Ask Me Anything – No Really! #AMAAuthors

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Ok so, a don’t typically do shameless self promotion….But Im SO Excited I couldn’t help myself!!

I will be hosting an #AMA (Ask Me Anything!) Event  December 1st starting at 11 AM EST!

What is this?

It’s an opportunity for you to literally ASK ME ANYTHING about Writing, Creativity, Being an Indie, Published and Freelance Author. Talk about Marketing Ideas, How to Build Networking Opportunities, Creating a Brand/ Social Presence, staying true to your writing ideals and more.

The journey from hobbyist writing to Indie Author; Published by a well-respected company, and/or landing Freelance writing opportunities can be daunting.  Even more challenging is learning to navigate Social Media, Networking with fellow writers, and creating a social presence or brand.  How do you build opportunities for yourself and expand your social media Reach?

Pleas stop by HERE to RSVP.   I look forward to talking with YOU!

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~Morgan~

Consistence – #Poetry of the #NaturalWorld

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Standing on the edge of Brusque motion

Apocalypse of chaotic sound

Singing in Rhythmic Ringing

Through thunderous Beauty that

Sweetly Abounds.

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Standing on the nearest distance

Catastrophe of Subliminal Reverence

Imbuing in Melodic Subduing

Symphonic Dichotomy in

Blessed Consistence.

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Beautiful Original Photography:  the-charm-of-late-autumn by Vlad Sokolovsk

Silence Staring – #Poetry

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Silence Staring

Little caring

Your Sweet Peace

Beyond Comparing

Silence Listening

Tranquility Glistening

Change Delicately

Transitioning

Silence Waiting

While I Stand Debating

Wordless Hush

Softly Sedating

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Beautiful Photograph found on Pinterest. Credit Acknowledged to the Original Photographer. Thank You~!

The parable of the talents….

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We are closing in the on the holidays already which doesn’t seem possible.  Soon we will be in the season of Advent in the church, a season of waiting and anticipation of Christ’s return. 

Like last week’s scripture, today’s scripture is about what we do while we wait for Christ’s return.  Today’s scripture is titled, “The Parable of the Talents.”

At this point in Matthew’s gospel Christ is in his final days.  He has returned to Jerusalem for the last time.  His final parables in Matthew’s account are about what we are to be doing while waiting for his return.

“For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his servants and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability.

 A talent was a measure of weight in biblical times.  The master of the estate was incredibly wealthy.  A talent is about 75 pounds of precious metal.  75 pounds.  An ounce of gold today is worth around $1,300. 

If you do the math a talent or 75 pounds of gold today is worth around $1.5 million dollars.  That is one talent, the first servant got five and the second servant got two. 

What does scripture say that the master of the estate did after giving this large amount of money to his servants…….He went away.  He didn’t give them any instructions.  He just gave it to them.  It seems apparent that he trusts them to be wise with it.

Helluva nice guy isn’t he.  What if I were to tell you that the master in this parable is Christ, he left but not before giving a bounty to his people?  What if I told you that the servants in this parable were you and I? 

That we have been given a treasure or a talent in the form of intellect, knowledge, life experience, talent, time, our ability to earn and a ton of his grace to boot?

And what if I told you that someday we will have to account for what we did with our God-given talent?  I will come back to that.

The master of the estate, he just left.  No directions, no instructions.  The servants were free to do what they would with what they were entrusted with, much like we are.  I want to talk about this for a minute.

Our God, the God that we serve limits himself in this parable and he does this often.  He limits himself so that others have an opportunity to lead and flourish. 

Christ, being of the same spiritual substance of The Father, came to this earth in the same limited manner that we exist, in flesh and blood.  Bound by time and space among other things. 

He limited himself as a penniless, itinerant carpenter turned preacher who emptied himself of his divinity to take on our broken condition.  He goes beyond limiting himself, he completely emptied himself.

He lived like the poorest of the poor with the poorest of the poor and spent his time with the lowest of the low.  Now, Christ did heal people, he performed miracles, he brought people that were dead back to life. 

But he lives his time on this earth consistently restrained.  And why would he do that………Is it because he hands the keys to the kingdom over to us, to each one of us?  That he wants each one of us to be about his work.

Is it because we are in his final days in the book of Matthew and he is making sure to make his point that he is leaving and these are the expectations for those who profess to know him?

God calls us to lead in one form or another.  Leadership isn’t about titles, we are called to lead our families, our church, our community, our school and many other things.

We weren’t made to sit on the sidelines idly watching the world go by.  Here is another window into my cynical and twisted mind.  In my experience in different leadership positions those that sat idly by, not only did they not help, they consistently attacked, smeared and hurled insults at the ones trying to get things done. 

Enough of that.  We are called to lives of service.  He are called to lead, we are called to be in ministry and we are called to be the light in this world.  We don’t retire from Christian service.  As long as there is air in our lungs we are called to be of service to the church.

After leaving his servants to do what they would with his money, the master returned.  “The one who had received the five talents had gone off and traded and made five more talents.”  He had doubled his master’s money.

“In the same way, the one who had been given two talents made two more talents.”  He also had doubled his master’s money.  Pretty impressive, do you know how much time it would take to double your money – legally?

“But the one who had received one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.”  After a long time the master, or Christ in this example, returns.  He is anxious to see what his people have done with what he has entrusted them with.

The one given five talents had pleased his master, “Well done, good and trustworthy servant, you have been trustworthy in a few things.  I will put you in charge of many things, enter into the joy of your master.”  Enter into the kingdom and splendor of God’s presence.

The one given two talents had also pleased his master and is greeted the same, “Well done, good and trustworthy servant, you have been trustworthy in a few things.  I will put you in charge of many things, enter into the joy of your master.”

The servant given one talent had to give his account of what he had done with what he had been given.  This servant’s response appears to be more of a reflection on his own character than the nature of the God we serve.

“Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, gathering where you did not scatter seed, so I was afraid and I hid your talent in the ground.  Here you have what is yours.” 

The third servant, the one given one talent sat idly by.  After many years, maybe even a lifetime he had not been about his master’s work.  I envision this servant shrugging his shoulders as he hands the money back and then goes on the offensive about how it isn’t really his fault.  It is the master’s fault, it is God’s fault that I didn’t do anything productive with what he gave me.

The master was not happy.  “You wicked and lazy servant!  You knew, did you that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter seed?  Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received it with interest.”

“Take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten talents.  For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance, but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 

“As for this servant, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

A warning parable about the accounting we will have to do when Christ returns.  Everyone is gifted whether they think they are or not.  The gifts we are given vary from person to person, no one gift is better or more important than another.  Those gifts are not to be wasted or to sit idle.

In this season of Thanksgiving, as we approach Advent and the celebration of Christ’s birth, let us be about God’s work in this world.  Let us feed, clothe and minister to the poor.  Let us be the church.  Let us be the light, the city on a hill that give sight to the blind and ears to hear for those that need to know our God.

Pastor Shawn LaRue, Seymour UMC

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In The Lime Light – #Interview with Neha of #ForgottenMeadows #PoetryBlog

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Today I have the pleasure of sharing fellow Poet Neha from Forgotten Meadows blog.
Neha is a dreamer, a published writer, and a business professional. She enjoys blogging and welcomes feedback from her readers. She hopes her writing makes you think and admire the little things life has to offer and reminds us that we always have time to imagine, to dream, and to follow your passion in life.

 

Please Introduce us to your Blog.  What is it all about?   What sorts of posts do you lean towards?  My blog forgottenmeadows.wordpress.com is a personal poetry and photography blog. I lean towards posts that are positive and spread the message of hope with my readers.

What Inspires and stirs your creativity?  I am a dreamer who loves to imagine, so it’s partly my imagination that stirs my creativity and of course, there is mother nature, my greatest source of inspiration.

Conversely, what do you find difficult to write about?  Loss and grief is difficult to write about, but it’s in writing that I find solace during these times.

What Message, if any, do you hope to Share through your blog/posts?  As mentioned earlier, I like to share the message of hope, I also hope to share the message to follow one’s dreams, the message of love towards one another, towards oneself, and towards earth and the message of peace.

What Inspires you to write your poetry?  This response is the same as what inspired my creativity. 😊

From what Point of View do you prefer to write? Is there a reason?  It depends on the individual piece, I have written poetry in all three.

Please share two or three of your favourite poems and tell us a little about them:  I am a bit of both, most of my poetry just comes to me intuitively but there are times where I painstakingly plot it out to fit a certain form, especially when I am trying an unfamiliar or new poetic style. Below are three of my poems that the reader might enjoy.

Let me find hope is about finding hope in the darkest days, Travel Dreams is about travel and exploring your curious heart, and Don’t give Up on You is about not giving up on oneself.

Let Me Find Hope: https://forgottenmeadows.wordpress.com/2015/09/21/let-me-find-hope/

Travel Dreams: https://forgottenmeadows.wordpress.com/2016/10/16/travel-dreams/?wref=tp 

Don’t Give Up on You: https://forgottenmeadows.wordpress.com/2015/05/20/dont-give-up-on-you/

 

If you had to describe yourself to someone who has never met you, what might you say?  I am an optimist and a dreamer, trying to pursue my passion for creative writing.

If you could meet one person from the past, who might it be and why?  I would like to meet Rumi or Plato and just have a conversation with them. I would like to feel enriched with the thoughts from their beautiful minds.

When you are NOT writing, what is your favourite pastime?  Spending time with my loved ones, trying new recipes and reading! 😀

Do you have a Mantra?  I have two: Everything will be alright and never stop dreaming!

You can find Neha here:

On twitter: https://twitter.com/follownehamba  
and on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forgottenmeadows/

She also has another blog: Quotes and Lyrics for the soul . Do check it out and read some inspirational quotes and lyrics. You can also follow Quotes and Lyrics on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soulquotesandlyrics/

She and her husband love trying new food and share their experiences on their food page – ‘Mile High Eats’.  https://www.facebook.com/milehigheats/

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Thank you so much Neha for Sharing your time and talents with BooknVolume. I love your poetry and it was a delight getting to know more about you.  Blessings~

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~Morgan~

A Thankful Heart – #Thanksgiving #Poetry

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A Thankful Heart is Open to Blessings
because it is closed to worry, doubt, and wailing.

A Thankful Heart is Filled with Love
because it empties itself of loathing, greed, and envy.

A Thankful Heart is Overflowing with Peace
because it does not Share itself with lies, distrust, and negativity.

A Thankful Heart Touches Others with its Blessings and Love
because it is Ever in the Presence of Love and Blessing.

A Thankful Heart Speaks in Kindness, Patience and Empowerment
because it does not Speak of hate, intolerance or to incapacitate.

A Thankful Heart Chooses its Path Each Day with Diligence and Joy
because it does not Concentrate on what it cannot do.

A Thankful Heart Walks in Hope, Love, Peace and Joy
because it Knows nothing else.

A Thankful Heart Shares its Purpose
because it is Incapable of Withholding All that Pours from its Abundant Profusion.

Embark upon Each New Day with a Thankful Heart
and You will Find Endless Blessings for which to be Thankful.

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Thankful!

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You are a Blessing that brings smiles to my face each and every day.  You have made Booknvolume FAR more successful than I ever Dreamed it might be.  and YOU are who I am Thankful for this holiday season.

Yet as the rush and bustle of the season bears down, I have realized this year, perhaps more than most, that time is so very precious.  Each Moment goes by in a flash and, while the season brings joy and glitter, yummies for tummies, and mirthful musings, it can also bring challenges, frustrations and that ogre of evil STRESS!!

SO, I have decided to listen to myself, for a change!, and take a break during this busy season in order to remain focused and ENJOY the holiday.  In my absence, I will be Re-Running some of my previous works, just to keep the dust from accumulating 😉

For those of you who share this holiday season with us and even those who do not, I Wish You All the Best Tidings of Joy and Light.  May you Find Happiness by the sleigh-full and Treasure the time with family and friends.

Blessings to you my Dear Ones!

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~Morgan~

Empowering Spirit – #MusicAndMuse – #IdyllPoetryDailyChallenge

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~In order to Enjoy this Post to the fullest, Please play the music of the first video and the second video simultaneously ~
(You are able to,  play the second video twice during the full playing time of the first)

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Shroud of White

Mists of Time

Ethereal Scent

Ancient Crime

Once forgotten

yet Long Remembered

Harmony of brotherhood

Musically engendered

Masters of Music

Empowering Spirit

Lifting my Life Force

So Fortunate to Hear It!

Creature of Myth

Flame of Harmony

Prayers Surround You

O Listen and See

Such Precious, Priceless, Lupine Beauty!

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~Morgan~

The Music and Muse category by Morgan shares Poetry and the Music which Inspired it.

Beautiful Original Music by: BrunuhVille
Beautiful Photographs found on Pinterest

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Obsidian – #RomanticTuesday #DarkLovePoetry

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Shards of Obscurity

Empty Depths of Prose

Collection of Memory

Like Obsidian Rose

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Lost in the Shadows

Of Jet Perception

Lingering Emptiness

In Vacuous Reception

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Bleak and Ethereal

Starless Black Sky

Swirls of Sweet Lethargy

As I Succumb and Sigh

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Tapestry of Darkness

Serenade of Austerity

Whisper in the heavy Hush

Enticing All of Me!

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Beautiful Photographs found on Pinterest.  Credit Gratefully Acknowledged to the Original Photographers. Thank You

This Breathless Moment – #RomanticTuesday #LovePoetry

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Touch me

With the Delicate Splendour of

Your Hands

Sing to me

With your Gentlest Whisper

Kiss me

With the Exquisite Perfection of

Your Mouth

Serenade me

With the Music of

Your Sweetest Sighs

Unravel me

With the Passionate Intensity of

Your Expressive Stare

Beguile me

With the Wondrous Oeuvre of

Your Body

Share with me

This Breathless Moment,

Enraptured Together

As the Blissful Night

Slowly Unfolds.

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~Morgan~

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Beautiful Photograph found on Google.  Credit Gratefully Acknowledged to the original photographer and models…Thank You~

Whims – #RomanticTuesday #IdyllPoetryDailyChallenge

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The Spirals of shadowy night

Entwine and Imbue

With Solicitous, Duplicitous

Intoxications of Hue

Delighting

Distracting

The Whims of my Heart

Sparkling Effervescence

To Subtly Impart

 

The Tapestry of Candlelit Hours

Whisper Sublime

Like Tempestuous, Ingenuous

Drops of Sweet Wine

Beguiling

Inspiring

The Whims of my Yearning

Splendour Embodied by You

Passionately Burning!

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If you’d like to join this challenge, see the Original Post for details.

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Beautiful Photograph by:  aprilkoehlerphotography.com