This is part two of Christian Poet Deborah Ann Belka Interview with me. You will read about her and her story below. Knowledge she shares is inspiring. She share hows to she gets her creative juices flowing. It is inspiring for every writer.It was my situation that slowed things down but here we are.
When did you start blogging? Do you find blogging a very good platform to write poetry on and do write on other platforms? Provide me with your links. Any other kind of personal information you want to share about.
Poet Deborah Ann:
Once I realized I wouldn’t write a book I looked on line for avenues to post my poems. I first posted my poems on
I post daily there too and have links to some of my favorite Christian sites.
I felt the Holy Spirit nudging me into having my own blog or site in 2013. So I looked at two blogs formats and decided on WordPress. I started off with just a few postings a week and spent only a couple of hours a day on it. Now I am at it for at least 6 hours a day. I really feel it is a full time ministry and using this gift God has given me is one I take seriously.
Asking God for…
Before I write a poem I pray and ask God to bless or inspire “just one person” with the words He gives me to put in a poem. When I get a comment that God used it I feel so blessed and encouraged.
I write not just from my own personal experiences, but from the experiences of others and how they are feeling, what they struggle with and where their faith has taken them.
Over the years, I have had many requests for my poems to be used in songs, church bulletins and newsletters, magazines and books, prison ministry, Christmas cards, Women’s retreats, in Bible Studies and in sermons. All to which I give permission and God the Glory.
My faith has been one of many steps,some of them backwards, some sideways and many forwards but it is when God has me standing still, in the midst of everything happening in my life, in the world, in the life of others that I find myself moving closer to Him. My poems reflect those times in my life.
I’m not sure about if have ever any books on your site. Have you ever put a book together? If so what are the names?
Poet Deborah Ann:
No books. People ask me all the time if I have one. But, God just hasn’t lead me in that direction yet.
Did you go traditional publishing or you self-publishing?
Poet Deborah Ann:
If God leads, it will be self-publishing, as through my studies, getting a book of poetry published any other way is almost unheard of these days.
Amazed you can put out I think I counted six posts a day? Am I correct on that? Correct me please if I’m wrong.
Poet Deborah Ann:
I post a Sticky Note to God at 5:00am, a Snippet at 12:00pm, a Poem at 5:00pm and a Sticky Note From God at 9:00pm so that makes 4 posts a day. Usually have them scheduled two to three days ahead of time.
Amazed you write and compose as much as you do in the amount of time. Could you share how you do that?
Poet Deborah Ann:
Each morning I am up between 6-7am and go straight to my office to pray and to read and study my Bible. Right now I am finishing a study on 1 Peter. I am also reading the Chronological Bible this year as part of my Bible time. I listen to sermons on what I am studying and read commentaries, articles etc. to further my understanding.
If I am facing a situation, a test, a trial I will find the verses I need to meditate on, I study them and let them minister to me and often they are put into poems.
Pray is important part of the process
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Then I pray asking that the Holy Spirit will stir into my soul something to share from my studies.
Around 9:00am I start composing a poem from what I have learned choosing the verse or verses first to focus on.
A poem can take an me 10 minutes or 2-3 hours or longer . . . to write just depends on the length and the subject matter and the Holy Spirit leading. If it is something that takes me 10 minutes then I know it comes from the Holy Spirit. If I have to spend an hour or more on it I know it is more from me and not the Holy Spirit. I may have 1200 poems published on my blog, but I have over 500 started but not finished. If I struggle with a poem . . . I put it aside. Days, weeks or months may go by before I go back to it. Sometimes I am inspired to finish it right then, if not it goes back into my “need to work on” file.
After I come up with the poem I find a picture for the verse I am using . It takes me about a half-hour to find and finish a picture.
From the poem I take my main thought and put it on a Sticky Note to God. That takes only about five minutes.
Then I take the pain point of the poem and put it on a Sticky Note From God with a verse from my studies that takes another 5 minutes.
Usually by noon I am done. I do this each morning and only miss it if I’ve somewhere to go or something that I have to do at that time or if I am laid up with illness. I have a lot of physical issues that I deal with and sometimes I just am in too much pain to sit at my computer. But, God has been good and I am able to manage my pain well and get into my office most mornings.
Love the snippets great idea: how did you come up with that idea you are a genius?
Poet Deborah Ann:
Since I have over 1200 poems I decided to add the Snippets to highlight a line in a poem and post the Snippet with a link to the original poem. It is kinda like a re-blog of the poem but only if you want to follow the link.
Great to have Debora Ann Belka Christian poet, writer and blogger to share her story and knowledge. She is such an inspiration. I moved by her faith and what she is doing for the Glory of God. This concludes our interview. Please write in the comments below what you liked and what you would like to hear more of.
This is an update with my decision sharing it with all you good people on keeping this site rosary and Red Sox. I contemplated this. Is it better to have them. Keeping them separate. I thought it would be a lot more work to have two sites or three sites. I decided to keep all and separate.
I have to have faith in myself. I do have faith in God. But, I need to fulfill it in myself.
Hope this tickles your fancy. Have any opinions, questions, comments or ideas? Write below. I love and adore comments.
Red Sox are doing good. I just thought I would throw that in. Oh, you know the the title here. Has nothing to do with religion or sports it has to do with therapies I designed to help with my visual memory problems from the strokes I had in 2008 and 2009. I know I had more and hoped that they have stopped.
Good news is I am here chatting with you my friend. Thank you for being here.
With this update I will be able to post once or twice a month (good content). So, I can keep all my sites up and running. I am sure you all understand and this and are with me on this. Hoping!!! Yeah!!!
Prayers for all
I know that there’s a lot of not so good things (crap) going on in the world. I am not dismissing that at all You are all remember in my thoughts and prayers. I am grieving for these happenings. Whether it be natural disasters or terrorism etc. etc. etc. and list can go on and you are in my prayers.
Need to sizzle off to the next thing on my to do list.
Updating you on consolidating my writing on the blog I have this blog rosaryandRedSox.com have another blog I’m starting. The other site is more diverse it will have other things going on with it not just my life story.
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There is a page on that blog called rosary and Red Sox. I’m not sure when imports going to happen. When you go there you will see it.
So, for a special treat I’m hoping to do sign-up to the and other blog. The treats I have here attached to this post is a newsletter that will be happening I’m not sure if it every other month or every three months on the other site. Please write in the comments below what you like I want to hear from you.
Thank you bunches for being with me and stand by me I appreciate.
Yes, the other blog is going to be a stained-glass and love sustains us. The theme is love/faith. Staying consistant with the Theme.
Are you familiar NaNoWriMo? It is National Novel Writing Month. It is a virtual camp for writers to achieve their goals in creative writing. Having tried to do this camp NaNoWriMo thing for years. Finally, I am a participant yeah for me. In July, the writer can choose their own word count. Well, in any camp you can. Just do not let the stress and getting it perfect get to you anymore. My saying is “better done than perfect”.
Also, when you join you can start your own cabin, or ask for cabinmates. I joined a faith-based cabin.
If I reach the goal, great and if I do not great. I am participating, to me that is all that matters right now.
Focus on the goal at hand
Break it down into small steps
Enjoy the journey
Think “Better done than perfect”
let your imagination flow
Will get better results with peace
Even if you only have a minute or two take a rest: Breath, relax and write
Let your spirit guide you.
I have set my goal modestly. Did what I needed to do because of my situation. It works for me and NaNo.
As I said, I have tried this NaNoWriMo serval times in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
You may be able to still join. If not, a suggestion that you check out NaNoWriMo and bookmark it. Use it for later reference. Also, being a Camp NaNoWriMo participant now and I am feeling pretty good about it. It is with my goals and yes, therefore, no one else’s. My creative juices are flowing. Keeping the faith, Loves sustains us.
To do: For you and me is to give positive feedback. Comments below will help all that read and participate in the chat.
Blessings to you all. Adore comments. Let us chat about our goals.
Here with me, today guest posting is Steve Sawyer. He has more than three decades of experience as a writer, editor, reporter, technical writer and writing teacher. He graduated from Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama with a degree in journalism studies. He and his wife Marie, co-parent their two granddaughters, four and seven.
He sings in his church choir and remains active in his men’s prayer group. Since he retired in 2010 he enjoys writing for his family-friendly, Christ-centered blog Monday through Friday. He is passionate about writing to help readers know, understand, believe, and live out of their true identity in Christ.
Sweet Tea and Jesus
Folks who live outside the Deep South don’t understand Sweet Tea. If you go to most restaurants or truck stops north of the Tennessee line and ask if they have Sweet Tea, they’ll say, “Sure, sugar’s on the table.” (That means, “No. We don’t have sweet tea. Sugar’s on the table.”)
When you make real Sweet Tea, first dump two cups of sugar into a pitcher. Bring a half gallon of water to a boil. When it boils put in three family-sized tea bags. Leave it alone for five or six minutes. Remove the tea bags and bring the tea to a boil. Pour the tea into the pitcher and stir it until the sugar melts. Fill the pitcher half way with ice and stir until the ice melts. Then fill the pitcher with cold water. Stir until blended.
Something real scientific happens when you make Sweet Tea. When the sugar dissolves in the tea, you no longer have sugar and tea, you have Sweet Tea. It is a different mixture. Two separate ingredients mix together to form a new substance. It’s no longer sugar, and no longer tea. It’s Sweet Tea. The sugar won’t settle on the bottom of the pitcher, because it’s not sugar anymore. The liquid will always be Sweet Tea to the last sweet drop in the pitcher.
The Bible teaches us that’s the same thing that happens when we accept Jesus Christ as Savior and invite Him into our hearts. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man (water) be in Christ, (sugar) he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (Sweet Tea).
As born again believers we are now spiritually in Christ, and will be forever. God has already guaranteed our position in Christ for eternity. Ephesians 2:5-6 proclaims, “even when we were dead in our transgressions (God) made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved). and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”
As a new creation in Christ, He wants to live His life in us, through us and as us to bring glory to God. As part of our true identity, we are in Christ and Christ is in us. We’re new creations.
The next time you drink a big glass of Sweet Tea, think about being a new creation with Christ living in you and you in Christ. And for all you Yankees, I hope y’all get to visit us down here one day and savor a tall cool glass of this delicious nectar us Southern folks call Sweet Tea. Y’all will just love it.
I want to thank Donna Maria for having me here on her site. It has been great. Also, I recommend following her blog. Her site is love and faith centered.
My Christ-centered blog can be found at For His Glory. We adore comments join in.
We are called to be ambassadors of and for God. We live move and have our being in Him. What are you doing today or doing soon for Him? It does not matter the size of it. He loves us. I even offer brushing my teeth up to Him. All I do. Share below in the comments, we all want to know and help one another through our prayer time. Another great poem to show love to the Lord is here. Thank you, Blessings
tackle stroking creatively swabbed with mind’s eye able to do this freedom to express my thoughts sharing with you. Chisel it out with caricatures you choose. I go spirit tells me with.
Joy abounding in me that I was able to do this freedom express my thoughts. Joy yours will be when you read. You can do this. Love creator a blessed. He wants needs you express yourself one word at a time they will flow, seizing up, go ahead
thoughts good flowing on paper beautiful creation thought.
Thank you for the visit. I love writing poetry. Let me know what you think and would like see here? I would love to hear from you. Blessings!