Newest Chicken Soup for the Soul ~ The Dating Game

"My Mare the Matchmaker" is included in the newest Chicken Soup for the Soul book out now!

“My Mare the Matchmaker” is included in the newest Chicken Soup for the Soul book out now!

I heard someone by the front door and then the distinctive sound of a delivery truck pulling away. I love getting packages. don’t you? I whipped open the front door and pulled the box inside. A box of books ~ a sure way to this girl’s heart! It was the latest edition in the Chicken Soup series ~ The Dating Game. I knew the books might be arriving earlier than scheduled due to the holidays, and you don’t hear me complaining!

Being a contributor to Chicken Soup has been such a blessing on my writing journey and I have been so grateful for the opportunity to submit my stories, and sometimes, see them printed on a page, between two covers and sitting on a retailer’s shelf. Sure, one story out of many…and I am a-okay with that. I just love being a part of it all! I also really like what the new publisher has done with the covers~ I think they are just so catchy. Honestly, I have loved the covers on my last three books, and especially liked the “It’s Christmas” cover. But more important are the stories inside ~ everyone has a story and whenever I thumb through and read someone else’s story I am in awe of the storytelling talent out there and the humor and inspiration shared by my fellow contributors. It’s such a fun ride ~ I hope I never have to get off!

Storytelling Workshop

Is there a storyteller in YOU? Yes!

Is there a storyteller in YOU? Yes!

Oh, the discomfort of stretching that comfort zone! I am feeling it these days! Last month I prepared and delivered a new talk on expecting the unexpected during the holidays. This month I am preparing a workshop to be presented in January at our Toastmaster district conference. The topic? Storytelling.

Am I an expert storyteller? No way! Do I have some experience telling stories? You bet! And so do you! That’s part of the point of my workshop ~ we human beings were created to be storytellers. It’s how we naturally communicate, it’s effective and there are certain techniques that can help us tell better stories. And that is what I plan to share at my workshop!

As I prepare, I learn and I get even more excited about the whole idea of storytelling. My imagination takes me from a workshop to a storytelling festival, bringing back memories of storytelling festivals I attended years ago in San Juan Capistrano. Can you imagine it? Can you hear the storyteller’s voices? Sense the audience being pulled into the stories and taken on a journey? I can. Someday. So how far can you stretch a comfort zone, anyway? I think I’m going to find out!

New Talk ~ Expecting the Unexpected

Expecting the Unexpected

Expecting the Unexpected

Preparing a new talk is always so exciting to me.  The process of studying God’s word and selecting relevant stories to share is fun and challenging, stressful and exciting. My prayer is always to share what God wants me to share and what will be a blessing to my audience.  Your prayers over my new talk would be greatly appreciated, too!

Right now the talk I am finishing is one with the theme “expecting the unexpected during the holidays”.   It seems the holidays are filled with unmet expectations and the unexpected, often leaving us disappointed and stressed. I wondered what would happen if we just expected the unexpected ~ how would that change our attitudes, our expectations, our focus.

God often works in unexpected ways, using unexpected people for His purposes. It  is a wonderful thing! So if we are seeking and serving God, then we should be expecting the unexpected, as contrary as that might sound.  So this holiday season, I am going to make it a point to see blessings in the unexpected and to be a blessing to others…and that’s just part of what I hope to share in a few weeks. How will you manage the unexpected in the months to come? 

 

First Fridays

It's The First Friday ~ How Are You?

It’s The First Friday ~ How Are You?

When I started my blog a couple of years ago, it was with the intent of developing the habit of writing.  What developed, in addition to time spent writing, was this online devotional, which has really served as my spiritual journal.  I am so thankful for all that God has taught me and revealed to me through this process.

But a few months ago I decided to start devoting more time to a longer writing project and have reduced the frequency of my blog posts.  In addition, I moved and revamped my website and blog and decided to start sending out my blog posts in the form of a monthly newsletter the first Friday of the month ~ hence, the title of this post ~ First Fridays.

If you are reading this, then I thank you so much for taking  some of your time, which I know is precious, to spend with me on this journey. I pray you will be blessed and I hope you will continue to join me on the First Fridays!

Lynne aka CurlyGirl4God

Chicken Soup for the Soul, It’s Christmas on Sale October 8th

Coming October 8th! Featuring Lynne's story, "The Christmas Stranger".

Coming October 8th! Featuring Lynne’s story, “The Christmas Stranger”.

It’s hard to believe that Christmas will be here in just a few months ~ it feels like it wasn’t that long ago that I was making new year resolutions! I hope the time between now and then moves slowly enough that we can enjoy each moment along the way.

The newest Chicken Soup book comes out on October 8th entitled, “It’s Christmas!” My story entitled “The Christmas Stranger” is included in this book and I so wish the Christmas stranger could know that he made such an impression on us. Wouldn’t it be great if somehow, some way, he read the story and connected? Ahhhh well, if not here, maybe one day in heaven.

If you are looking for a nice Christmas present to give as a thank-you gift or hostess gift, you might want to consider this book. I am told it is Santa friendly, so know worries about sharing the stories with little ones. An added bonus for me was that my friend, Lori Bryant, a prolific storyteller, has her story published in this book as well ~ we are even in the same section of the book! I will have the link to Amazon on my book page on October 8th so if you do decide to buy a copy, feel free to use the link. Amazon prices are usually the best and it won’t cost you any more to go through my website and I earn a small amount for each book sold…and I appreciate that very much!

Fall Speaking

Can you believe it's fall already?

Can you believe it’s fall already?

After a summer break from speaking, I am gearing up for a busier fall. In October I have the honor and blessing of speaking at two luncheons for some lovely ladies. One of the speaking engagements will be in Big Bear and Jeff and I are excited to head up to there a day early in order to enjoy the beauty of the area.  I am also going to be acting as the MC for our area Toastmaster fall speaking contest. This will be my first opportunity to MC a larger event and I am very excited to be a part of this fun event.

Finally, I am in the process of creating a new talk for the holidays. I will be speaking to the Mount of Olives women’s group on November 19th and we will be considering how we can expect the unexpected during the holidays. Creating a new talk is a challenge but also such a blessing. Researching and praying over the process always grows me and is a way that God teaches me and reveals Himself to me. So I am very grateful for this opportunity and praying that I can be a blessing to the women of Mount of Olives, sharing the message God wants for them.

As always, I so appreciate any and all prayers for my speaking events. My prayer is always to be a blessing and to draw others closer to the Lord ~ to introduce Him to those who don’t yet know Him, and to encourage those who do. Thank you, friends, and God bless you!

 

Chicken Soup for the Soul “From Lemons to Lemonade” On Sale Now

Look for Lynne's story, "Hidden Treasure Finder" when this latest Chicken Soup for the Soul book is released in June.

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The latest Chicken Soup for the Soul book titled “From Lemons to Lemonade” is now available! Anyone who is looking for a pick-me-up, a little encouragement or a ray of hope will enjoy this book ~ after all, who hasn’t had their share of lemons in life? Here is an excerpt from my story entitled, Hidden Treasure Finder, which is included in this edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul:

“Here you go,” the auction coordinator said. “Everything in this cargo container is yours and must be moved out.” She looked over at our Ford Expedition and back at the cargo unit. 

“I hope it all fits,” she said, with a shake of her head that indicated she was doubtful. I looked in at all the junk and thought, “I hope it doesn’t!”

How did we get there? It didn’t seem that long ago that my husband Jeff and I were working hard at our real estate business and doing okay; then the market took a dive and we found ourselves needing to get creative about other ways to earn income. Jeff took the initiative by bidding on an auction lot of items from an area community college with the intention of reselling the items to make some much needed cash. 

So there I stood, staring into a cargo container full of old, stinky, dirty junk, not knowing where to begin. 

Hope you have the chance to read the rest of the story, as Paul Harvey would say, and find out how my Hidden Treasure Finder turned lemons into lemonade!

Chicken Soup for the Soul ~ A Movie?

Ready, Set, Action! Here comes Chicken Soup for the Soul The Movie!

Ready, Set, Action! Here comes Chicken Soup for the Soul The Movie!

Being a part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul “family” has been such a wonderful blessing and learning experience. I love that the publishers treat contributors, like me, as part of their community.  And because of that, we sometimes get early notifications regarding upcoming news for this very popular series of books ~ like Chicken Soup for the Soul THE MOVIE!

The publishers have signed into an agreement with a major Hollywood studio to create a feature film called Chicken Soup for the Soul. It sounds like they have put together a very talented creative team, and even though it takes a while to make a movie, it will be exciting to see how it progresses.

As for me, I can only dream that one day a book of mine would be made into a movie. For now, I am excited that story number 7 will be appearing in the Chicken Soup for the Soul, It’s Christmas book coming out in October.  As long as they keep publishing books, I will keep writing stories, pressing the submit button and hoping to stay a contributor!

New Addition to Christian Women’s Speaker Directory

New Speaker Directory Listing!

New Speaker Directory Listing!
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It has been a while coming, but I finally got my profile up on a well-known Christian women’s speaker directory. To be honest, I had mixed feelings when the profile went live. On the one hand, I do want to expand my opportunities to speak and share stories and inspiration with other women. On the other hand…I was a little scared. It’s not as though I haven’t been speaking over the last two years ~ I have! But still, I could feel my comfort zone stretch a little more.

In the end, I am trusting God to bring me the opportunities HE sees fit for me ~ as many or as few as that may be. I have planted my seeds and I am trusting Him for the rain and the harvest. He knows best what I can handle! It is my prayer that He will use me, by whatever means He sees fit, to bring Him glory.

If you have the chance, I hope you will check out my profile…and if you know someone looking for a speaker for their next Christian women’s event, I know someone with really curly hair who just expanded her comfort zone and is looking for new opportunities!

20th Anniversary Reader’s Choice ~ 4 Days to Release!

Look for Lynne's story "Detours" in this book.

Look for my story, “Detours”, in this book! Click here to purchase.

Chicken Soup for the Soul is celebrating its 20 year anniversary ~ that’s an impressive legacy! They have a Reader’s Choice book coming out in just 4 days, on June 25th, to commemorate this milestone. The premise of this particular book is for readers to submit a story about how a Chicken Soup story impacted their lives.

Right after my first story was accepted by Chicken Soup, I was blessed to be able to attend a luncheon in Los Angeles for contributors who live in the Southern California area. At the luncheon I met another author, a beautiful young woman who had brought her husband with her to the event. She impressed me and touched my heart and I couldn’t wait to read the story she had published. It was her story that impacted me and inspired me to submit a story for this Chicken Soup book. I am excited that my story was chosen and alongside my story is a copy of hers. I hope you have a chance to read them both!