#DeadSeaRising by #JerryBJenkins was released on 11-13-18. This is the first fiction book I have read in many years. I normally read short inspirational passages or books. I knew I was taking a huge step, but I definitely felt God’s leadership in this decision. I received the advanced reader copy of the book and began reading it with excitement and anticipation. After reading the first few chapters, I was hooked. With a few adjustments to my reading strategy, I read the book and could not stop turning the pages. If you like mysteries, biblical history, adventure and intrigue that will keep you wanting to know what is going to happen next, read this book. You will be waiting expectantly with me on the next one in the series. #ReaderReview
It occurred to me that I never shared why I chose the name of my blog to be Renewing of Mind and Body. At the time I began the process of starting the blog, I was still lost in my mind and body. In some ways I still may be. I had attended a few writer’s conferences and listened carefully as others talked about having blogs. I thought to myself, I could never do that. I continued to listen and a strong desire to share God’s grace and love in this way grew and grew. I presented the beginning of a book I was writing to publishers at these conferences about the miracle of my survival and continued undeserved grace given to me by God through many situations. They all agreed that it was an amazing story. Also, they agreed they were unable to publish it because I was not a celebrity. I could not guarantee a large number of sales of the book. I understood what they were saying. I did not like it, but I understood it.
I had been typing one finger at a time to write my story. Unable to organize or make outlines, I just typed the story. When I first started, I had great problems with word recall but writing was easier than talking. Word check on the lap top is fantastic. I really did not know what I was doing or how to accomplish writing skills I just knew my desire was to share my story of God’s mercy and grace.and it. I sat with my lap top searching, reading and my blog was created. I knew that it was not Gay Nell Olive creating the blog. The name Renewing of Mind and Body originated because I knew without a doubt God was renewing my mind and my body.
As a young person, I was in a speaker’s tournament and I gave a speech on the verse in Romans 12:2, Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. I knew God had been with me through my whole life. I had to relearn so much after my strokes. I didn’t even know where passages of scripture were found in the Bible. I was in a body I didn’t know with a mind I didn’t know. The one thing I knew was I was still alive. That meant there was still a purpose for my life. So I just started with eagerness and excitement to try and create a blog. The name to me was evident, RenewingofMindandBody. With God’s help and the Happy Engineers at WordPress answering so many questions, the blog was started.
I thank each of you with much sincerity who have supported me and liked my post. I have had many obstacles, that have made it really difficult at times to continue the blog. But one learns that is what life is all about. We all have trials, difficulties, pain health issues and grief. Knowing that we can rest in the assurance that all things will work out for the best,according to Christ will, is our peace and strength for each day. I know I fail each day to do my best but I have to keep trying. The wonderful thing is, I know with Jesus help, I can and will keep doing all that I can. If I do not, I am dishonoring Him and the day He has given me. This is my first extensive writing attempt to share about myself on the blog.
This is a poem of praise I wrote several years after the event that left me in a mind and body I did not know. I knew if I did not do everything I could on each day I had been given, I was dishonoring God for giving me that day. So this is not a recent event I am writing about, but I just decided to share it publicly. My journey to this point has been long, and it was accomplished only with His help.
I was reading and confused. My mind was overloaded and I was trying to learn to organize, categorize and develop a more pleasant appearance to my blog. Help popped up on the screen. I was confused about this at first, but I soon realized, I really could get help. Where did you come from??? I did ask ,”Who are You?” More thankful am I, than words can express. With repeated directions and explanations now I sit with mental fatigue, knowing I did my best and so thankful for my internet helpers.
My photography mishap, that I turned into a game received the most views. I am sharing it again. The Red Fox Squirrel. Thank you for all your support, likes and comments these past few months. I have enjoyed reading your post and seeing your beautiful photography. You all are so kind to accept me into this world of technology, I know so little about.
CAN YOU FIND HIM? HE IS THERE!
Two weeks, no post, that’s a long time. Doctor’s visits, an over night hospital visit for test disrupted any plans I might have had. Suddenly, I realized I needed a plan when I was going to post to the blog. A plan so that anyone following me would know when to expect a post from me. I’ve learned this by following other’s blogs. I know when they are going to post, and that is really nice. So I have decided, I will have a post the first of each week. If there is something I can’t wait to share, I might post it earlier but I will still have a post the first of each week.