Spiritual Growth

Progress is a Process

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For all you chocolate lovers out there, this melted mass is not quite in temper, but it’s close. Depending on the chocolate manufacturer, it could be in temper, but generally speaking 91 degrees is still a bit warm for dark chocolate. How do I know? I was a chocolatier for the last seven years and I learned a lot about process. Now I’m learning a lot of other processes.

Chocolate, real chocolate, and not the candy melts. must be in a certain temperature range in order for it to set correctly, with gloss and snap. The tempering process, when done right, assures that the chocolate will set without what is called “bloom” (discolored streaks in the chocolate).

The writing process and the road to publication is long, with many revisions and rewrites. My novel is still in that process before I even try to find a publisher. I want my novel to have the greatest chance to be published by a royalty publisher.

Life is a process. From before we are born, we are constantly changing and growing. If we don’t continue to grow, we drift, then begin to die. Eventually we will all die. But for now – what stage of life are you in? What challenges have you overcome? Where are in the process (changing) and the progress (growth) of life are you? Continue reading “Progress is a Process”

Spiritual Growth, Writing

A Rose by any Other Name

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I love the fact that God allowed Adam to name everything on earth. He named this a rose. It was in full bloom at the time this picture was snapped. It didn’t get there overnight.

Writing is a journey. Nearly two years ago, I asked the Lord for a “novel” idea, and He brought to mind an obscure history lesson from my hometown in Kansas. The novel is drafted, but it isn’t quite ready for publication.

What I see a LOT these days is how quickly the printed word can spread. But is it excellently done? We wouldn’t expect God to skimp on His creation of this rose. Why should we try to shortcut or circumvent the process in our lives?

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Spiritual Growth, Writing

A novel choice – a novel process

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Meghan’s Choice is the novel I’m working on. Most people don’t understand that writing a novel and getting a book published is long process, one that most don’t have the patience for.

I don’t know if God’s “days” were 24 hours or 24,000 years. But God is interested in process. We’re interested in circumventing or shortcutting process.

Did God hurry His process to create the world, or these roses? I think not. So, let’s not be in a hurry. Enjoy the journey. Easier said than done, I know. I really do.