In times of stress I find myself writing, possibly as a way to calm myself and think through a situation in a more rational frame of mind. It is a form of self-therapy in my life. Writing has always been a part of my life, beginning with journaling and then going further into writing books.
At a time when the world around seems uncertain and shaken, writing words of encouragement and hope soothes my soul, and I hope something I write will help others find a calmness in the midst of the world’s madness.
My first book, Little Gifts of Joy, came out at a time of deep sorrow in my life. It did not begin in this way. It began as a book to my grandchildren about life and the idea of looking for and finding joy in every day. It grew out of that concept into larger and deeper thoughts of finding joy no matter what happens in one’s life, a guide to abundant living.
From this beginning followed other books; all with the major themes of joy, hope and faith; books of encouragement and thoughts to lift the reader from the depths of sadness, heartache, sickness, despair and hurt into a realm of hope, joy, peace and renewal. My prayer and goals for my writings are to give my readers a ‘daily dose of hope.’ The world in which we live tries to steal our joy and drain us of energy and enthusiasm. My books give practical, down-to-earth, common sense suggestions as to how to find exuberance and practice abundant living every day.
Quotes are used often throughout the books because quotes lift me when I am down. Memorizing quotes, having them placed in my home where I can see them and read them daily is to me an instant spirit-lift.
My home is a place of renewal and a haven of tranquility to me, and in my books I often give ideas as to how to create a space of serenity for the reader and ideas on how to design a life of substance and joy.
A firm believer in the philosophy of remaining positive and thinking on joy, my writings encourage training oneself to re-think and change attitudes and give practical ways to do this. Finding ways to lift ourselves when the world is pulling us down is a focus for everyday living.
Words, the right words at the right time, can heal our spirit and strengthen our resolve. They can cause us to grow and stretch us to become more than we once thought possible. Words written in love and prayer can soothe the broken soul. This is my constant prayer for the books I put into this world.
Sandra Mansfield Wright has been called an interior designer for the heart, specializing in bringing more joy and hope into the lives of her readers and listeners. She is the author of four books.
Her book, 365 Daily Gifts of Joy, gives the reader a joyful devotional for every day of the year. Each passage, regardless of topic, points the way to joy and promises that God is there for us in every circumstance.
The Posture of Hope, Sandra's third book, will uplift and motivate the reader to find great power and security in prayer and in the reading of God's Word. A relevant book for today's stressful world, it teaches us how to replace fear with hope.
Sandra's fourth book, is an interactive devotional book entitled Growing in Hope, this book gives the reader a "dose of hope" for the day ahead. Always sharing uplifting and encouraging words to counteract the negative messages given by the world today, Sandra's writings are a breath of refreshment.
In Times Like These (to be released in 2020)
Visit Sandra at: sandramansfieldwright.com
Thank you for this article and the reminder about the power our words have to change lives--help and heal. It's critical to work hard at choosing the right ones.
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Each book a special blessing in my life!ReplyDelete
I love her books, I have them all and cant wait for the next one to come out , they are so uplifting ,and just perfect for these times we are in nowReplyDelete
You have such a positive, Christian outlook on life and always try to see the good side of us all. A rare gift. I am proud to call you my friend. Keep writing your ‘thoughts of joy’!😊
Sandy is a very caring, inspiring, gracious person.ReplyDelete
Thank you for these encouraging words! Keep writing!ReplyDelete
Words, the right words at the right time, can heal our spirit and strengthen our resolve. -- I love this. Thanks for the encouraging words and tips on how to change the tension around us.ReplyDelete
Great job, I enjoyed your post!ReplyDelete
Thank you Sandy, for sharing this with us on the importance of our words. Great books, can't wait until the next one comes out.ReplyDelete
Thank you everyone for commenting on my blog. I appreciate your encouragement.ReplyDelete
Sandra Mansfield Wright
A good friend of mine gave me your book “ Little Gifts of Joy”. Thank you for your encouraging words.Delete
Sandy's books are such a delight! They are uplifting and encouraging and I've given quite a few of them as gifts to friends who were needing that "little gift of joy". I highly recommend her books and her blog.ReplyDelete
Thank you for your postive words. They have made a difference in my life!ReplyDelete