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Encouragement for Today~In today's world of swirling circumstances, we need to be reminded of how much we are loved by God.


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Christian Authors and Fear

There is so much more to writing a book than I ever thought.  This seems to be a little more the case when you are a self publisher.

1. Outline

2. Write

3. Proofread

4. Book Design

5. Edit

6. Proofread

7. Format

8. Format again

9. Create cover

10. Edit proofs

11. biography

12. author page

13. blurb

14. short description/keywords (if Amazon)

15. gather reviews

16.  marketing/promotion

I am not even sure if that is a complete list.  The hardest for me?  Easy, 15 and 16.

As a writer of Christian fiction and non-fiction I realized something the other day at a book signing.  Someone was encouraged, in fact I have learned that several have been and that is why I felt led to write.  Do I appreciate being paid for my work/cost/shipping?  Why of course…but I have had no expectations!

It is not “self promotion.”  It is not gathering reviews for your fame.  

As Casting Crowns sing in their song, “Only Jesus.”

If I believe that I am doing what I am suppose to do and that it was written to help and encourage others, then when I don’t promote it, who is that about?  Me

I know my heart is in the right place and I trust Him.

Sometimes we just have to do something that makes our flesh “uncomfortable.”  And our flesh is always revealing “feelings” and they sometimes take us away from the Truth.

So….it is Only Jesus.

~Be Encouraged Today~
Tammy

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2019 Natural

2019

What comes to mind when you see that year?


Coming out of 2018 brings to mind many things in each of our lives.  Of course getting our first grand baby was a the most incredible thing for us this year…well for any year actually!

I also published my first book.  It felt like a very long pregnancy (25 years) and a “labor of love.”

But we have also dealt with family health issues, personal health issues, crisis times and other things like many of you.

It is life. Some years are indeed better than others. I hate to burst any bubbles out there, but it is guaranteed that in this world we will have troubles…..(John 16:3)  But we know Christ brings us peace, we can take heart, for He has overcome.

My husband said something this morning that sounds so simple.  Yet, if we really take it apart it is really pretty profound.

Natural.

Let it all be natural.

Don’t try to make things happen. Quit working so hard. Just be. Rest in Christ’s peace, grace and love.  Let it flow.  

I have used the illustration before about a glass of soda.  If you pour into it, the fizz overflows over the top of the glass and onto the table. And there is still soda left in the glass!

  If we allow Jesus to “fill us up,” He will overflow onto all those around us and still be in the glass to take care of us.

Naturally.

Happy 2019!

~Be Encouraged Today


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Middle Age Pause?

If you know me well, this desk does not look like mine at all.

I am a planner.  I have always believed things work better if organized.  Many factors, including teaching and being married to a man that is worse(or better)than me have contributed.

So what has happened to me?  I think of something and if I don’t write it down right at that very minute I might lose it!

I “accidentally” found a book in a drawer yesterday that I don’t remember.  There it sat with my Hebrew/Greek Study Bible in a drawer.  I pulled it out with a large question mark emblazoned on my forehead.

The title? “Second Calling” by Dale Hanson Bourke.  This was not a familiar author.  “Finding passion and purpose for the rest of your life.”  Hmmmm, what perfect timing.

“But now, as we pause in our middle years, we begin to see some boundaries.”  “You are softer, gentler, wiser, and calmer than you have ever been.  You are emerging from the whirlwind of your youth and seeing the present more clearly.  You are becoming more fully and completely who you are created to be.”  Dale then goes on with the story of Naomi, not Ruth, but Naomi.

I “quit” teaching six years ago and knew what I was called to do.  I just was not sure in which direction I would be going.  It was rather frightening, but I had to trust.  

This book is not only timely and a gift from my Father, but a similar idea is on one of those dozen of pieces of papers you see on my desk. Confirmation.

I am an encourager.  That is what I am called to do.  I am back at the radio station now for almost 4 years, and now I am more confident in my writing skills.  I will just follow.

Friends….I may just be getting started.  God is not finished with me yet.  And He is not finished with you either.

Now excuse me while this “softer, wiser” middle aged person pauses and organizes her desk!!

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy