Monthly Archives: July 2015

Three Words

I’ve been working on my “Brand” and let me tell you, this is not an easy assignment. The task is to identify three words that will distinguish my writing from other writers. Three words or less that will give my audience an impression or expectation of how my stories will meet their needs.

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This exercise prompted me to consider my mission. What do I want to accomplish through my writing? Who is my target audience? How will the reader benefit? What expectations have my readers already formed?

I write because I want to share God’s plan for salvation with sensitivity and grace, in a friendly, non-threatening manner. It’s my desire that everyone have hope because they have Christ.

I want my readers to feel as if they’ve spent time with friends.

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The setting for my stories will always be a rural community in the South because that’s what I know.

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What three words would you use to describe my stories and blogs? Why do you read my blog? What is your expectation?

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I’m anxious to see your opinions.

Until I post again,

Shelia

 

Do You Have a Super Power?

As we approach the leave date for our mission trip to Kenya, there are countless small details to nail down. On top of that, summer is the busiest season in the library where I work. Also, my agent is waiting for my polished proposal. I’m sure you too have countless tasks waiting for your attention. It seems we all lead busy lives.

The other night I tossed and turned as I mentally worked through my “To Do” list. Lord, Help me! I prayed.

On Thursday morning, I dressed in my super librarian t-shirt, added my boots and cape and couldn’t help but laugh at myself. As I considered how I’d started my day, I discovered the root of my problem, and it’s not that I have too many things to accomplish. My normal routine is to start the day in prayer and Bible study. But I’ve been skipping my “Daily Bread” and launching head-first into my writing work.

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When will I ever learn? “I can do all things through Christ Jesus, who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

I’m back to my normal routine of starting the day in His word, and the result is that I feel powerful. I feel like “I can do All things through Christ Jesus, who strengthens me.

Put God first and fill yourself with His “Super Power” and you can accomplish His will. And that is all that’s  important. Not my will, but His will be done.

 

Footsteps and Fingerprints

Allen County’s citizens celebrated their bicentennial this week, and I was honored to serve on the Scottsville Rotary Club’s time capsule committee. The container will be opened on July 3, 2065. I walked the streets of Scottsville and snapped pictures of people working in local businesses. It’s easy to forget that we are living history every day and leaving footprints.

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I can’t help but wonder if anyone will remember me when the container is opened. What will be the evidence of a life well lived?

Will the children who visit our library have a fond memory of Mrs. Shelia? If they do, I hope it is a sweet memory of discovering a lifelong love of reading. Perhaps one of them will be the library director.

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Will the children who attend my church remember me? Is it too much to dream that one of these children will develop a passion for African missions? Maybe Niger will be considered a Christian nation in fifty years.

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Last week I wrote about Camp Habitat’s five-year anniversary. Wouldn’t it be something if Camp Habitat has spread throughout the nation in fifty years?

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Fifty years will pass in the blink of any eye. I am thankful for the reminder to consider the opportunities God has given me to leave fingerprints on the lives I touch today.

“So then neither the one who plants, nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.” 1 Corinthians 3:7

“But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against these things there is no law.” Galatians 5: 22-23.