My uncle passed into the arms of Jesus yesterday. When we lose someone, the first thought that crosses our minds is ‘did he know how much I loved him?’
I tried to remember if I’d ever told him how much he meant to me. Did I say ‘thank you’ enough for him to hear? Did I express how important he was? A blog came to mind. I wrote it in December 2012 after reading a status he posted on Facebook. His words were worth repeating then and they are now.
Uncle Roger, I know this is a busy welcome home week for you. You have so many people to catch up with, your dad, my dad, other’s who have passed ahead of you. For all I know the next hundred years or so maybe completely devoted to staring into the face of Jesus. But when the time comes to check in on us. Know that you are ever loved. You are important to our lives. We are richer, more confident, happier for knowing you.
So, readers, once again I give you
Be a Doer, not a Don’t-er
There is a man in my life that has been there for me through thick and thin. As a child he was my playmate, big brother, aggravation, torturer, and friend.
When I was sixteen and my parents divorced, he was there to support me. We traveled in a singing group with my aunt and her family the summer it all fell apart. He was a rock for me. He sang and played at my wedding. Part of why we bonded was that we both love to sing for Jesus. He would write the songs and push me to sing higher, lower, or better. He spent hours over a keyboard writing songs and making tracks for them so I could make an album.
Then he spent more hours in the studio, mixing, singing back up and adding effects. He never asked for payment. He would just say “When you make it big, you can pay me.” I honestly felt like he thought I could do it. When my marriage began to fail, he gave me sage wisdom and support through it, while encouraging me to stand in my faith without wavering. When I found an outlet for my grief and pain and decided to write a curriculum to help children of divorce and start a non profit ministry, he called me to California and promoted my vision alongside his and Connie’s ministry. www.heartworkvillage.com www.conniebrothers.com He has always been there for me. I love him, dearly. So, now, I introduce to you the writings of my uncle and friend, Roger Brothers. The following was posted on Facebook 12-8-12.
I want to say that it is totally your business what you do as a parent, as long as it’s not abusive in any way.. TOTALLY. But as a Christian, you have to decide what club you want to belong to and raise your kids in. The “Don’t” club, or the “Do” club. If you raise them in the don’t club….don’t do this….Christians don’t do that…..they will grow up to resent Christianity. Instead, we taught our kids (which are all in the ministry) to be a member of the “DO” club. Remember, the Apostle Paul said “All things are lawful, but not all things are expedient.” Teach your kids the things that are expedient, and they will love you for it, and love the church, and serve Christ.
No one here was raised any stricter than I was. I was raised in the “Don’t” club. I was taught that it was a sin to go to football games, movies, baseball, basketball. go bowling, to the fair, rodeo, and anywhere else that was considered fun. One of the biggest fights me and my Dad had was when, at 16, he would not let me go to the Beaumont Fair. I was not allowed to participate in sports, play in the band, dress out for P.E., etc. etc. I earned my P.E. credits washing jockstraps. I was ridiculed, called names, and thought to be a weirdo. ANYONE who went to school with me knows I was a miserable, wretched outcast until about the 11th grade when I began to change things. 2 Weeks after I graduated, I left for Louisiana. Anything to get out of the don’t club.
So, believe me when I say, you had better not teach your kids to be members of the don’t club. Thank God, I have come out of all that legalism, and have raised my kids differently. Be a do-er, not a don’t-er! Love!
Roger and Connie Brothers currently live in Texas where they pastor 123 Church. They have touched lives over many years across the nation. Check out Brothers Family Ministries at http://www.ConnieBrothers. com
This beast of a writer, Katie Cross, has done it again! Enchanting us with her spellbinding tale and sequel to Miss Mabel’s School for Girls, Antebellum Awakening, this witchmaker brings the world of Antebellum to life.
From the Sphere Spinner to the Witchmaker:
Sphere Spinner: Hello Katie! We are thrilled to have you with us again here at Immortal Portals to talk about your new book. Spill the potion! What is Antebellum Awakening about?
Witchmaker: Antebellum Awakening picks up just a few months after we left Bianca at Miss Mabel’s School for Girls. Instead of haunted Letum Wood, Bianca is now living in the castle: and she hates it. Her magical powers have become out of control and she has to figure out how to control them or risk hurting herself or her friends.
Witchmaker: Definitely different! But in some ways absolutely the same. It’s different because you have to have a long term mindset. I’m constantly asking myself, ‘will this decision affect my later books? What was the room decorated like in book one?’
But it’s also really similar because I still felt I was building characters, settings, and plot into that specific book, even though it’s part of a series.
Sphere Spinner: Bianca had a rough ending in MMSFG. What can we expect to see from her in AA?
Witchmaker: Poor girl did have a rough ending, didn’t she? (My bad). Because of the less-than-perfect ending to the first book, Bianca finds that her grief is now taking control of her. She’s making rash decisions, she’s angry, she’s scared, and she’s trying desperately to move on.
Sphere Spinner: How many miles have you run this week? How does your running feed into Bianca’s character?
Witchmaker: Bianca wasn’t totally interesting to me until she ran. I do a lot of trail running (although lately it’s been hiking. My husband and I just got back from a really intense hike!) I gave her that talent or pastime of running because she grew up under a lot of pressure; she needed to have a way of venting it off.
Sphere Spinner: Who is your favorite super hero and why?
Witchmaker: Thor because of his long, flowing tresses.
Sphere Spinner: (Long flowing tresses, hmmm, sounds familiar!) Give one tip for emerging authors to lead them to success.
Witchmaker: Read amazing books. Seriously. You can’t write well if you don’t know what reads well. Bad books will lead you down the wrong path!
Sphere Spinner: Thank you Katie Cross for sharing a bit of what makes your magic sparkle! Connect with Katie Cross: http://www.facebook.com/missmabels, twitter- @kcrosswriting, http://www.pinterest.com/missmabelsschoo, and http://www.missmabels.com
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Amazing work for the Anthology by Read Write Muse!
It has been a pleasure to be counted among the amazing group of authors at Read Write Muse. When we first started our blogging adventure over two years ago, none of us was published and there were only about seven or so of us. We’ve grown to a total of sixteen now and seven of us have been published. Well, today that number goes up significantly. Thirteen of the sixteen current Musers are now published with the release of our first anthology.
Through the Portal is a collection of short story fiction, songs, poems, and inspirational non fiction united by the theme of a portal.
The portal experts at Read Write Muse invite you to escape into imagination through this portal story collection.
Jump through time to new worlds, indulge in pizza, chocolate, and romance. Fight evil villains, transport with innocent souls, and glimpse into that final portal awaiting us all.
Authors, bloggers, song writers and poets collaborate to bring you stories sprinkled with ethereal prose, whimsical humor, and heart pounding thrills. Through the Portal beckons you to unlock the adventure.
Including the works of Annie Adams, Andrea Asay, J.S. Bailey, LaDonna Cole, Katie Cross, Laura Custodio, Rob Holliday, S. R. Karfelt, Kelsey Keating, D. M. Kilgore, Emily Grace Ogle, Natalie J. Pierson, and Kimberly Robertson.
RWM will donate $1 per book sale to a cancer related charity for one year.
Blue Harvest Creative, our publishing partners, have designed a gorgeous cover and interior as well as e-book and print campaigns.
D. M. Kilgore and fellow Muser has featured the Mad Musers on her Musing Mondays column at her web page. She makes us sound so good!
Six Word Synopsis from some the Portal Stories
My Daddy’s Hands: Poem honoring fatherly influence on daughter.
Suzy Quimby Rides the Bus: Flash Fiction
Portal Potty: Epiphanies happen in unlikely places.
Love Unleashed: Don’t poke the momma bear.
My Promise: When the cared for becomes the caregiver.
Puddle-Jumper: Somethings even time-travel can’t change.
Portly Portal Problem: Immortal human gets stuck in portal.
Rochelle’s Pizza Run: Sometimes acquiring pizza takes drastic measures.
The Wish: Lost souls and sidewalk chalk.
The Bridge: Love lives on beyond the rainbow.
Other Real: Another reality shares our space.
Shadow Land Motel: Some tourist traps are literal.
Halcyon Catholicon – Step right up, another life awaits.
With Heaven as My Guide: Imagination is a portal to adventure.
Hotspot – The portal between places is thin.
Chocolate Brimstone: Boy seeks comfort over father’s death.
Machination – Some portals should never be opened.
Staring Down the Portal: Death’s face can be intimidated.
You don’t want to miss this lovely collection! Check us out here.