Taming Dragons: The Crisis of Compromise

Taming Dragons: The Crisis of Compromise

HOORAY! My book has launched!

I’m so excited to offer you my newest book, Taming Dragons, The Crisis of Compromise! It is a seven week Bible study that uses scripture to show how insanely the church has slipped into compromise, and just how insidious the devil’s schemes are to distract us from what Christ commissioned us to do before he went to sit at His Father’s side. Each chapter takes a look at the dragons we’re trying to tame instead of utterly destroy in our lives. Genesis 4:7 warns us that “sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.”

Making “pets” of dragons is compromise.

We’ve tried making pets out of our sins, and the results are becoming more distressing by the day. The dragon’s beauty and song mesmerize even the elect as we join right in with the idol worship of the secular society we live in. But God tells us to come out and be separate (2 Corinthians 6:17).

Not everybody will welcome this book.

Because people are very attached to their pets, even when the danger of those pets is very present and very real, many would rather continue on in their sin than confront it face-to-face and demand that it be gone.

Taming Dragons is available as an ebook (available on the iBookstore or by clicking here) or as a printed publication so anyone who wants to read it has a way to do so.

The question is: Are you brave enough to confront your own dragons?

Click on the image to be taken to Amazon to purchase this book today!

From the back cover:

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How to Plan Your Blogging Goals 90 Days at a Time

How to Plan Your Blogging Goals 90 Days at a Time

Why plan your blogging goals?

You want to honor Christ in your blogging, right? You want your readers to come back again and again, too. Right again?
If your blog is more like an online journal and the people who read it are just friends and family, planning your goals is probably not necessary. But if you want to reach a larger audience and keep them coming back to read your blog, planning your blogging goals is a must.

Blogging can take over your life.

But it doesn’t have to. Like anything you do, planning is key to success. One of my favorite quotes comes from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

“Alice asked the Cheshire Cat, who was sitting in a tree, “What road do I take?”
The cat asked, “Where do you want to go?”
“I don’t know,” Alice answered.
“Then,” said the cat, “it really doesn’t matter, does it?”

Planning your blogging goals helps you reach your destination.

However, in today’s world, things change at the speed of, well, technology. And to have a successful blog, you really need to keep up. It can be overwhelming.

That’s why I created this FREE 90-Day Blog Planning Tool!

Without planning, I feel:

  • Unprepared
  • Overcommitted
  • Less productive

That’s why I plan 90 days at a time.

I don’t go into great detail in planning my blogging goals. A 90-day goal might be “grow traffic to 10,000 readers.” After that, planning posts that will interest my readers comes next.

Planning is not writing.

I want to know what I’m going to write about, but in the planning stage, I don’t actually write the post. That comes later.

 

Value-added content

Now that I have an editorial plan for the next 90 days, I’m going to think about what I can offer my readers that will align with the blog. A free checklist? A photo? Tips about how to accomplish something? I like to have a free resource available for download on lots of my posts. (Remember the movie Field of Dreams? “If  you build it, he will come” is true for blogging, too.)

Social media, too.

How will I get the word out? I utilize pins, posts and tweets to let people know what I’m doing and how they can benefit from it. So putting in when you plan to use social media is an integral part of the overall plan. Again, don’t create the pins, posts and tweets—plan them.

Tasks.

The final part of my planning involves listing tasks. If you are using my free planning tool, you have 13 weekly pages to list those tasks and schedule them in.

Scheduling your workload is freeing.

I take one day every three months to plan the next 90 days. Then I only have to look at my plan to know what I need to accomplish each week. It frees my mind up to concentrate on creating really great content that will draw people in and give them what they need.

After all, that’s what my blog is all about. How about yours?

Go ahead! Download your FREE 90-Day Blog Goal Planning Tool!

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How to Find Free Photos Update

How to Find Free Photos Update

Free Photos! YOU NEED AWESOME PHOTOGRAPHS!

It’s true that we are a visual society. When we encounter a page of text, few of us will spend much time there. Especially if the text is not broken up into small bites. That’s why you need awesome photographs for your blog! Awhile back, I wrote a post about finding free photos that would make your posts more engaging.

And now it’s time to update the list!

Since that last post, I’ve found an amazing site called Canva. It’s the easiest photo editor I’ve found for making images with text for just about anything you can think of. Although I do use Photoshop, Canva is where I design my pins for Pinterest, posts for Instagram, and blog images for O! Susannah!

But what’s even more exciting is that it is yet another place to find free awesome photographs you can add to your designs. (Yes, they have some you have to purchase, but I can almost always find something I can use for free.)

Let me give you an example.

I decided to design a Pinterest pin for “TOMES, A Weekly Digest of My Favorite Posts” which is something I send out to my subscribers. Here are the two examples.

This one was created in Photoshop. It took me about five minutes to create because I didn’t have the fonts and needed to find them and download them. The size is 120kb.

comparison

This one was designed in Canva in about 15 seconds. It’s drawback is size at 576kb. To do a third option, I decided to change the photo. Changing the photo was as easy as choosing one (this one I uploaded from Unsplash) and dropping it over the current photo. Canva immediately resized it to fit the space.

tomes.png

This time I decided to save it as a png and it was even bigger. It was 861 kb. If you understand Photoshop and use it, you can easily open the Canva design and resave it as a jpg or png to save space.

So do you want the download of places to find free awesome photographs?

Of course you do. Just click on the image there to the right. It’s a pdf with links in it to each place I found a good source for free awesome photographs.

So I ask you… what places have you found that you would add?

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1 John 1:7

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.