Why the blog?

I write as the Spirit moves me. I have prayed about what I'm supposed to do with my life a lot. A lot. Writing. Writing is what I believe God is leading me to do. Whether or not He wants me to write for anyone to read is His business. Much of my writing has been therapy for me so maybe I'm the only one who is supposed to read it. So, why the Blog? As a sounding board, a note pad, a place to keep my ideas and thoughts. A place to share and promote my books, and photography. Written prayers, a place to vent. Possibly, even a place for the unknown reader to learn about the love of Jesus.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Family

The tears are flowing this morning. It just hit me that not only is my only son turning 20 tomorrow, but that he is also leaving home, again. He's in the Air Force and stationed in South Korea.  


I've been thinking a lot about the importance of family lately.  It all started on November 18th.  My husband and I were watching a movie, a comedy I think, when he got a phone call from his mother.  She told him that she had just learned that his father had died a week earlier, on Veteran's Day. (see my last homeless interview post).  Jack was a veteran and they hadn't spoken in at least 6 years.  


It was a sad time. Brought back memories of my own father, Charles Edward Hobbs. I had done an internet search for him a few years ago. It wasn't difficult to find him because I still had my commissary ID with his information on it. I found him, and found out he had died three years prior.  I last saw my father when I was 3.  


That night was emotional for me, thinking of our fathers and all the wonderful things they missed. Their children growing up, the grandchildren they never knew, and the relationships they could have had.  It also made me grateful that the father of my children is still in their lives and that my husband makes every effort to be extremely involved in his children's lives.  


My spirits picked up immensely when my son came home for Thanksgiving followed by my mother and grandmother.  I last saw my mother in June and my grandmother, who is 93, it had been greater than 5 years.  We had a wonderful Thanksgiving/Christmas all wrapped into one.


No matter what has transpired in the past, no matter what your feelings are with your family - they are family. Love them, forgive them, communicate with them. It is so vitally important, family.  You never know when you may see them again.  Today may be the last day to say I love you. Don't let it slip away. 


I love my family.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Ponce de Leon photo shoot.

Today, my son and I traveled to de Leon Springs State Park to play with our cameras.  These are a few highlights: 


        



















Saturday, November 26, 2011

Eyes are windows

Psalm 16:8
I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Psalm 19:8
The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
Psalm 25:15
My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare.
Psalm 139:16
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
I know, it's a cat eye, but I couldn't help myself.
A beautiful day at the park.




Thursday, November 24, 2011

BLACK FRIDAY SALE

SALE
It's that time of year again, SHOPPING.  Are you one of the millions of people who will be shopping online? Buying an e-reader? Be sure to load them up with e-books.

All of my e-books are 50% off at Smashwords.com. Use the following coupon codes to get your discount:

Love on the Run : AV77A
Captured : NM52G
Mount Mission : XV23W
Sanctuary : AF95S


Codes good through 12/24/2011.  All books are also available in paperback at Amazon.com.


Happy Thanksgiving!!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

God's Garden Party


I love watching God at work. I've been fortunate to be a witness to an organization that has done such good in the name of Jesus. Matthew's Hope ministers on the property of my home congregation. This is where I obtained the Homeless Interviews. Recently, there was talk bouncing around among the board, volunteers, and supporters of making a community garden. The land was available, but who would fund it? Who would build and maintain it? Again, who would fund it? 
Matthew's Hope



Well, long story short, God made it happen. The call went out for a need and it was met. Water lines dug, equipment provided...


Growing Together


Today, we celebrated the garden project.  This is a community garden for the neighborhood, for the homeless, for anyone willing to work a plot of land.  The plan is for the homeless to grow their own food, for Matthew's Hope to grow food to feed their guests and for the guests to sell at a farmer's market.  There will also be an incentive program for the guests to work the garden to earn items in need. 


The Garden

Family plot
Shed in progress

Here's a cool God story.  This shed is currently being built by a former Aryan Brotherhood member, now a Christian, and a black man working side by side.





A teaching moment.



WE PLANT THEM, GOD GROWS THEM.




















Shonna, Karen, Scott





Please join me and Matthew's Hope in growing God's kingdom.

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This YouTube channel was created to add video to my blog.  Read it here:  www.colleenwaitwrites.blogspot.com.  I write about my life, my books, my family, my cats and kids, and of course travel.