Writing Your Prayers

Good morning!

I wanted to share with you something I have been doing the past few months.

Writing Prayers

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The season of life am in is wonderful yet pretty challenging and unpredictable at times. Ryan is five and Anna is almost two. Any stay at home mom with small kids knows that every day is a new day and almost sure to be filled with surprises. The good thing about being a stay at home mom is that if I had a late night and need extra sleep, I can get it! But extra sleep usually means forfeiting my quiet morning. While I may forfeit my quiet morning, I cannot forfeit my Bible and prayer time. I find that I can read the Bible with noise around me but keeping focused while praying is another story. Enter, journaling my prayers! I have found it SO much easier to stay focused when writing my prayers down! I write my prayers just like a letter starting with “Dear Lord,” and ending with “Amen.” I have found this to be a wonderful tool to help make sure I am still praying a meaningful prayer when my mornings are not so peaceful and it’s also really neat to see your prayers in words. Especially when they are answered!

This may be something that only people who love writing enjoy but I wanted to share just in case it would help any of you moms of littles out there to have a better prayer life. Just DO NOT FORGET to direct your thoughts to God as our write. You aren’t writing to yourself after all. It is a genuine prayer to the God of the Universe.

Question:
Do you write your prayers?

Wednesday Write Life – Proverbs 10:22

Hi again!

Look at that! Here we are again at Wednesday Write Life!

Proverbs 1022

I came across Proverbs 10:22 this morning during my Bible time. The NIV Bible says, “The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, without painful toil for it.”

This verse made me think of my novel. The act of writing it just felt blessed by the Lord. Whether it is ever published or not, the experience of writing it was wonderful, therapeutic, and fascinating. There were several months where I had uninterrupted time to write and the ideas kept flowing and developing into what became a three hundred and thirty-three-page book that I couldn’t believe I had written! I truly view this as a gift from God in a time that my mind was in utter chaos at every other moment. The story was a mental vacation and writing the first draft was almost easy! Thank you, Lord for writing, words, books, and the healing that you bring through them.

Question:

Has something hard ever seemed easy to you? 

Blessings,
Angela

 

 

Monday Book Club

Hi Peaches!

Let’s share what we are reading lately. I love to read and now that this blog has become a hodgepodge of various things, a book club was bound to happen at some point. Please drop a comment on what you are currently reading and your thoughts on it below! Happy reading!

Monday Book Club

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Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus

So as most of you who read this blog know, I finally read the Bible cover to cover. After I finished the last page of Revelation, I figured the only logical thing to do was to begin again in Genesis and do it again. The New Testament is nothing short of amazing but if you haven’t spent much time in the Old Testament, you must! If your experience is anything like mine, it will greatly increase your knowledge of who God is and give you a perfect understanding of Christ! Now I am in the middle of the Numbers but I swear everywhere I go lately Proverbs is in my face so this morning I decided to make a stop in there. I’m so glad I did! How incredible is Proverbs 9?!

Wisdom has built her house;
    she has set up[a] its seven pillars.
She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine;
    she has also set her table.
She has sent out her servants, and she calls
    from the highest point of the city,
    “Let all who are simple come to my house!”
To those who have no sense she says,
    “Come, eat my food
    and drink the wine I have mixed.
Leave your simple ways and you will live;
    walk in the way of insight.”

Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults;
    whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.
Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you;
    rebuke the wise and they will love you.
Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still;
    teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
    and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11 For through wisdom[b] your days will be many,
    and years will be added to your life.
12 If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you;
    if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.

13 Folly is an unruly woman;
    she is simple and knows nothing.
14 She sits at the door of her house,
    on a seat at the highest point of the city,
15 calling out to those who pass by,
    who go straight on their way,
16     “Let all who are simple come to my house!”
To those who have no sense she says,
17     “Stolen water is sweet;
    food eaten in secret is delicious!”
18 But little do they know that the dead are there,
    that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.

 

The Harry Potter Series

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Believe me, I whole heartily believe that you are never too old to read the books written for the ages that we all fell in love with reading, but I write middle-grade fiction so I read middle-grade fiction. I read the first four books years ago but decided to read all seven from Sourcerer’s Stone to Deathly Hallows a few months ago. J.K Rowling is brilliant.

I am aware that some think the Harry Potter series should not be read by Christians. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but I do not subscibe to this school of thought. I think the imagination is a beautiful gift from the Lord. He has built in us a wonderful means to escape the harsh realities of life. Thank you, Lord. Our children are smart and can discern the difference between reality and make believe just like we did when reading stories such as Alice Through the Looking Glass or The Lord of the Rings.

Anyway, whether you are fourteen or forty, I bet you will find this series highly enjoyable. GRYFFINDOR!!!

The Selection Series by Kiera Cass 

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I honestly downloaded The Selection onto my Kindle because I though the cover picture was so beautiful! If you love royals, love, and the fight for justice, this series is for you. It’s actually much like The Bachelor but if it was a bunch of girls trying to be chosen by a prince and win a spot on the throne as princess of Ilea. It sounds cheesy but it’s not. I thought it was a very great story and clean entertainment for those trying to keep thoughts pure. There are three books in the series; The Selection, The Elite, and The One. I highly recommend!

 

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke 

Another middle-grade goody, Inkheart is highly intriguing being the story of a father and daughter who are able to read characters out of books! But this novel is LONG. The first book is fifty-nine chapters and well over five hundred pages which I thought was insanely long for young readers. I am now reading the second book in the series, Inkspell, and it is even longer at a whopping seventy-seven chapters! But the story is a good one so if you have a child who is really into reading, this might be one they would enjoy. I did think there were parts that were pretty boring and could have been left out but what do I know?

That’s a wrap for this week!

Questions:

What are you currently reading and what do you think of it?

What are some of your all time favorite books?

 

 

 

 

 

Happy 2017 Peaches!!!

2017

Helloooooooo!

It’s been a while! I hope you had an absolutely fabulous holiday season and your new year is off to a wonderful start. Now that the holiday whirlwind has come to an end (still cleaning the debris though), I will be blogging more regularly! I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to blog about yet though so maybe we are all in for a surprise haha. But my new year’s resolution is to write everyday, whether it’s this blog, in a journal, a story, or whatever. Just to write something everyday even if it’s just a little bit.

So cheers to 2017 imagining!

Questions:

How was your holiday season?

Any New Year’s resolutions?