Got Writer’s Block? These 7 Tips Will Help.

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I’m writing this piece because I have writer’s block.

Seriously.

Well… I’m also teaching my kids how to write, so this has been crowding up my brain lately.

“My paper is due tomorrow!”

“I have a sermon to preach!”

“I don’t know how to give this presentation!”

“I haven’t posted for a week! What should I write about?!?!”

“My editor needs this draft tomorrow!”

At some point in life, whether you are a writer or not, you’re going to face that blinking cursor drumming, “Dead-line! Dead-line! Dead-line!”

IT’S… WRITER’S BLOCK. [Cue Beethoven’s 5th]

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To Boycott or Not to Boycott…

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About a week ago, the internet exploded as Bill Condon, director of Beauty and the Beast, alluded to an “openly gay moment” in the upcoming film. Social media spiraled into a frenzy. An Alabama theater refused to show the movie. Conservative groups screamed for a boycott. “Progressives” patted themselves jubilantly on the back. Continue reading

What I Learned From Being Quiet

A few years ago, I found this acrostic on Pinterest: “Before you speak, THINK: is it True, Helpful, Important, Necessary, or Kind?” There is wisdom in choosing our words with greater care.

The following is an excellent article from a fellow blogger on being more purposeful in our everyday speech. I would add that we need to also be careful in what we “say” with our keyboards!

Enjoy!

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I am in the middle of a ten-day “word fast” – fasting from certain kinds of speaking for the length of ten days.  The idea came from the appropriately-named Ten-Day Word Fast available for the Bible app on my phone, and the premise is simple: abstain from complaining, criticism, judgments, sarcasm, and gossip for ten days.

There’s a little more to the fast than that, and the definition of the words are carefully drawn out (i.e. “criticism” as it’s used here is made distinct from authentic and honest admonishment given in love).  But I’ve been working with the first two so far (complaining and criticism) and not complaining or being critical has taught me a lot.

Most importantly, what it’s taught me is this: I often complain and am critical to avoid being direct.

If I have a bad day, for example, I have a tendency to complain about it:…

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God’s Love is the Greatest Love

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We long to be loved, don’t we?

Unfortunately, we tend to spend most of our time “looking for love in all the wrong places.”

We expect our best friends to manifest their unwavering loyalty, only to be wounded when they seem to have forgotten us. We seek approval on social media, and inevitably come up short. We long for our spouse to love us with fervent devotion, but illness, stress, and apathy so often weaken the intensity of their love.

Human love is capricious, but the love of God endures forever.

The words in the above verse, “I have loved you with an everlasting love,” are spoken by the only One who can speak them with absolute truth and confidence.

In your daily bible study, take note of the countless times God demonstrates His love. Commit such verses to your heart. Write them down and memorize them. When dark times come (and they will come) you will be armed with the assurance of His presence, your heart shielded from the piercing darts of despair.

 

Are you afflicted by pangs of loneliness, overwhelming grief, or crippling anxiety today?

Have you suffered betrayal from a spouse or friend?

Do you feel ignored? Forgotten? Misunderstood?

Be comforted, my friend: Your Heavenly Father, the Eternal and Omnipotent King, sees you and loves you with His incomparable and unfailing love.


Next week, while the U.S. is celebrating the Hallmark-holiday of Valentine’s Day, we will be turning our thoughts to the nature of God’s Love. I hope you will join me for this little miniseries!

“What It’s Like Explaining Depression Meds to Many Christians” by To Save a Life

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I am in the middle of working on some upcoming blog posts for this week,  but I saw a great post today that ties in beautifully to the past several posts regarding invisible illnesses. I’m including one of the graphics, but you’ll have to click the link to see the rest:

 

http://tosavealife.com/mental-health/depression/what-its-like-explaining-depression-meds-to-many-christians/

May the peace of God dwell with you today and always.

Do Your Plans for 2017 Include God?

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Today is January 4, 2017.

I’ve seen more people out jogging than usual. My Facebook feed is full of “New Year, New You” stuff—whole 30, exercise tracking, etcetera. (For tips on goal-setting, click here). I haven’t seen much on Bible reading plans or daily prayer, but I realize such things are of a more personal nature. Nobody wants to be perceived as boastful; none of us want to be grouped with those self-righteous Pharisees…

However, as Christians, our lifelong goal should include growing closer to God and endeavoring to love others as Christ loved us. To achieve these broad goals, the training of the mind is essential.

I’m going to share two of my 2017 goals with you and I hope they enhance your own endeavors. Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving

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I am thankful for all of you who take time to read my work, make comments, share posts, and offer encouragement. The exchange is stimulating and edifying, particularly in the midst of a world that rejects Christ. I am thankful to have had discussions with Christians both here in the states and in other countries. This blog has been such a blessing to me in countless ways, but it would merely be archived dots and pixels without all of you.

I hope you are able to take a few moments today between cooking and family to say a few words of thanks to our generous God, from whom all blessings flow.

May you enjoy a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

– Elihu

What the World Needs Now

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Some songs make me cringe.

It’s not necessarily the lyrics—although cringe-worthy lyrics abound. Often it’s the style of singing or instrumentation. Sometimes it’s an associated memory. For instance, whenever I hear Andy Williams’ voice belt out, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” I can’t help but groan inwardly. I associate it with disgruntled black friday shoppers and unhappy ugly-Christmas-sweater people. I don’t know why…. it’s probably related to some lame commercial. Then there’s Burt Bacharach’s “What the World Needs Now.” The words aren’t bad, it’s just the way it was sung or the melody or… something. Think “nails on chalk.”

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Where were you?

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Tuesday morning dawned, bright and clear. The smell of cinnamon and nutmeg mingled with freshly cooked eggs while a soft, gentle breeze wafted through the open windows. I sat at the dining room table, savoring my freshly cooked scrambled eggs and warm coffee cake. I was home on summer break, very close to returning to college for my junior year. My mom sat across from me as we engaged in some light conversation.

The sudden jangling of the cordless phone shattered the quiet of the morning. My mom rose hurriedly from the table to answer it.

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