Thankful Thursday 2018 ~ Week 42

This entry is part 27 of the series Thankful Thursday


   Don’t give up! 

Short and to the point, but so important! And right now, for me, most relevant!

Don’t give up on your blog. Be persistent. And if you set yourself a goal, try to meet it.

I did say try! We are now on week 42, and I am nearly 1,000 thank you’s short of my 2018 goal! So with no further ado . . .  here we go! read more

Miriam Part II ~ Gifted Leader

Miriam Part II ~ Gifted Leader

is another Out of the Shadow book.

Meet Miriam, the gifted leader!

Would I find enough information to fill an entire book? That was my question when I first set out on this journey with Miriam. Imagine my surprise when one book became two.

Most of us know about the little girl who watched over her three-month-old brother as he sailed in a basket boat on the crocodile-infested River Nile. Her story is told in Miriam Part 1 ~ Devoted Sister, which ends as the Children of Israel gather at the exit to Goshen, their home for many decades, and prepare for their trip to the Promised Land.

Miriam ~ Gifted Leader takes up her story at around eighty years old. Yet, as we will see, this was no fragile, elderly woman. She had far more energy than I have, and I imagine more than you. About to embark on an incredible journey that would take the rest of her life, she faced adventures and horrors of terrifying magnitude. Throughout that time, she showed herself to be a gifted leader. This in a time when women were not regarded as capable of taking the lead.

This story commences as the previous book ends. I invite you to pick up your bundles and get behind our leaders as we prepare to take our leave of Pharaoh, the Egyptians, and the life of slavery. We will follow Miriam as she steps out of the shadow of her famous brother, Moses, and becomes a true leader in her own right.

If you recognize this elderly lady from the previous Miriam book, you are right. She’s the same person. She’s just aged as we all do!

If you have read this book, please will you pop over to Amazon and leave an honest review? Thank you.

Thankful Thursday 2018 ~ Week 39

This entry is part 26 of the series Thankful Thursday


Stick to your goal

The theme of my website is Write to Inspire. So my goal is for my posts to inspire my readers. (Duh! Kind of obvious, hi?) Yet in blogging it is so easy to get tied up with writing about yourself and your life that you loose site of your main goal. So be sure of WHY you are writing – and then go for it. 

I have once again got way behind in my goal of reaching 2018 thank you comments by the end of the year 2018, but I’m still determined to do it. So this post is going to catch you up on some of the AMAZING things that have happened in my life since my last post. I do this, not to tell you how great I am – as I most certainly am not. But I want to inspire you to see what an amazing God I serve, and how much He has blessed me over these past weeks. read more

Thankful Thursday 2018 ~ Week 34

This entry is part 25 of the series Thankful Thursday


Build an email list.

This is an area I need to work on. If you’re writing or have written a book (as I have, several times over) this is even more important. Even if you don’t aspire to being a book author, what’s the point of spending hours writing posts that never get read? Take care! With the recent changes to the GDPR laws, it is imperative that you have permission from those who sign up to send the newsletter.

I know, silly right? They’ve clicked on the button and said they want to subscribe . . . but they must actually check a box saying “I want to receive your newsletter.” Here is a really good article I came across covering this topic.

And while you’re about it, how about clicking on the check mark on your left and signing up to receive mine? I promise not to fill your inbox with spam. I only write when I have a new release or an important update I know you’ll be interested in.

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Thankful Thursday 2018 ~ Week 33

This entry is part 24 of the series Thankful Thursday


Pray for your blog and its readers.

I bet you didn’t expect that tip, right? Yet, perhaps it’s the most valuable tip I’ve offered so far this year! When did you last stop writing and actually PRAY that the words you’re typing will encourage and build up others? I don’t mean turning every post into a sermon. In fact, I don’t mean preaching at all. I simply mean, pray that your words will build up. If we want words to destroy, we only need buy a newspaper. Or is that only in South Africa? (No—I didn’t think so!)

So pray for your blog and the directions it’s taking. Pray for those who will read the post you’re writing, and have them in mind as you format your words. Don’t be afraid to challenge, or feel you only have to  share the positive news. If you go through tough times, by all means share. But let us see the lessons you’re learning, the faith that’s carrying you through. read more

Thankful Thursday Week 23

This entry is part 23 of the series Thankful Thursday

And it’s Saturday! What happened to Thursday this week? 

How the year is flying past. My 2018 list should reach the 800’s this week!

First, here’s our Tip for the Week:

Select your Featured Image with care 

We all know the expression, “You choose a book by its cover.” And for everyone who believes that there is someone who doesn’t agree. But be honest. Don’t you feel drawn to attractive images when you see a link to a post?

Of course there is a caveat. Your picture must fit the post.

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Thankful Thursday Week 22

This entry is part 22 of the series Thankful Thursday

And it’s Thursday again! 

How the year is flying past. My 2018 list is in the 700’s already!

First, here’s our Tip for the Week:

Write dateless content 

And I have to learn this too. I don’t mean it shouldn’t apply to a certain date if that is relevant. Nor do I mean we shouldn’t put a date on our posts. But we need to remember that on the web, our posts last forever. Is what you’re writing about today going to encourage, educate, or motivate the person reading it this time next year? Don’t try to imitate a newspaper with all your facts. There are newspapers and websites that do that. Create something that will always be rich for someone.

Some people feel that for that reason, you shouldn’t date your blog post. That they should be literally date-less.  read more

Thankful Thursday Week 21

This entry is part 21 of the series Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday everyone!

Little did I know a week ago how the next seven days would be consumed by one tiresome and frustrating issue. I’m sure a number of you know what I’m talking about, but I’m getting ahead of myself. In every negative situation there are some positive things we can say thanks for, right? At times this week, I have found this a challenge!

More later   . . .

First of all, here is the latest Tip of the Week:

Make your content actionable

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Thankful Thursday Week 20

This entry is part 20 of the series Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday everyone!

I have once again had quite a hectic week. I’m beginning to wonder if there is any other kind!

Nevertheless, it does give me plenty of ammunition for giving thanks!

First of all, here goes with the next

Tip of the Week:

Make friends of other bloggers.

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