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To Bring to Pass

Dear <<First Name>>,

Joseph in the book of Genesis said: "But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive." (Genesis 50:20)

When Joseph was a prisoner due to falsely being accused in Egypt, he knew when was the right time to ask his fellow prisoner, the chief butler of Pharoah, to remember him. Joseph wanted the king, through the release of the chief butler, to get him out of prison; but sadly, he was forgotten. Likewise, in our lives, we will become forgotten as Joseph was, especially during our most delicate of moments.

Even though Joseph didn't badger his fellow prisoner at the time, or dwell in self-pity after he was forgotten, he experienced sorrow and a longing for his homeland, an aching for being with those he loved. But his feelings never got the best of him despite his circumstances.

When we face difficult situations, we ought to be faithful to God who can see us through them. When we face challenges in our writing and experience rejection, we can resolve to accept it as Joseph did: with grace, devoid of defeat toward setbacks. Our hope is that you continue to pursue that gift which God has given you; that gift to write:
  • Becca Puglisi drums up a list of memorable characters in the Finding Nemo movie. Why are they memorable and what traits do they possess that resonates with audiences? And how do we write characters that will never leave the memories of your readers?
  • Seth Godin writes a lyrical if-then list of the types of decisions that would prompt us to say no to. In the end, we should always say yes when it comes to building something that matters!
  • Over at Journey and Destination, Carol M shows us several ways to engage a child to labour in thought over the ideas presented to him via a living book. This one is great for those curious about the Charlotte Mason approach to narration and the various ways we can use books without destroying the joy of learning.

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The Bible in the Footstool

In an excerpt found in A Collection of Fireside Readings, Volume Two, a French family has a footstool which they hide from visitors. This footstool is such a treasure for this family and is treated as if it were a precious child. Eventually, the family moves to America so they could have the freedom to read the book that is underneath the footstool. What is it about the Bible that compels families to leave the country they love so much when it forbids them freedom to worship Christ freely? It is because they love something better: the "liberty to read God's word openly and to worship him truly." A vociferous evangelist once said: I cannot be a missionary in China because I can't whisper. It is amazing that in the 21st century, believers under oppressive rule of law are brought to a whisper for their faith, with perhaps only a page of the Bible tucked inside their bosom. What hope have they that are persecuted for the cause of Christ? Here: "A Psalm of David. The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool." (Psalm 110:1)
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