Be Careful What You Say…

The power of the tongue is life and death— those who love to talk will eat what it produces.–Proverbs 18:21, ISV

Today I read a message from Joel Osteen titled Blessing Your Future. It referenced James 3:10, NLT“And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!”  I’ve heard similar messages before and have experienced the concept mentioned in my own life many times. This prompted me to want to write a post about how important it is to keep your speech and your thoughts positive, if for nothing else, at least to keep your peace of mind.

Are you speaking good, joyful, uplifting, positive, prosperous, progressive things over your life? Or, are you speaking negative, berating, belittling, damaging, discouraging things over your life? The things you say have powerful effects on your life, your mind, and your general well-being. 

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “you reap what you sow.” Most of us understand this to mean that the seeds we plant in life will produce the corresponding fruit. A farmer can’t plant apple seeds and reasonably expect a grove of orange trees to grow. You don’t wait for roses to bloom on the bush at the edge of your driveway when you know you planted tulip seeds. Likewise, we can’t sprinkle our lives with negative words and reasonably expect positive events to occur. 

This is not to say that one bad word or statement will cause something bad to happen to you right away. Just like a planted seed, things happen over time. A seed needs to be nurtured to eventually blossom into a full-fledged plant. Negative, discouraging, depressing talk continued over time will change your mental state and produce nothing but more negativity, discouragement, and depression in your life and in the lives of those around you who have to constantly hear you speak this way.

You can’t always control your circumstances, but you can control how you react to, speak about, and allow them to make you feel. Why make yourself feel worse in an already bad situation? What you say probably won’t fix everything or even anything, but it can change how you feel. 

Even when it’s dark and there’s total devastation all around you, keep your mind bright, clear, and focused on love. There’s a lot of hate in the world right now. Love is the only thing that conquers hate. Light is the only thing that drives out darkness. 

I know it’s hard, but you’re going to make it. We’re going to make it. Be kind to yourself. Encourage yourself. Talk more about the life you want, not the life you don’t. Call good things to your life–peace, happiness, joy, energy, health, friendship, and love. 

In the words of my late grandmother Ellabea, “Jesus loves you and I do, too.

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A New Direction

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Recently I’ve  decided to revamp my writing career. Many of you know that I’m a fairly new middle school teacher. I’ll be entering my 4th year this August. Let me tell you, I absolutely LOVE teaching! I love it so much, that I’ve totally immersed myself in everything about it so that I can be the best middle school teacher I can be. Teaching is already a job that takes a lot of your energy, time, and money if you’re doing it right. Being new a new teacher requires that much more, just trying to get the hang of lesson planning, classroom management, testing, and time-management. Needless to say, teaching definitely took away from my time to write.

Now that I’m a little more settled into my teaching career (thanks to an AWESOME mentor, colleagues, and administration!), I’m ready to devote more time to my true passion–writing.

With that said, I’m going to ease back into it. I am taking my blog in a new direction. I’m dedicating it mainly to just story-writing. Sure I’ll post some other things, like writing tips, informational articles, and general musings. But for the most part, I’m going to use this blog to practice and cultivate my story-writing skills. I’d love to write something daily, even if it’s only a few lines, but I’m not going to hold myself to that just yet. I do plan to post a story or part of a story a few times a week. I’ve subscribed to a a website called Figment that sends daily writing  prompts. They are very intriguing and really help me to stretch my imagination when I write from them. If you’re into reading and story-writing like I am, you should check out the site. There’s all kinds of cool things on it!

So…here’s my first response to today’s Figment writing prompt. Please tell me what you think!

Figment Prompt:  “You are going to want to give up. Don’t.” 

“You are going to want to give up. Don’t,” he said.

“How do you know?” she asked.

His gaze wandered and his head dropped, making it easier to divert her pleading eyes. He stuffed his big hands into the pockets of his baggy work pants. His shoulders heaved upward, then sank as he inhaled deeply and let out a weary sigh. For a moment, he remembered. Not everything, not clearly. Flashes of her smile, her lips, the blood. He remembered how the flowery smell of her perfume stayed in the air moments after she was gone. He could hear her laugh, her sweet, innocent laugh. Then he heard her scream.

“Because I gave up.”

 

Mother’s Day

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Today, I celebrate.
I celebrate homework, football practice, and guitar concerts.
I celebrate school dances, movie dates, and break ups.
I celebrate acne, stinky sneakers, and puberty.
I celebrate healthy breakfasts, packed lunches, and wholesome dinners.
I celebrate washed uniforms, ironing lessons, and clothes-folding fests.
I celebrate tender hugs, heart-to-hearts, and loving kisses.
I celebrate discipline, discontent, and disappointments.
I celebrate attention, concern, and selflessness.
I celebrate joy, pride, and gratefulness.
Today, I celebrate motherhood.

Though I have never given birth, I am a mother. For 10 years, I have cared for comforted, and watched my stepson grow into an amazing young man. It almost seems unfair that I was given the opportunity to help raise such a wonderful person. I thank God for him everyday and for the responsibility of being a mother. Happy

Mother’s Day to all of you who fulfill that role in any capacity.

Happy New Year!

You know that business you’ve considered starting in 2014 ?  Well once your business starts booming (and it will), you’re going to need some serious writing to spread your name on the web and through print advertisement.  You’re going to have to stay in contact with your followers via your blog.  You’re going to need a star bio to show you and your business in your best light.  You should probably get started with this now so that when the waves of customers come, you’re ready.

Creating a successful business is time-consuming.  There’s more to do than there are hours in a day.  While you’re busy building an empire, let me handle all the writing.  Here’s my latest ad with my current specials.

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You know that business you’ve been considering promoting through a new Empower Network blog?  Well once your business starts booming (and it will), you’re going to need some serious writing to spread your name on the web and through print advertisement.  You’re going to have to stay in contact with your followers via your blog.  You’re going to need a star bio to show you and your business in your best light.  You should probably get started with this now so that when the waves of customers come, you’re ready.

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Don’t Miss Your Calling!

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I like to think of myself as a pretty good writer.  I still have plenty to learn and improve upon, but I think I’ve done all right for myself thus far with my writing.  Yesterday I came across an old resume and cover letter of mine and I actually got upset for a minute.  I looked at some of the companies I had sent it to, most of which never even called me back.  I remembered all the time and hard work I had put into that cover letter and resume.  It was great!  It made me sound like the best thing since sliced bread.  As I started at the words on the paper I said out loud, “Really xxxx Corporation?  How could you NOT have hired me?!  This cover letter and resume looks amazing!”  No sooner were the words out of my mouth, I realized exactly why I never heard from these jokers.

At the time I wrote and sent this resume to numerous companies, I was a new college graduate with a BA in English, working in billing for a company completely unrelated to my education, goals and dreams, and all the while, aspiring to be an English Teacher and a writer.  If one of these numerous companies that received my resume had actually called me and eventually hired me, I would have put my real goals on hold.  I might have become complacent with the new job, like I had with my current on at the time and forgotten all about what I really wanted to do.  All of my education and writing would have fallen by the wayside and have been for nothing.  If I had gotten one of these other jobs, I would have missed my true callingteaching and writing.

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Now here I am a year or so later teaching Language Arts to 7th Graders, blogging on several different sites about things I love, and working on my first script, ebook, and novel.  Once of the coolest parts about it all is that Empower Network is helping me reach my goals by teaching me how to market myself and make more money with my blogs.  None of this would have happened had those other companies really loved my cover letter and resume as much as I did.

Luckily, you can do the same thing I’m doing.  Stop pursuing jobs you don’t really love just so you can get a paycheck.  Granted, we all need a paycheck, but how much sweeter would that check be if you got it doing something you love to do?  Start promoting yourself, your skills, your business, or whatever else you want to promote via your own blog on the Empower Network WordPress Platform.  This will be your own little space on the web to get creative, get promoting, and show the world what you’ve got.   Click here to join my team today.  Let’s get this money!

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