Tuesday, December 20, 2011
It's almost Christmas. Is it just me or did this year whiz by when I wasn't looking?! Wow, it feels like last Christmas was just over. It's nuts. December is always a super busy month. Christmas is a very emotional time of year for me. Being so busy helps and other times it adds to the overwhelmed feeling.
Today, though I'm feeling wonderful. I think I'm about to hit a mania period. I love those, except for when they have to end. The higher I've been the harder the crash it seems. I always bounce back though; and in the last couple years I bounce back much faster and better than I ever have in my life. I credit this to many factors; but, really, the credit goes to Jesus. The freedom I have found in the last couple years since I became a Christian is overwhelming. But, that's a story for another day. Today, I want to share with you something I wrote for someone super special to me.
A couple weeks ago, I decided on a Christmas gift for the lead pastor at my church. It was a collection of 4 small glass angel ornaments with touches of gold trim. Beautiful set, but I wanted to make it more personal. I decided that I would write a poem for him to tell him how much he helps me and how much I appreciate it.
I've written a lot since I discovered my talent and love of the craft. However, I have never in my life attempted poetry. I had no idea if I could do it at all. I sat down one evening after dinner to write a poem for Pastor Henry. I dribbled many words and phrases onto my keyboard; but nothing that made sense. After a couple hours, a lot of frustration; and even more laughter at what I was writing; I decided that poetry wasn't my gift. But it was still bothering me. I needed to see this through to the end. I prayed about it as always, and suddenly the words started to come together and they made sense.
At about midnight I finished this poem. Let me know what you think.
Angels from Heaven
by Carley Cooper
A stranger willing to say a prayer,
or a puppy with lots of kisses to share.
A friend who loves enough to sit in silence,
and a pastor with an endless patience.
All are angels sent from Heaven,
to help those like me thatís for certain.
This fancy package that comes from my heart,
is especially for you with my thanks to impart.
Four little angels are contained within,
each a characteristic of our friendship akin.
Lectures, advice, and guidance you extend;
my angel, my pastor, my counsellor, my friend.
I delivered it this morning with the gift to Pastor Henry at the church office; when I took in the huge gift basket filled with lots of home made Christmas treats (which is my own little tradition; because I love all those in the church office so much for all the work that they do for the church, for Jesus and for me). He read it, and said something like "Wow, that's nice. Thanks". It wasn't the response that I had hoped for. I was waiting for him to look at me and he said "I'm not going to look at you because if I do, I'll cry". HA!!! That's the response I expected from him. He was very touched by it; which makes me very happy.
I also gave him a batch of deviled eggs... one of his favorite treats! lol
Friday, November 25, 2011
Praise Report - Day 9 & 10
I'm cheating again, and doing 2 praise reports in one day; because I missed yesterday.
Yesterday's praise was an incredible experience with God. I spent the whole day writing chapters in my book. I spent the day reliving my divorce years ago and writing about it. When I was done with that part of my life I talked about how much I hated myself. So much so that I would make myself angry because I couldn't come up with words bad enough to describe how I felt about myself. Of course, this was before I was a practicing Christian. As a result of what I was writing and feeling, I started to doubt myself again.
Well, fast forward a few hours. I went to a Women's Ministry gathering at my church. It was filled with wonderful praise and worship, and an awesome testimony. The topic was "Who God says We Are". There was an exercise where we were given a handful of pre-printed labels. All the labels had terms that are what God says we are. We got to walk around and put all these labels on our sisters. Then we got to read out loud our favorite one. My fave was the label that said "Accepted by God". Then, we heard a wonderful testimony where the woman talked about her past (BC). She talked about the labels that she would call herself. Then she talked about how God changed her so drastically, and what He calls her now.
Well, the whole evening left me in tears because I could feel the Holy Spirit so strong telling me who I am; and reminding me that what I had spent the day writing about is worldly things, and not reality. I left there reminded that the bad labels of the past are gone, and that writing my story down into a book is what He wants me to do.
OK... so that's a bit of a long story for my first praise report. The second report is that I am officially a NaNoWriMo winner (National Novel Writing Month). It is my first time doing the challenge. I met the goal of 50,000 words, with a week to spare. Granted I'm not done with my book yet. I'm only about half done; but I did take the challenge to meet 50K and I did it. I'm currently at 58K.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
OK... so I'm cheating on a praise report. I'm doing two days in one, but I figure that it's worth a double shot of praise this time. The reason I didn't write one yesterday is because I was busy writing more of the book I'm writing. I got a lot done. That would be the reason for praise #1. Today's praise is... because I did so much writing yesterday and today; I crossed the goal line! Woo Hoo! I've reached and passed the 50,000 words mark... and I still have a week to spare in the month. How cool is that?! I took the NaNoWriMo challenge and I completed it!
However, I'm not finished my story. I'm only half done with the story. I will complete it though. That'll be more praises for another day. God is good. He is helping me to get closer with each day that this will be a reality.
Not only that... but I talked to our ex-pastor... ehhhh... is that a proper term? I mean, he's still a pastor, he's just not ours any more. He moved. But it's not far away so we still talk to him and see him now & then. Anyway, he called the other day and we had a long chat. Later he stopped by the office too, so we had another chat. Well, long story short... he's got a friend with a publishing company that may be able to help me when I'm done. I have faith that God will make it happen for me if it's meant to be. In the mean time, I'm loving the writing process, and learning along with other things like learning how to properly format a manuscript. It's fun. It's also emotional. Some of the things that I write about in my story still hits at home with me. But I plow my way through it. It makes for a better story later if I do.
OK. I'll stop babbling now. Please keep my book in your prayers. I want to help people, I want to tell my story, but I don't want to hurt anyone. God bless.
Hugs, to you all,
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