Aloha from Karen, the CAN treasurer,
Only a few days to Christmas and the end of another year. As you contemplate the miracle of God becoming flesh, God incarnate, it’s also a time to believe in your dreams and know that with God all things are possible.
I end the year with two unexpected book contracts although some I’d hoped for have not come through. God has such a greater plan that I have. Take time as the year end’s to thank God for the gifts he has given you this year and the writing opportunities. Then pray for the coming year. I always ask God for a verse to guide me in the New Year. This past year the verse focused on making the most of every opportunity and I did that. God used opportunities to open new doors. I’m excited to pray and discover what verse He will give me for 2010.
I hope that all of you will be blessed in the coming year with opportunities to write and share God’s love through words/
Happy December 21 from Jeanette. Today I spent a chunk of my writing day on a project that felt like homework. Usually I enjoy the type of assignment involved but this just wasn’t clicking. On top of that, my head was foggy from a cold, both sons are off school, and four days before Christmas all I want to do is bake and watch movies. Can you relate? Then maybe you’ll benefit from how I dealt with it.
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Jeanne Dennis here. Since June, I’ve been a member of the CAN Board. Even though you haven't heard from me personally for several months, I post the CAN book releases on this blog every Tuesday and help keep the CAN website up to date.
During this holy season, I wanted to touch base with you again and express what’s in my heart. We live in a time of personal, political, and financial uncertainty. Countless people now struggle with poor health or finances; suffer the loss of loved ones, jobs, or homes; or deal with other crises. Pain and loss often feel more acute during this traditional time of joy, hope, and peace.
People need our words as writers and speakers now more than ever. So even if the paragraph above describes our lives, let’s make this Christmastime a season of trust – trust in the One who knows all things perfectly, does all things well, and makes all things beautiful in His time.
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Patterns and Progress
By Amber Stockton
Shannon Delaney was right.
Every time she might consider changing her stance on what other people called progress, something bad would happen and she would be proven right again. Take the day Jacob Berringer almost ran her over in that new Model-T, for instance. And he had the nerve to suggest she'd been daydreaming? Or the Titanic. A marvel of modern invention. Look where that got them. Or how about the new tractor her brother insisted they try out. What did he get from that? A broken arm. Why can't things just stay the way they are—the way they should be?
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A happy Monday to you from Bonnie Leon.
Signs of Christmas are everywhere and gift ideas have been tumbling through my mind. What should I get for my husband, children and grandchildren? I’ve also been thinking about the greatest gift of all—Jesus Christ. What must it have been like to be Mary when she looked upon her son, God’s son? The Christ child lay in her arms only because she’d bowed her will to God. When she chose to obey did she know the sacrifices and heartache that lay before her?
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