Thursday, January 10, 2019

WALK, DON’T RUN by Patti Jo Moore

I'm so pleased to welcome Patti Jo Moore as a regular contributor on This and That Thursdays on Seriously Write!  She will be posting on the second Thursday of each month. Patti Jo is a special person and I know her posts will enrich your lives.

Hello, Friends! I am thrilled and honored to be a regular contributor now on Seriously Write - - especially since I’ve read and enjoyed this wonderful blog for quite some time. 😊

Since we’ve recently begun a brand-new year, a lot of folks (myself included) have chosen a special word for 2019. I always pray and seek God’s direction on my word, and there have been a few years that found me wondering if I’d heard the Lord correctly. But this year, there was no doubt - - my special word for 2019 is WALK.

This word has a two-fold meaning for me, because in the physical sense I definitely need to do more walking for exercise! Even though I have physical limitations since my spinal surgeries a few years back, walking is good (as long as I’m on flat ground and not climbing hills). Now let me say that I greatly admire those of you who are runners. My middle daughter loves to run and has coached a high school cross-country team, loving every minute. Running is great for those who can, but I must stick to walking.

In addition to increasing my distance of physical walking, I yearn to have a closer spiritual walk with my Lord. Daily time with Him is so important, and I do make sure to spend time in my Bible, devotional books, and prayer daily. Yet many days I tend to tackle chores and errands first, and then sit at my desk (or kitchen table) with my Bible and devotional guides. Usually by that time my mind and body are tired, so even a big mug of coffee isn’t enough to help me fully absorb what I need to in my Bible reading.

This year, I am determined to be more intentional about my time spent with the Lord throughout each day. I am certain that by doing this, He will guide and direct me—not only in daily life, but in my writing journey as well. May I strive to walk alongside Him no matter where I am or what I am doing.

I was recently reminded of a church sign my precious Daddy told me about, just a few years before he moved on to Heaven. The sign read:

                    You cannot WALK with the Lord, if you’re RUNNING with the world.

Oh, how true this is! The world has such a strong pull on us, and it’s so easy to get caught up in the things of this world, running to keep up with others and current trends. Yet if we’ll focus on our daily walk with the Lord, He will keep us on the right path—with our writing and in all areas of life.  

                            For we walk by faith, not by sight.  II Corinthians 5:7 

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Gracie Norton has happily relocated from north Georgia to a quaint community on Florida’s gulf coast. Since she loves children and animals, she’s thankful for her new job as a veterinary assistant, and she’s drawn to the precious twins who’ve moved in next door. Their handsome but reserved father is a different story, however.

Widower Blake Donovan hopes moving his young twins to a small coastal town will give them all a fresh start. Yet his dissatisfaction with his job and his unwanted, growing attraction for his pretty neighbor are frustrating him. He wonders if he will ever feel a sense of peace again.

When a serious situation occurs, Gracie must overcome her biggest fear to help Blake and his twins. In doing so, she realizes how much she cares for the children and their father. Blake’s medical emergency results in a restoration of his faith—and helps him realize he can’t deny his feelings for Gracie. Could young twins be the matchmakers to bring about
an unexpected romance?
  
Patti Jo Moore is a retired kindergarten teacher and lifelong Georgia girl. She loves Jesus, her family, cats, and coffee, and is blessed to be published with Forget-Me-Not Romances. When she’s not spending time with her family (including her sweet grandbaby) or writing her “Sweet, Southern Stories” Patti Jo can be found feeding cats - - her own six and local strays. She loves connecting with readers and other writers, and can be found on Facebook at Author Patti Jo Moore or her personal blog at http://catmomscorner.blogspot.com

14 comments:

  1. Patti Jo! How fun to see you here on the Seriously Wrtie blog!

    Your word, with its double meaning, is an inspired choice...and your father gave you good advice. (My Word is JOY. I remember how your mother expressed the extra meaning of the word. 😊 )

    Thanks for sharing your word! Blessings as you WALK with purpose this year!

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  2. Good morning, Sherida! I am so happy you stopped by, and I love your Word for 2019. I smiled as I read that you remembered what my Mother told me about the extra meaning - - thank you for warming my heart today. :)

    And I pray that you have much JOY as you go through this year ahead!
    Hugs, Patti Jo

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  3. First of all, I love your word for the year!
    You cannot WALK with the Lord, if you’re RUNNING with the world.
    I've never heard this one.
    Love it!
    Your book sounds delightful and the cover is definitely an attention-grabber.

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    1. Hi Connie! Thanks so much for stopping by.
      I still remember so well when Daddy told me about seeing that church sign, and that saying has remained with me all these years.

      Thank you for the kind comments about my book. I had fun writing those sweet twins in the story!
      Hugs, Patti Jo

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  4. Loved this, Patti Jo! Thank you for sharing your word for 2019 and the special meaning it has for you. And II Corinthians 5:7 is one of my favorite verses. Looking forward to more posts by you!

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    1. Hi Laura! I appreciate your kind comments. That verse from II Corinthians is one I have highlighted in my Bible, and I knew it went well with my word for this year.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!
      Hugs, Patti Jo

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  5. COMMENT FROM YVONNE WEERS: I love your word, Patti Jo! Walk. It's active, so you can control the pace. Congratulations in your regular gig here on this wonderful blog. I'm looking forward to reading much more from you in the future.

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  6. Hi Yvonne! Thanks so much for your sweet comments. It's funny, because I've never been more certain of my "word for the year" than this year. Now, I must get busy on the physical walking!

    Thank you again for stopping by!
    Hugs, Patti Jo

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  7. Patti Jo, I absolutely love this and what a wonderful word for the year! Your daddy was a wise man and I may need to quote him. Love that you're going to be a regular here! Blessings to you!!

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    1. Hi Sharee! You are so sweet and encouraging - - you make me smile! :) Yes, I have to say that my Daddy was very wise, and I miss him every day. But he (and his words) live on in my heart.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!
      Hugs, Patti Jo

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  8. Patti Jo, I'm so excited to have you as a regular contributor on This and That Thursdays!

    Love your post and word. Walk - whew I need to be doing more of that physically and spiritually. I tend to do other things before my quiet time and I shouldn't.

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  9. Hi Terri! Thank you for the warm welcome here - - I am very honored and blessed!

    I'm hoping that since my word is WALK, I will do better this year in all areas (spiritually and physically).

    Sure hope you're feeling better and that virus is gone.
    Hugs, Patti Jo :)

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  10. Welcome to the Seriously Write team, Patti Jo! I'm so glad you've joined us! Loved this article, and I'm looking forward to all those in the future!

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  11. Thank you so much, Dawn!! I really appreciate you and others that have welcomed me so warmly - - I'm excited to be part of this wonderful group! :)
    Hugs, Patti Jo

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