Wedding Planner 2 Paperback

New paperback, book signing, & writers’ conference – all in one week!

Wedding Planner 2 Paperback

Yes, you read the title correctly! The paperback copies of The San Francisco Wedding Planner Complete Series II arrived yesterday. I’m excited to share them with you, my readers. As usual, they are available from Amazon.com (U.S.) or can be ordered directly from me. (I’ll have them up in my store next week.)

Fig Tree Book Signing

On Thursday afternoon I will join 5 other members of InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship for a book signing at The Fig Tree bookstore in West Edmonton Mall. The address is Suite 1919, Phase I, West Edmonton Mall, 8882 170 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5T 3J7. We will be there from 1:00-4:00 p.m. and will be giving away a book every half hour. Come join the fun!

 

Although the first two events are very exciting, I’m most looking forward to our InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship Fall Conference 2014 taking place on Friday and Saturday, September 26 and 27th. There’s nothing like the fellowship, networking, and inspiration I enjoy when I spend time with fellow writers who love Jesus Christ. I will be teaching a workshop on blogging this year. Perhaps in one of my future posts I will be able to share what I taught and learned (I usually end up learning more than I teach during workshops).

What are you up to this week? Anything you’d like to share?

 


Finding the part God designed for me

A Best Yes

A few weeks ago we brought home a puppy – Husky and Malamut cross. Olaf has brought joy and laughter to our family. He greets us at the door each morning with boundless enthusiasm and will chase sticks until we’re tired of throwing. He also likes to chase his tail. He spins round and round, but his tail always stays just out of his reach. Then he’ll flop down and relax. Here he is during one of his calmer times 🙂

Our dog, Olaf

Do you ever feel like you’re spinning round and round, chasing something that is just out of your reach? I do. People often comment about how busy I am. It’s not necessarily a bad thing to be busy, but if it’s busyness without focus it gets frustrating after a while.

In the next few months I’m participating in two things to help hone my focus.

1. An online Bible Study using Lysa TerKeurst’s new book, The Best Yes

2. An online course called Audience Business Masterclass from Firepole Marketing

As I make my way through, I’ll share updates about what I’m learning.

What have you been learning lately? I’d love to hear from you.


Optimist Quote

Experimenting with Word Swag

Psalm 121: 7, 8

I find learning fascinating. Not just what we learn, but how we learn, and the incidental learning that happens. Serendipity, if you will. Yesterday I attended a webinar on how to use Pinterest effectively. As I was listening, I received a notification that I had a new e-mail from the Social Media Examiner on How to Create Sharable Social Media. One of the apps recommended was Word Swag.

The links I’ve shared above will give you access to the app (if you have an Apple product of some kind) and show you how to use it. I’ve tried several different apps and this is by far the easiest to use and gives me the results I’m looking for. (I decided to pay $2.99 to obtain more functionality.) Both images included in this post were made with Word Swag. Now my only problem is time 🙂 In one of my next posts, I’ll share what I like about Canva.

Optimist Quote


Uplifting Devotionals – One of my current projects

Charles Reade quote

One of my current projects is collaborating with some other Canadian authors to produce a devotional book. The Uplifting Devotional series is being published by Helping Hands Press. Each month a new devotional is being released. My part in the project is to submit 10 devotionals, each 500 words in length. I’ve decided my theme for these devotionals will be what God has and is teaching me through parenting. Here’s the “seed” thought for one of the devotionals I’m planning to submit:

Just Like Mom

Our eighteen-month-old daughter has a new habit. She plants her chubby little feet, gazes directly at her object of wrath, and wags her finger up and down as she stridently scolds, “No, no, no, no, no!” Hmmm . . . I wonder where she learned that from? As parents we need to be very careful what we model for our children. They are watching and learning, whether we realize it or not.

“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his steps.” 1 Peter 2:21 NIV

If I want to lead my daughter in the right way, I need to follow in Jesus’ steps. Then I will be able to rejoice when my child does something, just like Mom.

What about you? Are your children following in your footsteps? Do you have any stories to share? I’d love to hear from you.


If God is your partner, make your plans BIG - D.L. Moody

How Big is Your God?

D L Moody Quote

There is a lot to be discouraged about in this world. We don’t have to listen to the news long to hear about wars, violence, destruction, and every sort of evil. Instead of focusing on the negative, today I’m choosing to focus on God. I hope you’re encouraged as you join me in celebrating our God.

Stuart Hamblin captures it well in his song, How Big is God?

Though men may strive to go beyond the reach of space
To crawl beyond the distant shining stars,
This world’s a room so small within my Master’s house
The open sky’s but a portion of his yard.

How big is God, how big and wide is His vast domain
To try to tell these lips can only start,
He’s big enough to rule His mighty universe
Yet small enough to live within my heart.

As winter chill may cause the tiny seed to fall
To lie asleep till waked by summer’s rain;
The heart grown cold will warm and trod with life anew
The Master’s touch will bring the glow again.

How big is God, how big and wide is His vast domain
To try to tell these lips can only start,
He’s big enough to rule His mighty universe
Yet small enough to live within my heart.

Here are some more encouraging quotes:

“Everyone who believes in God at all believes that he knows what you and I are going to do tomorrow.” C.S. Lewis

“THE STATE OF YOUR HEART DICTATES WHETHER YOU HARBOR A GRUDGE OR GIVE GRACE, SEEK SELF-PITY OR SEEK CHRIST, DRINK HUMAN MISERY OR TASTE GOD’S MERCY.” Max Lucado

“What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear. What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.” Joseph Scriven

“ONLY GOD CAN FULLY SATISFY THE HUNGRY HEART OF MAN.” Hugh Black

“Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.” Thomas Jefferson

“THE WORSHIP MOST ACCEPTABLE TO GOD COMES FROM A THANKFUL AND CHEERFUL HEART.” Plutarch c. A.D. 100

“There are three stages in the work of God: impossible, difficult, done.” J. Hudson Taylor

 

Beauty is God's Handwriting