Press Pause for November

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After much consideration and in light of current life circumstances, I would like to fill you in on the days ahead for me here at this little corner of the Blogosphere called, Beneath the Surface: Breath of Faith.

First let me tell you what writing, and specifically, blogging has meant to me over these past few years. I believe writing has the power to save. It has saved me again and again from the pit of depression and despair. It has saved me from feeling I am completely alone. It has been a true Faith and Life Preserver for me in tumultuous times. Writing has kept me from coming undone. Literally. Blogging actually added an unanticipated surprise: Community. Fellow, like-minded, lovers of God and words, who get me. That is beautiful…a precious gift.

I am not unplugging completely, but due to serious personal life circumstances involving a loved one, I must PAUSE from my regular blogging activity and I will return to my journal pages (almost) exclusively, during November. During this time, I will have limited access to the internet. I will be able to respond to e-mails, via my phone throughout the course of the week. I do have some scheduled posts and book reviews planned, but may not be able to share or link consistently. I appreciate your visiting, reading and sharing posts that you love, and will visit and keep up as time and schedule allows. Grace will be needed and grace I leave with you, my friends.

Oh, for those who are doing November’s Second Chance Fitness Challenge– I may have to save my additional plans for January. Please feel free to e-mail me questions ( I will do my best to get back to you) , and also to check out the link at the top left for the 31 Days of posts and supporting links.

Prayer for our family is greatly appreciated.
I will pop in periodically as able.
Grateful for all of you, and this crazy Bloggosphere.
In His Grace, Dawn
PS: I’ll be back!

Lessons, Insights And Concluding Thoughts: The Bloggers Prayer Project

The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. 
He fears nothing from prayerless studies,
 prayerless work and prayerless religion.
He laughs at our toil, 
mocks our wisdom, 
but trembles when we pray.
~Samuel Chadwick

Well this concluding post seems a bit overdue. But nonetheless, here it is. 
I know that we as Christian Bloggers pray. 
I mean, after all that’s what Christians do, right? 
I mean, Jesus intercedes for us and is our example, so as sure as I’m breathing, 
alive and following Him I am praying for others. 
But life is busy and distracting. 
Can I get an “Amen”?
When I realized how many bloggers I was actually following, my heart was stirred. 
It had been on my heart to be more purposeful in praying. 
I like to plan strategies and goals in my spiritual life- it must be the Personal Trainer in me.
 (Don’t ask about my own physical fitness as of late though, puhleeze!)
I decided to make a “plan of action” and enlist 
anyone else who was interested
to join me. This had both selfish and unselfish motives. (?)
I thought others might really have a heart for this- 
and felt nudging to invite them and trust God for that.
I also knew, if I did not incorporate the accountability 
(even just knowing that others had committed to doing this) 
it would be easy to …well, let’s just say- get sidetracked. 
I am an expert “Sidetracker” with too many ideas in my brain.
I need a little reigning in at times. 
And accountability. 
(Don’t hold me to that.) 
Ha!
Well, I set the ambitious 31 Day Challenge and two others committed to join me.
Many of you joined in with praying as we went and I thank you for doing so.
I know many of you pray for your fellow bloggers but this was more of 
a purposeful commitment challenge.
Trust me, it got challenging.
If you want to see the enemy move in, as well as your own fleshly, natural  tendency to resist God’s will despite “good intentions” just go ahead and decide you want to pray faithfully for anyone- or do anything for the glory of God. 
The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak
Matthew 26:41
But guess who is bigger, badder, better, fighting for us and on and by our side?
Yup.
Our Man, God and King,
who gets all the Glory because He is worthy:
Jesus.
Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
Romans 8:34
The way I decided to tackle this, after creating the initial list, was to pick a scripture passage to reflect and then springboard  off, writing out a prayer based on what I read and from what I know about the blogger. I would then send it via e-mail to them. 

I decided against a blog post devoted to the blogger because I was afraid it would become about me and making a post more than a prayer before God. I just know my tendencies and weakness, although initially I wanted to do that- after praying, I knew that was not the way God wanted me do do it for the above stated reasons.
The other thing I did was to just put a shout out on my Facebook page with a link to the Blog site and name of the blogger I was praying for to invite others to lift them up with me. 

For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.
Matthew 18:20
Honestly, it was a true challenge to meet this 31 days of praying for just one blogger a day-
Purposefully, focused and in a way that I wanted to invite God  to lead, direct and guide.
I finished a week late.
I sometimes found it difficult to focus, and would put it off until later, 
then was battling fatigue.
You know friends, the enemy does not want you or I to pray.
If you commit to pray,
 prepare yourself for a battle.

Because it is God’s first line of defense and call to action.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Ephesians 6:12

“No one is a firmer believer in the power of prayer than the devil; 
not that he practices it, but he suffers from it.”
Guy H. King 

“The greatest tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer.”
F.B. Meyer 
I want to offer a special thank you to Melanie from Only A Breath who
 graciously created and gave freely our beautiful badge/button!

I will attempt The Bloggers Prayer Project again and invite you to link.It will be different then last time and I think more realistic and user friendly! We can cover the Blogosphere in prayer together, friends! One blogger at a time!

My office closet doors with name prompts of Bloggers for Round 1!

31 Days of Praying for Bloggers: Round 1 (5/20/12-6/19/12)

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Well, here is my first round of 31 Days of praying for some bloggers who I have followed, found or stumbled upon during my one year sojourn here in the Blogosphere. This is a portion of the many wonderful friends and just a starting place for my commitment to pray for them individually for one month. 
How I will do this:
After writing, publishing and linking the post, starting May 20, 2012- I will write a brief post which includes a scripture and/or a scripture-based prayer as well as whatever the words 
God gives me for that person on that day. These will be short, intentional posts. 
I’m diving in…by faith.
If you want to join in prayer briefly for that fellow blogger when you see the post- great! 
 Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.  For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.
Matthew 18:18-20 
(Round 1)

1. Pam @ In The Shadow Of His Wings -May 20, 2012
2. Toni @ Lakeside Lessons -May 21, 2012
3. Beth @ C.Beth Blog -May 22, 2012
4. Melanie @ Only A Breath -May 23, 2012
5. Carissa @ Lowercase Letters -May 24, 2012
6. Emily @ Imperfect Prose -May 25, 2012
7. Kim @ Scattered Stones -May 26, 2012
8. Susie @ Recovering Church Lady -May 27, 2012
9. Dionna @ Beauty In The Storm -May 28, 2012
10. Stacy @ A Life Lived Well -May 29, 2012
11. Heather @ Mommy Only Has 2 Hands -May 30, 2012
12. Ramona @ Create With Joy -May 31, 2012
13. Tracy @ My Daily Walk In His Grace  -June 1, 2012
14. Mel @ Trailing After God -June 2, 2012
15. Cathy @ Periwinkle Confessions -June 3, 2012
16. Barbie @ My Freshly Brewed Life -June 4, 2012 
17. Regina @ Teach Me The Ancient Paths -June 5, 2012 
18. Jenny @ Jenny Matlock -June 6, 2012
19. Sandi @ Chatty Crone -June 7, 2012 
20. Miss Kathy @ The Writer’s Reverie -June 8, 2012
21. Ed @ The Sheep’s Pen -June 9, 2012
22. Debby @ Heart Choices -June 10, 2012
23. Stephen @ Manifest Blog -June 11, 2012
24. Marti @ Marti’s Musings -June 12, 2012
25. Dakota @ A Look At Life From A Deerstand -June 13, 2012
26. Shanyn @ Strawberry Roan -June 14, 2012
27. Rachel @ Finding Joy -June 15, 2012
28. Melissa @ My Many Journeys… -June 16, 2012
29. Alise @ Alise… Write -June 17, 2012
30. Lauretta @ The Plumbline -June 18, 2012
31. Shah @ Words In Sync -June 19, 2012
This is my gift back to the bloggy world which has given me so much this past year.
So, friends, this is Round 1. As God leads I will commit to a Round 2 etc.
Meantime, I am praying that God would do great and mighty things through and for us.
It was a challenge to pick just 31. I trust God for all I can see, can’t see and for all I have yet to see.
Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, even a marvelous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.
Isaiah 29:14

Oh Lord, that we would truly count on you and not in what we know, or think we know.
That we would trust in your Spirit and the not work of our hands. That we would put aside anything that shows a reliance on the arm of strength; the flesh, instead of your amazing power, grace and truth.
Oh Lord, we do not know what to do but we set our hearts and minds upon you. Make us wise and not fools for your names sake.
In Jesus name.


Escape From The Every Day

Here it is Miscellany Monday and we all know I am not linking up as much and spending TOO much time blogging instead of birthing my book, right? Please, do not check my archives and notice that since I made my Grand Announcement I absolutely cannot seem to stop being busy with Blogginess. I actually think I am starting to get a permanent eBlogger logo screen burn from the extreme long term ray exposure. Forget the fact that I also can’t seem to stay away from Facebook but have inspired a number of friends to abstain successfully, while I continue to hover and lurk in the Facebook realm. Besides all of that I really think I am pregnant with triplets…in book terms that is!

I really think the conclusion of the matter is this whole blogging thing has kept me sane while I have (quite unsuccessfully) been job searching. And healing physically and perhaps more. I mean really, figure what is cheaper, blogging or therapy? This unanticipated journey I have embarked on and found somehow in the frustration there is joy. How can that be? But there it is!

Well here is the latest BIZARRE twist to share with you on this writing journey. Last Sunday we took a drive to visit the setting of where this story I am writing takes place. I wanted to wrap my mind around the place and see, taste, touch and feel it with my soul for Writer’s Sake, of course. So off we went, after church  to see the old places and spur my memory to get the juices flowing (this is where the juices stopped as well!). I got some pictures and walked along the old roads, snapping pictures. Doesn’t everybody do this? My  husband only agreed to go if I promised NOT to knock on the door of the old house I spent Summers in as a child and ask the current residents for a viewing. He is such a drag. Wonderfully historic, old farmhouses and scenic beauty abound here on the East. Hidden wonders to explore everywhere! Well, the phone rings today and guess who it is? One week later- it is an officer from the Police Department of the town we visited inquiring why I was walking around taking pictures. Enter dramatic music here, followed by raucous laughter. Really? Seriously, I said well, actually I am writing a book! After a thorough questioning which sent my hubby into increased hair loss mode, he was satisfied and I was released from my investigative phone call. Just call me the Drama Mama – it finds me…I can run but I can never hide!

Besides the fact that I seem to be a mega book magnet lately, winning books and receiving books at every turn, I still managed to buy, for fifty cents each, a Websters World Dictionary paperback (one can never have too many Dictionaries or Bibles) and also The Elements of Grammar by Margaret Schertzer. How cool is that? (I will know how to use that semi-colon if it kills me!).

Below is a little writing exercise which links up to Shah Wharton’s Words In Sync Writer’s Blog- check it out when you get a chance! This was a picture prompt which I loved and felt inspired to participate.

My very last thought for you today comes from my Pastor’s message and I quote
 (He often says the most quotable things!) :
“Don’t let past failures keep you from future successes”

You know friends, I really needed to hear that, point blank this week, how about you?
So Happy Monday, Friends- Have a great week and you remember what my Pastor said, OK? 
Also if you have ever dreamed of writing a book please check out the latest in the Inspiring Women Series, where Lisa Tener Book Writing Coach shares and offers a wonderful Giveaway and opportunity!

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Escape From Everyday

The long lists of expectations elude her as she steps out into the light of day. Walking brings refreshment and new perspectives. She so needs these as she steps one foot in front of the other, seeking escape from the immediate, abundant demands of the everyday existence making up the hours of her life. One foot in front of the other leads to anywhere but here and that brings comfort to her innards today. In this present moment. Comforted in walking into the mystery awaiting her  somewhere. Anywhere but this place, now. The sky above and the earth beneath her feet are faithful  friends, awaiting her appearing. The crowded woods immediately welcomes her with an embrace of moist, misty, musty breath, enticing her senses, drawing her into their wisdom of ages. Whispering secrets and messages for her alone. “Here is peace.” she thinks as she wanders the woodlands so near. How these trees provide solace, soothing her tattered, weary soul. Each limb of tree an extension of friendship, reaching out, inviting. She is renewed here in this solitary place. Encircled in light infused branches of creation. Love seeps into her every pore. Replenished by smells, sights, touches; devoid of noise. Quietness restores the soul. Standing in the center she comes to stillness, imagining herself as one standing, rooted, grounded. Bound to earth yet reaching skyward; arms like limbs reaching, stretching toward the heavenly. Emerging from seed to oak, to seed in this never-ending cycle. Living, dying, emerging new again. Evergreen. Ever new. Escaping the everyday emerging anew.

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Pausing for Possibility

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Well I have finally begun the the journey of a lifetime. I have no idea what the future holds but life as I know it has changed. My lifelong dream has been to write and publish a book. “The Book” has varied and changed in my mind over the years and I was not certain for a long time what direction or form it would take, but at long last, it has begun. Although I am only at the beginning, I am being pulled along by the characters and story,  which are being nourished and developed within even as I pour forth like a rushing waterfall. I have been impregnated with this seed and there is no turning back.

What this may mean for my Blog is that I may be publishing and linking up less. I will have some reviews, and hope to continue with the Inspiring Women Series. I have so many wonderful people who have offered to take part but I must ask you all to be patient with me as I try to re-prioritize and establish my writing goals, continue to seek employment, balance life and all with this new specific and exciting direction. I know I may not be able to keep up as well as I’d like with all of your blogs. I want to thank you all for sharing your words of encouragement and support while I have exercised my writing muscles here on the Beneath The Surface: Breath of Faith.

I am also excited about my recent connection with local Book Writing Coach Lisa Tener and look forward to taking part in this upcoming event for aspiring writers on March 7, 2012! If you would like to check out this opportunity you can click via the link below or on the sidebar and join us!

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I hope and pray you will continue to uphold me in prayer as God leads you, and celebrate the birth of this baby with me in due season! Oh, for those of you who might be interested in the Genre of the baby,
it is yet to be determined. Won’t it be fun to be surprised? I will say this: it might be fictional, dahlings.

In the meantime, I hope you will stay tuned for those upcoming interviews with authors, artists, homemakers, entrepreneurs and businesswomen as well as Book Reviews and an occasional ramble or rant from me, my Bloggy friends. For those who are waiting for me to send you those interview questions, just know that I appreciate your patience and am excited to share each one of you in due time! I have 10 wonderful guests lined up, each unique and inspiring. But the Baby must come first!
I wish you all blessing and Godspeed toward all of your own creative endeavors in the Blogosphere and beyond.

As always I can be reached via my Contact e-mail above. 

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