Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Coming to you from my new computer

I'm on my new computer! I really love it. It's small, light and I'm watching a Frasier DVD as I type! Well, I'm typing and watching. This little Averatec is nice. However, it still heats up as much as a large laptop.

I'm fighting off a cold or something. I haven't been feeling well, but I'm better today. I'm leading worship for the Space Coast Prayer Gathering on Friday night at Zion.

I want to write more, but I'm watching a DVD! On my new computer!

Hey, just a reminder, put in your favorites.

Saturday, August 21, 2004

Saturday in the House

No, it's not Saturday in the park and it's not the 4th of July. It's Saturday in the house, 21st of August. ;)

We slept in, grocery shopped and now, late in the afternoon, I blog. Oh, not to forget reading through 60 ACRW emails.

Sunday morning
I'm preaching tomorrow so I need to get prepared. I have to write out my messages, so I should get busy. They take several editing passes. I'm launching off of what Pastor Gary taught on last week, starting with his foundations message and going into Song of Solomon.

New computer
I bought a new computer this week. An Averatec 12 inch, thin and light. Since I travel around a lot with my computer, I needed a light weight one and one designed to be packed up and moved. I wasn't sure I'd like down grading the screen size, but being compact and light won me over. Plus, long battery life. I'm excited about it. I should arrive sometime next week.

I'm making good headway on Lambert's Code and recently sent a new chic lit idea to my agent. Hopefully, we can develop it more. She hasn't heard from the other publisher about my chic lit submission yet, but she says they are favaorabl.

Writing is hard work. It's fun to come up with ideas. It's fun to see the finished product and hold the book in my hand, but wow, everything in between is mentally and emotionally hard. The entire way through the rough draft, I constantly wonder if I know what I'm doing, positive the story thinks, and am half way convinced my crummy writing of this book will end my barely begun career. It's a rollercoaster I tell you. To make matters worse, publishing news, other writers ups and downs, their acceptance and rejections are fuel to the fire.

I constantly remind myself that the Lord is in charge of my life, especially my writing. Worry, doubt, and strife will get me no where. He started this work in me and through me. He will complete it. :)

Psalm 90:17 And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us, And establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands.

Saturday, August 14, 2004

Hurrican Charlie

Rain, wind gusts and a few light flickers. Hurrican Charlie passed north of us and we experience no more trauma than a good rain. We waited until about 6 p.m. to decide if we wanted to board up. We watched the news, judged the rain and wind and decided to batten down the hatches just in case. Turns out we didn't need to, but with these storms you never know. We have the boards all ready, so we boarded up in about 40 minutes. About three hours later we realized we didn't need to, but better safe than sorry.

People in Punta Gorda didn't evacuate and the eye of Charlie passed right over them. There are a lot of trailer parks and many people were killed.

Today, it's still raining, but Charlie is moving north into the Carolinas. I have plans to write. I've done house cleaning, well, OK, vacuumed, and helped Tony deboard the house. ;) Did 30 minutes on the threadmill, fixed breakfast and am now blogging.

Next I shower, pray, and write. I'll miss the opening games at the Olympics, but I need to get writing.

Wow, it's really raining. The gutters are overflowing.

Isn't this a great verse? Psalm 4:8 "In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for you oh Lord make me dwell in safety?"

Blessings. Oh, hey, the sun just came out. Yeah!

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Getting it together

First week
Well, not quite a whole week, but four days of freedom from day job. So far, so good. I'm a chapter behind in my writing schedule, but I'm going to remedy that as soon as I post this blog.

Lambert's Code is developing into it's own story - the writing a little different than Lambert's Pride. Since the hero and heroine are married, I have to show the rumblings of their conflict, hint at their weaknesses without making either of them look like a jerk. I'm enjoying the story, though it's still in rough draft.

I've started walking with Chelle in the mornings after prayer. I like getting up, praying then exercising. That leaves the rest of the morning and afternoon for writing. Evenings are still pretty busy, but that's not going to change anytime soon.

Lambert's Pride in Wal-Mart
Becky Germany, Senior Editor at Barbour, emailed that reprints were requested for Lambert's Pride, along with seven other Heartsong Presents titles, to sell in Wal-Mart as a trial run. If they do well, I guess we'll see Heartsongs in Wal-Mart eventually. Pretty cool, eh? Lynn's Key West anthology has done well and it's my guess her name on the cover got Lambert's Pride selected.

Had lunch with Carrie before she heads back to FSU tomorrow. She's doing well and surprised us all last night when she sat in on drums for Wednesday night worship. Nothing fancy, but a good, clean, steady beat.

Digging Wells
One of the Christianese buzz words today is "digging wells" or "redigging wells." I'm sure there is mega truth in restoring spiritual riches of the past, but the Holy Spirit impressed an angle on my heart last night I hadn't considered. We had a healing service at church - simply praying for the sick. At the end, I called forward those who sense a special calling or anointing to pray for the sick and/or miracles. The Lord has spoken that He's opening wells of healing at New Covenant. Suddenly it occured to me. These people are the wells. Not the building or some mystical hole in the atmosphere - as my mind imagined. It's the people, the saints, the Body of Christ who are the wells.

Jesus said He gives us living water. That water lives and dwells inside of us. Romans 8:11 says that we have the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead living in us and He will give life to our mortal bodies.

There maybe wells to dig up in the spiritual realm, but my guess is that the wells that need digging up are you and me. We must allow the Lord to spring up from our innerman.

Christ is me, the Hope of Glory.

End of Sermon.

Off to write more. That or take a nap, then write more.

Friday, August 06, 2004

Last Day, New Day

My first day at Harris was October 1986. Almost eighteen years ago. Today was my last day. It isn't amazing to think that part of who I am today was fashioned by my time at Harris, by the people and customers I met. By the trials and struggles.We are all shapes and shadows of our world. There's no way we live independent of each other. No matter how hard we try.

It wasn't so hard to walk out, almost a relief, but difficult to say goodbye to people, again. I left once before but returned a few years later, but this time it seems like it's for good.

Now, it's a new day! The Lord has firmly put my feet on a new path.

In the natural, we should be worried. We have dramatically reduced our income, but you know, I'm perfectly at peace. It's true that the peace of the Lord is beyond all understanding. I'm confident he will take care of us. Beyond all that we could ask or think. Stay tuned for exciting testimonies.

I attended my first FireDweller team meeting this Thursday. That was cool. I'm offically one of "the boys."

Tonight is our regular Friday prayer meeting. Tomorrow sleep. I need some sleep.

Lambert's Code is underway, but I will need to focus hard on that novel this month.

Isaiah 6 -7 "For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. "

Sunday, August 01, 2004

In The Fire Conference

Our fourth summer conference concluded last night. I say last night cause it's 2:15 am on Sunday, August 1.

In The Fire, the conference formerly known as One Thing was awesome. As always. God is so faithful, so good.

I'm tired, very tired. This conference required a lot of labor for me. I sang on the worship team and spoke at the Saturday night session after Tony's teaching. It went well. Tony said it was very good. His teaching was also very good!

Went back into worship and Javier had me walk among the crowd with the hand held mic and sing over people.

Singing in a worship setting like that is very taxing. It's a lot of emotional, even physical work. We had professional sound men doing a recording. There will be a CD from this.

It was really great worship. Javier LaBoy is a fantastic, anointed worship leader, but something was not the same this year as before. We missed Eric Exley being with us, though, Alex is an awesome drummer. I can't put my finger on what feels different now that I'm at home and quiet. Something in my heart, I guess.

We did have a few speakers from KC. Stuart Greaves is so faithful to this conference and bring out people out. He's part of the vision, he's facilitated it in so many ways. He's a brother and a friend.

Next week, my last week at work and time to focus on Lambert's Code. I'm so calling on God's grace to help me. I need Him and His creativity or it won't get done well. I really want this story done well.

Friday is my last day at Harris. So much is changing it seems.

I would like to get up to see Mom and Dad, but not until I'm in the editing phase of Lambert's Code.

I should get some sleep.