Fall is here

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Finally there is a slight chill in the air, even if it only lasts a few moments. I decided to dig into my linen closet to make some space and pass along unneeded blankets to those who do need them. I also found a few baby blankets as well. I even discovered the liners for the crib to keep the baby’s full diaper from leaking onto the sheets. I now can get sheets and blankets in and out of the closet with ease. No more moving around unused items when I want to make a bed. I encourage you to look through your linen closet too. The chill in the air will continue and lengthen in duration. Those that have little can truly use our extra blankets.

This past week was less about clearing out than moving forward. Apart from this blog, I am a writer of devotionals, fiction, presentations, and more. I love to write. As I reenter this season of writing, I am slowly being reminded of how much I love it and the world of writers. I had an opportunity to attend a luncheon for Chicken Soup for the Soul contributers. I had the pleasure of being published in their book for the Bride’s Soul a few years ago. The luncheon was in Marina Del Rey. The people were awesome. What’s cool is that I don’t feel nervous in those settings, just inspired and invigorated. I talked with the owners of Chicken Soup – a lovely husband and wife team. They are incredibly friendly and approachable people. When I reconnected with the VP of Chicken Soup, she asked me why she hadn’t seen any submissions lately. Wow. Not only did he remember me she wanted stories from me. I thought about why I hadn’t written for awhile. Part of it is that I had submitted a few stories that weren’t accepted. I figured it was a one time thing to get in a Soup book. However, I need to press on though because even the senior editor remembered me from a previous luncheon.

I write this to encourage you to see the opportunities before you. God has great plans for us. We need to step through the open doors He provides. I don’t have any guarantees that I will get another story in Chicken Soup, but I need to try. Saturday reminded me that I am a writer and thrive in that world. To not embrace that is, to me, shutting an open door. The outcome of writing isn’t as important as the process and the people I meet along the way. I am grateful that God gave me a nudge this weekend. If the weather in California truly begins to turn to fall, know that I will be cozied up with a cup of tea in front of my ipad embracing the process of writing. What does fall have in store for you? Look for your open door.

Dream Big!

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