Posts made in December, 2013

As 2013 Closes.

Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 in Site Business, Writer's Diary

2013 is about to end, and I don’t know what to think of it. Frankly, I am still wrestling with what the last year has contained. I self-published my first novel, Stronghold, but it’s critical and financial’s results were questionable at best and poor at worst. Many will say that self-publishing in and of itself is an accomplishment, and I believe this to be true, but is it enough of an accomplishment to warrant the time and effort it requires? It’s a fair question I’ve had to ask myself.

2013 has been a year of Scripture Memorization. I have needed it to survive. Between the stressors of the job I began in July, the emotional roller coaster of releasing my book, and the day-to-day realities of my life situation, I have clung to the words of the Holy Bible more this year than any other. I discovered many useful passages that I can now recall for aid at a moment’s notice (and I have). If this has been a year of hunger for my soul, Scripture has been my bread.

I put forth a number of goals for 2013, and I am still assessing whether or not I was successful in completing them. I’ll look at them more deeply when I have some more fuel in my tank. As of now, I’m just thinking about the year in full, and it’s been a full year. I lived intentionally and worked with zeal, but to what end I am unsure. In so many ways I feel that 2013 has been a year upon a hard road headed toward something I cannot yet see but long to behold. I feel it’s been a year of taking steps but arriving nowhere.

In the end, I am left with one litmus test for living well, and it’s far more simple than my goal-making or supposed achievements. The test contains one question: was I more Christlike in 2013 than I was 2012, and how can I be more Christlike in 2014 than I was the last 12 months? This is the totality of my reflections. I want to answer positively. When I consider my struggles, my longings, and my actions, I want to say that I was closer to God and more reflective of Christ this year than any other before this one. But even that thought gives me pause: only the Lord knows the answer.

As the year wraps, I can tell you I’m utterly exhausted, and I do not know if I can do in this upcoming year what I did in the last one, which makes me feel like I’ll need to do more. I write this after particularly exhausting day at work, and I do not foresee those getting easier. I feel like 2014 will be year of trial, of the Lord’s cultivating my faith that much more–of his teaching me to hold just a little longer, to keep fighting for purity and pursuing righteousness. I don’t need more resolutions and self-imposed controls; those will make me more arrogant, more judgmental, and more focused on me. It’s time to move from those to something else. I need to look beyond my self; I need to look at others. I need to seek their good. I guess you could say that’s my New Year’s resolution, to live intentionally without restrictions and to see where love takes me. I have no idea how that will manifest itself, but I look forward to living life loving Christ and sharing that journey with you.

Thanks for reading today and throughout the year,
C

 

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3LC Beyond the Blog

Posted by on Dec 28, 2013 in Addiction Recovery, Interviews, Offsite Content

Dear Readers,

If you enjoy the content I produce here on 3LC, you may take interest in some of my writings at other venues. Hopefully this list will expand in 2014, but for now, here’s the whole thing. Please click the links below to check out some of the off-blog content in which I’ve participated or I’ve had published (yes, by real editors) on other sites:

Addicts: Give yourself the gift of Time

Why do We collect [Toys]?

What Happaned to the Summer Toy Aisle?

Loving Lego at All Ages

Interview with Covenant Eyes Regarding Stronghold

Audio Interview with Second Chances Radio regarding Stronghold

 
 
 
 

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Posted by on Dec 25, 2013 in Site Business

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Enjoy a day of rest, friends and family. Enjoy life and enjoy others.

Thanks for stopping by, today and others as well!
C

 
 
 
 

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Scripture Memory and A Song of the Heart: Isaiah 40: 9-18

Posted by on Dec 23, 2013 in Love of Scripture

Sometimes this is how The Lord works: 

Thursday morning, I stumbled upon a tweet from a young man who was a child the last time I saw him 10 years ago. His tweet contained a reference to Isaiah 40:1-2, and I have provided the passage below, via the ESV

Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
aSpeak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and cry to her
that bher warfare1 is ended,
that her iniquity is pardoned,
that she has received from the Lord‘s hand
double for all her sins.


I read the whole chapter and was particularly struck with verses 9-18. I read them and re-read them, and and by the third or fourth time, a song began to form in my mind. The melody was beautiful, the instruments were elegant, and the voices were very specific. As I heard them, I knew them. 


In a strange way, the experience felt more like a memory than a discovery. To say it was “beautiful” would be an understatement; I was in awe of God for what happened.

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5 Great Christmas Gifts for Artists

Posted by on Dec 21, 2013 in RandoMusings, Writer's Diary

Artists need our help; they need the help of fans, and they need the help of other artists. If a handful of small artists have given you a gift through their work, why not give them a little something in return this holiday. Here’s 5 ways to give your favorite artists a treat this December (and 3 of the ways are free, so no excuses!)

1) Review their work on Amazon, iTunes, and wherever else it may be for sale online. Even three stars is better than none. Tweets, e-mails and letters to the address on the book/CD are wonderful, but reviews tell the world how you feel.

2) Buy their work and give it to others. This is what artists want every happy customer to do. I’ve discovered more than one creative type thanks to others’ directing me to them. If some musician wrote an album you enjoyed, why not send it to two folks who might like it also.

3) Tweet or share links to their Amazon page or publishing site. Indie Artists are constantly advertising; they have to until a label or company does it for them. When you share a link to someone’s album or VOD or book, you are boosting their productivity. It doesn’t matter if they don’t get a single sale from your link, it’s enough that people see their name connected to you and build that recognition.

4) If you have a blog or podcast, offer to interview them. A writer’s book, a singer’s record, and a director’s film are like their children, and who doesn’t enjoy discussing their children? Give them some time and space, and you may enjoy it even more than they do.

5) Pray for them regularly. This is where things get nuts. Last year I committed to praying for a director’s influence to increase and his success to continue. In the fall of 2012, a film he directed made 20x it’s cost, and a studio is releasing his next film on July 4 weekend 2014–that’s success and influence. True story. Not saying I caused it, but I don’t think prayer hurt him either.

 
I know these may seem like little, unimportant acts, but you have no idea how much artists need a boost now and again!

I intend to give one or more of the above Christmas gifts this year; how bout you?

 

 

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