Saturday, July 21, 2012

Just Thinkin' Ahead

'Autumn' photo (c) 2011, Moyan Brenn - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/
My family thinks I’m a little “off” because I’m always living a season ahead. I’ve said it before (guess I’ll say it again…) there are only 2 seasons on my personal calendar:
Gardening and Christmas!

I load up our fireplace mantle with mini pumpkins, gourds and fall foliage somewhere in mid-August. It seems I’m the first one bold enough to hang a festive fall wreath on my front door before the little ones pass by on their way to school. My kids tease me and roll their eyes when I break out Christmas CDs and DVDs in September. (Small confession: I’ve already been burning cinnamon/spice candles J
This year is no exception. To me, as soon as the fireworks are over July 4th, I’m anticipating fall. I’m thinking ahead to baking and creating “cozy” throughout my home. I watch the sky for the occasional unexpected rain showers and start planning for the holidays with childlike excitement.
Perhaps this trait of thinking ahead has been God’s plan all along. Maybe He’s been grooming me all these years, preparing me for this new adventure of magazine publishing. Magazines are already planning out a whole year in advance – luckily, with my smaller scale project, it’s only a season.
I’m glad God sometimes provides dreams coming true in small doses – aren’t you?
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
(1 Cor. 10:13)

As we’re busy assembling our thoughts and pages for our upcoming fall issue of Christian Women’s Voice Magazine, my hope is that you’ll be looking ahead, too and consider sharing your thoughts in our first-ever “Moments” contest. (It’s FREE to enter). Autumn is a glorious time of year, and you’re invited to capture and share your best writing with us (250-500 words/fiction-or non fiction). It needs to be related to the season in some way – other than that, just have fun with it! Please submit your entry by August 10th to: cwvinfo@christianwomensvoice.org

Another way we’d like to get to know you is through our “Creation Station” contest. If you have a well-organized home-office space, maybe a home school classroom or well-organized kitchen pantry or work station of any kind, we’d LOVE to see it and learn more about it! Share your tips, experiences and ideas for the space where you create something lovely to share with others. Again, please submit your entry by August 10th to: cwvinfo@christianwomensvoice.org
I do hope you’re enjoying your summer and are finding innovative ways to beat the heat and longer days…..but I also hope you’ll join me in anticipating the coming season and all the blessings that accompany it.
Many Blessings to you,
Debbie

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Quick Thought of the day: Personal Space


'Shopping Cart' photo (c) 2010, Michael Ocampo - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/Well, it happened again – another pet peeve moment!
Just about nothing grates on my nerves more than someone encroaching on my personal space. And the worst place for this to happen is in the check-out line.
There I was, once again this morning picking up a few groceries at the store, even remembered to ask for postage stamps, but when I turned to reach for them, someone’s face was in the way!
UGGH!
She was in such a hurry to toss her 14 jars of baby food down the belt assuming I’d completed my transaction….yet, I ended up snarling my way out of the store toward the parking lot thinking how completely rude the woman was to push me on my way before I’d had a chance to stuff my debit card back into my wallet!
I tossed my few bags in the trunk and suddenly realized I was in a God moment
'Flowers' photo (c) 2011, Moyan Brenn - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

I wondered about the times I may have done the same thing to Him. I wonder how many times I’ve decided He’s had enough time to accomplish what I want Him to, only to sort of push Him aside thinking it’s my turn to assume control.
Wow….have you ever done that?
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
(Psalm 27:14 NIV)
'Flowers' photo (c) 2005, Domenico Salvagnin - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Jul/Aug issue is HERE!

We're so excited about this issue, and you will be, too! Wanna know why???
Sure you do!
YOU have an opportunity to have your BEST fiction or non-fiction published in our magazine in the new "Moments" section! This will be an on-going contest with each issue, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to win! Check out the contest details at christianwomensvoice.org and click the link below to preview and/or order your copy today!

         Christian Women's Voice Jul/Aug 2012        
     
       

                     Christian Women's Voice Jul/Aug 2012                  

     
     
       
 By Debbie Dillon                  
       
         50 pages, published 7/1/2012        
     
     
       Our Jul/Aug issue is packed with articles that demonstrate the fruits of the spirit while inspiring you to become the woman God intended.      
     
                 Find out more on MagCloud              

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