Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Commercial Break

Lots of writing projects stirring, good stuff, inspirational, revelational material, but my writing process keeps getting interrupted. Had to return my tablet twice in 2 weeks, learning, downloading, setting up, interacting with my ‘cloud’ (which freaks me out – the whole cloud stuff), etc. So I’ve many things started, and have to find my muse to get back to the mindset. But my desire to write is stronger than ever before as I am reading this book that confirmed God wants me using my gift of writing. So I am determined to blog every day. Today was emotional (on top of distracting) as my mom’s dog died… and everyone knows I am an awesome friend/counselor EXCEPT FOR LOSING A PET. That is out of my zone. I can’t. I can’t. My kitty, Seminole, died June 5, 2006 and it was losing a child, best friend, and companion all wrapped up in one. It changed me forever. Then, July 4, 2010, Zoey took her last breath… I was numb, paralyzed, sooo lost…. I am so much closer to animals than people. Now the thought of losing Addy, and, Jireh… oh my goodness. My world will crash!

Plus, I have this phobia of fire and started a little fire when cooking today. Has me uptight and emotional. The funny side of this was when I texted my brother:
Me: If my stove is off, can it still catch on fire?
Him: Is this a trick question?
Me: No, I have this irrational fear or fire…
Him: If my refrigerator is running, will it fall down?
*I cracked up!

Anyway, that was my day… other than drooling over this book:

The Art of Whimsical Lettering
by Joanne Sharpe
Link: http://amzn.com/1620330741

And planning my character update along with Cher’s song, “Walk Alone”… this piece should be completed tomorrow…

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Revenge Continued

My previous blog entry discussed the importance of leaving room for God's wrath rather than acting on our feelings. Jacob remained calm when his daughter was raped, while her brothers attacked the rapist and his people. Commentaries lauded Jacob as doing the righteous thing due to surrounding circumstances.

Honestly, I would like to say I would respond like Jacob, rather like Jesus, and leave revenge to God. I hope in most situations, I would trust God's justice to prevail. However, if someone molests my niece, he'd better hope the police jail him before I get my hands on him... and if you hurt my cat or dog, I will not be sitting back, waiting to see God's wrath.

Thankfully, He only gives us what we can handle. He knows I would lose it in certain situations, so I believe He protects me from such circumstances. I also believe His mercy allows us to feel compassion for those who encounter similar problems. As it says in 1 Corinthians 1:4, Jesus comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

Despite our sincerest intentions, we are far from perfect... thankfully, God is perfect.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Genesis 31- To Be Continued

Genesis 34 - To Be Continued...

It is dangerous to judge one incident without considering external factors, such as history, culture, setting, and laws. Genesis 34 provides the perfect example. While writing lessons learned from God's Word, this chapter is one I keep flagging to 'come back and edit' since I can't wrap my head around 'the whole picture'.

Here are the facts of Genesis 34:
Jacob's daughter, Dinah, was raped by Shechem. When Jacob found out, he remained calm. But when Dinah's brothers, Simeon and Levi were told, they not only went after the man who raped their sister, they attacked his people as well!
Jacob had a fit because his family name had been tarnished. The brothers reacted out of love for their sister.

Again, I am having difficulty knowing where to go from here. Maybe words will come to me after I get a second cup of coffee... I can't get past Jacob's reaction, or lack of. His daughter was raped and he was worried about his family name?!  What about his daughter?!

Today I will give the right answer, the "we need to be like Jesus" answer. Bottom line as Christians... God wants us to leave room for His wrath, let Him take care of those who hurt you.

Romans 12:19 says,  "Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord."

Can you imagine how chaotic this a world would be if every person took the law into their own hands? Acted without knowing the bigger picture? Responded without regard to the infinite details involved with each side of the story?

God is All Knowing! God is merciful! God is Just. He can also help you with your anger, bitterness, and dare I include, hatred!

I admit, the sinful part of me has a much different answer. To be continued...

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Younger by Susan Munshower

Joined Amazon's Kindle program to "RE"Kindle my love for reading and help with my writing craft.
Chosen because it was a free promoted early release book. I never read fiction, much less mysteries. Thus book reminds me why.

Too many details. Felt like I was following a pinball bounce all over. The plot was Shonda Rhimes-like, but too many extraneous factors fighting for attention.

I enjoyed escaping into fiction, though. And look forward to reading a wider variety of books. Hopefully, they won't be as multifaceted as "Younger".