Ann – A Friend of Jesus 2013

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Archive for Insecure Writer’s Support Group

IWSG What Steps Have You Taken


All things have a perfect place in life.  Joy is balanced by sorrow.  Day by night.  Giving by receiving. Wisdom by humility. The secret of life is balance, living in harmony and honor with that which surrounds you.
~ The Ancient One ~

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
~ Romans 8:28 ~

Hello friends and Happy New Year. (smile) It’s the first Wednesday, of the month, where the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) share and support one another. 

Welcome Alex and January IWSG Co-hosts: Tyrean Martinson, The Cynical Sailor, Megan Morgan, Rachna Chhabria, and Jennifer Lane.

OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question: What steps have you taken to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?

Another good question. (wink) Finding balance, in the waking hours, of a day, encourages me to keep the faith. Eventually, all the pieces will come together.

A reminder, the circus pays the rent and provides meals to keep me moving, when I’m not sleeping. (smile) Praise The Lord.

I’m patiently content with taking baby steps until I can balance everything else. Patiently contentment is a good place to be. It’s steady state regardless of (fill in the blank) ____________________.

My problem is organizing writing time on a schedule.

Ha, it’s been difficult to stay on any schedule with demands all around. When I do find a few free minutes, writing hasn’t made the priority slot. Wahoo, something to work toward.

I’m encouraged this too shall pass, just not today. Maybe tomorrow (grin)

Until next month, abundant blessings, my friends because the just does everything by faith. Praise The Lord.
 
As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)
 
©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013 to present.

IWSG Embrace Criticism


All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.
~ Author Unknown ~

Hello friends. (smile) It’s the first Wednesday, of the month, where the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) share and support one another. Welcome Alex and November IWSG Co-hosts: Tonja Drecker, Diane Burton,  MJ Fifield, and Rebecca Douglass!

This month, I share encouragement to embrace criticism. Criticism is useful when motives are right. Accept or reject is a choice.

Sometimes, criticism can be brutal. Sometimes, we internalize or overthink criticism. There are times, criticism helps.

Removing feelings from the equation, realizes criticism does not change who we are or our abilities.

Here is the take away, when you know who you are and your abilities, hearing or reading criticism can be embraced. It’s an acquired process.

The upside to criticism:

Count it all joy – continues to try
Run with patience your race – perseverance
I can do all things through Christ – endures
To everything, there is a season – resilience
Iron sharpenenth iron – mentally strong
Continue in faith – abides
Inner man strength – abounding
Strong in The Lord – maintains
More than a conqueror – survivor

Abundant blessings, my friends because the just does everything by faith. Praise The Lord. Enjoy the rest of your week!

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Mar 2013 to present.

IWSG August 2nd – What Are Your Pet Peeves


Some books leave us free and some books make us free.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~ 

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
~ Romans 15:4 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well and you’re keeping the faith. (wink) Yay, its the first Wednesday of the month where we share…

Welcome Alex and August IWSG Co-hosts: Christine Rains, Dolarah @ Book Lover, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Yvonne Ventresca, and LG Keltner.

IWSG Day Question: What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing?

I could have fun sharing about pet peeves. (smile)

I must share pertaining to reading/writing/editing. (wink)

Like everything else in life, learning to adapt and adjust brings contentment.

I love reading. I love writing. I’ve been in a season where time gets away from me. I blink and another month has passed. 

It’s extremely busy at the circus.

As we age, adapting and adjusting is a blessing.  

Praise The Lord for rest and peaceful sleep.

I’m encouraged with hope and faith the circus busyness slows down….

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just does everything by faith. Enjoy the rest of your week.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

IWSG July 5th – One Valuable Lesson Learned


Whatever may be our natural talents, the art of writing is not acquired all at once.
~Jean-Jacques Rousseau ~

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
~ Philippians 4:13 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well and you’re keeping the faith. (wink) Yay, its the first Wednesday of the month where we share…

Welcome Alex and July IWSG Co-hosts: Tamara Narayan, Pat Hatt, Patricia Lynne, Juneta Key and Doreen McGettigan.

IWSG Day Question:  What is one valuable lesson you’ve learned since you started writing?

I love the quote above. Writing has been an ebb and flow learning experience. I believe we learn by repetition. I believe encouragement is the greatest blessing we can give one another.

I’ve learned many things the last four years as a writer.  Still struggle with the rules.  Bygones.

I’m blessed to be a part of two awesome and established writer groups.  Both groups have published authors.  

I’ve grown in my creative writing ability. (wink) Praise The Lord.

The one valuable lesson I’ve learned is confidence in my own writing style. I stumbled into finding my writer’s voice.

Thank you, friends, for the encouragement, it kept me from the “q” word. Bygones. (wink)

So the plan is to keep writing and moving forward until my book is finished because I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just does everything by faith. Enjoy the rest of your week.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

IWSG June 7th Question: Did You Ever Say “I Quit”?


If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
~ Frederick Douglass ~

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
~ Romans 8:28 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Hope all is well and you’re keeping the faith. (wink) I’m just a bit late for the first Wednesday of the month. Alex, may I get a C for effort? (wink)

Hello to our June IWSG Co-hosts:

JH Moncrieff
Madeline Mora-Summonte
Jen Chandler
Megan Morgan
Heather Gardner

IWSG Day Question: Did you ever say “I quit”? If so, what happened to make you come back to writing?

Yes, the words, I quit, I’m DONE have left my mouth many times. Frustrations and struggles. Not enough time. Things that mount up to distractions. I believe these things serve a purpose.

Walking away, has been a form of quitting for me. Timing is everything. Self-encouragement helps. Refocus is key. Sometimes, its just a schism……

I quit, and I always come back. (smile)

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just does everything by faith. Enjoy your blessed weekend.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

IWSG The Blessing to Keep Writing


I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
~ Thomas Edison ~

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
~ Romans 8:28 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Wahoo, its IWSG day. The first Wednesday, of the month, where we share. (grin)

Welcome Alex and May co-hosts: Michelle Wallace, Nancy Gideon, Tamara Narayan, Liesbet@Roaming About and Feather Stone. Hope all is well and you’re keeping the faith.

Distractions. Time. Challenges. Many things can deter writing.

There are times, changing perspective on how we see is a blessing. (wink)

The blessing to keep writing strengthen the ability to persevere, even when the ebb and flow comes.

The blessing to keep writing builds endurance to hang in there.

The blessing to keep writing is encouragement not to quit. At least, we trying.

The blessing to keep writing ___________ (fill in the blank).

No matter what, it’s not failure, it’s finding what works for you. At the end, of the day, we’re still standing, sitting or squatting strong. (wink)   The power, of faith, to move forward.  

What faith and encouragement can do is a blessing. Thank you Lord.

Abundant blessings, my friends because the just does everything by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

IWSG Encouraged That I Can


Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.
~ Henry Ford ~

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
~ Philippians 4:13 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome Alex and March co-hosts to the first Wednesday of the month where we share….

Hope all is well in your world. (wink)

Thank God, my eyes adjusted to my two-in-one prescription glasses. Ugh, it’s been hoot! I’m thinking about getting a t-shirt that says objects are closer than I can gauge. (smile)

I was encouraged to keep wearing the glasses. I told myself, yes, I can do this.

It’s a beautiful and powerful attribute to encourage ourself, and one another.

Many times, it’s our self-talk that stops us. Life ebbs and flows and what we speak is enough to appreciate self-encouragement and encouragement to and from others.

I believe the ability to encourage ourself is empowering. It builds self-confidence when surrounded by negativity.

The ability to encourage “I can” and “you can” to someone can change anything.

Encouraged that I can write.
Encouraged that I can heal.
Encouraged that I can hope.

Encouraged that I can ___________ (fill in the blank).

Encouraged that I can keep the faith.

Encouraged that I can has unlimited possibilities.

Believe it, by faith, until you know, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Praise The Lord.

Abundant blessings, my friends because the just does everything by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

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