About Shirley

Shirley Corder is an author who writes to inspire and encourage. She has a passion for helping other writers and cancer survivors.

The Entertainer Blogger Award

About the Entertainer Blogger Award

A special thanks to Debbie Harris for nominating me for this Entertainer Award, along with many other entertaining and inspiring bloggers. I’m delighted to be part of this line-up! Deb writes an entertaining blog that covers adventure, travel and beautiful photography. Read her application for this award here, as it gives you some insight into the person behind the name!

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Share Your World ~

This entry is part 17 of the series Share Your World

SYW asks: What would be your ideal fantasy way to spend Monday?

On board a plane headed for Monte Negro to visit my daughter. While on the plane, I would love to be able to draft a novel that I know will be accepted for publication by a publisher.

SYW asks: What one person that you are out of contact with would you like to say thank you to?

 

 

SYW asks: List your favorite toys or games as a kid?

Do annuals count? Those were always my favourite Christmas gift, and as an only child I got far too many toys at Christmas! But after all the parcels were opened, I retired to my bedroom to read a pile of annuals my parents always gave me, like Schoolfriend, Girl’s Crystal, Girl’s Own. I’m not sure if they were called annuals in America? They were large books filled with stories in comic form, fully illustrated in colour. I don’t think you see these any more in the shops. I know when my kids were young, they were already becoming ridiculously expensive and some of the sto

 

SYW asks: What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

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Need Time Out? – Devotion

In the New Testament of the Bible, Jesus says, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt 1:28 KJV).

Eugene Peterson, who wrote The Message version of the Bible, puts the verse this way: “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.”

Do these words bring tears to your eyes? Do you feel a deep ache at the thought of a “real rest”? Yet rest is not a luxury. It is an essential part of our make-up. If we don’t rest voluntarily, we will become ill—and rest will be forced upon us.

 

Have you ever stopped to read a book and been consumed by guilt? Do you sometimes sit down with a cup of your favourite beverage and gulp it down before anyone sees you? Have you switched your PC screen for a “quick game” of Solitaire, which may not have been all that quick after all? Do you sometimes want to scream at yet another interruption from those demanding children? (Yes, those same ones you wanted so badly and love so dearly!)

My friend, don’t succumb to the lies from Satan, “If you stop work and take a rest during the day, you are weak and lazy,” he’ll tell you. “What will people think if they see you taking a break?” “A whole day off? Don’t be ridiculous. You can’t afford to take time out.”

God, the Almighty Creator, needed rest. He worked for six days—then he took a whole day’s break. If God needed time out, I guess I do too. And you.

Sydney Harris said, The best time to relax is exactly when you do not have the time for it. 

My challenge for you right now is, choose a period of time, or even an entire day, out of the next seven days, and mark it off on your diary or your calendar as “Time Out for Me!” And then stick to it. You’ll be surprised. The world won’t stop turning. You will return to your writing, your work or your family situation with more enthusiasm and inspiration. God took time out. He expects nothing less from us, His children.

Do you wake up each morning and wonder

Why your life seems to keep spinning by?

At the end of the day when the house becomes still

Do you fall into bed with a sigh?

Do you long for the days when your time was your own?

Then feel guilty for thinking that way?

They’re your children, they’re precious, you do love them so,

Yet they need you each second, all day.

Do you wonder if God feels that way when you call?

If He ceases to care what you do?

Well my friend, that’s the wonder, He’s always right there,

He never takes time-out from you.

©Shirley M. Corder 2006

The Unlikely Messenger – Devotion

“In my distress, O LORD, I called to you, and you answered me. From deep in the world of the dead I cried for help, and you heard me” Jonah 2:2 GNB.

Imagine the scene:

Here comes Jonah, squishing along the beach. He’s covered in the stomach contents of a fish and smells of vomit. His skin and hair are bleached white from stomach acids. Seaweed drapes around his shoulders. This man has a message from God? You have to be joking! Yet amazingly, the people of Nineveh listen to this unlikely messenger. They repent and turn to God.

At the beginning of my cancer treatment, I prayed that I would continue to be a witness to others of God’s love. But toward the end of the year my thinning hair looked and felt like straw. My complexion was so pale and spotted that my sons said I was “transparent.” My eyes were sunken because I had lost so much weight. I don’t think I looked quite as bad as Jonah must have looked, but I didn’t see how God could use me. Yet surprisingly, He did.

Many people listened to what I had to say. They saw God at work in my life and asked questions about my faith. The Lord opened doors for me to write about my experiences so that others would be encouraged. 1

Years later I wrote about my experiences in a book of meditations. Many people have contacted me to share how the Lord has spoken to them through one or more of the messages. Yet they don’t even know me. I am only the messenger.

As I’ve thought many times about the story of Jonah and his terrifying fish ride, I have seen over and over again that it is not the messenger that makes the difference—it’s the message. Often when we are at our weakest, God can use us to spread His message of love and forgiveness.

As writers, how often do we face a writing project that seems beyond our abilities? We believe God wants us to tell a story, but we don’t have the experience. We lack the knowledge. We are too young. Too old. Inexperienced. Not well enough known. Whenever you feel that way, remember the story of Jonah. And remember, it’s not the messenger that makes the difference. It’s the message.

Share Your World ~ January 23 2018 #SYW

This entry is part 15 of the series Share Your World

Share Your World:

This week has been a real mixed bag of emotions. Here are my responses to the questions posed by Cee Neuer. If you’re interested in knowing more about this challenge which right now has 7,952 followers, click on the title above.

SC: Sad start to the morning:

I’m starting on a sad note today by answering a question not asked. We’ve just returned from the vet where we said goodbye to our little old lady, Zoe, who has been part of our family for many years. People who don’t love animals (are there really people like that?) wouldn’t understand, but I know if you are a pet-lover you will.

Zoe was, and always will be, a part of our lives and hearts, and our home is so empty without her. It was time. We knew that. She was very old (18), was almost blind, had hardly any hearing, and over the last couple of days had become increasingly disorientated. Last night she tried to get into my bedside cupboard on the opposite side of the room to her bed. So it was the right and fair thing to do. But right now, it’s hard to ignore the glaring emptiness in her bed beside my computer.  (It will go later today, but right now all the bedding is in the washing machine.
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Enjoying New Ways of Life

This entry is part 1 of the series Outdo Yourself: Reading Challenge

At the rate I’m going, 2018 is going to be remembered as the year I took up new challenges!

I stumbled upon the “Outdo Yourself Challenge” which has evidently been going for some years. This year, it’s being hosted by Corinne Rodrigues for the third year in a row.

Reading the instructions, participants are supposed to “up their game” of how many books they read last year, and read more this year. However, I have no idea of how many books I read last year, so I’m starting from scratch. read more

Share Your World #SYW ~ January 16, 2018

This entry is part 14 of the series Share Your World

SC: Hi Everyone! And to those whom I haven’t met up with elsewhere on the Blogosphere, a Very Happy and Blessed New Year to you! May 2018 be a year of great things, big or small. And no, that’s not a contradiction in terms. Small things sometimes turn out to be the biggest of blessings.

I’ve been out of action with this challenge for a few weeks, so I look forward to answering Cee Neuer’s fun questions in her Share Your World Challenge. By the way, it may interest you to know that there are currently 7,919 people following this challenge!

Here are my answers for this week:

SYW: Complete this sentence: I’m looking forward to….

Share your world, SYW, cards,