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Parting Words From The Word…Following His Lead When I Don’t Want To

Laughing Jesus by Robert Wilson, Sr.

Laughing Jesus by Robert Wilson, Sr.

I don’t know why I don’t always follow His lead. I don’t know why I dare to question, or ignore, or put off responding. After all, I’ve experienced a lot of years walking with the Lord, some more closely than others.

But it wasn’t until recently that I realized I can look back on my many years and see that some of my most life-changing, spiritual-growth events came as a result of things I didn’t want to do.

For instance, way back in 1997, I didn’t want to share my marriage testimony with the women of my church. These women saw me as an upstanding Christian woman who had a long, happy marriage and who loved their kids. They didn’t know about how I had bulldozed my way through the first 15 years of my marriage. They hadn’t seen the dangerous repercussions of that experience. They didn’t know that event had propelled me to submit to the Father and seek to change who I was.

They didn’t know . . . and I liked it that way.

When God told me in 1997 that I had to share that experience with my church friends, I was quick to let Him know exactly what I thought about His great idea. It was a plain and simple “No way!”

I won’t go through all the gory details, but I’ll just say that His details were miraculous, parting-of-the-sea, a line-in-the-sand moment I couldn’t ignore. And I will say God took me kicking and screaming into women’s ministry through that experience. My life has never been the same. (If you’re interested, you can read about those details here and here.)

So, what if I had never obeyed, albeit defiantly? What if I had stuck to my guns, kept my secret, and never come clean? I don’t know that the world would be that much different, but I sure would be. I would have missed out on close to 20 years of serving Him as a Christian speaker.

I would have missed out on a lot.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

What about you? Are you hearing His voice, but saying no? Are you standing your ground, defying His plan for your life?

You could be missing out on a lot.

I pray God’s blessing on the work of your hands and your hearts,

Vonda

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Writer’s Headlines: Call-Outs for Kudos & MoGo7000 and Who Won Cheri Cowell’s Book?

newspapersIt’s the 1st Tuesday, so it’s time to hear from you: Calling All Kudos!

Okay, friends, it’s time for us to celebrate YOU and celebrate EACH OTHER! After all, that’s the goal of The Christian Writer’s Den–to encourage and instruct writers.

In order to do that, I need to hear from you! It doesn’t matter how small the success may seem to you, every step forward is a step that leads to the next one.

So I want to know what you’ve been up to. Have you had something exciting happen recently in your writing or speaking life? Maybe you’ve had an article published, signed a book contract, released a new book, got an agent, or started a new blog. If so, we want to hear from you. Everybody’s welcome to share.

It’s really simple, but I do ask that you contact me with the info in this format and order ONLY:

**Your name
**Your state in two-letter abbreviation
**Link to your website or blog
**Your good news
**Link to your good news, if online (online bookstore, online article, etc)

I can’t wait for us to celebrate with you!

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Who Worked on Their Book MoGo7000 in January?

If you wrote at least 7000 new words on a book project in January, you can receive an entry in the drawing for the 2016 MoGo7000 $100 cash prize! It’s open to everyone who qualifies.

To report your January results, please leave a comment below with your total new words written on a book project in January. (Please do not send your totals by email or through the Contact page. Totals must be left as a comment here by next Sunday).

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Cheri Cowell cover PeaceAnd Who Won Cheri Cowell’s Book, 365 Devotions for Peace?

According to Random.org, the winner is…

Bonita Bandaries!

Congratulations, Bonita! All you need to do is contact me with your snail mail address and Cheri will get your book right out to you!

And for those who didn’t win…You KNOW you want this book! So here’s a direct Amazon link to 365 Devotions for Peace, by Cheri Cowell. Enjoy!

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Well, friends, that does it for our Writer’s Headlines this week. Be sure to check back next week when you can learn The Fastest Route to Publication–It’s as Easy as 1-2-3! We’ll also be celebrating you, so be sure to send me your good news!

I pray God’s blessing on the work of your hands and your hearts,

Vonda

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Parting Words From The WORD…This Is The Way, Walk In It

Laughing Jesus by Robert Wilson, Sr.

Laughing Jesus by Robert Wilson, Sr.

 

I don’t know about you, but I used to love to make things happen. I thought of myself as a mover and shaker. I’d get an idea, figure out a way to do it, and then fill with pride at my ability. If I set my mind to it, I was sure I could make it happen!

But as I’ve gotten older (and hopefully wiser!), I’ve discovered that’s not the best way to live life. Believe me, that’s not to say I never fall back into my old habits, but I am confident in this one thing:

I’m no longer confident in my ability or my wisdom in trying to make things happen. It’s a lose-lose situation.

As my hair gets grayer and thinner and my skin gets wrinklier and droopier, my heart gets calmer and more satisfied that God’s got it all under control.

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)

Oh, that you and I will hear His voice . . . and then walk in it.

I pray God’s blessing on the work of your hands and your hearts,

Vonda

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Interview with Cheri Cowell – You Could Win a Free Book!

Cheri Cowell headshot (Nov 2014)What a joy to have my friend author and speaker Cheri Cowell back with us again today. After meeting at the CLASS Christian Writers Conference in New Mexico years ago, Cheri and I have been friends ever since. She’s written several books, but I’m especially excited about her latest, 365 Devotions for Peace. All it takes is one look at the headlines to know peace can be hard to find in today’s world. I have a feeling I’m not the only one ready to hear more about claiming the peace that’s offered to us.

Don’t forget to leave a comment and you’ll be in the drawing for a free book! Be sure to return next week to see if you’re the winner. Now, let’s get started.

Cheri, thanks for coming back to the Christian Writer’s Den today and sharing your new book with us. When I heard you had written about peace, I just knew I had to have you back, after all, it’s such a timely topic. So, tell us how this book came about.

I tell writers all the time that this business is about relationships and being where writers are–which is at writers’ conferences. I was in a conversation with an editor, just talking about writing, and I mentioned my new blog focus was going to be on the unrest in the country and the search for peace. She said, “Funny you should mention that because I’m looking for someone to write a daily devotional on the subject of peace.” You cannot underestimate the value of relationships in this industry.

So true! I’m sure most of us who’ve been doing this for any length of time have a story of something that came about through a writing relationship. But back to your book. What did you learn about the subject of peace while writing the book?

Like most things biblical, the Christian’s understanding of the subject of peace must be re-aligned with God’s definition and that definition has many facets. God’s definition is only truly understood as it is practiced–365 days a year.

So how did you go about writing 365 devotions on a single topic like peace?Cheri Cowell cover Peace

I am foremost a Bible teacher, so I begin with Scripture. There are 165 direct references to peace in the Bible and an additional 100 tangentially related. Some scriptures gave me the illustration fairly openly, but some I had to rely on inspiration from the Holy Spirit to bring the point to life. Then I followed the format for good devotional writing.

Good devotional writing does have a format. Can you share that format with us?

Sure. I learned this at writers’ conferences. A good devotional has five parts: Scripture, Illustration, Tie-in or application, Take-away, and Prayer. All of this is done in 250-300 words, making devotional writing good practice for writing tight. It forces you to measure every word, and to make good use of transitions so your devotional drives the point easily and smoothly for the reader.

As I mentioned above, 365 Devotions for Peace is not your first book published. Tell us about the others.

I actually began my writing career as an article writer, which gave me a good platform for publication. Incidentally, I still write articles and blogs because I know that writers can reach more people in magazines and online articles than with books. However, I am honored to be the author of four books: Direction: Discernment of the Decisions of Your Life, Parables and Word Pictures in the Following God Bible study series, and Living the Story: Reaching Outside the Church Walls.

Your bio says you’re a sidewalk theologian–what is that?

I like to say that in my writing and speaking you will meet a friend on the sidewalk of life who brings sound biblical answers to your questions of faith. I have a seminary degree from Asbury Seminary, but my real gift is in taking complicated theological issues and applying them to the real questions of faith ordinary people have, sharing those answers in a conversational manner. I hope reading 365 Devotions for Peace is a conversation with your own sidewalk theologian.

Do you have another book in the works?

In June, One Story, One Mission, One God releases, which is an overview of the whole Bible’s story in just 14 weeks. Many of us have only received the Bible in bits and pieces, but I want to show how the Bible is one story with the same mission about the same God from Genesis to Revelation. All of those pieces will fit together better when readers see the whole story from this birds-eye-view. I’ll be blogging about it from my website over the coming months.

Cheri Cowell Parables coverI LOVE the focus of that book! I’ll look forward to seeing it come out as well. Well, out time’s about up, so one last question. If you were to give one piece of writing advice, what would it be?

Can I share two? The first would be to write devotionals and articles so you learn good writing technique (and you reach thousands with your message). And the second piece of advice is on attending writers’ conferences. I never would have been published, either as a regular article writer or with books, if I had not developed the relationships needed to make it in this industry at conferences. It is an investment you must make.

Amen, Cheri! Those are words of advice I share every chance I get. As a matter of fact, I recently realized that every positive step in my writing journey can be traced back to a writer’s conference. Some say they can’t afford to go, but I say you can’t afford NOT to go!

I didn’t have the funds when I first started writing, either, but I made it a priority. I asked for donations to my conference fund for my birthday, Christmas, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, anniversary, etc. Anything that would normally result in a gift, I asked for the donation instead. I did that for several years in order to be able to attend. It was that important.

Cheri, thank you again for being with us today. I know your words will encourage writers for years to come.

And friends, don’t forget to leave a comment for Cheri and you’ll be in the drawing for a free book. The winner will be announced next week!

Bio: Cheri Cowell, an author, speaker, and sidewalk theologian, is the author of several books including the Bible study Parables and Word Pictures. A graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary, she shares her passion to help others apply biblical principles to the sidewalk issues of life. www.CheriCowell.com

I pray God’s blessing on the work of your hands and your hearts,

Vonda

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Parting Words From The WORD…Just Follow Jesus and Life Will Be Easy, Right?

Laughing Jesus by Robert Wilson, Sr.

Laughing Jesus by Robert Wilson, Sr.

This year I’m using a new book for part of my quiet time with the Lord. The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas A` Kempis; Classic Devotions in Today’s Language, compiled and edited by James N. Watkins is shedding new light on what it means to follow Christ, to be His disciple.

Kempis on Suffering: “Jesus has many lovers of his heavenly kingdom but few bearers of his cross. He has many seekers of comfort but few willing to face trouble and trial. He finds many companions at his table but few with him in fasting. Many desire to rejoice with him, but few are willing to undergo adversity for his sake.”

God’s Word: Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.” Matthew 16:24

My Revelation: There have been times in my life when I’ve been teased, insulted, and made to feel like a child for being a believer and follower of Christ. But I realize now I have no idea what true suffering for Christ, taking up His cross, really means.

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Kempis on Peace: “When you have no desire for outward things, only then you will enjoy internal peace.”

God’s Word: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

My revelation: How many times have I thought I would have peace, not worry, be happy…if only my circumstances were different?

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Kempis on Shining His Light: “Some have much of me on their lips, but little of me in their hearts.”

God’s Word: “…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

My Revelation: How many times have I done good works–good deeds–so that others would see me?

Yes, we’re followers of Christ. We love the Lord and thank Him for His sacrifice and grace. But are we–am I–giving Him my all?

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:37-39 NIV

Grace and peace be yours in abundance,

Vonda

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Writer’s Headlines: Writing Opportunities and Conferences

newspapersHello, Christian Writer’s Den friends. This is our monthly Opportunities issue, so let’s see if we can help you get published! Let’s start with writing opportunities compiled just for you.

1.  Bethany House Miraculous Answers to Prayer Call-out deadline has been extended to January 31, 2016!

2.  Donna Goodrich is working on a caregiver book. While it will include inspiration, devotionals, and humor, she also wants practical information to help caregivers find their way in the labyrinth. You can get guidelines for that project by emailing Donna at: msencourager [@] cox [dot] net

3.  Cat Fancy writer’s guidelines 

4.  Wisconsin Trails writing guidelines

5.  DollarStretcher.com writing guidelines

6.  Blue Ridge Country editorial guidelines

7.  AmericanCatholic.org writing guidelines

8.  Working Mother writers guidelines

9.  Astronomy Magazine article submission guidelines

10. Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine writers’ guidelines

11.  Lots of writing opps and contests listed at Christian Writers Submission Information by Sally Clark

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Image courtesy of StuartMiles/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

If you’re serious about writing and speaking, you’ll be serious about attending

conferences. 

When I first started this writing journey, I didn’t have money for conferences, so I asked my family and friends to contribute to my conference fund rather than giving me gifts for Christmas, birthday, Valentine’s Day, anniversary, and Mother’s Day. That went a long way towards my conferences. You might want to try it, too.

Here’s a list of upcoming writing and/or speaking conferences. Make your plans now to attend at least one conference a year. You wouldn’t expect to get a job without being prepared and qualified, would you? You can be sure your chances of publication increase with your training and experience in writing as well.

1.  Weekend with the Writers: January 29-30, 2016, Greenville, SC

2.  Writers Advance Boot Camp / Asheville Christian Writers Conference: February 19-21, 2016, Asheville, NC (I’ll see you there!)

3.  Florida Christian Writers Conference: February 24-28, 2016, Leesburg, FL

4.  Carolina Christian Writers Conference: March 11-12, 2016, Spartanburg, SC

5.  Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference: March 18-22, 2016, Mount Hermon, CA

6.  Mid-South Christian Writers Conference: March 19, 2016, Colliersville, TN

7.  American Christian Writers Mentoring Retreats begin in April: Various locations and dates

8.  Write2Ignite for Writers of Children’s Literature: April 1-2, 2016, Tigerville, SC

9.  Orange County Christian Writers’ Conference: April 15-16, 2016, Fullerton, CA

brmcwc 201610. Colorado Christian Writers Conference: May 11-14, 2016, Estes Park, CO

11. Northwest Christian Writers Renewal: May 13-14, 2016, Redmond, WA

12. Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference: May 22-26, 2016, Ridgecrest, NC (I’ll see you there!)

13. Write to Publish: June 8-11, 2016, Chicago area

14. West Virginia Writers Conference: June 10-12, 2016, Ripley, WV

15. New England Christian Writers Retreat: June 17-19, 2016, Hamilton, MA

16. St. David’s Christian Writers Conference: June 22-26, 2016, Grove City, PA

17. Christian Communicators Conference: August 24-28, 2016 The Billy Graham Training Center at Theccclogosmall Cove, Asheville, NC. Registration will open in March. (I’ll see you there!) Please note: The 2016 conference isn’t uploaded quite yet, but it will be soon! Please don’t register yet. :-)

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Happy writing!

Vonda

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Parting Words From The WORD…Does the Bible Say What You Think It Says?

Laughing Jesus by Robert Wilson, Sr.

Laughing Jesus by Robert Wilson, Sr.

Do we know what we think we know about the Bible?

Please understand I’m not saying that we need to know everything there is to know about the Bible–none of us will ever be able to do that!

But I am saying we need to be sure that what we’re saying is in the Bible really is in the Bible. Before we write or speak words of encouragement, admonition, or explanation and state something as fact, we need to make sure it is indeed that: A fact.

We can’t depend on what we’ve been told.

A few years ago, I wrote a blog post, Christmas Chaos? Check Out Mary’s First Christmas. In that piece, I addressed a couple of misconceptions that were cleared up the first time I really studied the scripture regarding Jesus’ birth instead of depending on what I’d been told.

  • Remember when the angel appeared to Mary and she was greatly troubled? I had always thought she was troubled because the angel told her she was going to have a baby. But the Bible tells us she was troubled because an angel had appeared to her. She hadn’t been told the good news yet.
  • Remember in Luke 2 where it talks about Mary pondering all those things in her heart? I had always thought she was pondering the Wise Men’s visit and all that entailed, but in reality, it was the shepherd’s visit that she tucked away and treasured.
  • And after that post ran, my friend Edie Melson pointed out another frequent misconception I had never noticed: The angels SAY “Glory to God in the highest,” they don’t sing it.

But Jesus’ birth isn’t the only thing I’ve been confused about through the years.

  • I had always envisioned Adam off playing with the elephants or something when Eve was enticed and seduced by the serpent. But the Bible says, “She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” That definitely puts a new light on the subject.
  • Until I actually studied the Word I thought becoming a submissive wife meant I would have to become a doormat. But God’s Word is overwhelmingly clear that submission has nothing to do with a doormat! And if you need to find out more about that, just look at the word “head” in Ephesians 5 and 1 Corinthians 11. God is head over Christ and man is head over woman. The word head is the same Greek word in both instances. Is Christ a doormat to God? I don’t think so.
  • And did you know:
    • Eli didn’t tell Hannah she would have a son?
    • Job wasn’t patient?
    • The Holy Spirit Himself thwarted Paul’s missionary journey plans?

    The truth is, the Bible is Truth. But our tradition or recollection of it can be innocently misguided. Before we share the Bible as Christian writers and speakers, we must be sure that we check our instruction and our interpretation against the Truth within His Word. After all, His Word is the only one that matters.

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

I pray God’s blessing on the work of your hands and your heart,

Vonda

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Celebration Day: Kudos, MoGo7000 Qualifiers, and Who Won $100?

fireworks PixabayIt’s time to celebrate YOU with our Christian Writer’s Den Kudos!

Congratulations to the following CWD friends who’ve been doing the work and finding success!

1.  Shellie Arnold (OH): My first novel THE SPINDLE CHAIR released in October 2015.

2.  Beth Fortune (SC): I had a Devo published for Christian Devotions in December.

3.  Marilyn Nutter (SC): Thanks to the opportunity posted on Vonda Skelton’s site, Marilyn was a guest blogger in November and December on Jeanne Doyon’s site, Pausing to See God Clearly
Here are the links: http://jeannedoyon.com/grief-isnt-on-the-calendar/
http://jeannedoyon.com/tis-the-season-to-be-overloaded/

4.  Ellen Andersen (SC): I’m going to post monthly on Jennifer Hallmark’s blog Small Acts of Kindness. I’m thrilled she asked me!

5.  Cyn Rogalski (PA): I got to speak at the local Chinese Christian Church in nearby Whitehall, PA on Saturday, Jan 9. A woman I met at church on Wednesday invited me to come with her (she was scheduled to speak) and I also got to speak to the group of young people. A great group!

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Who were the December MoGo7000 qualifers?

These two high-energy writers earned another MoGo7000 entry for the month of December:

#17: Susan Baganz – 23,983 words
#18: Tim Suddeth – 19,749 wordsmogo

Congratulations! You both have had an amazing year of writing by completing (or almost completing) at least one book in 2015. Thanks for letting us follow your journey.

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2016 MoGo7000 Writing Challenge Has Begun–YOU Could Win $100 in Cash!

If you missed out on last year’s money-winning writing challenge, don’t worry, the 2016 challenge is now underway. Here are the MoGo7000 Challenge rules. All you have to do is write at least 7000 NEW words on a book project in any month and you’ll receive an entry into the end-of-the-year drawing for $100. AND IT’S ALL FREE!

Each month you qualify with 7000 new words, your name goes in the “hat” for the drawing. Reach the goal one month in 2016 and you receive one entry. Reach it all 12 months and you receive 12 entries! At the beginning of 2017, a winning entry will be selected at Random.org and the winner will receive $100 in cash to use as he or she desires.

And just think, whether you win the money or not, at the end of the year, you could have a completed book, or at least be well on your way to one…and it doesn’t cost you a cent. Sounds like a win-win situation to me!

So what are you waiting for? Sit down and get to work. Be sure to mark your beginning and ending for the month, so you’ll know how many words your wrote, then report them when I post the call-out each month.

Isn’t this fun?

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Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…Who won $100?

Well, before I announce the winner, let me share some exciting statistics with you:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

  1. Would you believe 401,762 new words were written on book projects and reported by Christian Writer’s Den friends in 2015?
  2. Six writers participated in the 2015 challenge.
  3. I know at least two books came out of these months of writing, but I don’t know for sure how many.
  4. And I know one writer is going to be $100 richer. :-)

Congratulations to all the writers who worked hard and made progress in their book projects this year!

So, are you ready to see who won $100 to spend as desired? Drum roll, please…Random.org says the winner of the 2015 MoGo7000 Challenge is…

Susan Baganz!


Woo-hoo, Susan! Congratulations! Now, I just need you to contact me with your snail mail address and I’ll get that check right out to you!

And friends, if you didn’t win, don’t worry. The 2016 MoGo7000 Challenge is now underway! Write at least 7000 new words on a book project in a month and you’ll receive an entry. Get started now and you could have 12 chances to win at the end of the year!

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Who won $100 in the #MoGo7000 #writing challenge? You could win in 2016! @VondaSkelton #amwriting (Click to Tweet)

Well, that does it for another Tuesday at the Christian Writer’s Den. I hope you’ll join us next week as I share a list of writing opportunities, contests, and conferences collected just for you!

I pray God’s blessing on the work of your hands and your hearts,

Vonda

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Parting Words From The WORD…I Thank God for You

Laughing Jesus by Robert Wilson, Sr.

Laughing Jesus by Robert Wilson, Sr.

As 2016 begins, I’m reminded again how blessed I am that you’ve joined me on this journey. My first Christian Writer’s Den blog post was January 15, 2008 and I had no idea if anyone would even be interested in what I had to say.

But here we are, eight years later, and we’re still gathering week after week. Thank you.

During these years, we’ve shared over 1000 writing opportunities, seen hundreds of readers get published, celebrated our successes together, and prayed for each other. We’ve learned from published authors and won their books. And in the past several years, Christian Writers Den readers have written well over a million words on their own books in the MoGo7000 Challenge…and somebody’s gonna winl $100 next week! In the year 2011, ChristianCommunicators.com was born to help women develop or expand their speaking ministries.

And, of course, we’ve talked about writing. I’m thankful we have each other on this crazy, wonderful, scary, frustrating, satisfying, God-appointed journey.

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the
day of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 1:3-6 (NIV)

I pray God’s blessing on the work of your hands and your hearts in 2016.

Vonda

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Wise Words, Kudos & MoGo7000 Call-Outs, and Who Won Delores Liesner’s Book?

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Let’s start 2016 with a few wise words from the wisest and richest man in who ever lived.

Dreaming instead of doing is foolishness, and there is ruin in a flood of empty words . . . .
Ecclesiastes 5:7a (TLB)

Ouch.

Am I–are you–dreaming instead of doing? Would you join me in making 2016 the Year of Doing?

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It’s Time to Share Kudos of YOUR Successes!

Hey there, writing friends. We want to know what you’ve been up to. Have you had something exciting happen recently in your writing or speaking life? Maybe you’ve had an

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article published, signed a book contract, released a new book, got an agent, or started a new blog. If so, we want to hear from you!

It’s really simple, but I do ask that you contact me with the info in this format and order ONLY:

**Your name
**Your state in two-letter abbreviation
**Link to your website or blog
**Your good news
**Link to your good news, if online (online bookstore, online article, etc)

I can’t wait for us to celebrate with you!

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mogo7000 logoWho MoGo’d in December?

If you wrote at least 7000 new words on a book project in December, you will receive one last entry for the 2015 MoGo7000 $100 cash prize! It’s open to everyone who qualifies.

To report your December results, please leave a comment below with your total new words written on a book project in December. (Please do not send your totals by email or through the Contact page. Totals must be left as a comment here by next Sunday). 

If you missed out on last year’s money-winning writing challenge, don’t worry, the 2016 challenge has begun! Here are the MoGo7000 Challenge rules. But remember, this week’s reporting is for the month of December 2015.

Be sure to return next week to see if you’re the winner!

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Who won a copy of Delores Liesner’s book, Be the Miracle?

And the winner is…

Julie Garmon!

Congratulations, Julie. Simply contact me with your mailing address and Delores will get the book right out to you!

And for those who didn’t win, here’s an Amazon direct link to Be the Miracle.

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Daddy Skelton at 94 with Max & AveryThank you for your prayers for our family.

 

Wow, what a whirlwind few months it’s been. Thanks to each of you who sent your prayers and sympathies in the death of my precious father-in-love on December 22. He would have been 98yo if he had made it to January 30. This is a picture from 3 years ago when he was 94. He’s dancing with two of his GREAT-grandchildren!

It’s been a difficult experience, especially at the holidays, but you comforted us as only God’s people can do. Thank you!

Although I hope to get back in the swing of things very soon, I still ask for patience as I try to catch up. If you have an urgent need that you’re waiting for, please let me know. Otherwise, I’ll get to it as soon as possible.

 

Thanks for sharing!

Start the writing year off w/a chance to win $100 w/MoGo7000! Celebrate your successes! @VondaSkelton

I pray God’s richest blessings in 2016 as you continue to shine His light into this needy world.

Vonda

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