#8 Weekly Reveal

Happy Views Day!

Thank You! Your feedback encourages me to continue posting “Getting to Know My Heart.”

Here’s #8 of my 52 weekly reveals:

Favorite comedians: Danny Bhoy and Sebastian

Laughing my way to tighter ab muscles,

Christina

FAMILIES ROOTING FOR EACH OTHER

They looked high and low for their family records but couldn’t find them. And so they were barred from priestly work as ritually unclean. The governor ruled that they could not eat from the holy food until a priest could determine their status…(Neh. 7:64-65 MSG).

A friend has been researching her genealogy and connecting branches of her family tree.
She’s found some bare limbs and is determined to dig through her ancestral roots to uncover her family history.

In Nehemiah’s book, he assigned God-fearing men to research genealogical records of people who first returned from King Nebuchadnezzar’s exile. Nehemiah 7 includes a list of family names and numbers, ranking from servants to support staff to royalty. Every person counted in Nehemiah’s chronicle.

Similarly, in my friend’s ancestral quest, Nehemiah’s researchers discovered some family branches that hadn’t budded leaves.  These unaccounted names needed someone to uncover their roots before the people could be acknowledged as part of Nehemiah’s family tree.

Their governor labeled these unclaimed people unclean. They weren’t allowed to eat holy food or work in pastoral jobs until a priest determined their status. Every family has a story in their plot of land. As we walk toward eternal life, we seek unity within our root system.

According to God, He is the vine, and His people are the branches. We all matter to our Creator.

Jesus, thank You for planting Your seed in the tree of life. Help me uncover any dead branches that cuts off growth from Your bountiful harvest.

Planting wisdom seeds in fertile soil around lily pad land,

Christina

7 out of 52 reveals

Happy Views Day!

Another weekly fact in my year of “Get to Know the Author” mission of courage:

First job after babysitting: Pizza Hut, hired as a cook when I had just turned 15.

Rollin’ in the dough 😉

Christina

Revealing #6

Happy Views Day!

#6 in my weekly “Getting to Know the Author” in a year:

Favorite book genre:

Fiction: historical stories about Amish life

Nonfiction: biographies, especially authors and wise sages

Read on! Christina

I WAS CAUGHT TRESPASSING

Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, ‘Blessed are the eyes that see what you see” (Luke 10:23).

I went to a house showing with a friend who wanted my opinion about a property she considered buying. We drove through the property’s surrounding neighborhoods and I saw a No Trespassing sign on a tree across from her pending house deal.

I wondered about the sign’s homeowner. What led to posting a no trespassing sign? My friend and I toured her house showing and on our way home, I drove around the block toward the property with the trespassing post.

On the opposite side of said tree, I saw another yard sign. It read, “This site is for the future memorial garden park for _______________ (name withheld). A tribute was written about this person’s extensive community involvement and generosity. He was being honored through this garden park.

I humbly chuckled when I realized my first reaction was a knee-jerk assumption, more jerk than knee. In essence, I infringed on this family’s tender motive for posting a no trespassing sign.  

That day, my friend wanted a second opinion on a house showing. I left with God’s second opinion. Heavenly agents gave me a contingent offer after I initially closed my mind. Signed, sealed and delivered in the spirit.     

Jesus, open my heart and eyes to see what You see. Protect me from jumping to conclusions. Forgive me for trespassing against others.

Shutting a reframed door and opening my blinds,

Christina

Reveal #5

Happy Views Day!

An inside peak from the FROG Blog: #5 fact for a “Year of Getting to Know the Author”:

Musical Instruments I’ve learned to play:

Accordion

Piano

Recorder

In tune, Christina

Behind the scenes

Happy Views Day!

Today is #4 of my year’s worth of sharing a “not readily known about the author” fact:

Favorite veggies:

Celery topped with peanut butter

Chopped broccoli drizzled with olive oil

Green beans and fresh mushrooms sprinkled with dill

Red peppers dipped with spicy hummus

A walk through the garden of life,

Christina

#2 of the 52 reveals

Happy Views Day!

Last Tuesday, I posted my first of a year’s worth of, “Things You May Not Know About Me.”

Today is #2 from “The Underside of a FROG’s Lily Pad.”

My 5-year-old answer to, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” A kindergarten teacher (that was before I started babysitting at 11 years old) 

Leap FROG-ging into today, Christina

Under the lily pad

Welcome to my latest adventure, Project Views Day.

It’s a 52 week practice that invites me to become more courageous.

Project Views Day was inspired by someone in my microscopic circle of friends who noticed how I’m guarded whenever people ask me anything more personal than my favorite season (hint: anytime it’s over 75 degrees).

For the next year of Tuesdays, I’ll post a 1-2 sentence blip about things you may not know about me.

Taking a high dive, here is my first of 52 views from the underside of the lily pad.

My first dog: a black Pekingese/Poodle mix named Boomer. He was born Feb. 6 and he lived to be almost 20 years old.

Happy Views Day,

Christina

Mindful Midwest Missions

Knee Deep: A 9-Month Whirlpool of Handwritten Letters to the Creator (Frog Blog)

I’m in the Midwest this summer on a mission trip and book promo tour. I’m promoting my latest release, “Knee Deep: A 9-Month Whirlpool of Handwritten Letters to the Creator” and three previous books (titles listed on www.gueststarcoaching.com). Tadpoles and Poetry Pod from the FROG Blog series are slated to publish this year.

Unthawed: Lessons from a Frozen Lily Pad (F.R.O.G. Blog)

My book Unthawed includes 12 writers, mostly from the Midwest, so I’ve gotten to visit several of them. Conversations have involved professionals and entrepreneurs and I frequently hear their need for a writer or proofreader.

Business professionals say they want a pay-per-job assistant because they have limited budgets or lack consistent work to afford a regular employee. They want personalized content but dread the writing portion, so their projects have been delayed or stopped.

During this trip, I’ve also heard how my handwritten cards and notes have impacted people. Some memories came from messages I wrote years ago. With these observations, I’ve decided to expand my writing studio to invite clients who need one-time or short term written assignments.

Beginning August 1st, I’ll offer to write 100-700-word pieces or one-time small jobs. I’m using my personal network for referrals for people who want blogs, creative product descriptions, email responses, etc. Based on project response, I’m willing to expand my writing territory accordingly.  

Some recent fun job offers include being hired to hand address 200 envelopes for a business owner’s marketing campaign. Another client has asked me to handwrite wedding gift thank you notes. Who would have thought that years of practicing cursive writing would pay off? Literally.

I leap into new waters and ask you to jump on the dreams and missions you are created for!

Christina