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What’s Brewing

The Ah of Finishing

On Tuesday, August 13th, at approximately 12:17 PM, I typed the final word in Ellie’s Window; glory!  Two years, 32 chapters, 94,000 words, and a cast of characters I love and two I’ve hated. It’s been a wild ride through the generations of the  Hamilton’s, St. Clare’s, and Mondary’s. I have visited with  them in their homes, work places and trips to and from Bower’s Beach. They have spoken to me in the night, in the morning, in the shower (a little creepy), in the car, and even during a sermon or two (seriously, some people just never stop talking). But they have entrusted me with the privilege of telling their story and there are no words to match my gratitude.

And now all that’s left is the final Ahhhh – finding a publisher.

Finishing is just as valuable an accomplishment as starting. Finishing is the ah of our work. It humbles us, delights us, and prepares us to do it again. And when we do, we can begin with greater sense of confidence, vision,  purpose, and faith.

The scriptures are of full of finishing’s. So as you press on to the goal, whatever that goal may be, I hope these words will cheer you on to your FINISH LINE!

God looked on all He had done and said, It is good. Genesis 1:31

Noah completed the Ark. Genesis 6

Moses finished the Book of the Law. Deuteronomy 31:24

Moses finished the Tabernacle .Numbers 7:1

Solomon built the temple and completed it. 1 Kings 6:14 NIV

So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days. Nehemiah 6:15-16 NIV

When the power of the holy people has been finally broken, all these things will be completed. Daniel 12:7 NIV

“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” John 4:34-35 NIV

When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30 NIV

He who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7 NIV

Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. 2 Corinthians 8:11-1 NIV

Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:4-5 NIV

 

Ah-h-h-h-h-h-h-!!!!!

Now let’s go and start a new thing, whatever that thing may be, so we can cheer each other on to finishing!

Because we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us, cheers us on, and celebrates the finish line…for His glory!

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Today’s Brew

 

Guest Post

Paula WisemanPaula Wiseman,

is a talent, disciplined, prolific writer whose stories reach right down to the gut of where we live. I am honored to call her a friend and privileged to share her with you as my guest for this week. Please visit her website, www.paulawiseman.com

 

Why do I write? Good question. There are a ton of very talented, very capable folks who communicate awesome, profound truth in their words. What is the point of adding my voice to theirs? Really? It comes down to a very simple reason. I write because God gave the story.

You see, God didn't save us for nothing. He saved us for a purpose, a unique Kingdom work that we alone can accomplish. If we don't fulfill it, it doesn't get done. (No pressure.) In view of that, God doesn't leave us out there floundering, or spinning our wheels. He equips us for that purpose. (See that, the equipping comes after the obedient answer to the call.)

Just hours before his arrest Jesus said, "You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you." John 15:16

Here's my paraphrase: I am specifically, individually chosen by Jesus Christ to fulfill a particular kingdom work of eternal significance, and the Father will supply whatever I need to accomplish that task.

And so are you.

God is behind it all. He has engineered every step I’ve taken in my life, from college, to work, to bringing Jon and me together, to my children, to the stories and the doors opened (and closed) in pursuit of publication. Every experience passes through His loving hands, approved and designed to bring about deeper Christ-likeness in me and glory to God. Between 1998 and 2005, I wrote for children off and on. I have a folder of rejection letters and a string of annoyed acquisitions editors, I’m sure, to show for it. But in mid-2005, I felt this nudge. There’s more to be told. And He gave the story. Five books, six drafts and four outlines later - He's still giving them. So I'm still writing

Read John 15:16 for yourself, and if He's given you a story, tell it. If He has given you a song, sing it. If He has opened a door, by all means, walk through it.

Thank you Paula!

You can order Paula's books directly through her website, Kindle, or Amazon.com. I've read them all...trust me, you won't be disappointed!

Love and joy, SandyPaula Wisemans Books

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Today’s Brew – Watch Listen Wonder

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So here’s what I’ve found about writing; it’s simply a matter of watching and listening, then taking what you see and hear and mixing it with words. It’s all about setting words aside and spending some time in the quiet world of wonder.

Wonder, I’ve found, is the driving force of story. It asks the questions your readers will ask when your book is in their hands; Why is Charlie so angry with her mother? What does it feel like to be a prisoner inside the walls of Alzheimer’s?   How far will Jeffery go if he’s allowed to express the full extent of his depravity?

The answers to these questions appear when I choose silence before I search for words. If I sit and watch my characters living in their story they show me things I would have missed while manipulating them to do what I want them to do and saying what I want them to say.

Now that I’m near the finish line of Ellie’s Window, I find myself reluctant to leave them and yet anxious to bring closure to their lives. Ellie will soon die and I’m caught in the grip of both grief and joy of what that means for her and for Charlie. Heaven has become my friend for life. Bernie has tapped into the black preacher woman who lives inside my fair skin. Basil is the dog I didn’t know I’ve always wanted. I understand the meaning of forever because I’ve watched Audrey writing her daughter’s story from the portals of eternity. I get the undying power of prayer. My journey through Ellie’s Window has taught me the art of watching and listening; these two things create for me a world of wonder where words are set free to tell their story.

Where are you at in your adventure in writing?Watch Listen Wonder

A Sandyism to get you through your journey:

 

Writer’s block is God’s way of calling you into the quiet world of watching, listening, and wondering

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Today’s Brew – Why I Write

Drinking CoffeeI’m uncomfortable with titles (I think I might just be allergic to them). So calling myself a writer hasn’t come easy for me. I prefer to be known as an authentic lover of Jesus, a loving wife, a good mother/grandmother, and a woman who gathers up friends like chicken ranchers gather eggs. Nevertheless, because I simply can’t not write  – I am a writer.  Writing is what happens when my throat lumps up with words and sends me running for my tablet because I know I won’t be able to breathe until I set them free to do their thing.

But writing isn’t a walk through a field of dragon flies and dandelions. It takes work to write. And it takes perseverance; the kind that keeps on going when your stack of rejections leaves you with a permanent bruise on your ego. Which is exactly what happened the day I shut my computer and told God I could no longer waste my time writing words that will never be read! His still small voice packed a gentle wallop across my heart that day. “Sandy, (I love when He calls me that) you don’t need a publisher to tell you you’re a writer; you’re a writer because I say you’re a writer. So write.”

And so I write. I write because writing has become as prayer to me. It is a vehicle whereby pictures with words, characters searching for life, and ideas seeded in truth, falls from the Throne, washing through the Word, until they make their way into my soul and settle into story.

In Today’s Brew, we will be blogging our adventures in writing together; yours and mine. Mine will take you through the final stages of my first novel, Ellie’s Window. Yours will take us wherever your love for words is begging for release.

Welcome to Life Over Latte. I invite you to blog your journey into the quiet world of listening, watching, perceiving, expressing, praising, ranting, rumbling and bumbling with me. It’s What’s Brewing!

For more on the how to’s of writing click on over to Writers and Wanna Be’s

 “My heart is stirred by a noble theme, as I recite my verses for the King,

my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.” Psalm 45:2

 

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