AM 570 WSYR saw Tim Scee's aritcle at http://www.newzjunky.com/news/1129heidi_allen.htm yesterday and emailed me about doing a radio interview. I called Kevin Schenk back this afternoon and ten minutes later I had completed my first radio interview. It will air tomorrow morning, December 1st between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. every half hour.
I was very nervous as the interview began and fumbled through my words - Who would have thought a radio interview could make one as nervous as the newspaper interviews. I can't imagine what it would feel like to be on Oprah! (Sidenote: I always joked with my buddy Karen that I wanted to be on Oprah to share my story and my book when it was published. lol - doesn't look like that will happen but I can't even imagine how nervous that would make me.)
Mr. Schenk was so nice and patient as I worked through the interview. I'm thankful for each of the news people I have had the pleasure of meeting so far. Everyone has been so nice, understanding and compassionate. What a blessing!
I hope you are able to listen tomorrow - I'll be listening with you. I am able to get AM 570 WSYR in one room but I'm hoping it airs on the "Listen Online" page in case Lake Ontario's wind moves the signal.
In the past week there has been a missing person, a young 20 year old in the Liverpool, New York area. On the eighth day her murdered body was found in a wooded area. There has been an arrest. My heart goes out to the family during this difficult time.
Once her disappearance was released to the public I started praying they would find her. I found myself praying similar to the day when my sister was abducted, "Lord, let this all me a misunderstanding!" And like my sister's case - it wasn't a misunderstanding. A young woman was missing and a family was left to wonder, worry and grieve throughout Thanksgiving week.
The person responsible took more than a daughter and sister, he took away a family's hope and joy - having them struggle to focus on what they are thankful for.
The leftovers have been cleaned away - the Black Friday shopping has come to an end - work resumes for the majority of Central New York tomorrow. Yet the journey for Jenni-Lyn Watson has just begun.
My sister has been missing for over sixteen years so I'm also praising and thanking God the Watson family knows where their precious Jenni-Lyn is and can transition through this part of the journey. I don't mean any disrespect or to sound as if I'm minimizing their pain - I'm not. This is horrific and will forever affect them - yet knowing the pain of "not knowing" for sixteen years - I am thankful they won't know how we are feeling.
Please join me in praying for her family- for the Lord to provide in ways only He knows they are needing right now.
Once the media headlines aren't attracting "top story" status and the family is left to heal and grieve - they will need your prayers as much as they did when you were praying for God to find their Jenni-Lyn.
God hears and answers prayers...we need to have hope and never give up!
In memory of Jenni-Lyn I write to you today.
The weather in upstate New York is beautiful! I awoke to the sound of the wind whipping and swirling around the house and any object standing firm in its path. The leaves left defenseless due to their light weight. The wind raced them past the window, one last glimpse of Autumn before Winter moves in. The snow decided it wanted to join in the fun - it was beautiful.
A white backdrop of snow with autumn leaves blowing through ~ two season meshed together. Once the wind and snow settled the sun came out to shine. The light glistened on the moist branches and blades of grass. The oranges and reds peek-a-booed throught the snow as the sun reflected their beauty. Breathtaking...
I hope you had a happy and joyful Thanksgiving this year with some fun Black Friday shopping yesterday. I know we did! Vacation is over and it is time to get back to work. We cleaned the house today and it smells and looks wonderful! Thanks Mags!
Now I can write...I love the house to be clean and refreshed. I can almost feel the ideas coming to me as I'm cleaning. Don't get me wrong - there are times I can write among the tumbleweeds of dog hair and dust build-up yet. I prefer it clean though. :)
Bunny trail: A Bible study suggested that everything we do is an act of worship, even cleaning the house! I treasured that notion and it helps to clean the house and do the laundry when you are thanking God for the blessing of having a house to clean and a family wearing the laundry you are washing!
Have a great day! Spend some time worshipping God this weekend - bo
It is early on Thanksgiving morning. As most are up at this hour dressing the turkey with loving care in the joyful anticipation for their incoming family and friends this holiday season ~ I was aroused with thoughts of my sister heavy on my heart.
This Thanksgiving has stirred emotions of the past similar to those of sixteen years ago. At first I couldn't narrow down the reason yet through prayer and listening it dawned on me. As I work on revising my book and preparing my book proposal I am constantly thinking about Heidi, her abuduction with a constant reflection on my life ~ "as the sibling left behind".
I'm thankful this morning for each breath and moment I have with my family and friends ~ for the love God has for me ~ for the Hope only found in Jesus!
I pray you are able to wake up this morning and be thankful for the many blessings you have in your life! We ALL have things to be thankful for! Somedays it is easier to see them while on others, it is the most difficult thing we do.
My goal for you is to wake up each morning with a thankful heart - for each morning when you wake up - there is Hope for that which is to come.
Make Thanksgiving 2010 the year you decide to start each day with a thankful heart - the days go quicker and the smile grows wider with a renewed and hope filled perspective.
And just think...tomorrow the first thing you can be thankful for is "I didn't have to get up at 5 a.m. to prepare the turkey!" And Saturday's first thing to be thankful for could be, "I'm thankful for the hope found in each day God blesses me with!"
Happy Thanksgiving! I pray you and your family enjoy the holiday season!
For my friends and family that celebrate another Thanksgiving without their brother or sister - I pray you find strength to accept God's greatest gift - salvation! :)
For those especially "seeking" a loved one because they were kidnapped or abducted - taken from your family...I pray you start your day with a thankful heart.
God has given us another holiday with our family and friends...which means we have hope she or he will be found today!
Thanksgiving is only a couple days away and the list of things to do has been written. I'm happy to say I have even crossed a couple things off already. We have two different types of cookie dough chilling in the refrigerator in hopes of baking this evening after the Thanksgiving service at church.
After we spend some time worshipping and praying with brothers and sisters in Christ this evening - it will be time to B.A.K.E. -
B - Be
A - Appreciative and
K - Knowing of
E - Everything God has done for me and you!
God sent His One and Only Son to be born a baby - to live and walk among us only to have Him crucified and die for our sins, my sins! Praise God though as Jesus rose again on the third day in fulfillment of the Scriptures.
As you prepare the turkey and do your baking for your Thanksgiving feasts this year - remember to BAKE! Share those blessings with your family, friends and the people you meet this holiday season!
This past week I decided to start writing down how long I worked on my book each day. Along with the length of time I cagegorized what aspect of writing I accomplished each day. This has been a huge encouragement to me.
I had been beating myself up for not "working" and "writing" enough since the school year started. Thanks to putting it in to writing - I realized I'm working on my writing more than I thought.
Although I haven't actually been writing and working on my revisions - I did spend 8 hours and 50 minutes working on my writing.
A good friend had told me to schedule my writing time and if someone "needed" me when I had writing scheduled I was to respond, "Sorry I can't, I'm working." I did try this yet struggled with that tiny two letter word n...o...no.
As the month began and I realized my goal for submission was fast approaching I decided to modify my friends scheduling suggestion. Instead of scheduling the writing time ahead - I write it down once I've finished.
This modified version of her idea is working for me!
I looked forward to recording the time spent once I have accomplished the goal.
I don't feel the guilt of saying "no" as much and look forward to how much I can accomplish the next day - "Will it be more?" "What could i work on tomorrow?"
Now I need to work on the balance - of revising while completing the book rp
Happy Friday to one and all! It has been another fabulous (and busy) week! I'm looking forward to this evening and tomorrow for some writing time. I'm motivated and inspired to write - the words of encouragement from those following my blog, those I work with and my family...I can't wait to pick up my pencil again. (And yes I still use a pencil to write before sitting at the computer...most of the time.)
I caught myself on Monday (yes, I said Monday!) saying "I can't wait until Friday!" Oh my goodness and then within seconds I heard my grandmother's voice echo in my head..."Don't wish your life away!" I started to laugh at that memory...
So although I'm singing TGIF I need to remember not to wish my life away and neither should you. Weekends are wonderful and allow us additional time with our family and friends yet if we are so busy during the week we are depriving ourselves and them of this preciousl gift of time and togetherness...it is OUR schedules that need a healthy review.
I'm in the process of cutting back extra-curricular activites to allow more time for my family and daily writing. God has called me to write...I need to be obedient. God has called us to be with and there for our families...I need to be obedient.
I pray you relish the weekend festivities with your family while considering how you can celebrate each other
Carol Thompson, of the Valley News has written two article about my book writing process.
To read her articles - go to my "Media Coverage" page and click on the photographs.
Thank you Carol for your beautiful writing and thanks to each of you for following my BLOG and writing process.
Praising God this morning as it pertains to my writing ~
I recently did an interview with Carol Thompson of the Valley News. The article will run in tomorrow's paper (11/17). I received an email from Carol yesterday (to which I opened this morning) to find out her editor's liked her story so much, the publisher would like to include me in the "CNY Women" magazine!
Oh my goodness - God is amazing!
As I wrapped up my prayer time and was set to start my morning routine and wake up my daughter I heard "Get an agent." What? I have been praying about this - to submit to an agent or to start submitting to the publishers directly. As posted earlier - I selected a publisher and have been working on putting together my book proposal. And then I feel the gentle tug only God can bless one with guiding me towards finding an agent.
When I started this journey I've said I want God to be glorified through all I say and do and for others to be blessed and help by my writing and book.
This morning's emails and message left me wondering, "Did I select a publisher so I could keep to MY deadline instead of following God's plan?" If that was the case - I hadn't meant to do it yet God knows my heart better than I (Thank Goodness!) and knew what I needed to hear.
Then if I hadn't thought it was God speaking to me about seeking an agent first - my email and Facebook postings were confirmation. Elaine Miller posted a link to an interview she did recently on http://hartlineliteraryagency.blogspot.com/2010/11/importance-of-writing-and-speaking.html?spref=tw. I always enjoy reading Elaine's posts and interviews yet as I opened the link I had those goosebumps on my arms. Hmmm....and guess what ~ her link was to her agent's page.
God is good and I'm glad He is able to correct me when I need it and I'm thankful for listening. As the book proposal writing continues so will the prayers for direction in the next step.
Today I choose to be thankful for God's correction and guidance - keeping me on His path, not my own.
Have a great day everyone!! :)
Happy Sunday everyone! As with some Sunday's of past...I'm going to share some of Pastor's sermon this morning. It touched my heart while confirming a truth in my life.
With Thanksgiving fast approach Pastor is doing a three week series, "Thanks, Giving it!". Toda's message talked about God has told us in His Word, the Bible - to Always give thanks for everything and in all situations. Pastor led us in a work out of Bible aerobics to emphasize his point and the importance of being thankful, ALL the time, not just in November.
always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
As Pastor spoke I reflected on the tragedy that stands out in my mind - the abduction of my sister. As I thought of this I remembered the feelings and emotions when we were in the heat of those first minutes, hours and days. I wasn't giving thanks and had no desire to do so in the future. Yet God is faithful and didn't give up on me and through the Holy Spirit continued to work in my heart. Thank goodness!
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Sixteen years later I am still learning to thank God in all circumstances - thanking Him always! I will say this is an easier task and have come to recognize if this weren't true I would still be the angry and grudge-holding girl I was the day my sister disappeared.
2 Corinthians 12:5,10
I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
My weakness was living my life without my sister and good friend - living life as an only child (in a sense) instead of having that other half of my brain to complete my thoughts and plans.
YET when I'm always thanking God for everything in all circumstances - my weaknesses are made strong. If my sister hadn't been abducted I may not being using my gift to write in the same manner.
I may be weak and struggle day to day with the daily hardships and difficulties yet starting each day praising God for who He is and thanking Him for what he has done - helps to make the journey much easier.
Pastor stated, "Disaster leads to blessing!" At first this may seem like the icing on a cake yet it is so much deeper. It is challenging to be thankful in the midst of disaster yet throughout the journey or at the end of it - a thankful heart will have a blessing of healing and joy to share with others.
Today I choose to thank God for the blessings I have in my life today that would not have been there had my sister not been abducted. Please don't mistake me - I love my sister and would never wish this yet it has happened and I choose to focus on the positives since. I pray you are able to be thankful in your hardships, disasters and persecutions. Imagine if everyone chose to live
Working for the school system has many benefits - one of which is a day off during the week to honor, remember and celebrate the men & women who have served our country. I find one of the highlights of a day off in the middle of the week versus the extended weekend - the day doesn't get smooshed together with a busy weekend. It is left to stand on its own - a true Sabbath.
I started my morning with a couple hours of devotion, prayer and study time - without a timer set! This was fabulous! I know I shouldn't be "timing" my time with God yet if I don't set a timer during the week - the entire house ends up running late because I lose track of time and (which is a good thing when spending time with God is so enjoyable yet when people need to be up and moving for work and school....) the morning routine transforms from relaxed to a hurried frenzy.
After some much needed time in the Word and prayer - I devoted my day to writing! I spent nearly nine hours yesterday working on my book! I had been "collecting" articles and pointers for preparing my book proposal. They have all been read, highlighted and rewritten on my note tablet. My writing table is organized and ready to start the next chapter. I've selected who I will be sending my book proposal to first. I responded to emails, posted on the Blog and updated contact information. The desk top is even organized!
To some it was a day of work and business yet for me ~ it was a day spent honoring and obeying God while remembering our Vets who made this luxury one of the many joys I have in life. I pray your day was a productive (or non-productive if that is what you needed) day - Have a great Friday!
Veteran's Day 2010 - I want to start today's post by thanking the men & women who have served or are serving during time of war to keep us safe! I also want to thank the wives, husbands, children and families that have entrusted their loved ones to the Armed Forces and God as they protect and defend our freedoms!
I pray everyone takes time to thank God for the freedoms we have while remembering those that have served, are serving or will serve our country in times of battle.
Thanksgiving is in 13 days - Oh my goodness! I have a lot of work to do before then. My goal was to have my book sent to my first publisher before Thanksgiving.
I have the required chapters revised and I'm working on the remaining chapters.
Most publishers also want:
a book proposal
I'm thinking I need to set my next chapter aside and complete those items so I can submit my book for the first time.
If you think of it - please pray God would guide me through the business end of this process while blessing me with time to write also.
Hello and Happy Sunday to each of you! :) I pray God blesses you this week as you spend time with Him daily and go about your daily routines.
My Saturday didn't go quite as planned yet I was able to accomplish the writing goals I had set for myself yesterday! Thank you Jesus! My husband was working and my daughter went to a friends house - so with the t.v. and radio off and family out and about - I turned on the laptop and got to work!
It was exhilerating and refreshing. God has blessed me with two wonderful author friends who had sent critiques back - I used these and revised the revisions. It was such a blessing to have two detailed and thoughtful critiques to look at (hanging on my new organizational unit mom and dad built) to guide me. Thank you ladies!
I started working on the next chapter with a reestablished excitement and joy - knowing God has placed talented and gifted writers along my side to help me through this journey. Psalm 23 tells us we go through the valley - I'm so thankful to have these ladies typing, editing, writing and encouraging me through each clif, path and page.
God is good...Thanks for all the great feedback following the article in this past Sunday's Syracuse newspaper.
I'll be posting my progress here - if you want to be added to a mailing of "New blog posting" - you can respond here with your email or send me a comment via this site or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a great day! Enjoy the Son
How many hours should I spend writing this weekend? Hmm...if I had the ability I would stow away somewhere and get some serious writing done - BUT...it isn't my personality! LOL
I love to write and would like to finish the revisions yet life seems to keep happening around me - a friend reminded me this week that when we are doing good for God with potential to bring Him glory and grow His Kingdom - life will happen.
My goal this week is to be more purposeful with my writing! I welcome emails and post to encourage me to be successful in this journey of writing in spite of life's circumstances. And by writing - I mean finishing the revisions and writing of the book. :)
Thanks - t
With Thanksgiving fast approaching I have two things I need to do:
1) WRITE those revisions!
2) Wrap-up my research on publishers and decide who to submit to
Oh my...I've narrowed it down to 6 or 7 from the multitude listed in the Writer's Market guide. I'm going to do more reading and praying about those specifically. I'm also praying regarding the writing contest I had talked about entering the book in (through Women of Faith). The publishers sponsoring the contest are one of the ones in my list. If God places my name on your heart and you would like to join me in prayer for this - I thank you in advance.
Praying for guidance and wisdom regarding the next step - whether it be the first publisher to send my manuscript to or if it is submitting to the writing contest.
Thank you everyone! I'll ke
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323