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Monday, August 31, 2009

Another Book Signing!!

More exciting news! We have another book signing!! This one is Dec. 2nd from 5:00-7:00pm at the Barnes and Noble in Boynton Beach!! How awesome is that?? I think Linda and I will be very busy this year.

I have to get schooling with the kids up and running so that we can take December off. Otherwise, this won't work. I feel a bit overwhelmed with my disorganization, and some of that is because I am so tired from waking up so many times during the night. I sure hope all this nutrition stuff works so I can sleep better! Otherwise, I think I am going to have to learn more delegation skills so the kids and Don can take up the slack when I am gone. Right now they just veg when I have to be gone, and when I get back it is total chaos and anarchy.

One step at a time.
Step one: get healthy so I can sleep. Check. I am on a heart monitor now so I can find the source of whatever is causing it to race at night and wake me up several times. I am seeing a great chiropractor and nutritionist to get my toxic load down and help heal my aches and pains. Oh yeah, and exercise daily.
Step two: Organize the school year. Yuck. I have a new computer program to learn and it is really painful for me to force myself to do it. I would rather just fly by the seat of my pants, but since it is Sams last year I have to do it.
Step three: organize the home stuff. Menus, chores, schedule, banking, paperwork. Another yucky job, but somebodys got to do it.
Step four: organize for the trip out west. This one is fun, but time consuming.
Step five: find and contact organizations, magazines, radio and tv stations, churches and bookstores to set up interviews, speaking engagements and signings for the book.
Step six: enjoy the journey!
The book I am reading talks about painting yellow lines around your life so you can accomplish what you need to. I need a 5 gallon bucket to get all this done! But it can be done, and God wants me to do it, so I will. It will take time, but I will get through it and be better for it. I know with a good schedule and plan, I will accomplish more and feel like I accomplish more each day. So I am just going to have to bite off a chunk and do it. I will be a better person because of it. In every day, I am trying to get 1% better......

Another book signing!!!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

I am so excited!! We have scheduled our first book signing for "The 12 Days of Christmas"!! It is at the Borders Bookstore in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl on Dec. 12 at 2:00 PM. We also have our first interview on Tuesday, Sept. 1. with the Alumni Director of Palm Beach Atlantic University (of which I am an alumni) for a feature in the Current to be published in October!! Things are beginning to move for us!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

As I look at my Jasmine vine in my garden, and read Psalm 85, I think of a parallel--
Israel, God's chosen ones had gone astray. They had wandered from God. They had once again stumbled in their own way and followed their own choices down a weary, well-worn path of sin. David cries out on behalf of his people: 5. "Will you be angry with us always? Will you prolong your wrath to all generations? 6. Won't you revive us again, so your people can rejoice in you?" My jasmine, if left to itself will wander around; it is not a well-trained vine. It grows every which way and looks very scraggly. It can actually do itself and other the other plants around it harm when it trails off. It can starve itself and strangle other plants in the process with its wild runners. My job, as the gardener is to train it and cut off anything I deem as harmful.

I think, we here in America have gotten a warped view of God. We view him as a power hungry overlord ready to dole out rules and restrictions just because he wants us under his thumb of authority. If we would get back to the point where we realize that he loves us and that we need his ways to keep us from harming ourselves and others, then we could once again enjoy the freedom of Gods' love and blessing. If my jasmine vine got angry when I pruned it and refused to let me train it onto the tree where it is growing, I would have to pull it up and burn it. What is Gods' choice with us? We must turn as Israel did and cry our to him, submit ourselves to his care and allow him to prune and shape us. We should remember that he loves his creation and knows how to care for it best, and love him with all our hearts in response. 8."I listen carefully to what God the LORD is saying, for he speaks peace to the faithful. But let them not return to their foolish ways. Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, So our land will be filled with his glory."