Writing for The Supreme Editor

"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 70's 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 45 books through both royalty publishers and indie 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 byline! Read the whole story in ABOUT LEONA.

I knew God was calling me to write for Him. A long road lay ahead. For the past 26 years I've been Executive Director of Golden Morning Publishing, our indie ministry. We've produced close to 30 books, my own and also those of other authors. As your cheerleader-coach, I'd love to share YOUR sweat and thrill to see you become published.

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SNOOPY'S LESSON

5/17/2022 6:47:00 PM BY Leona Choy

I need this post desperately myself. I guess I'm having some kind of mid-life crisis in my mid-nineties. Here's my problem: I'm not doing so well reconciling the fact that I have limitations because of the normal aging process and other declining bodily conditions. I can't do the things I used to do or be out and about active as I had been all my life.

Yeah, yeah, I know I'm not the only one; many of my viewers are in the same situation. None of us have had a chance to rehearse for navigating the blessing of longevity. We have to learn to live the challenges as we go along. In a sense, it is similar to going through grief from other kinds of loss. We are losing abilities at which we've been previously proficient and are grieving the loss of opportunities that result.

I've found that an antidote to my own despair or discouragement or struggle is to intentionally encourage others who are going through their own trials. And in the process, I've discovered just how much I need encouragement from others myself in order to thrive and stay uplifted and fruitful. If that is in short supply, I must do what the Psalm writer King David did when there was no one around to lift him up. “He encouraged himself in the Lord.”

I find “self-talk” profitable and biblical. David scolded himself in Psalm 42:5 “Why are you down in the dumps, my soul? Why are you crying the blues? Fix your eyes on God— soon you'll be praising again....” Praising is better than whining or complaining.

Even Snoopy dog has something wise to teach me in the cartoon above. His advice is timely for me. The active years seemed to fly by and I have become a nonagenarian. There's no other recourse than to seriously begin pacing myself. I need to, albeit reluctantly, cut back on my activities and especially my expectations of myself. Not to regress but simply cut back. And not to moan about it.

I express it through the fingers of both hands: On one hand, I use my five fingers for five words to remind myself: “I can't do this or that anymore.” And on my other hand, those five fingers contradict the other hand by declaring: “But I can still do this!” I have two lists of things that both of my “speaking” fingers represent. But it takes both hands together to applaud whatever the Lord ordains for my life journey. Therein is contentment. Therein is peace.

It's okay. I accept that I can't do certain things anymore. I also accept that there is much, sometimes of a different nature, that I can still do to please God and accomplish His purpose for my life while I'm in these latter calendar-challenged years. That's the natural way God planned for the progressing seasons of life. The Lord knows what He is doing and it is always good.

I've had my prime seasons when I felt invincible and the world was at my disposal, the sky was the limit, and my energy to serve the Lord was boundless. There seemed to be nothing that I couldn't do. When that has to be scaled down now, it doesn't diminish my worth to God or affect His love for me, His pleasure in me, or His overall plan for my life. I am still in the Lord’s Plan “A”.

I have a lot to learn yet. So did the Apostle Paul. He was always learning to live through the contrasts and go with the flow of life, whatever God was taking him through. He always seemed to be hitting speed bumps to slow him down or redirect his zeal. He said he had to learn to be content whether he was in a lean season or an abundant one; whether he was lauded and applauded, or persecuted and beaten; whether he was young and zealous, or experiencing the weariness and weakness of aging; whether he was welcomed or rejected; mobbed by crowds or suffering the loneliness of imprisonment; doing the teaching himself, or discipling younger followers to carry the torch after him.

“To everything, there is a season” and as the seasons of nature are different from one another, so are the seasons of my life. To accept that is contentment and satisfaction.

Self-talk again: “O my soul, pay attention! As the years go by, you need the grace of contentment in large doses. Quit whining about your losses and celebrate the precious remaining opportunities God is still abundantly offering you!” Psalm 103:5 is my guidepost: “He keeps satisfying you [me] with good things, and He keeps renewing your [my] youth like the eagle’s.”



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