2016…A New Year…A New Beginning

 

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As we move into 2016, I’d like to take the opportunity to thank those of you who’ve encouraged me in my journey. I’m working on my second book in my Golden Heart Series, and it promises to send my main character on a more complicated quest as he tries to solve an even greater mystery.

I’d also like to wish everyone a great new year. I hope that you might be able to take an old dream off the shelf, dust it off, and make another attempt to look at it through fresh eyes.

Or, you may be satisfied right where you are; enjoying family, grandchildren, or working on a hobby. Time passes by so quickly. One minute we’re rushing our children to and fro, getting them to practice and other events, and the next minute, we’re attending our grandchildren’s sporting events and school functions.

Make sure you take time for you. Live healthy, eat healthy, and let this be the year that you decide to do something for you; something you’ve always wanted to do but never found the time.

This is hoping that you find the time.

Happy New Year, stay safe, and may God bless you.

 

 

Update On My Progress

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I wanted to update you on the progress of my book. I’ve uploaded it to Createspace to get it ready for the printed copy. Then I’ll upload it to Draft2Digital for the digital copy so it’ll be ready for digital distributors. It’s a process, and I hope to have a future post on a step-by-step process of how to get you story published. It’s been difficult to know exactly what to do and when to do it because I’m a step-by-step person. I’ve asked lots of questions to those in the business and everyone has been helpful.

 

My book cover is done for those who haven’t seen it yet….

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I’ve also created a book trailer that you can check out at www.debbie-erickson.com if you’d like. Just click, “Books”.

It’s been a lot of fun and so exciting to go through the process of self-publication. I can’t tell you how wonderful it feels to have the freedom that comes with self-publication. Learning the process takes some patience but when you see everything come together it’s such a great feeling of accomplishment. And I’m getting to know some really neat people along the way.

For those who love to write, don’t give up. Keep going even if you have to tell yourself everyday not to give up.

I will post when the book is up on Amazon.

I wish you all the best in your endeavors whatever your dreams are.

~blessings

 

Passion and Faith

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Courtesy: bigstock.com/Who can comprehend the mysteries of the universe but God alone?

While continuing my agent search for my MG fantasy, I’m in the process of learning how to create digital book covers to ePub some of my children’s stories. I’ve never pursued graphic design because writing became my dominant passion, but I like it.

My other passion other than writing is encouraging people. We’re never too old to accomplish our goals and dreams.

I’ve been thinking lately how passion and faith sort of go hand and hand. Our passion becomes a reality when we have faith to know that we can attain our goals. We cannot allow ourselves to be weighed down by the world’s cares; we must have faith to look beyond the obstacles to the path that lies beyond them.

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“Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” ~Hebrews 12:1-2.

Since no one is perfect, (ugh) God’s grace helps us recognize our shortcomings in order to help us begin the process of peeling the layers, and eventually eliminating them from our lives. When we finally win the victory and lay them down, then the weight is lifted and we can move forward in freedom without the pesky weight that sometimes envelops us. But faith gives us the strength to keep moving.

How do we get more faith? First and foremost: “So then, faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” ~Romans 10:17

Believing in things that we can see isn’t really faith. Believing in things we can’t see is faith. Blind faith. For example, if we’ve never seen our mother or father, we know that they exist. Our sight doesn’t determine their existence. Our existence determines their existence because we are the product and proof of their existence since they are the only vehicle in which we come into the world. So even if we never saw our mother or father, we’d still know they exist/ed. This is faith.

“Jesus said unto him, ‘Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.'”

Is it easy to believe in things we can’t see? No. But faith sprouts and grows through God’s word and eventually makes it into our hearts. This is what keeps passion alive. What do you think about faith?

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May you continue to follow your dreams, your desires, and your passion. I wish you all the very best on your road through life. If there is anything I am able to do for you, let me know. We’re all in this together!

~blessings

Thirteen Things that Mentally Strong People Do Not Do

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I wanted to share some things for those who sometimes trod into Slumps-ville. I go through slumps, too, as a writer. Highs. Lows. Ups. Downs. Discouragement nags at us, and if we’re not on our guard, it could very well swallow us. It’s okay for a while as long as we get back up.

Writing fiction involves character development, writing great settings and having a good plot, and it’s having a satisfying ending that wraps the story up. Selling it involves perseverance.

We can all use a mental boost once in a while. I’d like to share ten things that radio talk show host, Rush Limbaugh, believes what it takes to have a mentally strong attitude. Some either love Mr. Limbaugh or hate him, but if you put him aside, his ten traits have some meaningful life lessons. His statements are in red, mine are in black:

  1. They don’t give away their power–they avoid giving people power to offend them. People will always offend us. Let’s not let it bother us, rather, allow them the freedom to speak their mind.
  2. They don’t worry about what others think. I’d only like to add, we should always strive to set good examples.
  3. They don’t waste time feeling sorry for themselves. They take responsibility for their actions and accept the fact that life isn’t fair. They quickly learn that no one is responsible for their lives but they, themselves.
  4. They don’t waste energy on things they can’t control. They can discern when there are things that are out of their control. 
  5. They don’t worry about pleasing others. Other people’s happiness and contentment is not our job or responsibility, however, we try to make peace to the best of our ability.
  6. They aren’t fearful. They aren’t afraid to stand up for what they believe even if it means they are the only ones standing.
  7. They don’t dwell on the past. This one here is actually found in the Bible: “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62). What this means, is that we can’t keep looking back and expect to be productive as we move forward. We must stay focused on the road ahead. 
  8. They don’t make the same mistake twice. They learn from their mistakes.
  9. They don’t resent other people’s success. They cheer another’s success and give others encouragement.
  10. They don’t give up after a failure. 😉 They may fail time and again, but the secret is getting back up.
  11. They don’t fear time alone. They treasure peace. They draw strength and become refreshed when they take time to be alone. Peace of Mind wooden sign on a beautiful day
  12. They don’t think the world owes them anything. They work hard toward their goals and take pride in their accomplishments. 
  13. They don’t expect immediate results. This is a tough one, and I’d like to expand on this point. I’ve been guilty of this vital mistake. Things worth having are worth working hard toward and waiting on. I also must say, this comes from the Bible, too: “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” ~Palms 27:14

We are all called to pursue our interests. We must seek what it is we’re good at, and what our passion is. Then, take one step at a time to work toward that goal. Most of the time the road is long and dusty. It isn’t easy, but the winding path will lead you to the right place if you follow your heart to the end.

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~blessings

Debbie

http://www.debbie-erickson.com

 

 

 

Let Your Light Shine

As you step into the new year, on an unknown path, take a dream or two off the shelf of your heart, dust them off, and plant them in an eager world waiting for blessing from you.

I believe we were all born with a talent that is capable of changing our world in a positive way and it only takes the first small step to make a big difference in the lives of others.

May good health and blessings rain down on you this coming year as you (re)discover new possibilities that will allow your light to shine so that others can benefit from your talent.

Happy 2013!

Happy writing!

Children . . . What a Gift

Children are precious. They come into the world, innocent beings, and trusting in their guardians. They grow up, eager to learn, gobbling up as much as their tiny brains can contain. The world is a great wonder to them and every child hungers for love, approval, and affection. But there’s also something else they need desperately: someone to believe in, and someone who believes in them.

Every child needs a hero, someone they can look up to, to trust with their lives, who won’t abandon them, who will love and accept them for who they are, right where they are.

They need an abundance of grace and mercy. Who doesn’t? When I hear of children who’ve been abused, my heart can barely take it. No child deserves it. They are “precious in His sight.” This is one of the reasons I write for children. To give them hope, and help them see that there is someone beside us who does care.

May we all guard our children, teach them right from wrong, protect them, and show them a good example. May we help them understand how important it is to guard their hearts against those who wish to hurt them.

May we all strive to give our children hope for better future than those who came before.

 

Where Will Your Journey Take You?

I think we all may have asked that question before. I have. I’m not sure where my journey will lead, but I do believe it will be exciting to discover. If you’ve read my About and What is Your Passion pages, then you know my passion is writing and creating.

So, my journey has begun. I don’t know where the paths will lead, what direction I am to go, or what tumult lies ahead, but not to fret, I’m confident that my paths will lead me to new chapters, and I’ll pass the forest wall into meadows of new and exciting wonders. And not only for me, but for you, too.

Come along and through the journey perhaps you’ll discover new opportunities and chapters for yourself. It would be a pleasure to have you aboard as we sail into new horizons. I’d like to see you discover your purpose for your visit on this planet and then live it with meaning and passion.

Follow your heart, your dreams, reach for the stars, and never give up. We are all in this world together, and we all need encouragement along the way–especially moms and dads, singles, divorced, teens who find themselves facing a mountain of obstacles, and well, we all need encouragement don’t we?

Keep striving to do your best and your best will find you.

And try to smile even though it’s hard to find one some days.

~blessings to you