"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen


The Return of Monday Manna -- with a change or two

And I'll bet several of you didn't even know it had been gone! ;)

Well, for the past several months, I've thought about dropping Monday Manna altogether because of low participation. But after prayer and talk with some dear friends, they've encouraged me to keep it going, and in fact have it MORE often. SO, starting NEXT WEEK, Monday Manna, instead of happening only the first and third Monday of the month, will be happening every week. Of course, some of you have no idea what I'm talking about. So, here we go!
The purpose of Monday Manna to get together and get to know Christ more through His Word. Each Thursday, a Bible verse to ponder will be posted, either here at An Open Book, or at my dear friend Vonnie's blog My Back Door (we will be alternating weeks hosting). The following Monday, those participating will post their thoughts on the verse and link up at the bottom of the post in the Linky Tools gadget.

It doesn't have to be a long post -- just a few thoughts, a picture you feel helps express it, a poem, a short story, a devotional. Remember feel free to post whatever creative post suits your fancy!

The main purpose is to chew on the same Scripture and learn from one another.
Sound good? Look forward to seeing you. I'll post the first verse of Monday Manna 2011 here at my blog this Thursday, January 20, and the linkup will also be here Monday, January 24. The following week will be Vonnie's turn :).

In the meantime, grab our new, beautiful button (designed by Vonnie, by the way!).

See you soon!

Paving Rough Roads With God's Presence


  1. Joanne, I thought I had just missed your Monday Manna posts but didn't realize you hadn't hosted it lately. Don't let the size deter you from doing what has been placed upon your heart. Love the new button by the way.

  2. Oh, I'm glad to hear it! I don't participate like I'm supposed to (since I, um, don't really have a proper blog yet... gasp), but I COMPLETELY appreciate your Monday Manna posts. Sometimes it is just what I need to see/hear, other times it makes me think and still others it's simply a fresh dose of the Scripture. Either way - thanks for keeping it going. Thank you :)

  3. That sounds great, Joanne! I've missed it, even though I don't always participate. Maybe having it every week will make it easier to remember. Thanks to you and Vonnie for hostessing.

  4. Sounds great! Copied the new button to my blog and will be adding Monday Manna to my calendar. I'm gonna make every effort to participate more regularly... 'cause I love it. ;)

  5. Count me in...I'll be looking forward to Monday Manna.

  6. Awesome - I love Monday Manna!

  7. Glad it'll be every week. I always had trouble remembering which Monday I was on and then I'd miss it (or be too early). Thanks for keeping this up and thanks, Vonnie, for the new graphic and cohosting!


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