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Katherine Johnston

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Katherine Johnston last won the day on December 28 2018

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  • Birthday 02/11/1965

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  1. Katherine Johnston

    Hoping

    Hi! It's been week or so since my last post. These first few weeks into the new year I've been struggling with an icky cold that is NOT the flu, but feels exactly like the flu,...or in other words,...I've been waiting to get well. Been to the doctor,...check. Resting,...check,...Christmas tree is still up! Humidifier, check. Meds, check. Lots of fluids, check,...but this lingering cold just loves me. Am I better? Praise the LORD, yes! I am upright at the computer and have been planning for an upcoming trip that can't be postponed. Will I be completely well in time? Maybe, maybe not,...but this is where the rubber meets the road. About a thousand separate pieces from many diverse quarters had to come together to make this trip possible. We're talking miracle territory. It's obviously meant for me to be on this trip, and yet it's been sniffles, sneezes,...and cough, cough, cough. Thus, I am waiting in hope for the Lord, HE is my help and my shield. Truly this territory is where you trust in the LORD for what is not in your control. Somehow, someway I know the LORD will make it possible for me to go from,..."strength to strength" (Psalm 84:7),...and that the LORD'S grace will be sufficient for whatever lies ahead. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” - 2 Corinthians 12:9 Life's not perfect,...but it's such a comfort to know that the LORD is! Hope YOUR new year is not as sniffly,...but no matter what you are facing - be it sniffles or not - put your hope in the LORD,...our help and shield! God bless!
  2. Katherine Johnston

    Independent Authors Are Starting To Outsell The Big Five

    Thanks for posting encouragement Lynn,... Even if the article was written in 2016 there is a vast "forgotten" readership out there,...and independent authors are striving to fill that gap. It's positive that more readers are willing to buck traditional publishers and give independent authors a chance. NO ONE said it would be easy or instantaneous,...but there is a clear trend in this direction. 😀
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    Ideas For Author Websites

    Informative article it NEVER occurred to me to set up a website for my series!!! What a nice goal to have,...in the future,...very far future as I need to be realistic about time-management and websites and blogs can really cut into needed "production writing" - it's kinda a Catch-22. Thanks for posting Lynn! 😀
  4. Katherine Johnston

    May Have To Start Giving Ideas Away....

    Turn some of those great ideas into short stories! 😀
  5. Katherine Johnston

    Writing & Publishing In The New Year - 2019

    As the Lord wills,...publish two more books that just need editing and design,...and finish writing the second book in my series,... 😀
  6. Katherine Johnston

    The Sun Is Always Shining

    Welcome to 2019,..new day,...new year,...new beginnings for one and all! How was 2018 for you? Thankfully I didn't get too retrospective on New Year's Eve as I've been battling a traditional end of the year cold,...with everyone else it seems. Sniffle, cough, sniffle, sip tea, reach for a tissue, and sniffle-cough some more. It's life. However there is always something to be thankful for. Yes, 2018 had its challenges, but Praise the LORD, there were joys, and lots of answers to prayer as well. The sun, you know is always shining on the other side of the clouds. Or for me, after I lost my father, it was helpful to remember that Every Storm Runs Out Of Rain,...but I didn't want to post a picture of rain clouds for the new year. Hello,...let's start out 2019 as cheerfully as possible,..even if one is sniffling and coughing - ugh. So the beginning of the new year is already here, and if you are having any regrets about 2018,...or even previous years here is some encouragement. "You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending." - C.S. Lewis The 'start where you are',...really spoke to me as it seemed to shut the door nicely on past regrets. Everyone has regrets, we wouldn't be human, if we didn't. No one is perfect, and that's no shock to the LORD. The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. Psalm 103: 9-14 Dust? Hello,...only the LORD can refer to us as dust and make it sound like a compliment! "High as the heavens,"-- that's way beyond the clouds, or even our solar system. How many zillion light years is that? It's a bunch,...and it's comfort to know such love is available to us for the coming year. 2019 is a blank slate. No doubt there will be challenges, and joys. Why do we always seem to forget the joys so quickly while those gloomy challenges seem to linger like a mid-winter head cold? On those gloomy days look up,...our view may be dark clouds,...but above those clouds the sun is always shining. Happy New Year,...may God bless and keep you!
  7. Katherine Johnston

    Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year! Many blessings for 2019!!! ❤️
  8. Katherine Johnston

    Overcomer

    Thanks for sharing,..,good movies are so few and far between these days! 😀
  9. Katherine Johnston

    Rejection

    Form letters were typical when I pursued traditional publishing - last century - even when I sold a short story, but I did receive several encouraging rejections, especially for one early novel when the editor kindly and most gently pointed out the strengths and weaknesses in my work. She loved the premise - but she was quite correct about my writing skills needing refining. It was very valuable criticism, and I am grateful the editor took the time to instruct and encourage a young writer. 😀
  10. Katherine Johnston

    Sad To Say A Former Member Has Passed Away

    Heart felt sympathies!!! Praying for all! ❤️
  11. Katherine Johnston

    Merry Christmas To All!

    Merry Christmas!!! ❤️
  12. Katherine Johnston

    Christmas NEVER Fails

    Have you ever felt like your Christmas has failed? Come on,...everyone has the tale of THE worst Christmas season ever!!! For myself the Christmas season has always come from a different perspective, especially since my husband has always worked in retail, which is a sub-culture in of itself where holidays are concerned. Funny story about when my older guys were very little and I was speaking to an acquaintance about not seeing my husband from mid October to mid February, and she sympathetically lamented, "Oh,...he must be in the military." "No," I replied, "He's in retail." Thus sending out hearts and hugs to retail families,...it's tough during the holiday season,...we know,...we've been there,...hugs,...hugs,...hugs!!! Experiencing loss: loved ones, jobs, disappointments can add to Christmas stress. Grief is a subject in of itself,...my Daddy made a big deal of Christmas,...and I sure do miss him!!! Also money worries can be pressing when one can feel pressed to spend,...and spend,...and spend in a seeming never ending holiday cycle. Sickness doesn't stop for the holidays, serious and otherwise,...we've all had that Christmas with the sniffles, or even worse holding a loved ones hands during a more serious doctor's appointment. Interpersonal relationships, especially familial, for you know everyone's got those darling dears in their outlying family who seemingly love try everyone's patience, should be proof enough we live in a fallen world!!! If that doesn't convince you,...just turn on the news,...no one seems to be getting along these days. And then there is Autism. Boy,...oh boy were those early Christmases tough to take. EVERYTHING was soooo confusing. Hello,...when a child is not excited about gifts and toys and sparking ornaments,...and joy,...joy,...joy,...where do you turn? Not that there wasn't joy,...it just took a while to recognize it. You see the gift of Autism is that it pares down life to the bare essentials. I love you. You love me. And what else is really important? Did Christmas really HAVE to look like I thought it should look? Did traditions really matter? Did one really need a Christmas tree,...cookies,...caroling,...and even gifts to celebrate? Guess what? Christmas arrives December 25th,...presents or no presents,...joy or no joy,...laughter or tears,...grief or healing,...reconciliation or not,...you get the gist. No matter what Christmas comes,...the miracle,...the great joy,...and,"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." - Luke 2:14 Peace on earth? "The Lord is near.Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:5-7 "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 The world will alway try to steal your peace usually by setting you to live up to unreachable expectations. Think just about any Christmas commercial on television! Seriously what percentage of Christmas cookies made EVER look like those professionally perfect ones on Pinterest from the seemingly stay-at-home mom, who secretly has a degree in design? Not that our wonky ones don't taste good,...but those unreachable expectations which we are bombarded with, especially on social media are always out there ready to embroider: FAIL, FAIL, FAIL,...onto your Christmas stocking. The Good News,...the real meaning of Christmas NEVER fails. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 God is gracious,...so very gracious to the world,...and to us. This is our eighth Christmas with our little guy. Therapy works, thus he's come a long way from those very confusing Christmases where everything seems upside down. NEVER, EVER, EVER give up hope,...those Christmases taught us,...traditional traditions don't make Christmas,...Christmas. Hello, we ready knew that fact in our heads,...everyone does,...we've all seen the Grinch Stole Christmas a zillion times,...but for the first time we learned it in our hearts. Autism can't stop Christmas. Nor sickness, or grief,...or disappointment,...the list goes on to infinity,..for NOTHING can stop the miracle of Jesus Christ's birth. And that alone is cause enough to celebrate! MERRY CHRISTMAS from our family to yours! May you truly know the 'peace of God that transcends all understanding' -this Christmas season!!!
  13. Katherine Johnston

    Christmas Blessings!!!

    Isaiah 9:6 "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." May Peace be yours for this blessed Christmas season with especial love sent out to those alone or struggling with life issues,...our life circumstances are often not "peaceful" - even during Christmas, but our hearts can be. The LORD knows what it is to be vulnerable,...He arrived as a helpless babe,...born for you and for me,...Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father,...Prince of Peace! ❤️❤️❤️
  14. Katherine Johnston

    Family Just Doesn't Get It!

    For whatever reason it seems quite common for writers to be among those who just 'don't get it!' - myself, I mostly face apathy, but the Lord is not arbitrary and if you are wired for creativity there IS A PURPOSE for you to fulfill,...and while apathy and downright insults can be difficult to face,..."A person's wisdom yields patience; it is to one's glory to overlook an offense." - Proverb 19:11 Don't get discouraged and don't fall into the trap of seeking approval from others,...especially those who are so insecure in their own worth they have no love or joy to share with anyone. The ultimate reward of the use of our talents, writing or otherwise, is not approval or making the best seller's list or even $$$,...but what we all want to hear from our Lord and Savior , "Well done good and faithful servant!" God bless your writing endeavors! ❤️❤️❤️
  15. Katherine Johnston

    Need Help Or Advice?

    Look toward the bottom of the main page, below the forums, it's under Archives. It's easy to set up, and then you can access it from your profile page.😀
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