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Running Behind, and Owe No Man Anything

Well, it seems that I’m running behind on getting my daily quota of writing in for Nano, but I’m not giving up yet. In fact, I hope to not give up at all, no matter how long it takes me to plod my way through to the finish line. Right now I’m just slightly less than 5k words behind schedule.

I’m not too worried about it, as I’m not writing an actual novel, so I  can’t officially ‘win’ nano to get anything published, but I will get further than I ever have before, and for that I will be grateful and happy.

I’ve been thinking that since I’ve been doing fairly well with this, up to the last few days, that I should have no problem posting on at least one of my blogs on a daily basis, since  I don’t have to do the 1666 words per day  minimum. I should even be able to post on several of my blogs daily and still be under the goal I’ve been striving to reach on a daily basis here.

Thursday, I cleaned windows in the daytime, and then turned around and went to my ‘normal’ job standing at a cash register for five and a half hours. Then when I returned home I had to do payroll for my employees and get some court papers mailed out. That took a bit of time to read to make sure I was understanding everything correctly. The papers were in reference in garnishing a portion of pay on a weekly basis to pay for a debt.

It is not a task I look forward to doing. Generally, it is related to child support payments that several of our male employees were liable for in the past. One previous employee had several older loans he had never paid and we had to garnish his checks for that.

Garnishing is not an enjoyable experience, it’s one I’d rather refrain from if I had the choice, but, I’m not given the choice, therefore garnish I must.

If anyone owes money, it’s better to pay a bit at a time than ignore it or not talk to anyone about it. Generally, if nothing is ever done about it, it will be sent to collections and then it will be too late. Most companies don’t want to work with the individual if they wait until collections are involved before trying to talk to the main company about it as by then they’ve basically washed their hands of trying to get the money themselves.

In the Bible, it says that we are not to owe any man anything.

Romans 13:8:

Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

God‘s heart is that we don’t own any person anything. The context for this verse is in the verses above.

Romans 13:5-7:

Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.

Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

Owe no man any thing,…

I will have to be honest and say that we are not good at this aspect of stewarding what God has given us. Even with working two jobs, we don’t always have what we need to get our vehicles repaired and that type of thing.

While we are paying down specific bills, other ones have increased during the year which will take longer to pay them down. At least we are working on it, though, and not ignoring what we owe.  Hopefully in another year we’ll have two cards completely paid off, and can then take what we pay on those and pay extra on other ones.

This post 654 words, Messages elsewhere, 263 words. 917 -better than nothing, since I’m running behind.

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Trying to do Nano While Working Two Jobs!

I’m glad I’m a nano-rebel this year as I wasn’t very successful in the past. Doing nano and working two jobs isn’t the easiest feat in the world. Possibly working only one job and doing nano isn’t easy either until a person has one successful nano under their belt.

I was hoping to share another teaching from the Bible, but haven’t had the time, or made the necessary time to do the necessary research to make that happen.

Today I began another Biblical teaching but will have to finish it another day. I worked most of the day with my crew and we didn’t return home until 5:45 when the sun was already setting, seeing it is now November in the mid-west and after daylight savings time. We fell back last weekend so now it’s lighter faster in the morning, but darker earlier in the evening.

One more month of that and then it begins to head the other way, the only good thing about December.

I was able to get five reviews done on my writing site. I try to review at least six items weekly which  helps me get points to maintain my membership along with the membership of one or two others if I can. So, it’s a benefit for me to get those six reviews in weekly.  (I got the sixth one in yesterday).

With those reviews I wrote 848 words.

In a different blog than this, the first one I had on WordPress, http://www.muchadoaboutmanythings.wordpress.com. I wrote a small tidbit this morning before heading to work and was able to get 434 words on that.

I would like to do at least as well as I did yesterday as I was able to get over the daily goal of 1667 words per day. I was a bit behind already, so even with the extra words, I’m still behind. I’m not doing too bad though, and even though I really wanted to take this evening off and do other things, I feel I did fairly well overall. If I keep talking about nothing at all, I might find myself getting closer to the mark for the day.

One thing I was wondering about today was how does everyone that takes part in nano get anything done around their house? I think the majority of people are always writing or at least as much as is possible. Some I know have small children at home that they must tend to, while others still have to work.

Last month, it rained a lot in our area. Now that would have been a great month to do nano, as I didn’t have to go out and clean windows during the rainfall. This month, it’s been fairly dry. While that’s great for business and paying bills, it doesn’t leave as much time for fitting the writing in.

So then decisions need to be made. Do I write, or do I take care of things like bills and getting work done? I think the answer is obvious. It will be nice when I can write more than the rest, but that time isn’t here as yet.

I’m done here for the night since I’ve at least made the minimum goal. Hopefully I can get more words in eventually, but I’m happy as I’ve been writing each and every day, something I’ve not done well before. Yeah!!

586 words, a total of 1868 for the day. This post was started several days ago, and posted on Sunday, November 11. I would have been earlier had I not had to work two jobs while doing nano.

 

November 6, Praise Ye the Lord

The book of Psalms in the Old Testament is loaded with praises. While the word Psalm generally means songs, different psalms may mean more than that. Dictionary.com has some of the meanings listed in their Bible Dictionary section.

Singing the praises to the Lord was taught by David to the Old Testament believers. Thirteen of the psalms are listed or known as songs, some are songs set to music, some have nothing to do with singing, but speaking only. The majority of them are about praising God or singing praises to God.

Easton’s 1897 Bible Dictionary

In studying praise from Psalms I read one of them that I probably read many times before, but it didn’t mean as much to me until I was studying that specific word.

Psalm150:1-6

Praise ye the Lord, Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.

Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.

Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.

Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.

Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.

Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

Psalm 149:3-5

Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.

For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.

Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.

God wants our praise all the time, but he gives us many ways to offer that up: in singing, dancing, musical instruments.

I had a hard time last year dealing with a situation. I didn’t want to worry about it, but I found that it was hard not to, yet I knew that God didn’t want me to worry for worry only brings stress.

I decided to begin to praise God. If I ran out of things to praise him about, I would think of some hymns we sang at church and do my best to remember the words and sing them in my mind for I was at work, and it wouldn’t have been appropriate for me to sing out loud.

The coolest thing happened, after I was doing this for a while, I realized I wasn’t worrying about my situation anymore. It was easier for me to remain peaceful and expect God to take care of the situation or at least show me how to handle it better.

There is a lot in the Bible about praying all the time and being thankful all the time. It seems to our brains that it’s not possible to do that all of the time, but I don’t believe God expects us to do each of them simultaneously because we can only think one thought at a time. These do give us ways to go through our days so that we can succeed and excel in any situation and circumstance.

It doesn’t mean that waves and tumultuous weather won’t come our way, but with God on our side, (and if we are praying, thanking and praising, we’ll remember him more), because we can calm the sea just as Jesus did.

Walking on water and calming the sea can be figurative; it can stand for any major event in our lives that we are able to manage with God’s help and not sink, but it can be literal also.

God gave dominion to Adam in the book of Genesis, but when Adam sinned that dominion was transferred to Satan. When Jesus paid the price for our sins and for Adams also, he bought back everything that Adam gave away. Jesus was able to talk to the elements and calm things down because he had the dominion over those things and he knew who he was as the son of God.

When we got born again, all that became available to us, we just need to stand up and believe in who we are as sons of God.

Matthew 14:23-32

Crashing Wave

Crashing Wave (Photo credit: Clearly Ambiguous)

And when he (Jesus) had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.

And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.

And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.

But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.

And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him,

O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.

Peter didn’t begin to sink as soon as he left the boat. It says he came down out of the boat, and walked on the water to go to Jesus. It wasn’t until he looked at the wind, that he became afraid.  As long as his eyes were fastened on Jesus, he was all right, but when he looked at the circumstances, then he began to falter.

I’m sure we can all remember situations like that in our lives. When we feel like we’re sinking, we need to put our eyes back onto the Lord.

In church years ago we used to sing a newer song, I don’t know who wrote it. I did check the search engines a bit to see if it was online. I can’t find it, but I’m not going to put the whole thing down, not sure whether I can remember it word for word even then. I can sing it leaving out a lot of words, but it starts with this phrase, which is also the chorus:

Keep looking at the Lord, he’ll carry you through.  

The second verse begins with:

When I look inside myself to find the keys to life, all I find is emptiness misery and strife; then I start remembering the keys of yesterday, I put my mind right back on God and everything’s okay.

(If anyone knows the copyright info to this, I’d be glad to add it).

This post is 1154 words

Some other writing I did today is 407 words, and two reviews were 728 words, totaling 2289 words for the day.

November 4, Being Approved By God

Before I begin, I want to apologize for the lack of paragraph spacing further down. For some reason even though I’ve tried to fix it several times, I haven’t figured out what is going on.

What is it I want most in my life? Even more than having a career as a writer and making money with my writing, I want my life to be approved by God.

In the Bible, II Timothy 2:15 in the King James Version it states:

Study to show thyself approved unto God a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly divides the word of truth.

What is the word of truth? Many think truth is relative. What does that mean? If you check out the definition at http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/relative?o=100083&qsrc=2894&l=dir&gct=bar.

Under number three of a noun it says .

“something dependent upon external conditions for its specific nature, size, etc. (opposed to absolute). ” So to my understanding, when people say that truth is relative they may be saying that truth is dependent upon certain conditions being met.
For example there was a man in the 1500’s who became a priest but later left the priesthood as he had ideas about the world which were different with the views propounded by the main churches at that time, Roman Catholicism, Calvinists and Lutherans.
He taught that when people viewed something differently like the world or the universe that the knowledge was relative to each person’s perceptions, therefore, the knowledge couldn’t be absolute. He is considered to be a front-runner to certain viewpoints and philosophy’s of today.
While this may be true of philosophy and scientific research, it is not true of Godly things. What God has put forth in his word is truth and it is absolute, no matter the viewpoint of the person reading it.
The interesting thing is that God will work within a person’s heart so they can truly understand his heart to them as they read and study the words found within God’s heart, which is the Bible.
The main ingredient to receive God’s heart is to be meek, willing to listen and then obey. Part of this can be found in
James 1:21, 22
…and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
For any who would like to learn, God is ready and willing and able to instruct you. Generally that instruction comes when we sit down and read and study His word, but it can come at other times also. The main thing is to take what you learn and go back to His word and research what you learn against the truth written therein. If they match up, then you know what you learned was from God.
Eventually,  you will know when he is talking to you and hopefully you will not only listen but also do what you are shown.
Each person that gains insight into different aspects of God’s word, or maybe their own life through the filter of God’s word may see things differently, but that’s because we all come from different backgrounds. Therefore, we process ideas in many ways and may even come to different conclusions. If the conclusions are not contrary to what God teaches us in His word, then that is fine to be different. When the conclusions are at cross-purposes to the Word of God, then the person needs to rethink the situation according to Biblical truths.
I’ve been reading a book, a part of a series I haven’t read in over twenty years or so. I planned on writing a book review on the third book in the series that I began last week. Today, while mulling some things over while at work, I realized that I don’t want to be connected to the series.
I’ll say that it is a love story, it’s about how people do and don’t get along especially when they are from various cultures. It’s about the travels of a man and woman and what they encounter along the way.
It’s hard to explain why I want to steer clear of writing about the book, but I guess it’s that if I review it, it would be as if I put my stamp of approval on the book. While I know it’s good to read all sorts of books to gain a wide range of knowledge and understanding about people, certain concepts in certain books can affect some people in a manner that isn’t the best.
While I may be able to read many types of books without it changing who I am, I can’t guarantee that for everyone. We should want what we read and watch on TV to heal our inner psyche’s, our souls. Young people especially and young children are swayed easily  as they either haven’t been taught, or haven’t learned how to assimilate what they are reading or seeing without it causing  undue harm to themselves or to others.
Even certain adults should refrain from exposing themselves to such material. I’m not necessarily talking about material or media that is sexual in context like the new series Fifty Shades of Gray. I am talking about anything that is contrary to that which is: honest, true, just, pure, lovely, virtuous, praiseworthy, or of a good report. These traits can be found in Phillipians 4:8.
We will be held accountable for what we put out there for others. Do we want to be rewarded for our efforts in life, or do we want to be embarrassed for those things? I for one want to be approved, therefore, I’ve made the decision to keep that at the forefront of my thinking. (I’m sure I will forget, but I hope I’ll remember more often than not).
As Rev. Wayne Clapp wrote recently in a newsletter I get electronically, “God is willing to start the fire, but He requires us to maintain it. As with fire, our dreams need ignition and fuel to burn. God will ignite a dream in your heart, but we must continually add the fuel of the Word of God to our dream, in order to keep it burning”.  [Jeremiah 20:9 and Hebrews 12: 28 and 29].
(If any of you are interested I can forward you a copy of the newsletter).
For those that have a problem dealing with reality, without God’s word to use as a filter for their thoughts and ideas, they won’t be able to keep their stampeding thought processes reined in which may not cause any ripples right then, but eventually it could cause a major catastrophe.
I know that some people that hurt others, like those that kidnap children and keep them in bondage, or those that kill, steal or are abusive to name a few may have been raised in one faith or another,  yet, somehow, it didn’t sink in enough to maintain equilibrium when things took a turn for the worst; they weren’t able to control their responses or so it is thought.
God gives us the control over our own minds, bodies and hearts. We decide what we allow in and out; we can be a benefit to others or a hindrance, it’s all up to us.
If we don’t know God’s word with which we can filter everything that comes through our five senses then there is no guarantee that we’ll respond in a humanitarian way, for truth won’t be guiding us.
I’m not saying we need to have a book burning, or demolish all the books in existence that are or seem to be contrary to the Word of God, but I’m saying that we need to control our own minds and also teach our children how to control their minds.

Also, how quickly it influences a person negatively is in direct proportion to how much they feed on such things. If they/we take the time to think on good things, then hopefully anything we are introduced to that could tip the scale in the other direction would be minimal at best.

1917 words for this post and two emails I wrote earlier to fellow writers, along with the quote and Biblical references.
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