All Prayers Are Powerful, But It’s Okay To Start Small

 

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 New Living Translation

 

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God is everywhere, hoping that we will acknowledge Him. He wants to be apart of our lives, in everything that we do. So just start by thanking Him for the small things. Whether that be a closer parking space at a grocery store, or finding the kind of creamer for your coffee that was out of stock the week before. The thing is, He loves showing Himself in these little ways, because it lets Him be apart of our lives in a very personal nature.

“A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend [Jesus] who sticks closer than a brother [or sister.]” Proverbs 31:10-11, English Standard Version.

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One thing I’ve noticed in this past year is that most of the time my own little prayers get answered more so than the big ones. For example, my husband, the kids, and I went to the store for our weekly grocery trip. Before we had even left the car I was speaking to my husband that we needed to pick up some kind of meat while we were in there so I could have something to fix for dinner. What’s funny is I didn’t even know that in a round about way I was praying for meat, and not in the traditional sense. When we finally got into the meat section there were so many different deals going on for hamburgers, ribs, chicken, pretty much everything that we needed for the next week to live on. That’s when I knew that God was listening in on our conversation and made it so that our needs would be met, on our little tiny grocery budget. So right there in the middle of Kroger, I thanked Him for being there with us, and listening to our requests.

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, New International Version

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I think there are many different ways to pray, and it’s okay to speak out loud. In fact I found that praying out loud can actually work for the benefits of it better than just thinking the prayer. It’s because a thought can be fleeting, but when you have to put in the conscious effort to speak out loud, you can be more direct and less distracted by the ever moving mind. Also, I found that keeping a prayer journal is a great idea. Just the act of writing down a prayer is powerful, not only that but when times become hard you can always look back on the prayers that you had written, and pin point exactly which ones have been answered. In my own personal journal, every prayer I had written was fulfilled. The big ones, the small ones, and everything that was in between, God truly is good all the time, every day, every hour, every minute, every second He really does listen all the time.

“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” Jeremiah 29:12 New International Version

 

 

 

 

Questions, comments, concerns, I would love to hear them! Feel free to drop a line, I promise I will get back to you!

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God Is Speaking To You, Are You Listening?

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“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” Revelation 3:20, New Living Translation.

Many people have heard of Jesus, maybe through friends, or family, or history… ect. But how many of us actually believe that He existed not only as a famous story told throughout the ages, but as a real live person today? The thing is, He is real and He speaks to each and everyone of us, we just might not be able to understand. Also I’ll tell ya right now, church can be a great thing but you don’t need to go there just to get to know Him. Funny thing is He finds a way to speak to you all the time, it’s just learning how to listen that is the hardest part. What’s also funny is, He speaks to all of us differently in a way that we can comprehend. I would like to share a story my husband shared with me.

One day he was walking home at night in the rain, on a street named Williamson rd. All of the sudden he looks over across the street and sees a little duck out of the blue start playing in a puddle next to the intersection.

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He just kind of thought it was strange to see it by itself but decided to keep walking. He walked right into a street sign hit his his head so hard that he fell over. When he was lying on his back with the rain pouring into his face, he started to laugh and said, “I get it Father! You were telling me to Duck!”

So in the end not only can God help with the serious stuff He can also help with the everyday stuff. The main thing is, He has a plan for you. Not sure what but whatever it is will be worth all of the hardship that you might have to face. Men and women of God have it rough I won’t lie to you, but they also get one of the most important jobs in the world. They get the responsibility to protect people. He might be calling you to work for Him, and if you choose to follow Him He will bless you beyond what ever you can imagine. The easy part is accepting Him into your life, the most difficult part for us is removing ourselves from the throne of our hearts, and putting Him in the front seat. He will never steer us wrong, so if one step is taken toward Him, He will take the next ten toward you.

God wants to be your friend, your Father, your teacher, your confidant, your comforter, your healer… He has so many names and titles, it’s one of the reasons He is called the great “I Am.”

Starting On My New Novel

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So I have decided to go ahead and start my NaNoWriMo novel early this year. Why you might ask? Well the idea has been brewing for a few years now, and the last thing I want to do is wait until November to start it. To be honest I was afraid I would lose the motivation to start. Just to be able to write consistently enough that I won’t lose any steam by the time November does finally show up. I just told myself, “Gwenn stop being lazy and just write the damn thing!” And if I happen to finish it before the month of NaNo is over, I can start something new.

I do eagerly await for that time when I can actually track my progress though. NaNo certainly has some nice features for tracking your average word count daily. Until then I’ll just try to impress myself with some massive word counts to make me feel better about the project.

I’m going to be trying something new for this novel. I will try not to edit one single thing until the first draft is finished. If you readers are anything like me when it comes to writing, it is one of the hardest things to do not to edit your work as you go. It can be a major problem though. To this day I have only ever finished one novel, and that is because I get caught up in editing. I nit pick too much so I’ll end up changing things before the project is finished, and in the end I could be hurting the story without even knowing it.

Another major change this time around, is I already have most of my main characters outlined in what I want them to accomplish in the story. I have their back stories sorted, and what kind of things they will acquire over time. Whether that be skills and abilities, or just general life experiences. Hopefully that way my characters won’t go off on their own, and change the story completely.

The outline for the whole adventure is worked out, at least the bare bones of one. I have a beginning, a middle, and an end planned out. And I’m pleased to say that the ending has a possible opening for a sequel. Once I’m finished with the rough draft I will be posting it chapter by chapter for comments, reviews, and critiques on a site called Scribophile. It’s a wonderful place to get help with editing advice, they use a point system. In order to post your work for critique you must first offer critiques for other peoples works. I have found that helping others edit their work, it helps me with my own. It gets easier to spot mistake in your own work when you can see them in others.

All in all I feel really great about this turn in events,

and I have to give God all of the credit for allowing me to do this. I truly believe that it was His plan that gave me the opportunity to stay home with the little ones, so I would also have the time to do the things that I love. Thank you Jesus!

If there are questions, comments, or concerns feel free to contact me. My contact information is on the front page. Catch ya later!

Shopping On Wish.com

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So I have recently discovered this wonderful app by browsing through the Google play store, and I’ll tell ya it’s pretty darn amazing. It’s so amazing in fact, that if I’m not careful I’ll end up spending more money than I originally planned. On the up side though, I was able to order this beautiful medieval style gown for my Halloween costume. I’m very excited to be going as a spider queen!

On another note, there were some really useful items on there as well. Like this awesome lotion I found for stretch marks. It was originally twenty some dollars, but because of my previous purchases it was free! I just had to pay shipping and handling, which was only two dollars. I highly recommend checking this app out. They also have a nice check-in bonus. If you long into the app once a day for seven days, you can get up to fifty percent off of one item! My eldest son Michael is just about to start potty training, so that extra fifty percent will be very useful. There was this nice baby potty/urinal seat that I found, it was going to be close to forty dollars at Wall-Mart. I was able to find it on Wish for seven dollars.

One of the only downfalls I’ve found so far is, the women’s clothing sizes are all about two sizes smaller than American charts. After this last pregnancy I’ve had to admit my size as a XXL, well on Wish I have to make sure I’m getting the correct size which would be a XXXXL on the site. It may sound like a big deal but it’s really not. I’m a fan of the amount of stylish dresses and shirts they have. They also have very nice lingerie that I can actually fit into. All of it is at a reasonable price too.

So long story short, if you are a mom on a budget, this is a great app for you!

 

Staying Home With The Kids

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So my husband and I are moving in a different direction now that he has a job that can support us. We have decided it would be more beneficial for me to stay home with the little ones and be a full fledged house mom. If I’m being completely honest with myself I am actually excited about this turn in events. Not many moms get to have that privilege in today’s society so I feel very blessed to have this opportunity.

Now the time comes when all of the house work falls to me. It’s interesting how these things are working out. So far I’ve noticed it is kind of difficult finding the right kind of schedule to get in, especially with the kids. So as a way to help manage the time I’ve written out a make shift time schedule with activities like cleaning, or writing, or T.V. watching all falling into certain times of the day. My husband thought this was a great idea, because it allows me more time to do the things that I love and still get the work done. Now if I would like to say paint for an hour, then I could write that out in the schedule on the day of the week that works the best on and still be able to have time for the dishes or, laundry, or mopping.

This may sound very one sided, but in reality I don’t think it is. My husband is providing for us financially, while I provide a stable environment for the kids. I’ve already seen an improvement in my eldest son Michael. He used to suffer from separation anxiety, now that I’ve had the chance to stay home with him, he doesn’t freak out anymore when one of us leaves the room. Another benefit with my youngest son is that I get to continue breast feeding. I remember when I returned to work after Michael was born, it was almost impossible to juggle whether I was pumping enough milk for the amount of time I was away, or when I was at my job sometimes I wasn’t able to leave for my break in time and I would suffer from really full breasts. I really think that is one of the reasons why I stopped producing enough milk for Michael. He was only three months old when I started to dry up, and it is the belief of my doctor that we couldn’t feed frequently  enough to continue the production we needed.

What’s funny is I already miss having that special time with little Michael. I missed out on his first word, I missed out when he first starting crawling. Those things I’ll never be able to get back because I was at work. I’m glad things are going to be different with James. Already we have been able to breast feed longer, and I have seen his first smile. I get to spend special time with my parents as well. They love their grandchildren so much, I’m so happy to see them play together. It brings back so many memories of when I was a kid. It pleases me that they get to play an active role in my kids life, for they truly are great people.

As we get into this schedule a little more, I’ll post some more updates on how things are progressing. Also if there are any questions, comments, or concerns feel free to contact me. I would love to hear from you!

 

6 Tips for Getting Through Writers Block

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Writing a story can be difficult, especially if you get stuck with what to do next. Sometimes the words just can’t get out of your brain and onto the page. That’s okay, many writers face the very same problem, and that problem is called writers block. Characters just don’t want to talk with you, or scenes just don’t play out the way you seem them in your mind. Here are six simple tips to getting through writers block.

 

1.) If you get stuck on a scene move on to the next… There is no sense trying to figure out what to do in a writer’s block situation when you already have another idea running toward you at full speed.

2.) Dream sequences can be the life saver to moving your story along… Most of the time I finish my chapters up by putting my characters to bed, sometimes their dreams can be the inspiration I need to keep going.

3.) Never underestimate the power of a mentor… Sometimes your characters find themselves in a rut and the only way to move them along is to have some wisdom and advice thrown their way.

4.) Describe, describe, describe… Don’t be afraid to bore yourself with the texture of curtains, couches, the smell of clothes or candles, the sound of the regular outside world. These things can actually bring your story to life so take the time to notice the color of the walls.

5.) Write with confidence… Remember if you don’t like something you have written leave it alone until you finish telling the story, that way you don’t stop the flow and who knows? You may come to like it later on.

6.) Leave the editing for later… Don’t worry about grammar, or plot holes until you are done telling the story! That way when you do stop to edit you already know how it ends so you can add or take away anything you want as long as it gets you to the end of the story.

 

 

Getting Started

Wow it has been so long since I have written anything it’s almost pitiful; but being a mom will do that to you.

When I was growing up I never expected to become a mom, I was too busy wrapped up in school the thought never even crossed my mind. It’s funny how things change… priorities too. This life is very rewarding though. My little ones and my husband mean more to me than writing ever has, but here recently I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind. Blogging seemed like a good place to start, whenever there is a free moment that is.

Being a mom has been interesting to say the least, there truly never is a dull moment. Even now while sitting at this computer I’m constantly looking over into the living room to see what my eldest is up to. Lucky for me he just absolutely loves “The Lion King 2, Simbas Pride.” I can actually get some things done when he takes the time to watch it. He really is a treasure. Now at a year and four months old, little Michael is getting into everything. Whether it be the storage stand with all of the blankets and pillows, or the VHS tapes near the bottom of the movie stand. He just can’t help himself.

I plan to start on another novel this year for the National Novel Writing Month in November. I’m not sure quite yet what I’ll be writing about, but I would like to say that my determination to finish with 50,000 words will get me through; even with all the distractions that are bound to happen. It’s very exciting to be even thinking about NaNoWriMo, there for about four years in a row I participated in the event; however trying to juggle two kids has put a major set back on the writing front. Things are just a little bit different now, for some reason I have finally found a way to manage my time so that writing can be apart of my life again. I’m very thankful to my husband for supporting me in this adventure, and for helping me with some ideas.

Wish me luck all of those other moms out there who know how difficult these things can be, because of our love for our little ones.