Monday, February 15, 2016

And I'm Back! Plus Some Changes and a Post

   Wow, I really didn't expect to be back this soon! Lucky us, huh? Sometimes I don't even post this often. ;) Ha ha!  Okay, first those changes. Y'all may notice I'm posting under another name. This is actually my pen name that I write under. It's still me, guys. (Shout out to Morgan Elizabeth Huneke for advising this! Click here to visit her site.) Also welcome to my first couple of post series. For Braids, I'll now be doing a Lord of the Rings/Hobbit series. I'll also be doing a series of Books posts on classic books. These will range from children's to young adult. Now for that post.

Place of Refuge, Place of Worship

   Words are my place of refuge. I retreat to them in times of trouble. This has been my practice for many years, first using books and now using my writing. It helps to be able to remove myself from whatever the situation is. I draw away, step into a different life, and leave my pain behind.
   Words are a gift straight from God Himself. (see Genesis 1:3) Their greatest purpose is to praise and communicate with Him. There are many ways to do this. We can simply give direct praise or praise Him to someone. The form I most often choose is to write something that honors Him.
   To do this, I must turn my place of refuge into my place of worship. I must let God into the place I keep everyone out of. I have to let down my walls. It was hard, but I don't regret it.
   God has shown me much. The stories I now write are from Him, and they're so much better than anything I could write. Letting Him in was the best thing I ever did to improve my writing.
   But now I challenge you. What is your place of refuge? Is there a way to make it a place of worship? If there is, do not be afraid. Yes, letting God in changes everything, but I promise you won't regret it.

P.S. The flash drive with my book on it has gone missing. If y'all will pray that I'll find it quickly, That would be amajing! (Yes, amajing is a word. It's like amazing but more so.)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

So Long, Farewell. . .

   So I have a pretty big announcement if I can write it through the Biofreeze on my back and shoulder (which, in case anyone was wondering, feels similar to fire, smells somewhere between mint and Vaseline, and makes you want to scream; feel free to use those descriptions).
   I absolutely love this blog and all my readers, but my mom wants me to focus on other things right now. So I won't be posting for awhile. I don't know when I'll be back exactly. But before I go, I'd like to share three things with y'all.
1- I'm aiming to publish my book, Inkling Adventures, in August. Also, The Land of Stories  series by Chris Colfer, which is amazing, is available herehere, and here
2- Waterfall braids look awesome with a French braid underneath, and I promise to come back with a tutorial on it.
3- Never take your eyes off who Jesus truly is. You'll regret it eventually, if not instantly.
   I'll post again as soon as I can, but till then y'all can check out older posts herehere, and here. While y'all do that, I'm entering a growing season and planning to get everything possible out of it. I leave y'all with this simple prayer:

May the road rise up meet to you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
May rain fall softly on your fields,
Rain fall softly on your fields
Until we meet again, until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
- Irish Blessing
by Linda Spevacek