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This site is like Ruthe,
the heroine of my novel,
Ruthe's Secret Roses
Ruthe is . . .
intimate with God,
prays a lot,
a bleeding heart for the hurting,
a big sister,
has creative ideas,
likes to give
loyal to friends,
dreams of love and
dreams of writing a book
goes the extra mile
So this site offers;
good books to read!
help to become Friends with Jesus,
The One Ideal Real Friend
a cure for loneliness
An Older Sister's Coping Secret
how to pray Panic Prayers,
how to grow in faith
how to share your faith
A Key for Turning Prolific
© Ruth Marlene Friesen
Would you like to be a prolific writer? One who can toss off an article a day, or when the need
arises, within an hour or two? Then allow me to suggest one new daily activity to add to your life
starting right now.
Recently my friend Kathy, who took a job in the city, and has become extra busy, told me she misses
this activity something fierce when she doesn't have time for it. "It seems," she told me, "I can't
really sort out my feelings or express myself until I've done this each morning."
I too, tried to do without out for a while this fall, thinking I'd become rather dependent on it,
and should grow up and manage without it. Didn't work. Like a homesickness, it pulled me back.
Back in 1975 I yearned to be a writer, and took out books from the public library on writing, which
I read by the hour at my receptionist job. There were long stretches where nothing happened at that
desk, so when I read about the importance of writers journaling I was gungho to try it.
Only catch was, I felt foolish writing to no one in particular; felt like I was talking aloud to
myself. At that time I was working through a disappointment by talking it over with God in prayer,
so I picked up a wad of sheets I was suppose to garbage, turned them over and started telling the
Lord all my feelings.
A wonderful sense of seeing my problems from God's perspective came over me. It all looked clearer
and I knew what to do next.
But I was erratic at this new approach, and did not really make it a firm daily habit until 1977. By
that time, not only was it helping me see my life more clearly from God's perspective, He was
dialoguing with me, and that my writing had improved. My spelling too, and grammar. Even a sense of
when to break into a new paragraph developed. There were times I thought of it fondly as my lovely
addiction. It was hard to forget any more!
Innumerable books on writing all advise journaling as a way for break a writer's block, and to
train yourself to let words, sentences, and thoughts flow whenever you want to say something, orally
or in written form. (Yes, it smoothes and improves your speech patterns too).
(Do you wince at your journals becoming books? As long as you're alive you can say "no").
Since today is the start of the rest of your life, to begin one of the best ways of turning
1. Resolve sincerely to set aside a block of time when you are at your best, to write in a prayer
journal. It doesn't have to be more than 15-30 minutes at the beginning. Later on you'll crave for
more and find ways to get it.
2. Purchase a notebook, or prepare a binder with ruled paper, and find a safe, handy place to keep
it so that you don't have to fret about it falling into the hands of anyone else. Keep a Bible handy
3. If it's to be early in the morning, go to bed at a sensible time, and simply ask the Lord to help
you keep the appointment you have with Him.
4. Give yourself permission to be totally honest in your journal. Start by telling God exactly how
you feel about Him. When it is complimentary, you are in fact, worshipping Him. If you feel unsure
or full of questions, spill it out in that journal, but write as if you are addressing God.
5. When you fill one notebook or binder, archive it in a safe, dry place, and start the next one.
The time will come when you have boxes full of these, but don't re-read them right away. Wait a few
years, and then go back over them. That's when you'll be astonished to read lots of meaning between
the lines, and how your writing has a style and flare all of your own. Your spelling and grammar and
handwriting will all show great improvement, and best of all - you'll have an intimate relationship
with God Himself, the Creator of all the universe.
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