Blogging A to Z – “F” is for Faith, Family, and Friends

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter

Here is my next installment in my Blogging A to Z series for 2019.  “F” is for family and faith.  Family plays an important role in my life.  My husband and children bring untold blessings, laughter and more to my life.  They provide a lot of joy and distractions in my life.  They instigate a lot of mischief and more in our home.  Truly, they bring so much excitement and intensity to our lives.

Here are some of my favorite Scriptures about Faith.  This first verse from Hebrews is one my husband frequently uses when he is preaching.  Through the years, it has become one of my favorite verses.

Hebrews 11_1 - Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen

This verse from Romans reminds us that faith rather than the law is what gives us our salvation.

Romans 3_28 (KJV) -

Another verse is found in Romans.  Truly, peace is something worth desiring and striving to obtain.

Romans 10_ 17 (KJV) - Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ_

Here is another verse from Romans my husband frequently uses when preaching.  I love the words of this passage.

Romans 10_17 - So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Finally, this verse from Ephesians is another of my favorite passages, because my husband has frequently used it in his sermons.  This passage reminds us that our salvation is a gift from God rather than something we can earn by any good works we might do.

Ephesians 2_8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves_ it is the gift of God_

So what comes to your mind when you see the letter “F”.  I would love to hear from you.  If you would like to read my other posts from this series, click here.

 

 

 

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Blogging A to Z – “E” is for Energy, Emotions, and Empathy

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter E

This is my fifth entry in my series for Blogging A to Z 2019, so the letter is “E”.  “E” is for Exploration, Emotions, and Empathy.  With four children in our home, it has been filled with a lot of energy throughout the years.  They constantly have things to discover and to explore.  I have things to explore as well for our writing, for our homeschooling, and for places to visit.

As I am writing and living life, emotions constantly bombard me from all directions.  I have to deal with my emotions, the emotions of my family, and the emotions I wish to convey in what I am writing.  Sometimes I like the emotions, but at other times, the emotions frustrate me.  It is easy to want to convey a specific emotion, but when I am unable to do so it makes things difficult.

Finally, “E” is for Empathy.  Whether living my life or writing, Empathy needs to play an important role. Being able to feel and understand what others are feeling provides a way of relating to those around me.  It also allows me to attempt to express my feelings to those who are reading what I am writing.

So when you see the letter “E” what comes to mind for you?  I would love to hear from you.

If you would like to read my other posts in this series, click here.

“D” is for Dreams, Daughters, and Drawing

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter D

Well, I may be a couple of days late, but here is my Blogging A to Z entry for “D”.  “D” is for Dreams, Daughters, Drawing.  Dreams allow us to imagine what could be possible.  They allow us to explore uncharted territory.  They give us wings to fly.  Or to write that book someone may have always wanted to write.  Perhaps, dreams allow someone to compose or arrange the perfect piece of music.  Or other things become possible.  They let us have something to strive for and to reach.

Second, “D” is for daughters.  Our daughter has been such a blessing to our family.  She makes us laugh.  She is mischievous at times. She brings joy and so much more to our family.  She truly is a blessing.

“D” is also for drawing.  Learning to draw is one of my own dreams.  I see the artwork our daughter and some of our friends do, and I want to be able to do something with drawing myself.  We will have to see where those dreams take me.

What does the letter “D” bring to mind for you?  I would love to hear from you.

If you would like to read my other posts in this series, click here.

“C” is for Community, Compassion, and Crafts

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Here is my third entry for my Blogging A to Z challenge for 2019.  “C” is for Community and Crafts – specifically Crocheting.  I am a little behind on my Blogging A to Z challenge, but here is my third post for the letter C.  First, “C” is for community.  Several years ago, I discovered several amazing communities.  The first is Compel, part of Proverbs 31 Ministries, which is a place for Christian writers and speakers to connect and learn.  Truly, it has been a blessing to me.  Second is Hope Writers, another community for writers.  This community provides information, instruction, and encouragement.  This community is such a blessing.  Proverbs 31 Ministries is an amazing community offering Online Bible Studies.  I have made a lot of incredible friendships throughout the years from these communities.

Second, “C” is for Crafts, especially Crocheting.  Crafts can be an incredible way to pass time.  It allows me to relax and create something beautiful and useful.  Through the years, I have made a number of blankets for both our families and friends.

What comes to mind when you see the letter “C”.  I would love to hear from you.

If you would like to read my other posts in this series, click here.

 

A little late but beginning Blogging A to Z challenge

A to Z Challenge 10th Anniversary Badge

So here is my first post for the 2019 Blogging A to Z challenge.  “A” is for abundance, amazement, and ability.

First, “A’ is for abundance.  God has given me an abundance in the way of my amazing husband, our three sons, and one daughter, plus other family members and friends around me.

Second, ‘A” is for amazement.  I stand in amazement looking at the things our children are accomplishing and feel tremendously blessed.

Third, “A” is for ability.  God has given us each different abilities and it is up to us to use them to work for God’s Kingdom.

If you would like to follow along with the rest of my posts in this series, you can click here.

Finding and Speaking Voices of Truth

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Have you ever been going through life and suddenly you feel as though God is trying to get your attention?  Well, that is how I have felt for the last week or so.  Everywhere I look, from a course, I am doing, to books I am reading, to blog posts and more, I am constantly being bombarded with the idea of positive affirmations.  Specifically, I am seeing the need to speak them out loud.  So I guess God is trying to get my attention.

In my case, I am supposed to be writing out and then speaking out positive statements regarding changes I want to make in my life.  I have started writing them down.  Writing words comes fairly easy, but speaking those some words is more of a challenge.

We need to be able to speak words, whether orally or written that God will bring to fruition.  So I guess I know what I am going to be doing this week.  I am going to be writing down my affirmations and then recording myself speaking them out loud.

Now I need to make something clear, I do not like listening to myself on a recording.  I do not mind recording other people, but I do not want to record myself.  But I guess this is God’s way of encouraging me to be willing to follow the words of the song, “Voice of Truth” from the movie Facing the Giants.:

To step out of my comfort zone
Into the realm of the unknown where Jesus is
And He’s holding out His hand

I think this particular song is one of my favorites from the movie Facing the Giants.  So I need to step out in faith and believe that God will be there for me.  I need to face and slay my fear of listening to myself speak.  I need to have faith and confidence in what God wants for me.

I am participating in Mom Boot Camp 2.0 with Hannah Keely, and does she ever have a way of taking away all the layers and getting to the heart of things, even when it is hard.  So I am going to speak my affirmations.  I am going to believe that God loves me with an everlasting love and wants to provide an abundance for me.  So I am stepping out in faith and believing in the power of the spoken word.  I believe that nothing is impossible for God!

So do you need a “voice of truth” or maybe to face some giants?  Maybe you already speak or write affirmations out for yourself, or maybe you need some encouragement to do so. I would love to hear back from you about whether you are speaking or writing out your affirmations.

#fmfparty – Build

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So today I am doing something new here on the blog, I am participating in the #fmfparty , the Five Minute Friday writing prompt.  The prompt for today is build, and I definitely want to build up this blog and its following.  I want to build more content by writing more posts.  I want to share about my writing, our family and where I would like to get to in the future.

I would like to build connections with my readers.  After all, if I just wanted to write for me, I would choose to keep a personal journal rather than posting for everyone who cares to look at my posts to read.

I also want to build a writing habit.  For the last year, I have struggled with staying on top of posting here.  But I want to change that this year.  I want to build something that allows for me to connect with you, the reader.

I want to build my relationship with God and then share that with you through my posts.  But while I am building my blog, I want to build my relationships with my family.  So until next week, happy Friday.

If you would like to read other posts in the #fmfparty, click here.

31 Days – Day 1

31 Days of Books and More

Over the past year and a half or so, I have been privileged to be on several different book launch teams.  While almost everyone has been different – certain things remain the same – the friendships made and the amazing authors and team members I have met.

One of my favorite books from this year came from Erin Odom.

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This book gives a realistic look into family, finances and living life in a way that is more than just making it.  During the course of our conversations, the topic of Hurricane Harvey came up.  At this point, the storm was just a tropical storm predicted to come in as a category 1 storm.  Another lady and I both commented on how we did not really have the resources to go anywhere.  Plus, our family had the added trouble of having nowhere really to go.  With the storm coming in the weekend before payday, our options were limited.   However, an amazing lady on the book launch team told both of us we were welcome to come to her home in the central part of the state if we needed somewhere to go.

We used to live in eastern North Carolina, so hurricanes are nothing new to us.  However, in eastern North Carolina we typically “hunkered down” with my husband’s parents usually.  But this time was different, we were buying our supplies and while we were out and about we heard the storm was predicted to come in at least as a category 4 storm.  In the early evening, a friend texted me to ask if we knew our city was under a mandatory evacuation order.  I replied we did not.  So immediately, I contacted the lady on the book launch team who said to bring our family to her home.  We spent the rest of the evening making preparations.

Friday morning, we left the house heading northwest with no idea of what we were going to come home to.  However, we knew we were receiving #kissesfromJesus since we had somewhere to go.  Plus, we were able to find gas to get there along our route and traffic was reasonable.

So “More Than Just Making It” will always hold a special place in my heart.  What book(s) hold a special place in your heart?  I would love to hear from you.

Time to Start Writing Again

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So for the past several months I have basically been taking a break from blogging.  We have been enjoying an extended Christmas vacation and getting some things done around our home.  Once I began the break, starting back to a consistent writing schedule has been a challenge.  It is not the easiest thing in the world to resume habits once a break has begun.

It is hard to decided what to write about or how to organize my thoughts. I know once I get back into writing, it will be much easier to continue.  The bottom line is I need to spend time planning and organizing a plan for my blogs and writing.  I also need to build in time to spend time on COMPEL and the training provided there.  I love this resource and find it extremly useful to my writing endeavors.

I need to create by writing.  I know this for certain.  It is just a matter of deciding to focus on writing and not get distracted by life.  I have numerous books and blogs I follow along with other resources to help me develop my writing.  I just need to decide to utilize them.

Deciding what to write about for each blog post sometimes comes easier than other times.  So how are things going where you are?  I would love to hear from you.

Not Being Very Consistent

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It has been a while since I have posted.  Time has just gotten away from me.  I felt like other things needed to take priority over my blogs.  But now it is time to get back to writing.  So this post will hopefully get me back into the swing of writing consistently.  I am privileged to be part of the Home School Review Crew this year.  I am really looking forward to trying out new curriculum choices and sharing with my reads on one of my other blogs Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy on WordPress.

I am really excited about one of our first review assignments regarding a Creative Writing program.  I plan on participating with my children, so some of the activities may wind up here on the blog.

I also plan to spend some time this weekend creating a plan for the next few months of what I want to blog about.  I know I plan on participating in the Blogging A to Z challenge as well as Camp NaNoWriMo in April, so I will be sharing my thoughts and ideas regarding both of those activities here.

I also look forward to sharing thoughts about books I am reading personally as well.  I love to read and have bookcases full to illustrate the point.  So that is just a little about what is going on in our world.  I would love to hear what is going on in your world.