted us

(Still is)

With the first of three children in tow

We moved to a small city

I hadn’t even known existed

There He provided

A brand new townhouse

A church family

A readily-available shopping mall

(I didn’t drive)

Jobs for my hubby

The years went by

And still His fingerprints were evident

Income-earning opportunities

While I stayed home

With the kids

Fellow homeschoolers

After years of going it on our own

Eventually

We purchased

A home of our own

But more importantly

Than the outward

Faith

Hope

And love

During the good times

During the hard times

During the heart-in-a-vice times

When I couldn’t breathe

He was the Breath of Life

When my cathedral of faith crumbled

I found myself

Safely on the Firm Foundation

When tomorrow is uncertain

He reminds me

You have Today

And I am with you

I promised

Never to leave you nor forsake you

And I won’t

Your are secure in

My grasp

My fingerprints

Are all over your life

Always have been

Always will be

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands” (Isaiah 49:15-16 NIV).

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It’s Not Too Late

Stopwatch

Heartbeat

Check

Pulse

Check

Mental faculties

Check

Determination

Check

Support network

Check

Though I have missed

Many opportunities

Though I live with

The consequences

Though there is no

Going back

Today

I am alive

Today

I am blessed

Today

It’s not too late

To do the right thing

To apologize when needed

To pursue new adventures

It’s not too late for you either

“I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead” (Philippians 3:13 ESV).

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ROW Check-In

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Round 4 is well underway . . .

Writing Goals

Morning Pages . . . Monday-Friday (three pages of unblocking my creativity as close to first thing in the morning as possible)

I plan to start again tomorrow.

As a participant in in OctPoWriMo, I will be writing 31 poems this month. I missed the kick-off, so I best get at it. (What a great way to get back into the habit of posting here!)

This is the first year I’ve used the prompts . . . at least for the most part. Although I’ve written multiple poems on at least three days, I’m on track to get 31 written this month.

Next month I will be participating in PiBoIdMo. I plan to come up with 30 new ideas for picture books and write at least four new stories.

I’ve already come up with a couple of ideas.

I have begun compiling a file of my writing prompts and hope to make it available as an ebook.

I’ve started the process of copying and pasting. Then comes editing and organizing.

I am also working on a book of devotionals based on the gospel of John. It’s going to take quite awhile to get it together, but I hope to make significant headway before the end of the year.

The plan is to get five devotionals written this week.

I also have my ongoing projects of writing four seniors’ living articles per month and at least six guest blog posts.

I plan to write two articles this week and two articles next.

I write weekly guest posts for Christian Editing Services and Kimberley Payne’s site. - on track

I write monthly posts for Under the Cover of Prayer and InScribe. - on track

I write a guest post for InScribe’s pro blog about once every six weeks. - on track

*NEW

- compilation of fitness tips (ebook)

- compilation of my photos and inspirational thoughts/scripture verses

Editing Goals

I am copyediting one project (and making suggestions on another) and hope to get several more in the near future.

I’ve completed the second read-through/edit of the first project and have made some headway with the other.

Submission/Publication Goals

I plan to submit 6-12 picture book manuscripts by the end of Round 4.

The plan is to submit at least two before PiBoIdMo begins and the rest during November.

I would love to have my ebook of writing prompts available by the end of the year. Since this will be my first foray into ebook publication, we’ll see how it goes.

I’ve got lots to learn before the end of the year. :)

*NEW

Enter writing contests and submit piece(s) for publication in one or two anthologies.

I entered four pieces in InScribe’s annual contest and won first place in one category.

I’ve entered two of “Write to Done’s” Flash Fiction Competitions. I didn’t win the first time round, but we’ll see what happens with my second entry.

I’ve entered a Kindergarten story writing contest. (Telling a story in 150 words, now that’s challenging.) Win or not, it was a good exercise.

Reading Goals

So, here are the novels I have on the go right now . . .

Laura Jackson’s Worth the Wait

Rachel Phifer’s The Language of Sparrows

Janet Sketchley’s Secrets and Lies (pre-published) - reading a chapter per day

Rachel Starr Thomson’s Exile

Cathy West’s Yesterday’s Tomorrow (revised) - reading a chapter per day

. . . and the nonfiction books . . .

Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way

Kathy Ide’s Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors

James Scott Bell’s Self-Publishing Attack! - reading and highlighting regularly (part of that learning curve I mentioned)

Derek Murphy’s How to Write, Format, Publish, Promote Your Book Without Spending Any Money - also part of the learning curve (I’ll dive into this one after completing JSB’s book.)

Erin MacPherson’s The Christian Mama’s Guide to Having a Baby

Larry and Kathy Miller’s Never Ever Be the Same

And yes, I would like to complete them all before the end of the year.

Fitness Goals

30 minutes of cardio Monday-Friday - glad tomorrow starts a new week (hoping this virus takes a hike very soon)

Upper body workout – 2x/wk - time to 1) break out my exercise DVDs and/or put together a routine of my favourite exercises

Lower body workout – 2x/wk - same as above

Continue drinking more water and eating better (It’s coming!) - in the form of caffeine-free herbal teas at this point (It’s getting chilly in the Great White North.)

Miscellaneous Goals

I wrote this heading before filling in the above categories. I’m thinking, except for a little organization around the house, I won’t add miscellaneous goals this time.

My hubby’s on holidays this week. He’s completely reorganized his office/the guest room. It looks great. I s’pose I should help with some of the many other things that need to get done around here.

Well, except for taking advantage of Zenfolio’s free 14-day trial photographer’s website. Sigh!

While this was a bust, Christian Editing Services is starting a stock photography service and I’ve uploaded about 100 photos. Karen really likes them, so I’m excited to see what happens there. Some may even appear on book covers. That would be so cool.

I need to update my website.

I am one of the vendor’s at a local fundraiser in November, so I want to get the site tweaked before the end of the month.

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OctPoWriMo (Poems 16-19)

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Fall days

The sights, the smells

Bring happy memories

My favourite time of the year

Autumn

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Winter

Despite the cold

The pristine snow cover

Diamonds glitter on the landscape

Lovely

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Springtime

New life abounds

Around ev’ry corner

With promises awakening

Joyous

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Summer

Laughter and warmth

Evenings in the backyard

The lightning bugs put on a show

Love it

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Journeying to Inspiration

Day 15 – Halfway There

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It’s halfway there

But does it know

Halfway across the path

Halfway to becoming delicate and beautiful

I’m halfway there too

(Or more)

I’ve journeyed at least

Halfway through this life

While the caterpillar must focus

On the Now

I’m often tempted to look back

To look ahead

To do anything but

Focus on the Now

Content that I will one day become

All I was created to be

I must accomplish the task that is

Here and Now

Content to learn from the past

Content to anticipate the wonder

That is Journey’s End

“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:12-14 ESV).

Day 14 – Inspiration

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For over three decades

This man has been my inspiration

Sometimes I’ve acknowledged it

Sometimes it has escaped my notice

But there he was

Fulfilling his vow

To love me as Christ loved the church

Selflessly

Wholeheartedly

Ceaselessly

When I didn’t deserve it

When I was hateful and spiteful

Over the years I’ve grown

Grown more in love with this gift

Grown

I trust

To be more of a blessing

To the one who has blessed me beyond measure

With God’s help

From this day forward

I will do him good

All the days of my life

I will inspire him

As he has inspired me

“She does him [her husband] good, and not harm, all the days of her life” (Proverbs 31:12 ESV).

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OctPo Catch-Up

Day 13 – Colour Your World

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Determination

I’ll add colour to this world

His beauty will shine.

“He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30 ESV).

Day 12 – The Art of Obsessions

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“Look, a bridge; look, a winding path!”

and i take yet one more picture

another bridge

another path

twists and turns

a hidden future

does it add uncertainty and fear

is my heart anxious

or is it expectant

a bridge to traverse

the dark waters

a path to lead me on

though I can’t see beyond the next bend

the sun is shining

what’s ahead

holds promise, opportunity, revelation

and after the Very Last Bend

the Son is shining

waiting

to welcome me home

so i will cross the bridge

and i will take

the path before me

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore(Psalm 16:11 ESV).

Day 11 – Courageously Speaking for Children

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run fast

pump arms and legs

for joy not from terror

would that the children could delight

and run

“Let the little children come to me [Jesus] and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:14 ESV).

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ROW80 Check-In

Writing Goals

Morning Pages . . . Monday-Friday (three pages of unblocking my creativity as close to first thing in the morning as possible)

It’s hit and miss.

As a participant in in OctPoWriMo, I will be writing 31 poems this month. I missed the kick-off, so I best get at it. (What a great way to get back into the habit of posting here!)

So far, so good.

Next month I will be participating in PiBoIdMo. I plan to come up with 30 new ideas for picture books and write at least four new stories.

I have begun compiling a file of my writing prompts and hope to make it available as an ebook.

Sometimes the assembling is almost as challenging as the writing.

I am also working on a book of devotionals based on the gospel of John. It’s going to take quite awhile to get it together, but I hope to make significant headway before the end of the year.

I’m having trouble gaining traction, but it will come.

I also have my ongoing projects of writing four seniors’ living articles per month and at least six guest blog posts.

Looks like I’ll have to write two this coming week, but that’s okay. I’ve written four in one week when necessary.

Editing Goals

I am copyediting one project and hope to get several more in the near future.

I’m on target with this project. So far no word on any others.

Submission/Publication Goals

I plan to submit 6-12 picture book manuscripts by the end of Round 4.

I would love to have my ebook of writing prompts available by the end of the year. Since this will be my first foray into ebook publication, we’ll see how it goes.

*NEW

I’m also thinking of compiling a Life Through the Lens inspirational book featuring my photography.

Reading Goals

So, here are the novels I have on the go right now . . .

Laura Jackson’s Worth the Wait

The further into this book I get, the more I enjoy it.

Rachel Phifer’s The Language of Sparrows

This book grabbed me from the first chapter. I can’t wait to make more headway.

Janet Sketchley’s Secrets and Lies (pre-published)

Hopefully I’ll make some significant headway in the near future. I’d like to get it read quickly so I can write a review.

Rachel Starr Thomson’s Exile

It’s nice to have a fantasy in the mix.

Cathy West’s Yesterday’s Tomorrow (rev.)

I’m finding I’m enjoying re-reading this story. And here I thought I didn’t want to re-read novels.

. . . and the nonfiction books . . .

Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way

I haven’t gotten back into the book, but I am using the journal for my morning pages.

Kathy Ide’s Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors

I re-read the section on commas a couple of times. The use of this little punctuation mark can be so subjective.

Erin MacPherson’s The Christian Mama’s Guide to Having a Baby

I got very little read this past week.

Larry and Kathy Miller’s Never Ever Be the Same

Now that I’ve fired off my endorsement and the edits are off to the publisher, I’ve slowed down.

And yes, I would like to complete them all before the end of the year.

Fitness Goals

30 minutes of cardio Monday-Friday

Upper body workout – 2x/wk

Lower body workout – 2x/wk

Continue drinking more water and eating better (It’s coming!)

Not a total washout this past week but close to it.

Miscellaneous Goals

I wrote this heading before filling in the above categories. I’m thinking, except for a little organization around the house, I won’t add miscellaneous goals this time.

Well, except for taking advantage of Zenfolio’s free 14-day trial photographer’s website. Sigh!

I think I’ll let this slide for the time being. It’s definitely something I want to dive into in the future, however.

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Hurting

Lonely Woman

(image thanks to pixababy.com)

hurting

and heartbroken

yet seeking acceptance

someone to love her as she is

God does

“If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water” (John 4:10 ESV).

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