Two Worlds

It’s been nearly two whole years since I wrote a blog post. At that time, I decided I wouldn’t write another post until I had something to say. Well, I finally have lots to say! This has been a website for writers and ministry. The main focus will be on ministry and healing, and what God is doing. None of the past information on writing will be deleted. Sometimes having my foot in two worlds is awkward, sometimes uncomfortable. Sometimes, the familiarity of both worlds is comforting, but sometimes thinking I may be saying goodbye to one world (or at least have diminished contact) to embrace another is a melancholy feeling. @donnalhsmith #twoworlds #encouragement #inspirational

I feel like I have my foot in two worlds. While there are some crossovers, they are for me, two different worlds. In the last three years, my whole life and focus have changed, and yet, there is still a lingering project from my past Christian fiction life that needs to be completed—as well as beginning new projects (both writing and ministry) that I have begun.

For those of you who actually know me, you know that in 2017, I went through a horrendous ten months of tooth problems, which were finally resolved. In 2018, I began attending an online healing school—healing for the whole person, body, mind, and spirit. This connected with my past college experience with Oral Roberts University, where educating the whole person and keeping them healthy was the focus there, too. I felt I had come full circle.

2018 was one of the best years of my life. I was writing my second novel, and it got published toward the end of that year. My 1st novel placed in two contests, and I got to present workshops at six different writers’ conferences, (all were pretty small, but still). I was hoping 2019 would be the same—that I had finally reached the place I had been trying to get to my whole life. My pastor would call it my “sweet spot.” I thought I had too.

But in 2019, all the doors that had opened to me in 2018 seemed closed. I only presented at one writers’ conference all year.

Spiritually, I was growing in leaps and bounds, and with that—my focus began to shift from writing novels to learning and practicing more about healing. Then, in a wild and crazy moment that seemed to be confirmed by both God and others, I entered an online seminary in October of 2019. I’ve been on a journey ever since.

I’m nearly done now. I only have two classes left, and one of those starts in two weeks. It’s on Spiritual Formation. I’ve heard it’s a great class, where the professor ministers personally during Zoom sessions as we talk about the subject of the week. My last class will begin in October and I’ll receive my degree next April in Virginia at a special graduation ceremony during a Global Awakening conference.

Anyway, more will be coming. I may not be regular at posting for a while yet, but stay tuned. The next chapter in my life is beginning to reveal itself and I think it will be exciting. I’ve had a little preview of it a couple of times in the last year, and soon, I’ll be able to speak more about it.

@donnalhsmith #twoworlds #encouragement #inspirational

How Do You Handle Delay?

Judean desert

It seems my whole life has been one delay after another since I was born. I was an “early” baby, or premie, but I was delayed after birth by a stint in an incubator. My longest hospital stay was at that time. Thirteen days. @donnalhsmith #amwriting #lifesdelays #howdoyouhandledelay

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Memories – Part 2

from Bet She’an, Israel

“Memories, pressed between the pages of my mind. Memories, sweetened through the ages just like wine.” (Mac Davis) Remembering where we came from is important. How did we get to this point? @donnalhsmith #memories #amwriting

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Photo by Meagan Briggs

The other day Facebook reminded me that I’ve been friends with Author Justina Luther for six years. She went on to do a blog post about our Christian Writer’s Guild Craftsman residency in Colorado. @donnalhsmith @justinaluther #memories #goodfriends #amwriting #craftsmanxi

It’s interesting what details we remember about a particular event.

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God’s Mysterious Ways—Part 3

Why is it important to “say something eternal? Many years ago I heard a teaching about our “works.” It changed my life and made me get my mind off myself and onto what God might want me to do. @donnalhsmith #GodsMysteriousWays #SaySomethingEternal #GodsCallOnMyLife

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God’s Mysterious Ways—Part 2

How do we discern God’s Mysterious Ways? How do we know it’s Him, and not our own thought? @donnalhsmith #GodsMysteriousWays #SaySomethingEternal #GodsCallOnMyLife

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God’s Mysterious Ways—Part 1

A few months ago, I decided to take a break from blogging. It’s been a good break. I focused on my studies, finished my third novel, taught at a Christian writer’s conference, went to the New Jersey shore for my birthday, got my Medicare card, and have been celebrating my freedom in Christ. But now, I feel the urge to write again—to “say” something. @donnalhsmith #GodsMysteriousWays #SaySomethingEternal #GodsCallOnMyLife #GodisAmazing

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Summer Break – A Time to Pause & Reflect

I’ve been blogging regularly since 2009. I’ve had several blogs on a couple different platforms. I started this blog in 2014 to show my writing journey to publication. I made it. I’m published. But I have other interests and things God is preparing me for.

So rather than publish every week, at least for this summer—I’m taking a bit of a break.

I’m only going to write when I feel I have something to say. Something important. Something eternally significant.

Feel free to enjoy the archives—which I know you do. What is it about “Stuck—A Winter Disaster Story” that intrigues you readers so much? It’s summertime, and people are still reading it. I am pleased and amused.

And let me know what you’d like to see on this blog. I’ve kind of changed the focus, and I may do so again—but I love feedback. Id’ love to know what you like about the website, and what you don’t.

In the meantime, may you have a blessed summer!

HALF A YEAR GONE! A Reflection

Wow! It amazes me that we just began the last half of 2019. I don’t know about you—but my year has gone fast! #2019halfgone #amwriting @donnalhsmith

Did you make plans for this year six months ago? Or have there been a lot of surprises!

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Miracles, Signs & Wonders—Part 3

I’m getting to the point that wherever I am, if someone needs prayer, I’ll pray. It’s kind of a cop-out to say, “I’ll pray for you” if you don’t pray right then and there. #miraclesatwritersconference #prayer #amwriting @donnalhsmith

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