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I’ve decided to simplify and refocus.

I’ve loved all our conversations here. But, I must tell you why I’ve decided to stop blogging on this website and have moved everything over to  www.lornafaith.com.

Dear Readers,

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Why the Change?

Change is never easy, and this time it isn’t any easier. In fact I thought for days about what to say to all of you amazing friends who have connected with me here week after week.

I’ve loved our weekly chats and learning more about each of you. I hope you’ve been encouraged somewhere along the way too.

I’ve really loved connecting with each one of you here, but it’s gotten to be too much of a load with writing at both blogs, then adding the new podcast interviews, creating a course and trying to get more books written.

Something had to give, and this time it was this blog.

But there’s another reason – a bigger reason. I wanted to cut through the clutter to connect with my audience. And to do that, I needed to do the one thing I had avoided doing.

I needed to narrow down my topic and choose to be specific.  To start writing about what I loved doing everyday.

I knew there would be a cost to narrowing my focus. But as much as it’s hard to give up writing this blog, it’s even harder to try to be all things to all people(so to speak).

The good news is, our chats don’t have to end. We can still have conversations and connect over at the new blog which I’ve narrowed down to the topic I love to talk about most: about all things storytelling and self-publishing.

So if that’s a topic you love to read and learn about, I’d love to see you over there.

Have a wonderful Christmas and an amazing 2016!

hugs, Lorna

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“When a man takes one step toward God, God takes more steps toward that man than there are sands in the worlds of time.” The Work of the Chariot

Answered prayers can be scary.

They imply responsibility because… you asked for it. So now that you’ve got it, what are you going to do about it?

Why else would we hear over and over again the phrase: Watch out what you pray for; you just might get it?

Answered prayers bring back to us what we asked for, but usually it requires us to do something. To Act. To take the next step. 

This is an uncomfortable place for most of us. 

It’s much easier to think of these moments as ‘coincidences’ in our lives rather believing that God is answering.

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God Incidents…

Some people refer to these moments as synchronicity, I prefer to call them answers to prayer. This happens when things show up in our lives just after we admitted out loud to wanting to do something or we start moving toward a long buried dream.

In my own life there’s been quite a few answered prayers. I wanted to do more with my music, maybe go to University after my husband and I got married. I started piano lessons with a guy who I had heard was a world concert pianist and didn’t think I’d be able to have lessons with him…. but amazingly enough it worked out. After a few lessons I found out he was in the faculty of Music at the University of Lethbridge…. also he was one of the 5 faculty members who decided who got into the School of Music. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

I had a dream to write my own songs and produce my own music album. I prayed that God would make a way. One year for christmas my Dad gifted all us kids with a little extra christmas money. Enough to get the synthesizer I wanted and some other recording equipment necessary to produce my 1st music album. Another God incident.

“Desire, ask, believe, receive.” Stella Terrill Mann [Tweet this]

Now I haven’t received everything I ever asked for. But in simple terms, we’re told to ask. So I do.

Sometimes it seems much easier to discount answered prayers and call them luck or coincidence. To call it anything else than what it is – the hand of God. I’ve noticed in my own life that the hand of God moves many times after I’ve taken the first step forward. 

Even the most timid life has such moments where a person needs to commit to something and take that first step and watch as things unfold from there.

“Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it.” Goethe.

This unforeseen meshing of events, whatever you choose to call it, once you start moving forward in your calling, don’t be surprised to find it cropping up everywhere.

When you answer that call to your deepest self and commit to it, you set in motion a Greater Hand than your own acting and responding in your interests.

It might seem like a thousand lucky breaks… or in Joseph Campbell’s words “A thousand unseen helping hands.”  

I contend that those helping hands many times are more than human. God is answering.

Have you experienced God incidences where something you wanted showed up unexpectedly in your life? Please share you story in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.

hugs, Lorna

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“You can wait for time to heal or you can start healing your disappointment now. You  may not have control, but you do have a choice on how you respond.” Christine Hassler in Expectation Hangover: Overcoming Disappointment in Work, Love, and Life

What are you expecting out of your life? Good things or bad things? 

I’ve struggled with expecting things to get worse in life. It got really bad after when we had our first son and we lost much of what we owned in a house fire; then our marriage struggled for quite a few years; things seemed to get worse when our family was homeless for awhile. Then a few years ago when our kids survived the trauma of a bike accident and I was in the hospital for a little over a month. When you’ve lived  through a bunch of negatives in life, life becomes stressful and you can feel tense all the time. It’s as if  you’re just waiting for the next trauma to come your way.

My aha moment the other day, was that my thinking has been like someone locked up in a jail cell.

Prisoners that are serving life long sentences in a federal pentientiary have a common saying among them: You’ve got nothin’ comin’ to you. 

It’s a sad, hopeless statement that robs inmates of what little hope they have left. What it means is that you’ve got no income; your kids are embarrassed of you; your wife will probably divorce you and nothing is going to change in your life. Don’t expect anything better. You’re getting what you deserve.

There’s many of us – who are on the outside – who are living in prisons of our own making.

We might have given into thoughts like: This is the best that you can expect. It isn’t going to get any better so you might as well accept it. This is just how life is.

Exchange that lie for the truth. The truth is that you can open the door of what has become your self-imposed prison. I know that’s what I’m working on changing in my life.

The key to unlocking the door is to expect good things. To believe that there’s a bigger plan for a great future ahead for you even when everything around you looks bleak and you’re tempted to be discouraged or depressed.

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Get Your Hopes Up

We must look at life through eyes of faith… not what we can see in our circumstances, but from what we’ve been promised. Let me be the first to raise my hand to admit that I struggle with this. It’s too easy to slip into all the negative thoughts. This is what I need to remind myself daily. 

Sometimes it’s hard to change your perspective especially if the people around you – family or friends – are constantly going on about the negative in their lives. Since you’ve become their dumping ground, it doesn’t take long for all the poison to sink deep into your pores and it makes it harder to get your hopes up about anything.

There are some faith-filled words we can tell ourselves when our situation looks bleak and hopeless and we’re discouraged and depressed: Even though what I’m facing looks impossible, I know today could be the day that things turn around. Today I choose to believe that God is at work in my life and even though what I was believing for hasn’t happened yet, I know I’m one day closer to what I’m hoping for.

You might be asking, “What if I do all that and it doesn’t work?”

Can I be bluntly honest with you? I can guarantee your difficult situation won’t change as long as you keep thinking negative thoughts. What do you have to lose by keeping your hopes alive?

If you begin to develop your hope and faith, then at the right time, your circumstances will turn around for the better. Usually it doesn’t happen as fast as we’d like, but we can keep our mind filled with thoughts of hope, faith and how we can win in our dark situation.

Make a choice to keep believing for good things to come to pass in your life. Keep expecting more and fill your mind with thoughts of hope. Let’s do this together.

The key of faith will open locked doors for you.

Have you struggled to keep your hopes up?

hugs, Lorna

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