In which I discuss being a Child of God, a Christ follower who fights depression,

who writes Spec Fic, makes photographic images, and is studying art and illustration,

who is a STEAM lover, math and computer tutor, and a 2A supporter.

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Study. Practice. Learn. Draw. Write. Live.

Gathering and uniting the Forces of STEAM with the Warriors of Spe C'f Iic.
Bringing understanding. Lighting the darkness. Defending mankind from ancient evil.

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My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me.
Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me,
and horror hath overwhelmed me.
I will call upon God;
and the Lord shall save me.
Evening, and morning, and at noon,
will I pray, and cry aloud:
and he shall hear my voice.

Sometimes, way too often, I fail God, but He picks me up, cleans me off, and helps me to continue on the journey of living life and writing for Him.
My childhood home was Alaska, where I had a fair share of adventures, and misadventures, including surviving the largest recorded earthquake to hit the North American continent.
I attended college in Oregon, and currently reside in the Seattle area. Many of my Works in Progress take place in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
In 2nd grade I became an avid reader, and in 7th grade I began the struggle with myself, and God, of whether or not I wanted to accept the title "Writer."
Since JAN 2016 I've been taking Prozac and I use this blog as a way for me to get myself to work on self-assigned writing projects, a way to encourage myself to get on with the adventure of being a Spec Fic writer.
My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the King; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. - Psalm 45:1 King James Version

And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us,
And establish the work of our hands for us;
Yes, establish the work of our hands. -Psalm 90:17

And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,
To devise cunning works, … to work in all manner of workmanship.
… and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom,
that they may make all that I have commanded ... - Ex 31:3 King James Version

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. - Psalm 19:1 King James Version

By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. - Psalm 33:6 King James Version

Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
Or ever You had formed the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. - Psalm 90:1-2

Thou, even thou, art Lord alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee. - Nehemiah 9:6 King James Version

For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name. - Amos 4:13 King James Version

31 December 2009

New Year's Resolutions

Books, Books, Books

Well, as I start working on this post, I just finished reading Leviticus, this last day of 2009, and I also wrapped up the year with some weights and a short walk.  I thought I'd also try to wrap up the year with a post here at Ruggles' Wanderings.

My New Year's Resolutions are to keep up with the weights, walks, reading, and writing, oh and continuing to study more math own my own.  As far as my Bible reading goes, I'll keep working on getting Exodus, then Genesis read, but I am also going to try to get started on another round of reading through the Bible.  I've read Cannonically - that is Genesis to Revelation, OT interspersed w/ NT front to back, and in reverse Cannonical order - that is Revelation to Genesis.  This time I think I will read the books alphabetically, that is Acts, Amos, ... Timothy 1 & 2, Titus.

Why the variety of reading plans?  So I don't get into a rut, basically - same reason I am going to read a different translation this time 'round.  In the past when I started on a reading plan I only had the King James and New International Versions.  Since then friends from my old church were dismantling their libraries, and I inheirited some of their books, including a collection of Bibles in various translations.

So this will be finishing up reading through the Bible for the 4th time, and starting a 5th time - not the first time I've done double-duty like this.  Also, the Bible is not the only book I have read 4 times, although I don't read most books that many times because I have so many I want to read the first time.  I have read many of my writing resources more than once, but other than books like that, probably the only books I've read through as many as 4 times are The Hobbit, and The Lord of The Rings, and it's probably time I read those again.

Although as a teen I never saw the value in reading through the Bible more than once, I've been a bibliophile since second grade.  I originally hated reading - or at least reading aloud to the class, and because of this reticence I was diagnosed as a "slow reader," and placed in a class full of slow readers.  Quickly I learned that whatever the problem was it wasn't an inability to read.  I quickly started sucking down books as fast as I could check them out from the school library.

Used bookstores, book fairs, garage sales, anywhere I could find cheap books in good condition, and I became good friends.  Books quickly accumulated around me faster than I could read them. 
My first love was science fiction, mythology, and tribal folk tales.  Later Tom Swift, The Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew joined my bedtime reading list.  Then I joined many of Jim Kjelgaard 's and Walt Morey's characters on a tromp theough the woods.  There were, oh-so-many-others as a child learning the love of reading, so many in fact I got in trouble for spending too much time reading instead of playing outside sometimes.

As I got older Alistar MacClean, Robert Ludlum, Clive Cussler, and Tom Clancy, among others, were added to my reading.  My interests grew to include Ancient History, Greek and Roman history, the Middle Ages, the US and foreign intelligence services and militaries, shooting, weapons, the Bible, photography, writing, math, and computers.

So, even though I was diagnosed as a slow reader in 2nd grade, once I got put in an environment where I could read what I wanted, how I wanted, when I wanted, I became the voracious reader I am today.  It was the books I spent a lifetime reading that have impacted my own writing, but like reading there was a time I wanted nothing to do with writing.


Lorrie said...

I never thought of reading the Bible alphabetically... I think I will try that next!

Best wishes on your resolutions :-)

DeWayne Ruggles said...

Thanks Lorrie, you too.

I couldn't think of any other plans, other than what I had done, so I thought "hey, why not?"

Thanks for reading.