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What does it mean to be thankful?

Pursuing the Giver instead of the gift. Being thankful for His Presence, not just His presents. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Every Mom Can Blog

By: Delana H. Stewart  Every mom can blog . . . but not every mom can blog well. Here are 6 tips for how to improve your blog.  1.       Choose an interesting theme. The theme sets the stage of your blog. Will it read like a newspaper? Will it mostly display photos? How will the…

Media Kit

Media Kit Last Quarter 2013 ___________________________________________________ About Delana H. Stewart & Delana’s World Delana H. Stewart lives and works in the Middle East as an education consultant, home-school mom, writer, and speaker. Her goal for blogging at Delana’s World is to live transparently and provide encouragement to others. Delana desires to live a Christ-centered, joy-filled…

Ham, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato? (HBLT)

Now that I got your attention with a title like Ham, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato?, let me tell you what HBLT really stands for and invite you to sink your teeth into something rich. HBLT actually stands for Hook, Book, Look, Took. It is a preaching, teaching, and/or Bible study method used to grab a person’s…

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To the Moon and Back

One of my kids’ favorite books growing up was the story of little nut brown hare in Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram. Today’s daily prompt, Come Fly with Me, reminded me of two things: 1) That story and (2)The story of my daughter. The prompt suggests sharing a…

Thanking an Educator

Originally posted on Three Days at Sea:
September 24, 2012 Dear Ms. Flanagan, Yesterday, as our church honored educators, we watched a video about a neurosurgeon who contacted his middle school science teacher thanking him for encouraging him and telling him that he had what it took to be a brain surgeon. The video clip…

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The Lost Art of Letter Writing

Like most people today, I greatly appreciate being able to send messages quickly by text, email, Facebook, Skype, etc. And, of course, I love publishing on blogs. But, a recent packet in the mail reminded me of something very special–handwritten letters. My dad recently helped my grandmother (who turns 90 this year) transition into an…

Not in Today’s Obits

Today’s daily prompt is to write your obituary. At first I thought, “Now why would I want to do that?” Then I laughed remembering at a young age hearing about older people getting up and reading the obituaries to see if they knew anyone who had passed away. And there was always the joke about…

Daily Prompt: Adoption

  Adoption Today’s Daily Prompt: Pick a random word and do Google image search on it. Check out the eleventh picture it brings up. Write about whatever that image brings to mind. The eleventh picture Google images brought up perfectly tells a story in imagery that I told with words in my book Nine Year…

5 Lessons from My Social Networking Sabbatical

By: Delana H. Stewart Reevaluating: I can survive and thrive without reading and writing on blogs, Facebook, and Twitter for one week. A break allowed me to step back and reevaluate my life and my time and my priorities. Refueling: Journaling in my notebook fulfills the need for writing and also deepens my spiritual life,…

Writing Challenge: Your Story Wanted

If you are in the adoption process or have adopted, or if you know someone who has adopted, they may be interested in submitting their story to my Nine Year Pregnancy blog. I am also interested in the stories of adult adoptees who have a story to share about waiting for a reunion or a…

Weekly Writing Challenge: Easy as Pie

This week’s WordPress Writing Challenge focuses on the use of metaphors and similes, so I thought I would take the challenge and tell you what I think about blogging and what WordPress means to me personally. WordPress is the doorway of the publishing castle and the scribe must enter in by nailing his theses to…

Adoption in the News

I googled “adoption” a moment ago and clicked on “news.” It amazed me that after going through 15 Google pages looking for news articles on adopting a child, I came up with three (over the past week). Most of the rest were articles about pet adoptions. I love animals and do think they need homes, but…

Making Connections, Making it Real

Review by: Delana H. Stewart, Author of Nine Year Pregnancy I just love Aha moments. Moments when you see the light bulb go on in your child’s eyes. Moments when you can almost reach out and touch a connection being made. Tonight my daughter and I snuggled on the sofa and read books to each…

3 Reasons Why I Liked the Old Topics View Better

Anyone else out there frustrated by the way the “Topics” tab works now? Dear WordPress, If you really want to know what other WordPress viewers think about the new view, freshly press this and see what kind of response you get. I liked the old view better because: 1. I could quickly skim through hours…

Deep and Wide 101

One of my favorite childhood songs was Deep and Wide. I looked today for the origin of that song, but could not find it. “Deep and Wide, deep and wide, there’s a fountain flowing deep and wide.” A few weeks ago I penned a verse to go with that chorus– Lord, You are deeper than…

A Writer’s Confession

The Writer Give me paper and pen and I will write all day, all night. If I have not paper, a napkin will do, an empty gum wrapper the sole of my shoe. I’ve even been known to write on my hand until I get home to record it, and Add to my journal the…