Writing Challenges to Drive Wordcount

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Have you heard of Speedbo? I hadn’t until just a few days ago. Like NaNoWriMo, Speedbo encourages writers to push on, aiming for 31 consecutive days of writing.

In true Seekerville fashion, Speedbo seeks to encourage writers to keep on going, to push on, to press on just as Philippians 3:14 encourages us to do in our Christian walk.

This year I’ll be participating in Speedbo and I’m so excited! Continue reading “Writing Challenges to Drive Wordcount”

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Gardening Chores- January

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January may possibly be the easiest month to do gardening chores. I think I said that last month, but this time I mean it!

This month I’m going to hunker down and bury myself under a mound of catalogues and magazines, read over the Farmer’s Almanac, and start dreaming about my garden in the spring.

I’ve still got some carrots going strong, so in the next couple of weeks we’ll harvest them. They should be nice and sweet since we’ve had a couple of nice freezes.

I’ll also continue to fill the birdfeeders and put out suet.

Other than those few things, that’ll be it for this month.

Happy Gardening!

Blessings and joy!

Sarah

PS- What do you do in your zone for your garden in January?

Writing Desk- Using Pinterest to Storyboard Your Book

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I’ve often wondered how we managed to survive without Pinterest. *Grins*

As far as social media goes, it’s one of my favorites? Why? Because I’m a visually driven person. I love, love, love beautiful images. And Pinterest is full of them!

I’ve had a lot of people ask me how I plan my novels. Bear with me if you’re not a writer as I answer this question.

I use Pinterest. Yep. And for me, it works.

If you’re stuck or your writing muse seems to have vanished, why not give Pinterest Storyboarding a try?

Here’s my process. Continue reading “Writing Desk- Using Pinterest to Storyboard Your Book”

In the Word Wednesday- Ascribe

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Ascribe- Verb (used with object), ascribed, ascribing.

1. to credit or assign, as to a cause or source; attribute; impute:
The alphabet is usually ascribed to the Phoenicians.

2. to attribute or think of as belonging, as a quality or characteristic:
They ascribed courage to me for something I did out of sheer panic.

from dictionary.com

 

Psalm 29 starts off saying:

“Ascribe to the LORD, O mighty ones, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.”

Later, it speaks of the voice of God being like thunder over mighty waters, as powerful, majestic, able to break cedars, but also able to make cities skip in joy like calves. David also compares God’s voice to flashes of lightning, able to twist oak trees, that can strip entire forests bare.

Then my favorite part:

verse 11 “The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.”

Wow!

Ascribe. Have you ever thought about the power of God’s voice? That’s what David is getting at in this chapter. That God’s voice, just His regular voice has the power to strip forests bare, to make trees twist on the spot, and to thunder and quake.

God possesses immense power in just His voice that we can only partially imagine, and yet, with His voice He created the universe. He spoke every star into place. He told the earth to bear fruit and it did.

And yet, this same God who has the power to break trees in half with its magnitude is gentle with us.

God, in His infinite glory and wisdom knows that we can’t handle the full power of His voice, and yet we know it’s there. God, in His great love for you and for me decides to restrain this raw power and turn it into something to give us strength and peace.

Ascribe to Him glory and strength. Because He is glory. He is strength. And He chooses to give to us freely out of His love.

Be blessed and comforted by this, friends. God is so good to us, in all of His might and majesty, He loves us.

Blessings and joy!
~Sarah

P.S.: What words do you ascribe to God?

 

 

Word for 2017-Intentional

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For the past several years I’ve asked God for a word for the upcoming year. And every single time I ask, He’s faithful to give.

This year my word is Intentional.

In 2016 we saw some major accomplishments, we saw spiritual strongholds crumble in the presence of God, we saw miracles and healings, and personally I received deliverance from some PTSD issues related to childhood trauma.

And while we saw so many positive things, I can’t help but remember the not-so-positive as well. One issue that stood out over and over was the fact that in many ways I let important things slide. I wasn’t intentional about making them a priority.

So at the close of 2016 I began to pray in earnest for God to give me a word. And in His graciousness He did.

Intentional.

I believe that this year- 2017- is going to be a year of great revival. I believe that God is going to continue to reveal Himself in spectacular ways–signs, miracles, and wonders– in the extraordinary and the ordinary events of our lives. And for me personally, He has been whispering that He is going to open up the doors to a long-standing calling He placed on my live two decades ago and even as recently as six years ago.

Y’all, I’m excited to see what God is going to do!!

And through it all He is calling me to be intentional with spending time with Him daily–to deepen what I already do into a new season of daily worship and experiencing the presence of God. He’s calling me to be more intentional in planning, in taking care of my priorities and schedule. But most of all, He’s calling me to be intentional in the Great Command– Loving Him and Loving Others.

There are so many words God could have given me, and I’m so honored that He entrusted me with this word.

So what’s your word for 2017? What are a couple of ways you’re going to live it out?

Blessings and joy,

Sarah

In the Garden…Garden Chores…December

gardenchores_december_blogWell, it’s no secret to those who know me that I’m a little, ahem, obsessed with gardening. I’m not saying that I’m great at it, but it is something that inspires me and provides a ton of relaxation and satisfaction, and let’s face it– as a homeschooling mom of three with little time for myself I could use all the relaxation I can get!
December in the South is a strange beast. Some years it’s not too chilly and other years it’s down right cold…at least for these parts! This weekend is verging on down right cold.

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In the Word Wednesday…Rain

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When those first drops of rain first fell after our drought, my breath caught in my chest. Surely this wasn’t really rain? But it was. We stared in wonder at the wet stuff coming down from the heavens.
For so long we had waited for it to rain. Clouds rolled in but promptly rolled back out. I had good hair days without frizz for three months straight– a lifetime record for my curly locks.

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