Friday, March 1, 2013

Open Spaces

Welcome to the newest addition of the Christian Writers Blog Chain. Each month a consensus determines the topic for the month. This month we chose an Open topic, not that unusual but an opportunity to express our individual thoughts. I usually don't chose the first day of the month, as a rule, but I felt brave to kick start this topic, set the tone, if you will.

As I pondered all the possibilities for this month, many ideas came to mind. Should I continue with the current series? Should I start another series? Should I share my thoughts on my current dilemma? Should I just skip the month?

If you have enjoyed our monthly posts, you've seen a decline in the participation. I know things happen in our lives. We get side tracked, become over burdened with current projects, become discouraged by events, or sometimes need a break from writing.

As Christians, we sometimes don't see the bigger picture of the spiritual warfare all around us. Every time we take our eyes off Jesus, we sink. Every time we make an excuse for not doing our job, (ie writing), we stumble. Every time we don't follow through with a commitment, we lose a bit of ground.

I want to express a heartfelt thanks to those who continue through all circumstances. I know several writers on this chain are very busy people who contribute to many sites, Lynn Mosher is one and so is Carol Peterson. Two ladies, excuse me, sisters I admire. I understand that things run their course, and perhaps this is one of those things, I hope we can keep going. The Bible teaches that we don't always know the outcome of our encounters, but we can trust that God will bless us as we step out in faith.

So What is the future of this ministry? I know I will continue to sign up each month and participate as much as I can. We are currently mobile and don't have access to the internet as often as I would like, but I don't let that stop me. I won't give the Evil One a moment's pleasure of trying to derail this child of God. The Lord does supply all my needs as I need them. I am not worried or afraid.

Beginning this month I have joined up with other writers to support them. We will host guest writers on each of our blogs to highlight their work. Topics and styles will vary, but I know you will enjoy their work. So please look for the new page link at the top of this page in just a few days—the road ahead is glorious!

" So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and courageous  Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless" 1 Corinthians 15:58

In the words of Pablo Cruise “Keep your heart open – 'cause love will find a way”

Peace and Blessings!!


Deborah K. Anderson said...

Couldn't have said it better myself, girl. Great post.

Oh, I love your new template. Feels like spring just being here.

God bless you, sister.

Deborah K. Anderson said...

PS There has been extreme warfare in the heavenlies, but greater is He that's within us, than he that is in the world, in Jesus' name.

Jack Brown said...

good post, I just love open spaces, everywhere here is waiting to burst out into spring

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

Terrie, the right words at the right time, with the right amount of encouragement. I am sure this will hit a chord with many besides just me. God bless you, always.

Terrie Thorpe said...

Deborah Thanks for your wonderful comments. We are indeed living in interesting times. Blessings!

Terrie Thorpe said...

Jackie - Blessings and thank you for stopping by. Spring is indeed in the air!

Terrie Thorpe said...

Cecilia - Thank you so much for your support, I always look forward to your comments. Blessings always sweet sister

From Carols Quill said...

Terrie - I've been out of the country and am now just digging out from underneath piles of laundry so wasn't able to read your post until today.

I can't tell you how much I appreciated you mentioning me in the same sentence with Lynn Mosher. Wow. Thank you so much for that encouragement. It was such a lift to me today.

You are so right about the importance of just being obedient--just continuing on with our ministry as best we can. We truly cannot see the results the same way God can; nor perhaps are the results as important to Him as is the process itself.

Perfectly wonderful, post, Terry. Thank you for the reminder to be strong and courageous. Bless you.

lynnmosher said...

Sweet Terrie, I am humbled that you mentioned me and more so with Carol. I loved your post. And I loved the version of the verse you used. Nothing useless. Oh, I pray that! And I love Pablo Cruise and that song. Now I'll be singing it till I go to bed! LOL

Elaine Manders said...

I like your idea of a writer's chain. Your message is relevant to all Christians as satan wants to knock us down at every turn. Keep up the good fight. I have two blogs, but the current one is on marketing at

Terrie Thorpe said...

My Pleasure Carol and thank you so much for your encouragement - I may not visit your sites as often as I would like, but I always come away blessed!

Terrie Thorpe said...

Sweet Lynn, It is my pleasure to honor you and Carol for your faithfulness, love and encouragement you bring to anyone who stops by your websites. Keep up the good fight!!!

Terrie Thorpe said...

Elaine, I am honored you found my little site and thank you for commenting. I hope you visit again soon. Blessings!