Sharpie, ultra fine point markers are my absolutely favorite pens for writing by hand. I should be their spokeswoman, or invest in Sharpie stock. I usually buy black, although the other colors like blue and green are fun, too. Ray bought me a new laptop for my birthday, and I LOVE it. But there is something about the actual act of writing with a Sharpie, fingers holding the pen, head bent over, eyes concentrated on the white page, mind, body and heart connected, thoughts loose and free, that is so fulfilling. I have told my family that when I die, I want to be buried with a Sharpie in my hand. (Maybe my writing will finally be successful post-mortem.)

I spent a lot of time last night looking for a new, pretty template/skin for my website and this morning searching through sites for a new template for my blog. I want my website and my blog to truly reflect me, my own personal taste, and currently they do not ~ although I am grateful that I have both, to write to my heart’s content.

My web site’s Tech support staff hasn’t emailed us yet about the margins. (Where do they disappear to when your web site begins having problems?) I have googled this question about the margins, and still cannot get it to work after numerous attempts from the instructions I found online. After I change the settings on the page, update, and log out, the margins are still center justified. There will shortly be a new movie out on Netflix: Diary Of a Mad White Woman.

So last night I resorted to begging a friend to ask her computer programmer husband to help me when he has time. These margins and the template are the “little foxes that spoil the vine.” Just give me my Sharpies, please. It’s so much easier.

Meanwhile, I am enjoying other women’s blogs so much ~ they minister deeply to me. And I am praying that the Lord will use me here and on my web site to pour out my heart and minister, too. I have learned that no matter what difficulties come in life, God is always with us and He cares. He notices the tiniest details of our lives, and watches over them….even seemingly trivial things like web site margins and templates, for He has set the margins and created the templates of our very lives.

Homeschooling mom and author Vicke Farris encouraged me this morning in her book, A Mom Just Like You. She says on page 58, “God has given each of us a difficult job to do. When I feel the task before me is particularly impossible, I love to read the above passage (Joshua 1: 6-9) as if it were written directly to me….We need to keep His word in the forefront of our minds and “meditate on it day and night.” And then, knowing that God is with us, we should obey Him. Be strong and courageous ~ with God’s strength, you can do it! If God has commanded us to perform a certain task, He will provide the strength, the ability, and the means.”

Now, armed with God, our Sharpies, laptops, and others’ help, let’s do it!

http://www.amazon.com/Mom-Just-Like-You/dp/0805425861/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1238685936&sr=1-1

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