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  1. 6 points
    I don't want to get into details, but my daughter and son-in-law are being bombarded from seemingly all directions. it has been a horrible and tragic year and they really need a break. also, my daughter is in desperate need of medical attention, but they are too poor to afford it. I've been helping as best I can, but I don't have the money to get her medical needs. this state is trying to expand soonercare ( a state program helping children get their medical needs) to cover more poor folks. it would help so many people--hopefully including my daughter. i'm also really concerned about their faith in God. they've gone through so much all their lives that neither have any confidence in God taking care of them. they are Christians, but have no hope that anything good will ever happen. their lives would put soap operas to shame. also, my other daughter is in desperate need of full time job. she is a sub, but because of certain state rules and her math dyslexia she lost her teaching certificate. she worked so hard to get it and taught for a few years before moving to another state where her dream was smashed. and last, a relative of mine is having heart surgery. could you please pray in that direction, too. thank you
  2. 6 points
    David Safford cautions that heroes shouldn't come too strong out of the gate. https://thewritepractice.com/call-to-adventure/
  3. 6 points
    I don't worry if I lose an argument with "Dr. Harker." He's a champion debater! (Which means he says all the things I only think of after the arguments are over.)
  4. 5 points
    I like this one, Alley: "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." Or, for brevity's sake: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." Or: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son..."
  5. 5 points
    Need a book cover? Here's a website link for a friend who has been working in book covers for a lot longer than me. I make them, too, but here's one friend's website. ruthiemadison.com
  6. 4 points
    This is from an article called WRITING UNSTUCK: How to produce novels more quickly by my friend Grace Bridges. http://jenelleschmidt.com/writing-unstuck/
  7. 4 points
    Becky, we've been where your daughter and SIL are. We ran out of money at the same time hubby was diagnosed with Hep C. (Hep C treatment costs over $3500 a month, back then, so there's the problem.) Because of that, I suddenly was gifted with the ability to find government programs that do help when flat-broke. Soonercare tells me they're Okies. Do they have children under 18? Because if they do, there is no need to wait for Soonercare to expand. They should qualify already. If they don't, then here's something we did that I never thought to do until living-in-our-car started looking very real -- Welfare! I know. "Welfare." The program so many people think is full of ne'er-do-wells, but, hey! It saved our life. When we joined, they paid the insurance that included the $3500-a-month chemotherapy that did help hubby get better. "Cured." That much better. Truthfully Medicaid, (Soonercare's name outside of Oklahoma), was the best healthcare plan we've ever had. (I'm on Medicare now. It's bad enough that I pay for medigap insurance.) It covers everything needed, and at the right price -- free. I do get the stigma for going on Welfare, however, flat-broke ended for us 9 months later. Your daughter and SIL need to know this is a tunnel, not a cave. And there is light at the end of it, but for now, there is help. If they don't qualify for Welfare right now, let me know and I'll snoop more into what Oklahoma does have that will help. And if not at state level, let me know which town/city, and I'll snoop at that level too. If need be, I can snoop at local, state, or national levels for help. I feared we'd end up living in our car. God is very good. Not only was hubby cured of Hep C, (which was unheard of when he started treatment), we also kept our house. (A federal program took over our mortgage, until we could take it back.) As for other daughter? Dyslexia with numbers is called dyscalculia. (I have a brother with both problems.) Since she's subbing, she's working for the state. The state has to work within the framework of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Dyscalculia is a disability. True, she shouldn't be subbing for math classes, but that doesn't mean she shouldn't be subbing. (There are work-arounds for dates and other numbers.) One law the education system truly cares about is the Americans with Disabilities Act. I suspect the school systems changes their mind, if she just tells them. If not, I suspect the NEA will set them straight.
  8. 4 points
    Thanks, @Ragamuffin_John! I am currently caring for family members with dementia, and this is something to think about for later on. As for your situation, my advice is to have an open conversation with your family member about what you both want when you pass away. I have helped to plan a few funerals with people who knew they did not have much longer left, and while it can be uncomfortable for some at first, it is easier as you go along. For many, it is a great relief to know that their wishes will be carried out. And don't make my mistake! Eulogies were something I never thought about for the first funeral I planned, and then everyone wanted to get up and talk. That can be a problem if you have a lot of people.
  9. 4 points
    I do hope you will seek out a Christian counselor or pastor. You need to talk with someone who can see you through this. Sharing your heart with another will lessen the burden. But, and you know this, the Lord carries that burden for you but you have to let Him. Lord, please show Writer that You are constantly with her, that You will carry her burden, that You are her peace and comfort, and that You are working things out for Your purpose and in Your timing. Bless her with all she needs. In Jesus' name, amen! 🧡
  10. 4 points
    Thank you! You all have been so helpful. I can't wait to write now!
  11. 4 points
    I know You don't enjoy seeing Your children in pain To You it's not all the same You love us far beyond any fire or flame We face in this war against the one who is to blame That's why Job's suffering wasn't in vain It brought about a savior we can now call by name In the midst of any suffering that the evil one has dispensed I know, Your love endures far beyond whatever I am set up against Your plan has always been for what's for my best Only You know the story of what comes next So, it's You I'll trust until my days come to rest
  12. 4 points
    I can also finish a book in an hour ... Oh wait, those are the "Magic Tree House" books ...
  13. 4 points
    I saw this the other day, and your picture made me think of it! 🙂
  14. 4 points
    Hello, I am brand new to placing my writing out there. I do not know what the rules are from this site. How can you actually enter any of your poetry, essays or short-stories for critical analysis. I am 68 years old and have been encouraged by a famous author and medical doctor to publish. I believe my work is only very satisfactory, but I welcome everyones thoughts and criticisms. I am retired from a teaching career in teaching. I have two degrees and have within my family group two published educational writers. Please tell me how to get involved without breaking any rules. Thanks, MaryKaithe
  15. 4 points
    I like these two Romans 8:1 "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." Hebrews 7:25 "Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them."
  16. 4 points
    Hello, everyone! I thought that since it's been five weeks since I've been dilated, I'd give you the whole story. On Monday, June 17th, I went to the eye doctor for a routine glasses/contacts exam and they dilated me with a drop called Cyclogyl. Within five or ten minutes of being dilated I was weak and dizzy, the lights bothered me, I had a severe headache, unsteadiness, my arms and legs felt like they had dead weights tied to them, and severe nausea. I also felt lightheaded, like I might pass out, and couldn't get out of the chair or walk. I had some water and sat in the dark for a while. The eye doctor finished the exam and soon I felt well enough to leave. Apparently I am part of the rare 1# that reacts to this eye drop. With no warning whatsoever, not asking if I wanted to take the eye drop on account of the risks included with taking it, they went ahead and dilated me with me not knowing the possible outcome. A week later I developed shortness of breath. I went to ER several times, and while I was on my trip, went to several doctors and had some tests done. The tests were normal. Today I went to a heart doctor. My heart is normal but he said it could be something called POTTS, some kind of disease or something that includes the symptoms I have. He said I should drink a lot and rest for a month or two and see how I am. Your continued prayers would be appreciated. Thanks!
  17. 4 points
    I have missed a few, but don;t stop. I learn a lot and this one makes perfect sense to me. Just FYI; I'm NOT going to ask for his real ID, he's already proven it for me.
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  19. 4 points
    Not necessarily; how about ladybugs? They're cute!! Roaches are not.
  20. 4 points
    Awww! Why not? Bugs are cute!
  21. 4 points
    Interesting. You could turn this into a story. Why would someone put that message in a bottle? Unless something else is in the bottle, something that will come out?
  22. 4 points
    Yup. That's usually a good one.
  23. 4 points
    Kendra, I fixed it for you. Leaving it here for now. Hope it stirs up some fun.
  24. 4 points
    As someone who has published five novels, sorry, but I would have to disagree. First of all, let's clear something up. Self-publishing is free. Yes, free! It costs nothing to open an Amazon (Kindle Direct Publishing) account and upload eBooks for sale. It also costs nothing to upload and produce a POD print book (through KDP). You can even arrange a profit share agreement through ACX and create an audio book for no cost. The real question is how much does it cost to produce a quality book? Can it cost a lot? Sure. You can easily spend thousands per book. Vanity publishers make that far too easy. But even if you managed it all yourself, you could hire editors, cover designers, marketing expertise, and enroll in a multitude of how-to courses, and it could end up costing as much (or more) as a vanity publisher. Or you could educate yourself, learn what aspects you should hire out (and what it should cost), what you can handle yourself, and save major dollars while producing quality material. There's no shortage of people offering their "expertise" for a price. The self-publishing industry has exploded with such offerings. But it doesn't have to cost you major dollars. Spend the time and educate yourself.
  25. 4 points
    Sigh! Thumb twiddle. Sigh. Thumb twiddle. Oh, wait! I could use the time to work on my WIP!
  26. 4 points
    Thank you, Sophie. It is overwhelming, in a good way:) I am blessed to be in this writing community. The lows I hit don't nag at me quite the same way now since I hear that my struggles are common among writers. The doubts that find a voice in me still pop up but I question them now I still put my foot in my mouth in trying to put feelings about into words - but it's getting easier to remove it. Posts like yours are a blast of fresh air. I guess that means I'm a list person! So on we go! Thanks again!
  27. 4 points
    It's going ok. Tell you what, I'll start a new topic and tell you there.
  28. 3 points
    I haven't been on this site in several months for the usual reason: too busy editing! I just clicked submit over at KDP, so my latest book should be available on Amazon.com in three days or less as a paperback of for the Kindle. Job Rises: Thirteen Keys to a Resilient Life is a combination Bible Study / Spiritual Growth book. It is about how to acquire resilience in the face of life's trials by studying the life of Job, the Old Testament prophet. I am relieved for two reasons: the book turned out better than I expected, and now I can get back to writing the fantasy novel I put aside while pursuing this project, which is a much less weighty form of escape! Paul
  29. 3 points
    Hi Teresa! Its great to meet you and to have you join us
  30. 3 points
    That's certainly a lot to bear. You'll be in my prayers and your whole family.
  31. 3 points
    Welcome aboard!!
  32. 3 points
    Mine was Ephesians 1:13-14!
  33. 3 points
    I've got another type of writers block, and its called aphasia. I frequently sit down at the computer and nothing at all comes out- nothing. But if I sit long enough, I get an inkling of what to write. Like yesterday, in order to crank out 1,000 words, it took me 12 hours. By the way, this is a vast improvement! At least I can write! This is amazing to me because before my stroke (1 year ago!) I could type out 1,000 words in no time at all. So sometimes, though, it's only four hours per 1,000 words for me to complete. I seem to have a blockage that is hard to explain, in other words, that is related to my aphasia, but I'm getting better!
  34. 3 points
    From David Farland. https://mailchi.mp/xmission/david-farlands-writing-tips-10-career-killers
  35. 3 points
    You seem to have a great plot right there. Grief recovery for the parents and the loss and uncertainty that comes with losing everything. It would be an amazing opportunity to show how we can rely on and trust God! 😊
  36. 3 points
    This is a tangent but I believe Paul is referring to equality in Christ there and not disregarding the genders that God created. https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/bible-interpretation/galatians-3-28/
  37. 3 points
    I believe Paul wrote something to the effect of neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female. And I think that's in the scriptures.
  38. 3 points
    I've noticed that some members have been in this community for several years and have gotten to know each other a bit more than newbies such as myself have. I was wondering whether any of the old ChristianWriters members ("old" as in founding members, not age-wise) have thought about collaborating and co-authoring novels, short story / poetry anthologies etc. and self-publish them. If so, I'd love to know where I can find them. If not, why haven't you? You're all talented writers, so what's stopping you from collaborating? 🙂
  39. 3 points
    To me the issue is that there would be no struggle between good and evil to stop something from happening. We see in the Biblical book of Job that Satan must ask permission of God to affect Job's Iife. I imagine any event affecting any person who has given their life to Christ is similar. I think my issue would be that anything that portrays Satan or evil as "winning out" over God's plan for the world is not Biblical. When God decides it's the apocalypse, it's the apocalypse. I have not heard this take before. While it is thought-provoking, I cannot agree. Jesus was asked to show his disciples how to pray, and He began with "Our Father". I think He would be the one to clarify if that was not the accurate form of address. Also, since Jesus is fully God and fully man (male), we see that this is a part of God's nature. The Angel of the Lord (Jesus as he appears in the Old Testament) and the being with whom Jacob wrestled (God) were both male. Also, "all scripture is given by inspiration of God" (2 Timothy 3: 16-17) and the Bible consistently uses male pronouns for God, including in the earliest parts of the Old Testament, when "Our Father" was not yet a form of address towards God. Now, do I believe we have any hope of understanding how God is male? No. He is certainly not like any male on earth. Indeed, both males and females on earth are in fact, somehow, made in His image (Genesis 1:37). But I fully believe that it is who He is. All thoughts given respectfully. 😊
  40. 3 points
    I don't think it is a matter of word length (presuming everything is tight), but of quality, Nicholas and I think you've got that covered!
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  42. 3 points
    I have recently posted ideas for two different pieces of writings; for which I received a large number of very positive replies and helpful suggestions, from other members of this website. I've replied that the time has come for me to start the actual writing. The problem is that I just can't think of a single word to write, or where to go with the stories, from where they are now. Things have been this way with me for more than a year. The only writing I've been able to come up with are short pieces like this, with just a few sentences. I am obviously very frustrated. As a Christian I've been in constant prayer to the Lord. I've put my writing into His hands, asking Him what He wants me to write. He's answered, "Write godly things. Write righteous things." I've asked, "Could you please narrow that down, and give me something specific?' Now I seem to have gotten a partial answer. Like I said, I've come up with ideas for two works of writing, but I just can't come up with any further ideas. So I ask for prayers that the Lord with be with me, and guide me in these and all my future writings. In Jesus Name. Amen.
  43. 3 points
    I actually came up with one this time- and had the courage to post it! Thanks, Sarah!
  44. 3 points
    Mmm. That would be a good name for a punctuation website--punctuation pragmatist.
  45. 3 points
    Welcome to our writing family, KMK. Glad you joined us. You'll find plenty of help, support, and encouragement around here, so roam around and make yourself at home. Blessings on your writing!
  46. 3 points
    I tried a blog once. Same problem lol!
  47. 3 points
    LOL You're right, QS!
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    Doesn't it cost a lot to publish three books?
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