Feb 17

Jessica!!–New Book Art.

So I’m in the middle of revising the next book in my Silver Foxes series: Celebrity Dish. It features pop singer, Jessica! I’ve started drawing again and so I came up with this:

 

(The blue of her tail feathers are a bit off, so I’ll have to adjust the colors)

Jessica is a bird of indeterminate species. She loves to take inspiration from all bird species and put them into her in-public costumes. This particular costume is her new look that will be unveiled in the book. It’s based off of the peacock, the male Spatuletail hummingbird, and the female Raggiana Bird of Paradise. Here are some links to pics of each of those birds.

http://www.bitlanders.com/blogs/marvellous-spatuletail/3130378

http://www.peafowl.org/

https://www.beautyofbirds.com/raggianabirdofparadise.html  –> Scroll down until you find the female one.

I love the pic, and I think it will make a perfect book cover. In the past, I’ve had Tazia Hall help me, but I’ll be tackling this one myself—with my own art. Sort of a leap for me. I want to make this cover look like it’s the cover of a magazine.

One problem: I’m not so good with my photo editing software. I’m passable, but . . .

My vision for Jessica is to have her outfit all sparkly. I’m not sure how I’m going to accomplish that.

But that’s a post for another day.

Book 6 will be coming soon. Stay tuned!

-:heart: M.R. Anglin

Feb 10

The Spiritual Battle is Upon Us

So I started a devotional with my Bible Study called, The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer. I highly recommend it.

I’ve been doing the workbook for one week, and already my prayer life has drastically changed. Not only that, but I’ve seen a marked improvement in living a victorious life. The book is about being aware of the spiritual battle waging around us. We need to be prepared for it by putting on the armor of God—the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the helmet of salvation, the gospel shoes, the shield of faith, and the sword of the Spirit. But the author starts the study by discussing what she considers to be the lesser-known, underutilized, 7th piece of God’s armor: prayer.

She starts by explaining that we are all in a spiritual battle that manifests itself in the trouble we have in our lives: those broken relationships, those people that get on your last nerve, your financial troubles, the circumstances that get you down . . . all those things. But here’s the thing: those people and circumstances aren’t your real problem. They’re the symptoms of the real issue.

So we have to pray and fight against him and his forces using weapons that work–the Armor of God. Plus, we have to stay strengthened in the Lord and activate the armor with prayer.

The book is teaching us not to give Satan too much credit–God has already given us the victory–but to be aware of him because he’s prowling around looking for someone to devour. I no longer want to give him the opportunity to devour me or the ones I love.

Satan does not like my new resolve. Since I began praying specifically against Satan’s attacks in my life and my writing and the lives of my friends and family, he’s attacked me more and more–from my emotions to my family to my health.

Yeah, I think he realizes I’m not taking it anymore. I haven’t won all the battles, but I am winning more than usual. I’m aware of his attacks, so he’s not going to make me into an easy mark anymore.

And I have God on my side too, so . . . his days are numbered.

Next week we start on the Belt of Truth.

Oh, and one more thing: Really, Atlanta Falcons? Really?! I don’t even want to talk about that!

-:heart: M.R. Anglin.

Jan 13

Obedience in All Things

Okay, I’m going to be real for a second.

First let me say that I am a Christian, and I take my faith pretty seriously. I may not always talk about it online, but I try to make my faith permeate everything I do and write. And I believe that God speaks to us through His Word and through His Spirit and that he has a plan for everyone. And I believe that when He asks us to do something it’s for our own good and so that we can accomplish the things He’s put us on the earth to do. I say all this so you can get some context in what I’m about to tell you.

I am surrounded by so many people who are called by God. He has put a dream in their heart, and I’ve tried to encourage them to accomplish that dream. But at some point or another those people have not taken the steps that are so obvious (to me) that God has told them to do to accomplish their dreams. And it’s so frustrating when they have struggled because I’ve seen what they should do, but they can’t seem to see it. And even when I remind them of what God has told them to do, they seem to forget the next day!

That being said, let me get real. The other day God showed me that I, too, have been disobedient to what He told me to do. Talk about HUMBLING! There are a set of three tasks that He directed me to do, but they’ve fallen by the wayside for various reasons. And the tasks aren’t even that difficult.

But God is gracious to me. And He’s gracious to the people I love who aren’t doing what they’re supposed to.

So I’ve started again.

All I can do is apologize to Him and continue on. And have grace to those around me who are not being obedient. God, help me to show grace because my frustration is born out of love for them . . . because I know if they continue being disobedient they’ll never accomplish their dreams.

Lord, help me be loving in all things.

-:heart: M.R. Anglin

Dec 25

The Light of Christmas

Share the Light

 

Let’s remember that today is a day of celebration . . . for remembering what Christ did for us when he was born in that manger so long ago. Let’s point people to the real light this season.

Hugs and Merry Christmas.

-:heart: M.R. Anglin

Dec 23

The Baked Stuff

Mac ‘n’ CHEESE . . . the baked stuff

 

Growing up, my mom (or my helper, I don’t know which) used to make macaroni and cheese. But not the kind made in on the stove top or that comes from a box. I didn’t even know mac and cheese was made in a pot until I came up to America.

No, my mac and cheese came hot from the oven. And man, was it tasty! Oh ma goodness! My mouth is watering just thinking about it. But that all changed when I came to America. Gone were those luscious blocks of pasta, dripping with cheese and topped with more browned, cheesy goodness! Gone were the fights for the corners (which are the best parts of a baked mac ‘n’ cheese). All my childhood mac and cheesy deliciousness perished that day when I set foot on America’s glistening shores.

Until one day, one man . . . one brave chef stood up and said, “No more! Here is the mac and cheese you’ve been dreaming of!”

Okay, so it didn’t go quite like that. But I was missing my delicious baked mac and cheese for years until I found a recipe for it. And it is glorious! My family always requests that I make it for Christmas and Thanksgiving and stuff.

In case you want to try it, it’s Alton Brown’s recipe. You can find it here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/baked-macaroni-and-cheese-recipe.html

In fact, I’ll be making it for Christmas this year. Yeah, we don’t do the traditional Christmas dinner.

-:heart: M.R. Anglin

Older posts «