Sometimes it’s all worth it!

It is the eve of National Novel Writing Month 2019 (NaNoWriMo 2019), where we crazy writers jump in with both feet attempting to write at least 50,000 words in 30 days.

This is my second year in s row and 4th overall. I have accomplished the feat (50,000 words) each time and “won”. What that really means is I know have 3 shitty first draft manuscripts that I need to start editing. Yikes!

Well this afternoon I received notice that 3 of my poems had been selected for the short list and will be included in the Broken Hearts, Healing Words – An A.B.Baird Anthology.

I am so beyond grateful and freaking excited. Did not really expect this. Just goes to show sometimes it’s all worth it.

Keep writing my friends! You have a story that only you can tell whether it’s poetry, short stories, novels, fiction or nonfiction. #GetYourWriteOn

#JustBelieve #HopeLives #LoveChangesPeople

There Will Be Days Like These! 

Reworked stanza from the Edgar Allen Poe poem ‘El Dorado’ Mark Schutter ©2016

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A moment of vulnerability my friends. I try really hard to be positive in my outlook on life. But every once in a while, yes every once in a while I fall and slip down into my own darkness. Lately, I have struggled with feelings of inadequacy and uncertainty. Hence, the poem above.

Life
This life on this side of the undiscovered, is not always easy. Things are thrown at us and we are left to deal with it. And sometimes we deal, or cope, better than others. We fall and struggle to get back up. It is then that we must persevere.

Grace
We must extend grace to ourselves as we hopefully would to others when they fall. We are all in this together, right? I encourage you, as I will do, to just believe that grace wins and hope lives. Even and especially in those dark and troubled times of life.

What do you think? 

God in the Storm

Let the winds blow harder,
Let the rain fall faster,
Let the lightning slice the darkness,
And let the thunder crash the silence.
In the chaos and fury.
In the sound and passion.
In the strength and tempest.
Let yourself feel the power,
Let yourself hear my voice,
Let yourself know in the midst,
And let yourself believe that I am,
God in the storm.

~Mark Schutter ©2016

God in the Storm

To Begin Anew – #MotivationMonday

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When this life has you overwhelmed, and all seems lost; remember that you do matter, and it is then that you must:

1 – Continue to believe
2 – Be strong
3 – Do what needs to be done

The Spirit of the living God for whom all things are possible lives inside of you!

#JustBelieve #GraceWins #HopeLives

Your Heart is Enough!

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You were created for great things. Now repeat after me,

“I am enough, I am enough, I am enough.”

Now go out and chase your passions, follow your dreams, seek your place in the world. Your heart is enough and you just might change the world. For if you make a difference and touch one persons life,  you just might touch the whole world. Who knows?

#JustBelieve #GraceWins #HopeLives #LoveChangesPeople #YouMatter