Saturday, May 8, 2010

Breaking Up Is Hard (and Exciting!) To Do

Dear Blogging Friends,

I have come to a point in my writing career where it is necessary to divide my blogs into inspirational/fun and professional. Typing One-Handed was started in 2007 to establish a presence for me online as a writer. I have been writing inspirational blogs here on Blogger. I am branching out into fiction and technical writing. Typing One-Handed is migrating to a new website because it conveys my normal state of being as I write.

I opened the Quiet Resting Places blog as a restful, reflective journal about my life and loves (Mr. Amazing, the Pastry Princess, Orchid, SuperMan, & the Dynamo) and my faith. I've decided to use that blog name here because this is the where I have met so many of uplifting and talented friends. I will continue to participate with In Other Words here, as well as any other memes that catch my eye. I will share links to the columns I write for Take Root and Write.

Launching Here Soon - This Week's Featured Inspirational Blog: A place to share the inspiring internet homes of other writers/bloggers. I will take suggestions from my friends and then do a review of the blog with links. (You will love the blog and wonderful Christian writer I am sharing first!) By the beginning of summer, I hope to be sharing Saturday Selah with you again.

I hope you will continue to visit me here at my home on Blogger. I have been so inspired by the friends I've met here. I'll share links to the new website once in a while, particularly when I have guest bloggers sharing their journey along the writing path.

I hope you like the graphical changes here...the beach is the most restful place for me. I've always loved the majesty of the ocean. I'm not sure, but it's possible that my veins have a 50% solution of sea water mixed in them. ;p

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

In Other Words: Simple Faith

“Prayers arising from my needs are preparations for future mercies; Help me to honour thee by believing before I feel, for great is the sin if I make feeling a cause of faith.” from the book “The Valley of Vision” a collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions.
Simple prayers uttered with concrete faith please the Lord. Following the example of King David in Psalm 23 we can see how to voice our faith in expectation of God's action on our behalf.

The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.

1) Acknowledge that God keeps His promises.

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear or be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. ~Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.

2) Remember the times He has brought peace to you in the past.

I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. ~Psalm 40 NKJV
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name's sake.

3) Learn to recognize the character of the Lord as evidenced in your life.

Surely in the Lord I have righteousness and strength. ~Isaiah 45:24b NKJV
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

4) Realize that trials and tests are for molding your life into a reflection of His lovely Son, Jesus Christ.

Blessed is the man who endures temptation, for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. ~James 1:12 NKJV
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.

5) Rejoice in the small, everyday blessings that are little touches of grace to be appreciated regardless of circumstances.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. ~James 1:17 NKJV
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord

6) Claim the most important Promise!

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may day, he shall live.
And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?"
She said to Him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world." ~John 11:25-27 NKJV
Now pray for those needs, fully knowing that what you receive is His good will!

Karen at In Love W.I.T.H. Jesus is hosting In Other Words.
Visit her to read more and to share your own thoughts on today's quote.

Launching the New Typing One-Handed

Typing One-Handed is moving!

I've wanted to expand TOH for a year. Finally the main site is up... It's the first step to trying out my new motto: Live Life Simply.

New at

Sharing the Writing Life: A place for writers to share the experiences that keep them writing day after day. I've lined up some published authors to be Guest Bloggers. I'm also open to unpublished writers. Everyone in the writing industry has tips and experiences worth sharing. Check out the submission page and let me know what you want to blog about and when you are available. I am very excited about this section of TOH. Who knows who will show up to share...

Please join me over at the new place ( I've already set up Google Friend Connect. I'd love to see all my friends over there.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

IOW: Contentment, or How God Teaches Patience

“If monotony tries me, and I cannot stand drudgery;
if stupid people fret me and little ruffles set me on edge;
if I make much of the trifles of life,
then I know nothing of Calvary love.
Amy Carmichael, If: What Do I Know of Calvary Love?
Patience: the capacity, habit, or fact of being patient... (according to Merriam-Webster)

Patient 1: bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint...
I remember thinking about my short temper as an older teenager and praying for patience. Less than ten years from that prayer, I was the mother of three children ages 5, 3, and newborn. So I prayed more...
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you  may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. (2 Peter 1:3-4 NIV)
Patient 2: manifesting forbearance under provocation or strain...
My husband joined US Air Force Recruiting while I was pregnant with baby number 2--baby number 1 was only 20 months old. We began a life of packing, moving to a new abode, unpacking, and trying to keep a normal life...every 2-1/2 to 3 years. My patience was sorely tested throughout those years and many times I failed my tests miserably. In fact, I developed a level of harshness to my interactions with my kids and husband when I was annoyed.
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge. (2 Peter 1:5 NIV)
Patient 3: not hasty or impetuous...
Eventually the preschooler, toddler, and infant years ended. Those kids grew like weeds and suddenly I was parenting 2 teens and a middle-schooler. At this point in my husband's Air Force career, I felt I was parenting all alone as he was away two weeks at a time, with only short periods at home. At my husband's last duty station, he was gone 33 times in 21 months. I coped by bouncing between being the kids best friend and being overbearing, trying to maintain some semblance of control.
And to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness. (2 Peter 1:6 NIV)
Patient 4: steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity...
All the while life was moving along with some measure of peace. I studied my Bible, read book after book on being a woman of God. Sometimes I succeeded, especially during several severe trials. When those trials came up I felt the Lord right along side me.
And to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. (2 Peter 1:7 NIV)
Patient 5: able or willing to bear...
I have developed a great appreciation for the love of God through the years of watching my family grow. He shows patience with my frailties and strengthens me to be available to stand firmly in Him. His patience with me has taught me patience with others. Not that I always demonstrate what I have learned. And when I reminded, He sends a new test...
For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:8 NIV)
Patient (Persistent) 6: continuing despite difficulties, opposition, or discouragement...
Our kids are grown and we have been blessed with a rambunctious grandson. And to prove 1) either I didn't learn what I needed to the first go-around, or 2) God has a huge sense of humor, I have been raising that little guy since last August 24 hours a day during the week. My only relief comes when his mother is home on the weekends. And amazingly enough, I am having to learn to ignore all the things that set me off the first time around and try to show love in everything I do. Evidently I didn't quite score high enough on those tests...or I'm working on my Master's degree in the applied science of Christian Love.
So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. (1 Peter 1:12 NIV)
God is Good. Life is Sweet. Share the Love.

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