If This Is Your Last Day On Earth

“Death Comes As The End” is the title of one of Agatha Christie’s novels. It’s a catchy title but it isn’t true. I know: there are many different beliefs around the world about death. Most of them are comforting and untrue. Some people believe we just keep coming back to life in another form or as another person, until we finally get it right, and earn our way to the blissful, peaceful wherever.

Others believe that everyone goes to heaven when they die. They reason that a good God would never really send anyone to hell. Since these folks believe in a celestial grandfather who never does anything about bad attitudes, bad behavior or sin, we will all magically be perfect and be allowed entrance into heaven.

Many people believe that when we die, that’s it. It’s over. You lived your life and there are no consequences good or bad. It’s just over.

I’m not even going to get into all of the cults (false religions) that are out there, pretending to believe in the One True God, but denying the deity of God’s Son–the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for those of us who have put our faith and trust in Him. If you want information on those religions you can read Walter Martin’s book “The Kingdom of the Cults.”

The truth, as uncomfortable as it seems to be for the majority of people, is that we were all created by a loving, benevolent God, who created us for His fellowship.

The truth is, we are not a cosmic accident of science or evolution (another religion that does not want to have any accountability in this life). We were deliberately, wonderfully created (see Psalm 139). God chose to create us. Therefore we have value. He already loved us. He planned from day one of creation and before then, to one day send His only begotten Son to die on a cruel cross for OUR sins, in order to offer us eternal life with Him. He gave us a purpose. He placed His value on us. When we ask His forgiveness with a genuine desire to change, to become a better person, He forgives us; He clothes us with His righteousness (since we have none of our own); He justifies us (sees us as if we had never sinned); He never brings up our past because He chooses to forget it; and He places His Holy Spirit (or Holy Ghost) in our hearts that we may learn more about God. He prepares for us a place in His celestial palace where we may live with Him eternally. He calls us sons and daughters. He adopts us into His family. We can’t earn it, can’t be good enough. If we could we’d have something to brag about; we’d be constantly engaging in one-upmanship with other believers, trying to see who was the best servant, the best Christian, the most dedicated, the most deserving, etc.

For those of you who choose not to believe in a loving God, consider this: if this was your last day on earth, what would you do? Go out with the biggest, baddest party ever? Shoot yourself? Go out with a last Hurrah? Would you crawl into a hole and hide? Would you spend it with family? Would you go around trying to make amends to all the people you have hurt, cheated, lied to or about? What would you do? Would you weep? Would you be frightened?

Did you know: You can’t threaten a true believer with death. We are not afraid to die for our faith. After all, if you kill us we’ll just got straight to God–one way ticket: do not pass go, do not collect $200. We’re there. Scripture says to absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. I’m not afraid of dying; I’m afraid of suffering. However, if it is God’s will for me to suffer for Him, I pray He’ll give me the strenght to endure to the end, because I’ll never suffer anywhere near as much as He did for me.

So, if this is my last day on earth, my prayer is that God will put a fire in my bones like He did with the prophet Jeremiah, that I may spread His word throughout the world. If just one person turns his/her life over to Christ because of something I post, or say, or sing, then I have done something for my Lord. He deserves all of my time, all of my attention, all of my love. All of my efforts are so inadequate, but He is able to make something beautiful out of all of my meager efforts. I want to spend whatever time I have left on earth praising His name, thanking Him for all of His mercy and grace poured out on me. I want to hear Him say, “Well  done, thou good and faithful servant” when I meet Him face to face one day.

Rom_13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

Finished the First Draft

Here is excellent advice on what to do with your completed first draft, and how to go about the editing process. I’m keeping this info handy!

Anna Dobritt -- Author

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Finished the First Draft

Once you have poured your heart and soul onto the page, you can’t help dreaming this manuscript could be a best seller. I think most writers have that thought cross their mind each time they type The End.

Before you start planning on spending the millions your book is going to make, you need to do a couple of things first.

  1. Set the work aside for a week to a month, depending on how impatient you are. Let things settle in your mind, work on another piece of writing or an outline for a new story. Do not touch what you just finished, no matter how great the urge.

Tic-toc. Tic-toc. Tic-toc.

  1. Time has passed. Pick up the manuscript you finished and read it. Keep a notebook handy, because you will find things that need to be fixed. Whether it’s punctuation, grammar, or plot holes. Make…

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The Email Marketing Trap Fiction Writers Must Avoid

The Email Marketing Trap Fiction Writers Must Avoid.

http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2015/06/the-email-marketing-trap-fiction-writers-must-avoid/

I do not have permission to copy/paste the article here, If you are struggling with getting your book noticed, trying to promote your work, and feeling a little overhwhelmed, please click on the http link above. It may prove helpful in determining whether or not email/newsletter marketing is the best route for you. Leave me message. Let me know what works for you. I’m struggling too.

 

 

Feeding is not nourishing…

King David, the Psalmist, prayed, “Lord, restore unto me the joy of my salvation.” Joy is part of the fruit of the Spirit, which God gives to us freely when we keep our relationship with Him in sync. Praising God with my full attention, with my whole heart gives me supreme joy. “I could sing of His love forever. . .”

MEANINGS AND MUSINGS

Busy-ness and stress are no strangers in my life. I am adept at managing it all. To replenish my energy, I meditated, slept the requisite 6 hours, ate nutritious food, made lists and check them off – everything to ensure daily life ticks over as it should. Well, I probably could have gotten more than 6 hours sleep if I ‘gave up’ writing but life would be unbearable :-).

Then a friend reminded me to nourish myself. It was then I realised in the midst of ‘doing’ living, I’d somehow forgotten to care for myself. You see, to look after myself as in to nourish myself takes more than eating the right foods and sleeping the recommended number of hours. I know this.

In essence, nourishing is more than meeting biological or physiological needs. Nourishing is about feeding the spirit and soul. By the way, nourish comes from the…

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… yeez like short stories with a twist of humour?… here’s yer man… Author Alan Brindley…

Intriguing intro to this short story. I’d like to read the rest.

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…Author, Alan Brindley’s first short story sortie on to the Great God Amazon Kindleis up and running… have a look… :

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Alan was born in Walsall, West Midlands but has also lived in Sheffield, Dudley and Wolverhampton. He currently lives in Rugby Warwickshire.He began writing at an early age and would often spend hours writing stories and songs. Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl and Susan Townsend were early inspirations and Alan would often attempt to imitate their work as a child.After reading a number of Simon Kernick stories in his 20’s Alan began to consider taking up serious writing. 

Finally in 2015 after a number of abandoned projects he completed his first short story ‘Nigel’s Luck’ and it was published on the amazon kindle in June.

Alan loves to read thrillers and cites Simon Kernick, Mark Billingham, Stephen Edger, Chris Carter and Oliver Stark as his influences…

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Perfection

This is so beautifully worded. Jesus is our role model and the perfecter of our faith. Scripture tells us to have the mind of Christ, not another human being. We are admonished to follow the Holy Spirit, our leader and guide into all truth (not philosophy and science that discredit God)

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If we could have achieved perfection on our own, we wouldn’t have needed Jesus. – Jennifer Dukes Lee

We work so hard to have perfection in every area of our lives. Yet, whose perfection are we working to achieve? Is it the perfection of the Pinterest mom? Do you feel the need to be extra crafty, a perfect, DIY gal, making all the cute little cupcakes and crafts for the party? Is it the homeschool supermom who knows exactly what her child needs in every subject and on every lesson? Is it the grill perfect dad, knowing just when to turn that perfect steak, when to add that very last seasoning to make the meal of a lifetime for all your friends to drool?

Or maybe it’s that perfect businessman, knowing exactly when to press in for the deal and when to walk away, leaving them begging for more? Maybe…

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Christians Arise

Let me begin with a struggle of my own, but which I feel is common among believers.

Ants. My “house” (travel trailer and only home) has tiny black ants. Can’t tell if they are sugar ants, or the ones that come in looking for salt, or the ones that look for water. I am not overwhelmed with them; there are small clusters here and there, an occasional ant in my chair, a few on my computer, some around the commode, a few in the closet, etc. We have sprayed. We have taken everything out of cabinets, sprayed, washed every dish and surface. Guess what: they’re still here.

I have pleaded with the Lord to take them away. I feel like I’m under a plague because they won’t go away. I even got bit while in my bed a couple of nights ago. This morning I wept before the Lord, asking Him to please show me what needs fixing in my life so He will take them away. I read my Bible, walked my granddaughter’s dog, prayed, read my Bible some more, prayed some more.

At last the answer[s] came: 1) I forgot to be thankful in all things. 2) I forgot to REJOICE in all things. 3) I forgot that every trial is for the perfecting of my faith. 4) I forgot that ALL things work together for good, for those who love God and are the called according to His purpose. Bottom line: I needed a new perspective and an attitude adjustment.

You see, as Christians we are bound to be heading for some major spiritual battles in this country as the world begins to see Christians as the cause of all of its problems. Galatians 4:21-29. We have (as a whole) become complacent because we have had it easy here. There are many of us that truly walk with the Lord without compromise. However, there are many others who do compromise with the world because we don’t want to make waves, hurt anyone’s feelings, or be criticized.

Jesus offended people in His day, and people are still offended at Him today. We need to speak the truth in love, but still speak it. We need to “not be afraid of their faces.” Jer. 1:8.

God’s message to me: Rejoice in these trials that you may be strengthened for worse trials to come. Be strong in me. Rejoice in my plan for you. If you can be patient through this trial, you will come forth as gold. Rejoice that I have enough love for you to teach you these lessons and make you stronger. Rejoice in Me, for I have overcome the world, and given you eternal life. Worship and praise Me. Be willing to become more like me. 

The Ten Commandments of Blogging

Originally posted on holisticwayfarer.com

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1. Thou shalt not waste readers’ time. Offer up thy readers a worthy sacrifice that they might take and be satisfied.

2. Thou shalt honor thy muse. Be prepared in season, out of season to seize inspiration when she comes that ye might write, dance, photograph, paint thy bliss. Be not caught without thy scroll, ink, pen, iGadget, camera. Thou wilt not redeem the moment the locust has eaten.

3. Thou shalt preview thy draft and spell-check before publishing that the Angel of Vengeance shall not fly over thy blog in the night.10commandmts2

4. Always speak ye the truth.

5. Thou shalt not take up the like button in vain, foremost on this blog. It is holystic ground. Thou shalt in integrity read the posts before clicking anything lest thou incite my wrath. Know ye that I see thou couldst not have read four of my brain-intensive posts in one…

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ADHD In Adults and Children,

I was searching for games to play with my grandchildren that will increase their attention span and help them stay focused on the task at hand. I stumbled across a website that has lots of free downloads for both children and adults with ADHD. You sign up for a free newsletter and then it allows you to download the free information as well in a PDF format. The site offers free information on prescription medications for adults and children as well as non-medical things you can do as a parent. There is information on how to discipline children with ADHD, apparently without losing your cool and causing frustration to all parties. Here’s the link to the website:

http://www.additudemag.com/resources/free-downloads-thx/2750.html