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.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

School Fundraisers

Does your child's school need to raise money?  Have a band trip?  Need sports equipment? Do you need to raise money for books or tuition?

Tired of the same old fundraisers?  Cookies that taste terrible, flower seeds that don't grow. Tired of popcorn, chocolate and those discount cards you never use?

You NEED to have an Origami Owl fundraiser!!

Have an on-site or on-line Origami Owl Fundraiser event with me and I will donate 50% or more of my profits to your school.  Go online and see all the possibilities HERE.



Authors In The Park

The Mount Dora event series Authors in the Park continues with its Second Annual “Spring into Art” festival, Saturday, March 29 at Long and Scott’s Farm in Mount Dora, FL., event chairman Mark Miller announced today. The Authors in the Park group celebrates literacy while promoting local and independent authors from Lake County, Central Florida and beyond. (www.authorsinthepark.com)
The event, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be the first time the group has held an event at Long and Scott’s Farm at 26216 County Road 448A, Mount Dora, Miller said.
“We are extremely excited, not only to be at Long and Scott’s, but because this year’s event will feature both authors and artists,” Miller said. “Long and Scott’s is known for Zellwood Sweet Corn and their fall corn maze as well as being a great supporter of their community.” (www.longandscottfarms.com)
Spring into Art will feature over twenty authors and artists. A wide variety of books will be for sale in all genres and ages, as well as exclusive artwork. Some of the paintings are slated to be sold for charity.
In addition to great books and art, representatives for Team Jay will be on hand, Miller, an author himself, said. Team Jay is a project of the Lake County Firefighters Charity to benefit young Jay, the son of a firefighter currently battling Leukemia. (www.lakefirefightercharity.org)
The outdoor event is free to attend, Miller pointed out. Authors and artists alike will be available to discuss their writing, sign autographs and enjoy a day on the farm. Some author proceeds will be donated to Team Jay and other worthy organizations, he said. Scott’s Country CafĂ© will be open for lunch.

Visit www.Facebook.com/AuthorsInThePark for details on participating authors, artists and event updates.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Accept Pregnancy Fundraiser

This month, March, Origami Owl is hosting a fundraiser for Accept Pregnancy in Winter Garden, Florida. Accept Pregnancy Center affirms the value of life by providing a network of care that includes counseling, healing support, and resources that explain the truth about life.  It is based on Biblical principles, teaches Jesus to those who walk through the doors, and saves lives.

The following is an excerpt from a story in "Assurance, Stories of Faith" by Theresa Jenkins, director of Accept Pregnancy.


I really believe that the reason that God led me to Accept Pregnancy was to teach me.  With my own daughter getting pregnant with Adam in 2009, He really answered my question why, because you really cannot reach out and help a lot of people unless you have been through things yourself.  I’m not saying that every person has to go through something to be able to help anybody but it helped to understand. My husband and I counseled our kids about premarital sex all the time. I went through the same thing as any other natural parent would do. I did have a lot of anger at first and not so much did I have it towards Diana, more so of, and this is terrible in saying this as a Christian but I think it is a natural human reaction – more was – God why are you allowing this to happen? First of all she is going to be a single mom and the dad chose not to be involved and second of all was because she had epilepsy so it made that risk even higher.  You know, when I got real angry I would just go into my room and yell into a pillow because I never wanted to show my anger but at the same time after a few months of being angry I thought, no, she needs to know that I’m mad.  She does need to know the natural reaction and I am doing the opposite of what I tell people to do every day.  I tell the girls all the time it is a natural thing.  I took her to all of her doctor’s appointments.  She could not drive because of the epilepsy.  I always heard about pregnancy healing certain things but I was not a real big believer of that. Now, I believe it without a doubt.  She has had no seizures, no headaches, no anything.  She drives now.  She works full time.  I could never ask for somebody to be a better mom. I was worried.  Would we be able to provide for him?  Ironically, when I was doing all that questioning, Diana came to me one morning and said, ‘mom I think I am going to place this baby for adoption.’  My heart just sunk in my chest and I was like, this is my grandchild she is talking about.  But I knew at the same time I had to catch myself because I knew that could not be my decision.  That had to be her decision but I let her know that kind of hurt a little.  Not even a week later she was like, nope I do not think I can carry a baby all nine months and then…especially knowing that I have my family’s support.  She knew that yeah we were angry, we were disappointed, upset, the whole nine yards but we all make mistakes.  We all sin every day.  One sin is not greater than the other. - Theresa Jenkins. 

Read the full article at Assurance, Stories of Faith.   Click HERE to shop Origami Owl's extensive line of beautiful customizable jewelry.  Proceeds go directly to Accept Pregnancy. 
 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Amazon Countdown deals

It's spring book stock-up time!  

Now through March 13th five of my books are 99 cents.  They then incrementally go up in price.

A countdown deal!!
Click here for your Countdown to savings.


If the book you want is not on sale, don't fret, it will be in the next few days.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Prayer and Patience

You know those rare moments in life where you are so overjoyed you can barely contain your emotions? You know, remember as a kid when you begged for months for a certain toy and when you had just about given up you got it!  You've tried for years to get pregnant and the doctor gives you the good news!  You waited for 40 years for just the right man and God places him in your life at exactly the right time!  Someone close is ill and the doctors say there is no hope.  Yet they live and thrive!

You've seen people react to good news like this on TV shows and maybe even in person.  

I'm trying really hard right now to not jump up and down and scream and shout. Maybe when I'm done here I will do just that.  I've prayed for this day to come for years and years.  You've read my blog.  You know. 

I'm crying so hard right now out of pure joy and elation and gratitude I can hardly see.  


GOD HAS ANSWERED MY PRAYERS!!!

As of 9:30 this morning I have officially retired from transcription.  I am now 100% self-employed. 

Thanks be to God whom I love.  Thank you to Mark, my husband, who believes in me.  Thank you to everyone who has prayed for me.  

Mostly.  I thank God.  My life is his.  I cannot wait to see what he plans on doing with me.  

GOD IS GOOD!
ALL THE TIME!

ALL THE TIME,
GOD IS GOOD

Even when I sin.  Even when I get angry and frustrated with life.  Even when I say now God, now.  Why not now God?  Even when I give up and don't believe, there is God, waiting for me to shut up and listen and be patient.   

Isaiah 40:31
But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.  They shall mount up with wings like eagles.  They shall run and not be weary.They shall walk and not faint.

My strength, thanks be to God IS RENEWED!!!!

AMEN!

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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.