I Started…

by adustyframe ~ October 13th, 2011

I started my book.

I’m not sure how it’s going to all go together or when it will get done or how it will get published. But I started.

Will you let me know any topics you think should be included?

Also which posts are “must haves”?

There will definitely be new stories and material in here. I don’t want anyone to feel like they bought a book they could have read for free on my blog!

I haven’t decided if I will use my name or my pseudonym–that’s a decision far in the future, but you can pray for me to do what God wants.

Actually for all of it! It feels like a huge responsibility to do this! I don’t want to “mess up”.

I’m writing and when I think of something from the blog, I look up the post, print it and tape it in my notebook. For some reason I need to write in long hand, even though I don’t blog that way.

See? The name of my blog really did come from my journal. I wrote this down long before I thought of blogging. Maybe even long before I heard of blogging!


14 Thoughts Shared to I Started…

  1. Catherine

    Be true to yourself and let the real you shine through – no matter what name you put on it in the end. 🙂

  2. Rebecca

    The posts on covenant marriage should be included. And advice for how others can help single mothers without being asked, being father figures for kids regardless of the reason the father is absent, would be wonderful. I know you’ve posted about that at various times and it’s so true.

  3. Heather

    I’m so excited for you! I’m sure it is exciting and overwhelming all at once. I know you will be an encouragement to many through your story and what God has taught you through it.

  4. Barbara H.

    That’s wonderful! I was wondering about the real name/pseudonym issue, too.

    I think the post on keeping your marriage covenant is a must, as well as those posts that give people an inside view — what it is like to visit prison, to be a single mom while your spouse is in prison, insensitive comments people make while someone is in prison. Those were all eye-openers to me and helped me not only in praying for you but will help if I ever know encounter anyone again who has a loved one in prison. The ways people helped, as well, would be helpful for people wondering how they could help someone in that situation.

    I think some of the weird restrictions would be interesting, too, things that people wouldn’t know if they hadn’t experienced it. A few years ago we had a relative in prison for a few months on drug charges. They were 2,000 miles away, so we couldn’t visit. We tried sending a book, but there were restrictions in how they could receive packages which we didn’t know about — I can’t remember what they were, but not only did that person not receive it, but we never got it back either. We expected and wouldn’t have minded if the officials opened the package and inspected everything — but I don’t think they did. I don’t know if they just trashed it or what. Hopefully there won’t be a next time, but if there ever is, I’ll know to ask about those kinds of things before sending anything.

    But I think the main thing is just the story of God’s grace through this trial.

    Ah yes the books!
    Where Lee was, they had to be new and purchased and mailed from certain companies WITH a receipt inside. Even if it was new and mailed from the right company it had to have the receipt. I think that’s because they were only allowed a certain $ value of property?
    Pastor wasn’t even allowed to carry in a Bible to give him at least in prison. In jail the chaplain let him one time.

  5. Janet

    I think it’s wonderful that you are writing a book! I would love to hear how you were a single mom while your husband was in prison. Being a single mother is so painful, but yours was a situation I could not imagine.

  6. Carol

    Oh, yes! You know I’ve been wanting you to do this! : ) I will be praying for you as you proceed with this. You definitely need to include the marriage covenant posts. Also, include specific ways you saw the Lord provide for you and James. I can’t think of any other specifics right now, but this book will be a blessing with whatever the Lord leads you to include. Keep us “posted”!

  7. MamaHen

    Lizzy-this is so exciting!!!

  8. Robin in New Jersey

    I will be praying for you as your write. Your testimony will help others, I’m sure.

  9. Judith

    May God guide your words, thoughts, hand … and maximize the time you have to work on it, though really, as my former team leader is fond of saying, “All your life is preparation,” so you’ve been “working” on it for decades without knowing it. 🙂

  10. Joy

    I was so excited when I read this post! Glad your book is now in the process!!! Will be praying with you as you write and that the Lord will give you wisdom. You came up in conversation yesterday with my friend and she said, “I’ve never met her, but boy do I have great respect for her!” I’m very proud of you my friend!!!!! I believe the Lord will use this book to bring Glory to His Name! Love ya!

  11. Eliza

    Praying for you, for wisdom as you write; for comfort, encouragement, and hope as you re-read, relive, remember the hardest of days, and the blessings; for God to “restore the years that the locusts have stolen”

  12. Pam

    How is Lee doing……you haven’t mentioned how he is doing lately or how his job is going????

  13. celina

    i’ve always felt that this was your path….

    personnally…the way to back up scripture is to describe the FEELINGS!!!!! that is where people will relate…if they feel you were just as terrified as they currently feel…then the faith you had…can be applied to him..

    your blog reached my heart….stired feelings in me…and admiration for your faith..

    (i know you were not seeking admiration)

    good luck..if nothing else..the writting in of itself will be a great exercise

    sorry i’ve not been posting much..the move to virginia from canada…has been a hard one…just tired..

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