Welcome to another addition of A Day in the Life! Today I am pleased to welcome T.K. Chapin to the blog. I first read his books when I was early in my blogging career. They are sweet, romantic, and heartwarming. I’m thankful he took a chance on me years ago to be trusted with his stories to review. If you haven’t read one of his book, I encourage you too. Check out his website listed at the end of this post and just pick one. I think you’ll be glad you did!
A Day in the Life of T.K. Chapin
My name is Benjamin Chapin and I write under the pen name T.K. Chapin. My wife and kids refer to me as Benjamin, while everybody else calls me Ben. I’ve been a full-time Christian author for a little over three years and every day is truly a blessing especially because my sister is my main employee and we have the best friendship now. Throughout the years God has blessed me and those I love beyond measure.
My typical day start at five o’clock. I get up early to give the first portion to God and get myself in the right frame of mind for the day. The passage in Scripture that motivates this habit is “Seek first the kingdom.” The rare days I do sleep in, I end up not doing my reading until later in the day and I can tell a huge difference in myself, so I try to avoid it as much as possible.
Right after putting on a pot of coffee I dive into the Word. I spend anywhere between 45 minutes to an hour and a half of reading in the Bible. I bounce between the old testament and new, sometimes do Psalms or Proverbs. To me it’s all about focusing on God. After reading I spend time in prayer. I am horrible with remembering who and what to pray for so I have an app on my phone to help. It’s called PrayerMate. I highly recommend it if your memory is anything like mine—poor.
After waking up my family on weekdays, I make my three beautiful children each a lunch and add a special personalized note for each of them. Many mornings include prayers for the day and laying on of hands. I try to draw a focus to the Lord for not only myself, but for my children. A lot of times the kids are kind of grumpy and I mention fruits of the Spirit to help them make better choices, the right mind set makes a difference.
By 7:30am on weekdays everybody is out the door to school, and my wife to work (she works at the Christian school here in town). Then, I drink some more coffee, maybe read and reply to some emails. Then, by 8 or 9am I start writing.
While writing I often pause and take breaks to walk around or pace obsessively. Sometimes I get stuck and watch sermons on YouTube or study additional Scriptures on BibleGateway.com.
I write throughout the morning and usually break at about noon for lunch and a phone call from my wife on her lunch break. If I’m editing a book, I often work throughout the entire day, but pure writing days usually end between noon, sometimes one or two. I can’t write for long without losing my mind.
Then, in the afternoon, before the kids arrive home, I’ll play video games or take a nap depending on the day. The video games are just something that takes my mind off my work and allows me time to rejuvenate, same thing with the nap.
After the kids get home, I help with homework when needed and then when my wife gets home I like to head to the gym. I try to go frequently, but it often varies. Sometimes it’s five times a week, sometimes three, sometimes once or not at all.
Arriving home from the gym, we have dinner and then spend time together as a family. Lately my wife and I have been trying to find slots of time where we can study the Word of God together inductively. Reading a few passages and then discussing their meanings and how it can apply to our lives. This is a habit we want to build, but it’s hard to always find the spare time. I do find myself more drawn to this type of study with her on the days I’m feeling a bit drained.
On Tuesday nights we go to a Bible study with other families who have young children like us. There’s always a themed pot luck before the study like Mexican food or Italian. It’s fun. On Wednesdays we try to get to church, but with it being so late (we don’t get home until after 8:30pm), we often aren’t able to attend since it’s a school night. A few months ago we began going to a church friend’s house for a fellowship meal on Thursday nights. On Sunday we go to church, and then my wife and I volunteer in the 1st & 2nd grade class while our daughter (who’s 9 years old) helps in the nursery.
Reading over what I have just written I can’t help but see that this all seems like a perfect kind of life, but it isn’t. We struggle and have pains just like everybody else. However, I do feel that I put a tremendous amount of focus and effort as a leader in my home into keeping God at the center. As a result of this daily and purposeful decision to sow seeds of faith, I have seen and will continue to see a reaping of the blessings this life has to offer. Yes, there is pain, there are valleys, but with our focus on God, I believe we have the power to enjoy the life He has been so gracious to give us.
About the Author
T.K. CHAPIN is an award winning Inspirational Christian Fiction author who designs his stories to inspire and tug on your heart strings. He believes that telling authentic stories of faith, love and family helps build the faith of believers while inviting non-believers into the reality of God. Each story highlights how God can work in the lives of those who follow Him.
Chapin gives all credit for his writing and storytelling abilities to God. The majority of his stories take place in and around his hometown of Spokane Washington. Chapin & his wife reside in Southeast Idaho and have three children. When not writing, he enjoys traveling, swimming and spending time with friends & family.
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