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16 February 2019

In the Writing Cave

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In the Writing Cave

I'm down to the last twelve days before my novella, "In Dire Straits", in the Lessons on Love collection from Barbour is due to my editor, Rebecca Germany. This collection, a four-in-one with stories from my critique partner, Kathleen L. Maher, and wonderful authors Susie/Susanne Dietze and Rita Gerlach, will release in October, 2019.

That beautiful cave image, above, was downloaded from Google images (image credit notated), and looks to me like angels' wings! When I'm in my writing cave I really and truly feel the presence of God and His angels protecting and enveloping me. If you didn't know, I am disabled by Rheumatoid Arthritis and I have multiple other medical issues that God helps me cope with. I couldn't write anything without His help. So I always give the Lord credit in any book I've written, first and foremost. Being the weakened vessel that I am, I am well aware that anything I do has to come from Him and with God's provision. That builds even more gratitude into my heart and a humility with each project that He pulls me through, for I am well aware I can't do it alone.

Would you lift me and the other authors in this collection up in prayer as we finish our stories? And would you pray for the direction of this blog. God is leading me toward this being a monthly post about the ways God is working in my writing life. 

Giveaway: One commenter will receive a copy of their choice of any of my Barbour collections including this upcoming October release.

78 comments:

  1. Praying for y’all! Can’t wait to get to read this book! I’m an Avid Reader Friend too.

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  2. Avid. I will be sure to add you to my list of authors to pray for. I’m sure winter is hard with the arthritis. My days are full of pain from the arthritis I have. So I feel for you.

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    1. Hi Linda! Sounds like we each feel the other’s pain. Hugs!

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  3. Thank you for sharing how God enables you to write. He evidently has a lot he wants you to say because the stories keep coming. I love the Barbour collections and would love to win a copy of one of them.
    I am an AVID reader.

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    1. Susan I had a break and then the Lord impressed upon me another story which we are pitching and I got this contract too.

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  4. That cave is a beautiful image of angel wings. I always appreciate that you give God the glory. I’m sure it’s exciting to be down to the wire on a new book!. Avid.
    perrianne(DOT)askew(AT)me(DOT)com
    Perrianne Askew

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    1. Perrianne that cave is perfect! God can carry me through because I cannot do it in my own. Xoxoxo

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  5. Carrie, you are always in my thoughts and prayers. Always. I will be sure to add the other authors. Many blessings to you my friend!

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    1. Sherry you are a blessing. I thank God we got to spend time together last summer! Xoxoxo thanks for the prayers!

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  6. I pray for authors on a regular basis and am happy to do so for you and the other ladies in this collection! That He would not only shelter you under His wings, but that He would also give you strength for each day, and wisdom & direction for your writing life.

    Hugs to you!
    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  7. You know I'm an avid reader of Barbour and all your books...Prayers for you my favorite author friends!

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  8. Carrie, I admire your strength and witness. Taking a bad situation and giving it to God for His glory. Most of us would probably keep complaining to Him for letting this happen. Forgive me for not always thinking about what you authors may be going through personally. Life’s not easy, but God can do anything. I will definitely be praying for you and this site! I am one of your avid readers, but now I feel guilty even throwing that in.
    Blessings to you my dear friend!
    KathyπŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

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    1. Thank you for your heartfelt sentiments Kathy! You are a sweetie! Xoxoxo

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  9. It does look like Angel's wings. So cool! Praying! Hugs, my friend. ❤

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    1. Yes I love those wings Chappy!!! Hugs right back my friend!!

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  10. Keeping you and all of the authors in this upcoming collection in prayer...you all bless us & inspire us so much with your stories! You all have your own unique challenges and somehow you manage to reach all of us.
    Trdivincenzo (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. I figure God connects us all for a reason! Thanks for keeping us all in prayer! Xoxoxo

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  11. Avid. I will keep y'all in my prayers. Can't wait for the new book!

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    1. Thanks so much Mandy! Your book went out to KY this past week. I pray you will enjoy it!

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  12. Thank you for your testimony. I'll be lifting you up in prayer as well. I love these story collections!

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  13. Prayer said for you. Thank you for sharing. And that cage us breath taken Blessings to you ...

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  14. Thanks, Carrie, for your photo of the interesting cave, your testimony of what God is doing in your life, and how we need to pray for one another. Appreciate this opportunity to enter a giveaway! As an Avid reader, would sure love to win any print book! Thanks, again, and God bless! krautter12ATbresnanDOTnet

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    1. I would love to see that cave in person! I am glad my testimony of overcoming has blessed you Lual!

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  15. The cave looks beautiful! Praying for you as you complete your book. I know your blog will continue to be a blessing and encouragement to many.

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    1. Thanks Carrie! You know it’s difficult to change things but God is moving me in this direction!

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  16. Definitely praying for you! As a younger woman with multiple health issues I understand how difficult it can be to deal with those issues and try to keep up with things. Many hugs and prayers!

    Blessings!
    Jasmine A.

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    1. Jasmine I will keep you in prayer. I think it’s harder when you are younger like you are. Hugs!

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  17. Sending prayers, hugs and love to you Carrie and to all involved in your latest project. You are such an example of faith and devotion to our God, who is so good to us all. Take care....

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    1. Thanks Mardell! You are a Prayer Warrior! I am glad God can use this broken vessel! Xoxoxo

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  18. Crissy Yoder ShamionFebruary 17, 2019 at 7:53 AM

    Absolutely a wonderful picture! I am sending prayers and love!

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    1. Yes that’s a super cool picture Crissy! Thanks! Xoxoxo

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  19. Carrie, I love your writing. God has blessed you as you share your heart in your written words. The cave photo is amazing! I am an AVID reader.

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    1. Sally your words are such an encouragement to me today! Thanks!

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  20. You always have my prayers. You and your writing have truly been a blessing to me. Looking forward to reading this book. Blessings to you, my friend.

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    1. Thanks my friend! Praying for you and your family too! You’re a blessing to me! Xoxoxo

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  21. I know so many Christian authors who have physical ailments. You all bring such beauty out of affliction.
    I'm pray God gives you strength for each new day. Soli Deo gloria!

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    1. Only God could bring those stories forward! Thanks Amanda!

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  22. Oh Carrie . . . being in pain myself (fibromyalgia; numerous surgeries, bones broken - both arms at the same time, leg broken and numerous surgeries on it) I can definitely feel for you. Will definitely be praying for you! I love how that makes your writing richer!!!

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    1. Yikes that all sounds really painful! I love to show God’s hand in overcoming in my stories! Blessings!

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  23. Praying you reach your deadline and God help you with the pain! Arthritis runs in my family so I can only imagine how difficult this must be! But with God anything is possible! πŸ’•

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    1. Hi Jessy! You are right that with God all things are possible!

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  24. That cave entry is beautiful. I will be praying for you and the other authors in the collection, prayers for finishing and for any edits that need to be done.

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    1. That would be fun to visit the cave Andrea! Thanks for your prayers my dear friend! Xoxoxo

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  25. Love the picture! Praying for the strength and energy to finish what the Lord has given you and the other 3 authors! Looking forward to reading another fabulous collection. Thanks for the giveaway :)

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    1. Hi sweet Betti! I pray you stay safe and warm! Thanks and blessings to you!!!

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  26. Carrie, I love the picture! I pray for you continuously and pray for many authors, including the authors in this collection...and for God’s guidance as He leads you in your writing, for strength and peace in all areas of your life. As an avid reader I am looking forward to reading The Lessons on Love collection and adding it to my collection.
    Blessings, Tina

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    1. Thanks for all your prayers Tina! It’s a struggle to keep writing when I feel so bad but God keeps guiding my path. And He enables what I do in obedience to Him.

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  27. Carrie, you are an amazing person and writer. I know that God is first in your writing ministry and you give Him the glory. That's why He is always right there leading, guiding, and pulling you through. I love the stories and books you've written and I am looking forward to many more. You are in my prayers daily and often. Blessings and love...

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    1. Thanks so much sweet Kay! He keeps giving me stories to tell and I am so glad they bless you! Lifting you up in prayer too!

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  28. What a wonderful post. And such a cool cave. I love reading books from avid researchers in history. I too am an avid reader. And I love sharing books with avid readers.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  29. I pray for you regularly, my friend. I'll remember this project specifically now. The Lord is faithful to uphold each of us in our journey's through His strength and grace. I appreciate your faithfulness to Him and your writing. {{hugs}}

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    1. Thanks Anne I do the same for you. It’s not easy to accomplish a ministry for the Lord but we have to trust His anointing will sustain us. Blessings

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  30. Dear Carrie, I am praying for you and all authors. Lifting up this special project and asking God to give you strength and peace during the writing and publishing journey. :-) Sending soft hugs.

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    1. Thanks my friend! Praying for God to give you the words in your next writing project too!

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  31. I will be praying Carrie. For all authors, I know that it is or must be so hard today
    to be writing, when it seems like everything is such a mess.
    Linda Marie Finn

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    1. Thanks Linda. Life on earth with chronic illnesses is a challenge. Blessings

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  32. Carrie, I pray for you and the other authors. You are amazing to be able to write all you do. God is so good to give us the strength we need for what needs to be done. Blessings!

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  33. Carrie, I have seen some of your posts that were written when you are struggling with a flare and I marvel at how you can find, in your pain, the beautiful words that you share. It is evident that God wants you to tell your stories to entertain us, to uplift us and to bring glory to His name. I would love to see more of this blog and I would be an AVID supporter. May God bless you and I look forward to this new collection. Blessings!!

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    1. Thanks Connie. When I am weak then He is strong. When I am at the bottom of the valley I look up and there He is! Blessings!

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  34. Carrie, I'm covering you and the other authors with prayer!

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    1. Thanks my friend! You are like a perpetual sunshine and roses prayer! Xoxoxo

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  35. Hey Carrie! Just lifted y'all in prayer. Isn't our God amazing?!?!? He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge...
    Take care, Robin

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    1. Thanks Robin! God is amazing and yes I have refuge! Hugs

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  36. Love the Barbour collections! Reading Great Lake Lighthouse Brides right now and enjoying it.
    mindyhoung AT msn DOT com

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  37. Praying for you, Carrie, as you and the other authors finish writing your stories. May the Lord continue to sustain you and meet your needs as you persevere and write for Jesus.
    Hugs! ~Alison Boss

    nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  38. Thinking of you Carrie and always look forward to reading your wonderful writings.
    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Dear Melanie! I sure loved meeting you and your hubs last summer in Michigan! Per random.org you are my winner of the giveaway! Congrats!

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