Thursday, May 5, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Linking with Dayle at Simple Pleasures

"I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people. And therefore I am so grateful to God for giving me this gift of writing, of expressing all that is in me!"  Anne Frank

This week has rained so much and with it came days that had little sunshine and cold temps. It's forced me indoors more.....feeling lazy and not wanting to do much of anything...except write. 
Writing....it's a gift....a way to have my voice....a means to express what I feel....think....believe. Putting words on paper feels incredibly satisfying...like drinking a cold glass of water after a run.This week....I'm thankful for:

-my friend's father told me he's read my book twice and now is telling everyone he can about it. I am humbled by his words and honored at the same time.
-I submitted a story to a woman's anthology on finding peace. I recieved an email saying they have elminated a number of stories and are at the final stages. They can only choose 25. Mine is still being considered.  
-two of my short stories were selected from 500 recieved. They'll be published in an anthology of inspirational stories and poems
-A local hospital has asked if they can publish two of my stories on elderly patients in their newsletter and on their website.
-More than writing... more than anything....I'm grateful that He redeems everything even those things that seem unredeemable. He is my motivation to write...and to live my best life.


27 comments:

Just Be Real said...

Sarah, I am excited to read how the Lord is using your testimony to reach people, you probably had no idea would be possible. Thank you for sharing such an encouraging post dear one.

I know how much you would rather be out doors running. May those rain subside for you.

Blessings and ((((Sarah))))

Finally Free said...

Hi Sarah,
I'm so happy that God is using your gift to touch more people. How exciting!

Blessings,
Tammy

Trish @ Lily-Rose Cottage said...

I'm so happy for you, Sarah!
Your words are blessed by the Lord and made powerful through His annointing upon them.
Sharing your heart is a gift to all!
bless you..Trish

Barbara said...

amen I love seeing others give their testimony, and I know the lord God is looking down in love, nothing pleases him more than for his children to brag on him. Hugs

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

Congrats! This is great news, so happy for you!

Wanda's Wings said...

Sounds great! Keep getting the word out.

mgforbess said...

Wow! Those are great opportunities. The Lord is blessing your work in a mighty way!

Kay K said...

A wonderful blessing the gift to write !!!

Cindy said...

So glad you have a voice in your writing and it is such a blessing for you.

Congrats on all your news.

Hugs,
Cindy

Ginny said...

How wonderful! You will be famous!! And not for something shallow, but really helping people.

Kathleen said...

A lot to be thankful for and congratulated on. You must be feeling very proud of your achievements.

Dayle said...

That's wonderful, Sarah! As a writer, I understand the hard work that goes into it, but the joy that it brings, as well. Congratulations!

Christine said...

Let us know when you get your stories published.

What a great outlet. The little bits on comments and creating posts is about it for me. But it does feel good.

Ms.Daisy said...

Sarah,
What an absolutely heartwarming gratitude list! I love writing and I know what you mean by "writing lets you have your voice." Congratulations on having your pieces published!


~Jean

Chatty Crone said...

By your writings - you are getting the word out - and by doing that - you help others with the same issues and give them hope. sandie

Joan said...

Sarah - I share your love for writing. I like what you said about it being a cool drink of water.

Congratulations on your stories being published.

Nana Jul said...

The rain may have slowed you down...for such a time as this...to pour out your heart on paper for others to have HOPE...Running on the inside :)
Sounds like you have had an awesome week!
Me too!
Praise the LORD!!
love,
julie

Debbie said...

I feeling like giving you a standing ovation this week. Seriously, what a list of accomplishments God has given you to go along with the gift he gave.

Way to go, Sarah. Way to go, God!

Regina said...

I'm glad you are doing good Sarah.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Blessings.

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh Sarah, you are such an inspiration!!! and I'm so excited about your news AND I love the kitty on the keyboard (so adorable.) Have a Happy Mother's Day!!!

XO
Cindy

Donna @ The House on the Corner said...

Congratulations Sarah!!!

How wonderful to be appreciated for doing something you love.

Peggy said...

Sarah, Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I'm glad I found out about your book and I look forward to reading it.

Annesphamily said...

Sweet Sarah, the Lord is using you to His glory! I think you are amazing and He does too! I wish you much love and all good things while on this earth. You are so amazing and you deserve so much happiness and you know you are loved and blessed here. Anne

Karen said...

So happy for all these sweet blessings raining down on you...well deserved ones....

Meri said...

Thanks for joining in Share the Joy Thursday -- and more importantly, for using your gifts to touch the hearts of others.

Owner of Homeschool Faith and Family Life Website said...

Thank you so much for linking to my meme this week! You surely have a gift! I am sure God is pleased that you are sharing it with others!
Best wishes and many blessings on your writing ventures!

Colleen said...

Glad you joined us on this meme! Congrats on your writing success!