Reason to Celebrate



I am still on blog-break until 3/24, but something great came up and I wanted to share it with you.

My first “officially published” essay is on FullFill Magazine’s Weekly ReFill blogsite!

FullFill Magazine is an on-line Christian publication. It has a blog contribution section, which publishes one blog entry a week on it’s site. I have been a subscriber for many months, so I thought I’d try to submit a piece. And they accepted it! Yay!

Although there is a comment section after the blog piece, Fullfill does not publish comments. So instead (if you have the time), you can come on back here after you read it, and tell me what you think.

You can view the essay by clicking here. I’m so glad you came by to share in my news!

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73 thoughts on “Reason to Celebrate

  1. Ceil…I am sooooo happy for you!!
    I tried to read the article several times. I kept getting a message that I needed to “download” something, and then it kicked me into several other web pages.
    I tried more than once…. but I was unable to get to the article.
    But…I did want to let you know how proud I am of you.
    I look forward to reading it.
    Hugs a bunch!

    • Hi Jackie! Thank you for telling me about your connect problems. I re-applied the link, so I hope it will work better for you?

      I really appreciate your enthusiasm, this is so exciting for me!! It seems like a little thing, but it’s so fun for me to see.

      If the link still doesn’t work, you can get it (I hope?)by going to

      Thank you again for your lovely comment, and heads-up on the connection πŸ™‚

      • Beautifully written!! How blessed you are to have such a friend….and she is blessed to have you. Thank you for sharing the link with me. I want to reiterate how proud I am that you are published. What a grand feeling that must be for you! And I share in your joy. You bring such joy to each one you visit and touch via blogs. I’m blessed to have a friend in you.
        Hugs a bunch,

        • Yay Jackie!! I’m so glad you could read it. Thank you for coming back to let me know you were able to read it.

          I know you are sharing in my joy, and that is such a great gift you are giving me! Wasn’t I so blessed when God brought us together? You make me smile!

          Hugs right back,

  2. Whoo hoo! Nice job Ceil! I am so happy ( and proud ) for you . It’s a really nice piece.
    Just the start of many to come .
    Love you.

    • Hi Barb! Thank you so much! I am so happy too, it’s so fun to see what I wrote on another site. I hope there will be other opportunities too πŸ™‚

      Thank you for being such a big encourager, I really appreciate your words. It’s great too see your comment!


  3. Yay for Ceil!!

    This was great! I enjoyed your essay, it was vintage *Ceil*…

    Love to see when the Lord blesses a sister with some extra goodies! You’re an inspiring writer, and He uses you mightily!


    • Hi Sharon! Thank you for your comment, it made me smile! (I think it was “vintage me” wasn’t it?)

      You are so generous with your support, and you always have been. I’m so glad you can enjoy this fun moment with me!

      Love you sister πŸ™‚

    • Hi Linda! I’m so glad you stopped by! Thank you for your wonderful comment. I know it’s not a huge thing, but it means a lot to me. So I’m so happy that you are here to share it with me! Yay!

      I’ll be back soon, I miss you too. It’s so funny, but I’m sure you felt it with your blog break recently. It’s nice to have a break, but it sure is fun to come back too.

      See you next week πŸ™‚

    • Hi Mari! Thank you for hanging in there and working to connect to the article. It’s so weird that some people can get through without a problem, and some can’t. I’m so sorry it was a problem for you.

      I really appreciate your effort to read it! It’s an exciting moment for me and I’m so glad you could experience it with me πŸ™‚

      Happy Wednesday!

  4. I loved reading your essay, Ceil, and I realized that I have many “trash collectors” in my life for which I am very grateful. Thank you for helping me to realize what a blessing they are and for putting it I to words. Congratulations on being recognized! xo

    • Hi Kitty! Aren’t you so kind to connect over and read the post…thank you so much! I am so happy that we are connected now, what a reason for joy that is too.

      I’m so glad you could recognize the thoughts in the essay. I think we all have a friend or two we can dump our trash on…and if not, we need one!
      Thank you so much for taking the time to come here, and read and comment. I hope we’ll continue to get to know each other better and better πŸ™‚

    • Hi Linda! I’m so glad you liked the essay, and went over to read it. You are such a great blog-friend!

      I will enjoy the rest of my break…I’m completing my at-home classes to renew my nursing license. Always something, isn’t it?

      Have a grace-filled day,

  5. Congratulations, friend! You have such a gift of taking the most unspiritual things and applying a spiritual message to it! I mean, really…a garbage truck? But you are right, we all acquire all kinds of trash and it needs to be gotten rid of! Enjoy the rest of your visit and thanks for sharing your good news with us!


    • Hi Debby! I know what you mean. I don’t know why the idea came to me, but I thought it was a good analogy. Our writing minds work in funny ways, don’t they?

      I will enjoy the rest of the week! I have to complete an at-home class to renew my nursing license, and of course, complete my taxes. Yay! Always something πŸ™‚

      Have an inspiring day!

  6. My dear Ceil, congratulations! This is certainly a time to celebrate and I am so thrilled for you, sweet friend! Your are an incredible writer and personally I think you could write MANY articles for magazines πŸ™‚

    I am off to read the article and I hope you enjoy the rest of your blog break.

    Much love and big hugs to you!

    • Hi Stephanie! I hope you can get through to the website ok. Some have been experiencing problems connecting.

      Thank you for your encouraging words. That’s just like you, my friend.
      I’ll keep busy this week, and I’ll see you back here on Monday πŸ™‚

      Have a blessed day!

    • Hi Dee! I am so sorry that the link isn’t working for you. I think I should let the people know at the magazine. It seems that some can get to it, and some can’t.

      I appreciate your trying to do it, and for your kind words! You are a great blog-friend πŸ™‚

    • Hi Lauren! Thank you for going over to read it, I’m so glad the connection worked. Phew!

      You are so right about the blessing of friendship. God knows we need him in the flesh to be comforted in sorrow, and to share in our joys.
      Thank you for being that kind of friend to me through our blogs.

      Have a great Thursday πŸ™‚

  7. CONGRATULATIONS and well done.

    Great article.

    I know someone who keeps re-cycling his trash in my lap. Same old problems (very minor ones thankfully) always re-occuring.

    Whenever he phones, I wrap myself in a blanket and go to sleep in an armchair, frequently saying “aha … yes …” to keep him talking.

    I’m very pleased at your good news. Congrats again.

    God bless.

    • Hi Victor! Thank you for coming by and going to read the article too. I am so excited! I know it’s not a very big deal, but it is for me. Thank you for sharing it with me.

      I bet you have more than one ‘trash recycler’ in your life. I am sure that you are an amazing listener. (I don’t believe you fall asleep!)

      So great to see you today πŸ™‚

    • Hi Peggy! How nice to see you today! Thank you for your lovely words, how nice of you to share your encouragement with me.

      I’m so happy that you stopped by to share in my news. It’s a small thing I guess, but it’s sure exciting for me. I’m so glad you could be here to share in it too.

      Have a wonderful Thursday! So glad you’re back πŸ™‚

  8. Just read your entry in Fulfill. A great reflection on how to deal with the ‘garbage’ in our lives! I am thankful for friends who listen to me, also. We get together for our Sat. morning coffee/therapy time. God planned it all so well when he made us to be connected to others in the journey. What would we do without them!

    • Hi Ruth! I’m so glad that you took the time to come over and leave a comment. Thank you!

      You are a lucky woman to have a whole group to meet with on the weekends. What a blessing! I love how you call it “coffee/therapy time”, because I’m sure that’s what it is.

      We do all need someone (or a bunch of someones!) to share our life with, and reset. God is good πŸ™‚

      So nice to meet you! I hope you’ll come back again sometime too,

    • Hi Mindy! Thank you for your good wishes! I hope you can view the site well. I did contact the editor and she said she’d let the IT people loose!

      Blessings my friend,

  9. Oh yay! Oh Ceil, I’m so happy and I knew it that you’re gonna make it!! Congratulations. Thank you for your sweet comment about my sewing – I said it’s not good because the sewing is not really tidy and neat but it’s okay I’m just beginner πŸ™‚ Purple is also one of my favorite color!

    Anyway, I have nominated for my Sunshine Award:) Thank you for being my sunshine.
    Been thinking of you, I won’t bother you because I know you enjoy your time with your family.


    • Hi Delvalina! You are not bothering me. I got my taxes done, now I’m trying to get caught up around the house. It is in need of attention!

      Thank you so much for nominating me for the Sunshine Award! Wow! I am so glad that we know each other, and have been able to encourage each other for these months. You have certainly made me feel wonderful.

      God bless you always. And you look GREAT in your dress, nice job!!

  10. Hi Ceil,
    just read your article, and enjoyed it. I think we all need someone to listen to us. I have a friend from the last town I was in, the one I meet up with every couple of weeks. We keep in touch regularly on the phone, and always listen to one another and pray for one another.
    God bless and see you back blogging soon.

    • Hi Brenda! Thank you so much for taking the time to read the article at Fullfill. Aren’t our friends just wonderful? God really knows how much we need them in our lives.

      You are really blessed to have a friend like that.
      I’ll see you on Monday when I start in on blogging πŸ™‚

    • Hi Jean! Aw…thank you so much my friend! You have been published and have spoken so many times…But maybe you remember the first time your words were printed? It is a really fun thing!

      Thank you for celebrating with me!
      Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

  11. Congratulations Ceil! That is exciting news! So glad you shared the link with us. πŸ™‚
    I enjoyed the post. Love the comparison – it is so true. In my own life, I am thankful for my husband, a sister, and a friend who provide me with this kind of support.

    Blessings to you!

    • Hi Karen! Thank you so much for taking the time to read the article. That is so kind of you.

      You have books in print, and you have such a successful blog…thank you for supporting my little efforts! And I am so happy that you have so many people who support you by letting you ‘dump your trash’ and declutter your life. You are blessed.

      I hope you have a restful weekend. Thank you again for your support!

  12. Ceil,
    I’d actually tried unsuccessfully to pull this article up a few days ago, and today it worked. As it happens, I’m also able to relate to it because of a phone call last night. A friend called from Dallas who moved a few years ago. She talked and talked. I was so exhausted that after the call I fell asleep in my work clothes in bed at about 8 o’clock and didn’t wake up until midnight. My poor dog was stuck outside in the cold during this time. But this morning I realized how few outlets she has to discuss the many events in her life, and I was glad she got a chance to unload. It’s funny about these relationships. I didn’t at all feel burdened. Next time, it might be me backing up the garbage truck. Thanks for sharing you article. Blessings, Diane

    • Hi Diane! Thank you for trying again, I really appreciate it. The editor of Fullfill did give me a different web address to link, so maybe that did it for you.

      It sure does sound like the you were the Trash Collector that day, weren’t you? What a great friend you are. And what a testimony to grace that you didn’t feel burdened.

      You are so could be you next time. Or me. It’s a blessing to hear and to be heard. No question. Great point!

      I hope you have a restful weekend my friend. Thank you again for hanging in there and trying again!

    • Hi Floyd! Thank you for taking the time to read the piece, I really appreciate it! And I’m glad that the link worked too.

      I know it’s a little thing, but it sure is exciting! Thank you for celebrating with me πŸ™‚

      Blessings my friend!

  13. Congratulations Ceil. That is certainly worth popping in from your break and spreading the good news. I’m hopping over to read your article now. I hadn’t heard of Fullfill Magazine.

    • Hi Laurie! Oh thank you, but I didn’t win any awards. I just got published, but that’s kind of like an award, isn’t it?

      Hope you are having a great weekend πŸ™‚

  14. Dear Ceil Congrats on the post being used in this way!! I will never feel the same about trash trucks ever again :o)
    Hope you are having a marvelous time on your get away, hope you are enjoying visiting your Dad! You have a wonderful gift of writing and encouragement to all who you touch! It feels so good to have a friend you can share your heart with and know your heart is safe…
    Yours Always, Roxy

    • Hi Roxy! Thank you for reading the article! And then coming back to comment too. You are such a good blog-friend.

      I did have a good time visiting my Dad! The weather was certainly nicer than back home. Vacation is over, but I’ll have the memories of sun and outdoor pools πŸ™‚

      Thank you for your lovely comments Roxie. I really appreciate your support. I hope we’ll always stay connected!

  15. How exciting for you! I thought it was very good! Boy, I am so thankful for the peacemakers in my life as well. It’s been a very hard week for me and if I didn’t have that special friend to talk and pray me through it, I think I would still be a mess.

    If you think about it, would you please be praying for rain and lots of it for us out here on the prairies of Colorado? It is so dry and so dirty out, that we are having to dirt proof our homes. It feels like the dust bowl and it’s very disheartening and hard.

    We had to clean all day of Tuesday from all the massive amounts of dirt blowing in our homes. My hubby and father in law are making screen like frames with plastic to fit in our windows, so when the next big dirt storm comes through, it won’t destroy the inside of our homes. πŸ™ It’s been so upsetting. It is so dry and desert looking out here. We need the heavens to open up and poor upon the lands.

    Thanks Ceil, you are an awesome Prayer Warrior!

    I look forward to hearing more about your trip once you are home.


    • Oh my goodness Amy, no wonder you’ve had such a hard week. I’m so sorry…it just sounds awful. Of course I’ll be praying for you! If you would like, I’ll ask everyone who visits here to pray too. Just let me know, and I’ll put it on the end of my Monday blog post.

      My heart is with you, and I wish I lived closer to help you. I’m so glad your father-in-law can help your husband make those plastic covers. I really pray that they will keep the dirt out of your precious home.

      Thank you for asking me to pray. You’ll be in my thoughts too,

      • Thank you so much for praying Ceil! I really appreciate it more than you know. We did get a little moisture on Saturday, so it did knock down the dirt for a bit. They are calling for more wind tomorrow and Thursday, so we are at least ready for this one.

        Hey, I was gonna ask you what your email is? I can’t seem to find it any where on your new blog…..

        I’d love to write back and forth with you besides through blogging (cause I sometimes can’t remember which post I commented on) πŸ™‚

        Have a good one!


  16. Ceil, great analogy. I too have a friend like yours…we depend on each other to listen well more then anything. Usually we don’t need advice, we are both old enough in the Lord we know the right things to do. But sometimes we get caught in the trap of our flesh feelings and can be a little blind at how much we are sounding like a victim. Always we end our meeting with, sorry if I unloaded too much on you and each time we both will say, hey that’s what I am here for. I can bear your burden for a while. Sometimes we don’t even pray about our discussion, sometimes we do but each time we are leave each other with a lighter burden. Great post my wise sister.

    • Hi Betty! Thank you for taking the time to read the article. We are both very blessed aren’t we? I agree that most of the time we already know what to do, but we still have a need to unburden the stress of the situation.

      I know what you mean about apologizing for all the chatter. I never want to dominate a conversation, but sometimes I’m like a volcano! Our good friends won’t ever stop us, only get a refill on the coffee, and walk every step with us.

      So glad you liked the post! And I’m so glad you have a great friend πŸ™‚

  17. Isn’t it a blessing when God puts loving and faithful friends in our path to hold us up when we go through misfortune… hardship…sorrow…or laughs and rejoices when we experience joy…blessings…success? I am so tankful that God has carefully chosen them to shape us into who we are and influence our character. β™₯

    Wonderful piece Ceil—congrats for being featured in Fullfill! I just signed up! πŸ™‚

    Sweet blessings and much love friend! β™₯

    • Hi Denise! No kidding. Where would I be without my friends? And they do help to shape our character, it’s so important to surround ourselves with good women. Like you!

      Thank you for your encouraging comments, I really appreciate them. And thank you for your presence on FB too. I always love to see you here and there πŸ™‚

      Have a wonderful, peace-filled Sunday,

  18. I’m so glad God’s got people! and he sends them to us to lift us up, encourage us and listen to us. So glad I get to be one of His people, to give back that way! Wishing you a wonderful refreshing on your break! Thanks for sharing with us!

    • Hi Mary Leigh! It is wonderful that God knows us so well. We need people to hear us and lift us up. I am sure you are one of those precious people to your friends and family.

      Thank you for stopping by! It’s always good to see you πŸ™‚

  19. Hi Ceil! I hope you enjoyed your break with your family in Florida. Glad to have you back. I absolutely love the idea of getting rid of my refuse. When I was in school for computer science, we used the term GIGO, which means garbage in, garbage out. I can’t wait to back up my truck and get rid of some stuff. My friend and I haven’t seen one another since February, so we’re looking forward to our meeting. I can’t wait to share your post with her.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Marilyn! It’s always nice to have a break, and then nice to come back too. Thank you for the welcome back!

      How fun that you get to see your good friend soon. Let the dumping begin! I’m sure you’ll have the longest dinners of all time. Friends are like that, aren’t they?

      Good to see you Marilyn. It will be great to catch up with your blog πŸ™‚

  20. Ceil, congratulations to you!! How wonderful! I really enjoyed your piece and find that it is so helpful to have friends like that, the women with whom you can be completely honest, raw and vulnerably — haha, just let it all hang out. It’s such a rare thing and you are so very fortunate to have a friend like that. πŸ™‚

    • Hi Anne! Thank you so much for taking the time to head over and read the article! I’m so glad you liked it too.

      I am very blessed to have friends (and sisters!) that I can dump on, and they can dump on me too. “Let it all hang out”…a perfect image my friend.

      I’ll be you have a few of those yourself πŸ™‚

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