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Jill's Summer 2018 Newsletter!

"Is This Long Stretch Really Going Somewhere?"

Sometimes life reminds us of those long summer road trips in which the highway seems to go on and on forever. Hour after hour of driving with nothing to look at on either side of the road but trees right up to the road's edge. Are we really getting somewhere? 

Or perhaps you're involved in a seemingly endless endeavor—writing a book, waiting for life direction, tending an elderly parent, parenting a belligerent teenager, enduring a difficult marriage, or serving in a church that seems to be failing. It's easy to wonder if you're actually getting somewhere with your daily diligence and your obedience to the Lord. 

Please, friend, do not allow your impatience and weariness to stop you from continuing that project you know you are to do. When you are tired, draw deeply on the Lord's energy. He has plenty for the job and He will gladly give you what you need. When you are ready to give up, draw even nearer to Him. He loves you and will give you the perseverance you need. 

No. Don't stop. Keep going, one day at a time. It'll all work out if you don't give up now! 


"Let us not become weary in doing good,
for at the proper time we will reap a harvest
if we do not give up." 
(Galatians 6:0)

Wildlife Wonders


If you've known me for any length of time, you know I'm fascinated with nature and wildlife. As if to verify the "Long Stretch" message I wrote above, I recently learned that great white sharks have to keep moving in order to stay alive.

Yes, it sounds unbelievable, but it's true! While some sharks can pump water over their gills simply by opening and closing their mouths, great white sharks are among those that have to keep moving forward in order to avoid death by oxygen deprivation. If a great white shark stops swimming, it will die. 

Be like the shark!


"Press on...
Move forward...
Take hold...
Strain toward..."
(Philippians 3:12-14)

Writing Updates!

  1. Job: Shlobberknockered By Suffering is a Bible study booklet for individuals or groups and is now available! It can be purchased on my website in the online bookstore. 

  2. Risking it All: One Woman's Adventure Giving Away Her Income is completely edited and has gone on to my agent, Jim Hart of the Hartline Literary Agency in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While he considers how and when to approach publishers with it, he has advised me to keep my social media platforms active. Please pray for God's will in this long and challenging publishing process! 

  3. Twisted: Mindful Pretzel Consumption is Jill's newest writing project. This fun little book will include all sorts of information about pretzel making. Origins, legends, ingredients, baking methods, recipes, and trivia. You name it—if it has to do with pretzels, it'll be in there! As a 5th generation descendant of Julius Sturgis, the first pretzel baker in America, Jill has a lot to say about pretzels! Visit the Tom Sturgis Pretzels website! 

New Word of the Season!


(Verb) Old English; to rush around cleaning when company is on their way over.

Scurryfunge used in a sentence: "If it weren't for the occasional scurryfunge, my house would never get cleaned."

Summer Adventure / Family News

July 1st is a momentous occasion for us this year. It's the hubby's and my 40th wedding anniversary. To celebrate we gathered our children and grandchildren together down in Florida for a week. We rented a large home with a swimming pool, and we spent most of our days together frolicking in the Disney parks.

Later in July I'll be attending the Montrose Christian Writers' Conference in Montrose, Pennsylvania. Last year it was an outstanding event, full of helpful sessions relative to anything a writer may need. Book editors, Book editors, literary agents, and social media gurus present classes all throughout the week and are on hand for one-on-one chats. Just to hang around with so many other writers is encouraging too, and I look forward to dining and visiting with them.

Then, August 6th marks the hubby’s 45th anniversary of employment with ConAgra Foods, formerly Chef Boyardee’s. In honor of his many years of service the company will be flying us both out to Omaha, Nebraska for a three-day sightseeing trip. Omaha was the company’s headquarters for many years. As much as we are grateful for this unexpected adventure, even more exciting to both of us is the fact that in only two years Bob can retire!

In Closing…

I pray God’s blessings on you as we enter this new season of the year. Enjoy the sights, sounds, and adventures of summer and every moment you are able to spend with those you love.

In Him,
Jill Marie Thomas