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"My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
my tongue is the pen of a ready writer."
~ Psalm 45:1

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I'm Leona Choy and I'm passionate about sharing my experience of creative writing with YOU.

Whether you're an aspiring Christian writer or an already published author, young or a late bloomer in your 70s or above, it's never too early or too late to pursue your writing dreams. I'm here for you.

I've had decades of editorial writing, teaching writers' workshops, conference presenting, publishing, and radio broadcast production.

I've written, collaborated, ghosted, edited, and published more than 50 books through both royalty publishers and independent self-publishing.

It didn't happen overnight! I was in my mid-twenties, exhausted, with three toddlers in tow returning from the mission field when I experienced the sweat and thrill of seeing my first piece of writing published in a giveaway Sunday School paper. No payment, but oh, how sweet to see my first byline! Read the whole story in ABOUT LEONA.

I knew God was calling me to write for Him. A long road lay ahead. For over 30 years I've been Executive Director of Golden Morning Publishing, our indie ministry. We've produced over 55 books, my own and also those of other authors. As your cheerleader and coach, I love to see you become published. Email me: at [email protected] to discuss your writing.

 

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YOU ARE NOT DONE YET!

9/28/2022 4:50:00 PM BY Leona Choy

I’m not done either. How do I know? If we are living and breathing and reading these words, you and I still have time to finish our course in life—our assignment from God. Not only to finish it but to finish well. Whether we have a day left or a decade, whether we are gifted, capable, or disabled, God has a destiny for each of His children. He expects us to fulfill our part and makes Himself responsible to accomplish it. “There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it (complete it) and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.” (MSG Philippians 1:6)

God has put the completed picture of what He expects of us on the lid of the box of our life jigsaw pieces. We may not get to see it while putting our puzzle together, but when we arrive in His presence, we will know as we are known. We will see and be what He intended us to become and to have done. We still have time to do our part while we are in our “earth suit” bodies. There are puzzle pieces that God is counting on us to fit into the right place so that His will might be done. We may even have to work in the darkness that is gathering around us in the UPSET society we live in. The Light of the world, Jesus, will be our Light. Let's not quit before the puzzle is finished.

The last few minutes of a football game can change the final score. God will shelter and protect us to outlast the storm, persevere, and endure to our last breath—to be faithful unto death or until Christ returns. We should trust God and finish like the apostle Paul declared in 2 Timothy 4:7-8 “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them that love his appearing.”

It is fairly easy to begin well—but to finish well is more important and more difficult. What begins, naturally looks toward completion. We don't have to be elderly to consider this subject. People finish their lives at different ages and in different ways. Illness, accidents, acts of war, hereditary factors, our own poor choices, and habits, or natural catastrophes cut life short for many who never attain an advanced age. None of us is guaranteed open-end time to work on this matter of finishing well. I must live purposefully in each moment every single day as if it were our last.

Many Christians who begin well don’t finish well because they take detours along life’s journey. Some deviate drastically from God’s purposes for their lives, others drop out along the way, and others gradually slip back because the way seems too difficult. They feel that the odds are against them. It is never too late. There is always hope. We can ask for the mercy of God and His forgiveness, re-calibrate our direction, and still finish well. God is the God not only of the second chance but of the third chance or the hundredth chance.

In whatever stage of life or age, we can do something about finishing well in the sight of God and man. I don't want to limp exhausted and in last place over the Finish Line of my life’s race, or to make it through life “as well as can be expected under the circumstances.” I can't imagine that God grades us on the curve. I want to finish with a flourish!

Biblical examples abound of some who were good beginners but poor finishers. Others were bad beginners but good finishers. King Saul began well and finished miserably. King David began well but in some respects finished with a considerably less than perfect score. King Jehoshaphat began well and finished poorly. His son began wickedly and finished admirably. The apostle Paul began frightfully and finished gloriously. Contemporary examples also illustrate both good beginnings and bad outcomes.

To finish well is the really big test! I don't want to simply coast to the end, do you? In my older calendar-challenged years, it is easy to let my guard down, to drift spiritually, to grow slack in my full obedience to the Lord. I have to be careful. All of us are in danger of undoing all the good and positive witness for God of our earlier years. Pray that God will give us wisdom and obedient hearts so that we may not disgrace Him as we near life's end or Jesus’ return.

I titled my blog “The Rest of the Way.” Everyone has a rest of the way. It doesn't matter whether a person is starting out on his journey of life in his youth or nearing the chronological Finish Line, we still have some rest of the way. I must live intentionally, spend my time well, and invest it rather than squander it or passively watch it fly by. We are to “occupy” until Jesus returns, to “be about our Father's Kingdom business.”

You and I might think we don’t have a public “platform” as large and visible as some. It might be quite obscure. Nevertheless, we have been given a circle of influence in the precise place God wants us. Let's be faithful to place our witness puzzle pieces “fitly joined together” in His designated places.

 



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