In honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, here's a little something I cooked up in Creative Writing for Children class at Bible College. It's only about 10% of the whole, but I can't find the file, so I'm copying from the old paper copy.
Jeff and the Pirates
Ever since Jeff could remember, he wanted to be a pirate. Jeff always though that the life of a pirate would be so cool—swabbing decks, taking people’s stuff and getting away with it, making people walk the plank, having a gold hoop earring and a parrot—he really thought he would like that stuff.
The life of a pirate seemed so much better to Jeff than his own life. Every day he would tell himself that pirates don’t have to go to school. Pirates don’t have to do homework or math problems. They didn’t have to do their chores or eat their vegetables. Pirates don’t have to dance with Elsa Kranz during P.E.
When Captain Crow’s ship came to his small town on the coast, Jeff was excited. He and his mother were walking along the beach one afternoon when the ship pulled up.
“Jeff, I don’t want you going anywhere near that pirate ship,” his mother said after taking only a glance at the large vessel. “Pirates are dangerous people. I don’t want you near them.”
“But, Mom!” Jeff complained.
“No ‘buts,’ Jeff,” his mother said. “I don’t want you going anywhere near the port until the pirates leave.”
One night, Jeff packed his backpack with his dad’s handkerchief, an eye patch he wore for his Halloween costume the year before, a change of clothes, and some candy bars.
“I wish Polly hadn’t flown away,” Jeff said to himself. “Polly would have been really impressed with the pirates.” Polly, the family’s pet canary, had been the jewel of his costume, sitting nicely on his shoulder last Halloween.
Jeff packed up all his stuff and waited for when he heard his parents go to bed. Once he was sure his parents were asleep, he snuck out of the house and ran toward the docks.
He walked quietly and quickly down the pier where the ship was docked. Before getting on board, he looked down the beach and saw the pirates walking toward him from the direction of the town’s only pub. He quickly jumped aboard the ship and ran below decks to find a place to stow away.
As soon as Jeff’s feet hit the deck of the ship, he was attacked. The ship’s dog started barking and biting at him. He tried fighting the dog off, but the large golden retriever was too strong.
The dog grabbed the backpack in his mouth and ran off. Jeff ran after him; he needed to get his stuff back. He ran around the corner and found the dog tearing into his back pack to get at the candy bars. Jeff grabbed his pack and took a candy bar out for the dog.
“Do you want this, boy?” Jeff asked, holding up the candy bar. The dog sat quickly and looked at Jeff with sad-puppy eyes.
“If you promise not to let anyone know I’m here, I’ll give you this,” Jeff told the dog, who smiled and wagged his tail. “Okay, can you show me where to hide?”
The dog stood and walked to one of the cabins. In the cabin was a bed. Jeff dove under the bed to hide. “Okay, dog, you can go now. Thanks,” Jeff whispered.
The dog whimpered and whined at the foot of the bed. Jeff remembered that he had promised the dog a candy bar. He took the bar in his hand and threw it out into the middle of the cabin. The dog ran after the candy and pounced on it. Just as he finished wolfing down the chocolate, the pirates came in the cabin.
To Be Continued…..
Many people ask: How can I get closer in my walk with God? Let's look at the answer.
When someone asks me that, I ask them what they are currently doing to get closer to God. Most people stay in the same routine, and never leave it. That is step one. You have to be willing to leave your "comfort zone."
Before you can even start step one, you must decide if it is worth it to you. Is it worth it? Is it worth having to leave behind all the worldly "fun" to pursue Christ? It is to some, and should be to all, but many choose to stay in their sin rather than leave it. The thing you must do to walk closely with God is make a commitment. You must be devoted to God.
Let's look at the definition of the word devoted. According to The Free Dictionary, devoted means "feeling or demonstrating loyalty or devotion; ardent; devout." You have to be completely loyal to God, following all His commandments and teachings.
Since you have to be devoted, and follow His commandments and teachings, you have to know what those teachings are. How can we know what the teachings of Christ are? We must read the Bible daily.
There are multiple steps in becoming stronger in your walk with God, but before you can start taking those steps you must learn to be devoted. Take the first steps in being devoted, and start learning more about the One you are devoting your life to.
I have written a book called weShine: Foundations of a Strong Walk With God. This book was written to help you build a strong foundation in the Word, allowing you to fulfill your calling. What is your calling? Each person is different in the ways they are called, but all are called to shine for God (Matthew 5:16).
Feel free to drop by my website for more information on the book: http://JoshuaBedford.com/the-book
The official website for the book is: http://weShineSeries.com
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It's done! It's finally done!
Well, many things are done. School starts tomorrow; it's the last day of summer break. It's Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer. I am three boxes away from being completely unpacked after our move on July 1.
But, most importantly--yes, even more important than school starting or the move being done--is that my newest book, Patient Love, is now done and published. As of this writing, it's available on Smashwords and Amazon and we're awaiting final approval on the print version through CreateSpace.
I will be hosting a virtual release party on Facebook on Friday, September 6 from 3 - 7 EST (12 - 4 PST).
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Patient Love is available on Amazon and Smashwords now! Don't forget to RSVP to the Facebook Release Party this Friday (September 6)!!!!
So, I'm supposed to write something about myself. Well, I am a Christ-follower, first and foremost; then a wife, now of 14 years; then a mom to a very busy almost-10-year-old; and then a writer. All of that, unfortunately, means my writing sometimes gets pushed to the back burner.
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