Thankful for the Written Word

I love to read. I used to get in trouble for this on a regular basis while I was growing up. I almost always had a book with me. I read at the table during meals—well, at least I tried to until Mom confiscated my book—and read in bed at night until Mom made me turn out the light. I regularly got lost in the stories so it was hard to but a book down and go to sleep. I wanted to see what happened next!

As I got older I loved reading big, thick books. And no, I didn’t read the last few pages first. I wanted to be surprised! Now I’m at the point where my mind doesn’t work as well as it used to, so those thick books would take too long to read.

The photos above are of my trusty old NAS Bible. To me, the Bible is God’s ultimate gift of the written Word. This Bible was given to me years ago for my birthday by a close friend. As you can see, it is filled with my scribbles and highlights, sticky notes and bookmarks. I’ve tried to use other Bibles over the years but keep coming back to this one, where I add even more notes and stickies.

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I used to be a regular at the library and couldn’t imagine reading anything but a “real” book. There was just something about turning those pages that made me think I could never like an e-reader. However, a few years ago I changed my mind and Rick gifted me with an e-reader. Now I have hundreds of books in one place. It’s like having my very own library!

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I am thankful today and everyday for being able to read the Bible and the myriad of other books available to us. How about you, Beloved?

AnnaSmile…..

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A Little Bit of Wonderful

Way back in 2002, I had a book published which is titled A Little Bit of Wonderful. Ever since I was a little girl I loved writing stories and finally had the chance to actually write a fiction book. Unfortunately I pushed myself ahead of God’s timing for this venture and took the first publishing offer that came along.

In fact, what happened was that it was more of a self-publishing effort than anything else. I don’t want to get into a big discussion about the good versus bad of POD (Publishing On Demand) or self publishing, because that’s not what this is about. I’m just here to say that no matter what type of writing you feel called to, please make sure it’s in God’s plan for you.

I have learned the long and hard way—through lots of prayer and time away from writing—that God wants me to use the writing talent He has given me to write devotionals. And since then, He has also blessed me with this blog and a Facebook page filled with friends and family. I continue to rest my writing in His hands and try my best to write and share His faith, mercy, grace and love for His glory alone.

Having said all that, I noticed that I still have a few copies of A Little Bit of Wonderful in my bookcase. So I’d love to give two copies away to the first two people who comment on this post.

The catch?

Please share the “little bit of wonderful” in your life, no matter what that is or means to you!

Here’s a little glimpse into the book:

Sarah Hogan is stunned and angry when Jonathan asks for a divorce after almost twenty years of marriage. How will she support herself and the children? What else is she trained to do?

Jonathan laughs at Sarah’s decision to start a catering business, but Sarah finds support in her next-door neighbor and best friend, Joan Anderson. When Sarah’s heavy use of sleeping pills is discovered, Joan confronts her, then helps her through the withdrawal period.

Sarah’s casual relationship with Jeff Matthews slowly develops into something very special. Everyone is elated about Sarah and Jeff’s engagement except for fifteen-year-old Paul. After he runs away from home, Paul finally realizes that Jeff cares more about their family than does Jonathan, his own father.

Wedding plans proceed smoothly during a very hectic holiday season, until a horrendous auto accident leaves Sarah badly injured. It is during her hospital stay that Sarah finally understands that only through faith and trust in God will she have the strength to get through each day.

One more thing. Even though I got ahead of God’s timing to get this book published, He used it to help me order my life in preparation to meet my husband, Rick. Which just goes to prove something a good friend share with me years ago:

God wastes nothing!

In a future post I’ll share how God used A Little Bit of Wonderful in my life and in my future relationship with Rick. In the meantime, don’t forget to share your bit of wonderfulness with us!