"...we need not pretend that all is well in our lives in order to experience thankfulness. This coming Thursday, try to find at least one thing for which you can be grateful despite the tough times in which you may find yourself this year. It’s amazing how much happiness this practice can generate, on Thanksgiving, and throughout the year....Finally, knowing that the story is never over will help us to have a happy Thanksgiving....Could we acknowledge the good despite the pain of not knowing what could be coming?...Ultimately, I realized that we were holding back because the story wasn’t over. Then I realized that in life, our stories are never over, so why wait?"
You have been raised to life with Christ. Now set your heart on what is in heaven, where Christ rules at God's right side. [a]
2Think about what is up there, not about what is here on earth.
3You died, which means that your life is hidden with Christ, who sits beside God.
4Christ gives meaning to your [b] life, and when he appears, you will also appear with him in glory.....
You must quit being angry, hateful, and evil. You must no longer say insulting or cruel things about others.
9And stop lying to each other. You have given up your old way of life with its habits.
10Each of you is now a new person. You are becoming more and more like your Creator, and you will understand him better.
11It doesn't matter if you are a Greek or a Jew, or if you are circumcised or not. You may even be a barbarian or a Scythian,[d] and you may be a slave or a free person. Yet Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.
12God loves you and has chosen you as his own special people. So be gentle, kind, humble, meek, and patient.
13Put up with each other, and forgive anyone who does you wrong, just as Christ has forgiven you.
14Love is more important than anything else. It is what ties everything completely together.
15Each one of you is part of the body of Christ, and you were chosen to live together in peace. So let the peace that comes from Christ control your thoughts. And be grateful.
16Let the message about Christ completely fill your lives, while you use all your wisdom to teach and instruct each other. With thankful hearts, sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.
17Whatever you say or do should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, as you give thanks to God the Father because of him.
It is the middle of week two of NaNoWriMo. I have experienced a bit of that block that 'they' say can come in week two. But I have been pushing through. And there are elements in my story that are painful. But I am also grateful to be exploring them. Because I had asked for healing. And I feel that this is part of that. And when I'm in flow, coming back to the real world is a bit hard. And I'm left with so much of my characters. But this is how it should be. I have to trust the process. I have to trust that this is God ordained. And I am grateful that I am not going it alone. And I am grateful that He meets me where I am.
This last week has been rather magical. I've been happily wallowing in writing time As I go deeper into my story, I go deeper with God. And I am loving my searching main character. I have just a hint of what she finds and I'm excited for her. I just feel God's hand over me as I write and if nothing else, this is for me and Him.
"What is a novel if not a conviction of our fellow-men's existence strong enough to take upon itself a form of imagined life clearer than reality and whose accumulated verisimilitude of selected episodes puts to shame the pride of documentary history?" - Joseph Conrad
It was eight am. She'd been up for half an hour but hadn't moved from bed. She didn't feel good today. And she was trying to remember. She needed to remember. More so than usual. That dream had been important. For she hadn't spoken. She had listened only. This much she could recall. And what he spoke, was meant to be carried over.
It feels a bit magical so far, Novel Writing Month.
It seems that God is for it and I am being beckoned in by Him.
My school approved this month off. Brett's parents are in town this week and have had the kids. And I'm even here for a brief moment because I went over the word count goal yesterday! 5 pages of a brand new story has unfolded and I'm excited to see what comes!
One confession here: Although I'm enjoying all the writing time I'm also missing the children. They've been spending the night away - all of them- and being only a writer and not a mom would be sad and lonely, I've discovered.