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Golden Book of Blessings

Please welcome Amber Schamel to Faith in Writing. She has written a guest post for the Gratitude Fridays Feature: Golden Book of Blessings. I find it is so easy to get caught up and lost in the hectic world today. And as I get so busy and focused on what needs to be done, I often lose sight of the many blessings that God has attributed to me. But little did I realize that failing to count our blessings can be more dangerous than I might have thought. With my type of personality, I can easily criticize and see the challenges in people and situations. This can be a good thing, but I’m often guilty […]

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Worship Music

Lately, I’ve found organized church music to be more stressful than joyful. It’s time for me to take a step back and remember what it is about music that makes me love it so much. Music is a gift from the Lord. He knew we would need a way to express our appreciation for all He’s given us. He encourages us to worship through it. Psalms 95:1 O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. He’s also called us to be separate. 2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; […]

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A guest post by Gina Holder: Have You Lost Your Song?

Please welcome Gina Holder to Faith in Writing. She has written a post for our Musical Wednesdays feature. On any given Sunday morning in any given church, there’s one thing that stands out above anything else. Many in the congregation are not singing. They don’t even hold a hymnal and pretend to sing. They stand there like stoic beings with their arms crossed and not a word of praise passes over their lips. Music is one of the most basic instincts of man, along with food, shelter, and clothing. I’m sure you’ve seen the videos—little babies “shaking their booty.” I’ve seen dancing parrots and singing dogs… you name it, someone has filmed it. Music is […]

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Singing and making melody in my heart

It’s gratitude Friday. This feature does something special for me. It reminds me to look at my blessings. Today, I have something new for which to be grateful. We are in the process of buying a new house. We’ve been searching for quite some time. I believe, that we have come to an agreement on a property. Very exciting. Beautiful barn for the animals. Good horse property. I’m looking forward to spending time there on the back deck and the screen porch. It will be lovely. In addition to that, we have choir practice today. Sometimes choir practice is more stressful than fun, usually when we concern ourselves too much with mechanics and too little […]

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A guest post by Ruby Mae O’Dell: Drinking From My Saucer

Please welcome Ruby Mae O’Dell to Faith in Writing. She has written a post for our Musical Wednesdays feature. Ruby Mae is offering a giveaway of her soon to be released novel, Hidden Treasures. Leave a comment for a chance to win an ebook copy of that book. This truly is a beautiful song (written by John Paul Moore, 1970). But the meaning has an even deeper beauty. While meditating on this song I had to do a little examination of my own life. You see, I have no doubt that my cup has indeed overflowed. God’s blessings on His children are many and they continue to pour. But, I’m afraid I’ve taken many of […]

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Where’s the love?

  I asked the choir to sing “Love Lifted Me” yesterday. We arrived at practice and Pastor Dave was whistling it. I had chosen two much slower songs and thought an upbeat one would be an improvement. The song was a success. The choir sounded great. The congregation enjoyed singing along. (I didn’t sing with the choir because I’m still having pain where that tooth was pulled that doesn’t allow me to keep my mouth open long enough for practice and service, but that’s another story.) Then the service started. I’d be lying if I said the idea for this blog post hit me then. In all honesty, I wondered why we sang the song. […]

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When Gratitude Doesn’t Come Naturally

Most of you know that I have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), classical type. With that comes many sister diseases, such as postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, gastroparesis, mast cell activation disorder, early onset osteoarthritis, and things like bad teeth, because the collagen is faulty and breaks down. I had a tooth pulled Monday. Tuesday I broke another tooth. While I don’t break a tooth every day with EDS, I do have a health issue every day. I’d even go as far to say, every hour. An hour doesn’t go by when I don’t have a joint pop out of the socket, excruciating stomach pain, mast cell reaction, or another “gift” from EDS. I’ll admit. Some days I […]

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A guest post by Ada Brownell: Gifted Musicians

David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets (1 Chronicles 13:8). Some people are born with amazing musical talent. Our daughter, Carolyn who died of lymphoma at age 31, had perfect pitch. We didn’t know anything about perfect pitch when she was younger. When she was somewhere between age 6 and 8 I was shocked when she walked up to the church organist and said, “You aren’t flatting your E when you play ‘When the Roll is Called up Yonder.’” I knew the organist wasn’t flatting the highest E in the melody, but I […]

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I have decided

Amy Grant had a song many years ago by that title: I Have Decided. Hearing it today made me think of those of us who sit on the fence, trying to straddle good and evil, wanting to be a light to this broken world, but afraid to fully turn from the darkness. I suppose I spent a number of years in that place. It’s not a good place to be. We are called to make a decision. And to make it fully. Now we know from verse 1 of chapter 1 that the book of James is written to the twelve tribes of Israel scattered abroad. It is not written to the church, the body […]

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A Guest Post by Susan Karsten – A Grateful Journey to Publication

Please welcome Susan Karsten to Faith in Writing. She has written a guest post for the Gratitude Fridays Feature. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. The brief blurb below captures at least six years of concerted effort. In the fall of 2011, someone (the sands of time obscure exactly who) told me about the National Write a Novel in a Month experience. I did not “win” as they call it when one completes a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. But, I had about 11,000 words of what became my (yet-unpublished) children’s chapter book, a novel entitled “Five Months in the Sweet […]

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