Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Whoa, my knee

11/3/04

Okay, I'm procrastinating. The knee is still pretty much the same. I have very limited movement back and forth and still no lateral motion (well, not without excruciating pain, anyway). I couldn't get a doctor's appointment until next week Thursday, but I got a chiropractor's appointment tomorrow and then I'll go to Urgent Care to get someone to order an MRI, hopefully.

On the writing front, I'm doing well, I think. I'm using Randy Ingermanson's Snowflake (http://www.rsingermanson.com/html/the_snowflake.html) for the first book in my romantic suspense series, and I'm on step 3, preliminary characterization. It's taking me a while because I need to fully personalize (Brandilyn Collins' "Getting Into Character," chapters 1 & 2) even the minor characters, since they'll have larger roles in the other books. It's tedious but necessary, since their inner values will influence what they do and how the plot shapes. So actually, it's a combination of step 3 and step 5, and some of step 7, since all those deal with character and I'm doing it in one lump. Ah, efficiency. My engineer husband would be proud of me. :-)

I had a great quiet time this morning. I am studying Ephesians, and was struck by some verses I had read a few weeks ago, but they resonated strongly today: "I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure with all the fullness of God." Ephesians 3:17b-19.

A few weeks ago, my friend Sharon reminded me that all that matters is the love Christ has for me. And these verses reminded me again. If I fully know and understand His love for me, I will be filled with the fullness of God. I won't be afraid of going back to work, I won't be afraid of surgery, I won't be afraid of our finances--because I would be resting in His love and completely trusting Him to take care of me. Perfect love casts out fear, it's true. Dear Lord, help me to fully realize Your unfathomable love for me, to trust in it, and to be filled with the fullness of God. I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.


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