Random Journal Day Link Up #8

Welcome to Random Journal Day! 

Some fun writing quotes to share:

“The six golden rules of writing: Read, Read, Read, and write, write, write, write.”
~Ernest Gaines

“Women with clean houses do not have finished books.”~Joy Held 

“Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you;
 figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.”
~ Barbara Kingsolver

“The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, 
but what we are unable to say.” ~ Anaïs Nin

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; 
show me the glint of light on broken glass.” ~ Anton Chekhov

Link up your journal post when you can anytime during the week.
Check out the other journal links and 
be sure to leave some feedback.
I look forward to digging in my stack and sharing, 
and also peeking into your journal pages!
Thanks for participating!
Oh and HAVE FUN!

 REMEMBER to Link your post back to this URL directly
so others may find us and participate!
(just click on the title of this post and link that to your RDJ entry)
If you have a any questions contact us (Dawn and Susie) through e-mail:

Here are the rules : 

1. Dig out one of your old journals, or a recent journal. Choose an entry, or a portion of an entry that you feel bold enough or at least comfortable to share. 

2. Write up your blog post, publish and link up here.
Link up the blog post you are sharing, NOT your general Blog address- so we can visit your entry. 
We don’t have a Badge for this Blog yet, but if you just link back to this in your post that will work (Random Journal Day Weekend Link Up) You can use Susie’s RDJ Photo if you like!

3. Kindly visit and comment on the person before or after you in the link up. You can visit more but we understand that everyone is busy. Please visit at least one other Random Journal Day Link Up as that just would make it nice for all.

We look forward to peeking in your journals!

*This Link will start on Friday and go through the week. Link up anytime before the next Friday (Thursday Midnight)!


Celebrate Writers: Random Acts of Kindness

The Bookshelf Muse is hosting a special celebration. You. Bloggers, Aspiring Writers and Writers of every kind imaginable. They are also offering some sweet gifts and prize opportunities over there this week! I am new to them and suggest you go over and see for yourself!
I thought this was wonderful because it coordinates with my 1 year Blogiversary this month (more or less: May 20th!) and I have been pondering often the blessings of this blogging excursion and how wild and lovely this all has been this past year.
I feel as though I have to say all of you who stop by and have encouraged me through your kind words, frequent visits (and the infrequent ones too, it’s a busy place in the blogosphere!) have been such a gift to me this past year. Each portion has played a part in my development as I continue to work out and practice my writing skills. You all have helped me be brave and feel safe… “out of the closet”! So I want to thank each and every one of you who taught me by modeling for me through your interaction here, grace, truth, creativity, hospitality and friendship through excellent writing, sharing freely of ideas and information and generous camaraderie.

I have touched on this before in these posts:
I have to give a special shout out to someone who really has given me so much encouragement and prays for my writing and this blog on an ongoing basis. Her name is Lauree and believe me her imprint, through prayer is on this blog, friends! She also encouraged me by reading and sharing her enthusiasm for my writing in the beginning of this endeavor. Her continual reminding me and affirming that I have a gift and God wants to use it has kept me stepping out in faith this year! She is an amazing thinker and will hopefully have her own blog soon, as I know her combination of historical understanding combined with her voraciousness for God’s Word, needs to be shared!

I also have to give a special mention to a lovely lady that leads my writing group, Her name is Peggy and she holds a monthly group called “Write Connections” at my one of the nicest libraries in Rhode Island: Loutitt Library in lovely West Greenwich. Miss Peggy (as I like to call her) facilitates writers of all ages- I being one, in lively discussion, interaction and sharing of ideas and latest writings. She has won an Honorary Mention from the 78th Writer’s Digest Annual Competition in Children/YA category and is currently working on three book projects. 
One Blogger in particular who inspired and impacted me early on is is Beth 
over at C.Beth Blog. Beth also heads up The One Minute Writer 
and was one of my first blogs that I “followed”. 
I had know idea whet I was doing but her place in the blogosphere 
really helped me to stretch my own 
new blogger muscles and reach for the blog stars!

I also want to mention a blogger who helped me with guidelines
and allowed me to write my first guest post: Mel @ Trailing After God!

Last but not least, Courtney over at Faithful Bloggers helped me feel welcome in the strange new world,
and also allowed me a place to meet other wonderful bloggers.
It really is a wonderful world for writers- when we share, support and encourage one another in our own God designed uniqueness!
So join in, and celebrate a Writer today!
Who has inspired, supported and impacted your writing?
Be sure and pop by for the free download at The Bookshelf Muse  and Link up !
Oh, one more thing…
Love and hugs-
For you.

Hug a Writer Today…use WORDS! 

Grace of Giving: Book Review

Grace of Giving: Turning the Key to Enter and Experience Fullness of Life
By Marja Meijers

I have just finished reading an excellent book by author and Freelance Writer Marja Meijers. Grace of Giving is one in a series of books about The Ten Commandments. I was amazed, encouraged, challenged and convicted as I read this short but rich book which is based on three little words: Do not steal. 
“Giving is an attitude of love and love is the fulfillment of the law.”
Marja sets the standard early and then comes through with point after point of powerful insight into the 8th Commandment found in Exodus. She comes at truth from a truly fresh perspective in my point of view. I found her writing to be tightly knit and packed with scripture and thought provoking meditations (questions) at each chapter’s end. I have to say, I often find questions by others a bit stifling due to my very inquisitive nature; however Marja’s questions really hit the mark for me and allowed me to reflect well and hear God clearly on a number of points instead of overly directing or hindering that process. 
This book has three parts which are inspired by John 10:10 explaining how Jesus holds the key to our ability to live the life in the fullness God desires for us. He warns us, He empowers us with grace and He fulfills His promise  through His teaching, example and sacrifice. It all is clearly set before us. Ultimately Marja takes us on a journey from the letter of the law in Exodus to the fulfillment expressed in Christ. 
This would be an excellent study for groups, individual or one on one discipleship/study. I am planning on reading more of this author’s offerings as they become available. I highly recommend this book as I know you will thank me for sharing. Yes, it’s that good.
Also there is a free audio book download included with the book so you can listen 
to Marja herself reading it while you are on the go! 

Other books by Marja (adding them to my To Read list!):

Breath of Life -A Journey Into Origin and Purpose of Spirit, Soul and Body
Respectfully Yours– Revealing God’s Truth about Well-being and a Long Life
Sacred Sabbath– God’s Way to Multiply Our Time and Restore Our Joy
You can visit Marja at her blogs:

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