8.05.2010

What Would My Life Look Like?


Those of you who have done NaNoWriMo will know that winners get a coupon to "publish" a free proof copy of their book with CreateSpace. I have been editing the book I wrote for NaNoWriMo last November, but as it came up to the cut-off time for the offer (June 30th), I realized I was not going to get it all finished by that time. I cast around for another thing to publish, and then I thought of my poetry!
A few days (and late nights) later, I came up with this:


When it was shipped to my house a few weeks ago, I could not stop grinning. Seriously, I was so excited! The book looked much more professional than I had expected, and it was just so cool to hold a book of my own poetry in my hands!



This is only a proof copy, and I'm not planning on selling it or anything (at least not now). But it is still really cool to have something so professional-looking to lend to my friends and have on my bookshelf!

In honor of this grand occasion, I thought I would share another poem with you all. This one is very dear to my heart, and is truly my heart's desire:


What Would My Life Look Like?

What would my life look like
If I humbly obeyed God’s will,
Walking in His light
And listening to His guidance?

What would my life look like
If I refused to judge those I meet,
Instead, looking at them in the light of God’s love,
And treating them with kindness?

What would my life look like
If I used my gifts to build up the church,
Became an encourager, a supporter and server,
Doing all for Christ?

What would my life look like
If I radically changed my lifestyle
So I would always put others first
Instead of myself?

What would my life look like
If I discarded all idols and distractions,
And became so fully in tune with God
That He never left my thoughts?

What would my life look like
If I abandoned myself to furthering the gospel
Unashamedly taking every opportunity to tell the truth
Because it is my highest goal?

What would my life look like
If I was willing to stand up for Christ
Speak the truth to those who need it
Even if it meant death?

For I know that death with Christ is life evermore.
Copyright Melody 2008

16 vivid thoughts:

Anna Olivia said... {Reply}

So neat. I also did NaNoWriMo in 2009 and recently received the proof copy! Terribly exciting. =) Will you be doing it again this year?

.lauren.anne. said... {Reply}

very exciting!!! I really am going to try hard to finish, so that I also will have the award. But school (public) just takes a ton of time. :)

Emma said... {Reply}

Very cool - I didn't do NaNoWriMo last year but I will this year. When is it?

Limwen said... {Reply}

Oh, that's so stupendous!!! :D I really hope I can win NaNo this year so I get that coupon. ;) How exciting! It looks beautiful (and your poem was beautiful)...

Sereina said... {Reply}

That's neat, Melody! And your poem you shared is really good.

Much love,
Sereina

Alexandra said... {Reply}

How cool! I love the front cover of the book, and the poem is beautiful :).

Amber Noella said... {Reply}

I'm wondering if I should do NaNoWrMo!!!!

Awesomeness! I'm so happy for you :) That's a lovely book cover. I love that poem too.

Galadriel said... {Reply}

I made one of these too--mostly short stories, though. It was fun...

Lindsay said... {Reply}

That's awesome, Melody! :D How neat. Oh, and I got the giveaway package in the mail a few days ago. Thank you so much! I *love* the prizes! :)

-- Much Love,
Lindsay <3

Melody said... {Reply}

Thanks everyone! Yes, I am planning on doing NaNoWriMo again this year, though I have to see how my schedule is at college... :P

NaNoWriMo is in the month of November. If you haven't done it, you should definitely check it out! It really is cool, and there are a lot of bloggers I know who participate. I've been doing it for two years (both of which I won, only one of which I got a decent novel out of!).
Here's the website if you want to check it out: www.nanowrimo.org.

Blessings,
~Melody

Annie said... {Reply}

That's so exciting! Your book looks beautiful :) and I love that poem. Thank you for sharing! You are blessing many in the blogosphere with your gift of writing and music.

Blessings,
Annie

Memzie said... {Reply}

That is SO cool! Congratulations!!! It is very beautiful!

Brielle {aka Guin} said... {Reply}

Both the poem and the book are beautiful! I love them! :)
Also, I have a question on guest posting: do you give the poster your email and password in order for them to?

Jessica said... {Reply}

Your book is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Thank you for sharing that lovely poem it is truly thought provoking.
Jesscia

Eden said... {Reply}

Wow, Melody! That is such a good poem. Praise God! It's one of my favorites now. :-) Would you mind if I reprinted it on my blog? Of course I'll mention your name and blog! I would love to share this poem with my readers! Blessings!

Evergreena said... {Reply}

What an awesome idea! I know how it is with the frantic editing... I went through my entire novel before I submitted it, and I'm still finding tons of mistakes in my proof copy. *sigh* But it is a lot of fun to show people my book in hard copy form.

I've always wanted to put together a book of poetry, but I never got around to it. Yours is so beautiful and professional-looking! It's pretty awesome that CreateSpace offers that incentive to finish Nano. :)

Blessings!
Evergreena

 

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