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April 1 – Celebrating the Resurrection!

Today was Resurrection Sunday. We probably slept ten minutes later than we should have, but I still got my devotional of 513 words written before I left for church. That makes the afternoon go a little bit smoother. One of the problems of doing a Bible reading plan that takes you through the Bible in a year is that Bible passages don’t always match up with what’s happening on the church calendar. We had to be at church early today because I was working the screens and Lucy, my wife, was taking part in a reading of the Apostle’s Creed and they wanted to rehearse the reading. We didn’t get there til about 8:00, but I had done some of the screen work on Wednesday night, so there was a lot less to do, although it would have been nice if I’da checked the wording on one specific song. Just sayin’.

We got home from church, ate, and it was practically time to go do my Nursing Home Bible study. A couple of weeks ago I discovered that one of the men who shows up at the Bible Study is the father of one of my former co-workers. After that, I was able to relax, catch up on a few things I wanted to do. After supper I finally began editing and made my regular progress with editing of 6 days worth of devotionals. After that, I got a little cleaning done. Now, I’m ready for bed. Tomorrow will be a long day!

Today’s devotional: April 1 – Jesus Taught It, Did It, and Expects Me to Do It

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March 27 – Living With Routine

I need routine. This is the second day in a row that I’ve posted this update a day after things happened. My routine was disrupted by my wife coming home from a conference and I didn’t write last night. This morning was rough too because of routine breakers. I added a new chess teaching time today (yesterday of course) with a young man whose parents are friends. He was so far ahead of some kids and this was his first lesson. I asked him why he did something the way he did, which was the right way, and he told me that he figured it out on his own. I was blown away!

Anyway, the devotional of 456 words: March 27 – How Jesus Saw His Ministry 

I also edited 6 more days on my devotional book. I’m no up to May 12.

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March 26 – A New Focus

I woke up this morning and realized I didn’t write this post last night like I planned. I have administered appropriate punishment. I wrote my devotional yesterday, I think I even wrote on the short story I’d been doing for my challenge writing. As I looked at the rules for the challenge, though, they had ways to count editing. I really need to do a bunch of editing! I’m putting my devotionals into book form and I need to make sure that I’ve minimized the number of mistakes. (hint: there will always be mistakes. I shudder when I find mine after publishing, but I know they’ll be there.) Anyway, my challenge writing is working on editing. I’m preparing the May/June edition of Daily Enduring Truth. They are not from this year’s devotionals, so if you click on the links in these emails, you get new stuff! I have the January/February edition out in eBook form, but there are mistakes. When I was fixing those, I had a computer crash which put me way behind fixing that and then getting March and April edited – so I’m getting back on track to get the devotionals published.

Devotional – 446 words: March 26 – Respecting Others and Doing Our Job

Challenge Writing: 471 Words

Editing – 2 hours, 6 days worth of material. Challenge words: 800, Actual words edited and approved – around 4200

My focus will be on editing for the next few weeks at least.

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March 18 – Sunday Writing

It’s always difficult to find time to write on Sundays. We leave the house by 7:45 AM to go to church. We have duties, usually, in both the 8:30 and the 11:00 worship services. We have Sunday School at 9:45. So we’re there from 7:45 til about 12:15, depending on how long we talk afterwards. I come home, fix lunch, and then I do a Bible Study at a nursing home from 2:00 to 2:30. Today, we had a meeting about security at our church at 4:00 that lasted til about 5:20, then I had to shop and get food for the next few days. I came home, fixed supper, ate, and then got to do my story writing. Today I finished my devotional before church.

Some Christian writers I know take Sunday’s off from writing to get a full day of rest. Sundays are a day of service for me anyway.

So, today’s writing: March 18 – What Does It Take To Believe? 473 words. Then, 481 words on my back story. I had fun using a Mary Poppins reference in a story set in 2035.

Tomorrow – Lucy plans on driving herself to work, so I should be able to spend most of the morning writing. I have chess clubs to work with from 2:30 – 5:30 (driving time included.) We’ll see what else I can get done.