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It is Well: A Guest Post by Kathy Cretsinger

Please welcome Kathy Cretsinger to Faith in Writing. She has written a guest post for our Musical Wednesdays feature: It is Well. It is Well Why do certain hymns cling to our brains? I don’t know if it is because the music is soothing, or we relate to something in our life when we heard them. My favorite hymn is “It Is Well with My Soul.” I don’t remember when I heard it for the first time, but when I did I could have listened to it all day. It has such meaning. Sometime in our life we will all go through times that we wish it would go away, but it won’t because we […]

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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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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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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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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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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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A GUEST POST BY AMBER SCHAMEL: Life is Worth the Living Just Because He Lives

Please welcome Amber Schamel to Faith in Writing. She has written a guest post for the Musical Wednesdays Feature. Life is Worth the Living Just Because He Lives by Amber Schamel Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God. ~Ps. 42:11 Discouragement is strong and real. Depression even more. I know it exists. I’ve fought it myself. But I thought I was one of a minority. As our family has traveled the globe through our ministry, I have been shocked at the vast amount of people who struggle with it severely. Chronically. Every day. In every country. And even more appalling, is that it […]

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Please welcome Jenna Victoria to Faith in Writing. She has written a guest post for the Musical Wednesdays Feature. Jenna is doing a giveaway of a winning Reader’s choice of audiobook or ebook of Love Among the Lilacs. Leave a comment for a chance to win. I’m thrilled to be visiting Musical Wednesdays today to offer thoughts on my life hymn, Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart. As background, the text of this hymn was written by Anglican Minister George Croly, born in 1780 and who successfully ministered to churches in the slums of London for fifty-odd years. He wrote many similar compositions and published a collection in 1854 entitled Psalms and Hymns for […]

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A guest post by Catherine Castle: One Day at a Time

Please welcome Catherine Castle to Faith in Writing. She has written a guest post for the Musical Wednesdays Feature. One Day at a Time By Catherine Castle Have you ever been in a place in your life where all you could handle was what was dealt to you one day at a time? Overwhelmed, you cried out, like Scarlet O’Hara, “I’ll think about that tomorrow!” Maybe the trouble came in the form of the death of a family member, a broken relationship, a lost job, or a catastrophic illness. Perhaps pain or addiction caused you to live day-to-day. Whatever the issue, every one of us has probably faced something that shoved us back on our […]

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