Archives for June 2008

‘Fess Up Fun

The other day on the Boomer Babes Rock blog, Suzie Eller declared a ‘Fess Up Friday. She admitted that she is an annoying optimist and challenged us to do a little fessing up as well. I know this isn’t a Friday, but how about some fess up fun of our own right here?

Come on now, we’ve all got at least one thing we can fess up to. You know, maybe a bad habit or possibly a guilty pleasure. Maybe you drink straight out of the milk carton or don’t bother to get a bowl for your ice cream. Or could you be the one who leaves an empty roll of toilet paper or puts the water pitcher back in the fridge empty? Maybe you like to relax and celebrate the end of the day by indulging in something delicious while vegging out in front of the tv for awhile. Anybody drive while putting on make up or texting?

I’ll start us off by fessing up first. I have chocolate in my purse at all times :) Of course, I carry only the dark chocolate that docs have now declared healthy for us. Ghiradelli squares or Dove dark chocolates to be exact :) I can also be caught indulging in a few bites of low-fat ice cream at bedtime — okay, maybe at some point during the afternoon, too :) Hmmm… anyone notice a pattern to my confessions? Maybe a food theme? A love for sweets possibly? Maybe that’s why I have to watch my sugar intake now :)

Now if all this talk of confession is making you think about something more serious — something you need to talk to God about — just remember: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) The old adage is true. Confession is good for the soul.

But here on the blog, let’s keep it fun, okay? What are you willing to fess up to? Don’t be shy. Leave a comment. Let yourself go and tell your secrets. Let’s make each other smile!

*Flickr photo by Funkdooby

It’s Kelli’s Lucky Week!

First things first. Our Stay Cool Giveaway Winner is… my daughter Kelli! No, she didn’t win the car pictured above (more in a minute), but, yes, she did win our giveaway — again. Good grief :) In February she won the Sweet Giveaway’s Godiva gift card, and now she can add a Blockbuster card to her collection. And, no, these giveaways are not fixed (truly, I always pray before drawing a name and ask God to pick the winner), but the name “Kelli” has been a recurring theme lately. My Kelli has won 2 of the last 3 giveaways, and our online “KelliGirl” won the other one. You might want to consider changing your google identity to some variation of this lucky name for the next contest :)

Winning the giveaway today is just the icing on the cake for Kelli, though. Yesterday Kristin, Kelli, and I all met in T-town for a little birthday fun for Kristin and a little car shopping for Kelli. As you can imagine, salesmen moved at breakneck speed to get to our little female threesome. Maybe because we looked ripe for the picking. Or possibly because both Kristin and Kelli are darned cute. Chances are, it was a combination of the two :)

Long story short? Kelli is now in car heaven. After driving her faithful little Cavalier for seven years — and it was hail damaged and banged up for most of that — she is now the proud owner of a 2008 Toyota Corolla. She lucked out and found one that was owned by the dealership and just driven by salesmen (only 5300 miles on it!). Kelli, I’m so happy for you! I’m also proud that you patiently drove your old car while saving for a new one. You deserve to be lucky!

The good things that come our way are really more than luck, though, aren’t they? “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father…” (James 1:17) No, we’re not just lucky — we’re blessed. Thank You, Lord!

New Territory

I’ve been walking in new territory since last month. Didn’t intend to — just stumbled upon it by accident really. I could have turned and gone another way, but the challenge and excitement over the possible outcome drew me down the new path.

So what am I up to? I’m developing a Bible study for writers. And no, I’ve never done anything like this before, but like I said, it was more or less an accident. When my regular Bible study group adjourned for the summer, I decided to find a writers’ Bible study and do it on my own. My search turned up only two possibilities, and I had already done those. Disappointed, I thought, well I guess I could try to come up with my own study. Of course, that’s all it took to get my writer brain whirling, and the rest, as they say, is history. Or in this case, barely history and still in progress.

In fact, I’m sure it will be in progress for quite awhile. I’m only giving as much time to it as I would any other Bible study. I don’t want to neglect my other writing projects. I figure I can work on it slowly but surely and possibly seek publication for it someday. I’ve already asked a few of you to pray for me in this new venture, and those of you I haven’t asked yet, consider yourselves asked now. I’m sure I’ll need all the help I can get :) Just teasing — I certainly know where my help comes from. “My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 127:2) And He is fully able.

Is there some new territory beckoning you right now? Something new you should try? Granted, the prospect of the unfamiliar can be a little scary for us at times, but let’s not let that hold us back. Just think of all the good things that can happen when we expand our horizons — personal growth in skills, character, or faith; new groups of people that we can relate to or help; new places to experience; maybe even a new career. The list goes on.

So go ahead. Stumble into it if you have to. Let the challenge and excitement of the possible outcome draw you into your new path. The Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth, stands ready to help you. Tell me about it, if you’d like. I’ll pray for you if you pray for me! :)

**By the way, I finished reading The Shack (mentioned in previous post). I’ve heard there’s some controversy over it in the Christian community. You can read more about it at For me, there was much about the book I really liked, but I also had some concerns. I mentioned my main concern in the comments section of the previous post if you’re interested.

Summer Reading

So what are you reading this summer? That question was posed last week in my online writers group, The Christian Writers View 2. Not only was it fun to see everyone’s lists, but it also provided some great ideas for future reads. The “what are you reading” idea has actually been on my list of possible posts for several weeks now so let’s jump in and see what we come up with, okay?

I’ll go first :) A few years ago, I finally started reading the Left Behind series of books by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. I know — I guess you could say I’ve been “left behind” everyone else on this front :) Right now I’m on book 10, The Remnant. I’ve taken a break from it, though, to read The Shack by William P. Young. This book has generated a lot of buzz so thought I’d better check it out before I’m way behind the times on it as well. I’m about halfway finished and am not sure what I think yet… Of course, I always read the newspaper (such as it is in our small town) and always have my stack of magazines next to my spot on the couch as well :)

This past year I’ve also begun reading some classic books on the craft of writing. The one I’m reading right now is On Writing – A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King. Crazy, huh? Little Cheryl reading Stephen King :) Since I’m not exactly into terror (hey, there’s a big difference between disaster and terror flicks!), I’ve never read his books or watched the subsequent movies, but this book comes highly recommended by those in the writing industry. Granted, I’ve had to skim over some “colorful” language at times, but his insight about writing has proven to be invaluable.

Now to devotional reading — I realize that’s quite a jump from Stephen King, but jump with me, if you will :) As you might have already guessed, I’m currently reading the devotional books in which my devotions have recently appeared. The One-Year Life Verse Devotional is my early morning one, and Daily Devotions for Writers has become my nighttime one. I also manage to fit in a women’s daily devotional magazine called Journey.

The best devotional reading I do, though, comes straight from the Bible. Nothing can replace the wisdom, power, and hope found in the Word of God. Moses told the Israelites that God’s words “are not just idle words for you–they are your life.” (Deuteronomy 32:47) How true. God’s Word is, in fact, my lifeline.

Now it’s your turn. Don’t worry — you don’t have to go into as much detail as I have. That’s just the writer in me. Everyone jump in and leave a comment. C’mon and join the fun! What are you currently reading?

*P.S. Don’t forget to sign up for the Stay Cool Summer Giveaway (deadline June 24). See June 1st post.

*Flickr photo by katerha

Father’s Day Message to Dads

How’s this for a sweet Father’s Day picture? I’d say it’s a picture of love. Someone captured this shot of my brother-in-law Keith with his two grandkids, Samuel and Emmalyse, a couple of weeks ago during our family reunion. This opportunity doesn’t come along very often. Samuel lives in the southeastern part of the country while Emmalyse lives in the southwest.

Keith rode herd over his boys for years as a faithful and loving dad, and now Aaron and Adam will be playing that same role in the lives of their own kids for many years to come. Keith? Like any other grandpa, he’ll be busy hugging and handing out treats :)

I have a message today for dads and granddads everywhere. Your lives, too, are pictures of love. I hope you’re blessed by reading the following.

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us…” 1 John 3:1 NIV

Pictures of His Love

Dads, your lives are pictures to us
Of our loving heavenly Father,
So many of His characteristics
Are mirrored in the way you live.
Your love for us is without condition
You love us just because we’re yours,
You’re always ready to offer help
You’d protect us with your very lives.
We can always come to you for wisdom
We’re strengthened when you’re by our sides,
We’re continually amazed at your generous spirits
At your forgiveness and support.
And just like our Heavenly Father
You’ve given us discipline when we needed it,
Words of warning and sometimes rebuke,
Words to challenge and inspire us.
Now Dads, we know you’re just mere men
We know you make mistakes,
But you have succeeded in showing us
How great is the love of the Father!

Happy Father’s Day!