How to Stay Healthy While Writing for Hours

As a full-time freelance writer I spend more than 10 hours a day at my desk, which is not good for the body. Having a desk job can cause numerous health problems: back pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, blood clots in the legs, edema and weight gain. Despite the disadvantages, we have to pay the bills. Therefore, we can’t avoid sitting at our desks, but we can learn how to stay healthy while we write for hours.

Yes, I know it’s hard not to break bad habits, but if we try hard, we can train our minds to break those habits. What habits am I referring to? Poor posture, lack of movement, eating while we write… the list could go on, but I think you get the picture. The question now is are you ready to learn how to stay healthy while writing?

Stop slouching! I’m just as guilty as you are, but it’s a habit we need to break to avoid back problems. If you’re anything like me, I catch myself propping my head in my hand while reading. What about when I’m typing and have to use both hands? Well, that’s when I find myself slouching almost as bad. To change this, we should train ourselves to sit up straight and place our feet flat on the floor or prop them on a footstool. Personally, I think I’m going to invest in a comfortable footstool that will fit under my desk.

Take a break every once in a while to move around. In between clients you could take a walk to clear your head, put the clothes from the washer into the dryer, fold the laundry, load the dishwasher, tidy up the living room, vacuum the floors or just stretch and walk around for a few minutes. Taking short breaks between clients to carry out one or more of these tasks is good for the body and will help re-energize you.

Perform desk exercises to stay healthy while writing. Not all exercise requires you to go to the gym or get out of your chair. Although it’s probably best to exercise away from your desk, our job keeps us at our desk for hours. That said, here are seven exercises you can do at your desk:

1. Body Rotations: This exercise is courtesy of Break Pal. See their video below for instructions on how to do this desk exercise. If you’d like to see more of Break Pal’s desk exercises, visit their YouTube channel.

2. Chair Twists: While sitting straight with your feet flat on the floor, turn your body to the left, and then back to face your computer screen. Next, twist your body to the right then back to face your computer screen again. Repeat 10 times.

3. Butt Squeezes: Straighten up and place your feet flat on the floor. Squeeze your butt cheeks together using your butt muscles (like you would do if you had to take a dump but someone else was in the bathroom — pardon my language, but that’s the best way I know to describe it). Hold that position for about five seconds and release. Do this 10 or 15 times.

4. Leg Lifts: Raise and lower your left leg, and then raise and lower your right leg. Continue doing this until you’ve done 15 with each leg.

5. Heel Raises: Sitting straight, toward the edge of your chair, with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor, raise your heels until you come up to the balls of your feet. Then lower your feet back to the floor. Repeat 10 times.

6. Leg Spread: Scoot to the back of your chair and straighten your back. Spread both your legs as far as you can, hold for two seconds, and then close your legs. Do this 10 times as well. Yes, I realize this sounds horrible, but it’s also the best way I know to describe this desk exercise.

7. Sedentary Running: Once again, sitting straight but with legs together. Now raise both legs and kick really fast, like your running. Do this for at least two minutes.

Stay Healthy While Writing With Under-the-Desk Exercise Equipment

In addition to performing the desk exercises I described above, you can also purchase exercise equipment that will fit under your desk and use it while you’re working. Below you’ll find some exercise equipment small enough to fit under a desk that should give you a good workout and help you stay healthy while writing.

Are there other ways you stay healthy while writing? Share your advice in the comments area.

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Tips for Staying Motivated When Writing for Many Clients

Many of us have several clients we write for on a daily basis. We complete one client’s project and move right on to the next client’s project, and so on until our clients’ projects for that day or night is complete. The problem, however, is sometimes after we’ve completed the first client’s project we find ourselves unmotivated to move on to the next client. This is completely normal, but don’t stress out about it, because there are solutions.

Now, before I get to the solutions, I’d like to let you know that none of my tips for staying motivated will include heading over to Facebook or Twitter. Yes, I’m guilty of the doing the same thing. I’ve found myself chatting on Facebook or Twitter many times before moving on to my next client. I truly thought if I spent a little time reading my friends’ status messages, commenting on some and posting a few of my own, I’d be ready to tackle my next client’s project. Boy was I ever wrong! Facebook and Twitter are a big no, no when you’re trying to stay motivated, and here’s why: they’re addictive. You know I’m right. You get there and you just don’t want to leave. I have no clue why they’re so addicting, but they are.

Once I learned that Facebook and Twitter weren’t going to keep me motivated, I tried a few other things, and they all worked for me, so I thought I’d share them with you.

1. Take a walk. Taking a walk helps clear your head, and by the time you return, you should be ready to tackle the next client’s project.

2. Soak in a nice warm bath or unwind in the shower. There’s nothing as refreshing as a bath or shower. You’ll relieve any stress and re-discover the energy you need to continue working.

3. Walk away from the computer for 15 to 20 minutes. You can put a load of laundry in the wash, fold a load of laundry, load the dishwasher, dust some furniture or do anything else just as long as you’re not near the computer. Sometimes all it takes is a short break to prevent burnout.

4. Listen to a song that inspires you. Take a few minutes to listen to one or two uplifting songs. One of my personal favorites is I Can Only Imagine by Mercy Me.

5. Say a prayer. When all else fails, ask the Lord to keep you motivated and bless you with words your clients and his or her readers will love. Trust me, friends, prayer won’t fail you.

Hopefully these five tips for staying motivated when writing for many clients will help you. And remember, you MUST avoid Facebook and Twitter until you finish everything on your client to-do list, because odds are you won’t stay motivated once you start Facebooking or Tweeting with all your friends, family, readers and fans. 😉

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Sharing What I Learned About SEO

Last week I told you one way to achieve success without college is to set aside time to learn. As you know from that post and from following my blog, despite the time I spend working on clients’ projects and my own, I still manage to find the time to study so I can improve my own skills.

Last night I spent over two hours on GoogleWebmasterHelp’s YouTube channel watching videos of Matt Cutts answering SEO-related questions. Because I offer SEO writing services, I have to learn more about it in order to keep my clients satisfied. Moreover, I also market my websites and blogs, so making sure my sites and blogs are optimized for the search engines is a must.

I absorbed a lot of information last night, and today I’d like to share some of what I learned. I won’t be able to share everything, but maybe these three SEO tips that I learned from Matt will help you when it comes to writing for your clients and marketing your websites and blogs.

1. Freshness (the amount of times you update your blog and/or website) is good for SEO marketing, but quality content is better. In other words, you shouldn’t worry too much about how often you update. Instead, you should worry more about creating good quality content that others will want to link to.

2. Using more than one of the same Headers tag (e.g. H1, H2, etc.) is okay as long as you’re doing it sparingly, which means your entire Web page isn’t just the H1 tag. For a better explanation, see the video below.

3. Finally, if you syndicate your content, the content should include a link back to the original source.

If you’d like to learn more about SEO, I highly recommend you check out the videos on GoogleWebmasterHelp’s YouTube channel. Matt answers some great questions, and he explains the answers in simple terms.

On a final note, I’d like to ask you to vote in the poll below, please. Your answer to the question will help me with an upcoming SEO article that I’m working on for this blog. I’ll reveal the results of the following poll in my upcoming article.

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Achieve Success Without College

Having faith will help you achieve success without college

Photo courtesy of Flickr user, Isolino.

Are you putting off your dreams because you lack a college education? Well, then, I encourage you to start following your dreams again. I’m serious; don’t put those dreams on hold any longer just because you don’t have a college degree or certification. Although college helps, if you don’t have the funds right now or are too busy at the present time, you can still work towards your dreams and achieve success without college. Then when you have the money and time to pursue your college education, go for it. Until that time, here are eight secrets that will help you achieve success without college.

The Secrets to Success Without College

1. Create a plan. Sit down and write out a plan that includes how and where you’ll promote your products, services, website and/or blog(s). After you’ve created a plan, you’re going to need a work and marketing schedule to help you manage your time.

2. Set realistic goals. Setting goals gives you something to work toward and gets you closer to achieving success without college. Furthermore, if you’re anything like me, the goals will motivate you to move forward with your career.

Your list of goals should include your desired income, projects you wish to complete by a certain date and anything else that you’d like to accomplish. When you begin listing your goals, start out with small goals. If you try to dream big at first, chances are you’re not going to meet those huge goals, and this could leave you frustrated and uninspired.

Review your goal list every month/year to see how many goals you met. For the ones you accomplished, set a new goal to achieve even more. For instance, if one of your goals was to make at minimum of $1,000 a month and you met that goal, increase the amount to $1,500 or $2,000 a month.

3. Set aside time to learn. Even with over 10 years writing, editing, research and marketing experience, I still study books and websites. You must always be willing to learn more and keep up with the trends in the industry to hone your skills. After all, the more you learn the closer you get to reaching success without college.

4. Take chances. Don’t be afraid to take chances. Most of the time success happens by learning from mistakes. That said, if you think something could be successful in relation to your business, try it. If it fails, then you will have learned something from the mistake, and if you succeed, then pat yourself on the back. Not everything you try will fail, but you’ll never know what works and what doesn’t if you don’t try.

5. Have faith. Have faith in yourself and in the Lord. Most of my success has come from prayer. I always pray before sending a query and after responding to a writing job. I believe that if it’s what the Lord wants for me, He will do what He believes is best for me and my writing career. All I have to do is believe myself and leave the rest in the Lord’s hands, and He usually answers when the time’s right. It may not always be the answer I’m hoping for, but I understand and continue my relationship with the Lord.

Prayer really does work, friends. And the stronger your relationship with the Lord, the more he’ll watch over you and look out for you… in life and in business.

6. Be patient. Success won’t happen over night. As long as you have patience, continue studying to sharpen your skills, market your business and build your brand things should start happening for you over time.

7. Be kind. As your business grows, you will encounter clients, customers and/or readers that you may not get along with. Some will criticize your work, others will disagree with you, and some clients will be difficult to work with and please. Regardless, you must be kind in order to reach success without college.

If a client and/or reader criticizes you, listen and take notes. Many times you’ll learn from the advice they give. For those who disagree with you, everyone’s entitled to his/her own opinion, so just thank them for their comments, and if you like, feel free to explain why you believe the way you do, but do it in a nice way.

8. Share your knowledge with others. Write articles and/or create a blog to share what you will learn. By sharing your experiences and helping others, you’ll build a good reputation for yourself and your business.

There you have it: the secrets to achieving success without college. By no means do I believe I’m successful yet, but I have achieved many things and reached many of my goals over the years, and I’ve done it all without a college degree. All I do is apply the aforementioned advice in everything I do.

Do you have any further advice on how one can achieve success without college? Feel free to share what you know in the comments area below.

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Time Management for the Busy Freelancer

Is your schedule so overwhelming you can’t seem to find enough time in the day for everything? Maybe I can help by sharing my weekly schedule, which helps me complete clients’ projects, work on my personal projects, and market my writing services, websites and blog.

I’ve revised my writing schedule many times. Actually, I’d say I do this at least once a year. The only reasonable explanations I can give for changing it so much are (1) I’m always taking on new clients, which means I have to make room for them all. (2) Change keeps me from getting tired of doing the same thing repeatedly. (3) Regardless of the number of times I revise my writing schedule, midway through I always end up putting my personal projects on the back burner again, so when I redo everything, I’m able to work on those projects again. I guess you could say it re-energizes me. 😉

My Time Management Schedule, Which Should Work for You As Well

First, download the schedule. It’s a Word file so you can save it to your harddrive and edit it to your liking.

Now what you need to do is assign a day for each task. For instance, if you have several clients, then you need to mark three days out of your week as client days. Then you can pick the other days of the week as personal project and marketing days. To give you a better idea of what I mean, see my schedule below. (Replace what I’ve referred to as client A, B, C and D, and project A, B, C, D and E with the name of your clients and personal projects. Your hours may also be different, and you may need more or less time to complete what you’re working on.

Time Management Schedule for the Busy Freelancer

More Time Management Tips

  • Take advantage of email reminders and scheduling features. Let’s say you’ve planned three days of the week for client projects, but you have a few clients that require daily blog posts or articles from you. Well, on the days that you’ll be working for those clients, write those blog posts and articles ahead of time, and then use the schedule feature in your email or on the blog platform to submit your submissions on the days they’re due.
  • If you only work on your personal projects one day each week and you have too many to fit into one day, pencil in some of the projects for one week and the others for the following weeks.

Do you have a time management schedule or tips you’d like to share with Life of a Writer readers? Will my schedule help you manage your time better?

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5 Ways for Authors & Writers to Gain Buzz

Ways to Gain BuzzDo you remember the thrill you felt when you finally published your first book? How about when you landed your first big writing job? Well, what’s even more exciting is when you read an article about yourself or your book that another writer wrote. I know exactly how much joy you feel when your the one in the spotlight, and I want you to feel that same joy too, so here are five ways to gain buzz for your book and/or writing service business.

1. Share your knowledge with the public. Talk to the public about something relevant to your book. For example, if your protagonist is a domestic violence survivor, you can discuss domestic violence. Or if you’re promoting your writing services, share writing and/or publishing advice with other writers. Churches, local groups, colleges and schools are just a few of the places that welcome guest speakers. If they don’t send you an invitation, contact them. Be sure to mention the topic you’d like to discuss and your expertise on that topic.

Each time you schedule a speaking engagement, send a press release with a bit of information about yourself (you must show you’re an expert on the topic you’ll be talking about, so mention your book and any other expertise related to your topic). The info about yourself should be one or two paragraphs, and then you can include what you’ll be talking about. Also, don’t forget to mention the when and where related to the speaking event. If you’re like me and learn best by example, feel free to check out the press release I sent announcing one of my speaking engagements.

The press release announcing your upcoming speaking event could earn you some buzz, and you could receive more buzz after you speak. After I spoke to the Southern Illinois Writers guild in May, two writers wrote an article about me. One of the articles appeared on Sue Glasco’s Woodsong Notes blog, and the second article was published in John A. Logan College News.

2. Pitch radio shows and online chat rooms. If you’re invited to be a guest on the radio and/or in chat rooms, don’t use the time to promote yourself. Instead, offer free advice related to the product or service you’re trying to promote.

3. Volunteer in your local community. Become a regular volunteer for a local group or organization, and then blog about everything you’re doing to help the group or organization. Also, keep your Facebook fans, MySpace friends and Twitter followers updated on what you’re doing.

4. Host a book or author event. Get together with other authors and/or writers to share the cost of giveaways and food for the event. They may also help you plan the event, and, of course, everyone involved should share their guest lists.

5. Plan a fundraiser for charity. Fundraisers for special causes always get the media’s attention, so why not plan a fundraiser for your favorite charity. Make sure that you donate all the proceeds raised to that charity, and it helps if the charity you choose relates to your book in some way. For instance, if the main character of your book has breast cancer, you could pick a local charity that raises money for breast cancer research or helps breast cancer victims.

Like the speaking engagements, you should send press releases with news about what you did to help a group or organization, as well as press releases announcing your book events, author events and fundraisers for charity. Furthermore, don’t forget to keep your social network buddies updated, because there’s usually reporters, journalists and writers who watch status updates for news they can write about. 😉

What do you do to gain buzz for your book and/or writing service business?

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Site Maintenance Complete

For the most part my website is now complete, and I’ve finished moving my Life of a Writer blog from Blogger to WordPress. Things didn’t go as smoothly as I hoped they would, but it wasn’t a major catastrophe, and that’s a good thing. 🙂

First, the good news: If you’re subscribed to Life of a Writer, you don’t have to re-subscribe or update your feeds. I was so happy about this, because I feared I might lose subscribers if I had to change my feed URL. Luckily, all I had to do was burn the feed for my domain, and then login to my current Life of a Writer feed with FeedBurner and change the original feed URL in the feed details section to the URL that I burned. Before I did that, though, I wanted to make sure it would work, so I subscribed to my own feed via email and RSS in order to check that any new posts would sent the feed reader (I use Google’s feed reader) and to current email subscribers. After I subscribed to my own feed, I made the aforementioned change, published a test post, waited a few minutes then checked both Google Reader and my email account. Everything worked, so I was happy. However, I noticed a glitch: some of my older posts showed up in the feeds as new posts, so I do apologize to all subscribers, because you had to re-read a few of the older posts as well as the test post.

The malfunction with the feeds was minor compared to the next problems I ran into, and that was the export from Blogger to WordPress. The first problem: Many of my posts included links to older posts and categories. Well, as it turned out, when I imported my blog to WordPress, those links didn’t update, so if anyone clicks on them, they’ll be sent back to the post on the Blogger blog. As for the other two problems, not all of the comments from my readers transferred over, and for some reason WordPress stripped the URLs from the comments that did transfer. Lillie Ammann’s a frequent reader and commenter, so I knew her website off the top of my head and added it back to a few of the comments she left. I realize these three things were actually minor too, because things could have been a lot worse. That said, I’m thankful those were the only mishaps, but it’s still going to be a pain to go through over 200 posts changing URLs unless I can find some kind of WordPress plugin that will make things easier and less time consuming. Speaking of the link dilemma, I will take care of it as time allows.

Aside from all that, my site is ready for visitors again, and I plan to start blogging more often. In fact, I have quite a few posts planned that will include tips for writers, so stay tuned for those.

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Thanks for hanging in there with me as I combined my Christian author website with my blog. Your patience and understanding throughout this entire transition was greatly appreciated. Hopefully I didn’t lose too many readers.

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Multitude of Blessings

I was raised in church and gave my heart to the Lord at the age of 13. Then when I turned 15, my brother and I were baptized together. I’m by no means perfect. Like everyone else, I make mistakes, but I’ve NEVER lost my faith. In fact, as time went on, my faith has grown, and the more my faith grows, the more blessings I receive. It’s absolutely wonderful what the Lord will do when you believe and turn your life over to Him! I have to give Him credit for it all, and as my thanks to our heavenly father for His blessings, I feel the need to share how He has helped me with my writing career over the past few months.

Answered Prayers

Not a day goes by when I don’t pray for my writing career. Every night I ask the Lord to bless my career, and within the past few months, He has done just that! Not only have I gained another new client that keeps me busy, I’ve gained even more work, as well as a raise, from a client I’ve had for over a year now. Furthermore, the Lord continues to bless me with trouble-free writing sessions. Lately, the words have been flowing well and ideas come to me often.

Dedication is the Key

With all these blessings, I’m now trying to make time to fit in my personal projects, but as always, my clients will come first. By putting my clients first, I build a good reputation, and that, my friends, is the key to freelance writing success.

No doubt, I stay busy, and on top of all the aforementioned blessings, I continue to receive emails from others eager to take advantage of my writing services. Problem is, my schedule’s filling up fast and I still want to keep room open for the personal projects. No matter how hectic things get, though, I just can’t say no to the editors and entrepreneurs who are contacting me. Although I want that extra time to focus on my fiction writing and getting this blog moved to WordPress, I continue to accept clients who offer me work that’s within my areas of expertise, because I know these are answers to my prayers. However, I do set limits, which I believe the Lord expects me to do.

When you find yourself with an abundance of blessings, here are a couple of tips on what you can do. These tips are the limits I’ve set for myself.

1. Don’t accept less than what you are worth. I know my usual freelance writing fees, and I’ve learned not to undercut myself. I believe the Lord would want me to stick with my normal fees, because if I change them, I wouldn’t profit. The Lord blesses to help us, not hurt us.

2. Pray for guidance. If it truly is what the Lord wants, it will work out. So when I question a new job lead or wonder about a current project, idea or etc., I pray for the Lord to handle it.

Has the Lord blessed your writing career? Tell us about it in the comments area.

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Meet Me and Learn How to Market Your Writing Services


April 10, 2010

Southern Illinois Writers Guild Features Misti Sandefur

Veteran freelance writer to share tips on marketing writing services

Carterville, IL — On May 20, 2010 (7 p.m.), veteran freelance writer, Christian fiction author and Southern Illinois native, Misti Sandefur, will be the guest speaker at the Southern Illinois Writers Guild meeting, which will be located in Room B48 at John A. Logan College in Carterville, IL. Sandefur will talk briefly about her 10+ years experience as a writer, and then she’ll share some of what she’s learned over the years to help the writers in attendance market their writing services. In addition to revealing some of her secrets to success, she’ll distribute free handouts to the group.

Since 1999, Sandefur has been writing content for CEOs, webmasters, business owners, bloggers and others in need of quality content. Besides providing writing services to the aforementioned, she enjoys writing Christian fiction that she hopes will warm the souls of her readers. Writing inspirational fiction stories is Sandefur’s greatest passion.

“Misti Sandefur is the perfect combination of a Southern Illinois writer,” says Cindy Gunnin, Vice President of the Southern Illinois Writers Guild. “She writes without preaching about faith, the beauty of her surroundings and down-home wisdom. She offers practical advice for exploring the region, enjoying life with your family and creating a principled life. Misti writes for several exceptional sites online and has published several books of her own,”

To-date, Sandefur has had numerous articles and stories published in various print and electronic publications, she’s editor of and the author of “Help From Above” and “On the Net Resource Guide for Writer” (both published under the name Misti Jackson). She’s also writing her second Christian fiction novel, which will be the first book in her Acts of Kindness series.

“Working from home as a freelance writer gives me more time with my three teenagers, husband and two adult stepchildren. It also allows me to be a caregiver for my elderly father who was diagnosed in late 2009 with Lymphoma and Leukemia,” Sandefur says. “I’m doing what I’ve loved since I was 8 years old, while also being able to care for my loved ones when they need me,” Sandefur adds.

Writers are encouraged to attend the free speaking event in May. There’s no need for registration. Just bring along a writer friend and be prepared to learn how to market your writing services.

To find out more about the Southern Illinois Writers guild, visit them on the Web at If you’d like to find out more about Sandefur, schedule an interview or request a press photo for your story, you can reach her via email ( or cell (618-841-6885).


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Holding on to Faith and Answered Prayers

These past few months have been hard. First, Don Sandefur, my brother-in-law, who’s more like a father-in-law, has been in and out of the hospital. Unfortunately, he passed away on March 8, 2010 (my youngest son’s birthday). There’s no doubt that Don went to Heaven, because he was a true Christian. In fact, he was an inspiration to me.

My parent’s raised my brother and me in church, so I already believed in God and did my best to live by our heavenly Father’s word; however, Don’s love for the Lord spread to me like a virus. My faith in the Lord grew stronger, and when I didn’t understand the Bible, all I had to do was call Don. He could explain everything in terms I could understand. Now that he’s gone, I want more and more each day to be like him. I only wish I had told him how much of an inspiration he was to me, and how much stronger my faith grew because of him. Instead of letting Don know all that, my last words to him were, “we love you and are praying for you.” I truly believed he would get better, but he didn’t.

In addition to my brother-in-law’s illnesses and recent passing, I’m also a caregiver for my father who is fighting Lymphoma and Leukemia. During one of Don’s hospitalizations, my father became ill. Dad experienced stroke symptoms, so thinking he might have been having a stroke, my husband and I rushed him to the hospital that day. Luckily, it was only an infection, so they sent him home with antibiotics. Not long after the scare with dad my mom, a breast cancer survivor, called to inform me that her yearly mammogram showed another lump on her breast, so she would be having a biopsy to test the mass for cancer.

While all of that was taking place, I felt overwhelmed, but I held on to my faith and prayed. Not only did I pray for my loved ones, but also I prayed for financial help, because during those times, my husband and I were both missing work. We fell behind on bills and began to wonder what we were going to do, since what little money we did have coming in had to be used to get back and forth to the hospital. All I could do was pray for help and seek comfort through the Bible.

The moment things started to slow down enough for me to continue working while my husband stayed at the hospital with his brother and other immediate family members awaiting news from the doctors, God answered some of my prayers. I gained a new client and additional work from a current client. Furthermore, my dad’s health improved, but it wasn’t long until the doctor’s called the family back to the hospital regarding my brother-in-law. Again, they told us they didn’t expect Don to make it through the night. I stayed home to work and get the kids off to school the next morning while my husband drove back to the hospital, and I took a moment to pray for Don. We knew he was in pain and his condition wasn’t improving, so I decided to pray that if it were Don’s time to go it would be painless. I also prayed that if that happened God would comfort us all and give us the strength to continue life without the man we’ve loved for some many years.

Don made it through the night but passed away later that evening. Even though it was extremely sad, I truly believe Don’s passing was painless, and though we mourned his passing, I think we were all comforted knowing he went to heaven.

Just the other day mom phoned with news that the mass they’d found on her breast was benign. Things are still a bit tough on the financial end for my husband and me, but I’m still praying, and God’s still working.

My friends, I’m writing this post today to let you know no matter how rough things are, if you continue to pray and hold on to faith, the good Lord WILL come through for you. I’ll be the first to admit it’s not easy when everything seems to be going wrong at once, but we must not give up. When you feel like giving up, do what I’ve been doing for the past few months: pray for help, guidance, comfort and strength. Moreover, when the stress begins to really build, open the Bible and read from Psalms, Proverbs or both. Just don’t give up on God. He is there, he hears your prayers and your cries, and when the time is right, He WILL answer.

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:18-31)

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