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"Don't curse your father or fail to bless your mother." – Proverbs 30:11 (MSSG)
Our mothers deserve to be blessed, don't they? Of course, we should be appreciating them every day of the year, but it's nice to have a special day set aside where we can honor our moms for everything they've done (and do) for us. And, as a mom myself, I can say there's no greater job than BEING a mother. As challenging and stressful as motherhood can be, I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. I hope you make it a point to truly bless your mom this Mother's Day. And if your mother is no longer here with you, spend some time reflecting on the special memories she's left in your heart. And perhaps step out and bless another mom who could use some love.
Be sure to check the Out of the Mouths of FaithWriters section at the end of this newsletter to see how some of our members would bless their mothers if money were no object.
We're so excited to see registrations already coming in for the 2011 FaithWriters conference! The conference will be held on August 12 and 13 in Livonia (Detroit), Michigan. Remember, this year you are able to conveniently register and pay online. Once you make your payment, you will be directed to the registration form, where you will choose your workshops and indicate whether you'd like to take advantage of the photo headshot opportunity, the One on One with Deb Porter, or Speed Critiquing with Jan or Deb. Register by June 18 and SAVE $$!
Here is a glimpse of the fabulous workshops available this year:
*Don't Look at Me with that Tone in Your Voice – I'm Telling You, Conflict is Good!
*Grab a Scalpel, Forceps and Tweezers – STAT! – It's Time to Dissect Some Poetry
*Write Me a Story, Please – Tips and Tools for Writing Children's Literature
*When, How, Who, Where, Why…and Many Other Questions – 5 Keys to Sanity, Perseverance, and Keeping Your Lunch Down in the Crazy World of Writing
*Pride & Prejudice – Both Attitudes will Lead to a Writer's Fall
*SPLAT! – What to do when Your Dreams and Aspirations Hit the Brick Wall of God's Will
*Writing Inspirational/Devotional Articles that Hit Home – How to Avoid the #1 Mistake and a few other boo-boo's, as well
*The Wonderful World of the Writing Challenge – Get the Lowdown on How to Grow into a Challenge Champion…or just generally become a better writer
*The Wide Road to Book Publishing – Why Easy is Not Always Best…as well as some encouragement and inspiration to spur you on as you write for His glory
*The Jobs Within a Job – Think Writing is just About Writing? Think Again.
*Please, May I Enter Your World? – How to Draw the Very Best Out of Every Interview
*You Need Me to do WHAT, by WHEN?
*Worlds of Words – How to Breathe Life Into Your Writing
*Let It Shine – It's Time to Stop Hiding Your Light Under a Bushel
*Clearing the Blog Fog – Everything You Wanted to Know About Blogging but were Afraid to Ask
For details about these workshops, as well as complete conference information, visit the official conference page: http://www.faithwriters.com/conference.php
WEEKLY WRITING CHALLENGE
The current quarter of the Weekly Writing Challenge is in full swing. Unless you've been OUT of touch, you've probably noticed that all of the topics, withOUT fail, have something in common. Have you figured OUT what that is? No? Then head to the Challenge page and check it OUT! http://www.faithwriters.com/wc-archives-editors-topic.php
The Weekly Writing Challenge is the most popular feature of FaithWriters.com and is available to Gold and Platinum levels. To upgrade your FaithWriters membership so you can enter the Challenge (and get lots of other great perks, too!), click here: http://www.faithwriters.com/finish-signup.php
OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF FAITHWRITERS
Last month, FaithWriters members were asked to respond to this question regarding Mother's Day:
IF MONEY WERE NO OBJECT, WHAT WOULD YOU BUY YOUR MOM FOR MOTHER'S DAY?
Here are some of the answers submitted:
"I moved from Pennsylvania to Georgia 3 years ago, so if I could buy my mom anything for Mother's Day this year, it would be a house right next to mine. I miss her terribly." - Joi James
"If money was not an object, I would get my mom two tickets to Ireland. Her ancestors came from there, and she has always had a desire to tour the country." --Kate Graham
"Mom...she loves to read and now cannot. I would buy her eyes so she could see the beauty of God's creation and His hidden truths!" – Lori Lynn
"I would buy my mom a holiday (with my dad) to South Africa for Mother's Day, so she could visit her sister and friends there." - Alex Dixon
"I would travel home and surprise my mother and father with a visit. I would take my two daughters AND five grandchildren with us so they could both meet them." – Lynn Stevens
"My Mom left me on a doorstep when I was 9 months old. I've tried to reconnect with her, but maybe because of guilt, she chose never to have anything to do with me. Regardless of money, I would give my Mom 64 years worth of photographs of my life with messages of how much I love and missed her. I would share the story of salvation and let her know that if she gives her heart to God (even at 81) it isn't too late for us to spend eternity together." - Pam James
For next month's question, let's ask the same thing about our fathers:
IF MONEY WERE NO OBJECT, WHAT WOULD YOU BUY YOUR DAD FOR FATHER'S DAY?
Send your 1-2 sentence answer to firstname.lastname@example.org. Then check the April newsletter to see if your response was selected to appear.
THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING FAITHWRITERS.COM. GO HUG A MOM OR TWO, THEN GET BACK TO WRITING FOR THE KINGDOM!