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I'm glad you asked. If we let the busyness of life and the piles left in their wake, we allow ourselves to become overwhelmed, exhausted, irritable, moody, depressed, and these are only a few. Today, instead of focusing on your lists, piles, laundry, and preparing for the next week...take some time to read, relax, pray, and absorb some quiet. If you pray, ask God to speak to your heart.
What am I avoiding? What is missing? Why do I work so hard to stay busy? What motivates my busyness? God, when you look at me, what do you see is missing? Help me Lord to fill in the missing piece with the person, thing, or time YOU desire. May I accept its okay, and healthy to not have a busy plate. Amen.
Now the most important part, LISTEN to what God is showing you then ask Him to guide you and give you the strengthen you as you fill in the space. When you remove the busyness ad hustle with peace and prayer. You will be amazed, blessed, and encouraged as your missing pieces are filled with an Eternal peace, grace, and mercy. Good luck and enjoy the weekend!
I can do all things through him who strengthens me."
Philippians 4:13 ESV
How can a change in your mindset fill in this piece?
Are you ready to overcome crises with God's help?
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I hope you'll take time to listen to their interview on today's podcast, it's embedded above for your convenience in case you land on this blog after September 3, 2020. I appreciate all of you and I promise this interview will make you laugh and you'll feel like you've known Beth and Jeannette for year. The laughter, honest sharing, and sharing tidbits about their newest release will leave you wanting more. Happy Listening and remember to share it on your social media feeds. Tag Jeannette Levellie, Beth Gormong, and myself when you share so we can say hello.
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Their first book, Hello Beautiful! released last year ad I had the honor to have both of them guest on my podcast. We laughed, cried, and enjoyed sharing their writing lives, fun personalities, and their first devotional as a duo.
Last year we attended the same Christian Writers' Conference and I was there when they signed for their newest release, Yes, You Can!. It was exciting and there was a lot of joy shared during the conference, prior to the hard work of writing, editing, and meeting deadlines. I'm grateful to know both of these women and to celebrate and share their newest release with all of you. In addition to this spotlight on my blog, Jeanette and Beth will be guests on an upcoming podcast too. I look forward to visiting and laughing with these two ladies. They are role models and encouragers!
I haven't started mine yet, it only arrived yesterday but know this, it's the next one on my reading list. If you are looking for a new devotional, check this one out! These ladies don't disappoint ad I'm sure there will be much laughter, tears, reflection, and growth through reading this book. For now, I just want to share and congratulate them. Your life will be blessed through both these books. Be sure to click on their names and pictures for direct links to their personal websites and blogs. Sign up to follow them and learn about their other writing endeavors too.
Their newest release, Yes, You Can! Overcome Crisis with God's Help released this past week. I am so excited for them and their readers. If you haven't checked out their first devotional, Hello Beautiful! Finally Love Yourself Just as You Are, click on the title ad you can order both copies. You will not be disappointed.
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I created a goal journal and set a few things in motion: 1) Word goals for my first devotional
2) Publication goals for this same devotional
3) Organized household details
4) Weekly writing goals
5) Reading for fun
6) Reading to learn
The biggest goal achieved was submitting my devotional to the editor by the end of June. I celebrated this and started my next writing project. This project is a women's Bible study and my goal is to have my first draft complete by September 2, 2020. This is going to be a challenge but I like a challenge. I have a third book I hope to start outlining when I complete this draft so I need to stay on target and focused on the goals. One goal flows into the other.
In addition to my writing, I started a new venture to help fund my passion. I signed up as an Epicure Independent Consultant. Not only is this fun, it offers healthy alternatives benefiting my family and friends. When I signed up, my hope was to enjoy the health benefits and pay for my kit. I didn't expect to fall in love with sharing the products with others and having as much fun as I am hosting and doing cooking shows. It is a blast and to know I"m sharing health and wellness tips, foods, and products with others is a bonus. This is a win-win.
As I move forward not only do I see the opportunity for this to help fund my writing and publishing, I see it expanding my network of readers and empowering my confidence to share my writing, speaking, blogging, and podcasting a similar confidence and ease as I do the Epicure products and joy of hosting a cooking class. My dad, hubby, and aunt were concerned I was doing to much by adding Epicure to my plate but it honestly isn't one more thing...Epicure compliments my busy schedule by offering me more time and freedom. With Epicure, you can create a meal from raw to ready in twenty minutes or less! And it works. Check it out by clicking here!
What are you doing to challenge & support yourself?
Last month I joined Epicure as an Independent Consultant, it's a risk yet the possibilities are endless for growth within the company, if this is something God prompts me to pursue. For the most part, this venture is one for health and wellness, and to share with others. While my plate is full, it's not crazy or chaotic.
Have you ever set sail on an adventure or venture and felt overwhelmed? Have you signed up or volunteered for something and a week later the regret overtakes you? Why do you think your feeling this way? Over the years and many moments, months, or years of exhaustion, I think I figured it out. I've told you before I'm a slow study. This is my realization and thought: If God is leading the way and we keep our eyes, heart, and mind focused on Him ~ I feel rested, energized, and things fall into place. If God has a different plan for me then the exhaustion, stress, and cranks creep in.
What needs to change in your life
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My writing, edits, and changes concluded in June, five months after starting. It was sent to the proofreader/editor for and she worked her editorial gifting, not once, but twice. She returned it to me and I went back to work making changes, playing with words, and omitting. I returned the rewrite and I received the final copy over the weekend. Only a few more changes BUT I learned so much. She was amazing! The editor went above and beyond, explaining why some of the changes were made, triple checked my Scripture verses, and explained some Biblical misunderstandings I had, or was conveying by the way I worded things. Phew...
I'm so thankful God gifted people who are PUGS Super Heroes! What are PUGS you ask - PUGS are my nemesis but this is why I hire an editor because I like to write and know my weaknesses.
You might think it's time to relax and wait for January BUT this is only the beginning of the next step. Now it's time to format the books, add the nuts and bolts that turn an author's writing into a book. This is the fun part for me. Some authors procrastinate and dislike formatting because it's not the most creative part of the process yet I enjoy it because I start to see how my sticky notes and scrap papers are transformed into a book.
I'm sharing the video I made in June when the first set of proofs arrived. Since then, I have received two more and can't wait to finish the formatting so I can receive the fourth, and hopefully final, proof before it goes into publication. I'll be looking for people to join my pre-release and book promotion later this early and into the New Year. If this is something you are interested, stay tuned and I'll let you know when it's time and how you can help. Have a great day!
My first book in my new series to release in 2021!
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Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
the new creation has come:
The old has gone,
the new is here!"
2 Corinthians 5:17 VOICE
I was at school the day this miracle bust from its safety to fly around in the container. Mom had my Dad call me at school. It was the first time in days she spoke with joy and excitement. It was muffled but I understood, there was now a butterfly. Her happiness was as evident hours later when I arrived as she tried to tell me about it. She felt bad it was trapped in the jar (it had air). She and Dad released it and watched it flutter and fly around the room, then after some time, opened the window to let it go free.
The day my Mom passed, Dad opened the window. Like the butterfly, her spirit left and soared with a freedom none of us have experienced yet. Now, when I see a butterfly, these are the moments I'm reminded of. I had a few tough days this past week and this butterfly was a reminder of hope and love from Heaven. A reminder to keep the faith and have hope because God is in charge and has my back.
I share this with so that when you have a bad day, a challenging situation, or tough time...look back and find a time in your life when you can smile. Remember the moment of pure hope and joy and focus on this. You are strong and God is there to hold you up. He places people and butterflies in our life to uplift us in the moments we need it. What will lift you up today?
I tell you the truth: only someone who experiences birth for a second time can hope to see the kingdom of God." John 3:3 VOICE
When you see a butterfly,
what is the first thing, or person, you think of?
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