Dreams Coming True: Being Astonished by God

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Dreams Coming True is a Thursday feature on my blog, a way to highlight those whose goal is to create community. The dream might be a blog, a published book, a small business, volunteering, or even fundraising for a charity. Something that makes the world a better place . . . for others.

“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin” (Zechariah 4:10, NLT).

Welcome Mike Erre, pastor of EVFree Fullerton and author of Astonished, to Dreams Coming True! Leave a comment on this post for the chance to win a copy of Astonished (David C. Cook)! Winner will be announced next Thursday.

Speaking of winners, the winner of last week’s giveaway is Emery Smith! Please email info@suzannewoodsfisher.com to claim your prize.

Tell us a little about yourself, Mike:

I am the senior pastor of a church in   Keep Reading…

A Day in My Life: Lost in Translation

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When I’m traveling, I like to collect signs that are “lost in translation.” My favorite memory is a sign in a Hong Kong restaurant where my husband used to eat lunch. Curious, my husband asked his colleague what the Chinese writing meant. He said it told people to not bring food from the outside into the restaurant. But what was translated into English was: NO EATING.

Have you come across any “lost in translation” signs in your travels? Share in the comment section below!

Check out @suzannewfisher’s “lost in translation” collection from her travels!

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Give Me the Simple Life: Three Little Words that Rocked the World

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He is risen.

Imagine for a moment how it must have felt to have been a grief and guilt-stricken disciple, trudging out to Jesus’  grave in the early morning, expecting to find a sealed tomb filled with a decaying body . . . and be met by a mighty, awe-inspiring angel?

“He is not here. He is risen” (Matthew 28:6).

Think about those words for a moment. What a startling, shocking turn of events! And two thousand years later, it continues to astonish.

He is risen.

Three little words. Three little words that changed the world forevermore. Three little words that changed us forevermore!

He is risen. He is risen indeed!

Here’s a beautiful rendition of that startling moment experienced by the disciples, sung by Dolly Parton. (Sorry for the 8-second advertisement at the beginning! But it’s worth it to listen to the song.)

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Author Spotlight: Tracy L. Higley

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Welcome to Author Spotlight! Each week will feature a different author. We’ll get the scoop behind their writing life and dish a little. The authors will also be giving away a copy of their latest book. FUN.

The winner from the last Author Spotlight giveaway is TERRI CARLE! Please email info {at} suzannewoodsfisher {dot} com with your mailing address to claim your prize.

This week we are featuring Tracy L. Higley! To enter to win a copy of her book, The Queen’s Handmaid (Thomas Nelson), leave a comment on this post.

What is the smartest writing advice you ever got?

Keep doing it. While you wait for others to critique, while you wait for agents and editors to respond, while you wait for anything¸ continue writing the next thing and the next.

What was your biggest break?

I had a serendipitous meeting with an agent at a writers’ conference, which   Keep Reading…

Everyone Has A Story

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In the predawn darkness I sit, sipping fresh coffee and scratching the next column on unlined sheets of printer paper. I’ve forgotten my backpack, the carry-all that I sling over my shoulder every time I go to write.

I feel disoriented without the familiar items at my fingertips; the dogeared Bible with both covers long since gone. The daily devotional, also with one cover missing, that nourishes me often. The journal in which I write my words to Him and His to me. The Thousand Gifts journal in which I record His fingerprints, handwritten on a numbered list.

So I listen for a bit, holding quiet conversation over the mug before bending to work the next piece out on plain paper, praying for inspiration as I go. Around me, the hustle and bustle in this, my favorite place to create, begins to escalate as the   Keep Reading…

Dreams Coming True: Turning Broken Dreams into New Beginnings

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Dreams Coming True is a Thursday feature on my blog, a way to highlight those whose goal is to create community. The dream might be a blog, a published book, a small business, volunteering, or even fundraising for a charity. Something that makes the world a better place . . . for others.

“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin” (Zechariah 4:10, NLT).

Welcome author, speaker, and broadcaster, Sheridan Voysey, to Dreams Coming True! Leave a comment on this post for the chance to win a copy of Sheridan’s latest release, Resurrection Year (Thomas Nelson)! Winner will be announced next Thursday.

Speaking of winners, the winner of last week’s giveaway is Dawn Kleinsasser! Please email info@suzannewoodsfisher.com to claim your prize.

Tell us a little about yourself, Sheridan:

I am a writer, speaker, and broadcaster on faith and spirituality. I’ve written   Keep Reading…

A Day In My Life: A Day in Hong Kong

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Below are some snapshots from my recent trip to Hong Kong:

A view of Victoria Harbour. Look how blue the water is! Very different from when we lived there in the 1990s. Hong Kong is so much cleaner than it used to be–a result of the SARS epidemic.

The Star Ferry is one of my favorite travel moments . . . ever. Costs about 25 cents. (I took the photo and “vintaged it up” with Snapseed).

The first Starbucks had opened up when we were leaving Hong Kong in 2000. Today . . . they’re ubiquitous!

 

One of my favorite buildings–the Lippo Centre. Panda bears are climbing up the sides.

Rickshaws are now just for tourists.

We took a familiar ride–the 260 bus over to Stanley, where we   Keep Reading…

Give Me the Simple Life: Beauty Around the World

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On Saturday, my husband Steve and I returned from two weeks in Asia. We spent a few days in Hong Kong, where we visited places that held special memories to us after four years of living there. Then we went up to China to pop into our daughter Meredith’s world. She’s a teacher at an international school. Meredith had a week’s vacation, so we went to Vietnam together! It was a fascinating week—Vietnam is beautiful, similar to other Asians countries and yet very unique. And it’s a complicated place for Americans. We went to central Vietnam (Hai On and Hue) then to north Vietnam (Hanoi).

For the next few weeks, I’ll be posting pix from our trip. Below is one of my very favorite shots—taken from my iPhone and entirely untouched.

This elderly woman was at a Buddha Temple near China Beach—central Vietnam. Her   Keep Reading…

Author Spotlight: Kathy Ide

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Welcome to Author Spotlight! Each week will feature a different author. We’ll get the scoop behind their writing life and dish a little. The authors will also be giving away a copy of their latest book. FUN.

The winner from the last Author Spotlight giveaway is LAURA MCLENDON! Please email info {at} suzannewoodsfisher {dot} com with your mailing address to claim your prize.

This week we are featuring Kathy Ide! To enter to win a copy of her book, Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors, leave a comment on this post.

Share a little bit about yourself. Married with kids? Empty nester? Do you work full-time and write when you can squeeze it in?

I am married to an amazingly supportive husband, and I have two sons—both grown and out of the house (out of state even). So I’m technically an empty nester. But we live   Keep Reading…

Behind the Scenes of the Cover Photo Shoot for ‘A Beauty So Rare’: Spring Scavenger Hunt Stop 29

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Welcome to the Spring 2014 Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! The hunt has 32 stops and runs from 4/4 (noon MDT)–4/6 (midnight MDT). It’s a great way to discover new books from some of your favorite authors (and maybe meet some new authors you haven’t yet heard of). The grand prize is a Kindle Fire HDX and a $100 gift card, plus two chances at a 32-book prize pack. Some individual stops even have an additional prize, so read each post carefully!

There will be a red clue at the bottom of each post that you’ll need to write down, and that clue will guide you to the next stop. It’s best to begin the scavenger hunt at stop #1, Robin Lee Hatcher’s blog. Then after you’ve gone through all 32 stops and collected all the clues, fill out the Rafflecopter form on Robin’s site. Be ready to   Keep Reading…