Vision, Purpose, and Goals

Bishop T. D. Jakes’ Vision, Purpose, and Goals

I hadn’t done a post with Bishop T.D. Jakes in a while, but two weeks ago, I kept getting the answer, ‘T.D. Jakes’.

What was the question?  God I need help finishing my latest book.  It is s o o o o o late.

I’m glad I listened because, as a writer, I found this tag team lecture and sermon both relevant and inspiring.

I listened to it twice and I realized that the problem was that I had lost focus.  I’d lost focus, not because the book wasn’t interesting but because it was hitting to close to what was happening in real life.  And as a writer, you don’t want your readers to think that you’re just re-hashing the local News.  So, I put the book down – not once, – not twice, but three times.

This lecture/sermon inspire me to:

a.  Put a new tagline (trailer) on both my websites (https://elizabooks.com  and https://elizaebooks.wordpress.com)

elizabooks is well written easy to read contemporary fiction.  No flowery prose.  No stopping your reading experience every five minutes to pick up  a dictionary.   Just well written fiction using everyday words.  

b.  to outline and re-write the last 15 chapters of https://24thehuntforrednovember.wordpress.com

Enjoy and be inspired!

A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth

By

Eliza D. Ankum
Author of
Flight 404
Ruby Sanders – A Novel
Jared Anderson (The Ruby and Jared Saga)
OneThreeThirteen – A Presidential Agent Novel Series
Dancing With The Fat Woman
Thou Shalt Eat Dust
A Woman’s Voice: Book of Poems
STALKED! By Voices

 

 

 

 

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Proviso’s Annual Mission Day

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This coming Sunday, February 28th Proviso Missionary Baptist Church will host The Annual Mission Day celebration for its Missionaries.

The Scripture for the day will be:

John 12:26 King James Version (KJV)

26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

I had only a couple of minutes to explain what that scripture meant to me,and why I chose it.  Initially, I said it’s about being a good servant.  Which it is.  But I’d like to elaborate a bit further on what it means.

I am a fan of Downton Abbey.  And this season, the show focused a lot on the relationship between Mary and Anna.  Mary is the oldest daughter of the owner of the Downton Abbey Estate and Anna is her personal maid servant.

We always see the two of them in Mary’s bedroom as Anna is helping Mary get dressed for dinner or some other event.  The two of them talk away as Anna helps Mary in or out of her dress, hangs up Mary’s clothes, and then brushes Mary’s hair.  Not only is Anna Mary’s servant but she is Mary’s confidant.

But the thing is that whenever Mary decides to go to London or whereever, she always takes Anna with her instead of relying on the hotel’s staff.  So, Anna gets a free trip to London and usually Mary says to her, I’ll be back at such and such a time.  The rest of the day is yours to do with as you see fit.”  Not only does she get a free trip, she gets to sight see on the Boss’s time.  All for being a good servant.

And that is what Jesus is saying in this scripture when he says, “Where I am you will be also.”  If Jesus is in Heaven = you’re in Heaven.

But instead of being a good servant, you chose to give up smoking, drinking, cursing, whoring, and a mirage of other things thinking that will get you into Heaven because of your sacrifices.

Instead of sacrificing, have you considered being a good Church servant by washed a dish, have you swept a floor, watered a plant, picked up the paper from the seats after a Service, taught a class, prayed with the sick and elderly, visited someone in jail, given a helping hand to someone who has just gotten out of jail, gone with your Pastor to visit another Church? Have you done any of these things?

Also, this year in the show, Anna kept miscarrying.  And when Mary found out, knowing how much Anna and Mr. Bates wanted a child, she dropped everything and in the middle of the night, rushed Anna to London to see a doctor.   Mary honored her servant just as the scripture says,  “if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.”

I hear the complaint all the time, “my boss doesn’t appreciate me!”  Is there any reason why he or she should.  Are your priorities your boss’ prioritizes?  Or do you have your own set?  Do you show up at work and work once you get there or are you a space filler.  Meaning you’re just taking up space?  Can the same thing be said of you at Church?  Are you showing up every Sunday for two or three hours filling a seat and then you’re gone?

The most frightening question that can be asked of any Christian is, “Have you asked your Pastor or God what it is he wants you to do?  Have you?

A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth

And yes, this is what God asked me to do.  And he honors me by rewarding me with a e best-selling book from time to time.

By
Eliza D. Ankum
Author of
Flight 404
Ruby Sanders (a best Seller)
Jared Anderson (a best seller)
OneThreeThirteen – Master Of The Day Of Judgement
Dancing With The Fat Woman
STALKED! By Voices ( a best seller on Amazon.com for six months in a row)

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1116 South Fifth Avenue, Maywood, Illinois. 60153 Come out and fellowship. Donations are truly welcomed.  Thank you.

 

 

 

Walking Dead – What Happened and What’s Going On

Chad I. Coleman as Tyreese

Right from the start, I’ll admit that I was already crying well before last night’s season premier of The Walking Dead.

Knowing The Dead’s writers as I do, I kept repeating to myself the phrase, ‘there will be blood’.  And, I was right.  Last night we, The Walking Dead audience, said farewell to Tyreese, aka Chad I. Coleman.  The big guy was one of my favorites on the show.

I admit to clicking the TV off as soon as Noah got to his feet and started running.   But then, I said to myself, here is an actor about to pay tribute to his craft by giving an outstanding performance in a dying role.  So, I clicked my TV back on but closed my eyes for the bite scene.  Good thing I kept them open for the rest.

And I was brought to tears again, as the scenes of Tyreese’s friends running down the road carrying him so closely echoed Corey Ankum and Edward Stringer’s friends and fellow firefighter’s running down a Chicago street in an attempt to save their lives.  It was a fantastic episode.

Now let me share with you a bit more of what had me crying before the show even started.

As a fan and a writer, I have a bet going with myself about two things.

One, finding out who, what, and why will NOT satisfy Rick especially with regards to all he has lost.  I mean, when have you ever heard anyone say, “Well, that makes everything alright.”

And two, only three, maybe four, of the cast will survive and I was mourning their loss.

But as a writer, I’m not going to spoil the tension by telling you who I think will survive.

 

A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth

By

Eliza D. Ankum
Author of
Flight 404
Ruby Sanders
STALKED! By Voices
OneThreeThirteen – Master Of The Day Of Judgment
Dancing With The Fat Woman
And coming soon Jared Anderson

 

 

 

 

Book Release – OneThreeThirteen

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OK. So sometimes a person, especially a writer, has to indulge in shameful self promotion.  And this is mine.   I have finished my blog-book OneThreeThirteen and the only way to find out how it ends is to go to Amazon.com on Wednesday, type in my name – Eliza Ankum – spend  .99 cents and buy a copy of OneThreeThirteen.   Thank you.

Warning:  Chapters 17 and 18 contain strong adult scenes.
And please when you finish reading the book, even if you hated it, please leave me a review.  It really does help with the writing.

 

A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth

By
Eliza Ankum
Author of
Flight 404
Ruby Sanders
STALKED! By Voices
OneThreeThirteen

 

 

 

Is This Flattery?

 

I’ve often heard it said, that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery’. But sometimes flattery can go too far.

Below is just a sampling of the websites that have popped up claiming to have authored onethreethirteen or Jan 3, 2013 both of which are authored only by me, Eliza Ankum aka elizabooks.

Someone have even opened a Twitter account posing as me #OneThreeThirteen.   this is not me!

Neither is
https://www.facebook.com/public/Wafiy-Onethreethirteen

http://confessionsslp.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/exploring-the-purifications-one-three-thirteen/

http://500px.com/photo/46793096/one-three-thirteen-by-barry-blanchard   and neither did Barry Blanchard author the Blog-book Jan 3, 2013

http://www.blipfoto.com/entry/2610509

and these elizabooks are also, NOT ME.
http://www.youtube.com/user/elizabooks

http://www.abebooks.com/elizas-books-wadebridge/51106875/sf

https://twitter.com/hashtag/ElizaBooks

http://elizabook.tumblr.com/

http://www.elizabooks.co.uk/

http://elizababble.wordpress.com/2012/05/13/elizabooks/

And that’s just a small sampling.

Before selecting the name elizabooks, I Googled it, and back in 2011, there were only two.   Eliza Books the one for children and the young lady from the UK.

And as for onethreethirteen, absolutely no one was using it.  All that came up for onethreethirteen were Bible scriptures.

You can find the one and only elizabooks located at

http://elizabooks.wordpress.com
http://onethreethirteen.wordpress.com
http://jan32013.wordpress.com

Don’t get caught reading a substitute.

For God’s sake and mine, please imitate Patterson for a while.

Eliza Ankum

Author of
A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth.

 

 

 

 

 

The Listener

TV Show ‘The Listener’

The Listener

 

First, let me say that I wished I had a hundred bucks for everytime the people stalking me had ripped off an idea of mine and made a profit.  But no such luck.  All I can do, is remind people where the idea originated.

But there’s a show out there now that no way I want to claim or even be associated with so every time I saw a commerical for the show I tried ignoring it.  But it’s grating on my every nerve every time I see the commerical.

It’s the show, ‘The Listener’ about a parmedic who has the ability to read minds.   I absolutely, know these people exist.  But that’t about all I agree with.

Let me state in absolutely rock solid terms, every mind reader that I’ve encounter has been a sociopath or psychopath.  They are NOT capable of empathy.  I don’t know whether they’re born that way or become that way.  But they do no have empathy for regular humans. So let’s not glorfy something that in olden days, before television, or a better term, was known as a witch or a warlock.

Excerpt below taken from http://stalkedbyvoices.wordpress.com, My Stalking Blog – I Apologize.

I felt I needed to apologize to all those ‘high profile’ cases that The Voices/Stalkers helped the Chicago FBI solve.  Too, bad they can’t solve my staking case.

Which reminds me, that while I’m apologizing, I’d also like to apologize to several Illinois politicians. I used to be very much interested in politics. And I’ve noticed that whenever I find something interesting and enjoyable, ‘The Voices/Stalkers’ always do their best to muck it up – take Church for instance. So my apologies to former Congressman Mel Reynolds, Dan Rostenkowski, the Silver Shovel convictees or as I like to call them Old Spades, George Ryan and Rod Glagojevich. But after all Chicago is a ‘Pay to Play’ town and The Voices/Stalkers were really playing

My Stalking Blog

Reblogged on A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth

By Eliza Ankum
Author of
Flight 404
Ruby Sanders
STALKED! By Voices
http://onethreethirteen.wordpress.com

 

Suffering Trouble as an Evil Doer

Photo: Evil Doer by Frank Benson at http://www.flickr.com

Suffering Trouble As An Evil Doer

A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth

A few weeks ago, I attended a Church Service, something that for me was the norm, but thanks to Evil Doing, is now, the exception. But while there, the visiting Minister selected for his topic, 2 Timothy 2:9 “Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.” Translated, it says that the writer, Paul, was suffering trouble even while in jail.

As a student of the Bible I thought I knew most of its passages. However, this one had escaped me when, in fact, I should have had it hand-embrodiered, mounted in a gold frame, and hung above my entrance door so that I could see it and receive it upon leaving and entering my home. And, now that I think about it, I should have a snapshot of that scripture plastered on the fridge.

Trouble is a thing that everyone alive on this rock deals with every single day in some form or another. However, suffering trouble as an Evil Doer is something else entirely.

What do I mean by that? Let’s say you’re waiting anxiously for your tax refund because, when you get it, you plan to take the family out for dinner someplace fancier than McDonalds or Taco Bell. But a day or two before you expect to get that check, your car breaks down. It’s towed to the repair shop and repaired. There goes the fancy dinner out. Disappointment reigns. Trouble as an Evil Doer.

Or say, you’ve been a bit down on your luck and the light bill has gone unpaid for two or three months. But, finally good fortune smiles on you. You find a job and you’re one week from getting paid. And then bam! ComEd sends you a disconnect notice that says you must pay your bill on the 12th but you don’t get paid until the 15th.

You immediately get on the phone and pour out your heart to the customer service representative but to no avail. You get up on the morning of the 12th and there’s no power. You suffer through three days of living by candle light rush down to the ComEd office to pay the bill only to be informed that now you have to come up with an additional $125.00 to have your lights turned back on. Trouble as an Evil Doer.

Your son or daughter, a straight A student, is introduced to drugs while at a party at a trusted neighbor’s house. Now the straight A’s have become curved D’s. He or she drops out of school and spends his or her days standing in front of YOUR house hustling drugs. Trouble as an Evil Doer.

The first step in combating trouble as an Evil Doer is to recognize it as such. Don’t go around thinking or saying that you’re just having a streak of bad luck.

Luck aint got nothing to do with it. Recognize when you’re being targeted and anticpate the trouble and when you do, you’ll handle it better and prayerfully, the Evil Doer will stop targeting you as much. Bare in mind, that he won’t stop, but it (trouble) won’t hurt as much when you’re prepared.

And watch those Church folks. I’ve had things said to me in Church that I wouldn’t say to my dog!

 

A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth

By
Eliza Ankum
Author of
Flight 404
Ruby Sanders
STALKED! By Voices