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Always Learning Always Growing

Just a few short weeks ago (August 5th 2016) I participated in the “Write His Answer” annual Christian Writer’s Conference for the second time. And I can’t let go of how blessed I was so I must share it with you. Marlene Bagnull and her team of writers, editors, authors, agents and publicists are of a special kind.

My first impression is how much of a blessing it is to be in a Christian environment. The setting is very serene and welcoming; the schedule is packed with educational and informative workshops and panels; and literature, books, newsletters, novels are plentiful, both for sale and free. I am grateful to have met some awesome people, many of whom are on a similar path as myself, full-time writer and business owner.

I must say something that left a lasting impact on me was the organization of it all. Please believe me this is no small feat as you can see from this attached brochure: http://philadelphia.writehisanswer.com/Resources/270271.pdf   The orchestrating of one on one meetings alone is a huge task to tackle and Marlene’s team did an awesome job once again. And from what I witnessed everyone worked extremely well together. These are the little things that make you happy to play a small part in this encouraging and inspiring Christian Writer’s Conference.

If you missed the “Write His Answer” conference this year, plan now to attend next year and stay over night. You will be so glad you did. Look for the date first weekend in August. www.philadelpnhia.writehisanswer.com  And if you prefer the Spring, plan to attend “Write His Answer Colorado”  www.colorado.writehisanswer.com, second weekend in May.

The point in all of this you ask? Good question. Make sure you are Always Learning and Always Growing! Allow yourself to be a blessing and you will be BLESSED!!!   img_88496-copy

Deanna Garlic, MA CEO/Publisher #stayfocused

 

 

Good Morning World!

“Yea, though I walk through the Valley of The Shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me. . . . ” (Psalm 23:4a)

God is with you. When things are going very well we do not ask God if He is with us. It is only in the times when we are in a storm, times we do not know what to do, times that we do not understand, in these times we NEED to know, God is with us! What comforting and confident words the Psalmist inspired by God has given to us. We have NO FEARS because God is with us.

Remember, God plus one equals a majority. This means that you when every time. Even when the shadow of death is near You Win. When fear tries to come on you, You Win. When trouble is stirred in the community or at work, You Win. When sickness or dis-ease tries to take your good health You Win. . . . Evey time no matter your personal and private situation, YOU WIN, because God is with you.

Pray To Him, He IS Listening
Pray To Him, He IS Listening

“The blessing of the Lord maketh rich and added no sorrow with it.”

“When the wicked, even my enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.”

“When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.”

“The LORD IS My Shepherd, I shall not want.”

“The LORD hath been mindful of us: He will bless us;”

Us, includes you; so wake-up! Wake-up my friend to the life He has given you as a gift for this too shall pass. God has not forgotten you, He is mindful of you. He knows more about your situation than you. God knows the end from the beginning. Don’t Quit! You will miss your “Big Finish”, “Your Grand Finally”.

Be encouraged, God is not through with you yet!

 

 

Understanding Love

Little do they know they will always be your little Prince or Princess. Loving a child can give you a greater understanding of God’s Love toward us. It is unconditional, undeserving, without fail, without judgement, pure, honest, and so much more. In healthy relationships parents love children and in return children love their parents.

When you love someone you make sacrifices for them without considering your selfish needs. When loving your children you go out of your way for their happiness. They have so much to learn and as their parent you have so much to give them. Also when loving them there exists the natural inclination to protect them. All of these things God does for us without us asking for Him to do so.

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My Little Princess at her Princess Pajama Party

My little princess (picture here) has come to me in such a unique way. She is my sister. It has been my pleasure to Love her through everything life brings our way, be it good, bad, or indifferent. Watching her learn and grow is an amazing experience. And teaching about life is exciting and refreshing. The hardest thing to do is to see her gracefully yet boldly come into her teenage years. That’s all we will say about teenage years for now ….. 🙂 

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My Little Princess with Minnie

Children have no idea how much you love them until you show them with your time.  They understand your presence at there sporting events, PTA Mtgs, School Assemblies, Graduations, Award Presentations, Play Performances, Recitals, Church Gatherings, On Vacation with them, etc. all translate in to “I Love You”. And yes the reverse is true. They understand your absence as, “I have more important things to do”. Express your love and be PRESENT with your child. Help them to understand the Unconditional Love you have for them. While it is true that we can not give what we do not have, begin to understand how much they need you. Should you find yourself in a situation that you have never know a fathers love or a mothers love, then begin to introduce yourself to God who is the father of all. His love for you will give you joy, peace, understanding and put you in a position to love others especially your children in return.

So, the challenge for today is to understand God’s Love toward you. Begin by Loving daily on your child. (your sister, brother, niece, nephew, cousin, etc.)

Keep Love Present (KLP)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marriage & Renovations

What was the one experience that completely changed your life? What happened? How did it change your life?

One experienced that completely changed my life has been MARRIAGE! 

I think most married people may answer this question slightly different depending on the day you ask them. For the most part I pray your experience is positive, mine is 🙂

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Renovation Time Ugh!

My husband and I were married on Saturday, December 29, 2012; and we hosted our wedding on June 15, 2013. With just over one year on the books I guess you can say we are still living in honeymoon bliss. Nonetheless there is nothing like a real life challenge to heat things up a bit.

On of our favorite networks to watch is HGTV. I know right, who can resist it. A moment that always gets our attention is when the couple says they are going to live in the house while it is being renovated……Noooo we tell them. However they can’t here us. Living in your home while it is being renovated is challenging. Low and behold this is exactly the place we have found ourselves; living through a renovation. As the pictures will show the renovation has taken over the entire house. We are having our bathroom done and hallway and hall closet and bedroom closet and a built-in bedroom bookcase. 

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Renovations Ugh!

Back to the Marriage. We have determined and stated to one another: knowing that our relationship can not only survive this, but also get stronger in this process, we can live through anything together. The Bible says one can put a thousand to flight, and two can put ten thousand to flight. We contend that we are “The Two.” Standing together and standing for God, while literally, being in the midst of it all!

Stay tuned for completion pictures. They will be sure to knock your socks off! 🙂 

Taking It All In

Taking It All In

You were here and now your gone your memory with me will forever live on. A Legacy you left with me one that I will always see! A part of my present and my past but it’s in my future where your life will last.

Your impressions on my heart will never be erased for you my father I embrace: your smile, your love, your jokes, and respect, I am the luckiest kid on that you can bet. Oh how I wish to sum it up, only too few words could never detect, all you’ve given over the years: your money, your time and even your precious tears.

A Legacy of Fun, Love & Respect!

While your soul may be at rest your life in me lives on. . . . I AM GRATEFUL