Christmas- Time to Celebrate Jesus Birth

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For those that have to celebrate Christmas without part of your family, I can sympathize with you.  My son has spent the last five years away from us on Christmas due to his job. Some have never had to spend time away from their children and may not realize how it feels.  I know when my son left home to join the military, I felt like a part of me had died.  My family didn’t feel complete but I felt a huge part was missing.  No longer was their a house of four but now three.  No one told me how difficult it was going to be when one of my children left the house.  I guess I see where the term empty nest comes from.  Birds usually push their babies out of the nest when they are ready but I was grieved when I couldn’t see my son.  He was stationed over in Japan for two years.  That is two years without being able to see him.  He left a week before Christmas, so Christmas felt very empty that year to me.

I wonder if that is how God felt when his only son left Heaven to come to this earth.  His only prince was born into flesh, from the womb of a lovely lady to a place quite different from the paradise that he once lived in.  Now he had to experience a life of pain, sorrow, agony and humility.  To truly understand this, you have to have experienced loss yourself.  My awesome gave his only begotten son to be born, so that he later could be sacrificed for the sins of the whole world.  I wonder if God felt the loss of his son while he was away.  I can only imagine how much he missed him.  Then to see him on a cross in agony; no wonder he turned his eyes from him.

I love the season of Christmas with so many people celebrating and rejoicing in the birth of Jesus Christ.  Many people that are usually not so nice tend to be sweeter during the holidays.  I encourage you to think of the sacrifice of Jesus and God this season and show love for someone like God showed for mankind.  See God knew that mankind was simply without hope, without a blood sacrifice, an atonement for the remission of sins.  He loved the world so much that he gave his only son.  John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  We serve a God that truly loves each and everyone on this earth.  He is long suffering to us-ward not willing that anyone perish, but that all may come to know his precious son, Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:9).

If you don’t know Jesus, I urge you to get on your knees and bow to the Holy King of Kings and ask him into your life.  Ask forgiveness for your sins and he will welcome you with open arms into his family above.

Forgiveness & Mercy of God

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It is easy to lay your head down at night when you are at peace. Living in fear of past sins can keep you up at night and strip that peace that gives you comfort.  If you have accepted the Lord Jesus as your Savior and Redeemer, you don’t have to fear. 1 John 4:9,10 says, “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”  If we have accepted God’s son, Jesus, we have forgiveness for our sins.  We don’t have to worry about God forgiveness because when God looks upon you, he sees the blood of Jesus. 

Jesus blood was shed for you on a cross at Calvary. Leviticus 17:11 says, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. ”  1 Corinthians 1:18 says, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”

What would life be like without forgiveness? Forgiveness is the only thing that can restore broken relationships and allow healing to begin.  Forgiveness is one of the greatest virtues that man can possess.  With forgiveness, the broken can be fixed and the crooked can be made straight once again. Forgiveness is saying that we no longer hold the offense against the offender, and neither does God hold the sin against the believer in Christ. In this we can trust that if we confess our sins to God, he will forgive us of all sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

Another Forgiveness Source: Forgiveness & Mercy of God

What Makes a Great Writer

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Most time great writers go unnoticed because they are usually the lowly homemaker or unemployed uncle who doesn’t hold a college degree. Most of the time, writers are usually undiscovered talent, because they never learned the art of ‘how to submit a query letter’ or ‘how to self publish their works’. I interviewed a few writers over the last few years and most of them have multiple copies of manuscripts that are sitting on their shelves.

A great writer is not one that writes for money or for fame, but because they love the art of it.  Jane Austen, an English novelist, is one of the most well known writers today. She lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family, educated by her father and learned lots by reading books. She wasn’t discovered when she first started writing, but several years later. She had to have enjoyed the art of writing to continue on with it.

A great writer is one who writes, rewrites, and examines every word, every sentence and syllable; never fully appreciating the finished work. She or He is always striving to perfect it in some way or another. They don’t only want words on paper, but harmony -symphony of sounds that the words make as they are uttered out loud. Writers or composers are usually thinking of the next piece of composition in the back of their heads. Breathing in and out until they are able to begin the process all over again.

These poetic scribes love creating stories that evoke imagination. They know that there is no limit to what you can do, where you can go, or who you can become in a book. They write stories to inspire, edify, and encourage others in a way, spreading joy around to their readers. Great writers draft out their literary masterpiece to make the world a better place to live.

Works Cited

“Jane Austen” Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Web. 8 April 2015.

Poem: The Life of a Writer.

Is Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder

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There are many people in the world that look to the outward appearance of another person and judge their beauty.  What makes a person “Beautiful”? I say it is hard to tell how beautiful a person is without getting to know them. Lets say that a woman is beautiful by the observance of the naked eye, but is very rude, mean, stinky, bad mannered, bad breathed and a complete gold digger.  Would you still say she is beautiful?  I don’t usually look to the outward appearance and judge a person’s character but I see many do.  They look at a woman who is thin, well dressed, hair styled just right, perfect teeth and say she is Beautiful.  The same may apply to a man who is think, wealthy, has a great job, dressed usually in a suit, as a beautiful or handsome man.

Let me give you a scenario of what I have observed lately.  A woman who is overweight but has decent looking clothes, hair is combed, has some makeup on but is not that ‘perfect ten’ body, might go into a restaurant and be seated, and perhaps she has been sitting for over ten minutes before the male waiter decides to come over and take her drink order.  Then I have seen a group of thin ladies go into the same restaurant be seated and their drink orders are immediately taken by the same waiter.  Then after returning their drinks, goes on to take their order.  He has completely forgotten the first woman; never taking her drink to her, until she raises her hand.  The waiter looks disgusted at being bothered by the first woman and decides to go ask her what she needs.  This is a true story.

Another scenario might be a physician that sees an overweight woman, rudely ask her what her problem is, don’t let her respond, then quickly gets her out of his office without really listening to why she is there.  Then he sees a woman who is dressed perfectly, perfect body and has a sweet voice.  He nicely ask her why she is there, spends over thirty minutes letting her respond and treating her better because of her physical looks.

The truth is beauty is vain. Whether you are young or old, you judge a person by their physical appearance. It might be later on that you say that they are ugly by their demeanor, but that idea and thought comes much later. A very sweet young girl with no makeup, a little chubby and dirt poor might be the most beautiful person you have ever met in your life. But to most men, they will not give this person the time of day. Most guys judge a book by the cover. The same applies to women when they look for a potential mate. They might put up with a guy’s rudeness and vanity if they have a nice outward appearance.

I used to do the same thing, but the older I get, the more I see that my body is not that perfect body or than thin physique I once had.  I am ashamed of how this world judges a person’s beauty.  A person’s beauty cannot be measured by the eye of the beholder. That person will measure unfairly. Beauty can be observed after watching a person closely. Observing a woman helping an elderly man across the street. Or observing a person giving money to the Red Cross bucket at Wal-mart. Beauty is what is inside a person, their true values, cares, and how they react toward others. Beauty is measured within a person’s heart not their physical appearance.

8 Steps to Business Success

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There are a few things that are a definite step toward success. Whether you are a small business just getting started or a larger corporation, these basic steps will lead you to a successful business.

1. Personal branding is a must for the new entrepreneur.  People need to know what your company or business is all about. Personal branding could be a logo design, trademark, a set of business guidelines, website or place where others come to learn about you.

2. Stay active.  Seems pretty easy and self-explanatory but most often businesses give up before they become successful.  They work hard for the first few months but give up due to lack of resources, time, energy and faith.  Authors need to write some every day in order to accomplish their goals.

3. Research and Take Rapid Action. What this means is that you can do some research about your product.  Find out what sells, who the buyer is, what a good price for your product and then take immediate action. Whatever you need to do to accomplish your end goal is what you need to do.  Don’t wait for someone else to help you, don’t wait for the economy to get better, take swift action now.

4. Market and Advertise your business.  Whatever product or service your business provides, you need to have a marketing plan in place.  Look at a business plan and write down certain marketing actions that will help you promote your business and then follow them.

5. Stay motivated.  Nothing kills a business more than lack of determination. Don’t give up so easily.  Every business will have stumbling blocks in the way. Your job is to find a way around those.

6. Continue to Expand- Most companies are continually adding new products and services.  Just like any business, a writer must continue to put out books in order to stay successful.

7. Set a Budget- Establishing a set amount of money for marketing should be in your budget.  Write down how much you need for each expense, such as: Overhead, office expense, utilities, travel, food, supplies, etc…

8. Engage the Customer- Any business needs to interact with their customers, either by face to face interaction or through emails or online support. A writer might set up speaking engagements, book signings or attend book seminars.

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Writing Helps with Healing

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An article I read recently was about how writing can help heal those that have lost someone close to illness or suicide. They said that the written word can give you a way to communicate or a chance to convey feelings that are difficult to say out loud. This article was touching to me but so true. Writing can be one of the best ways to renew our strength and mend our broken hearts. Sometimes it helps to express those feelings of loss and grief to others, and in return to read about those that have lost loved ones in the same way. It helps to ease our pain to see what others have gone through; how they overcome their struggles with letting go, and how they made it through the grieving process. Grieving the loss of a family members can be one of the most difficult things a person has to go through in their lives. Sometimes It helps to express your feelings either on paper or to a close friend about the struggles that you are going through.

When I am at a loss for words, I often place my Bible in front of me, say a prayer and start reading. It is then that the Lord speaks to me through his written word and I am able to jot down my own thoughts on paper as well. I am able to express feelings of hurt or confusion or anger that I didn’t realize maybe I had. I have learned to lean on someone much higher, which is God the Father for answers and for comfort. The words that I write I believe often are inspired by his scriptures, which brings the peace that I need when suffering loss.

Related article:  http://www.eachmindmatters.org/movement-moment/writing-as-healing/

Enduring the Loss of a Family Member: https://godlywitnesses.wordpress.com/2015/01/28/enduring-the-loss-of-a-loved-one/

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Living with Passion: A Young Woman Living With Huntington’s Disease Journey to Truly Live with Passion

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Author Biography

I am a young women who is passionate about every thing I do in my life. I was born to be a teacher but because of my Huntington’s Disease, I had to quit my job as a teacher. I now teach the world about my disease and will forever have a teacher’s heart. I use writing to deal with what I have been dealt and it’s very therapeutic for me.

Author Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/livingwithpassion90

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Book Excerpt

Introduction: I am a 24 year old living with a neurodegenerative genetic disorder called Huntington’s Disease. I was diagnosed at a very young age of 23 years old and showing signs at 20 years old. This is a very young age for someone with HD as the average onset of symptoms is 35-55 years old. Being so young and being diagnosed with such an awful disease is a hard thing but it was a weight off of my shoulders once I was officially diagnosed. I have always known I had the 50/50 percent chance of inheriting the HD gene because my Dad, grandfather, eight aunts and uncles also had the gene. When I was diagnosed, I was able to begin living it with it, rather than continuing to constantly fear the unknown. Having HD has positively affected my out look on life. I try to always take in the good moments, and live more in the moment, whether that; is squeezing my nieces, nephews, and God son tighter and more often, soaking in that sun shine, laughing with my family and friends more, and thanking my support system more often. I do my hardest to live each day passionately. Yes, it would be easy for me to stay in bed all day, but I believe that solves nothing, so I wake up each day and live. I make plans with my support system and I keep going. I am so grateful for my support system because if I did not have them it would be ten times easier to stay in bed. I say to myself, “I can stay at home alone or I can go somewhere with people I love,” and I always choose to go. I may not be working, but I ever rarely spend a day home where I have no visitors or am not out with people. Due to my HD, I have no idea what my future holds, if there is no cure or better treatments I will deteriorate and continue to loose my ability to walk, talk, and think properly. I keep my faith and hope alive and pray each day. At 24 years old and being diagnosed with an awful disease, my faith and relationship with God have been strengthened. I have a new found love of writing and it has become very therapeutic to get my feelings, frustrations and fears out. When I was first seeing my neurologist, Dr. Frank and genetic counselor , Lauren, I constantly felt like the elephant in the room and was also trying to figure out who knew I was seeing Dr. Frank and who did not know. Those who did know seemed scared to bring it up. I could never have done it without the push from my sister Liz, but I was ready to say this is me and I am living with an awful disease but I am doing so passionately ,so I started a blog. The responses that I received were utterly amazing and incredible. I received messages from my family, friends, and people I had not talked to in years telling me how I had them in tears and they were praying for me I have loved nothing more than sharing my HD journey with the world. I do it for therapy and awareness. I without a doubt consider myself an advocate. I have people who tell me that I have changed their outlook on life and inspired them to live better. I feel humbled when I hear this. To me I am a normal person living with an abnormal disease who has decided to show my true strength, not let the HD get the best of me, fight it, and live passionately. I always had the power, strength, fearlessness, and grace to deal with it inside of me before I just was not aware of it until I truly needed it! I get my strength, passion, fearlessness, joy, and happiness all from my angel Dad, who lost his fight to HD December 26, 2003. This memoir is a tribute, dedication and honor to him, who he was and what he stood for. I would love nothing more than you being a part of my journey. When reading along it just might make you cry, but if anything I hope it will make you smile and have happy tears. I hope my story will change you for the better just as my HD has done to me. I hope reading my journey, the good and the bad of my HD, will inspire you to appreciate what you do have and to live with a more positive outlook on life.”

The Camouflaged Cross- Book 1: Just Run by Cal Wilson

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Have you ever wondered what the true Biblical End Times will look like? Where society has totally broken down and evil forces are at work, both worldwide and locally, to take control of what is left?

Nuclear bombs smuggled into shipping containers have blown up several American port cities. Riots have broken out among the hungry survivors. Train tracks have been sabotaged to cause derailments, municipal water supplies have been poisoned, ground-to-air missiles have been smuggled into the country to shoot down passenger airplanes, crop-dusters have been used to spread disease in crowded cities, and electrical sub-stations have been attacked to shut down the electrical grid and make sure that anyone left alive is in the dark. In the face of all this death and destruction, most of the survivors foolishly try and prepare for a return to normalcy.

Several Christian prepper families have converged upon an agreed-upon retreat location to try and survive what is clearly a final break-down of society, just as was predicted in the Bible. Join Jesse, his wife Mary, their daughter Melissa, and their prepper friends from church who have, after years of prepping and stockpiling supplies, are forced to go to their retreat location in hopes of fighting and surviving all of the multiple threats to come.

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The American president, who had been widely distrusted by the Christian community, was attending a conference in Jerusalem, to celebrate the mid-point of his much-heralded seven-year, universal peace treaty. Most other world leaders also attended. This treaty had succeeded in keeping world peace as never before. Even skeptics had been impressed with the peace kept by this treaty, engineered by the American president.
The location of this conference, believed to be the location of Solomon’s Temple from biblical times, was chosen to emphasize the historical significance of the occasion.

However, during the conference, nuclear bombs concealed inside shipping containers exploded simultaneously at several American east-coast port cities. For those who survived the nuclear bombs, full-scale rioting ensued, making the cities involved a vast wasteland of death and destruction. Fearing the same attacks, other port cities that had not been attacked halted all shipping operations, resulting in shortages of essential supplies and food. People in those cities also rioted.
All the rioters in American port cities not only demanded a resumption of the shipments of food, but they also resented the fact that any semblance of privacy they had had was gone, ostensibly in order to protect against terrorist attacks like what just happened. Rational observers of the situation agreed that this was one of the few times when the frustrations of rioters, if not the actions, actually made sense. Government snooping of phone calls, e-mails, texts, computer hard-drives, credit card and online purchases, and all other aspects of life in America had produced no noticeable increase in security, as had been promised. Facial recognition cameras had even been set up in city centers, recording the identities and travelling of drivers and pedestrians through the cities. Yet, this end of privacy had still not halted the attacks.

Soon after the nuclear explosions in the American port cities, terrorist sleeper cells inside the United States began operations in which they attacked electrical substations – those unprotected junctions of electrical power lines where the voltage in the lines is regulated for further movement into a nearby city – with machine guns in an attempt to cut off the power grid and all communications. At first, the nationwide coordinated attacks on power substations, dubbed “Metcalfing” after the location of the 2013 dry run, had scattered success. Nevertheless, several major American cities still had power.

Which is Better Words or Pictures

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Recently I saw the film, ‘Words and Pictures’, starring Clive Owens and Juliette Binoche.  The film portrayed an English prep school teacher who loved the art of words as much as his friend, another teacher, loved the art of paintings.  To the painter her work was art and she said, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”  Which wasn’t her quote but was attributed to Frederick R. Barnard.  To the art teacher’s surprise, the English teacher made a compelling case among his students on why words were better than paintings.

To defend his belief, I will use an analogy for demonstration purposes.  A painting can clearly show what a person looks like and what they are doing or wearing, at that precise time in history.  Some may even agree that you can guess what the person is thinking or feeling from a painting by the shape of their lips or the smile on their face. In writing, the author can add so much more to the idea of the observer, such as what he/she ate that morning or where they were before or after that time in history.  A writer can describe their actual feelings on paper and what brought them to feel that sense of pleasure or fear.  A writer can then go on to describe what made them happy or sad; what circumstance made them feel that way.

A writer loves it when their words are able to describe something so precisely that the reader is pulled in to their work of art.  Whether it is a poem, short story or a beginning of something much larger, the art of writing itself can help the reader escape into a place that calms the mind or relaxes their tired muscles as they read word after word.  As they begin reading they can be lying at the beach on a warm sunny day with the wind blowing their hair, as the spray of ocean water mist hits their feet, just as they see sea gulls flying overhead.

Not to try to sway you either way, I will let you be the judge of what you think is better, a painting or an actual poem, literary work or group of words defining a painting. The words that describe the situation, the person or the event as illustrated can not be defined by a simple drawing but by descriptions of thoughts, feelings, and perceptions.  For more information about writing, visit The Writing Coach.’

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Crucial Strategies for Building a Better Business Website | Social Media Today

A Website should reflect your style, brand and contain information about your products; not forgetting to include your contact information.  It should clearly define what your website is all about and be attractive to the reader’s eye.  SEO Key Words should be on the main page to bring in potential clients from major search engines.  Direct links to products should be easily available from the main page.  Pictures should be attractive and visually stimulating.

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Discovering the World of Book Publishing

10 Crucial Strategies for Building a Better Business Website | Social Media Today.

The simple fact is Appearance brings interest. So without a website that is visually pleasing, the customer loses interest rather quickly. Who says “You can’t judge a book by it’s cover?” Same principle applies with websites. If it too cluttered or lacks depth, the viewer moves on.  Then sharing that site to the world by using social media connections is crucial. Some great tips in this previous post.  Anyone that has a business website should look this article over.

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