For the newbies, here's a brief intro to my world. Blogging is a new adventure for me. This is how it has worked for me:
motivation + instruction + inspiration
my daughter, Mary my son, James THE LORD
A couple of years ago, I started learning about my God-sized dream: to write and give books with a message of love, hope and forgiveness to at risk kids. God began putting assurances in my path, including an amazing and supportive husband, Tom. I'd been writing stories for/about our granddaughter, and moved on to faith-based children's stories. Last year, we made the commitment for me to retire from public education to write and serve.
Since last May, my learning curve has been at least 90 degrees straight up, including blogging. In September, my first book, Life with Bobby and Bonnie, was published by Xulon Press. Since Xulon is a self-publishing company, that means I have to do my own marketing and promotion.
Whoa!!!! When you're a middle-aged, transplanted Southern-bred woman, tooting your own horn is not exactly a dominant skill set. And what about all those Scriptures extolling humility? Even my ventures into retail were unsuccessful. I couldn't sell groceries to a starving man. And now, I'm expected to sell myself, or at least my book. Ouch!!!!
And here we are! This is me trying to build a platform. (Oh yeah, I've also had to expand my vocabulary, too.) I'm getting on Facebook (can you believe what some folks post?), finally figuring out Twitter, and when I remember, checking in on LinkedIn and creating Pinterest boards. The best part is staying in better touch with friends and family, reconnecting with folks, and meeting new people, like you!
Here's what I haven't learned: how to organize my online time. Is there a ratio out there? I'm all about systems and routines, so schedules work for me. I have learned that all this incredible networking can be insidiously addictive, so at least once a week I have to remind myself of my purpose while still trying to meaningfully connect with others.
Now that I've said all that, this is the biggest thing I want you to know about my blog. I love to write, but these days I try to immerse my writing with one simple prayer: Your words, Lord, not mine. I'm not saying that makes my blogging or any other writing perfect, but I want the message to be His, not mine.
I'm really glad you came by David's Daughter, and hope you come by often. Nothing grandiose here, but hopefully, it will offer you a little humor, maybe an insight, or even inspiration. My prayer for you is that His words will guide you to your "ecstatic experience".
4 Your words helped those who were ready to fall.
You gave strength to those who could not stand by themselves.