Thursday, October 27, 2016

Too Busy?

Rushing to and fro, working all day. 

Have a meeting over lunch, so I don't feel guilty about wasting time "just eating."

Talk on the phone while emailing someone else.

Use my hands-free cell phone while rushing home.

Walk the dog and jog at the same time so I can kill two birds with one stone.

Jump in the shower, scarf down some dinner.

Check email and phone messages.

Spend 30 minutes of quality time helping the kids with homework, 

Watch some TV to unwind, and drop into bed at 11PM! 

I feel like I've have accomplished much today. I might feel fulfilled and good about myself for being so efficient.

I wonder when do I get to be in silence and hear from God? 

What am I trying to medicate? What am I running from? Being too busy is the enemy of rest. 

Rest restores! Matthew 11:28 reminds us to "Come" to the author of rest. Are you weary in well doing? He will give us rest...but we gotta stop and wait for it. 

God help me meditate, not medicate!

Monday, October 24, 2016


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. October 23 2016: Orlando FL. The Florida Writers Association, Inc., (FWA) has announced that Tez Brooks of Orlando, FL won the prestigious Royal Palm Literary Award (RPLA). Brooks’ winning entry, The Single Dad Detour, won in the Informational/Educational category for Published Non-Fiction.
The award was announced at FWA’s recent four-day annual conference in Altamonte Springs, Florida. This annual competition, which received 479 submissions, was RPLA’s fifteenth.
“This is the most comprehensive and competitive RPLA we’ve ever had,” said Chris Coward, RPLA chairperson. “The RPLA administrative team, judges, and entrants all did an amazing job.”
In all, the competition covered 26 adult genres and 15 Youth genres, with published and unpublished entries considered separately. There were four grand awards, as well.
 “A win at any level can help a writer market their manuscript or published book, and the detailed feedback from the judges is invaluable for all entrants,” Ms. Coward said.
Brooks said, “I’m so humbled to be honored in a secular contest like this when The Single Dad Detour obviously contains a strong Christian worldview. There’s a lot of pressure for parent’s to be perfect. It’s my hope that single fathers everywhere will learn to laugh at themselves, find encouragement to keep going and know they’re not alone in their journey.”
The Florida Writers Association, 1,500 members strong and growing, is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization that supports the state’s established and emerging writers. Membership is open to the public.
The Royal Palm Literary Awards competition is a service of the Florida Writers Association established to recognize excellence in members’ published and unpublished works while providing objective and constructive written assessments for all entrants.
For additional information, visit the FWA website:, where you’ll also find more about RPLA and the complete list of 2016 winners.