The Coming New Year

https://insppoint.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/8d283-christmas-day-and-happy-new-year-religious-verses.jpeg?w=863The New Year is fast approaching and I will make one definite prediction. Someone is going to make a resolution and they hope to keep it. How can I know? It happens every year and it will likely continue.  What resolution are you considering?

If you’re reading this and it’s not January 1st; it’s not too late.  A good time to start a smart diet is often today. The same thing can be applied to reading certain books. Reading the Bible in a year is a popular resolution.  Of course, it is not the only one. What’s your resolution for the coming year?
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A Columbus Day Retreat

ThreeSpringsDuring the Columbus Day weekend, I’ll be heading to Three Springs for a needed vacation. Did you ever have one of those days? I have been in need of one, for quite some time.

Three Springs is located in the mountains, past Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The mountain scenery is gorgeous; especially during the autumn season. My church regularly goes there, every year. I’ve been there, a few times and I love it. You can find out more, by visiting their web site at http://www.threespringsministries.org/

My only regrets is that I can’t go horseback riding. Then again, I’m 50 years old and I haven’t ridden a horse, since ’92. Don’t you think it’s time that I rethink that idea? However, there are activities that I can do and enjoy. If you have a mobility problem, then I’d not recommend this place.

I should be back in town, on Columbus Day. That’s a Monday. It’s unlikely that I’ll sit and write an article, the following day. Plus, I have another writing project in the wing. On June 2014, I wrote an article called “The Builder” and I’d like to use a retooled version of it in a chapter in a book or e-book.

Before I can use it; a model will have to be created. Why? I have trouble in painting a picture of something I’ve not seen. Hence, I need to create a visual reference. My only tool is Minecraft. Minecraft is a sandbox game and you can build some beautiful structures in it.

If you have any alternative ideas that I can use on my PC, then I’d like to hear it. Of course, I can also use my large tablet and it’s more powerful than my desktop.  I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas.

 

Dealing With Changes

A week ago, Shore Vineyard held a discussion called “How to Thrive in the Upcoming Financial Crisis”. The discussion centers on a book called “The Mystery of the Shemitah It’s a book written by Jonathan Cahn. I saw the video based on this book and it’s pretty good.

If you took the time and listened to the audio, then you will discover that we did more than talk about the book. We talked about solutions and a willingness to listen to God’s Word. I’ll give you, a hint. We did not talk about owning gold; as not everyone can afford it.

I am one of those people, who can’t afford to buy gold. What about me? How should I prepare for something, that may or may not happen? A wise man sees the upcoming trouble and takes prudent steps; so that he is not reacting to fear. 

As the discussion continues, I quietly asked Jesus and myself, “What should I do? How do I prepare for potential changes?” One thing certain, our country is definitely in a financial mess. You simply need to turn on Fox News or CNN. What’s next? Continue reading “Dealing With Changes”

Don’t Forget the OIIL: Imagination and Inspiration

If you read my last article, “Don’t Forget the OIIL: Observation“; then you will know that I’m writing a series called “Don’t Forget the OIIL”. What do I mean by OIIL? No, it’s not a typo; rather, it’s an acronym: Observation, Imagination / Inspiration and Language.

Each of these components is essential to creating good content for a blog or a YouTube video. In this article, we’ll take a look at “Imagination” and “Inspiration” and their role in creating content. Continue reading “Don’t Forget the OIIL: Imagination and Inspiration”

Don’t Forget The OIIL: Observation

Did you know there is a special ingredient, for good writing? Years ago, I was introduced to this special ingredient, by my writing teacher, Ryan. If you read the title, then you already know.

Oil? What does that have to do with writing, content creation or faith? First, the title says “OIIL” and not oil. No, OOIL is not a typo; rather, it is an acronym. It stands for Observe, Imagination, Inspiration and Language.

As a Christian writer, I have found this special ingredient to be very helpful in many of my writing endeavors. How so? Is it some kind of magical ingredient? No, there is nothing magical about OIIL; rather, it is a set of practical tools to help in creating content for blogs, YouTube or books.

Would you like to learn more? Please continue reading about this OIIL. Continue reading “Don’t Forget The OIIL: Observation”