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About jameswatkins

Author and speaker

Encouragement, entertainment, etcetera . . .

April 22nd, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Hi, I’m Jim Watkins: author, speaker, and threat to society, offering more hope and humor than you can shake a memory stick at.

350+ articles on everything from sects to sex. (Scroll down for latest.)

Book excerpts including my latest God, I Don’t Understand and Overcoming Fear and Worry

Comedy/drama scripts

Jim Talks: Like “Ted Talks” only funnier

Writers’ resources

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encouragement, entertainment, James Watkins

Happy Administrative Professional Day!

April 22nd, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

If you’re an administrative professional, I have a few posts to celebrate you!

As editorial director at a publishing house, I could be gone for days at a time, and projects would continue moving smoothly along. But if my editorial assistant was gone for a day, the whole office went off the rails. (Thanks, Roxanne, for being the best!)

Top ten difference between “secretaries” and “administrative professionals”

APs win gold in Office Olympics

Are you your own AP? (The joys of working from home)

And a Happy Administrative Professional Day to my student intern, Abbie Kessler! (See pic.) If you’ve noted positive changes on my website and social media, that’s Abbie’s great work. She’s a senior at Taylor University and looking for a job in editing or English as a second language. So, if you have a opening or know someone who knows someone, please get in touch. I would highly recommend her!

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Hope, humor, Holy week

April 14th, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

It’s Easter week, so here’s the Easter story in chronological order: divided into seven sections so you can read a portion each day of the week:

Good Friday
Easter Sunday
[From Jesus: His Life and Lessons]

And here are my favorite Easter posts:

Easter cartoons
Easter eggs-pose’
Easter quips and quotations
Chocolate bunnies are good for you!

Palm Sunday
When praises turn to ash

Maundy Thursday
Knowing who we are One of Christ’s last acts revealed who he was

Good Friday
“It is finished!” was announced before Christ’s resurrection
They just don’t make crosses like they used to

Resurrection Sunday
Action-figure Jesus
When “It’s Friday, But Sunday’s Comin'” just isn’t enough

Have a very meaningful week!

From a donut shop far, far away . . .

April 12th, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Here’s my favorite cartoon of the week:

For more visit my cartoon archives.

Have a great weekend!

Seven things I’ve learned from ‘FreeCell’

April 8th, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

After a long day of writing or editing, my brain is SillyPutty by 6 pm, and so the only thing I want to do in the evening is crank up Pandora and play “Freecell.” But more than a mindless waste of time, I’ve learned some valuable lessons from the electronic solitaire game:

1. You don’t have to play the cards you’re dealt

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Don’t be an April fool

April 1st, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Fake news. Urban legends. Conspiracy theories. What used to be limited grocery store tabloids, is now on the Internet, your email in box, and social media.

So, April Fools Day seems a good time to remind us all to—as my high school journalism teacher warned— “Verify. Verify. Verify. If your mother says she loves you, check it out.”

So here are some my favorite posts on how to spot year-round April Fools pranks:

Ancient prophet warns against conspiracy theories

The truth about urban legends

Verify. Verify. Verify.

Don’t be an April fool!

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Do you want to write a book?

March 29th, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

I’m having a wonderful time at the Blue Lake Writers’ Retreat in warm Alabama!

Here are some helpful posts if you feel a nudge to write:

Does your manuscript need CPR: Consultation, Publishing assistance, and Rewriting?

From stage to page: turning messages into manuscripts (If you’re a speaker, you need a book!)

Police officer grills author on how to “break in” (to publishing houses)

So. you want to write a book?

But wait! There’s more.

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Our work in God’s work

March 25th, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Yes, God can do anything, but there are a lot of things he won’t do. For instance, we read in Luke 9:

      Late in the afternoon the twelve disciples came to him and said, “Send the crowds away to the nearby villages and farms, so they can find food and lodging for the night. There is nothing to eat here in this remote place.”

      But Jesus said, “You feed them.”

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ADD, ASD, OCD . . . and me

March 22nd, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Hi, I’m Jim. I’m on the “spectrum” with some mild autism that expresses itself in craving routines and time alone, as well as general quirkiness. When my daily rituals are disrupted, I feel all nervous and jittery.

My work week has been thrown out of routine by watching sick granddaughters. The youngest is still home today. (I love, love, love them, and I was able to get a lot of work done since my laptop is my office. It is such a privilege to be an important part of their lives.)

Plus, this morning, I fasted for routine blood tests, so I didn’t get my ritualistic breakfast sandwich and dark chocolate.

Then I learned that a very important person in my ministerial life—Robert McIntyre—died, and I want to be at his funeral, but that throws my Friday completely out of whack.

Then Faith invited me to go with her to IKEA this Saturday on a dad/daughter date. (I love. love, love hanging out with my oldest, but that also throws off my weekend routine.)

And next week is the Blue Lake Retreat, and I’m already stressing about air travel and being with people 16 hours a day. (I love, love, love the retreat and I love, love, love the people!)

Ninety percent of you, you’re thinking, “I always knew Jim wasn’t right in the head!” But for those of you with ASD or clinical depression or ADD or [fill in the blank], you know that struggle is real—albeit completely irrational. And so, I am feeling all anxious and twitchy.

Thanks for your prayers. And for those of you that struggle with mental health issues, I can pray for you with great empathy. (Click for hopeful and helpful articles.)

Most of the time, I am grateful for this thorn in the brain. God promises and the apostle Paul affirms:

      “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

So, I’m looking forward to the weekend and the retreat. I’m dreading the weekend and the retreat. That’s my life!

Copyright © 2019 James N. Watkins

‘In this world you will have trouble’

March 18th, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

One Sunday I made the mistake of teaching on John 16:33:

      “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (emphasis mine).

Immediately after the closing prayer, one family went out into the sub-zero weather to find that they had left the van’s lights on and their battery was dead. Another family discovered their four-year-old had gotten into their van, turned it on and backed over a parking bumper. The worship leader went home to find her husband gone with a note telling her he wanted a divorce. That night the church’s hot-water heating pipes froze up and the parsonage’s furnace broke down. A parishioner offered to thaw out the church’s pipes with a blow torch and caught the building’s sub-flooring on fire. Then things got worse!

The next Sunday, I promised to never, ever to speak on that passage again.

“Trouble” seems to be life’s default setting: flat tires, kidney stones, IRS audits . . . the list goes on and on. So, I’m assuming you and I will be facing some trouble this week. But Christ offers us “peace” and “overcoming” victory this week as well. That’s why Paul can write:

      But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed (2 Corinthians 4:7-9).

So, I hope you’re having a “but not” week! We will have trouble, but not defeat!

Copyright © 2009 James N. Watkins

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