Thursday, January 14, 2016

It's Clearly Time!

I am linking up for the Five Minute Friday. The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog Heading Home. Today's prompt is "time."

Time is a crazy gift. We sit and watch the clock tick back and forth. Time is a precious gift given to each and every one of us. Do we treasure our time? Do we remember to embrace? Or do we sometimes let it pass us by? As the book of Ecclesiastes reminds us, "There is a time to weep, a time to dance, a time to plant, a time to pluck up what is planted etc."

I have been trying to be better about treasuring and embracing the time that we are given. Each day a gift given by God. Earlier this week, I remembered six years ago today and the anniversary of the Haiti earthquake. I remembered my friend Ben who was killed in the earthquake. I remembered Ben's family who still grieve his loss. I remembered his gift of music as I listened to his song "Mourning into Dancing."

God has a way of showing us our own time and space. Before Christmas, I felt a nudge, or maybe it was a smack on the forehead by the Holy Spirit, to write a book. I created an outline and left it at that. Earlier this week, the time came for me to act. I downloaded a CreateSpace template on Amazon and began writing a book. God clearly has shown me that it is time; time to share my words especially as my fingers danced across my keyboard. I have 18 pages; 18 more pages than I started with.

A writer friend shared in my joy tonight. He has written his own books and even offered to be a beta reader for me. He shared how excited he was for me. His words again confirmed that it is time for me to birth this book; to share the word God has on my heart and mind in these days.

I am not sure when this book will be finished. But I am sure that it is time; time to move. And as my fingers tap across the keyboard, I feel even more confirmation as God is reminding me that I do have words to share and it is time to share those words!

"By writing, you are saying to God, 'I agree with you, you gave me a voice, and the gift was not in vain'. "--Don Miller (Thanks for this quote Jordan)

"Writing is the painting of the voice"--Voltaire (Thanks Karrilee)

35 comments:

  1. Yay Tara! I want a signed copy!!!!!

    #5 at FMF this week

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2016/01/your-dying-spouse-106-time-to-worry-fmf.html

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    1. You got it! :) If you are up for it, I could totally email you a copy of what I have so far; totally a work in progress!

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  2. An exciting time for you Tara. And I do like that quote Karilee shares last night. Such brave news you are sharing. Yes, it's time!

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    1. I need to fix that as the quote is from Voltaire but Karrilee quoted it.

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  3. Yay for books!!! Can't wait to read it! :) And, so proud of you for recognizing that it is Time. I'm still learning to trust when it is and to act. Thank you for showing us your brave move.

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    1. Annie, thank you! I am still learning to trust and act too. It is a scary leap of faith.

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  4. Woot! Woot! Good for you, Tara! May God be with you as you grow and birth your book baby!

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    1. Thanks Anita! Yes indeed I believe that God will grow and bless me through this process. But still pretty scary.

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  5. What a joy to sing with open voice the songs tucked inside for so long. I rejoice for you!

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  6. Good for you, Tara! That is hard work and I wish you the best in this endeavor! Now to find the time.... :)

    Thanks for sharing! stopping by from FMF #45

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    1. Thanks Rachel! It really is hard work. I have a friend whose job is an editor and I bravely shared it with him yesterday. It is definitely a work in progress, but he is kind to read it and edit for me. With his help, this book might actually be ok! :P

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  7. Tara, I'm so excited for you as you embark on this writing journey. It will definitely draw you closer to God. :) Looking forward to reading your words!

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    1. Thanks Jeanne! I am excited too, but also want to go hide in a corner! :)

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  8. Tara,
    me too! I want a signed copy! :) So excited for you and the "time" you are investing in others. I hope you "embrace" each moment with purpose and life. And, thank you for taking the time to read my posts and comment, and acknowledge me on Twitter. You make me feel valuable by the use of your time.
    Love,
    Tammy
    (not linked yet...but I'm sure it will be in the 60s or 70s this time. Ha, time!)
    @tammysincerity

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    1. A signed copy for you. It will just be awhile. It is in the very early stages. Ooh I like that...embracing each moment with purpose and live. You are so welcome! I am so glad that my words make you feel valuable. Love you lady!

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  9. Exciting times! That's great that you have made a start. I look forward to seeing how things go with your book.

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  10. That's so exciting!!

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    1. Exciting...Yes! But also scary at the same time!

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  11. Love this so much... and that you are writing... (and that you attributed that Voltaire quote to me! LOL!) ;) Let the words flow, Lord!

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    1. Oops. Guess my fingers were moving faster than my brain. I was going to attribute it to Voltaire and thank you for sharing it. I fixed it in the post! :P Yes, please let the words flow, Lord. They are coming. I have a very very very very first draft. But an editor friend agreed to read for me and is editing along with me. His suggestions will only make the book better! :)

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  12. this is so exciting! what a wonderful announcement, in God's right time, too!

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    1. replying to my own comment...DARING is my word this year, and I'd love to work with you to design your book cover and back if you'd be willing.

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    2. Yes in God's right time! And I would love to work with you on the book cover and back and see what you come up with.

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    3. Thanks, that would be awesome! Daring for both of us!

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  13. Brave and wonderful. 18 pages is amazing! Way to go. Keep going, Tara.

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  14. Way to go Tara... this is amazing!!

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  15. (In my Oprah voice)... "Signed copies for everyone!"

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    1. Thanks Tondra! And I love that you are saying those words "Signed copies for everyone" in your best Oprah voice. It made me smile!

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  16. Wow, what great news and amazing use of your time, Tara! I'm so pleased you have gone with the flow as you've sensed God leading you into this enterprise. Yes, lets's all queue up for a signed copy of your forthcoming book. Way to go, girl! :) x

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  17. Tara, how exciting! You're moving along with your book and I'm looking forward to what God has for you as you write! Blessings and have a great week!

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    1. Thank You! And blessings to you as well. Hope you are having a great week too!

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