I remember a few years ago, when I decided that it was time I began crossing items off my bucket list. For those of you who have not given your mortality a lot of thought, a bucket list is the things you’ve always wanted to do or want to do before you die.
That year, I decided to become a certified scuba diver. I had done a couple of dives in Key West, Florida so knew I’d like it. I enrolled in a course, did all the classroom work, spent the required time trying everything out in the water, and then, on the third day, drove to the beach again where I would do the certification test in the water. I was nervous.
A verse flowed to the surface of my mind. It moved the fear aside, as I suited up and began to walk into the water. In the book of Philippians, chapter 4, verse 13 says, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” That verse gave me the confidence to complete the requirement for scuba certification. Even at forty feet, when the instructor left me to find a couple of other students, I was able to remain calm as I concentrated on that verse.
Now, I really don’t believe that God meant for us to rely on those words to accomplish personal goals as much as to accomplish the things He asks us to do for His honor and glory. There are times when God asks us to step out of our comfort zone into a situation that makes us feel uncomfortable. During those times, He promises to give us the strength to obey and accomplish what He has asked us to do.
Sometimes, placing ourselves in a situation where we can pray for another human being makes us feel uncomfortable. We’re not used to praying out loud or in front of someone else, but there’s this person looking you in the eye, expecting. God will give you the strength for that situation.
Rely, not on your own strength, but on the strength that God has for you, seeking His words, and His compassion for that person. Be confident that God already knows the problem and He will use you to touch the life of another human being … if you rely on Him and Him alone. You may still be nervous inside but you will accomplish whatever is set before you with Him.by
Thank you Barbara for hosting me! I always enjoy talking about Sassy Pants and delighting children with another story in the series!
Carol, Can you tell us about your new book?
Sassy Pants Learns About Strange Creatures Sassy Pants Learns…about strange creatures is a continuation of the story of Sassy Pants learning to overcome difficulties she, in large part, created. In this story she tackles fear and worry—fear of her father’s reaction, and fear of those animals different from the ones she is used to. Her worry and fear make the situation much more scary than it really is. When she faces the situation instead of running away or hiding, she finds friends and learns to call for help when it is needed. By calling for help, and help comes, she has a new picture, a bigger, more complete picture of her father that’s not scary at all.
What is the message in your book that you want your readers to grasp?
There are actually two. The first is that if we can keep from being offended by differences (like looks or smell) we may find a good friend. On the other hand, some strangers are truly dangerous. We need to learn the difference and know who to call for help.
The second is that fear and worry exaggerate our problems. The good news is that we can overcome fear and worry.
What inspired you to write this book?
My husband urged me to write a sequel to the first book in the Sassy Pants series. He argued that she was so naughty in the first book that I should give her the opportunity to redeem herself. But I didn’t have another story in me. I even asked God’s help in convincing him that there were no more stories, and that was when God downloaded the rest of the series! So…here we are!
For those who aren’t familiar with your work, can you tell us a little about yourself?
I began writing in 1996 about highly sensitive people and how sensitivity affects you as in individual. My purpose was to give voice and vocabulary for people’s experience of life. It was a lot of work and I was relieved when done! I told God that I didn’t want to write any more hard books. I guess He was good with that because that is when He downloaded the stories in the Sassy Pants series!
Whether I am writing for adults or children, my focus is to leave the reader not only with a nugget of knowledge, but that they are in some way wiser, stronger in character and more able to make wise decisions. I believe humor helps us learn more easily so you will find I use it liberally!
How long have you been writing?
I began writing in 1996, as a way to save my sanity during recovery from M.S., but I have been telling stories f.o.r.e.v.e.r! (Probably more like 65 years of story telling.)
How many books have you written?
I’ve written 3 for adults and about 10 for children…3 of which are published.
“I began telling stories when I had enough brothers to make an audience!” (four brothers and one sister) My husband and I reside in Grand Rapids, MI. with my elderly mother. We have two daughters on the west coast, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. I was raised in a farming community in Iowa. I enjoy reading, nature and music, playing the piano, knitting, crocheting, painting and telling stories! As a retired educator, “I dedicate myself to knitting sweaters and spinning yarns!”
Sassy Pants, a lovable character developed by author Carol A. Brown, reveals another side of her character in “Sassy Pants Learns About Strange Creatures”. Sassy Pants, a little pink pig, is curious but her curiosity sometimes gets her into trouble. This delightful children’s story is a chapter book that will keep readers involved to the end.
Links: website – http://porchlight.joystarters.com
Twitter account: http://twitter.com@CarolABrown4
Buy on Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Sassy-Pants-Learns-Strange-Creatures/dp/0996495355/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1447946809&sr=1-1&keywords=Sassy+Pants+Learns+About+Strange+Creatures