So, what’s going on?

Short stories continually capture my heart, as does the urge to write them. Still tinkering.

What may end up happening is the blog, “The Theater of My Mind” will become a forum for experimenting with the short stories in my heart and mind’s eye.

The summer’s in full swing, and one thing that never quits – other than the love of God – is my desire to write and write and teach and teach and write and teach some more.  God put it in me, so it’s staying there.

The website’s doing well – Glory Shield Ministries is growing and glowing; so are all the blogs.

The testimony blogs have pretty much run their course but haven’t completed God’s work. Many readers still access them, so I know why God won’t let me take them down.  I’m immaculately blessed!

The stuff I’m writing flourishes, and ideas are promised to come.  One thing, though…

I’ve started mentoring – mostly online – and it’s all-consuming when it’s going on.  The lives of individuals reaching out and trusting God and asking me for prayerful admonitions and words from the Lord.  Mentoring (it’s really Pastoring), keeps you on your knees, but also on your toes!

I take God’s heart seriously, and I don’t neglect time on my knees asking Him to adjust, cleanse, and purify my own heart… so that I can be of help to Him in helping those He’s assigned to my hands and heart.  In addition to still writing the blogs – and writing in general – it’s a fresh new challenge He says I’m worthy of and I am blessed to undertake.

That’s what going on with me, to date… and I solicit your prayers and bless His Holy Name!

Amen.

SHAMMA 🙂

 

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Pad and Pencil are Never Outdated

God always answers my quandaries.

He sees me wondering, He hears my questions, and He longs to give me answers.  He wants me to ask Him for the answers, but His kind heart will send answers to me even if I don’t (it just takes longer).  He is the kindest person I know.

Not long ago, I asked Him to please link the acumen He’s given me in blogging to writing in general.  I’ve always loved to write, but visiting my talents in the arena of fiction draws on a different place within me.  As I sensed that, I became concerned about whether or not I’d be able to do the same justice to His benevolent Spirit in writing a short story as I have writing blogs and teachings.

The quandary remained for another few days after I made the request.

But then, the desire to continue my short story series (“With Good Intent”, accessible on the menu up top) came on me while a pad and pencil were near… so I began writing with them.  I was nowhere near my PC or laptop, only near the notebook and pencil, and I embraced them like old friends as storylines rolled through my head.  I was so relieved!  Out came the acumen in the form of  realistic plot progression like I’d been born telling stories, and I realized what a safe place I was in with those familiar tools.  They really were old friends.

I’m a different person when I write with my pad and pencil; I become a person who can communicate in “story” form.  I recall how much I loved it as a child; escaping to my room and flopping down on my bed with that stationery, knowing that I was going to feel better in just a few minutes because I was going to write.  It brings tears to my eyes to go back there… that’s when I fell in love with writing.  The safety of its environs opens up my emotions to the place of “relational” creativity.  Who knew?!

God knew.  He sent the answer to my quandary in the smooth and simple passage of time, waiting till I was “alone” with my notebook and pencil.  There’s nobody like Him, and He knows me better than I could ever hope to know myself.  That’s SUCH a heart-melting truth.  When will my tears of gratitude ever cease falling upon His bosom?  May they ever meet under my chin and drip into His vials of remembrance, bearing testimony to the rivers and floods of love bursting my heart for Him!

I love Him with all of my being.  I truly, truly do.

Dear writers, clutch a pad and pencil to your breast and thank God for His humble fire.  It’s all from His coffers, blended with His loving, generous heart on our behalf.  Writers, I ask you – other than our God – what is better than writing?  What?

Shamma

Seeking Feedback

No way I’m not going to write my innermost thoughts about what I’ve done here… well, actually, what I’ve begun.  Thank God for diaries.

You know, writing great blog posts by God’s power, and yielding to His Spirit’s inspiration to “build” short stories are two very different things.

I think we all know what it’s like to just take a deep breath and dive into what we believe the Lord wants to do in our lives.  I’ve had this endeavor pending for a few weeks now, but God has never stopped gently coaxing me regarding it because of the benefit it stands to be to readers, young and old.  He’s told me that a wealth of storytelling resides in me.  I believe that’s true because He cannot lie.  It’s time for me to acknowledge His season of creativity in my life, and I didn’t realize I’d be this tentative about beginning something I love so much.  Truly.

After all, a story about starting over with a determination to trust God plays out every day in Christian lives everywhere… it begins each time we rise from falling to sin, doesn’t it?  Well, with God’s gentle assistance, I’ve added my creative juices to the mix.

I’ve written a snippet I’d like you to read… Lord willing, there are lots more ideas for fleshing it out.  I’m really enjoying stretching my imagination and putting Christian values to work in characters I create through the inspiration of Christ’s heart.  Pumping God’s virtue into “another life” is sort of like participating in the creative process, IMO.  That’s groovy.

Friends, please check out the first snippet at gr8shortstories.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/back-to-nowhere and let me know if you’d be interested in reading more about the life of the lead character and how things turn out with her, etc.

God keeping me, this is just the beginning and I apologize for the brevity of the post.  I’m excited about its possibilities in Jesus.  Please feel free to (constructively) express your thoughts and make suggestions.

Thank you, everybody!

Shamma