As most of you know, I’m a HUGE college basketball fan. I am a HUGE Tar Heel fan! It’s March…which means, bring on the madness!!
My bracket was busted the first game out. LOL so there’s that. But today we played #1 seed Baylor with a trip to Philadelphia for the Sweet 16! WE WON! We will be playing UCLA next Friday!
I LOVE this sport!
On another note, I’m doing well in my classes! 98 in Creative Writing and 88 in English Lit! In creative writing we have to write a one-act play which I’m struggling with but I know I can get it done. Just takes a little more focus and discipline. 🙂
How have you all been? I know it’s been a while since I last posted!
I have so much to be thankful for, so many blessings, and yet…I take advantage of it. I don’t give it much thought. I don’t seem to appreciate what I have.
It’s time for a change.
So most of you all know I’m taking two classes at my local community college. And while I’ve enjoyed every minute (okay maybe not every minute, LOL) I have allowed these assignments to take over and I have, in turn, let God slip down the list on my priorities.
I hate this. I hate that I keep doing this! I’m going through the motions again. I go to church, I plaster that smile, I tell everyone I’m doing fine. When in all actuality, I’m not.
I’ve got so much going on right now. I’m getting ready to have surgery on my right foot on March 11th. Personally, I’m struggling. Financially things are extremely tight and I’ll be out of work for at least 6 weeks.
I’ve got to find my way back to the Lord. I can’t do this on my own.
I just wanted to update y’all and let you know that I haven’t forgotten my blog. 🙂
Oh! I currently have an A in creative writing and a B in English Lit. 🙂 Taking online courses isn’t as daunting as I thought!
I am enjoying these two classes so far! I turned in my first ever creative NONfiction piece yesterday! I’m doing well so far! I mean, we’re already 3 weeks in. It’s flying by! In my English Lit class, we are studying poetry. It’s…a little daunting but I know I can do it!
I just wanted to update you all! I may not do a lot of posting for a few weeks what with the course work becoming more intense but I will get on here from time to time just to say hey and to update you all. 🙂
I am so very much consistent…at being inconsistent. It’s who I am but I’m going to try very hard to stop.
(I am also predictably unpredictable. So there’s that…)
I say that to say this: I’m a couple weeks into my two classes and so that’s going to be taking up a huge chunk of my time.
I’ve always been consistently inconsistent. That’s just the way it’s always been. But I know I need to work on my consistency when posting on here.
I am going to try to post on here at least 1-2 days a week. We’ll see!
In my creative writing class we have to draft two pieces writing in the creative nonfiction genre. This has been hard because I’ve never written this genre before…(wait, do blog posts count as creative nonfiction? Hmm…I suppose they could!)
Anyway, the two topics I chose to write about are my battle with my inner demons (mental illness: ADHD, bipolar, etc) The second piece is definitely more lighthearted. I chose to document the time I was an extra on my favorite TV show, One Tree Hill.
These pieces are due on the 26th so I have plenty of time to go back and make last-minute revisions.
In other news…we’re expecting snow this weekend! If you know me, you know how excited I am! It snows (significantly) once every few years. I think our last big storm was in 2018. So I’m ready for the snow, bring it on!
My dad lives in TN and they had 3 storms with significant accumulation. I kept telling him he was being selfish by having all that snow and not sending some my way. And then the weather team forecast we were going to get a good snowfall. HAHA!
I am going to leave you all with this Scripture. As I pursue this writing career I feel very strongly that the Lord gave me a talent for writing and that I’m to use my writing to bring others to know Christ as their Savior.
As I embark on this new writing journey I have come across some quotes that I really want to share with you all!
I struggle with finding inspiration. This quote really opened my eyes. Just start writing…the inspiration will come.
Writing for anyone other than yourself can really make you vulnerable. I have this fear sometimes that my writing isn’t good enough, isn’t worth being read. But to GROW as a writer, I must be willing to take that risk!
Karen Kingsbury is hands down my favorite author of all time. When I read her books I am captivated from the opening line to the ending line. She has a way with words that I can hope to be able to write one day…
Classes started this past Monday. I’m still nervous but I know that these two online classes are going to help me focus because it’s going to teach me discipline. (grrr, ADHD for fighting me on this. I hate you. )
I’ve already turned in a couple of assignments!
I know that both these classes, Creative Writing and English Literature are going to help hone my skills as a writer. Is it going to be hard? Well sure! Nothing in this life comes easy. However, it’s in those moments that one realizes that it’s worth it in the end.
Have I thought about withdrawing from these classes? Yes. Why? Because I have a nagging voice (Satan) whispering in my ear telling me I’m not good enough. That I don’t have what it takes.
Well, the joke is on you, Satan. I am going to fight you on this. These two classes, however hard they may become, are going to shape my career as a writer.
Jeremiah 29:11 tells us this:
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
This is the path the Lord has guided me onto. This is the path I am following. I have a passion for writing and this is my talent. It’s the only thing I feel like I’m fairly good at.
Why do I write? Because it’s therapeutic. It helps me release these feelings I have that I can’t say out loud. Writing helps me Writing shapes who I am and who I want to be.
I thoroughly enjoyed the sermon this morning at church. Pastor David spoke from Romans 12:3-8
3 For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one. 4 Now as we have many parts in one body, and all the parts do not have the same function, 5 in the same way we who are many are one body in Christ and individually members of one another. 6 According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts: If prophecy, use it according to the proportion of one’s faith; 7 if service, use it in service; if teaching, in teaching; 8 if exhorting, in exhortation; giving, with generosity; leading, with diligence; showing mercy, with cheerfulness.
We all have gifts. Maybe some have more than others but we ALL have that one gift that can be used to glorify the Lord.
He really got me thinking this morning. I didn’t take notes but I should have because my brain fog is preventing me from truly remembering all that he said. I do know this: I have a gift and I believe it’s my talent for writing. David reminded us this morning to not think lowly about our gift. For instance, we don’t need to go around “woe is me, I can’t do anything right…” (I may or may not have been doing this the last couple of weeks leading up to my creative writing class that starts tomorrow) But we ALSO don’t need to go around thinking highly of ourselves. We need to think “sensibly.”
But if we are the body Why aren’t his arms reaching? Why aren’t his hands healing? Why aren’t his words teaching?And if we are the body Why aren’t his feet going? Why is his love not showing them There is a way, there is a way
Life has a way of throwing us curveballs. One second you’re standing tall, the next you’re flat on your back.
“Not today, Satan. Not today.” That’s the phrase that runs through my mind whenever I’m feeling the frustrations of life. Satan sure does know how to weasel his way in. He sees us at our most vulnerable and attacks.
1 Peter 5:8 tells us to “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”
We must cling to the Lord always but especially through extremely hard times. Our faith is tested through these periods and we must remember that God hasn’t left us though it may feel like He has.
It is through these times that our faith is given a chance to persevere.
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing
It is through these times that we also need to find the good. We need to always find the good through the painful circumstances.
God is good all the time.
All the time God is good.
Just remember….God is good. He’ll always be the good.