36 He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”
Mark 9:36 – 38
An elementary school where I served had a diverse student population. One year two children entered my classroom immediately after arriving in the United States, with almost no English language.
What on earth am I doing sitting under this palm tree? Has everyone gone off the deep end, or just the people talking to me?
After Ehud died, the people again did what the Lord said was wrong.
The other day, my young colleague, Alex, and I were discussing a brochure we were working on. We discovered that both of us thought about going into marketing when we were in high school. How things change.
These days, the most challenging part of being a writer for me is promoting and marketing my books. Dear Reader, it's absolutely painful for me! It's not that I don't believe what and who I write for; I'm passionate about both.
Perhaps not passionate enough.
For the first five years or so, after we moved "up north" holidays weren't exactly fun. No yard full of laughing cousins. No kitchen bubbling over with delicious smells and mama stories.
It was sad and lonesome.
Then a couple at our church invited us to spend Thanksgiving with them. That was the beginning.
Her name was Vicki Collins, and she lived across the street. I thought we'd be friends forever.
But, Kansas was a long way from Georgia, and back in the day, staying in touch meant writing letters. Sadly, after a couple of years, too many moves and too many miles eventually took their toll.
I don't like to think of myself as OCD. Organized or efficient sounds so much better. Rachael hit the nail on the head several years ago when she said, "Allie always has a reason or a plan."
One thing about having a plan, or list, is the gratification of crossing things off. It's only halfway through the summer and I can already cross off number one: read at least one fiction and non-fiction book. Woo-Hoo!
Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? There's only 168 days until the big day. Tom and I started in May. WHAT! That's early, even for me.
This year, our newest granddaughter, Harper, my student, Jameer, and knee surgery provided inspiration and opportunity for a head start on Christmas. A couple of homemade gifts seem to be just the ticket for our grandkids, Annalyn, Parker, Gracie, and Harper.
Our son-in-law, Brandon, and Rachael's stepson, Parker, are big Marvel Comic fans. Since Netflix is my BFF while spending time in the rehab room, checking out some of the movies seems to be a good way to learn about their interest.
I've only watched a few of the Marvel movies, but so far my favorite character is Agent Peggy Carter. Strong, positive character traits, and get a load of that terrific red lipstick! What's not to love?
Dear Reader, how many ways have you helped others this week? In what ways have others helped you?Personally, I think the cycle of service is one of the greatest blessings in life.
You may recall that I consider our daughter, Mary, to be my publishing/platform mentor. A year ago last winter, Mary began encouraging me to get involved in writing organizations.
Last May, Mary and I went to a regional writers' conference. Since it was in the Rockies, Tom and the granddaughters went along for the scenery. I was thrilled to go, especially with Mary. It was a step in the right direction, but a baby step at best.
I don't recall our daughter, Mary, playing school when she was a child. Usually, she did have a book in her hands. Mary and I have chatted along the way, and I don't think she remembers not being able to read.
I credit Mama with Mary's love affair with books. Mary has turned her passion for reading into a career in writing. Tom and I are probably a lot prouder of her than she realizes. To others, I have to rein in the proud Mama gush frequently.
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