Witnessing to family members.

Witnessing is easy. If we just get out of the way…

Ray Comfort's Daily Evidence

“Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you.” And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him. (Luke 8:39)

Here is some advice that may save you a great deal of grief. As a new Christian, I did almost irreparable damage by acting like a wild bull in a crystal showroom. I bullied my mom, my dad, and many of my friends into making a “decision for Christ.” I was sincere, zealous, loving, kind, and stupid. I didn’t understand that salvation doesn’t come through making a “decision,” but through repentance, and that repentance comes through godly sorrow over sin (2 Cor. 7:10). The Bible teaches that no one can come to the Son unless the Father “draws” him (John 6:44). If you are able to get a “decision” but the person has no conviction…

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The Purge – Giving Your Page What It Wants – 5 Steps to Super Writing

One thing I’ve been thinking about today is what I call The Purge. If you are only reminded of the horror movie and hate the name, pick one of your choosing:

The Great Cleansing.

Taking the Tweedle Dum out of my Tweedle Dee.

Writing.

Or, make up you own encouraging name.

I named mine The Purge long before I knew about the movie so please bear with me on the name. The Purge is simply what is it–PURGING all those plot lines, quotes, difficult situations, saucy one liners, characters who show up while you are daydreaming while washing the dishes who need to be put on the page so they will stop talking. A writer will know exactly what I mean.

Rules to The Purge (in caps because of their importance):

1. JUST WRITE – self explanatory

2. NO SELF EDITING (See #1)

Editing is for later. Get it out. Write. Write. Write. Or, Type. Type. Type.

3. DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE SQUIGGLY RED LINES

This goes along with self editing. I know. Seeing those lines is like an OCD nightmare, but ignore them until you are finished writing.

4. If it helps, SET A TIMER

Five minutes. Ten minutes. Three hours. Writing — even for only a few treasured moments — brings you closer to your goal. For me, setting the timer turns off that part of my brain that constantly likes to check the time to distract me from the important thing I am doing. Am I the only one who does that?

5. REWARD YOURSELF

What makes you feel like you are a writer? Successful? Creative? I like coffee…a lot. I have my reward.

Trust me. Try it! Get it out. Vomit those loosey goosey words onto the page and watch them form into beautiful triumphs you will share with the world!

For another great article on this topic check out

https://cristianmihai.net/2018/10/02/how-to-write-5000-words-in-an-hour/

~DMM

What Inspires You?

Yesterday, I visited Georgetown, Texas, and I came across a place called the Monument Cafe.

Let me just say — the BEST rootbeer I’ve ever tasted. But, that’s for another blog post.

I ordered my standard — a decaf coffee, cream and sugar. And, this appeared:

A beautiful cup of perfectly temperatured coffee placed on a delicate doily. A dream come true. An inspiration.

Do you know how many photos I took of this cup of coffee?

Different angles. Different setups. To even asking my sister to move her phone because it was blocking my shot. She completely understood. She knows me.

What inspires you? What thrusts your attention away from the everyday and careens you into the extraordinary?

Is it a walk? Is it a good book?

Is it a cup of coffee?

Whatever your inspiration is, find it. If it’s lost, maybe it’s time to go out and look for it. Put up some posters. Put out a reward.

But, find it. You are worth it. Your inspiration misses you.

Maybe one day I’ll be a famous artist and my first show will be photos of coffee cups.

Who knows…

Be inspired today.

~DMM

Too Many Words

So I’m working on a short story for the Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition. (You should enter, too! Follow this link: http://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/short-short-story-competition)

And, I’ve been thinking.

Yeah. I do that.

And, have come to the conclusion that I don’t like the way I write.

Isn’t that a writer thing? Today, I read my work, and it’s complete trash. Tomorrow, I’ll read it, and I’m award winning.

Oh, how the mind is a fickle fan.

But, I keep writing. It’s what I do.

My words my not be as flowery as writer so-and-so, but they are mine. And, I only pray they touch who they need to. Who they need to reach to. Who needs to read them.

That is all.

Be blessed tonight!

~DMM

Dreams

I woke up today to a beautiful yet heart-wrenching post at https://cristianmihai.net/2018/09/24/these-dreams-of-mine/#comment-103822

Heart wrenching because it’s true. Too true for my spirit to interpret.  Too true for my guts to like. What would I die for? But, more importantly,  what would I live for?

So many dreams swirl inside me. So many things I want to do. So, why am I not doing them?

Is it God’s perfect timing?

Is it lazyness?

Is it just not what I’m suppose to be doing?

The psalmist says “Take delight in the Lord , and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4 NIV)
https://bible.com/bible/111/psa.37.4.NIV

I have many desires. To tour the United States in an RV. To sing and play guitar.  To write the many novels I have pent up inside of me.

And, YES! One day I will do these things that bring me joy.  One day, I’ll live my dream life every day and not just sit here and talk about it.  One day, I’ll write that blog post that says, ” Here I am! I did it!”

But, for today,  I’ll clean out litter boxes and wash more dishes. But, come to think of it,  I’ll be doing that then, too. Why? Because I love my cats,  and I have to eat. And, because life is life regardless of if you’re living your dreams or not.

What are your dreams for your life? Are you living them? Praise God if you are! And, if not, let’s pray today about how we can get a little closer to that burning desire God has placed in our hearts.

And, live.