Blossoming Boy Saturday, Jun 21 2008 

I am continually amazed at what God is doing in my family as I realize that Ryan does not HAVE a testimony.  He IS a testimony!  I watch as he grows in his language and his social skills and we could not be more proud of our little guy at all.  He turns four this summer, my big guy spent his first day at Great Adventure and even went on some rides by himself.  Again, so proud, and he knew it.

Praise God.

Another Author Interview Friday, Jun 20 2008 

Lena Nelson Dooley was kind enough to do an interview of me and post it on her blog.  Please feel free to check it out.  She is offering a free book to one of the bloggers so you might even win one. http://lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com/search/label/Author%20Interview

I have been negligent in my posting so I am hoping to catch up again and keep promoting the book.

Bless The Word Shop Parable Christian Store Sunday, Mar 30 2008 

Well after what seemed like a slow start we had quite a successful day at The Word Shop, virtually selling out of all of our books and now I am considering two more Barnes and Noble locations.

This was perhaps the most positive experience to date, not by virtue of the number of sales but the type of sales.  Praise God for friends and families but this was the first signing where most of the books went to new friends, some of whom I was priveleged to speak with and add to my prayer list.  Bless them for their support and my God meet their needs.

 I have to put in another plug for Cathy’s store

Parable Christian Store of Toms River
1341 Lakewood Rd (Rt 9 & 571)
Toms River, NJ 08755
(732) 349-1230

Three days to my third signing Thursday, Mar 27 2008 

God Bless Cathy at The Word Shop Parable Christian Store, Toms River.  She has been great and enthusiastic about the signing and we thank God for her.  Blessings on her and her family for going out of their way and really promoting this event.  I know that God has great things in store and this is my advanced testimony for the outcome.

 http://www.parable.com/parable/page_events_local.htm&aid=1230

Barnes and Noble Book signing Sunday, Mar 16 2008 

Well I am pleased to say that B&N went very well.  The managers there at the Brick NJ Barnes and Noble were very accomadating and I could not have been happier with the turnout.  Look What the Lord has Done is on the bookshelf and going forward.  I pray that everyone who needed encouragement from the book received it and were blessed. 

My thanks to friends and family for coming out and for the B&N staff for their help and also for recommending another B&N store for signing. 

Next signing is at The Word Shop, a Parable Christian Bookstore 732 349-1230

Book Signing Part Duex Friday, Mar 14 2008 

Well tomorrow is my second book signing.  This one at Barnes and Noble.  I don’t  know why I am so surprised, maybe because I am a Christian author, but B&N has been a very positive experience.  From the moment I approached them it has been a very positive experience.  They are taking care of ordering the books, creating the advertising, everything.  All I have to do is show up.  We’re praying for divine appointments tomorrow.

Barnes and Noble, Brick NJ from 1:00-4:00 😉

Train up a child Thursday, Mar 13 2008 

and when they are old, or even young, they may just believe it.  I know I am loosely paraphrasing here but I do it to make a point.  We have been teaching my son to pray since before he was able to speak.  We have evening prayer before bed, prayer before meals, and prayers for skinned knees and other common childhood maladies.   Before he seeks a band-aid, a hug, or a kiss on his boo boo, he says, “Daddy/Mommy…pway”  And its a simple prayer, for he doesn’t need or appreciate any long dissertations.  It goes something like, when we pray for him, “Lord bless this knee, toe, head, etc. in Jesus’ name. Amen.”  When he first learned to pray himself we would follow it up with a “good boy” so to this day when He prays it goes “Bless it. Amen. Good boy”  It’s really quite adorable.

 So, last night as I sat in front of the computer surfing, and nursing a strained knee from volleyball he came over wanting to “march, march, dad”.  Well of course I told him that Dad’s knee hurts so he can’t march.  Want to know what he did?  I think you know.  “Bless it. Amen. Good boy…march march Dad.”  I limped through it…lol and I am feeling better due to effectual prayers of my little guy.

Writing Heritage Wednesday, Mar 12 2008 

I had an interesting conversation with my mother today.  She had been digging through old photos and albums when she came upon a journal from her mother’s (my Nana’s) archives.  It was a journal that had been given to my mother’s foster brother as a young teen.  In it were simply three entries.  The first, his own poetic invitation to others to post something in the journal as a keepsake.  The next two entries were written by my grandparents, also poems, and I was quite impressed and delighted with the arrangement, the verse not unlike my own style.  I had no idea that they had any poetic inclinations until now.  I remember many things about them but not this and I have to wonder if this is why I seem to favor poetry perhaps more than any other style of writing that I do.  This was a neat discovery and showed a very tender side of my grandparents for their child, something else that is often evident in my writings.  Thank God for heritage.

My First Online Interview Wednesday, Mar 12 2008 

Praise God for new adventures and new experiences.  I know it may not seem like much to some but it means a lot to me.  My thanks to Tyora Moody <cookieaisle.com> for being the first person to interview me about my book.  God bless her for that. 

The interview can be found on <faithwebbin.net>, posted on Monday March 10th.   Both sites are good, encouraging Christian reading and I highly recommend them.  Also a very valuable resource for aspiring writers with tons of helpful links.

Thank God for the sweet lessons of life Thursday, Mar 6 2008 

I learn so much from my son.  He is an instrument through which God imparts tremendous wisdom, though he knows it not.  The bible refers to Christians as the church, the “living stones” being fitted together. 

Well our families are buildings which are made up of those living stones.  Mine is comprised of myself, my wife, and Ry, (and Bill the cat).  I see God as the architect, the bible as the blueprint, and me as the general contractor who, by the power of Christ through my friend the Holy Spirit, is in charge of constructing my household.  How was my 3 1/2 year old responsible for such a revelation you ask?  Well, this is pretty common teaching in the church but God stole an opportunity to illustrate the point during my playtime with Ryan. 

We play blocks quite a bit and when Ryan was younger he used to like to not-so-carefully disassemble the block structures we were building.  I would try to create the nicest, most creative edifice that I could before he got the urge to bring it down.  He works with me now at building up more than tearing down and when I observe him building something that is unsteady and lacks structural soundness I try to slip in some supporting blocks to stabilize the structure.  

I don’t know what goes through is mind during these times but I think about my spiritual household and I consider whether or not I am building a sound structure by following God’s blueprint or going my own way and counting on God to steady me as I plunge headlong into my own things.  Worse, do I find myself sabotaging God’s work, destroying the very structure he is building by my actions, my thoughts? 

When we take time to do a spiritual house inspection what kind of structure would you be looking at?  Would it be given a C.O. by the town or condemned?  Would it stand tall and strong or would it look like a bunch of mega blocks simply strewn across the floor?  I don’t know about you but I’m feeling pretty convicted right about now but I am also feeling pretty grateful for the lesson.

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