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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!

 

Elizabeth

 

 

 

Everyone has a story……Part One

and here is mine. In 2006, I wanted to go to a Women of Faith Conference.  I had been before and had enjoyed myself. I didn’t have anyone who could go with me at the time, so I went alone. The conference was in Orlando. I drove there alone. Went to the Friday night event, alone. Saturday night event, alone. I don’t remember much of that conference. I am sure I had a great time. I am sure that I enjoyed the speakers. I am sure I enjoyed the music. I am sure of all of that because when I had attended this event before. I enjoyed myself. It is what happened after, that I remember the most. I remember driving home on Sunday. It was pretty early, probably around 9. I remember driving to see our house that was being built in the Wesley Chapel area. It had taken me one hour to drive from Orlando to Wesley Chapel. Normally this is an hour and a half to hour drive, depending on the time of day and traffic situations. I didn’t speed, I just drove with joy in my life. I stopped by the house, was pleased with what I saw, and then headed out. I remember noticing a church nearby. I knew their services started at 10:30. I had plenty of time to make it. I decided to go and check them out. I enjoyed their worship services and listened to the message. At the end, they asked everyone to bow their heads in prayer. We were all standing. I don’t remember much of what was being said but what I do know is they started talking about being saved. Something about having Jesus in my life. All of sudden, I felt as if someone had pushed me down and I ended up in my seat. I began to cry, not knowing why. I raised my hands because they were saying something like “If you accept Jesus to be your Lord and Savior” raise your hands. I didn’t know what was happening to me. I just sat there and cried. The next thing I knew, a lady came over to me and said “I noticed you raised your hands, Come up to the front.” I went with her, not knowing why I was going. I heard a bunch of Congratulations, felt a few pats on my back, was given a pamphlet, and sent back to my seat. I left there in tears, not really knowing what had just happened. I immediately called a friend and in tears, asked her if I could come over. I had explained to her that I was at church and something had happened but I wasn’t sure what it was. When I arrived, her first words to me were “You felt it didn’t you?” I was like “Felt what?” “What did I feel?” She replied, “The Holy Spirit!” Is that what THAT was??? How did you know?? Why else would you be here crying?? After the emotional part was over, and I got my head on straight, I left with a new profound feeling. I had felt the Holy Spirit. He literally pushed me down when I didn’t even know that I needed pushing!! He got my attention that is for sure. I sat in my car and began flipping through the pamphlet. Guess what it said?? It said that I had felt the Holy Spirit today!! I could have saved a trip and  a lot of gas if I had just read the pamphlet.

I went home to tell my husband that things were going to change in my life. That I would be reading more of the bible and living my life differently. Looking back, I probably changed my life for a few months and then fell back into the world’s way of doing things. Fast forward a year to 2007. We had our new house and I was training for a Breast Cancer Walk. It would be a 60 mile walk in three days. I sat in the car before my training and on the radio the DJ was saying how this lady wanted to go to a Women of Faith Conference but didn’t want to go alone. The DJ then asked if anyone had tickets that she could buy. I called up and said that my church had plenty of them left and that she could come with us. Long story short, I met this lady on a Wednesday, we bought tickets, and went to the conference together on Friday, and then again on Saturday. She invited me to her church on Sunday. My two children and I went with her to a church 30 minutes away. My kids enjoyed it so much that they said they wanted to go back. They had never said that to me about any church before. We were hooked. I jumped into my new church with both feet. I attended two Womens Ministry during the week, began volunteering during the weekend, and going to church every Sunday. I was doing it all. I had a passion for learning more about God. I was doing what I was suppose to do to “Get into Heaven”. This went on for two to three years. Life went on, but then my passion began to fade. My time was spent on working full time and raising two kids. The volunteering stopped, the bible studies stopped, I still went to church but not every Sunday. I mean I had a life and sometimes that meant I had to do other things on Sunday. Church was there but not a priority.

We are now up to 2013, I have two teenagers. One is about to graduate High School and the other is a Freshman. I have these neighbors of mine who started talking about starting up a Teenage Bible Study. I find myself going to Prayer Meetings every Tuesday Night after work. I find myself getting more involved then I really wanted to but I don’t know how to say no to them. A year later, they started a group. I worked full time and wanted to be a part of it but didn’t know what I could do. I became the Mustard Seed Teacher. I got to take care of the Leader’s children while they ran the Bible Study. I had fun, they fed me dinner once a week, and I played with the girls. The next year, I felt as if I needed to do more. So I set up a bible study for the girls. We went through the book of Genesis together. My passion that had left me was beginning to come back. I was getting into it again. I enjoyed teaching these girls and also learning from them. We are now closing our second year and at the last meeting, I heard myself say “I am interested in working with the teenage girls.” Everyone was so excited and I am like “Did that just come out of my mouth?” One girl came up to me and said “I didn’t know you were interested in teaching the older girls.” My reply was, “Neither did I.” God began to speak through me. God began to use me.

 

 

 

Come back tomorrow for the next part of my story!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Signing Pictures

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported me on Saturday. The book signing was fun and successful. I met many wonderful authors and did some networking. Thank you to Flex Casiano Owner/CEO of DFlex Studios for taking the time to take pictures of this great event! You can view the pictures by clicking the link below.

Local Author Event Pictures 

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Elizabeth Rivera

Local Author Event

Come join me and many other Local Authors at this years Barnes and Nobles Local Author Event being held at the Wiregrass Mall in Wesley Chapel on Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 2 – 4 pm. Come meet and support some great Local Authors from around the Tampa Bay Area.

Click on the link below to meet the authors that will be showcasing their books!

Authors for Barnes and Nobles Local Author Event

I will be there hoping to sell my two books that I have self published through Createspace! My books cost only $10 per book and the autograph is always FREE!

To find out more information about me what I write, please visit my website @

Elizabeth Rivera

 

I hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

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 2016 Team Australia

We are super excited to finally share with you our Team Name for this years #FicFest 2016! Say hello to Team Australia! With this team you will have three mentors for the Picture Book team.

I am Elizabeth Rivera and I am the Team Leader. The team members are Tracey Cox and Holly Lowell.

Meet Elizabeth: 

 

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Bio:

I am a mother, wife, teacher, and writer. I have been writing for over 25 years. I have self published two children’s chapter books and have written a third book that is based on the books of the bible. I am a member of Florida’s Writers Association and many of the writer’s groups on Facebook.

Links:

Website: www.authorelizabethrivera.com

Blog: www.authorelizabethriverablog.wordpress.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/gilmoresadventures

Twitter: www.twitter.com/authorerivera

Instagram: www.instagram.com/authorelizabethrivera

Wish List:

My wish list for this contest is to be engaged from the beginning of the story. I like unusual characters that don’t always fit in with what the world says. Picture Books with vivid illustrations that can tell the story with or with out words.

Meet Tracey:

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BIO:

Tracey M. Cox is a writer of words and a drawer of pictures. She is an advocate for children’s literacy and enjoys spreading her love of the written word around. Tracey is a member of SCBWI (PAL member) and the South Georgia Writer’s Guild. She is a KidLit TV team member. To help promote literacy in her area, Tracey started the biggest little book festival in South Georgia every year called the Books Love and Taters Book Festival.

LINKS:
Website: www.traceymcox.com
Blog: www.traceymcox.wordpress.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/traceymcox
Facebook: www.facebook.com/traceymcox.author
Instagram: www.instagram.com/traceymcox
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/traceymcox

WISH LIST:
Diversity
Strong, believable characters
Quirky
Humor
Basically anything that pulls me into a story and keeps me there. Make me love your characters and root for them through the situation they face.

 

Meet Holly:

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BIO:

 

LINKS:
Website: http://www.asignoflife.net
Blog: http://www.tweetbear.com/ASOLFamilyBlog
Twitter: www.twitter.com/asolfamilyblog
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hmmoore2

 

So for some more up to date information you will need to follow the Official Blog of Author & Editor, TIffany Hofmann – Creator of #FicFest!

The Writer’s Nook

#FicFest Guidelines and Theme Reveal

I am one of the Team Leaders for the Picture Book #FicFest Contest. Today the Guidelines and the Theme were revealed on Tiffany’s Blog. If you are a writer, have a polished manuscript, and want to see if it is agent ready, then you need to click on the link below for all the information on how to enter this contest!

 

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#FicFest Information

The Theme and Guidelines for #FicFest will be revealed on March 20th at Noon. If you have a finished manuscript and are looking for an agent, then I urge you to check out this contest. As a team leader for #PB, my team and I will be personally picking, choosing, help polish and doing so much more to get the manuscript ready for the Agent Round. Any writer, of any genre will be able to join the contest. Click on the link below to find out more information.

Kara’s Blog

#FicFest Writing Contest

Here are the Guidelines for the #FicFest Writing Contest. We have the teams ready to go and look forward to the contest start date. We  have a theme that will be announced very soon! You can visit Tiffany’s Website for all the great information.

FicFest Writing Contest – Tiffany Hofmann

This contest is open to all finished manuscripts and all genres for Children’s Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult. In this contest, each category will have three teams.

Teams will be made up of a Team Lead and two team members, who will pick three finalists and one alternate per team. This ensures that forty-five manuscripts will move on to the agent round, with fifteen manuscripts being held as alternates in case one of the finalists drops out of the contest.

Once the finalists are chosen, they will work with their teams on revisions for 8 weeks before the agent round. During the agent round, participating agents will be able to request partial/fulls from the manuscripts they want to see. There is no bidding, and no competition for agents.

They can request whatever intrigues them, giving everyone a huge opportunity to get requests and hopefully an agent for their manuscript. More rules, regulations, and details will be posted via the host and team lead blogs as the contest begins!

Please pass this information on to anyone who is a writer!!

 

Go write and have fun,

 

Elizabeth Rivera

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
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