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It’s been a long couple of weeks and I’m exhausted. I’m behind on just about everything and approximately one million people are waiting for me to respond to their emails (at least that’s what it feels like).  The good news is that I just concluded an auction for a book that’s very close to my heart—I’ve been working with the author on it for over two years—and I’m so happy to have found a publisher for it. But at the moment, I am depleted.

So I was planning to write a very brief post for today, perhaps something recognizing Good Friday, perhaps asking some kind of deep question. I wanted to keep it simple yet meaningful. And I ended up here at my computer for longer than it would take me to compose a regular post…and I still couldn’t think of what to write.

So here I am with no post. Seems fitting for Good Friday anyway.

What’s on your mind?

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  2. Catherine Hudson says:

    Rejoice in what you have completed, take me time to relax. We all have those Fridays – just don’t let it flow to Monday.

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  5. Congratulations to both you and your author, Rachelle! Great news to a long journey.

  6. wayne gary says:

    I heard a preacher bring a sermon “It’s Friday but Sunday is coming”…It is that time of the year when the world can see what made the difference as we believers celebrate our hope and our salvation…May the Holy Spirit fill you all to overflowing and renew you on eagle wings in order that you may “run and not grow weary” Hallelujah He Is Alive!

  7. Jane Steen says:

    Happy Easter, Rachelle! Last year I was feeling that sense of overwhelmed exhaustion all the time. I made some hard decisions about what I would cut out of my life, which involved moving on a large freelance contract that brought in money but was sucking the life out of me. I have also cut back recently on blogging and social media in general, and am on a campaign to unsubscribe from emails wherever I can.

    I’m poorer and feel less “validated” by not being in demand all the time, but the difference it’s making to my soul, spirit, health, family life and all the rest is remarkable. Maybe the signs are there that YOU need to evaluate what you can delegate, cut down or eliminate? What’s most important to you?

  8. Hands down, Apple’s app store wins by a mile. It’s a huge selection of all sorts of apps vs a rather sad selection of a handful for Zune. Microsoft has plans, especially in the realm of games, but I’m not sure I’d want to bet on the future if this aspect is important to you. The iPod is a much better choice in that case.

  9. Heather says:

    I’m so glad to hear that I’m not the only one who’s exhausted this week. I feel like I’ve been pushed to my limits both emotionally and physically. New task at work that requires a lot of physical labour, a course finishing up this month, and re-prioritizing my life, especially in the faith area have made me so reliant on Him this week. Though its a tough time, its a fresh reminder of how amazing he is when I let his strength run through me. If He can carry His cross to his death, then I can make it through this month.

    Thanks for your Honesty Rachelle, and thanks for the honesty of all your commenters.

  10. Up too late once again, working on my manuscript while the family is asleep. Thinking about the fun day I had with my two year old twin boys and marveling at their budding personalities. Making plans for the upcoming weekend with our church activities and family events. And thankful for this incredible life God has given me, complete with a marvelous Savior who loves me unconditionally and gave up His life in my place. Amazing. Truly amazing.

  11. Congrats on finding the right publisher for your author! Making someone’s dream come true seems quite fitting for our Resurrection weekend. : ) Peace and rest to you!

  12. marion says:

    John Donne has a fabulous poem. I think it’s called: On Riding Westward on Good Friday.
    Happy Easter, Rachelle!

  13. Camille Eide says:

    Have a blessed Easter weekend, Rachelle!

    I’m thinking about the unwavering love of God this Good Friday.

    Along The Banks – Unwavering Love: The God Who Would Go To Hell & Back For You:
    http://wp.me/p1Ipvx-1Q

  14. Peter DeHaan says:

    I disagree that you “have no post.” It may not be a regular post, but it is a post and one with value.

    Thanks for sharing your life with us, your state of being depleted and joy over a successful auction.

    I’m sure that this all ties in with Good Friday and Easter somehow, but right now I can’t figure it out, because I’m a bit wore out, too.

    Even so, we can all look forward to Easter and the new life that it offers.

  15. Tara Owens says:

    I’m thinking about how grateful I am for knowing you.

  16. A peaceful Good Friday to you, and congrats on the sale.

  17. Rachelle,

    I hope you can get some rest this weekend (although holiday weekends rarely are restful!)

    Congratulations on the outcome of the auction!

    Like everyone else, I’m feeling weary, but when I think about what Jesus went through on this day — and all for love, I know I have nothing to complain about.

    Happy Easter to all who celebrate it.
    A Joyous Passover to all who commemorate it.
    And rest and peace to everyone!

  18. David Todd says:

    I always have an emotional release when I complete a major task, that release feeling much the same as exhaustion. I felt it recently when completing my federal taxes. I’m going to feel it in about an hour when I turn in a magazine article on deadline. I know I’ll feel it in a couple of weeks when I complete my non-fiction w-i-p.

    Have a blessed Easter, Rachelle.

  19. Anne Marie says:

    Hi Rachel, I’ve recently discovered your blog and have enjoyed your posts about the realistic view of writing full time and how long things really take from writing to being published. I’ve been working on my book for years. It’s taken a lot longer than I thought it would, but the light at the end of the tunnel is getting clearer. 🙂

    I hope you can relax this weekend. Happy Good Friday and Easter! Christ is risen! He is truly risen!

    God bless, Anne Marie 🙂

  20. Maureen says:

    Wishing you a beautiful, quiet, restorative Easter weekend. Blessings to you, as you bless us.

  21. Grateful that my youngest son had a safe flight on the medical mission he volunteers at today, wondering what God wants me to do with my writing, loving the sunny day and humbled that Christ died for me when I am so unworthy. Praying for those who are in mourning and those children I know who have relapsed from cancer…. my mind is wondering from sad to happy to humbled, to grateful, to what is next for my career… and Thankful that God is in control.

    He is Risen.

    Terri
    Author of The Cancer Prayer Book

  22. Sundi Jo says:

    Thanks for your transparency. Appreciate not being the only one that feels like I may not ever get across the hill. 🙂

  23. Alexis Grant says:

    At least I’m not the only one who’s waiting on a response 🙂 Was wondering whether everything was OK! Hope you can take this weekend to relax and refresh. Happy Easter!

  24. Le'sleigh says:

    Dear Rachel,
    Thank you for taking the time this week to share information on Genre and Query…

    What’s on my mind today…I feel lost not being able to partake in the Good Friday Mass and Stations of the Cross…
    My boss did not feel she could give me the day off to pay homage to my LORD…Really???
    Respectfully Submitted…

  25. Congrats on the book sale! Two years is a long time to hang in there and it’s comforting to know agents sometimes love books as much as their authors do. 🙂

    I think I’m going to spend this evening sharpening my axe, as Karen mentioned above. I need to take a moment to relax and refocus.

    I was actually planning on doing a whole host of things this weekend, but when I sat back and looked at things, none of them really have to be done immediately. I think I’ve bought into the false sense of urgency that the internet breeds again—life moves too fast electronically.

    So a good Good Friday to all and a pending Good Easter!

  26. Lost in the grace and mercy of my Savior, contemplating the ugliness of the cross that makes it so beautiful.

    http://enterthewriterslair.blogspot.com/2012/04/good-friday-and-cross-finding-beauty-in.html

  27. Douglas Thompson says:

    I’m beat down too. But, its when I’m feeling this way (realizing my own weakness) that the miracle of Easter has the most power to motivate me to reflect on His love and what He has done for me.

    He is risen. He is risen indeed.

  28. Angela Brown says:

    Congrats on bringing the auction to a conclusion. It’s nice to know that you’ve worked with this author for a couple of years. Shows an agent’s love of written word and the career of the writer.

    My mind is an ocean of ideas, dreams, fancies, conundrums and self-criticisms. I’m but a fisherwoman casting my net, catching those dag-blasted self-criticisms more than I care to. But a nugget of an idea shimmers amid the catch, one like the MG idea I’ve started work on. The work is slow, world-building important since it plays off of so many knowns, character sketches some days away though I’ve gathered potential pictures for what the characters may look like. All of this while I’m nervously awaiting feedback on a WiP I sent out to betas.

    Other than that, not too much on my mind 🙂

  29. Betsy Thompson says:

    Happy Easter to everyone who observes this holiday and best wishes to those who do not.

  30. Else says:

    Couldn’t think of what to write– now that strikes a chord! 🙂

  31. Congratulations, Rachelle!

    Many blessings & Happy Easter!

    He is risen!

  32. Marielena says:

    From one of my favorite spiritual writers, Henri Nouwen, who wrote during a time of crisis:

    “I wondered whether I would be able to hold on to my life. Everything came crashing down–my self-esteem, my energy to live and work, my sense of being loved, my hope for healing, my trust in God … everything. Here I was, a writer about the spiritual life, known as someone who loves God and gives hope to people, flat on the ground and in total darkness.”

    Eight years later, Nouwen reflected on that time of crisis and wrote:

    “What once seemed such a curse has become a blessing. All the agony that threatened to destroy my life now seems like the fertile ground for greater trust, stronger hope, and deeper love.”

  33. Sharmon says:

    Faith – It is like the air we breathe, we cannot see, hold, or feel it.
    Yet without it most cannot survive. Without faith I myself would drown. I would become overwhelmed and be rendered inaudible by a louder voice.

    I am thankful for my faith and thankful for yours as well. Without committed soldiers out there who believe, live and worship where we would we all be?

    Spend time breathing and rejuvenating this Easter weekend!

    http://christianfictionbysharmon.blogspot.com/

  34. Congratulations, Rachelle! I read a post that explained why Good Friday is good…even though Christ died and rose again, He took our punishment so we would not have to die for our sins. That is good news for everyone! Hope your weekend is relaxing and reflective…

  35. TC Avey says:

    It does seem fitting.

    I pray you are rejuvenated in the power of the cross this wonderful weekend. God bless you and Happy Easter.

  36. Congrats on the success with your author.

    I hope you get caught up on your emails and life soon.

    Enjoy this Good Friday.

  37. Jennifer Major says:

    Rachelle, I am sorry for your weariness. No matter how glamorous one’s life may appear, there is always a shadow cast by the sunshine.

    On my mind? My friend J is in the hospital, waiting for surgery that may or may not send a clot through her heart and have her wake up in Heaven. Her weary, exhausted daughter is our worship pastor. Our lead pastor has pneumonia. Rumbles of dissent are flowing in our church. Some want change, others want to keep their heads safely in the sand.
    The enemy seeks to kill and destroy the church, and damaging the faithful is his modus operandi. I have noticed that the season of Lent is when many believers either stay on their knees or run for the hills. In the famous words of Tony Campolo’s pastor, “It’s Friday! But Sunday’s coming!”
    Sit back, rest and wait for the trumpets.

  38. Beryl says:

    May your day be one of great blessing, Rachelle.

  39. Good Friday…
    Is the day
    When no longer
    We hear or see killings
    When people live in peace…
    And be satisfied with little that they enjoy…
    When every race respects each other’ feelings
    And all religions unite and bless…

    Sylva-MD-Poetry

  40. Good Friday…
    Is the day
    When no longer
    We hear or see killings
    When people live in peace…
    And be satisfied with little that they enjoy…
    When every race respect each others feelings
    And all religions unite and bless…

    Sylva-MD-Poetry

  41. Ann Bracken says:

    What I am thinking about:

    -The city teen Easter egg ‘hunt’ on the ice rink that I’m helping with. Watching that is hilarious.
    -The city kids egg hunt tomorrow morning and wondering if we’ll have to shovel snow off the fields before we hide the eggs.
    -The funeral I’m attending tomorrow. We are celebrating a good man’s life and have no doubts as to where he is now.
    -Getting everything prepared for Easter Sunday, when about 20 people will descend on my house for dinner (and making sure my grandson has hidden eggs to find).
    -Happiness for you, Rachelle, and your client.
    -Wondering when I’ll find time to get that second book written.
    -The miracle of forgiveness made possible by Christ’s atoning sacrifice, the true reason for the holiday.
    -That life is full and wonderful.

  42. Bill May says:

    I am thankful that Jesus died for sinners like me.

  43. Susan says:

    We buried my sister this past Monday. My husband and I, along with our three adult children flew from Florida to Louisiana with connecting flights added to the mix. To say the least, it was exhausting in numerous ways. We made the Griswold’s look like a normal family.

    It was a sad occasion. I am sad. It was a beautiful ceremony. She left a lovely legacy which includes her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was married to her high school sweetheart for over 44 years. He adored her all throughout their lives together.

    Her illness was close to a period of ten years and she died too young, at the age of 64. The patience required to take care of my sister tested all of her loved ones at various times. Still, this reminds us what true love means. My sister was fortunate to have that type of love enveloping her until she took her very last breath.

    My brother-in-law is an intelligent, kind, modest man who wrote a beautiful tribute to his wife. It was read aloud by my nephew who had to pause at least 10 times to get the words out.

    At the end, when there was not one dry eye among both women and men, he capped off his tribute by having a special song played. He mentioned that he had never paid much attention to the words in country music but he had an enormous amount of time throughout the months preceding her death.

    He heard one song that captured all that he felt. The song is sung by Garth Brooks and it is called “The Dance”. He asked that we remember, Cindy, anytime we hear it played.

    There is one line that I feel sums up all that we feel when a loved one dies.

    “I could have missed the pain, But I’da had to miss, The dance.”

    Isn’t that the truth…

    • Susan,

      I have lost my parents, but I can’t imagine how hard it is to lose a sister, especially so close to a holiday. You and your family are in my prayers.

      Blessings,

      Christine

      • Susan says:

        Thank you Christine. I too have lost both parents. Losing a sibling is different. It’s like losing a part of yourself or a major part of your life based on a shared generation.

        She was my “big” sister; she was seven years older. I have another sister, five years older and I know it had to be even more difficult for her because they were only two years apart.

        Yes, losing a sibling is different but I also feel it is a reminder to the siblings who are left behind: Life is short; make the most of it each day.

        It hits close to home; that’s the difference.

        Thanks again.

    • Beeutiful…God bless you and your family.

  44. Donna Sisler says:

    My blog post for the day…just remembering what Jesus did for me on this day so many years ago…thank you Jesus!

    http://www.fullmeasureofjoy.blogspot.com

  45. Your honesty about the effort and time needed, whether waiting for the market to come around or looking for the right match, is one of the reasons you are so respected. We love what we do, but as you have said, it is a business and we writers have to be prepared to be in it for the long haul. Having patience and faith in an agent is a part of that process. Your faith in the project was rewarded and blessed.

    Time to put your feet up and enjoy, reflect, and renew. Your post was more valuable to your readership than you may realize.

    Bright blessings for a Happy Easter, Rachelle! 🙂

  46. I’ve been having that can’t-keep-my-head-above-the-water feeling, too. I’m behind in every way. More family time this week–more time for meditation and reflection. This isn’t a catch-up week.

    Christ crucified fills my mind. Even though I threw my whole heart into my blog post for this Good Friday, everything I write is inadequate to express the deep well of emotion I feel, the utter gratefulness for the sacrifice he made, the adoration, the reciprocating affection for the love he has shown me, both in redemption and in the life he’s given me. No wonder Paul wrote, “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”

  47. Congratulations on the completion of the auction, Rachelle! There’s nothing quite as satisfying as coming to a finishing line, is there?

    This year, my husband and I approached the busyness of Easter weekend by watching a bit of “The Ten Commandments” together each evening. It’s a great way to put in remembrance Passover Friday. We’ve only been married 9 months so it’s still sort of a date night for us.

    On Contemplation — My husband is Catholic. I’m a non-denominational Christian. One thing I’ve begun to appreciate about his faith is praying the Rosary because it means purposefully setting aside 15 minutes of his day to have “quiet time” (as we call it) with God.

    May this Easter bring you a season of refreshing, however you choose to memorialize Christ’s death and resurrection. God bless you!

  48. What’s on my mind? That Jesus’ pain had a purpose…and so does ours…

    http://heatherbleier.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/jesus-pain-had-a-purpose-and-so-does-ours/

  49. Thank you Rachelle. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to educate others about writing and the publishing industry. Thank you for reminding us of greater things.

  50. Jeanne T says:

    So happy for you that you were able to find a home for your author and the book. Definitely reason to rejoice.

    I clicked on your blog today, ready to read and with many “to-do’s” on my mind for this day. Thank you so much for the reminder to take time to reflect.

    On my mind is gratitude: first for the amazing gift of salvation Jesus’ death and resurrection offers. Secondly, that my husband, who was going to be out of town, doesn’t have to be gone this weekend. Lastly, I’m looking for ways to keep our kids’ focus on the cross rather than the bunny this weekend.

    Rest well, Rachelle. May this weekend be restorative and refreshing for you.

  51. Seems fitting that we would come to Good Friday on empty. With nothing to give. Because He gave it all.

    • I think you’ve said it perfectly, Katie. A solemn day. But one that helps us reflect on the incredible hope of what’s to come. And Rachelle, I love the photo you used. It’s beautiful.

      Have a happy Easter everyone.

  52. Cathy West says:

    A day of silent reflection. A day of remembrance. A day of thankfulness that words cannot adequately express.
    And then came hope.
    Praying for you today. May you know HIs peace and may you and yours have a Blessed Easter celebration.
    He is Risen!

  53. I totally relate. Get some rest and take in the meaning of the weekend. Be renewed!

  54. You’ve helped me realize something, Rachelle. Looking back, I’ve always felt a bit distracted during these three days leading up to Easter (the Triduum). Hard to explain, but I only feel at peace when I am quiet and contemplating what Christ did for us during His Passion–but, alas, the real world doesn’t stop, so there is not as much time for that as I wish.

    A blessed Good Friday to you.

  55. Stephanie M. says:

    I hear these posts. It’s like everyone is spiritually depleted. I’m so bad I kept FORGETTING it was Easter Sunday this weekend!!! Um, not good. How can I let myself get that busy???

  56. jeffo says:

    Have a peaceful and restorative weekend.

  57. On my mind: Jesus. Finding creative ways to communicate the meaning of this holiday to my kids in a town that’s big on the bunny & the goods. (Honestly…a whole lot of me, myself, & I which I’m hoping will diminish as I pay more attention to the first two I listed.)

    Congratulations on concluding the auction!

    I hope you find rest this weekend. Time to replenish.

    You work hard. I appreciate it!

    Good Friday & Happy Easter!
    ~ Wendy

    • Jill Farris says:

      Rachelle,

      I hope you get to breathe deep this weekend and remember all the aspects of Easter that give us renewed joy and hope for the future! It sounds like you accomplished a great goal and an feel good about a job well done!

      “And in the article of death, as He saw the last fold of the grand design unrolled, He passed out of the world with the cry on His lips, “It is finished!”

      He uttered this cry as a soldier might do on the battlefield, who perceives, with the last effort of consciousness, that the struggle in which he has sacrificed his life has been a splendid victory.

      “But the triumph and the reward of His work never come to an end; for still, as the results of what He did unfold themselves age after age, as His words sink deeper into the minds of men, as His influence changes the face of the world, and as heaven fills with those whom He has redeemed, “He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied.”
      -James Stalker

      Jill Farris
      http://www.generationalwomanhood.wordpress.com (ideas and tips for celebrating Easter)
      http://www.jillcampbellfarris.com

  58. Janet says:

    Good Friday has always been a day of reflection for me. It is a tradition instilled in me by my mother, who insisted that my siblings and I spend one hour in silent contemplation.

    As an adult, when my children were young, I came to suspect that the hour of silence was Mom’s way of finding a short reprieve from quesitons like, “Can we dye the Easter eggs now?” and our quarreling over who got to use the Easter basket with the pink gingham liner that year.

    Congratlations on the book sale, Rachelle. I hope the literary world gives you an hour of silence today so you can contemplate some well-deserved rest.

    Have a blessed Easter, all.

  59. Karen says:

    Congratulations on the auction. That must be a lot of work.

    There’s a story about an wood cutter who took an apprentice out one day. The apprentice, wanting to prove how much better he was than his mentor, chopped and chopped. Surprisingly, his mentor took breaks from time to time, sitting in the sushine. The apprentice thought for sure he would have the largest pile of wood at the end of the day. When the last piece of wood was stacked, the apprentice was amazed at how much larger the mentor’s stack was than his own.
    “How did you do that? You were sitting in the sunshine while I was chopping away!”
    His mentor smiled. “While I was sitting in the sunshine, I was sharpening my ax.”

    You deserve some time to sit in the sunshine, Rachelle. When you come back you’ll be sharper than ever.

  60. Huh. A post to say you have no post. Beautifully ironic, that. 🙂 But seriously, reading over the other comments I think that what you’ve done is perfectly fitting for the day.

    Congratulations on the successful auction. Wonder how many people skipped right over the mention of “over two years” in your comment, though. So many writers figure they’ll write a book and then people will give them millions of dollars immediately, just like the overnight successes that we’ve seen in Stephen King (the other one), JK Rowling, Sara Gruen, et al. I know I did, though in my head I knew it was unrealistic. Overnight success is rarely overnight–certainly wasn’t in King’s, Rowling’s, or Gruen’s cases–and it takes hard work on everybody’s part. Again, congratulations.

    Agree with the other posters that it seems to have been a grueling few weeks for everybody. I’m flat-out spent, and I have to teach all day today and then attend a meeting to help plan a sci-fi conference tomorrow. All I really want to do is sleep from now till Sunday, though.

  61. Bonnee says:

    I think everyone is feeling a little run down on Good Friday. Seriously everybody I’ve been around, as well as myself, seems to not have the energy for much.

    Well at least you could post about not having anything to post about. 🙂 Happy Easter.

  62. Happy Easter, Rachelle, and congrats for winning that auction for your author! Writing nothing on Good Friday seems to be very fitting for what is after all a sad day. Sadness leaves one empty!
    I noticed today is a holiday in Australia, how nice! Curiously enough, it’s not a holiday here in Rome, wonder what the Pope was thinking of when he didn’t insist with the Italian State…

  63. Otin says:

    I always have things to post about but I haven’t done much lately. I have a short story up if anyone’s interested.

    http://www.wizardofotin.blogspot.com/

  64. Jackie Ley says:

    Rachelle, nothing ‘deep’ you might have come up with could be more meaningful than this. ‘So here I am with no post’ It applies to us all. It’s the only way to approach the foot of the cross. Yesterday I took part in a church devotional day centred around meditations on three different art works depicting Christ’s crucifixion. It led me to ponder the creative gift that inspired each of these works and made me feel totally inadequate about using my own creative gift to glorify God. I wrote, ‘I can’t do this, God’ in my notebook and realised that’s the only place to start and the only way to keep going. I can’t, God can.
    Happy Easter!

  65. Thanks for being vulnerable, Rachelle. It’s amazing how many warriors out there are feeling the weight of the armor, the weariness of battle. But Friday is here and Sunday’s a’coming! Hallelujah!

    Praying for you and your family this blessed season – hope your transition to Books and Such has been as much a blessing to you as it has been to the rest of us!

  66. It must be something in the atmosphere, because the past two weeks have been totally insane for me as well, culminating in the full moon last night which I think we can blame for the write=less syndrome. Grab a cuppa tea, relax this weekend, and Happy Easter to you!Many congratulations on the successful book auction! :o)

  67. Kara says:

    I’m typing this watching my six month old son fast asleep in his Daddy’s arms and am so so grateful for such a wonderful family. I’m also wondering if I should let him have his first taste of chocolate on Sunday 🙂

  68. JulieS says:

    You should live here in Australia – Good Friday (all major stores and shopping centres are closed as well) and Easter Monday are public holidays – a long weekend of 4 days instead of the usual 3. Churches here also have services on Good Friday (mainly in the mornings) which is good as a lot of people who don’t normally attend church usually come to this service or the one on Easter Sunday.

    I hope you have to time to rest up over the weekend.

  69. Ike Obidike says:

    As a catholic, Easter is a memorable climax of a 40day lenten period. Today, Good Friday is the holy day that is the bedrock of our faith. It is a day of penance and forgiveness.What better time to fast, pray and reflect.

  70. Joe Pote says:

    Funny, you’re too exhausted to write. I’m up in the middle of the night writing, because I couldn’t sleep.

    Well…actually I was laying in bed pondering conversations from the day, when I was struck by an epiphany…and had to write it down before I lost the thought…so I e-mailed a friend who I knew would be able to relate and would likely have useful input.

    Too much to share here…but I will say that it includes a very deep gratitude for Christ’s redemptive work on our behalf.

    Our Redeemer Lives!

  71. Since this is freebie night. Here’s an Easter sketch I wrote when the Cosby’s were still on TV and hair bands ruled MTV. Use it with your youth group, etc., if you like.

    (Scene opens with Mark, Jane, Steve and Brenda contorted into various shapes)
    Mark: Hey, how long do we have to stay like this?
    Brenda: I don’t know.
    Jane: Not much longer, I hope.
    Steve: My leg itches. Would someone scratch it?
    Brenda: I have my own problems. Use a chair or something.
    Mark: How’d we get like this anyway?
    Brenda: Does it matter?
    Mark: Yeah it matters. Figuring out who to blame is half the cure, right?
    Jane: I think it’s my father’s fault. If only he’d have paid more attention to me.
    Steve: You sure no one can scratch my leg for me?
    Brenda: Shut up about your leg already. Nobody cares, alright?
    Mark: Well I blame my mother. She did too much for me and it made me weak.
    Jane: (Sarcastically) Yeah, yeah, blame your poor mom. It’s always the woman’s fault, isn’t it?
    Steve: I don’t see any chair. How am I supposed to scratch without a chair?

    (Jesus enters talking to Susan)
    Jesus: Tell them what I did for you and how they can receive it too, OK?
    Susan: I will and thank you!
    (Jesus exits)
    Susan: Hey I have great news. My soul was deformed just like yours, but Jesus came and healed me. If you accept him, you can be healed just like me! Isn’t that great news?
    (Everyone just stares at Susan until she leaves)

    Brenda: What a nutcase! How dare she come in here and preach at us like that!
    Mark: Yeah, where does she get off telling us we’re deformed? I hate fanatics like that.
    Jane: If I wanted to hear that, I would have gone to church or something.
    Steve: I should have asked her to scratch my leg.
    Brenda: For the last time, shut up about your stupid itch!
    Mark: Hey, how long do we have to stay like this?
    Brenda: I don’t know.
    Jane: Not much longer, I hope.

  72. K.L. Parry says:

    Congrats, Rachelle and also to your client. Happy news is always good to hear. I love the time of year that Easter heralds in. Spring flowers, time with family and the reminder of the things in our lives that hold real value. I’m a little disgruntled that I’ll be working Easter Sunday for the first time ever! But I thank God that I have work and hope for another year to make up for what I will have missed.

  73. Amy says:

    What’s on my mind? I’m thinking that I just finished a seven-church Holy Thursday pilgrimage. It’s 1:00 A.M., and I have to get up in a few hours to teach sixth graders.

    I’m thinking, “It’s time to sleep!”

  74. Congrats on finding a home for your author! What a blessing.

    Your post is an excellent reminder for Good Friday. Time to pause and reflect and rest. And of course time to be grateful.

    Just mentioning your plans for tomorrow’s post was good enough. I always enjoy reading your thoughts.

  75. I’ve had my own moments of exhaustion lately. I’m really looking forward to this weekend and planning to take some down time. It is does seem appropriate timing with Good Friday, and maybe what I’m thinking I need to say to me will encourage you as well. I know I need to take time to reflect on the cross and know that it’s not all hanging on my shoulders. I need to take time and know that His grace is sufficient for me, and also enough for those I’m concerning myself about. So while I should still work hard it’s not all up to me.

    Hope you see some encouragement in there for yourself and that you have some wonderful resting and reflecting time this weekend!

    • I am tired as well. I will not have down time yet, though. Next week I should be finished with the latest manuscript. I plan to rest then.

      Have some rest, Rachelle. Rejoice in your accomplishment for your author and her book.

    • Dozie Nzewi says:

      Thanks for your non-post, Rachel. It happens that I just finished my work Big Speech or Big Bang which is on Smashwords and will be out on Amazon in paper back and a kindle edition. May I post the long description here A religious theme.I am saw our group will get some new perspectives. The big bang theory which today seems to be contradicting the church was initially considered to be bringing religious influence into physics as in proposed a ‘beginning’. Science then preferred a steady-state theory which stipulated that the universe has always been- that matter is eternal. Evidence has favored the Big Bang theory and today it is the default stance of science. This work of mine proposes an idea of multiple singularities or bangs. Bangs indeed because creation and the Big Bang are instantaneous events. So I show how particle physics agrees with the Bible account.
      The Long description:
      This work reconciles the Bible with frontline physics. Creation is discussed in terms of Quantum physics and it is shown that all energy originates from God whose light is so bright that the sun will not be needed in the new Jerusalem and whose goings are associated with lightenings and thunderings and the glowing of Moses’s face. Elijah ascended to heaven on a rocket and vortex hybrid.
      The Lord of the Sabaath, our Lord Jesus Christ suspended Natural Law once again to ascend to heaven. He had done it so many times already: removing all energy from a low pressure system and calming a storm by the power of his mouth, the same way he called all things into being. He turned water into wine- working in particle physics and quarks. He created matter many times in new body parts and in multiplied bread and fish. This book is for the twenty-first century man showing the Bible very up to date and relevant.

      It displays unmatched design in creation using the eye; surface area to volume concept in exchange membranes of the intestines, kidneys and lungs; molecular machines demonstrated using the blood oxygen carrier hemoglobin; the C4 plants: wheat, barley, sorghum, rice, corn which are designed solar panels that convert solar energy into carbon and feed the world; the T4 virus that generates more torque than a Ferrari; fuel cell technology in you and I and more.

      The contemporary issues of the church are handled: the seeker-friendly approach, lack of zeal, the need for holiness, abortion, euthanasia, humanity, church growth and other issues.

      How to become a Christian: salvation, the gifts of the Spirit and the fruits of the Spirit and the weapons of our warfare are discussed.

      The book closes with this anecdote: the difference between men and women is a ring, a chemical ring. Find out about this in the book, the very last page.

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