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  1. Hi all, I just wanted to flag up Kirsten's generosity and support in writing a review for my book. If you'd like to read it, here's the link: https://pagesandpaws.com/2020/07/20/petitions-from-my-heart-little-book-big-message/?unapproved=1760&moderation-hash=3381341b99a97069fa5ff735e67926df#comment-1760 Needless to say I am quite chuffed! 😃
  2. Many thanks @Alley! 🙂
  3. Hello @Alley I love your response! Where do you find these illustrations?
  4. Hi @HLTassin, How exciting for you. Well done and congratulations on your achievement! 🙂
  5. Congratulations! And thanks for sharing your excitement and sense of triumph. It can arouse both humbling and ecstatic feelings to receive such affirming and wonderful reviews. May there be many more on the way for you! 🙂
  6. Many thanks @EBraten for sharing this. Appreciated. Looks interesting.
  7. Congratulations to you both! The book cover looks ace!
  8. Thank you @heavenlyhome and Guest Mary Kaithe, for engaging with me and leaving your precious comments/poetic contribution, which is so appreciated. @heavenlyhome I've just seen what you did there in your response "gem of a devotional..." 🙂 Thank you!
  9. Dear @BoyMom thank you so much for your recent follow, which is appreciated! 🙂

  10. Very often we view success in much the same manner as a gorgeous gem within a jeweller’s window display. We’re attracted by the lustre of those diamonds, the flashing brilliance of those stones and the fine quality of gold. We forget these beautiful jewels have been specially crafted. We forget those precious stones and polished metals had a beginning and that if we were to retrace the journey of those glittering jewels back to its origin, we’d see it from a very different perspective. We’d discover that the item nesting alluringly against a rich velvet backdrop and shining brilliantly with the help of strategically arranged lighting, started out in a place of complete contrast. It started out in the bowels of the earth. Once extracted, if you didn’t know what you were looking at you’d maybe throw it away as a valueless lump of rock. You wouldn’t realise it had the potential to be a thing of beauty, something that evokes admiration, even desire of ownership. You wouldn’t appreciate its capacity to bring pleasure. The journey of a novice writer is very much like the above scenario. We ooh and ah over the creative brilliance of polished writers. We appreciate their carefully crafted words set against the luxurious backdrop of an artfully arranged velveteen world. Attracted by another author’s style or success, we long to ‘own’ similar achievements. However, in our approbation of these works, we often leave a relevant factor out of the equation. Much like our appreciation of a beautiful diamond or sapphire, we forget that this artistic work, this authorial presentation had a fairly insignificant genesis. Perhaps if we didn’t forget this, we wouldn’t feel despondent, frustrated, or threatened about our own beginnings. Perhaps we’d give ourselves a break, stop mentally flagellating ourselves because we haven’t crafted the ‘perfect’ article, short story or novel. Perhaps we’d stop dismissing the raw materials mined from the bowels of our creative imagination and instead realise: “Hey! This may not look like much now but given time and patience, it can actually become something of value”. And perhaps instead of constantly comparing the finely crafted pieces of other artists with our freshly mined lumps of untreated ore, we’d start to appreciate, even enjoy our modest beginnings. We’d begin to see it as a place not of frustration and defeat, but of learning and adventure. Fellow writers (I speak to myself as much as to you), let us view our beginnings and efforts with less negativity and less angst. Let us put our goals, dreams, aspirations and the different paths we take in order to achieve these, into the right context. Let us not fixate on publishing prowess as the ‘be all and end all’ of authorial accomplishment. Let us not be in such a hurry to arrive at ‘Success Suite’ that we forget to enjoy the novelty and nature of our quest. As writers, bloggers, purpose-driven believers and dream-achievers, let us find encouragement in, and take the following words of Ben Sweetland seriously to heart—Success is a journey, not a destination!
  11. There is a stark contrast between me and Him. O yes, we both have the same father. We both belong to God’s Holy Order of kings and priests. But that my friend is where the similarity ends. He is far, far superior! He has to be, for he has made me and he is self-existent—i.e. nobody made him! He existed along with the Father and the Holy Spirit in the very beginning. His name is Jesus. Contrast. Now he is in Heaven whilst I am down here on Earth. But it wasn’t always so. There was a time that he was here on this Earth and within 3 years he brought much light and love, healing and miraculous exploits to the world around him. Whereas, I have been on this earth for over 50 years and I cannot say that I’ve impacted the world about me, or the people within the circle of my influence in such a marvellous way. Nope! Much as I wish that were true, I cannot say that. Contrast. Jesus was self-assured. He was not fooled easily. He did not strike back in anger, or resentment, or any other negative attitude when he encountered opposition or violence. Imagine being the one who made man, yet allowing the creature you created to mock and jeer. Imagine choosing to stand silent, dumb as a sheep, allowing yourself to be sheared so to speak. Sheared of respect. Sheared of self-esteem. He could have summoned a legion of angels to rescue him. He could have opened his mouth and burned his detractors to a crisp. But he didn’t. He humbled himself. He remained silent. He succumbed. Succumbed to the malicious will of those sanctimonious bigots (fellow Jews) and soldiers of the Roman Empire—who breathed lies spawned from envy… who uttered false accusations… who mocked and ridiculed and humiliated him (stripping him not only of his clothes but also of his dignity). How meek but strong was that to not react, to not use his power and might to blast them to hell? How meek but strong was that to not retaliate? Instead, he said: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do”. Contrast. Now, if the power had been in my hand, I would perhaps have cursed them with my words. I would have stopped them in their tracks. Or I would levitate myself from out of my predicament. Or I would play games with them and put the ‘fear of God’ into them – disappearing and reappearing, taking on that aura of blazing fiery light so they could not look upon me but would either fall down in terror, or freeze to the spot in fear—and then I’d freeze them permanently! But that is the difference between me and Jesus, the difference between me and the Holy Son of God. Jesus loved me and loved the entire world. He wanted to obey his Father at all costs, so that the world would have a way of escape out of spiritual darkness, and could be redeemed from the hateful hand of his arch Enemy, who also became our ultimate enemy. I speak of Satan (whom I also dub Mr Diablo)! He is the Christ, the Messiah. Me? I was just a doomed, rebellious sinner. Okay, so now I’ve been saved by God’s grace, through his unmerited kindness. Now I’ve been elevated to the position of a saint (according to God’s reckoning). Yet, as his beloved child, his sanctified saint, I am nowhere near the calibre of this awesome man, who loved and sacrificed himself for me, who lived in order to die for me. And as I read his biography and compare his noble achievements with my base life’s record, I cannot deny the fact, yeah, I cannot disguise the truth that between me and Him—there’s a stark contrast!
  12. Hi Joseph, Welcome to CW and I wish you all the best with your writing dreams.
  13. Welcome to CW Regina. Congratulations with your debut novel. I know what you mean about being excited, yet scared to death a the same time. Wishing you well with your future writing dreams and endeavours. 🙂
  14. I would like my blogs, Women of Warfare https://womenofwarfare.wordpress.com and A Purpose-driven achiever https://apurposedrivenachiever.wordpress.com, to make my visitors smile, feel better about themselves, be encouraged, feel as if they have an online friend who cares about them and empathises with the things they have to deal with. I would like my blogs to influence visitors to aspire to a deeper relationship with God, to be a better person, character-wise and perspective-wise. I would like to encourage visitors to pursue their dreams and realise their potential. I’d like them to feel there is a place they can go, for the encouragement and motivation required to live their everyday life on a higher plane. I would like them to feel highly motivated, to seize their day, to live abundantly, instead of merely existing, letting life pass them by, feeling overwhelmed by circumstances, or overlooked by the people around them. I would like my blogs to motivate women to make the most of every day, to see, enjoy and celebrate their lives as something special, rather than dismiss as drudgery, or as run-of-the-mill ordinary, or worse still view with utter dread, because someone or something has marred their outlook. And just as I would like God to use me, to be that change in the lives of women who come within my circle of influence, so I desire that these women in turn would be the change in the lives of others around them. Whether published author, blogger, colleague, parent, or whatever, I challenge you – in your community, household, neighbourhood, workplace - be the change! Be an asset in your circle of influence. Be an influence for good.
  15. Congratulations Claire. Good article. Thanks for sharing. I need to take on board one of your tips about getting outside every day.
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