The Net Is Always There

So it has been about a month since I decided to take the leap of faith and go into this freelance writing with everything I’ve got.  Starting something new is always scary.  “If I take the leap, will the net be there?”  “What if I fail?”

Wayne Gretzky said “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”  I’ve got nothing to lose at this juncture in my life and God seems to have me here on this road for a reason. So ….

I managed to start a new blog and created a web site.  I have to tell you that creating the web site was not a user-friendly experience but like anything else once I got it up I was pleased that I was able to learn a new skill with the help of tech support.  It reminds me of the closing scene in My Cousin Vinny when Vinny complains that he wanted to win his first case without any help and Lisa sarcastically tells him that he wins case after case with other people’s help and at the end he has to say “Thank you”. What a nightmare!

So that leads into this past week where I ordered new business cards.  I must say they look nice. What do you think?

Business Card 2015 Flip Business Card 2015

Then I garnered a couple of writing assignments.  One was an announcement/update of information for my church and distributed to local newspapers.  The second assignment was to write an article for the local papers about a Valentine’s Day dinner/music event at our church.  The third assignment was drafting a description and “promotional” piece for a new discipleship program for our church.  The first assignment was completed and drafts of the others have been circulated for review.

I have a one or two longer term projects also underway.

I don’t know why I am ever surprised by God’s plan … (He’s probably shaking His head and chuckling.  “Silly people.”).  He never fails; when I follow His lead the net is always there. Always!

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The Magic of Pizza

Flour, water, a pinch of salt, yeast, olive oil, tomato sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, garlic, basil and oregano.

That’s it. In and of itself, it’s not that impressive of a meal.  But it’s what’s behind the large pie that makes the difference.

You learn to live on this stuff in college.  It’s the stuff dinners are made of and, if there is any left over, you eat it cold for breakfast.

People find their favorite pizzeria and swear by it.  We live in Bethlehem and our favorite pizza joint is Rosanna’s on Broad Street.  We like ours well-done and plain (mostly because Eileen is vegetarian).

So what’s the big deal about pizza?

On Saturday, Eileen broke her arm while ice skating. Instead of family time on the ice we spent it having family time in the ER.  She had surgery on Tuesday and had a few screws put in near her elbow.  Lots of excruciating pain once the nerve block wore off. Things have been a little crazy around here.

The word spread and the members of our church, Hopesprings Community of Faith in Bangor, PA, have volunteered to provide a few meals for us during the next week.  Now, I have been cooking lots of meals since losing my job in early November and no one has died yet.  So my cooking meals is not a big deal. But I have to say that when the first meal arrived last night (2 large pies from Rosanna’s) it was a very nice thing to experience – no cooking, just sit back and enjoy supper with the family.

Two simple pizza pies provided with love by people who care made a big difference in our family. Very nice indeed.

Thank you to all our “family” in Bangor for showing God’s love in a real way.