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I’ve been reminded again that we’re all just about as happy or unhappy as we choose to be. I know we can’t choose when good or bag things happen to us, but we can choose how we react to those things.

I’ve heard it said that there are two kinds of people- those who wake up saying, “Good Lord, it’s morning.” (usually said with a growl or grimace!) And then there are those of us who choose to say “Good morning, Lord! It’s a beautiful day!” My friend Bro Mark (of God Speed Ministries) says when we wake up we need to pull a deep breath in and remind ourselves that we’ve got another day to do what we’re supposed to do.

So if you’re walking around with a rain cloud around your head, make your mind up that you’re going to make the best of any situation that comes up. Choose to be happy- choose to be a good person- choose to respond to today’s challenges in a positive manner. Don’t allow the little things around you to lose your purpose. It’s too important!

Author: Beth R - Categories: Living an intentional life

Congratulations to David Tadlock on his newest novel, Woman of Courage. It’s been accepted in Smashword’s premium catalog and is available for purchase here.

Woman of Courage is the story of Beverly Tarvey. She was given a bad hand from the very beginning, from a father whose heavy hand was quick to punish, to a teenage marriage that was doomed almost from the start, and then, just as she’d found the husband of her dreams, and they had built their life together, even more tragedy follows. But as tough as her life was, each test drew her closer to the one thing that mattered the most to her: her love for family, friends, God and church. Through hardships she questioned why God would let such things happen to good people. But the wisdom of a loving grandmother taught her that we don’t always go through trials because of what we’ve done but of what we can overcome. Beverly overcame many obstacles from the very beginning but she held on and never lost her faith.

If you’ve read Woman of Courage, please consider leaving a review on your favorite bookseller’s website.

 

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Author: Beth R - Categories: books and movies,the writers life,writing

Rhonda Allen wrote this devotional and prayer guide for women who want to know more about how to operate in the will of God. This devotional/journal will strengthen your faith in God and draw you closer to God.

You can purchase the print book on Amazon at this link;  you can also purchase the e-book version on Smashwords under the title “Wisdom Prayers and Confessions“.

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Author: Beth R - Categories: books and movies,the writers life,writing

I’ve always loved doing creative, ‘artsy-craftsy’ things – it’s a great stress reliever, as well as a fun way to spend time between ‘work’ projects (I’m not really sure I know where that line is!)

I bought the domain for Spider Lady Customs several years ago, but I haven’t done anything with it up to now. In the next few days I’ll be posting the link to the website- it will show some of the things I’ve made over the past few years- some photography, sewing, quilting, doll-making- plus probably some other things as I work on them.

Author: Beth R - Categories: design

I love to read – it’s one of my favorite things to do. I have a wide variety of interests in books, and I’m usually pretty forgiving when it comes to “suspension of disbelief” as Stephen King likes to put it- in other words, it’s fairly easy for me to submerge into a book and lose myself. But once I ever get the point where I realize I’m reading, forget it- I’ll just put the book down and try something else; I usually don’t visit those books again, unless I find a review that makes me want to try again.

But one of my all time favorite book series is The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. These books are some of the ones that I visit very regularly- maybe not once a year but close.

I started back into The Hobbit last week – this will be my first re-reading since I’ve seen all the movies. I will say that I almost always enjoy a book more than it’s movie, simply because the book can cover more ground, and obviously is closer to what the author wants told than a movie. As of last night, Bilbo and the dwarves are coming through Mirkwood and have just escaped the horrible spiders.  What will happen next? If you’ve read the book, you know….

But if you haven’t – well, you need to pick up a copy of The Hobbit, either in printed form or as an ebook. There have been several lovely covers done for both The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings, so you’ll have a great time picking out your favorite even before you start.

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort…”

And here we go!

Author: Beth R - Categories: books and movies

I learned to sew when I was 15, when my mom loaned me her Kenmore. It was in a cabinet with a lift-up top and the machine was mounted on a shelf that lowered into the cabinet as the top was folded closed.

I had a lot of fun making clothes – I’m pretty sure the first thing I ever made was an angel costume for a church production; I also used an old pattern to make a skirt and wrap blouse. I’m sure it didn’t look nearly as good as I thought it did, but I had a good time, and I learned a lot making it.

Since then, I’ve made lots of things- smocked outfits for my kids when they were little; dresses and suits for myself; baby dolls, teddy bears and other craft items.

I finally even learned to quilt; I’ve made several since 2012 when I first learned, and again, it’s such an enjoyable hobby. Each one has been special to me and I’ve got quite a list still to make.

My latest project has been a doll that we’ll be raffling off at Cancer Freeze on Saturday, Feb 4.  I had the idea for a biker doll several years ago, but it never came together until we decided to be a part of this year’s Cancer Freeze. I found a doll pattern on nunodoll.com that has worked out perfectly! He puts clear instructions with lots of pictures on every pattern and while I was a little nervous about it, I believe she turned out beautifully.

I’ll be making more dolls from this website- I hope you’ll visit it as well.

Author: Beth R - Categories: country life,design

Are You Writing?

27/01/17

If you’re a writer, are you writing? That may sound like a dumb question, but so many folks who want to be a writer, find excuses not to be writing.

I can’t tell you how much time you need to spend every day writing, but I know this: if you’re not spending some time at least every week, putting words on paper or in a document, you’re not making progress.

Yes, I know sometimes it’s hard to find a place to start.

Yes, I know sometimes your mind whirls in a thousand directions at once.

Yes, I know sometimes there are ten other things you need to be doing- shopping for the house, washing dishes, working at your day job, just to name a few. But you set aside time for those things – you schedule them because you know they’re necessary.

So, why aren’t you scheduling a time to write? Some days all you may get written is a note about your latest dream, or the crazy thing that happened after work, on your ride home. But write it down- keep it in your journal.

And if you want to work on a specific story (if you’re like me, you’ve got several going at any one time), go back and reread part of the story to get back inside it. That should help get you start again.

But write…. write regularly. If you have a talent for it, don’t waste it. Just Write.

Sometimes people want to know how and when I got started in this business; and to be honest, it wasn’t where I originally wanted to go in my professional life. But I believe this is where God intended for me to be.

I lost my job at a local university, but while I was there, I had learned about writing code and designing webpages. In fact, the man who was the technical person for our department taught me and actually asked me to help him create and maintain webpages for each staff member and department.

Since I had enjoyed it so much- both the design and the coding itself – I decided to start my own business.

About a year after I started, Dimple McInvale called me – she’d been in a beginning computer class that my sister-in-law Joanne had taught. She had written some books and needed someone to set up a website for her, and Joanne pointed her to me.

She was faithful to refer new customers to me and she encouraged me greatly.

And then the day came when she called me and told me that she really felt like I needed to help her get her books straightened out. She had been working with a local print-on-demand company, and was not happy with the arrangements.

After much strong encouragement on her part (as in she dragged me kicking and screaming), I decided to begin helping authors publish their books.  This wasn’t something that I had ever felt I could do, but again, with her encouragement, I have slowly and gradually built up a clientele of authors who might not have been able to work with a traditional publishing company.

As I tell prospects all the time, I don’t work like a traditional publishing company. I work with my customers to see what services I can provide and I help them publicize and market their book. They pay me for the services I provide and when the work is done, they don’t have to pay me any more money. They receive all the proceeds from the sale of their book, and they have complete control over the entire process.  I think it’s a process that benefits everyone, mostly the author, and I’m blessed to be a part of it.

I’m very happy with the business I’ve built over the past ten years- I don’t think I’m through growing, of course, but I am pleased to be where I am. God has been faithful to lead me where I needed to, and one of the biggest blessings in my business has been Dimple McInvale.

I’d like to introduce you to one of my customers. Greta Kataha has lived an amazing life- she’s survived things most people can’t imagine.

Devastating illness, facing death and sexual exploitation, prejudice, racism, ostracized by family and friends. Countless setbacks in her personal, professional and ministry life. Separated from her late husband and babies due to war in Africa and fighting to keep her interracial marriage for almost 29 years. Through grief, widowhood, too many losses and suicide itself.

Her book contains  just some of her testimony, and I’d like to encourage you to pick up a copy.

It’s currently available in paperback on Amazon and for all e-readers on Smashwords.

You can also follow Greta on Facebook here.  In fact, I’d encourage checking out her page- she does an excellent job or marketing her book from her page, and I’d encourage everyone to learn from her.

Author: Beth R - Categories: books and movies,faith and values,marketing,writing
I’ve got some pretty smart kids and grandkids- one of our teenage grands just announced that she hates a large percentage of females….
I understand what she means. The older I get, the less I like people in general. Here are just a few reasons:
  • I tend to spend quite a bit of time on social media, and the more I read what people will say to complete strangers, the less I think we’ve got a future. A news story about anything, and I do mean anything, will have people arguing over semantics, spelling/grammar,  and what should be done to the person who’s highlighted in the story. It’s amazing how upset someone can get over some pretty insignificant things. And don’t even get me started on how people treat someone who disagrees with them over politics or religion.
  • People who abuse children, the elderly, the poor or the disadvantaged are either getting more prevalent, or are just being exposed more often.
  • People who think everything should be given to them free – healthcare, education, food, etc. They don’t want to work for free, but they want someone to give them everything they want.
  • People who think that anyone who’s going through a tough time doesn’t need to be helped- I know there are folks out there who take advantage of others on a professional level. But there are also a lot of people who have just run into some hard times- they need a little help and a little encouragement to get them back on track.  If the Lord has blessed you and you don’t think you need to be blessing others, it may be time to check yourself. God didn’t give things to us so we can hoard it – He gave it to us so we can do something good with it. You don’t have to post a picture on Facebook to let the rest of the world know-but you do need to be investing in someone else.

So, in saying all that, I’d like to say this- if you’ve got a group of friends (really family) who will hang with you through tough times, hold you accountable when you’re not doing your best, and encourage you to be bigger and better than you were yesterday; then you need to hold on to those folks with both hands.

Don’t let the rest of the world wear you down so you can’t function- hang with those dear friends who love you no matter what, who make you a better person, and who will run the face with you.

Author: Beth R - Categories: faith and values,Living an intentional life
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