Friday, November 14, 2008

Sick and . . . well, Tired

No, I'm not fed up with anything. I'm sick and I'm tired. Not sick like can't-lift-my-head-off-the- pillow sick. Sick like chest and throat hurting, nose running, voice disappearing sick. So, I took a sick day today from school. The girls, much to their dismay, didn't get to stay home too so the house is ridiculously quiet (forgot what "quiet" sounds like) and I'll get plenty of rest today. Maybe, just maybe, I'll get some work done on The Heart's Journey Home. It's already major progress that it's been less than a week since my last post!

I added a few new items to my blog. I added the little music player at the bottom. Let me know how you like it. I LOVE Jim Brickman! I write with him in the background all the time. Also, I added a new favorite blog. It's listed under Musings. This blog belongs to author Kathleen Fuller. She is a beautiful person with a great attitude and I'm so glad we've become friends! So check her out!

PRAYER REQUESTS AND UPDATES: Sadly (or not, as the case may be), I don't have anything new to share with you. Please continue to pray for the names listed to the right and I'll pass along updates on them as soon as I get them. And remember, if you or someone you know has a prayer concern (even if it is unspoken - God knows all of our needs after all) please email me personally through my profile and I will be more than happy to post it. There IS power in prayer!

Monday, November 10, 2008


Alas, it has once again been over a week since I last made a post, and I suppose I can't hide it any longer. It's time that I 'fess up.


Okay, here goes . . . My creativity has gone and run off with my time! That's right. They both just packed up and moved out and now The Heart's Journey Home is progressing at a snail's pace. Much like the dish that ran away with the spoon, my time and creativity go hand-in-hand. And there are so many things at this time of the year vying for my attention that I can't possibly give my creativity the time it needs to come alive.

It's different for every writer, but for me (and most of the writers I know) I can't just decide at the snap of my fingers to be creative and *poof* it happens. I have to have time to move from real life to "the zone". The aforementioned zone for me is kind of like a portal that actually transports me to my fictional town where my characters are real. I know it sounds weird, but really it's essentially no different than what kids do the minute they hit the playground and they are instantly on Jack Sparrow's pirate ship or at East High singing and dancing with Troy, Gabriella, and the gang. The only problem is that kids have all the time in the world. They can snap their fingers and cross from real life to make-believe. It's not quite so easy when you become a "big person" and you have daily responsibilities and . . . well, STRESS!

Fortunately, this situation is not permanent. My time and my creativity always come slinking back to my door step - usually my creativity before my time. (More often than not I actually have to go hunt down my time and force it to come back!) At this time of year, whether a result of the dropping temperatures or the rapidly approaching holidays, my creativity can never stay away for long, especially when I meditate on what a creative Lord we love and serve.

Here in Tennessee the fall colors have just recently peaked and I'm once again in awe of the magnificent tapistry that is visible from my back deck or even along the highway as I'm on my way to school. Every sunset and sunrise is a masterpiece to behold. I mean, really, just look at the human body! Talk about creative! :) One of my favorite examples of the Lord's creativity, though, is the way He taught. Jesus was a storyteller - and to those who took (and still take) the time to experience Him, I believe, He was (and still is) the most effective storyteller ever!

He certainly didn't ramble as I am now!

So, now tell me, I want to know what you do to nurture your creativity - to keep it from running off with your time!

PRAYER REQUESTS AND UPDATES: Please pray for Kim Baird, a forty-year-old single mother of two teenaged boys who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Right now details are sketchy. I will certainly give you an update as soon as I have one. In the meantime, please pray for strength, comfort, and most importantly, I think especially for moms who have children and households to take care of, pray that Kim has a peace that passes all understanding - that defies logic. More updates to come in the next few days. And remember, if you or someone you know has a prayer concern (even if it is unspoken - God knows all of our needs after all) please email me personally through my profile and I will be more than happy to post it. There IS power in prayer!

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