My books are stacked haphazardly on a too small shelf. Many I bought at library sales, or they came to me free. I would like to refuse books, but my hand automatically reaches out.

There are too many books to read, yet more books I acquire!

I’ve been waiting for several months for a fancy top of an old bookshelf to be restored and attached to new shelves. Sadly as I wait, I open the door to the office, I see that cramped shelf and sigh. 

When will that shelving be complete? 

Many times I think of my character–when will I be complete? When will I stop the fear, the anxiety, the impatience in my life? Not in this life, but I have the Completer living in me. He is enough, he is all I need. Though I struggle to be more he has made me complete.

 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.  If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.  I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” John 15 NIV

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Harvester Island Learning Lessons

Last week I was on Harvester Island, Alaska. I saw old friends, and made new ones. We all share the same love for words.

After you see and breathe the beauty of Harvester Island, (and surroundings) you think life couldn’t get better.

Clear view of Katmai Mountains.

Then you hear great words read aloud…the Word read aloud.

It makes a world of difference.

You taste salmon from the Uyak Bay, and dark, sweet venison, and Alaskan crab. I ate too much, but I’m not sorry. How often do you taste such wonders?

Salmon jerky

Photo is not mine.

Immature Eagle

Ann Voskamp

Amy & Shalom picking fish

King Sea lion

Sea otter

Mama and baby otter

Right Now Media was about to film Leslie Leyland Fields’ lessons on Your Story for His Glory. I know about writing truth, she has spoken it before, yet there are times when I have blurted out words without thinking. Words on paper, Facebook, or other social media cannot be taken back.

These things have to be taken seriously.

You must put your pen (or computer) into the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

We must wrestle with God to find the right words. We must guard against saying words flippantly, or out of anger. We must be kind and honest at the same time.

As I came away, thinking possibly it was my last time on Harvester, I thought I had learned well. My notes carefully placed in my suitcase. Writing exercises in rough draft, some might go beyond those first stages.

I had shared a piece that was hurtful, though in my mind I was the bully in the story. I read aloud.

I was filmed. Later mortified.

I hurt someone dear to me.

Thankfully, the film will be cut there and I will save face.

A powerful lesson: be humble and be kind.

Remember always to be truthful.