Daily Devotion-August 21, 2015-The Elijah Factor or How 1 Man Made a Difference-God’s Timing Is Perfect

Truth in Palmyra

1 Kings 17:12-14

And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.

How dire were the circumstances faced by the widow woman in our story? Just read above, and the situation seems abundantly clear. Elijah…

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Use your senses in your writing

This was fun to read while reminding myself to uses all five senses in my writing.

Live to Write - Write to Live


As a writer who has extensive tech writing experience, I admit that I sometimes have a difficult time with scene description.

I blame it on my Technical Writing training. Tech writing is all about “just the facts, ma’am.” It’s all about the who, what, when, where, and how of an action. And pretty much nothing else.

Creative (and I’m including memoir writing) is all about the facts and then some (ma’am.) When you write for entertainment you need to use the senses – the smell, visual, taste, hearing and sight information that you have literally at your fingertips. You also have to add thought and reason to any action.

As a tech writer, when I write directions, I’ll write something like:

  • Add one teaspoon of cinnamon to the batter.

Quick, efficient, absolute no doubt as to want I want the action to be.

But when I write creatively, constant directives…

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Curtains for the Beast and the False Prophet


Revelation 19:11-21

This section details the final judgment of the beast and the false prophet, the beast from the earth. For the most part, it uses images we have already seen. Verses 11-16 identify the victorious Christ as the rider on the white horse who will make war on the dragon and his allies, which as we saw in chapter 16 had gathered for their final attempt to destroy God and His people. Notice His sword “coming out of His mouth” representing the Word of God.

The action begins in verse 17, when an angel cries out to all of the birds of the air to gather around to feast on the dead, reminiscent of Ez. 39:4-5, 17-22 (cf. Zeph. 1:7-6). On one side is the King of kings and His army, on the other side are the Beast and the armies of this world…

The Battle of Armageddon is…

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