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Amy Leah Magaw is a born-again author and freelance writer with a passion for writing country-fried Christian romance, creative non-fiction, poetry, and inspirational short stories. A mother of two active teenagers, Amy spends her days teaching middle and high school—and loving it. She spends her nights escaping to her world of writing she affectionately calls, “The Oasis.” She is available for speaking at Ladies’ Conferences and meeting your freelance writing needs.  To learn more about Amy’s writings, visit her blog at www.AmyLMagaw.com, or email Amy at AmyLMagaw@gmail.com.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

What a great time!

Thank you to Pastor Bo and Sister Dana Wagner and all of the members of Cornerstone Baptist Church of Mooresboro, NC for a wonderful Ladies' Conference on yesterday.  "Christmas Memories!"  I never would have thought about using that type of theme for a meeting in August!  But it was was wonderful, and the messages were tremendous.  Mrs. Dana spoke to the ladies on creating and preserving memories, and how important that is for future generations. 

Some of you may have heard via Facebook, that we had to close our Christian school on Friday, after starting the school year, and having only one week of class.  It was heartbreaking.  The Lord just didn't see fit to send us enough students to support the school financially this year.  We were hoping for a miracle.  Sometimes families wait until the last minute, and then send their children instead of homeschooling. Sometimes, they will start the students in other schools, and then become dissatisfied and transfer them out.  None of these things happened, and the school board made the saddening decision to close the school, after only two years.

I'm glad that I had determined in my heart the very first year that Cornerstone Christian School WOULD have a yearbook, do or die!  I made the first one myself.  I remember on the night of the due date, I never went to bed.  I had a deadline.  I finished at six a.m. the next morning, and my husband made me lay down for thirty minutes before getting up to pull another school day. 

Last year's yearbook was made by the students on our very first yearbook staff.  They did a wonderful job.  One student in particular discovered that God had given her a talent for photography.  I can't wait to see what she does with it! 

I find myself at a crossroad, and I'm unsure of what to do.  I do know that I must continue the college courses that I've started, because the deadline for dropping without financial penalty has passed, so I will still be working on that.  But, I will also be seeking part-time employment.  Please pray that God will provide.

Romans 8:28,

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."              

God Bless and have a great Sunday!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Don't Resist-Persist Part III

Alrighty!  This has been a busy week with our school starting back and my college classes beginning!  But, I'm back with you this morning while the my class is watching, "The Cat in the Hat Knows Alot About That!"

Let's Review:

P if for Prayer
E is for Edification or Encouragement
R is for Reading (your Bible and your school assignments!)

Today...

S is for Study!

This is something that I've always fallen short on-setting aside time to study my Bible. 

II Timothy 2:15 says,

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

I've always made sure that my "homework" was done, but I never considered reading my Bible as part of my homework.  Now, with the busy schedule that I have I must do this or I'll never really make the time to do that which is really needful.

TUNE IN NEXT TIME FOR "I"!
 

and don't forget to vote for me!

http://www.familyfiction.com/short-stories/create-romance-2012/the-cram-session/


Correction on the Link for the Contest!

Sorry y'all!  I was so excited and trying to spread the word so fast about the voting, that I posted the wrong link! 

http://www.familyfiction.com/short-stories/create-romance-2012/the-cram-session/

This is the right one!  Please read the little short story, and vote a green thumbs up for me! 

FamilyFiction.com will then send you a confirmation email to your direct address.  Click on the confirmation link that you will get in your email, and your vote will be counted!

Thank you all so much!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Yay for me!


I MADE IT THROUGH TO THE SECOND ROUND of the Create Romance Contest sponsored by Family Fiction.com !!!!! Please vote for my story! The prize for this one could be life-changing! Please log in and read my short essay story (it's only 1,000 words) just a moment of your time! And VOTE for me! Here's the link:

  http://www.familyfiction.com/short-stories/create-romance-2012/the-cram-session/

IMPORTANT: They will send a confirmation email-THE VOTE WILL NOT COUNT IF YOU DON'T CONFIRM IT!!!!! PLEASE VOTE AND CONFIRM!!!! 

THANK YOU!!!!!!

AMY
 


Friday, August 17, 2012

Don't Resist-Persist! Part II

Sorry about missing yesterday!  We had a very full day, and it's only going to get worse! YAY!

We've established that:

P is for Prayer

For today:

E is for Edification or Encouragement

Allow God's Word to encourage you.

Philippians 4:13says,  "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
Hebrews 13:5b says, "...for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."

I am blessed to have a wonderful support network of family here to help me get through this trying year, but some others are not so blessed. However, if they are saved, they have the Holy Spirit living inside, and He is that same Strength that will enable them to do all things, as mention in Philippians.  He will never leave!

I will be working with some other people in my classes and it will be my job to encourage them also.  There is strength in unity-together will can get the job done.

R is for Reading

I know that I will have a LOAD of required reading in my classes, but I can't neglect God's required reading-The Bible!  This is partially why I started using the blog to share devotions: I didn't want to neglect the very thing that will help me the most, as I often do.

II Timothy 2:15 says, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

Psalm 119:105 says, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."

If I don't do my assignments, I will be ashamed when I receive a bad grade for my class.  The same is true with our Bible reading.  If we don't learn how to live correctly, and learn God's ways, we will be ashamed at his judgment seat one day.  Oh, me!

TUNE IN TOMORROW FOR THE FIRST "S"!
 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Don't Resist-Persist!

(Special Prayer request: please pray for Ellie McGraw. She is the neice of one of our members, and a SWEET little girl who is in the hospital tonight with Viral Meningitis! God is able!!!)    

     Ok.  Tonight was frightening, enlightening, and igniting!  For those of you who haven't heard by now, I am having to go back to college-again-to earn my teaching certification, in order for our Christian School to be able to be accredited.  Tonight I attended Orientation at Newberry College in Newberry, SC where I am enrolled in the Fastforward Program that is designed for working adults who need to finish their degree. 
     I thought that I had it bad, driving two hours one way to class, but there is a man in the business program who is driving from Charleston, SC, which is two hours and forty-five minutes away, at least; but he has family to stay with in Newberry, so he won't have to make the drive back after class lets out at eight o'clock.  It's not every night though.  I can do most of the work online, but I will have to drive in for class every Wednesday night for the next eight weeks, and every other Monday night, for four of those same weeks. Please pray that the Lord will continue to keep me safe on the roads!
     During our orientation the new President of Newberry College, Dr. Maurice William Scherrens, spoke to us briefly and conveyed his desire for all of us in the FastForward Program to succeed.  He emphasized that in order to do this during our busy lives, that we must "Persist".  I couldn't help but think as he was speaking, what would it take to "Persist".
     I wrote down the word "Persist" vertically to begin an acrostic, and the Lord kept giving me points to fill in the blanks.  Here she goes: P   E   R   S   I   S   T !  !

"P" is for Prayer.   Before we beginning any activity, we should pray and ask the Lord to bless it.  I can't do anything with Him.

Jeremiah 33:3 says,
"Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not." Ephesians 3:20 says,
"Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,"

I cannot do this without help from the Lord-and I must pray and ask Him for His strength, knowledge and power to get this done!
TUNE IN TOMORROW FOR "E"!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Celebrity or Servant? BOTH!

I'm baa-aack!  We had a really great ending to our vacation week! 

First, we were able to go down to Life Baptist Church in St. Stephen, SC for the Summer Spectacular, aka the Back-To-School-Bash!  One of the preachers there, Pastor Lee Davis, preached a very good message about being a Celebrity or a Servant.  It was taken from Matthew 20:25-28, I'm pretty sure:

Matthew 20:25-28
(25) But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.
(26) But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
(27) And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:
(28) Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.


When we have bad days, and all we can think about is "how bad we have it serving the Lord", we can draw strength from these verses.  We can know that our blessings may not necessarily come to us down here, but we will be rewarded in Heaven.

Then, the next evening, we were privileged to be able to attend a concert featuring The Whisnant's, Ivan Parker & Jeff & Sheri Easter.  We really enjoyed this!  These are some of my favorite Southern Gospel Singers. 

Here is an instance in which "Celebrities" are also "Servants"!  It would surely be nice to be both a "Celebrity" for writing Christian Fiction books here, but it may not necessarily happen!  But I know that I can be a servant by writing the stories that the Lord gives me--and this is more important than being "world renown!"

Here is where the concert ties to VCP! 

In Book #1, Home, there is a song mentioned in the book that is very important!  It is on Susan Whisnant's CD, "For The Life Of Me".  You have to read the book to find out what the song is!  Anyways, I was able to me Mrs. Susan, and present her with a copy of Home.  She is such as blessing! 
http://www.whisnants.com/Store.html




For Book #2, Wheels of Love, I was able to do a phone interview with Mrs. Sheri Easter about life on the road.  She was also able to pick my brain about publishing, as she was in the stages of writing her own book, Hear my Heart. I was able to present her with a copy of "Wheels of Love" along with my thanks. 
http://www.shop.jeffandsherieaster.com/category.sc?categoryId=11

 
I appreciate the service of both of these ladies and their families as they minister for the Lord as both "Celebrities and Servants!"

Here are some pics from this weekend!  I hope you enjoy!



Me and Mrs. Sheri Easter


 
Mr. Jeff Easter and my daughter, Summer!





                           
 
 Miss Morgan Easter and Summer!  Morgan sings Summer's Favorite Song, "Time For Me To Fly"!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Happy Birthday to Me?

Yesterday, my cell phone rang "off the hook" with Facebook Happy Birthday Greetings!  This along with lunch my with Momma and sister & her kids, and then supper with my husband and daughter was what made the day tolerable!  Everything else seemed to go to pot! 

And then, of course, the pity party ensues!  I'm 37 and I've got nothing to show for it.  Oh, sure.  I have a nice house, good family, I'm SAVED, I have a great church family and friends, but I have nothing to show for my time here on earth. LOL!

Why is it that when we have setbacks, our whole world seems to "fall apart"?

Perspective. 

Sometimes we lose our perspective.  I was talking to my baby brother last night (I'm eleven years his senior, so no matter how old HE gets, he'll always be my baby brother!) and he talked about an episode that he had with his welding machine. 

My brothers work about 90 hours a week-and no, that's not a typing error!  They drive dump trucks, repair the dump trucks, do all of the car repairs for the family, and help my Dad on his construction jobs-and for what?  They money doesn't spread far enough, a lot of the times my Dad gets stiffed on payments for the work he does, and it seems like the harder you try to do something, the further behind you get.  (And yet, everything is getting paid SOMEHOW, and none of us are hungry! PTL!)

The dump truck was in need of welding, and my brother was out of the materials.  So, he had to go to Lowe's and get some of that.  Then he came home-it was about 9:00 p.m. then, and the machine wouldn't start.  he fought it for about thirty minutes, and it still wouldn't start.  The work had to be done!  After "flipping out" as he described it, and picking up a 350-400 pound machine by his own adrenaline, he had a good rant!  It seems like the little things set you off when your tired.  When he was done, he was able to step back and change perspective.  What did any of that welding really matter?  He went back to Lowe's and bought a new welder. 

The point is this: sometimes we need to vent in order to be able to step back and "see the big picture."  We are emotional people-God made us this way.  We have to handle our emotions instead of letting them handle us.  If you need to rant, write it down on a piece of paper and then throw it away!  (I did this last week!)  I've heard one pastor's wife say, go dig a hole in the back yard, scream your rants into it, and then bury them!  However you can release your steam without affecting someone else negatively, DO IT! 

Jesus says in John 10:10, "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." 

The little setbacks in life are robbing our joy.  We need to let it out, and step back and look at Jesus.  He is the Big Picture!  He has it all!  If a door is closed to us, then it's because He has something better for us down the road.  We have an all-knowing Saviour.  We have abundant life, and all we need to do is tap in.  We do that by looking to Jesus.  If we don't, it's our own fault.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Yahoo! Voices-We're published again!

Hey there!  Here's my lates piece to hit Yahoo! Voices!  I think it's one that you'll enjoy!

Happy Reading!

http://voices.yahoo.com/the-cram-session-11609376.html

How to Use My Spidey Powers for Good

Good morning, VCP fans! 

I am still very new at blogging, and I am seeking advice on how to use this tool properly.  My friend, Mrs. Jessica Enlow, explained it to me as an online newsletter.  So, I will try and make it a priority to give a devotion, or a least a Biblical thought, at least once a week to use this tool for the Lord.

I was reading an article by another Christian Author, and we was giving an account of events at a convention that she was attending.  She described how one of her spiritual gifts was that of affirmation, or as some may call it edification.  I thought about this, and it really hit me hard again about the power of words. So, as I often do, I hit the eSword and did a search on "words".

P.S., if you don't have the eSword on your computer, I would strongly recommend that you download it.  It is free, put out there by Rick Meyers, and it is a wonderful tool to help you search the Bible.  It comes along with Commentaries and tools for taking notes, etc.  Even if you don't write devotions, or preach, it is an awesome tool just have to help you with your devotions!

Anyways, three verses out of the 548 that popped up really jumped out at me.

Ecclesiastes 5:2a, "Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter
any thing before God:"

I realize that Solomon is talking in the passage about making vows to God that we can't keep, but think about it.  How many times have we made rash decisions that have gotten us in trouble?  Been there, done that, bought the T-Shirt and Souvenir Mug!  This is one thing that I definitely have to work on! 

Proverbs 15:1, "A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger."

One thing that I have learned the hard way is to stop before I speak.  Soooooo many times I have spoken in anger and hurt so many people, including myself.  If I can remember to stop, drop, and listen really close, the Holy Spirit will give me the right words to say in a bead situation.  Sometimes, He may tell you just to walk away! Remember, "...to obey is better than sacrifice..." (I Samuel 15:22b.)

And the last verse:

Proverbs 16:24, "Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones."

Who can forget the famous words of Thumper in Bambi, "If you can't say somethin' nice, don't say nothin' at all!"   If we can find something good to say to someone, SAY IT!  Use your words for good!  The Bible tells us here that pleasant words are sweet to the soul, and HEALTH TO THE BONES!!!  We never know when someone else is hurting.  God may have put us in their path to give them the right words to heal their heart, and give them the kick-start that they need to get going. 

Believe it or not, a teenage friend of my son, posted on Facebook the other day, and let me quote this:

"Where God guides he WILL provide!" - Holly Carlisle

I was really having a bad day that day, looking "over the sides of the Ark, at the carnage floating around" instead of looking up out of the God-designated window at the top that I was supposed to be using!  I do have a tough road in front of me this school year, but where the Lord leads, He will intercede! 

Holly used words to encourage me.  I hope that I am using words to encourage you!  Share some pleasant words with someone today, and be a part of God's team!