Nov 13

I AM EVE: Part 10

 

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Each month this year I have shared a few thoughts about how we modern women might be a bit like the first woman God created. Here are a few more to consider this month:

I Can Do All Things

We tend to think of Eve’s story as ending when she and Adam left the Garden of Eden. But leaving the garden actually was when the trouble all got worse. That was when her one son Cain, murdered her other son Abel. It’s impossible to understand the pain she went through from that. But then more pain followed when Cain went off to another land.

Eve was new at the whole “life thing” with no one to advise her about little things or big things. But then she had another son, to whom she gave birth “with the help of the Lord” (Genesis 4:1).

The Apostle Paul reminds us of this too when he says,

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13).

What do you feel incapable of doing on your own? How might you need to remember to ask for the Lord’s help?

I am Thankful for What I Have

When Eve was living in the garden she had it pretty good. She could eat the luscious fruit from any of the “other” trees, even the tree of life. And she had a personal relationship with the creator.

But Eve didn’t focus on being thankful for what she had. Instead she coveted what she didn’t have—the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And that led to her (and our) physical death.

Paul reminds us to pray in all circumstances and to bring our worries to Jesus with thanksgiving. 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus  (Philippians 4:6-7).

We probably don’t have thanksgiving for the problems. But we might be thankful for what lessons we might learn because of them, or for the people who come beside us in prayer, or because we know that underneath it all Jesus is going through the circumstance with us.

What  might you find to be thankful for in your present situation?

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God has proper planning even when we don’t. I had not looked at the calendar when I began sharing these lessons back in January. But here we are, 10 days before our celebration of Thanksgiving Day. We end this summary thinking about how we can be thankful for what we have. Thank you, Jesus.

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For a more in-depth study about the character and circumstances of Eve and how we might learn the lessons she has to teach, I would love for you to check out my Bible study devotional I am Eve. It is available in print or Kindle format at Amazon.com.

 

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Nov 06

GET GOING, KEEP GOING & GET IT DONE!

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What fun to hang out with other people who love stringing together words. Saturday, it was my privilege to be part of the third annual Treasure Valley Writers’ Fest. There I met with a delightful group of writers sharing one of my favorite ways to finish oodles of writing projects without losing my mind: by using the SMARTER goal setting method.

Saturday, I suggested creating monthly writing goals to focus on specific parts of the process to create a book, so that a person could achieve a goal to begin, write, complete and publish a non-fiction or fiction book project in 2018. Yes, it would be a whirlwind. It would be a challenge. But it can be done.

As promised to those dedicated attendees, here are those writing schedules we discussed.

Whether or not you were one of those attendees, please feel free to click on the links, print the files or download them to your computer. Use them as they are or revise them to fit your personal schedule, writing project or style of work. Share them with another writer who may be struggling with the sense of enormity at what she is attempting.

Use them to get motivated and stay motivated. Know that others are going through the same thing you are, and succeeding! Stay encouraged.

 

SMARTER goal setting commitment

Write a Non-Fiction Book in 2018

Write a Novel in 2018

Create a Marketing Plan for a June Book Launch

Carol’s 2018 Q1 Plan for Multiple Book Projects

Oct 30

WHAT’S UP WITH HALLOWEEN?

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Over 1200 years ago, the early Church set aside November 1 as a day to honor all holy people. That day is called “All Saints Day.” A saint is just a holy person—someone who loves God.

Another word for “holy” is “hallowed.” We can remember that by the Lord’s prayer which tells us that “Hallowed (holy) is thy name.” The early church also set aside November 2 as a day to honor holy people who had died. That day is called “All Souls Day.”

Over time, the day before All Saints Day became known as Hallowed Evening—just like the day before Christmas is called Christmas Eve(ning). Hallowed Evening was later shortened to “Hallowe’en.”

In Latin countries, the Day of the Dead is observed between October 31 (Halloween) and November 2. The people dress like skeletons and parade through the streets to celebrate the lives of their friends and family members who have died. The Day of the Dead is based on the same Christian holidays that became our Halloween.

Pirate and fairy costumes may have nothing to do with the official Christian holy day, but knowing the origin of Halloween can help us use the holiday to think about Jesus.

Plus it’s always a good excuse to enjoy a few extra pieces of candy.

 

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