Showing posts with label #hope. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #hope. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

12 Steps of God's Hope

Without hope, we can’t make it through life. Addictions and compulsions bring ruin and destruction to many lives. God ordained a life-giving philosophy, utilizing twelve steps, to save those addicted ones who lost hope.


 

In 1935, the group became known as Alcoholics Anonymous. Since then, these twelve steps have been found to help with any addiction or compulsion, not just alcoholism. Groups sprang up titled Narcotics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Emotions Anonymous, and many others.

 

The guide book, Alcoholics Anonymous, for the twelve step programs is called “the big book” by adherents to the ideas. The big book teaches us to admit our powerlessness in what afflicts us and realize that it takes a higher power to heal the problem.

 

Quotes from the big book:


The fact is that most alcoholics, (drug addicts, overeaters, etc) for reasons yet obscure, have lost the power of choice in drink.                                 Page 24


The alcoholic (drug addict, overeater, etc) at certain times has no effective mental defense against the first drink. Except in a few rare cases, neither he nor any other human being can provide such a defense. His defense must come from a Higher Power.                    

                                      Page 43

 

Does this sound familiar? It should. Here are quotes from the Bible.

 

  I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.
                                      Romans 7:15 NIV

 

 

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.
                           II Corinthians 12:9 NIV

 


I set out to write compelling stories about people in the grasp of addictions who find their only hope is God, using the twelve steps.

 

Wharton Rock is small fictional North Texas town.

 

Since Sept. 1, Worth Forgiving, the second in the Wharton Rock series is available for purchase at:

 
http://www.pen-l.com/WorthForgiving.html
 

 
https://www.amazon.com/Worth-Forgiving-Janet-K-Brown/dp/1683130391/
 



The first book in the series, Worth Her Weight, deals with food addiction and low self-esteem.

 
 
 
 
 
How can a woman who gives to everyone but herself accept God’s love and healing when she believes she’s fat, unworthy, and unfixable? Can she be Worth Her Weight?
 
 
 
Both my women's fiction demonstrate the twelve steps of God's hope.
 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Do you Have Broken Walls?

  And the Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy you with all good things, and keep you healthy, too; and you will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.
Your sons will rebuild the long-deserted ruins of your cities; you will be known as the ‘People Who Rebuild their Walls and Cities’.

                 Isaiah 58: 11, 12 Life Recovery Bible

 
 
 Though Isaiah prophesied judgment on Judah because of their wickedness, his words brought a message of hope. The people of Judah were living in sin and denial. They were God’s chosen people. Nothing could destroy them, but God sent prophets that would confront them with truth. An enemy would destroy Jerusalem and take the people captive because of their unfaithfulness to the Almighty God. After all the miracles, Judah turned its back on God.

 
Do you have a broken wall? Does your life need to be rebuilt?
 

Are we Christians not like the people of Judah? God extends us grace. Christ died for our salvation. The Bible assures us nothing can separate us from God, so we feel invincible.

 

Then, sneaky sins creep into our life; a bit of resentment, a smattering of anger, a tad of envy, a small disobedience. We think it’s not big enough to worry about. We keep going to church and confessing Christ. All is well until someone hits us between the eyes with the truth. We've walked away from His mercy, refused His sacrifice, and denied His unfailing love. The walls of our life are broken.

 
 
God’s prophecy did come to pass. The Israelites were taken into exile by the Babylonians. Despite their situation, Isaiah preached hope to future generations of exiled Jews.

 

Are you facing truth today?

Are you caught up in addiction?

Has denial hit you with depression?

 

Facing your sin isn’t a bad thing anymore than going to a doctor if you're sick is wrong. Doctor Jesus holds out hope for our situation. He promises to rebuild our broken walls, to repair the breaches of sanity, and to restore our long-deserted intimacy with a holy God.

 



My Wharton Rock series deals with addictions.

Worth Her Weight - food addiction


How can a woman who gives to everyone but herself accept God’s love and healing when she believes she’s fat, unworthy, and unfixable? Can she be Worth Her Weight?

 






Worth Forgiving - drug addiction and ex-con prejudice



Prejudice and mistrust hinders an ex-con, drug addict’s new beginning. Could it be that Katie is not Worth Forgiving?



Do you have any broken walls? Addictions, compulsions, or hang-ups?

Your life can be filled with well-watered gardens.

With God, there is always hope.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Today is Launch Day for Worth Forgiving

I'm so excited. Today is the day Pen-L Publishing will release Worth Forgiving.

If you pre-ordered in August, the winner for the free, signed copy was drawn this morning.


Worth Forgiving


 

Second in the Wharton Rock Series

 

 

Prejudice and mistrust hinders an ex-con, drug addict’s new beginning.

 

The state of Texas releases from prison Katie Smith. Full of optimism, she sets out to get a job, rent her own place, and make a home for her eight-year-old daughter, but Katie gave away her daughter three years ago. She could use a friend, but her past choices threaten to doom her to continued failure.

 

Larry Pullman graduated from seminary with high marks, but the fact that he has no wife makes finding a preaching job almost impossible. It doesn’t help that running from God as a teenager gave him a past that he can’t undo. All he needs is an ex-con, drug addict messing up his life, but then why did God lead him to her? Or did He?

 

Isn’t it enough that Lacey Chandler gave her sister’s daughter a home? Does that mean she has to clean up Katie’s messes forever?

 

Could it be that Katie is not Worth Forgiving?


Now, it can be purchased at Pen-L Publishing, on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or ordered through any retail book store.

2 Purchase Links

Pen-L:   http://www.pen-l.com/WorthForgiving.html

Amazon  https://www.amazon.com/Worth-Forgiving-Janet-K-Brown-ebook/dp/B01JF4INN2/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1471904223&sr=1-4&keywords=worth+Forgiving#nav-subnav


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Author Julie Arduini on Surrender

I am blessed to welcome author, Julie Arduini to Writing with God's Hope blog today. With my history of food addiction, the topic of surrendering to the Lord is my hot button. Like me, Julie teaches and writes about surrender.

Julie tell us how it affected your new release.
 
 
 
Surrendering Regret

The Theme Behind ENTANGLED
by
Julie Arduini

 

            Earlier this year I took the plunge and followed God’s call to start my own imprint and speaking ministry. As much as I enjoyed being part of a publishing family, I felt the stirring to do this was to tie everything together that I do under surrender issues and chocolate. All my fiction contains a surrender theme, and characters usually have a fondness for some kind of chocolate.
I am blessed to welcome author, Julie Arduini to Writing with God's Hope blog today. With my history of food addiction, the topic of surrendering to the Lord is my hot button. Like me, Julie teaches and writes on that topic.

Julie tell us how it affected your new release.

            ENTANGLED is my new release and it contains a surrender story readers are relating to. Carla Rowling is a single mom and sheriff in the Adirondack village of Speculator Falls. When ENTANGLED begins, Carla’s been given the means to leave her job and start cosmetology school, something she’s always wanted to do. She has the support of the entire town, including her teen son Noah, and her boyfriend, truck driver Will Marshall. The only person who isn’t excited is Carla.

            She feels unworthy to receive such a gift because of choices she made in the past. Her guilt consumes her, and in return, she makes choices that puts all her relationships in jeopardy. The cycle continues when Carla fears Noah will repeat her mistakes. Instead of creating highlights, Carla’s causing consequences worse than a bad perm.

            I think holding on to the past is a tool of the enemy. My mom has a saying, “It’s okay to look in the rear view mirror, but don’t stare.” Carla’s entire focus is on the past. By concentrating on what’s already been done, including forgiveness she long ago asked for, she’s ruining her future. Sadly, I’ve watched this play out many times.

            My passion is to encourage readers to find freedom through surrender. That freedom can only come through Christ. Whether or not Carla has a happy ending, I can’t tell you, but I can say this, God wants His kids to have happy endings. If there is anyone struggling with guilt, shame or regret, my prayer is they surrender those things to Jesus and watch Him do a great work through you.



Entangled: Surrendering the Past

Book #2, Surrendering Time Series

“You need to leave me alone. It’s the least you can do.”
 
Carla Rowling has been given her dream of attending cosmetology school. The gift is so generous she feels unworthy because of choices she made as a teen. The pressure mounts as Carla juggles school, is a single mom, helps her best friend Jenna plan her wedding, spends time with boyfriend Will Marshall, and deals with the fact that her son's father is back in their lives.

Will Marshall is the one Speculator Falls resident everyone can count on. His truck deliveries are reliable. He's the first to help friends like Ben Regan with boat work or be a card partner with Bart Davis. Will's ready to settle down with Carla, loving her is natural. He's bonded with her son, Noah. But when Carla starts cosmetology school, she puts emotional distance between her and Will.

Can Carla release her past and create a future full of highlights, or, will she burn her options worse than a bad perm?

Purchase Link: 


 

Entangled is book #2. Although it can standalone, if you’d like to read Entrusted: Surrendering the Present first, click here: https://www.amazon.com/Entrusted-Surrendering-Present-Time/dp/0692709177?ie=UTF8&qid=&ref_=tmm_pap_swatch_0&sr=




Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to surrender the good, the bad, and ---maybe one day---the chocolate. She’s the author of the  re-release, ENTRUSTED: Surrendering the Present, as well as the sequel, ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past. She also shared her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her at http://juliearduini.com, where she invites readers to subscribe to her monthly newsletter full of resources and giveaway opportunities at JULIE ARDUINI: SURRENDER ISSUES AND CHOCOLATE and the weekly e mail. SUNDAY’S SURRENDER AND CHOCOLATE.

 Find Julie at:






Snapchat: @juliearduini



Monthly Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dCFG

Weekly Sunday’s Surrender and Chocolate: http://eepurl.com/bJ5yHP

Surrendered Scribe Media Promotions: (Book release info sent as needed) http://eepurl.com/bXAW0L

 Thank you, Julie, for visiting with us today and teaching about surrendering regrets. Through God comes freedom.  Good luck with your writing. God bless.
 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Debut Author Jean Ann Williams Shares Her Story

For years, Jean Ann Williams has blogged and wrote a message of hope. She stopped by this blog once before to tell us about her battle with grief. Now, I'm excited to introduce her first novel, her debut release. Congratulations, Jean Ann. Tell us what it's about.


One mother damaged. One family tested. One daughter determined to find her place.

ClaireLee’s life changes when she must take charge of her siblings after her mother becomes depressed from a difficult childbirth. Frightened by the way Mama sleeps too much and her crying spells during waking hours, ClaireLee just knows she’ll catch her illness like a cold or flu that hangs on through winter. ClaireLee finds comfort in the lies she tells herself and others in order to hide the truth about her erratic mother. Deciding she needs to re-invent herself, she sets out to impress a group of popular girls.

With her deception, ClaireLee weaves her way into the Lavender Girls Club, the most sophisticated girls in school. Though, her best friend Belinda will not be caught with the likes of such shallow puddles, ClaireLee ignores Belinda’s warnings the Lavenders cannot be trusted. ClaireLee drifts further from honesty, her friend, and a broken mother’s love, until one very public night at the yearly school awards ceremony. The spotlight is on her, and she finds her courage and faces the truth and then ClaireLee saves her mother’s life.

Downloads available at Amazon: http://ow.ly/XmCJ5







Twitter: https://twitter.com/JeanAnnWilliams


Jean Ann Williams has published over one hundred articles and short stories for children and adults. JUST CLAIRE is her first book.


The book sounds so good, Jean Ann. It's on my soon-to-read list. Thank you for visiting this Writing with God's Hope blog today. Any questions or comments for Jean Ann?

 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Praise!



The LORD [is] my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD [is] the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
                                                                
Psalm 27:1



This morning I woke up with this verse on my mind.  This week has filled with anxiety over my granddaughter's health, my middle daughter's stressful move, and the million and one things I need to do. With this writing stuff, God pushes me so far out of my comfort zone that I can't even view it from here. Can I hear an "Amen!"

The verse continues to float through my mind with everything I do. Isn't that just like the Lord?


Growth in depth and strength and consistency and fruitfulness and ultimately in Christlikeness is truly possible when the winds of life are contrary to a person 's comfort.
                                                              Anne Graham Lotz


Here's a verse I memorized awhile back and quote often.

Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the LORD, who has compassion on you
                                                                                   Isaiah 54:10

Praise Be to the Lord!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Soar Like An Eagle with June Foster

Thanks to Christian author, June Foster, for a beautiful devotion for all Writing with God's Hope  blog viewers today. Thank you, June. Be sure to scroll on to the bottom to hear about June's new book.


Soar Like an Eagle

Isaiah 40:31 led me to think about eagles. "But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

 
I place my hope in the Lord. In fact He's my rock and my fortress, so if the prophet Isaiah compares people to eagles, I needed to know more about the creature.

There are more than sixty different species of eagles. They have unusually large eyes and pupils with a million light-sensitive cells per square millimeter of the retina, five times more than a human's. Their eyesight enables them to spot a rabbit up to two miles away.

The Harpy and Philippine Eagles have wings that spread 2.5 meters across. That's 8.2 feet, about 13 steps up a staircase or a bit over two times the length of a stride. Eagles can soar high above open plains and water. They are admired as symbols of power, freedom, and transcendence.

In Exodus 19 when the Israelites left Egypt, God instructed Moses to tell the people in verse 4, "You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself." The Bible refers to eagles seven times in reference to strength and speed.

These attributes are for people who hope in the Lord. He will never disappoint us and let us down. Though we may not feel powerful or free, we are. Take the Bible's word for it. God says in Matthew 6: 26, "Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?" This is good news!

  
And now, check out June's new release:
 
 Molly Cambridge arrives in the tiny Appalachian town of Misty Hollow intent upon bringing literacy to the area's uneducated women, only to be met by opposition at every turn by the headstrong, unbending mayor.
Joel Greenfield's passionate about turning the Greenfield property into a thriving dairy farm. Only problem, he can't even read the manual on how to operate the machinery and can't allow Molly to discover the truth.
Can two people who are cultures apart overcome the hurdles to fulfilling their dreams and find their way to each other?
 
 
 
 
An award-winning author, June Foster's novels include Give Us This Day, As We Forgive, Deliver Us, Hometown Fourth of July, Ryan's Father, Red and the Wolf, For All Eternity, Echoes From the Past, What God Knew and Misty Hollow. Find June online at http://junefoster.com.



Thank you for stopping by, June. The book sounds fascinating, and I loved your devotion about eagles. They are one of the Lord's most awe-inspiring creations.

Any questions or comments for June?

 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

God is the Creator of Differences

In our backyard, we planted five rose bushes. We love roses. A rose is a rose, is a rose. Right?

No. All five of ours are different.

Roses got me thinking about people, and people got me comparing ourselves with Biblical characters. The people in God's Word were human like us with lots of different personalities. Look around at your family and friends. Not a one alike, are they?

So, let me introduce you to our rose bushes.



Our yellow rose bush reminds me of Elijah.

But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree, and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, It is enough, now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.
                    1 Kings 19:4
Sickly.. Smells wonderful. At the edge of a raised bed
 
Our yellow rose bush is sick, weak, handicapped. Despite its lack of leaves, it produces a few delightful blooms, and they give us the best fragrance of all our plants.

Depression held Elijah captive. Though he was weak and handicapped, God used Elijah to highlight a few fantastic miracles; Withholding rain and bringing it when it was time, sending fire to lap up the sacrifice on Mount Carmel; feeding the widow and her son when there was only a small amount of meal and oil.



Our dark pink bush near the house makes me think of Jesus' disciple John.

And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder:
                                                          Mark 3: 17

big thorns

big blooms


We planted our dark pink rose bush close to the patio when we first moved here. Thick stalks and big thorns made it look strong and indestructible.
It doesn't have a lot of blooms, but they're huge with a slight fragrance. The mark of this bush is its faithfulness. During the course of its life, other roses buses have died, but this one lives on and is still strong. Now, at seventeen years old, I spot extra shoots coming from the main bush with blooms of their own.

When Jesus called John, he named him and his brother "sons of thunder." They were fiery and ambitious, strong and opinionated. Throughout Jesus' earthly ministry, and until John's death probably in his nineties, John remained strong in his faith, despite others falling away. His loyalty and faithfulness influenced many. His words challenge Christians of today and give us a glimpse into the future.



In our white rose bush, I see the apostle, Paul


Be not afraid. These were the words of Paul in Acts 18:9
pushy and gives groups of blooms together

Not always the most liked or agreeable person, still Paul accomplished more than them all in the early church. He was persistent and courageous. He was never bashful but would spread his wings and preach the Gospel to sometimes large, angry mobs. He pushed his message whether it was wanted or not, and in doing so, brought about the salvation of throngs of people.

Our white rose has no fragrance. It spreads its branches wide and tall, intruding on other bushes that can't withstand it's power. Never will you find a single white rose. Blooms always burst forth in clusters.


We have one real red rose bush. It reminds me of King Saul.

And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people.
                                                                               1 Samuel 9:2

1 rose on a tall, full plant

Saul wowed all Israel. They chose him as king. He was taller and more physically attractive than all others. In their view, he would be the best specimen to lead their nation. But, Saul had few victories. His heart turned against God. So enthralled with himself, he forgot where his true strength lay.

Our red rose bush stands taller than any of the others with full, rich greenery. At first glance, we would believe it to be the healthiest, most vibrant rose, but it gives few blossoms and very little fragrance.

                                               


Last but not least, we have a lovely pink rose. In it, I see Mary, the mother of Jesus.


For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
                                                                      Luke 1:48
Many buds promise more and more blooms

Mary was a young teenager, insignificant in the eyes of the world, but God chose her to bring His Son into the world in human form. Because she was willing, God blessed her beyond hope or expectation.

Our pink rose bush is the shortest of them all. Its fragrance is slight. That insignificant-looking plant produces more blooms than all the rest, continuing several times a year to give us color and beauty.


From the lesson given by five rose bushes in our backyard, I learn how God made us all different but valuable.

God creates differences for a reason.



Saturday, June 11, 2016

Author Interview of Jodie Wolfe

Today, we meet a new author and discover a new book. She's a fellow contributor of mine to Putting on the New blog and a writer of both devotions and Christian fiction. Welcome Jodie Wolfe to Writing with God's Hope blog:

 

Where did you get the idea for your book?

I started by asking a 'what if' question. What if twin sisters made a promise to always stay together? What would it take for one of them to change their mind? That became the kernel of my idea for Hearts Tightly Knit.

 

How did you find your publisher?

This novella was Indie published, but I have an agent who is trying to find a home for several of my stories. J

 

Are you working on any other projects that you can tell us about?

 I'm about ready to start working on the second book in the Twins & Needles Series - Love in the Seams. It will be out in November and will tell the tale of the twin who didn't marry.

 

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

My favorite books to read are Christian historical romance with a thread of humor. I love to laugh, so I try to add humor into my stories as well.

 

What has your writing journey been like so far?

 Now that's a hard question to answer. I started writing my first novel at age 13. In my high school years and early twenties I worked at writing and trying to get published. Then my boys came along and I spent the next 20+ years raising and teaching them all the way through high school. In 2009 God called me back to writing fiction. I acquired Linda S. Glaz as my agent three years ago. She pitches my stories on a regular basis. I also am a columnist for Home School Enrichment magazine and have been published with Christian Devotions.

 

Where is your favorite place to vacation?

 For me, it's a toss-up between Disney World and Alaska. J

 

Tell me a fun fact about yourself.

I have two granddaughters and another one on the way.

 

If you could be a song, what would it be?

 "Live Like That" by Sidewalk Prophets. 

 

Give me you contact info:







Blogs I contribute to: Stitches Thru Time, Putting on the New and of course, Quid Pro Quills.

 

Tell us about your new book.
 
Orphaned at age ten, Ellie Stafford and her twin sister Mae made a vow—to stick together and never marry. Now in their mid twenties, they are bucking convention in Calder Springs, Texas, as women with respectable occupations who can take care of themselves. Ellie works at the Good Fixin's Diner and spends her evenings knitting garments for The Children's Aid Society. When a handsome local rancher shows up searching for a cook, she's hardly tempted, despite his good looks.

 
Luke Rogers owns a spread just outside of Calder Springs. It was running as smooth as cattle going through a chute until his cook up and marries and high-tails it back east. With no cook and a bunkhouse full of ranch hands ready to revolt, he persuades Ellie to temporarily fill in until he can hire someone else. He should have known better than to get tangled up with another woman.

 
 
Available for purchase at:


 

Jodie Wolfe got bitten by the writing bug as a young girl after reading and watching Little House on the Prairie.
She loves writing stories about feisty heroines and strong, godly heroes. The power of story to influence lives and change hearts is what motivates her to weave tales that tell of the Savior’s faithfulness and forgiveness. Her books provide history, hope, laughter and happily-ever-after.
When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband, reading, walking and being a Grammie.




Thanks for visiting with us, Jodie.  I loved getting acquainted. What a delightful interview. Any of you have a question for her? I have one more. Jodie, is this your debut novel, or do you have other books?
 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

My All Time Top 4 Blog Posts

I write devotions, weight loss helps, and welcome guests 2-3 times a month. During Weird Wednesdays for awhile, I posted ghost stories. I went through all my posts during the years and found the four that have been viewed most often. Today, feel free to view them, and give me your vote on the best.


Seek the True Expert (A devotion)

http://www.janetkbrown.com/2013/08/ask-true-expert.html


11 Ways to Exercise on Vacation (Weight loss tops)


http://www.janetkbrown.com/2012/10/11-ways-to-increase-exercise-on-vacation.html

Haunted Jed Johnson Lake  (ghost story)

http://www.janetkbrown.com/2015/03/haunted-jed-johnson-lake-oklahoma.html


Guest post came from Fay Lamb

http://www.janetkbrown.com/2012/12/bitterness-by-guest-blogger-fay-lamb.html


Leave a comment and vote for the one that helped you most.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Is Willpower Enough?

Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.

                                   John 8:32
 

If there is one truth I’ve learned since the Lord healed me of compulsive overeating, it’s that I must be honest and real.

 
Me at 250 pounds
That truth provides the basis for my book Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness.http://www.pen-l.com/DivineDining.html
 

     Despite the trusted belief to the contrary, will power isn’t the answer for weight loss. My strong will power fueled my disease. I reached two hundred, fifty pounds. By then, I was an emotional wreck with thoughts of suicide. Food dominated everything I did.

     I was a Christian, so I prayed for God to help me, to stop the cravings, to take away the desire to overeat. Nothing lasted. I rose from my knees to try another diet, to do it for myself. I could tell you the caloric content of foods, what to eat and what to avoid. Knowledge did not translate into success. My will power would last for days or for months, but then it turned on me and pushed me to eat what I wanted, so that I regained the weight, plus some. Nothing worked until I truly gave up trying and told God if He didn't heal me, I was doomed. Desperation drives divine dining.

     Every week during a Christian weight loss class, I soaked up the lessons presented. When the teacher moved, I continued to teach the class. I lost weight in direct proportion to my reliance on Christ. God healed me emotionally. While teaching this class, I also attended a twelve-step Overeater’s Anonymous group. I tore down the idol of food and put God on the throne of my heart.
Showing off my 3 books including Divine Dining in the center.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     In Divine Dining I teach principles from my weight loss journey. Even now, after eighteen years, I read books and literature over and over to keep me inspired, and keep off the weight.


     I have several daily devotion books, some specifically for compulsive overeaters, but Divine Dining is the first one I’ve found that combines a twelve-step approach with drawing closer to Christ and allowing Him to take His rightful place in our lives.



     A few years ago, the Lord woke me in the middle of the night. My mind popped with devotions. I wrote fourteen before I went back to bed. For four years, ideas came to me. Sometimes I wrote one a day. Other times I wrote one a week.
Now, at 150 pounds, 100 lbs. less
By the time I had finished 300 devotions, I knew this wasn’t meant just for me. God wanted me to share it. I started submitting. Pen-L Publishing released it in December, 2012.


 
It remains my best seller.
 
Soon, I’ll be releasing a workbook as a compliment to the devotion book. Keep tuned for further information.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Best Tool for Writing & Exercising

     A writer, as well as other careers, plasters our bottoms in the chair and our hands on the keyboard. (BICHOK is a shortcut reminder for writers.) It's a lonely, sedentary existence, but how else might our words mount up on the page?

     Recently, I found that my most useful tool for time management while I write is a simple kitchen timer.


     Allow only thirty minutes to check social media before going to writing; set the timer to alert you.
     Promise an hour of writing before checking social media; set the timer for an hour and write away.


     The timer turned out to be my best tool for time management. I can get two pages finished by turning off the world, setting the timer for the half hour before my husband comes in for lunch, and write. I love it.
    



 
     If you're a frequent follower of Writing with God's Hope blog, you know I'm a recovering food addict. Twenty years ago, I lost a hundred pounds and have maintained it to this day. I teach classes and workshops on permanent weight loss, and post here about hints that help me, in the hope it helps others. Well, guess what?

     The same tool that increases my writing and manages my promotion time, also helps my weight maintenance. Keeping down our weight is a combination of eating less calories and expending more calories in our activities.

     My kitchen/writing timer above helps my activity level on a heavy writing day.

     1. Set the timer for fifteen minutes.
     2. Write with abandon. Keep your head in the story.
     3. When it goes off, get up and do eight jumping jacks.
     4. Set the timer for fifteen minutes.
     5. Write away. Think of nothing else but your story.
     6. When the timer dings, get up, do five frontward kicks, five backward kicks, and five sideways kicks on each leg.
     7. Set the timer for fifteen minutes.
     8. Plot, edit, whatever your writing needs.
     9. When you hear the ding, get up and do eight squats.
     10. Set the timer for fifteen minutes.
     11. Repeat the cycle again.

     You can't imagine how much activity and writing you will accomplish in a five hour afternoon.

     That's my newest tip. Do you have any for me?