Wednesday, September 20, 2017

My Writer's Cabin...Panera. Listening With My Tea

To those of you who have been reading my blog the past six months or so probably have heard I am a distracted person. Dozens of ideas, thoughts, concerns and blessings are swirling around in my head.


It is a curse, but how God made me. I have learned to work with it. The past couple years as I embrace being a writer, I am so distracted at home with so many things I could work on that sometimes it is hard for me to sit down and write at all. I enjoy spreading out my reference books, Bible, Greek interlinear, notebook and pens to do my Bible study time. Love that, but to "work"?

Laundry, the dog, decorating, projects...anything can distract me. So I have been going to Starbucks, Panera or any place with wifi at least twice a week for the past year or so. I hunker down and just focus. This works for me. Maybe this is why many writers have a cabin in the mountains to go to... maybe one day.

The great thing at these places is that there are other people doing exactly what I am doing. I would say at least 30-50% are sitting with their laptop focused, in a Bible study, encouraging a friend. Sometimes I hear someone praying with a friend or listening to someone sharing a burden. (Yes, I am distractedly listening, can't help myself). It blesses me, spurs me on and puts a smile on my face.

Today as I sit in Panera there are two ladies sharing. One hurting, one listening...sharing the gospel. I pray for them. For the lady hurting and for the encourager, that she gives sweet, wise words.

Psalm 145 has so many words of God's goodness to us. And encourages us to give Him praise. Here are some clips. "Every day I will bless Thee, and I will praise Thy name forever......One generation shall praise Thy works to another and shall declare Thy mighty acts...The Lord sustains all who fall, and raises up all who are bowed down...The Lord is near to all who call upon Him to all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and will save them. My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord and all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever."

And so I am again focused. Working on my study questions for the book Not Really A Princess, Working on this blog. Drinking my tea and occasionally glancing around at those around me. The elderly gentleman with his paper, the large group of ladies sharing stories, laughing together and those sitting sharing hurts, struggles and joys. Praying that I may in some way find avenues to encourage others around me. Many blessings to you today sweet friend as you go about your day. May you shine the light to those around you.

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