Journalling for Change

I am participating in a year-long journalling program. I’ve journaled for years about any subject that comes to mind, so I considered not participating in the program. However, this is a directed program, i.e. there are assigned weekly topics. This week’s assignment is to write each day about how certain aspects of my life would look if they were exactly how I wanted them to be. Today’s topic is ‘physical self.’

Physical self: If I could change anything about my physical body – first I’d change my nose. I would like to have a slim, long nose as opposed to what I have now, which is very wide. I know that I can have surgery – but financially, that is out of the question.

Honesty dermands that I say I would love to have the “perfect” body. But who decides what is the perfect body? Or what is the perfect body for me? Or for you?

I am overweight. My husband is overweight. We are so good for each other in every area of life – except this one. Neither of us set a good example for the other one – in fact, we are bad influences for each other. All one of us has to say is “ice cream” and the other one is more than happy to go pick some up. Or I’ll mention a favorite restaurant and that becomes our dinner destination. (Or at least it used to before I started working part-time.) Somehow, somewhere, I need to obtain the discipline to “just say no” when Dave tempts me with all those foods I love to eat, or when I want to justify eating something I want that’s not good for me (read ice cream) and I tempt Dave to join me.

My weight is affecting my physical well-being. But even this does not motivate me to lose weight.

I am facilitating a study based on the New York Times best seller “Made to Crave.” The first section is devoted to helping the reader gain a “I want to” attitude. “I want to lose weight. I want to exercise.” I hope this section works for me. Because all I want to do right is eat a toasted bagel smothered with cream cheese!



If you’ve read any of my book reviews over the last two years, you’re probably aware that historical settings are not my favorite. And yet, every time I read a book written in a historical setting, I love it. Such is the case with “Tomorrow’s Garden” by Amanda Cabot. “Tomorrow’s Garden” is the third book in a series titled “Texas Dreams.” I was privileged to read the first two books “Paper Roses,” and “Scattered Petals,” and enjoyed them both! But “Tomorrow’s Garden” will pull on your heartstrings. There is action and adversity, heartache and hope, loss and love. Throughout it all, God’s message of redemptive love is evident.

Pour yourself a glass of lemonade, head for your favorite comfy chair and read “Tomorrow’s Garden.” You’ll be glad you did.


Showers of Your Soul

“April Showers Bring May Flowers” but when the showers are showers of your soul, and the dark clouds hold severe lightening and thunder, what do those bring?

The month of April has had a series of events that has caused my family and me to ride the roller coaster of emotions and feelings. I can’t, nor would I try, to speak for all of my family, but I do know that it has been a hard month for them. For me there have been times when I was numb, but in great pain; silent, but screaming on the inside; cold, but hot with rage; terrified beyond reason, but seeking peace and comfort. I half-jokingly told a dear friend yesterday that I can now quote all of the Bible verses dealing with fear.

Throughout all of this time, God never left me. He never turned his face away from me. There were lots of times when there was only the single “footprints in the sand” and I know those were the times He carried me.

I won’t share all of the events that have occured in my family this month. Some of you know those events, and even if you don’t, you’ve been kind enough to pray. Hopefully, my ramblings here today will inspire you to “pray without ceasing” for one another. I cannot begin to thank you enough for your prayers.


Never Forgotten!!

I haven’t forgotten you – I promise! Every day I think to myself, “I have to let my blog readers know what is going on.” FINALLY, I am here to let you know what is going on with me!

It seems like I get busier with each passing day! There are not enough hours in the day to accomplish all I need to do. Once again, I have overcommitted myself, not realizing I was doing so until it was too late. I love to judge writing contests and I committed to judging four without realizing that all four were happening about the same time. So, I’ve been up to my eyeballs in books, first 15 pages of books, first 3 chapters of books…Needless to say, I’m reading all the time and loving every minute of it! I have finished judging the first contest, so I have three left. My judging sheets are due May 1, May 11 and June 27 respectively. So, I’m really not in too bad of a shape. Except there’s that book I promised I would be influencer for. And the book I have to review for Amazon Vine. Maybe I should take a speed reading course!

In the midst of that, I’m working on getting my editing/writing business started. Originally, I planned to name the company Monarch Editing. But I’m changing that to Monarch Writing Services. This will allow me to be a ghost writer if I want to include that in my services.

My sister and I worked so hard at my parents’ house, sorting through things and getting ready to have a huge estate sale.The only thing we have left to do is price the items. The date of the sale is up in the air at the moment because…

It looks like my sweet, darling husband will be having surgery – as early as this week. I won’t bore you with the details, but would be most appreciative of your prayers. If the surgery is not this week, I fully expect it to be scheduled for the first part of next week.

So, this has been my life over the last month. But I haven’t forgotten you! Thank you for being faithful readers and friends! I promise I’ll do my best to post more often!!


She Speaks 2011 Conference

Once again, I’m posting about the She Speaks 2011 Conference. The delightful, curmudgeonly Mr. Cec Murphy has offered an additional scholarship. I’ve lost count, but I think this might be the 9th or 10th. What a generous person. And no, he won’t read this. I’m writing it because I’m impressed with his desire to help us women who know we are called to write and/or speak to women, to attend this fantastic conference to learn as much as we can about how to do what God has called us to do.

The requirement to be entered into this drawing is to write a full story in six words. Yep. Six words. 6 words. After all, if Ernest Hemingway can do it, surely I can. Right??

So, here’s my story in SIX, count them 6, words. No more. No less. Just. Six. Words.

Spring arrives.
Pollen falls.
Nose drips.

Do you think I have a winner? On second thought, don’t answer that!

For more information on the 2011 She Speaks Conference, visit http://www.shespeaksconference.com/.