Opulence

Sitting at my desk looking out the second story window of my home office to the tree lined street I am struck by the plethora of color. Bright orange, deep maroon and rusty red. I am praising God for Who He Is and the word opulent comes to mind.

Opulent, such a beautiful word. I imagine light hitting a chandelier and producing fragments of multicolored sparkles on all that it touches.

I’m led to explore the definition of opulent; not satisfied I look up opulence. From one online source the definition is abundance, an opulence of fruit. Still not completely satisfied I search for the Biblical definition which is riches.

In this moment I sense the Spirit’s abundance as He richly shares His fruit with me to be shared with others.

As you journey with Him may He lavish you in His opulence as you touch those around you and your sphere of influence.

Looking for Your Articles

Hello Friends!

Interesting story about the above picture. I saw it some time ago as I was searching for a picture to use in an article about writing. When I saw it I thought those look like my daughter’s hands. I took a screen shot and sent it to my daughter telling her the picture looked like her hands. Imagine my surprise when she responded, “They are!” I use this picture whenever I have the opportunity!

Some of you may not know I am the Editor of NorCal Christian Voice[www.norcalchristianvoice.com]. We are an online magazine and one of many divisions across the nation of One Christian Voice. We report local, state, national and world news as well as many other areas of interest, such as, movie and book reviews, recipes, technology, sports, poems, testimonies, short stories and inspiration to name a few.

I enjoy reading your blogs and very much appreciate when you have the time to stop by to read and comment on mine. You each have a unique gift of stringing words together to create a work of written art.

Submissions are open at NorCal CV and we would be honored to read and consider your work for publication. You can submit to news@norcalchrisitianvoice.com.

Have a blessed week everyone!

Little Christmas, Cardone and New Beginnings

Even though there was never a shortage of family and friends coming and going at our house and my sweet momma admonishing everyone to, “mangia!”

Even though there was never a shortage of family and friends coming and going at our house and my sweet momma admonishing everyone to, “mangia!”

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Do you like to write book or movie reviews? Maybe you’re a sports enthusiast or a financial planner or Real Estate agent/broker, a Medical Doctor, therapist or Naturopathic Dr. Perhaps you write inspirational blog articles, poetry, short stories, or devotions. There are several writing possibilities.

I invite you to visit NorCal Christian Voice and take a look around. You can email me at news@norcalchristianvoice.com.

Living in Hopefulness

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In June I attended the SoCal Christian Writers Conference. I had planned three full days of mostly non-fiction writing workshops. During one workshop, which was actually on website building etiquette, I overheard another instructor mention her workshop was next and that it was on magazine writing. I felt God nudge me to change my plans and attend this particular workshop, so I did.

As soon as the instructor started speaking God began showing me an article He wanted me to write. The information was coming so quickly I had to ask Him to slow down! I ended up pitching God’s idea, quite informally, to the instructor who happens to be the editor for SoCal Christian Voice. She loved the idea and encouraged me to write the article.

Then the doubt set in. “You’ve never written a magazine article before” “You don’t even know how to write a magazine article.” “What does writing a magazine article have to do with writing Bible studies?” Lies, lies, lies, because my God knows all about writing magazine articles.

Throughout the remainder of the conference God kept creating opportunities for me to talk with this editor, to the point it was becoming a bit awkward for me. One of the last conversations I had with her was when I noticed one of her latest books (it was hot off the press!) she had written with three other authors, one of the authors was there with her. I exclaimed that this was my passion and her colleague handed me her business card and told me if I ever needed help to contact her.

And that is what magazine writing has to do with Bible study writing. You see, their latest book was a Bible study.

Here is my third published piece (first of many with SoCal Christian Voice) and I am as giddy as if it were my first and I hope I ALWAYS feel that way! I encourage you to subscribe to SoCal Christian Voice (its free) as well as their national site One Christian Voice.

All praise, glory and honor to my Savior Jesus and you know, BUT GOD!!!

Here is the link to the article Shepherd’s Gate|Living in a House of Hope.

 

Lingering with God

 

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Do you linger with God? Are you wondering what lingering with God might even look like? I know I was yesterday morning as I was reading this article The Lingerers And The Fragranced Ones Are Catching The King’s Attention” by Dawn Hill.

The word linger means, “to stay in a place longer than necessary, typically because of a reluctance to leave; to spend a long time over something.” I am reminded of King David’s words in Psalm 27:4, One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple. Dawn Hill
Later in the day I was caught pleasantly by surprise as I sat down to listen to a teaching on writing by Lisa Allen over at Compel Training and the title of her teaching is “The Most Important Hour of your Day – Learning to Linger.”
Lisa has many wonderful insights but the core of her teaching for me were these points on what lingering with God might look like. As Lisa explained what her lingering with God looked like I realized that I have been lingering all along but now see it with a fresh set of eyes. I use to be a list checker and call it a day, however, that wasn’t really spending time with God it was completing a task. Since I can sometimes be tempted to go back to list checking, I like the flexibility of lingering. Lingering helps me to remember there isn’t a right way to spend time with God. He simply wants you to come and seek Him and he will show you how He wants to spend this special time with you.
  • Have a special place that you go to sit in the presence of God, making sure it is comfortable but not overly so that you are too comfy and could possibly fall asleep.
  • Have all you essentials at your finger tips.
    • Any devotions that are speaking to you at the moment.
      • for me this includes “Power of a Praying Parent” and “Praying for Your Adult Children” both by Stormie Omaritan, and “Jesus Always” by Sarah Young.
  • A book that you are reading that furthers your spiritual growth.
    • I’m currently reading “The Letters in Red A Study on the words of Jesus” by Lee Wilkerson.
  • Bible study material perhaps something you are studying on your own or with a small group/life group.
    • I’m working on “Nehemiah a heart that can break” by Kelly Minter. Great study by the way!
  • 3×5 cards. I like to buy the pack with all the different colors. As I’m reading Scripture and a verse(s) stand out at me I write them down as prayers over my family.
  • A journal to record what you feel Holy Spirit speaking to your heart.
  • A Bible or two and different translations.
    • My go to favorite is my NIV study Bible prior to 1984.
    • The Message, although this is not an official translation, I really like to easy to understand thoughts of The Message.
  • Worship Music.
  • Sermon or training podcasts. This is ought to be used with great care, only because we can become distracted by this tool and the result is it takes away from our lingering with God rather than contributing to our growth.

I hope this has encouraged you! Please leave some ways that you linger with God in the comments.

Shalom!

 

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Compel Training 101 Session 2

Empty cookbookI have to admit that while I have had the desire to write for many years I have no formal writing experience and I’ve never taken any creative writing courses. What I do have is a passion to learn and a desire to string wonderful words together into beautiful images that you my readers can see in your mind and feel as if you are right there in the moment.

Recently I joined Compel Training  and am learning so much about the craft of writing. I hope to post a tidbit of valuable information from each teaching I view.

The most recent teaching I watched was how one author does some pre-work before she begins writing by asking herself these questions:

  • Who am I writing to?
    • While we may want to reach a wide and varied audience, who is that one person you really want to reach? This helps to keep us focused on our topic.
  • Is there a specific situation, problem or idea I want to address?
    • Choose one topic and stick to that.
  • What is the practical application?
    • How can my readers apply what I have to say to their life?

After the pre-work move to the crucial first sentence which should be a sentence that draws your readers in and causes them to want to read your words. The following are some crucial first sentence guidelines.

  • Is my first sentence on point?
  • Don’t get off topic.
  • Don’t make it all about me.
  • Don’t send your readers to a buffet line by giving  your reader too many things to think about.
  • Don’t cause your reader to lose hope.

Finally, here are some examples of crucial first sentences.

  • Admission of your own failure.
    • When I left for work this morning I forgot to turn the crockpot on. Surprise! Dinner wasn’t ready.
  • A question that draws others in.
  • A surprising statistic.
  • A counterintuitive thought.
  • An invitation to imagine.

I hope you have found these thoughts and ideas helpful!

 

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