I woke up at 6:00 a.m. today, which is something I rarely do. I worked for a couple of hours, took a shower, walked a mile, read a passage from the gospel of Mark and then journaled about it.
Part way through all of this, I was overwhelmed with gratitude for God’s mercies in the routines of life. And I was content to just be present in the moment. Being human is a beautiful experience. Our Creator designed us to create, think, feel and love.
As the sun came up, I looked out my office window and could see leaves blowing across my front yard, rather than a foot of snow, which is customary for Nebraska this time of year. I’m in the minority, I know, but I prefer the snow. It paralyzes the city and forces us to slow down. We’re not always the best about doing that of our own volition – at least I’m not. But now that I’ve found a pocket of time to do so, I’d like to bring you up to date on a few issues.
I switched to Mail Chimp yesterday to handle my email list for this website and that led to duplicate mailings of my post about living in deeper community. I apologize for that. It shouldn’t happen again. The new service gives me more control of the list than I had before and it should produce a better end result for you. If you aren’t already a subscriber, then I would love for you to become one. Just enter your email address in the “Subscribe” box at the top right hand side of the page.
From now until the end of February, I’m offering all subscribers (new and existing) a link to free audio presentation called “How to Get the Most Out of Your Blog.” I’ll also send you a copy of the corresponding handout. Not all of you are bloggers, so this won’t interest everyone, but I think you’ll find it helpful if you are one. If you are an existing subscriber, just hit the reply button and tell me you want the presentation. If you are a new subscriber, then I’ll send it to you automatically.
Social Media Panel Discussion
If you are an author, or an aspiring author, you’ll want to make time to view a Google+ panel discussion this coming Thursday morning (January 30) about social media. Author Angela Meyer, of the Wordsowers Christian Writers Group in Omaha, will be hosting the panel that includes Tamara Clymer (owner, CrossRiver Media Group), Jeannie Jacobson (writer) and me. We’ll offer tips for marketing and platform building. Hope to see you there. (I’ll post more details as the event draws nearer.)
Wordsowers Christian Writers Conference
If you live in the Midwest, consider attending the annual Wordsowers Christian Writers Conference in Omaha, February 28-March 1, 2014. You’ll have the opportunity to meet publishers, receive training about the publishing process and you will make new contacts in the publishing industry. I’m on staff and would love to see you there. Scholarships are available. For more details, and to register, visit the Wordsowers website.