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Re: Southern Porch Extension

Postby BettyDee » Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:40 pm

Thanks, deejay. That's good advice. I had thought of using scriptures, but didn't want to seem preachy. I'll have some ready, though, in case I need them.
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Re: Southern Porch Extension

Postby Edy » Wed Apr 09, 2014 6:09 pm

Here's one I like to keep at the top of my "arsenal," Betty:

With the merciful you show yourself merciful;
with the blameless man you show yourself blameless;
Psalm 18:25 (also 2 Samuel 22:26)
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Re: Southern Porch Extension

Postby BettyDee » Wed Apr 09, 2014 10:58 pm

That's a good one, Edy!
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Postby ready2go » Thu Apr 10, 2014 2:27 pm

I'll betcha no one knew I've been writing a book. My new paperback book, "RANDOM THOUGHTS OF MY BRIDE" is available at amazon.com
It will also be available on Kindle very soon.

It is an emotional journey following the death of my dear wife of almost 50 years. The book is for anyone suffering a similar loss, and will bring comfort, hope, and assurance knowing they are not alone in their struggle.

Either type the book title in amazon.com search box, or click on this link:
http://www.amazon.com/Random-Thoughts-B ... f+my+bride

Order a copy for yourself and a friend today!

Note: Amazon's "Look Inside" feature for the book will be activated in 2-3 weeks.

I'm currently working on two more books that will be available in the coming months!

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I certainly did not know that, Don. How wonderful! Please remind me when the Kindle edition is ready.
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Good for you, Don! I'm sure this will be a blessing to many, as it must have been for you to put your heart into words like this.
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Postby RiversidePeace » Fri Apr 11, 2014 3:02 am

Hello, ye wise ones of the Southern Porch Extension…

I need some advice.

Tomorrow our church's writers group is having their bio monthly get-together and it's my turn to lead the discussion on a topic nominated by the group at the last meeting. I wasn't there because I got sick the day before and I only learned of the topic three days ago. Normally, I can work from past seminars or writing group meetings and my own speaking notes but this is the one topic I struggle with.

The topic is "How to overcome writers block". :shock:

The worse possible topic for me right now. :helpwobble

I would love some ideas from ye wise and experienced writers.

I'll be fine once I get rid of this writers block. :oops:


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Postby Edy » Fri Apr 11, 2014 11:48 am

Chrissy, I think you have already begun your presentation! :thumbs

Begin with "I have writer's block!" :seeingstars

Then, include what you've just written here - and lead into a brainstorming session of ideas from your audience. (You might have a "secretary" record what the writers offer. Or have a blackboard or white board and list them for all to see.)

Throw in some of our "Southern Porch" ideas as a way of "priming the pump," to get them started. For example:
"Always recommended is a time of prayer, asking the Lord to lead you to an idea to develop, or a memory that can serve as a parable to illustrate a Scriptural truth." (That's how I begin my monthly Salt & Light Report submissions, if an idea hasn't already popped into my head.)

That's my suggestion for you. :love2
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Re: Southern Porch Extension

Postby Verna » Fri Apr 11, 2014 3:08 pm

Hearty congratulations on publishing, Don.

Betty, I don't know if you've talked to the preacher's wife yet, but if you're still asking for advice, mine is, "Let it go." I had a preacher's wife once that seems to me similar to what you're describing, and if so, you will come off feeling more hurt than you did before. That kind "can't" be wrong. We all have our
faults; I expect that's one of hers--advice here, purely unsolicited, but loving.

Chrissy, the best advice I've received is just to write, write, write--free writing, letter writing, any kind of writing. Also, read, read, read. Look at beauty of nature. People watch. Write your dreams down as soon as you wake up. Use your imagination. I wrote a poem once for the challenge about taking my muse to the library and losing him. I wrote another about buying some kind of magic writer's ink that set me free to write for just a little bit before it left. One of those will be in one of the FW books. I can't remember which one.

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Postby BettyDee » Fri Apr 11, 2014 4:09 pm

Well, I'm certainly the last one to ask about writer's block. I haven't touched my book since Tuesday. I think Edy's ideas are great, though.

Verna, funny you should offer the advice you did. I have in front of me right now an index card with some thoughts on it that I was going to discuss with the pastor's wife. I had an errand to run yesterday and had to pass by her house. I intended to stop, but she was getting in another car with someone else, so I missed her. Maybe that was a sign? Have been thinking and I think your advice is the best. She didn't actually sin against me. It is MY feelings that are driving this. I am going to try to forgive her seventy times seven. At this point, that's what I know I should do. Now, since I have said that, I have found out she has done some other things and offended some other people, including sending notes home about conduct in their own homes - if you can believe that. So, the fleshy part of me says, "Give them enough rope..."

Thank you so much, porch pals, for letting me vent here. All the advice was wonderful.
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Re: Southern Porch Extension

Postby Edy » Fri Apr 11, 2014 6:28 pm

Oh Betty!

I once read that no experience is ever wasted for a writer. It sounds as if this character belongs in a book! :lol: Or, would that be revenge, too sweet?

It would be a shame, however, if enough rope of her own would affect her husband's ministry. I'm sure the Lord will guide you in His timing if He wants you to do anything about it. But, we know "vengeance is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord." ( Rom 12:19 ) So we can take comfort that He knows all about it and has things under control.

Perhaps it might take somebody bursting into tears right in front of her, for her to realize what she's doing. Maybe her heart is in the right place, but her manner needs work!
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Re: Southern Porch Extension

Postby Edy » Fri Apr 11, 2014 6:40 pm

I like this better than the ESV in above link:
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. - KJV

This version is more in keeping with the literal translation. To me, this KJV says the offense is what's intended (give place unto wrath - the offender's action). The ESV turns it into God's wrath. I don't think that's right.


http://www.blueletterbible.org/Bible.cf ... nc_1058019
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Re: Southern Porch Extension

Postby RiversidePeace » Fri Apr 11, 2014 7:17 pm

Thanks! Well, I'm as ready as I will ever be. I leave in 40 minutes. The drive is 7 minutes. So plenty of time now to pray before I arrive.

Edy, you triggered a few tip-bits I gleamed while staying at Split Rock. Remember those few days? One memory led to another and zoooom. My brain is racing.

Perhaps I should include in my presentation to bounce of some wise old owls…well friends with mutual interest and more experience. :thankssign

I'll drop i later and leave an update.

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Postby Edy » Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:35 pm

Looking forward to hearing how everything turned out, Chrissy! I am so glad for the memory joggers that included your visit to Minnesota's North Shore and the lighthouse. 8)
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Re: Southern Porch Extension

Postby Verna » Sat Apr 12, 2014 2:37 pm

Betty, I love your forgiving spirit. That kind only comes from the Holy Spirit, and then He enables us to be truly forgiving. I'm aware that as humans, sometimes the forgetting comes even harder. The preacher's wife I mentioned died some years ago, and he later married the sweetest, most charming little lady, and five years later, they seem on a perpetual honeymoon.

Chrissy--I hope your lesson was wonderful and well received.
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