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Casual Conversations is for God to use my writings as His vessel to deepen women's faith in Him. Women will receive and grow in His Love and His Faithfulness.

Empty Spaces {Giveaway Winner}

Michele Oleary

He says, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Psalm 46:10 NIV

Hello Friends, I am sorry I am late announcing November's Giveaway winner. Real life has been happening and the penciled in planning was erased in order to share life with ones most precious to me.

To be very honest, it is 2:36 AM Saturday morning. God woke me up at midnight and I have been tossing and turning the past couple of hours. Not in worry but in awareness. 

Awareness in the movement of my heart from God. A peace He continues to pour into my soul to just sit with Him in the stillness.

Do you allow white spaces in your day? In your week? In your life? I am not good at this...allowing emptiness for awareness.

There are two words that continue to rotate around deep within me: Empty Spaces.

Joy is found in the empty spaces. 

Contentment is found in the empty spaces.

Our Maker is found in the empty spaces.

When we hand over the pencil of life to our Father,  He writes in the important stuff of life. The good stuff from the Goodness. 

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LIfe is too short not to allow empty spaces in our life to "be still and know" our Maker and allow Him to pencil in His will in our life. To find refreshment in the Peacemaker so we can go out into His community and pour out His love.

I am still wrestling around with my empty spaces and handing over my pencil. But I know without a doubt if I let go and allow God, freedom will ring within my soul.

I love you, friends. Find peace in our Savior today.

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Giveaway Winner is Tammy! Tammy, private message me on Facebook with your address.

 

 

 

Back To Basics

Michele Oleary


I have been a mess.

Yes, as much as I try not to think about it that way, it is my truth.

My yearning to see what the “next thing” is stirred up "self-ways" and "my want-ways" deep within me.

The strives of life can break up the Spirit of Life. 

This past year has been beautiful and exhausting, all wrapped up together in a bow of the Light and the Dark.

Friends, we can not have our feet in both worlds...one of Truth and one of worldly strives. It just doesn’t work. It also doesn’t honor our Father.

I have been praying for weeks about how God wants to use me next. What does that look like and what are the next dreams He is preparing?

The same words keep coming back to me.

“Back to Basics, my daughter.”

When we think of the word basic, it seems like a simple word and a small task. But I am learning it is neither simple or small or even easy.

It is obedience.

It is hard.

The “basics of life” is the brokenness to His truths.

Jesus didn’t strive for achievements in His ministry on earth. He kept it basic...a right relationship with His Father. Everything else flowed from there.

When the basics and brokenness intertwine together, they bring freedom and healing and His path of purpose: Loving our Father.

I lost the fundamentals of the basic-ness of His truths this past year.

As I sit still and reflect on the past year, I keep going back to something I heard several years ago, “In all you do, do it for an audience of One.” Yes, this must be my basics.

So, I will set aside, “again”, one day each week to keep learning the craft of writing.

I will take my daily stroll by the cow pastures and feel the calmness of my Healer.

I will sit at my Father’s feet, and we will dream together His dreams of what is next for our ministry.

I will continue to break bread with friends, run out of vans in laughter, and share His kindness with strangers. 

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I will smile at others and open doors at stores for mamas and “the wise ones” and pray for the ones I do not understand.

I will continue to encourage ones around me because that is my calling from Him.

I will love my family big and drop whatever to be by their side.

These are my basics of life. These are His Love-Truths for my soul.

Friends, I am not sure if I am touching a cord in your spirit. Maybe these words are just meant for me.

However, humor me and lean in as I whisper truth to you: There is nothing more important than God and a relationship with Him. Nothing.

I challenge you to “bring it back to basics” especially as we gear up for the holiday season.

Sit and share love with The Love.

Peace and Love, Sweet Friends

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Giveaway: I absolutely love anything Ann Voskamp pens. Leave a comment below or on Facebook to qualify to win, "The Greatest Gift" and the JOY cards.

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Last weeks giveaway winner is Rebecca Dikeman. Yeah, Rebecca! I know how to reach you, my friend. 

When God's Girls Say Yes {Giveaway}

Michele Oleary

Hello Friends, today I am thrilled to have my friend, Charity, guest post on CC. I met Charity in my Compel writing group. She is a wife, a mama, author, blogger, and lives on a farm. A girl after my own heart. Please give a big welcome to Charity.

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Hello Readers,

I am without a doubt a lover of literature, fiction, and the imagination. I started writing when I was in junior high as a way to do my daily devotionals. Then I began writing poetry. It has always been an outlet for me that great with every year. When it came time in college to decide what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, it was easy for me. Writing.

I began blogging about life and faith just as a hobby. It quickly turned into a ministry to reach out to people who were struggling in the same ways I was. God allowed me to connect with people I’d never met but could help encourage. My promise is to always be transparent about my life and the life I want to live.

It has always been a dream of mine to write a book and I’m drawn to fiction. My excuse was always that I didn’t have time and we never seemed to slow down. I became a stay-at-home mom in 2016 for our two young boys. A few months after that I broke my ankle. Well, that obviously causes you to slow down and God stirred in my heart that it was the perfect time to write. So, I did.

It was the most challenging and rewarding experience of my life. You learn a whole lot about yourself when you spend an unmeasurable amount of time in your own head. It was also the most humbling experience. I am a perfectionist. In college, it made my projects very stressful. I remember handing over my final project, that was the make or break in getting my degree, and my hands were shaking as my advisor took it. I waited until the very last second to give it to him because I wanted it to be just right. You can ask my husband and he will tell you how crazy I am about it. J

Once I poured myself into my very first manuscript, I sent it off to an editor. It took a lot of work to find an editor that I felt comfortable with but God soon gave me a peace about this one in particular. When I got my manuscript back that first time, it crushed me. She was amazing and gave me such good advice and encouragement but it didn’t stop the sting. It needed a lot of work, more than I would like to admit. I had a lot of doubt and questioned if being an author was even something I could actually do. So, I went to work with her notes and changed the story dramatically. When I read through it the first time after the changes, I had to accept that it was much better. It was stressful at times and I often felt like I would never finish it. Every time I opened the document, I would find something to change in it. Which can drive you crazy! I didn’t even look at it for two weeks before I self-published it.

If I could share one thing that God taught me through writing my first book it would be this: it doesn’t have to be perfect to be amazing.

If I give 100% to something that God has placed on my heart, then He will take care of the rest. The result doesn’t matter.

Will there be people who find it lacking? Yes. Will there be people who find errors? Yes. Will there be people who don’t like the plot progression? Yes. And you know what? I’m ok with that. If my story has touched even one person’s heart, then it was all worth it.

I published my first book in June of 2017. It’s still surreal to see my name printed on the cover of a book!!! I want to write about characters who are flawed, honest and in desperate need of redemption. All I can say is that I feel immensely blessed to have been given the opportunity to do something I love. God is so faithful.

With love, Charity Christy

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Giveaway: November's giveaway is a copy of Charity's book, I Get to Love You by Charity Christy.  (Available on Amazon.com). 

A snippet from her book: A Marine returns to face his broken past. A single mom believes she’s meant to be alone. The one thing that could unite them is the very thing that tore them apart.

Leave a comment below or on Facebook to qualify to win a copy of the book. I will announce the winner next week.

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About the Author:

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Charity Christy writes contemporary clean romance designed to inspire, encourage, and tug at your heartstrings. She believes the art of writing is one of the most powerful ways to share the power of forgiveness, the expanse of love, and the importance of your own story. Charity lives in Oklahoma with her husband, Brent, and their two boys. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. She loves blogging, traveling, photography, and genealogy. She finds the most enjoyment being outside, drinking hot tea, with a pen and paper, overlooking their family farm. 

To get to know Charity more visit www.charitychristy.com. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest