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A guest post by Carole Brown: How Much Do I Really Appreciate…?

Please welcome Carole Brown to Faith in Writing. She’s written a guest post for the Gratitude Friday’s feature How Much Do I Really Appreciate…? God’s Word says: Be thankful in all things. I struggled to finish my latest novel A Flute in the Willows, Book Two of the WWII Spies series because of my busy life: my youngest grandson was scheduled to begin kindergarten, and I wanted to be sure to spend all the time I could with him. Our ministry work, along with several vacation days away with family, necessary work around our hobby farm, and many, many other things, including my own lack of inspiration to write were hindrances that continually kept me unfocused […]

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Tethered to my Anchor or set adrift?

  This morning, when I went on Facebook, two verses show up in my “memories” from something I posted a year ago. I never could’ve imagined how appropriate those verses would be today. Ephesians 6:6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; Colossians 3:22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: Some days being a “menpleaser” is simply not possible. You cannot please everyone. If you make one person happy, you tick off another. Picture a puppy dog trying to catch his own tail. Are you doing […]

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A Guest Post by Sherri Wilson Johnson: It Was More Than Video Games

Please welcome Sherri Wilson Johnson to Faith in Writing. She is graciously offering a giveaway of the Kindle version of “Grafted Into Deceit.” Leave a comment for a chance to win. Sherri wrote a guest post for the Gratitude Fridays Feature: It Was More Than Video Games When I was fresh out of high school (back in the mid-80s), my dad joined a home computer club. This was a once-a-month club for computer hobbyists at the beginning of the home computer days. No one we knew owned a computer, and I think there was only one in the company I worked for. It was used to transmit data and not for individual use. Computers were scary […]

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Today is Musical Wednesday on Faith in Writing, but I lost my song

I’m in mourning. Some people don’t understand the relationship a person has with their pets. They cannot understand the deep sorrow felt at their loss. Yesterday, our 17 year old lab/pitt mix somehow wandered out of the house. When we realized he was out, we were unable to find him. During that time, a neighbor from a few streets away happened by him and called local veterinarians to see if he might be a patient. We spent our first night in this house on Friday, so he didn’t see a local vet yet, he saw one in Sweet Valley, PA and another veterinarian made house calls. Anyway, not being able to track us down, despite […]

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A Guest Post by Linda Wood Rondeau: A Bell Ringer’s Epiphany

I wondered why I had volunteered. Too many things to do. And I hate the cold. It gets into my bones until nothing can make me feel warm again. I had offered to be a bell ringer for the Salvation Army’s Christmas drive. I bundled up and trekked to my station at the local grocery store. I donned the blue apron and picked up the emblem of my assignment, a small golden bell. Then one by one the people came up to the little red bucket to drop in their offering. Sometimes people felt like talking. Other times, they nodded and left. Still others dropped their gift and scurried off to complete the sundry other […]

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Heaven Came Down

I spent the past few weeks writing a Christmas themed novella. Those who know the Bible well, know that Jesus wasn’t born in December. Furthermore, He never asked us to celebrate His birthday. He asked that we memorialize His death by taking of the bread and the wine, until He returns. Turning down the project was an option I considered. I could have said ‘no’ to writing anything that revolved around a misrepresentation of the timing of the physical manifestation of the Son of God, who left his heavenly throne to come down here and be born to a woman.  Yet, I chose to write the book. I wrote the story because in December when […]

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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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