Friday, June 1, 2018

Interview with Dawn Paoletta

Dawn, from her Facebook Page

Today we have with us an amazing lady, Dawn Paoletta, a fellow blogger and a newly published author. She has had an amazing life.

Q. S. Hello, Dawn. It’s so good to have you with us today.  How long have you been writing? What caused you to start?

D.P.I can still remember writing in school and feeling the desire to say something sincere from the heart, yet feeling not quite clear about what it was, like a seed buried deep in the dirt waiting to root and emerge. I have journaled and been dabbling in writing all my life. Although I dabbled in writing privately, I pursued a career in fitness and only wrote in journals. When I came to a saving knowledge of the Lord, words started pouring out of me in poetic form. I still have the first poems I wrote in the Bible I had at the time. Suddenly that seed rooted from early on began to emerge, blossom and bloom wildly! It took me awhile to come forward and share my writing publicly. I felt God was leading me in that direction, but as one who had an unconventional education and dropped out of school, I had doubts about the details. I continued to write, unsure of what to do and where to go to share until on a white-water rafting trip knew I needed to share what He revealed of Himself to me with others. I literally felt that if I didn’t I would explode!

Q.S. You have a blog. Would you please share with us why you started blogging.

D.P. Yes! This feeling of I must do what God is telling me to do and trust Him with the outcome led me to start my first blog, Beneath the Surface: Breath of Faith in 2011. It was birthed when I finally realized God wanted me to share the gifts of writing He had placed within me and took the leap of faith onto the World Wide Web finally sharing that “The River, The Journey and The Guide”, after a few shorter practice posts to test the waters. I loved the way God gave me insights that blessed others while ministering to me intimately as well. My writing brought me joy and kept me close to the Lord during this season. In 2014 I shifted my blogging to a new blog on WordPress called Enthusiastically, Dawn, my real-life signature used which is loosely based on the Greek and Latin root word Enthous, reflecting one embodied and/or inspired by God. It is hard, if not impossible for me to separate my writing from the God who inspires me. (Here is the link to her blog Enthusiastically, Dawn.)

Q.S. Do you participate in a writing group? If so, how long?

D.P.I connected with a local writers group in 2013 and this has been an amazing blessing and opportunity to grow as a writer. I have also been able to participate in some great local events due to my being part of a group. It is a diverse group of writers from all backgrounds. Both published authors and newer writers participate in writing to a weekly prompt or whatever they are inspired to share. My work has been published in the last four anthologies with the group.

Q.S. You have a love for planners, I understand you make your own. How did this come about?
4.) The Planner Question! This comes from my many years working as a Personal Trainer, running a business, and pursuing athletic and educational pursuits. Planning and Journaling go hand and hand to me… God used my personal pursuits in physical fitness and business to teach me about the spiritual life I live with Him. He has always been leading me and guiding me into a deeper understanding of His grace and truth. I do love planners, but I am a terrible planner person! I tend to be very impulsive, creative and intuitive. The Lord meets me somewhere between the planning and journaling and reminds me He is my ultimate goal. He is my Happy Place, and when I keep His will at the forefront of my plans, dreams, and goals, I am a pretty happy planner and writer girl.

Q.S. 5)     Do you have any other book ideas in mind?

D.P. I have a bookshelf of books in my brain that I want to write or put together! I want to revise my current book, Journaling for Discovery and Delight, to make it larger and with room to journal within the pages. As a newly self-published author, I learned a few lessons the hard way, but I learn best by doing, so I do not regret my choices! I am working on a Poetry manuscript, and I’d like to publish a Devotional. I have a Fiction piece and a few other pieces that are in various stages of development. I believe I am meant to write a few more books, and it’s a matter of doing the work and being patient with the process.

Q.S. Please tell us about your family.

D.P.I am married to my best friend, Angelo- we’ve been friends since 1983 when we worked at a cafĂ© together in the city. I have a 17-year-old daughter, Katherine- who I love with my whole being!

Q.S. My next blog post will be a review of her book. of Journaling for Discovery and Delight – Creative Prompts for Your Journey

Wednesday, May 30, 2018


Times of Trouble Bring Rays of Joy, part 2

Do you remember hearing your parents say, “You are in trouble”? They did it because they loved us and had to correct our thinking. Because of all those lectures, a lot of us became better children and then better people.

As adults, we may have had or seen times of trouble. Jesus tells us. I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (ESV)

The various translations use different words for tribulation. 

You will find trouble in the world—(J. B. Phillips)

In the world you have distress. (CEB)

The world will make you suffer. (GNT)

You will have suffering in this world. (HCSB)

These words are all sandwiched between Jesus’ words

A special friend and I were talking about different issues we know people are facing. Some of these issues create feelings of distress. She referred to the name of my book. She said that having trouble in our lives strengthens us and makes us grow closer to God, if we allow it to.

One of my relatives called one day and, in the course of the conversation she sounded emotionally distraught and said. “The Bible says that we will have trouble in this world.” My response was, “Yes it says that but Jesus also tells us in the next few words that He has overcome the world.”

Looking back over my life, I see times where I have learned from my issues and my problem times. I am not the same person emotionally, mentally, or spiritually that I was a half-century ago. I am more conservative in my thinking; more realistic in my plans, and more mature on my relationship with Christ.

Monday, May 28, 2018


Times of Trouble Bring Rays of Joy: Thoughts of God and His Word
Times of Trouble Bring Rays of Joy, Part 1

Let’s explore the meaning of the title of my book.

Times: King Solomon, the wisest man in the world tells us,
For everything, there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven: (Ecclesiastes 3:1, ESV)

a time to be born, and a time to die;

We all have experienced these times. Births are a time of joy, deaths can be a time of shock and grief.

a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted ;

When we plant flowers or vegetable plants or seeds, we anticipate how the flowers will appear and how the vegetable will taste. As we harvest them, we are thankful that we have the vegetables for our tables and our freezers.

a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

We may have times of intense anger, we can also have times when that anger is dissipated. We also have times where we ‘meltdown’ and then we get strong again.

a time to weep, and a time to laugh ;

We weep when we are sad or get hurt, we laugh when we are happy.

a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

We mourn the loss of family and friends through death, moving, and sometimes, a difference of opinions. We dance when we are happy or when we are blessed.

a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;

We have times when we have to clear away our flower beds or our vegetable gardens from all the winter’s leavings. We also have times when we choose to gather stones for a display or for a rock garden.

a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

From time to time, we are made aware of a cause that we can support. We may or may not be able to support that cause any longer. In our town, we have had good missions groups have to close their doors. For people, reasons to refrain from supporting a cause may be personal but valid.

a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

We have times where we have need of certain commodities, we retain them for a while, and then we have times where we have to dispose of those items that we no longer have need of.

a time to tear, and a time to sew;

In history, the pioneers and then the frontiersmen and women, tore apart what they had when they needed bandages for someone who was hurt. During the Great Depression and for a few decades following mothers and wives sewed most of their children’s clothes.

a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

Sometimes, we have to learn when to keep silent and when we can speak.

a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

In our world, we have times of different emotions. God’s word tells us to love the sinner but hate the sin. In our world, we have had times of war, presently we still do. Yet, we yearn for peace. Peace, true peace, will not come until the Prince of Peace comes to live among us.

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