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NATIONAL CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL DAY


National Chicken Soup - November 12

 

Today is National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day. Every year it is observed on November 12. Chicken Soup for the Soul is a publisher and consumer goods company founded in 1993 with its headquarters in Cos Cob, Connecticut. The first book and other titles in the series, were true stories written by ordinary people about their own lives. Their first book and many others soon became best-sellers. If you are a writer and have never submitted to this anthology, get writing. It took me many years to finally be accepted for their anthology. I have had two stories published. One in Devotionals for Wives and Thank You Mom. I submitted recently, but apparently wasn’t accepted. I will be working on a new submission next week.

National  Chicken Soup for the Soul Day is a celebration about us! It’s about our life stories and how to celebrate ourselves. As they say everyone has a story. Some are funny, some are sad, and some exciting. Whatever yours is, write it down and send it in. You never know. You may be pleasantly surprised, I was. Today, use #ChickenSoupForTheSoulDay to post on twitter, Facebook, and any  other social media that you nay use.

Completed Through His Hands


photopottershandsFor we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 NIV

I get scriptures in my email. When I read this scripture, I had an “Aha” moment. I shivered as goose bumps popped out on my arms. “Wow, I am the results of God’s workmanship.” This was a new understanding and it struck a note. I always understood God created me, but being the result of His workmanship struck a different note. It made me realize that a great deal of thought and care lent a hand to complete me. I felt valuable and knew God fashioned something special in me, enabling me to accomplish things that only I’m uniquely gifted to do. Another fact I learned from this devotional is that the Greek word for workmanship is poem. So to be a poem is special. Poems touch people’s’ hearts. I like to feel that as a writer, my writing can and should touch someone’s heart and or feelings. I’m sorry that have a peculiar train of thought, but. I was touched by this scripture.

God has empowered all writers to do good works. If God has led you to be a writer, each day he will trust your to serve him. Your don’t have to write devotionals, children’s stories, or human interest pieces. We do have to be respectful as writers in our choice of words. He wants us all to be able to do something special with the talents he has given us. Remember your are a product of he workmanship and that alone should make you feel valuable. Keep his poem alive and touch others hearts with your writing.

Lord help us to remember how hard you worked on creating us. Help us to create our own wonderful poems and touch others in you name.

A Critique is Not Criticism


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Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding. Proverbs 15:32 New International Version (NIV)

 I was very excited, when I received my first critique from my new critique partners. I never belonged to a writing group before. I was naive enough to expect accolades for my writing. My excitement soon turned to frustration and I was overwhelmed, when so many corrections appeared in my manuscript. I wondered what was wrong with these people. I felt led to writing as my vocation, so I decided to never send another manuscript to a group.  When I calmed down and went through the story, the changes weren’t really so bad. It was just that the red stood out so loud.

If you’re a writer, count each critique as a blessing from God. He sends people our way to guide us toward His goal. In that respect we all have a lot to learn. Writers never stop learning. When you belong to a critique group, accept corrections or I prefer suggestions of your critique partners. You will learn whether to accept the changes or not. Sometimes a suggestion is only another writer’s preference. God doesn’t force us to take the help he sends us. He lets us make or own choices. The consequences of not accepting correction is ours. Don’t be to proud to accept help. You will not only disappoint yourself, you will disappoint God and never become the writer he desires you to be.

Lord, help us to be open to the critiques of our groups. Please help us to discern which suggestions to implement and which to ignore. We thank you for the gift of free will. Help us to accept the results of our decisions with grace.

Find Your Calling


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Finding your calling in life ultimately comes down to finding the answer to the question: How can I help? from Geekpriest

I have answered many callings in my life—like spouse, parent, and factory worker, and aide for special needs children to help provide for our family. I thought I found my final calling, when I became a teacher aide. God gave me a wonderful call to answer. By answering His call, I found laughter, love and wonderful children. We had to support what was taught in class and I became a teacher of a sort. I was a little lost, when I retired. I missed my kids and wondered how I could help others. I didn’t think I would find another calling, where I could touch others so personally or profoundly. I soon realized that my long neglected call to write could  fulfill my longing. I could plug-in where God had me at the moment and perhaps answer a new calling. By pursuing writing, I could still touch other’s lives in a personal way.

If you feel a calling to write, but have a full-time responsibility to your family, don’t ignore the urge to write. Write in small blurbs. Carry a notebook or iPad and write. Write in your downtimes at work. Write, even if it’s just to give you the pleasure. Write about your family or anything that gives you excitement. If you like photography, take pictures and write about life around you. Keep your excitement of writing alive. This will help you build and perfect you writing skills.  It’s a calling that remains with you forever . Write about your Christmas holiday and have a Merry Christmas.

Lord thank you for the desire to write. Thank you for keeping it alive in me, so I have a way to share with others. Thank you for a way to feel alive after retirement. Amen

Losses and Gains of a Writer


Bible ComputerIf you sit back and do nothing, what do you gain? If you stand up and try, what do you loose? (Unknown)

I’ve been writing for years, yet I remained unpublished because I had been sitting back; making wrong choices. I was never happy with what I wrote, so I kept revising. I didn’t think anyone would care about what I wrote, so I didn’t submit. My inner censor pointed out everything that was wrong with my writing. All these choices gave me reasons to put off any possible rejection. Are they good reasons not to submit? No. But they are human reasons. I gained nothing from these choices. I gained neither publication nor self-esteem because of fear.

I came to a turning point in my writing because my words were coming easier, I stood up for myself, tried harder and submitted. God is perfection; my writing wasn’t, it just had to come from my heart. God  placed people and other guidance in my path. God didn’t give me a spirit of fear; I did that myself. If I didn’t submit my work, I lose God’s respect and my self-respect. These were losses I didn’t want to experience. I didn’t sit back out of fear anymore and kept submitting. I am now a published writer.

Jesus, always  guide my heart and my words. Help me to accept the guidance of others with grace and I will do the rest.

(This is not a bible verse, it’s just a quote I used.)

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