Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
It's not easy to forgive anyone who's deeply hurt you. For some people it's nearly impossible. This quote explains the concept of forgiveness. If you've been affronted, harmed, or worse, it's going to take supernatural awareness and intervention to get to the place where you can offer forgiveness.
The forgiveness you give is to set yourself free from the hold the other individuals have over you. For those offenders who truly are sorry for doing you harm, yes, they desire forgiveness. But there are those who don't care anything about how you've been wronged by them. They won't request forgiveness and might not even be sorry for their offense(s).
People often think that by forgiving someone you also must "forget" the actions or words which harmed you. No. You will most likely never forget what was done to you if it was severe enough. Forgiving is a heart action to free yourself from the pain and burden another caused you. By forgiving it, you separate yourself from the deed(s) and give yourself higher ground to walk on. You rise above it to a place where they can't continue to cause you harm.
The Master Forgiver hung on a cross and offered forgiveness for all the insults and evil mankind had perpetrated and done to Him. He took the punishment to provide forgiveness for the multitude of sins exercised on earth. We need His forgiveness because without it, our eternity is bleak and filled with judgment. By acknowledging our need for that forgiveness, we begin to understand why we need to offer it to those who hurt us. To reciprocate. To find a way to emulate what Jesus provided for us when we didn't deserve it any more than the person who hurt us. But there it is.
He set us free. Free to forgive others just as He forgave us. It's not easy, but few meaningful actions in this world are.
Father, help us to forgive. We really can't do it without you - whether we realize it or not. Thank you, Jesus, for forgiving me. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
The best years for music? The sixties and seventies. Fabulous bands and musicians if you like rock 'n' roll. Too bad "drugs, sex, and rock 'n' roll" was the prevalent theme of those days.
If you listen to these typical-of-the-day lyrics, you get a picture of a character. The one I created is named Dale Rivers. Hope I finish this novel. I love the guy. Title: . . . in a love song of course.
Lord, it was a time of sinful struggles and major rescues. Thank you for the many you collected for your glory during and after those trying times. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
I'm not a man. Although I appreciate the male species, I can never fully understand the way they're wired. Their brains are constructed differently from women's brains.
Keeping these things in mind, one would tend to think a female writer would choose not to feature a male protagonist and use first person point of view. Admitting it's a challenge to crawl inside a man's skin, it's an interesting and formidable place to be. And sometimes it's much more meaningful to create a satisfactory and enticing man - "enticing" in that the personality attracts empathy, understanding, and appreciation from a reader, not mirroring a worldly stereotype.
As an author who writes love stories, it's essential to give the male protagonist accurate and complex traits without minimizing or demonizing his innate masculinity. In order to do it well, the attention to the heart and soul of the character must produce depth even within his potential simplicity.
Not being a man makes the effort more difficult but certainly more rewarding when achieving success. Studying men is a worthwhile endeavor. Creating good male characters: priceless.
Father, thank you for the amazing and utter beauty of your creation, male and female. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
Italics drive some editing professionals crazy. I don't get it. From the standpoint of difficulty reading italics in fine print, yes, that I understand, but the specific use of italics in novels serves a viable purpose. Certainly they're not a necessity, but neither are they a liability. The separation they give to characters' thoughts, to the emphasis of word or phrase, to quoted letters, and legitimate titles used within a story, all provide a function not easily equaled with the regular font.
Some preferences are just that: someone's own acquired taste in the mechanics of writing.
Is there some element of writing you don't like or prefer?
Father, you've given everyone gifts and talents. Help us to appreciate the creative spirit. Every good and perfect gift comes down to us from you. Thank you for your love and grace. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
The world of indie publishing has increased the need for cover designers hired by individuals producing their books. Since I've self-published mine, I've always had the last word on the cover designs. Although two of the three required more communication than the other one, the artists succeeded in expressing the novels' tone and substance.
So, for those of you who write novels, do you see your covers before, during, or not at all when working on your book?
I may be e-publishing another novel, and I have seen the cover for this one since its inception. Whether or not the image in my mind translates well to the finished product remains a question mark at this time, but I'll attempt to describe it accurately and hope it makes a good cover.
I've never liked covers with a predominant focus on the author's name - where the name overrides the title, the design, and most everything else. There are ways to feature the author without overtaking the title's message, such as different fonts, bolder color, or black. For me, the title and design are the most important part of a book cover.
I love great book covers and am a self-confessed judger of books by their covers. Doesn't mean I won't read a book with a cover I don't like, but without a specific interest in that particular book I'll put it right back on the shelf or skip over the Amazon description if I'm not attracted to the cover. Covers matter to me, and I want mine to appeal to me. That way maybe others will enjoy them too.
Father, thank you for all the people you've gifted with designer talents. Their art contributes to the satisfaction of writer and reader alike. So grateful for your never ending generosity. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.