Write Canada-Here I Come!

I didn’t think I would get to go to Write Canada  this year…

and then all of a sudden…just when I’d given up all thought of going…

circumstances changed !!!

I am not only going but…I am staying in the same room with my good friend Fern! …I will meet tons (no reference to your sizes-honest!) of others I know only by e-mail. And the bonus is, I will learn more about writing! What a wonderful blessing all round! Brenda J Wood

Currently in Force

 

 

Since this last blog entry is based on our current works in progress, I thought I’d better check out the actual meaning of current. Maybe none of my stuff qualifies!

A current project should be presently in force, accepted as legally valid and widely accepted. It should also be flowing in one direction, like a stream, even though there might be undercurrents.

Now that sounds like a writing project if I ever saw one. I’m up to my circumcised heart in devotionals right now. I write a daily devotional for http://www.everydaychristian.com and several thousand readers expect some spiritual insight from me on a regular basis. Since it is ongoing and so many accept it, I guess it is a current work in progress. I think it is legal- I never steal material and the number of readers hopefully means that it is widely accepted.

Several of my writing friends are collaborating on a romance mystery novel of sorts. We all agreed to keep on going and our heroine, dear Mrs. Hackly has lots of undercurrents running through her life so …still in.

Meanwhile, I’m editing a manuscript for the upcoming Word Alive publishing contest and editing the myriad thoughts of new scribbles that keep pounding through my head. All is alive and well in this neck of the woods. Sincerely, Brenda J Wood

Blah—-ging

Blah-ging. That’s how I’ve felt about blogging lately.

When you don’t see me writing you know by now that I’ve been in a bad place but today the sun seems a bit brighter, the grief a bit lighter and the world worth attending to…

Thanks for your patience. I’d love to hear your comments. Do you ever get to a ‘bad’ patch where everything seems too much? Or am I alone in this???

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 Two Ears, One Mouth

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You might say I was a blank page waiting to happen. I sat down to write a devotional this morning, but I hadn’t one thought in mind. And I mean, not one! Generally, I have a thought, a phrase or a Bible verse in mind but today? Nothing!

This could cause a little panic in a gal like me.

Thankfully, I remembered that I could ask God for help. And I did.

“Lord, what shall I write today?” I queried.

And he dropped these three little words into my heart. “Not a word.”

“That’s not funny, Lord,” I sassed back.

Oh, oh.

I thought back over my week to the times my mouth would have been better quiet. I remembered the grocery clerk I’d snapped at. I thought of the friend who happened to be late and the answer I gave her. I recalled how the Lord had softly spoken about my lack of quiet time and my answer.

Oh, oh.

Luke 23:8-10-Herod was delighted when Jesus showed up. He had wanted for a long time to see him, he’d heard so much about him. He hoped to see him do something spectacular. He peppered him with questions. Jesus didn’t answer—not one word. But the high priests and religion scholars were right there, saying their piece, strident and shrill in their accusations (MSG)

Like Herod, we’re excited to see Jesus, but too often we want his visit on our terms. We want answers to our questions. We want miracles. When we don’t get our own way, we get snippy. Like those high priests, we’re right in there saying what we think in a not-so-nice way.

Oh, oh.

Prayer: Lord, help us listen more and talk less. Amen

Blogging Prayer

Blogging
I just started it.
Blogging, I mean.
And I don’t know
What to say.
Shall I speak the pleasantries
Other voices blurb about?
Or will I have the courage
To tell the truth as You see it?
Will I drain my soul
Of its pain and disharmony?
Or pretend once more
That all is well?
And You say?
If  you don’t write…
How will you know?
And so I do.
Brenda J. Wood
www.heartfeltdevotionals.wordpress.com
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Scribbles From your Brain (and Mine!)

–and the heart and the emotions and the pain and the—–whatever. That’s what journaling is.

Sometimes I wonder if anyone will be able to read, let alone understand my thoughts as I wrote them. It doesn’t really matter, because those pages fulfil their original purpose. They help me remember where I was, the difference God has made in my life and the places He wants me to go.

When I read that journalling was a key to freedom from sexual abuse, I started writing immediately. My journals (about 35 now!) are the place where I tell the truth to myself and to God and in doing so, I find the real me. They walked me through painful abuse issues to healing and acceptance.

What about you? Tried everything but? Why not give pen and paper (or online journalling) a chance.

Brenda J. Wood

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