Practicing Silence

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by Ruth O’Neil

When I was a child I can remember my mom telling us four kids that the conversation wore her out. I never understood that…until my oldest child started talking. Then I had two more kids. I now understand it perfectly. Senseless chatter is understandable in children, but have you ever known an adult whose conversation wore you out? You could feel your eyes rolling back in your head. You wish they would take a breath just for the one second of silence.  

Some people don’t like too much silence. Not me. I don’t mind silence. In fact, I revel in it. I can work so much better if there is complete silence. I’ve even been known to turn off fans that make too much noise.  

However, I wish it were true that my voice was silent, but it’s not. More often than I like to admit (probably every day), I spew words out of my mouth that I want to take back. That may be why God made me a writer. When I write, I can go back and edit so my words don’t sound so harsh, or maybe I realize I don’t need certain words at all.  

We all have opinions, and we want to give voice to those opinions. Sometimes our voices need to be heard. But, what would this world be like if we each took a moment to think, or better yet, to pray, before we spoke?  

There are so many times we need to practice silence. Ecclesiastes 3:7 tells us, “…a time to be silent and a time to speak.” Proverbs 13:3 says, “Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.” How many times have you heard of a celebrity, or maybe you know someone personally, who opened their mouth and ruined their career with just a few words?  

Silence is good, and necessary, for listening. It is in the silence that we can hear the voice of God. If we are doing all the talking, we won’t hear what He has to say.  

An old proverb says that “silence is golden.” So today, practice silence. Do a lot more listening to those around you. You might be surprised at the difference silence makes in you.

About the Author:

Ruth OneilRuth O’Neil has been writing for over 20 years. She has published hundreds of articles in numerous publications. She loves to touch the emotions when she writes. “If I can make one person laugh or cry, I’ll consider myself successful.” Her first novel “Come Eat at My Table” has just come out in ebook form and can be purchased on her website. She homeschools her three children (well, one now, as two have graduated). She and her husband have been married for 20-plus years. In her spare time she enjoys quilting, crafting, and reading. You can visit her on her blog at ruths-real-life (dot)blogspot.com or her website at ruthoneil (dot)weebly.com

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Gems From Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 16:2 People may be pure in their own eyes, but the LORD examines his motives.

You have heard the saying that actions speak louder than words. It is true, but I will take it one step further, “Motives speak louder than actions.” We need to back up our words with our ways, but we also need to back up our ways with our whys. The Lord looks upon the heart to see the why behind what we say and do. The heart is where our character is found.

Jesus changes the heart. He gets rid of the selfishness and replaces it with His love. He gives us hearts that want to do what is right before God. He moves us to live with God in mind. The true test of whether or not we are getting it right is found in the motives of the heart.

We may not always get things right, but if the motive is right, it pleases the Lord. And, if we seemly get everything right and do if for all the wrong reasons, the Lord will not be pleased with us at all.

The only way we can be assured that our motives are right is for us to take seriously the role the Lord plays in our lives. We must stay deeply connected to Him so that He can influence the direction of our hearts. If our intent is to always do what is right before God, we will do it. He honors those who honor Him. When Jesus is Lord of our hearts, our hearts will always please God.

And, Jesus becomes our Lord when we purposely let Him. He will not take ownership of our hearts without our permission and cooperation. Are you letting Jesus have His way with you? Is He determining the course of your life? Are you cooperating with Him to keep your heart pure before Him? Are the motives of your heart to always do what is right before God and to please Him? Is it for His honor and glory that you live?

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

This site contains Third Party Advertising, using online behavioral tracking technology. Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we believe will add value to our readers.

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A Review Revisited: Change of Heart

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by Paula Rose

This review originally appeared on Books-N-Reviews by Paula Rose on Publishers Marketplace.

Publisher: Zebra | Published: June 30, 2015 | Formats: eBook and Mass Market Paperback (288 pages) | ASIN: B00ONTR6NS and ISBN: 9781420137613 | Series: Keepsake Pocket Quilt | Origin: NetGalley 

 Change of Heart

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Thoughts:

The chapters go by quick in CHANGE OF HEART by Molly Jebber as the author introduces us to a midwife and a publicly jilted Amish bride, Becca Yost!

To get away from the painful humiliation and constant reminders, Becca leaves her claustrophobic, close-knit community for awhile to reunite with her former Amish now Englischer widowed sister, Ruth Smith in Massillon, Ohio.

The seeking out of new memories and new experiences have her meet with an accident and the town doctor before she ever meets up with her sibling.

However, this fateful happenstance will lead to Becca’s next chapter.

For her, being with Ruth is an introduction to how others live and while she’s not part of this world, it becomes part of her heart. Becca’s time to stay is only weeks, but she does not lie to waste her skills. Becoming a temporary employee as a nurse for Dr. Matt Carrington, she uncovers joy, sorrow, and love!

But can Amish and Englischer family matters shred what blossoms outside of her Amish community?

***This opinion is my own.*** 

Preview:

Molly Jebber’s CHANGE OF HEART has Becca Yost reeling from rejection but tempered by relief of not marrying the man she didn’t know.

By an Amish tradition, Becca’s future spouse was chosen by her Daed, and as it turns out, this man has another love in his heart, and he is unable to commit to the marriage arrangement on the wedding day.

The only immediate blessing of this wedding disaster was Becca’s ability to visit her sister, Ruth.

This sibling had left the Amish community to marry, and upon leaving, one is to be shunned by all. Her sister didn’t return to the Amish faith when her husband died, and the shunning continues. However, since Becca and Ruth had been so close, the parents agreed, early on, these two could write to each other only but were to have no other contact, until now.

Becca’s heart is stirred by her sister’s cozy house and her mending shop providing for her well, but these feelings give way to more dangerous ones.

Becca is forever Amish. She could never hurt her parents by going the same way as Ruth. However, her heart doesn’t seem to be adhering to her declarations, and she’s falling in love with this new life, this new town, and this town’s newest doctor.

Will her parents shun her too? Can Dr. Matt Carrington’s high society family ever accept a Plain woman in their world?

About the Author:

Paula RoseAuthor Paula Rose brings an “average” family into extraordinary situations, brushes with life-size strokes of reality, adding just a touch of humor, and coats with suspense inside Christian fiction. Paula’s research gives readers a panoramic view from law enforcement and lends to character authenticity. She enjoys writing in the romantic suspense, suspense, and mystery genres, but when she’s not writing, Paula Rose is reading or playing amateur photographer. Member of ACFW. 2015 Genesis Contest judge. NetGalley member. 2014 Grace Awards judge.

Website: http://paularosebooks.com/ Blog: http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/booksnreviews/

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Review of Lumen5 Video Creation

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by Mary C. Findley

Lumen5 is an online video creation package we are currently subscribing to. For many years we hoped that we could quickly and easily create videos based on our blog and our books. We have purchased equipment and programs and tried free and paid services to do our video work. People often pay more attention to videos than the printed word. We wanted to reach as broad an audience as possible.

The problem was that “quickly and easily” part. We tried voice recordings. We tried live capture “talking head” videos. We tried greenscreening. (Yes, one wall of our garage is painted green.) We tried just capturing cooking adventures, backyard hummingbirds, and learning 3D programs. Every step of the way we hit snags and things took longer and longer while the message still wasn’t getting out.

That’s what we have always wanted, you see. To get the message of the truth of God’s Word out to as many people as possible. We have blog views from all over the world. People in maybe 20 countries have bought our books. But we want to get the message to more people, always.

Enter Lumen5. It’s a website where you can plug in the URL of a blog post or a few paragraphs of text, and the program will attempt to sort them into a maximum of about 40 screens of about 140 characters (roughly a 5 minute limit) each and pick out appropriate video and images. Its choices are sometimes downright weird but doing your own searches among their hefty collection of images and footage is easy and modifying the text position and style is also simple.

You can’t really create a video of substance in 5 minutes but you sure can in about an hour. All the visuals are public domain or Creative Commons licensed. You can add in your own visuals as long as they meet the specs.

Videos:
– filetypes: mp4, mov, gif
– maximum duration: 20 seconds
– maximum filesize: 50 MB
– minimum resolution: 480px by 480px
– framerate: 24-30fps (we don’t currently support 60fps)
– preferred MP4 video codec: H.264
– preferred MP4 audio codec: AAC

Our system may support other codecs, but we recommend H.264 and AAC. H.264 supports 8bit color depth. We don’t support alpha channels, green screens/chromakey, or masks.

Images:
1920 x 1080px.
– filetypes: jpg, png, bmp, webp
– maximum filesize: 50 MB
– minimum resolution: 480px by 480px

Right now there are limits, like only about 5 fonts. But they have a facebook community page where they are very responsive to questions, complaints, and kudos. They are working to add more options.

The free version has reduced size videos but everything else seems to work. There is a $50 monthly subscription option for larger video dimensions that can be put up into subscription services.

I see this as a way to teach all kinds of skills, to create book trailers, to advertise pretty much anything. At this point we are happily seeing what we can do with the program. It looks good. Many people are already selling promos, including major companies. Others create cat advice videos, corporate training, and a little of everything. And people are paying for these videos. It’s exciting to think that soon they might be paying for ours.

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One Woman’s Legacy

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by Mary Hamilton

More than three decades ago, I met a woman in a home Bible study who would have a lasting impact on my life. She was widow who had remarried. She loved the Lord and was a real prayer warrior.

I was newly married, and at the time, my husband’s work required him to be away from home twelve out of every fourteen days. When I complained about him being gone so much, this wise woman took my hand and said, “Honey, the only thing worse than a husband who travels all the time…is a husband who never travels. My first husband traveled a lot, and I didn’t like it at all. But now, my husband never travels and oh, how I’d love an occasional evening to myself!” Her words have seen me through thirty-five plus years of marriage, some of which involved many nights alone and others when I too longed for an evening to myself.

My friend always grew teary-eyed whenever we prayed and, for a long time, I considered that odd. Only years later, after I’d experienced a time of brokenness before the Lord, did I understand those precious tears.

In time, we both ended up at a different church and discovered a shared love of books and reading. A small women’s book club provided us many hours of sweet fellowship. I regret not making more effort to visit her after she and her husband moved into senior housing outside our little community. She provided such encouragement for me in my writing efforts. Every time I sent out my author newsletter, I’d count on getting an email from her. As I penned my recent novel, she and the other ladies in our book club were often on my mind. In fact, the dedication lists each of them by name. I couldn’t wait to surprise them with their own autographed copies. But before I had a chance to send this dear friend her copy, the Lord called her home. She never knew she had a book dedicated to her. Never got to read the novel written with her in mind.

At her memorial service, friends recalled the constant sparkle in her eyes, her love of books and our book club. But more than that, they spoke of her legacy of loving God, and loving people, encouraging others to study the Bible and to pray.

I can only hope to leave half the legacy she left behind. But it’s comforting to know she’s celebrating Christmas this year with Christ Himself. As another friend observed, while we sing Hark the Herald Angels Sing, she’ll be singing with the herald angels.

Pendant

Bio: 

Mary L. HamiltonMary L. Hamilton is the author of the Rustic Knoll Bible Camp series for young teens, as well as Pendant, the adult mystery she intended to send to her friend. In her spare time, Mary enjoys knitting, photography and spending time with her family. Learn more at www.maryhamiltonbooks.com

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Gems From Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 15:16 It is better to have little with fear for the LORD than to have great treasure with turmoil.

It is far better to live in humility and be respectful of God than it is to have great wealth. When we are right with God, there is a peace and contentment that cannot be found anywhere else. The soul that fears God honors Him. He is more focused on living to please God than he is anything else. The soul that fears God is sin-conscious. He understands the seriousness of sinning against God. He knows that standing guard over his soul is a matter of heaven or hell.

No matter how much wealth a person may accumulate on earth, it never gives the soul rest. Wealth keeps the soul in turmoil. There is always the elusive dream of having enough. There is always the fear of losing what one has. There is the turmoil of trying to find satisfaction for the soul with the things wealth can provide. There is the turmoil of disillusionment when one realizes that wealth cannot deliver on its promises. There is the turmoil of dealing with those who want a portion of the wealth accumulated.

Building one’s life on the foundation of wealth, or anything else other than God, is utter futility and foolishness. The only thing that can satisfy the soul is Christ, for whom the soul was created. Only Christ can give the soul peace, love, joy, and an unfailing hope for the future. There is nothing wrong with wealth in and of itself, but when it becomes the sole goal and purpose for living, it is very bad. It is far better to have little and a proper fear of the Lord than to have all the wealth on earth.

Put all your hopes and dreams in Christ alone and you will never be disappointed or disillusioned. Only Jesus can satisfy the soul.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

This site contains Third Party Advertising, using online behavioral tracking technology. Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we believe will add value to our readers.

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What Are You Looking For?

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by Rebekah Beene

As we placed our ornaments on the tree this year I could not find two of my favorites. One was a Rudolph that has been on my tree every year of my life. My mother gave that ornament, along with several others, for me to put on the tree in our home. I wasn’t happy that I couldn’t find it. So I searched and searched. Finally it was found in another box, separate from the rest of the ornaments. Searching brought forth the reward.

Oh beloved, maybe you haven’t lost or misplaced a Christmas ornament. But you’ve lost something and you’re not sure if you’ll ever find it again. You’ve about given up. Life has gotten very complicated and you are oh so busy. The Lord wants you to know that when you search with all your heart, you will again find it. And it’s not far hidden nor out of reach. Everything you’ve ever wanted is found in Christ. It’s strange how we humans search to find satisfaction, pleasure, happiness and more. But when we stop and put our focus on the manger, the cross and the open tomb we find everything. Among the amazing things we always yearn for are peace, love, purpose, position, value, meaning and more.

God wants you to know this morning that His plans for you include everything you can imagine and so much more. The world doesn’t give anything of lasting value, even if you work harder. But just abiding in the presence of the Lord returns manifold blessings for you. You’re not destined to feel overwhelmed and undervalued. Your destiny lies in the truths of the Word – beautiful, cherished, honored, loved, restored, redeemed, blessed. Even your heartbreaks are turned into blessings. Even your tears – captured in His hand and poured into a bottle. He forgets nothing about you and He never forgets to care about and for you in every way. He is your Provider.

God loves you and He’s for you. Search Him out. He promises to be found by you. You’ll never be disappointed as you live in the Presence of the only One who can give your life the meaning your heart so longs for.

Lamentations 3:25 The LORD is good to those who depend on Him, to those who search for Him.

Matthew 6:32-33 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.

Ephesians 3:19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

Psalm 16:11 You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.

About the Author:

Rebekah Beene

In a Christian Women’s meeting in 1983, Rebekah was given a prophetic message that she would write books. Several years ago she began writing stories about special holiday memories and travels, sharing God’s love and care through each story. God has gifted Rebekah with the ability to look at the natural and see the supernatural. Both Rebekah and her husband Danny have a heart to share the Gospel and the riches of life in Christ to everyone they meet. They have served in the local church and in ministry to motorcyclists. Danny is an ordained minister and they both have been Bible study teachers for many years. Rebekah also speaks at women’s retreats and conferences. Her tag line says it all “God loves you and He’s for you”.

My website is http://rebekahbeene.wordpress.com

My first book in print is Oh Beloved! Live in the Light of His Word.
Link to buying the book via paypal is on the website.
As well a link to purchasing the ebook on Amazon is there too.
I’m also on twitter @rebekahbeene, tumblr http://rebekah-beene.tumblr.com/
and of course facebook as Rebekah Beene (Warren) I included my maiden name for old friends.
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Now What?

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by Precarious Yates

You did it—you finished NaNoWriMo, you awesome writer, you!

You wrote that novel that boiled inside your bones for years, or weeks, or hours. You squeezed in 1,667 words a day around your work, your kids, previous commitments, Thanksgiving dinner.

Now what?

First of all, CELEBRATE! Enjoy your favorite food or cake, go ahead and make your favorite tea in the fine china.

Next, leave the book alone for a few days. I like to give it two weeks, so I can read the book with fresh eyes. During this time, indulge in other creative outlets—painting, cooking, knitting, scrapbooking, music.

Don’t stop writing, though. Journal, work on a different project, write letters. You’ve developed an amazing discipline through NaNoWriMo. That’s what I appreciate most about doing it, whether I write 50k or 5k words. This new discipline can launch your career.

Read. Read a lot. You just depleted a well. Fill it up again. Maybe swap with a fellow NaNoWriMo winner.

When you pick up your manuscript again, resurrect that editor you buried 30 days ago. Editing doesn’t have to be drudgery. It’s not just about commas. During editing, you take the rough sculpture you carved with words and polish it into a stunning masterpiece. Have fun, enjoy the process, and smile at how much more amazing you just made this book.

Lastly, find readers who will give honest feedback. But make sure you find those who will encourage as often or more often than they critique. You don’t have to incorporate everything that every reader says, but if two or more say the same thing, pay attention to that.

Once you do all these things, you will be ready to present this book to the world.

And the world will be a better place for all this awesome creativity released!

God bless you on your writing journey!

About the Author:

Precarious YatesPrecarious Yates has lived in 8 different states of the Union and 3 different countries, but currently lives in Texas with her husband, her daughter and their big dogs. When she’s not writing, she enjoys music, teaching, playing on jungle gyms, praying and reading. She holds a Masters in the art of making tea and coffee and a PhD in Slinky® disentangling.

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What I Learned From Hallmark Movies, Part 2

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by Suzanne D. Williams

I addressed this issue before, but have a different twist on it this time. Maybe it’s my need to make people smile kicking in. In any case, in Part One, I gave a number of standards that make these movies work:

“A well-defined setting; Two contrasting lifestyles; A big secret that might break the couple apart; A wise sub-character to set them straight; An unusual situation which forces the characters to spend an inordinate amount of time together.”

All still true. Yet, taking a seat from a different perspective, I see several other useful writing tips:

You can name any small town by choosing a tree species and adding -vale or –ville. Cedarvale, Willowvale, Pineville. You get the idea. And small towns have one bright, sunny main street, a lovely pond or lake somewhere with a dock, and a succession of sub-characters who know the main couple is in love way before they do.

An inn/farm/family restaurant is the ideal place to work. Suzy is going home to help her dad or mom who has decided to retire or has developed a sudden minor health problem. They will have a week where they are stubborn and immobile and push their child to work for them and thus find themselves. Suzy is suddenly an expert pie baker, producing award-winning crusts.

And speaking of winning …

Winning the contest at the local spring/summer/harvest festival is a great way for characters to fall in love. All characters must be either competitive or gullible and swayed to be competitive. They will beat out any other competition no matter how inept they actually are and thereby realize they like an inordinate about of public attention. In short, there is no such thing as a bookish-introverted main character like me who’d run if they were put in front of a crowd.

Always insert an adorable outgoing son or daughter. One main character must be a single parent with fond memories of their ex or a good relationship with him/her. It is best if the child be the opposite gender. Dad-daughter. Mom-son. The child is also very perceptive, choosing their new parent way before dumb ol’ dad or mom can see how stupid they are.

The boyfriend your female main character will dump should be clueless about how out-of-sync he is. And probably the guy I’ve named Mr. Puffy Cheeks. I like him as the dumb boyfriend. He’s slightly pushy, too career-minded, and has no idea how a woman thinks. On the other hand, blond-cutie-new-boyfriend slash guy-she’s-known-for-years is compassionate, thoughtful, generous, and talented. He’ll bow out of her life before he’ll see her hurt by anything he’s caused.

Which brings me to my final thought.

The new boyfriend struggles at his career. Or has no career at all. I’m not sure what the guy did in the last Hallmark I watched, but frankly, I didn’t care. He fit all the parameters for swoonability – winning smile, old truck, looks good in blue jeans. I do seem to remember he repaired the dishwasher. But don’t all good men do that?

In all seriousness, though these thoughts are meant to amuse, they teach us two things. One, that too much of the same thing can become annoying. Two, that too much of the same thing, the fact I can expect him to act a certain way and her to react accordingly, makes readers feel safe. This is why we watch reruns on TV. We know what to expect and can set our fears aside (and in my case, let my attention wander. I know how it’ll turn out, after all.)

There is something important to be said for that in reader’s minds. But also for being a good enough writer I can put my own spin on familiar tropes and still have readers come away satisfied. I think it takes a dash of both for a book to find success. It’s balancing the same-old-same-old against a creative mind and finding enough magic to bring readers back again and again.

You never know … if you can pull that off, you might just find yourself on Hallmark.

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Suzanne D WilliamsBest-selling author, Suzanne D. Williams, is a native Floridian, wife, mother, and photographer. She is the author of both nonfiction and fiction books. She writes devotionals and instructional articles for various blogs. She also does graphic design for self-publishing authors. She is co-founder of THE EDGE.

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Gems From Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 15:14 A wise person is hungry for truth, while the fool feeds on trash.

It is not too hard to figure out who are the wise and who are the fools in the world. Wisdom is not the same thing as knowledge. The world is full of very knowledgeable people who are fools. The wise are those who have an insatiable appetite for truth. They desire to know what God says. They want to discover God’s ways so they can follow them. The wise are spiritually-minded; they have a need to be influenced by God in all of their living. The wise understand the limitations of their knowledge and are able to trust God for what they don’t know. They are constantly exploring God’s Word to discover greater understanding and more practical ways to apply what they learn to life.

On the other hand, fools feed on trash. Trash is knowledge that is not based on God’s truth. It is the quest for understanding how life functions apart from God. It is knowledge without understanding how to get it to work out in daily living. Trash is the things of life that prevent God from getting through to the soul. It is the glorification of sin. It is anything that goes contrary to the Word of God.

The world is full of foolish people and short in supply of wise people. For the most part, it is the fools who run the world. Most people do not know God, care about God, know how to find God, or they even have animosity towards God as known through the Scriptures. Man has become foolish in his thinking because God has been left out of the equation. We see all around us the end result of fools running the world. Let us strive to be a people after God’s own heart.

Let us strive to be different than the world of fools. Let us be as the wise who seek God through His Word. Let us diligently seek understanding of life as God intended for it to be. Let us seek after truth and how to live it.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

This site contains Third Party Advertising, using online behavioral tracking technology. Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we believe will add value to our readers.

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