Changing Lives

Blog fro Asia

I‘M EXCITED ABOUT THIS MISSION!

Has God ever warmed your heart? Of course he has, and you know when and why. My heart is warmed every time my grandchildren smile, when my cat, Gracie, snuggles up against me on the sofa, and most recently when I read a book titled Revolution in Missions by K.P Yohannan.  On receiving this free book, I thought,  Hmmm, bet this is boring. I’m usually a fiction reader and picky about my reading and just can’t get through a book that doesn’t move along paragraph by paragraph, page by page.

I was wrong about boring, it was anything but …and the book took off like a flying superhero.

GOD HAD WARMED K.P. YOHANNAN’S HEART, SPARKED HIS WORDS…and took me to another place I ‘d never been. Perhaps you’ve been there, though I bet you didn’t take the road Yohannan traveled and it was most likely not the journey you’ll take as you read about his life.

MY READING BROUGHT ABOUT THE NEED TO DO SOMETHNG…I didn’t know what, no detailed map was provided, but I knew I had to start. My starting spot was to go to the website of Gospel for Asia and join… check it out. I found there is a prayer team…I joined it. A team that blogs…whoa…hadn’t I just started a blog? Now I could add my warmed heart for the Gospel For Asia to my blog.share-the-book-250

(You can order this book by clicking the Free Resources link at the top of the page.)

The Following is a page from the GFA web-site. It explains much better than I can about their ministry!

We are committed as a family of believers to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with lost men, women and children throughout South Asia who have still not heard His precious name.

We rejoice to see the mighty works of God as individual lives are transformed and whole villages experience the love of Christ.

We join our hearts to be the hands and feet of Jesus, for such a time as this. Together, by His Spirit, we can reach this generation.

“‘Not by might – nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts.” — Zechariah 4:6

Our mission in life is to be devout followers of Christ and to fulfill the Great Commission among the unreached in Asia through training, sending out and assisting qualified laborers in partnership with the Body of Christ.    Gospel for Asia – 1116 St. Thomas Way – Wills Point, TX 75169

BACK TO YOURS TRULY:

In the future, from time to time, I am planning on sharing stories with you about the people, the missionaries and the region. Lives are being changed by this amazing ministry. I may even write few poems to share.

And You, wonderful readers, are invited to follow along and learn more about the Gospel For Asia.

  • Do you have a special time God has warmed your heart? I’d love to hear about it.
  • Is there a great mission being used to change lives that you’ve read about or are involved? How interesting it would be if you shared it here!

BLOCKBUSTERS !

 

” A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it is to be God.”-Sidney Sheldon

start with a blankpage. Go anywhere

Writer’s Block? Why, there’s no such thing. You just came to standstill and imagined a mean old man in a wheelchair with a cane raised above his head ringing your front doorbell.  Don’t dare open the door or he’ll wheel himself right into your living room and shout, “So, you think you’re a writer, do you?”  He’ll chuckle in his creaky deep throaty voice, “I knew ya’ couldn’t come up with a story, poem, essay, whatever it is you thought ya’ could write, now go back to bed and pull those covers over your head. You ain’t no writer, I can  tell ya that much.”

Don’t go back to bed. Show that old man and his discouragement out the door. Instead, Lower Your Expectations. You can do that.

Everyone can do that. It’s ok.      hw to avoid writing

Give yourself permission to write badly. High expectations stem from the ego. Ego can be a killer when it comes to writing. Ambition for what you are writing has no place as you write…especially drafts. Here’s what Stephen Dunn , Pulitzer Prize poet, says,

“Ambition during composition is usually deadly unless it’s ambition for what that poem might do and where it might go–ambition for how much of the world and experience it can be equal to. I see nothing wrong for being ambitious after he poem is finished, to wish for it a place in the world.”  

I find this true in the writing of all genres…poetry, novels, essays, memoirs. Once you lower your expectation, you are free to write anything…no matter how badly. You can always come back and put in those creative techniques at another time. and if writing badly doesn’t help, double down on the badness! See just how badly you can write. I was given a free write prompt to try to be as bland and uninteresting possible . It was fun. Once I discovered just how badly I can write, I could move on.

And that’s the key…move on. Keep writing.   

“It’s perfectly okay to write garbage-as long as you edit brilliantly”.-C.J.Cherryh

the desire to write grows with writing

Are you waiting for inspiration to strike. You say you’re sitting on an island with coconut trees and the azure blue sea running into the sky. You can sit there forever waiting for that bolt of inspiration, but are you a productive writer. No, more than likely you’re  passed out on the margaritas served while waiting. If you really have to have inspiration to write, try inspiring yourself with the following Blockbusters.

I never wait for inspiration to strike

  • Freewrite: Write freely and rapidly, without stopping, for a set period of time. Follow each thread of what’s happening on paper to the next thread. Let them unravel all over the page. Remember there are no rules for freewriting. Don’t worry about grammar, punctuation, or spelling. It doesn’t matter what makes sense at this point. ( I will post Freewriting Practice Tips on a later post.) Free write intensively. Freewrite each day until you have a stack of freewrites. Then you can go through them and pick out your gems. sentences, phrase, ideas you can develop. You need to train by freewriting. It’s a way of stretching your writing muscles.
  • Try another method of writing. Instead of sitting at the computer, take a pen and notebook to a cozy chair, or a bench outside. If this is already your usual method, go the computer and stare at a blank screen instead of a blank paper. Take yourself to a coffee shop. The idea is a change of setting.
  • Change your writing focus. Instead of writing prose, try a poem. Instead of a poem try writing a journal entry. Again…Just Write.
  • Be Kind to yourself: If you write in order to put down so many words per day, stop for a while. Don’t count the words for a day or two. Write to finish a paragraph, or a stanza. Go out and take a short walk. Eat an apple. Do a bit of gardening. Then go back to your writing.
  • Do something you’re good at. Are you a great cook? Cook a special dish. You can get back into writing easier when you feel good about yourself and your abilities. Stop beating yourself up when you are stuck with your writing.
  • Use creative prompts. Take a book, open it to a random page. Write down the first noun you come to. Then, the first verb. Tell yourself you have to use that noun and verb in your writing. Find a good first line in a book or a newspaper. Write it down as your first line and go from there. ( Suddenly the train stopped and….) Look on a map and point to place. That’s your setting. Be as creative finding your prompts as you desire. Prompts will get you started; they touch your subconscious. Later, you can take out all the prompt words if you feel like it.
  • Ask your self (much like a detective) Who, What, When, Where, Why , How. You can discover some interesting and exciting possibilities for your writing. Complex problems often provide topics for writing.

I hope you have realized that the mean old man with the throaty deep taunts is the voice in your own head. Just say to yourself, ” Writer’s Block…there is no such thing!

start writing no matter what

Opening Up to You

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This is me…a bit shy, but once I get to know you, I’ll be boisterous! One great way to begin is to tell you I’m a first time blogger. How am I doing? No, stay, please!

It was difficult for me to choose a theme. You see, there are so many specific themes and my blog doesn’t exactly fit specific. Nope. I’ll be writing about lots of stuff. I saw themes for artists, cooking, golf, parenting, and submarine lovers. I’m not any of them, unless the submarines are sandwiches. Do love subs, in fact I’m eating one now. Let me put it down and get serious.

I’ll write about writing. I’m a writer and mainly will talk about aspects of the writing world. I offer workshops and especially like the poetry genre. Yet, my living includes books, my cat, Gracie, my faith, my friends and I’ll be informing you about them also.

So…my first post (teaser) is titled Blockbusters. The writer’s adversary: Writer’s Block. Go grab a submarine and we’ll get started.

Writing is it’s own reward.”  -Henry Miller

A word is dead

When it is said

Some say.

I say it just begins

To live that day.

-Emily Dickinson