Everyone has a Story……….Part Two

God had begun working in my life. He just showed up and started working. I guess I had asked him to be there but he showed up when I least expected him to. We are now into our third year of the bible study. I had asked permission to leave work early, every Tuesday, so I can be a part of the bible study, and they agreed. I am a leader for the High School Girls Group. If you know me at all, you know that I don’t like older kids. I like young kids. The older kids scare me, mostly because many of them are taller then me. They intimidate me. I had to get over that feeling fast. God knew what he was doing because he only gave me two girls. I could handle two. I lead these girls in to God’s Word. We talked to each other and we listened to each other. We learned together. I had so much fun that I agreed to do it again next year. Please pray for me, I am pretty sure I will have more than two girls next year! My passion was still strong and gaining strength as the year went on.

On January 3, 2015, I started a bible reading plan. A plan that would take me through the bible in one year. I became a week day bible reader. I would get up early, have my coffee, and read my bible, before going to work. I wouldn’t read on weekends or on vacations. If I was running late for whatever reason, I would say that I would get to the reading later, but never did. So now, I am leading a bible study so I have to read the bible and do my weekly lessons so I can go through it with the girls, I am reading the bible during the week, and still going to church on Sundays. Occasionally missing a few Sundays, but not as many as before. Again, I am doing everything that  I need to be doing to become closer to God. I am asking him to be in my life and to help me be a better Christian. I am surrounding myself with Christian friends and trying to truly live my life the way I think I should be living it. The way God wants me to live my life. This life style, goes on for over a year. It is now, July 5, 2016 and I have completed 303 days of my bible plan. When I started in January of 2015, I began a plan that was reading the bible Chronologically. I read that plan for 54 days and then switched over to a plan that has me reading a little bit of Old Testament and a little bit of New Testament every day. So really I have read the bible for 357 days. According to my plan, I should be done with the entire bible by September, at the rate I am going.

So what is the point to all this?? Today, I realized something. My life, as I have lived it, has never felt like enough. I never do enough. I was not satisfied. I wanted more. Of what? Who knows. But whatever “it” is, I wanted more, I felt I needed more. I have had a many ups and downs in my life. I really didn’t know what normal was, until today. (That is a whole other blog, for another day) Some one told me that, normal is not a straight line in life. It has a few bumps in the road. It will and can go up and down a few times. That is normal. The last couple of weeks, I have had many bumps in my road. Today, I decided to be free and let it all go.  I went to church tonight. To a Revival not knowing what to expect. Break Every Chain by Jesus Culture Lyrics This song, was sung tonight.  It really spoke to me. I wanted my chains to be broken. I wanted my hurt and the life as I have known it to be set free. It’s a very powerful song. When you have a minute, please listen to it. There was this man speaking who has a passion for Jesus. I have had a very small passion compared to this man. He spoke of committing our entire lives to Jesus. To truly give it all to him. He reminded me that MY path has already been made for me. I just needed to accept it and walk down it. He asked everyone to think about the moment when you are in Heaven standing before God. He said is God going to know who you are? Is  your name in the Book of Life? If you are not 100% sure then come forward. I felt the need to rededicate my life to Jesus. I asked Jesus to forgive me for my sins. I asked him to be in my life, now and forever. John 14:6 says “Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”

My slate has been wiped clean. I have started a new journey in my life. I pray that my passion will stay for my love for my savior! No matter what people may tell you, God Loves You! He loves all his children. He doesn’t care what religion you are,what your race or nationality is, he only cares about you! He wants a relationship with  you, an imitate relationship. The only way to get to heaven is through his son Jesus Christ. You have to ask him to be in your life! Are you ready to ask? If you are not 100% sure that your name is in the Book of Life, contact me or someone you know. WE love you and are waiting for you. God’s hands are open wide, waiting for your return.


May God Bless all those who read this. One person can not do this alone. Let’s stand together and become a part of a Team!


God Bless and thanks for reading!







Team Australia Final Pics


Elizabeth Rivera chose he Monster Under the Table

About the book:

The Monster Under the Dinner Table is a 486 word picture book manuscript aimed at ages 2-8. Picky eater Jack is happy to let the monster under his dining room table gobble his unwanted food for him, until the monster also eats the food Jack likes. Somehow he’ll have to stop the monster and defend his dinner (even if it’s got mushrooms).

About the author:

Marianna Cockcroft is a freelance writer and editor whose articles can be found in New Jersey Monthly magazine, BestofNJ.com, and The Record newspaper. In addition to 12 x 12, she is a member of NJSCBWI and Women Who Write, based in New Jersey.


 Holly Lowell chose Mario Defario

 About the book:

MARIO DEFARIO is a 370 word picture book. Mario DeFario is a playful, creative boy who would rather be outside helping his Granny in the garden than anywhere else. When the dirt builds up on him so thick that plants of all sorts begin taking root, his Granny announces his bath time. But Mario revolts in a stormy fit. He doesn’t want to go inside. Especially for bath time. So he convinces Granny to let him bathe in the yard with the garden hose, but he ends up making a mud puddle instead. And for Mario DeFario, mud puddles are way more fun than being clean.

About the author:

Holly Collingwood is a freelance writer in Colorado and has written parenting stories for The Greeley Tribune, Mamalode and Rocky Parenting. She has a BA in English, and a MBA. She has worked in the marketing industry for more than fifteen years.

Holly can be found on Twitter @WriteColl)


Tracey Cox chose Operation Photobomb

OPERATION PHOTOBOMB, a 360- word picture book for ages 4-8. Monkey finds a camera and a knack for photography in the rainforest. Unfortunately, cheeky Chameleon also gains a new hobby-photobombing. The animals attempt to stop him, but Chameleon is tricky, nimble and has 360- degree vision. He also has a secret weapon—camouflage. The animals hatch an unconventional plan that Chameleon (and readers) won’t see coming.

About the author:

Tara Luebbe is a member of SCBWI and a former children’s bookstore owner.


As a team we chose The Story Box as our alternative

About the book:

THE STORY BOX, a picture book for children ages 5 and up. The book highlights the idea that adventure (and story prompts!) can be found right around the corner, even in the urban landscape, and explores the heartfelt connection between a child and her grandmother.

Tamara, an African-American girl, and her grandmother create imaginary stories from the ordinary objects they find near the city park. Gum wrapper! Acorn! Bottle cap! The stories Tamara creates include pirate adventures, alien spaceships, and modern-day dinosaurs. She treasures the eclectic items they find and keeps them in a “story box” in her bedroom.

About the Author:

Jennifer Mary G is a former teacher turned education writer that has worked with publishers such as McGraw-Hill and The College Board. Most recent publications include a non-fiction short with Empty Sink Publishing and a poem in the December 2015 issue of From the Depths, a literary journal. She is a member of SCBWI.

You read more about Jennifer @

Blog/Website: jennifermaryg.com

Twitter: @JenniferMaryG

FicFest Writing Contest

I am working as a Team Leader for this contest for the Children’s Book/Picture Book Team. We are 70 days from launching this great opportunity for all writers. Check out the link below for more information:

FicFest is a brand new contest launching in 2016 that will help put manuscripts in front of agents. FicFest is unique in that this contest covers the five major categories of writing: Children’s Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult. The chances for each category to get agent requests is equal. Unlike most writing contests, an equal number of finalists will be chosen for each category so that one does not over power the other. FicFest creators also ensure that there will be a plethora of agents wanting each of these categories. Our goal is to help writers of all books get out there, get great feedback, and have the opportunity to get partial/full requests from agents. Fix