The Challenging Art of Weaving a Story 11/18/2022

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by Staci Stallings

Every book is a challenge. Some are more challenging than others, and some are challenging in different ways than others.

For example, when I wrote a book about a dancer, I had to do lots of research about dance. I had to learn terms and how to put specific movements into words that flowed like music. That was a challenge.

When I wrote about a young journalist covering a dangerous story, the research part was easy. I had been a young journalist in a newsroom. I had lived that experience. What I hadn’t lived was being a new student in a huge school. I hadn’t lived having someone stalking me. I hadn’t lived trying to protect my friends from someone who literally wanted to kill them. That was a challenge.

Every book has its own challenges, but one of the challenges that presents itself in every book is that of how to weave a story. How do you take all of these random threads and bits and scenes and somehow weave them together so they a) make sense, b) keep the reader engaged, and c) tell a heart-gripping story that makes readers simultaneously want to read it, not put it down, but never want it to end? Yeah. That’s what I’m up against every time I audaciously start a new story.

Now, you might already think I’m out of my mind to take on such a crazy-difficult task, and honestly, there are times I totally agree with you. But in this writing season, I’m finding myself even more challenged than normal.  The good news is, for way the most part, many of the technical aspects of this series (The Imagination Series) fall pretty well within my own life experiences. I am a musician. I play the piano and the guitar, and I sing. I write music. I’ve written poetry. I’ve been a student. I can fake knowing about cars. (HAHA!)

I’ve put on proms and decorated spaces.  I know about punch and sound systems. I’ve even studied psychology, religion, and film.  All of those are threads in this series, and those are relatively easy.

There are a few threads I haven’t had direct experience with such as domestic violence and the court systems. So those have taken more research, but by and large, that hasn’t been a huge challenge.

The really challenging thing with this one is the sheer immensity of it all. Of course, it didn’t start out that way. In 2009, when I wrote the first book, it was literally supposed to be ONE BOOK. Now, I’m working on Book #9 with #10 and #11 swimming around in my head constantly.

So with this one, the real challenge has become how to craft this whole ginormous story into something that is going to, in the end, have all the elements I’ve been given and actually make sense. And it’s funny as I go because scenes I knew were going to happen, happened out of sync of what I thought they would while some just hang out there illusively calling like a Siren Song I can’t get out of my head.

For example, I know that Greg and Taylor go to Meow Wolf in Santa Fe… twice. (Right now, they haven’t even gone once.)  I have seen the car ride as they are traveling.  I have seen them as they explore the crazy-cool art gallery.  I have seen what happens at the top of the stairs. It’s all right there for me, in my head, always calling, never leaving, but illusive like a dream that may never happen.

The insane thing with this particular series is that some of the scenes floating around in my head have been there for YEARS, and somehow, actually putting them on paper doesn’t change that. It’s like having someone else’s memories… even though some of them haven’t happened yet…?  That makes no sense, but to me, it’s perfectly normal. (I think that makes me weird!)

When I think about Taylor and Greg, I know all these little details like how he was in school and how that shaped him into who he is today even though he doesn’t even really know how or why, where he got his first guitar and why that changed everything about everything in his life, her actual spirit and life calling that’s been buried under equal layers of shame and trying to be something she’s not, and those red cough drops… oh, yes. Those are still coming. No, I haven’t forgotten about them. Trust me.

It’s all right there in my head like this is my life I’m writing down, even though I don’t really have a plot written nor is there an outline of how I’m going to get where this thing is taking me. It’s like driving with no real map other than a vague understanding of where you’re supposed to be going.

Anyway, I guess we can call this blog musing on the odd quirks of being a writer, or something like that. Yes, sometimes being me is a real challenge because this stuff never stops in my head. It swims there 24/7.

So, dear readers, I’m curious from you… when you think about authors and how books and series are written, do you envision plots and outlines or just sitting down and writing? How do you think the stories come to be? Can you tell if a story is plotted from the beginning or written as the author goes? How? What types are your favorites?

Can’t wait to hear your thoughts from the other side of this project called the written life!

About the Author:

Staci StallingsA stay-at-home mom with a husband, three kids and a writing addiction on the side, Staci Stallings has numerous titles for readers to choose from. Not content to stay in one genre and write it to death, Staci’s stories run the gamut from young adult to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure! That’s what keeps Staci writing and you reading. Although she lives in Amarillo, Texas and her main career right now is her family, Staci touches the lives of people across the globe with her various Internet and writing endeavors.

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CrossReads Book Spotlight: How To Hide God’s Word In Your Heart 11/17/2022

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How To Hide God’s Word In Your Heart

Keys To Remembering More Of What You Read From Your Bible

by Sheldon D. Newton

How To Hide God's Word In Your Heart

DO YOU WANT TO REMEMBER SCRIPTURES YOU READ AND STUDY EASIER THAN YOU MAY HAVE THOUGHT POSSIBLE? Perhaps you have a strong desire to understand the Bible better, and to know Jesus in a greater way. This little book will teach you how to comprehend more of what you read as you learn to meditate in God’s Word and learn His ways. The Psalmist David said that he hid God’s Word in his heart so that he would not sin against Him. (See Psalms 119: 9-11) There is POWER in God’s Word to transform your life, step by step and day by day. In this short but impactful guide, you will learn the principles of Bible meditation and how to retain much more of what you read in the scriptures. The Word will become more and more alive within you, filling your being and cause you to fall more and more in love with the Word of God and with the God of His Word. And when you need it, the Word will flood your heart and mind in an amazing way by the Holy Spirit. You will never be the same again!

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CrossReads Short Takes: The Gambit Queen & The Peaceful Valley Wounded Soldier’s Anthology 11/16/2022

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The Gambit Queen

(The Magdalen Cycle Book 3)

by Scott R. Rezer

The Gambit Queen

The Leper’s last heir; a kingdom all but lost…

With the loss of Jherusalem three years before, only Tyre under Conrad de Montferrat remains to stand against the tide of Islam. Even though the dispossessed king lays siege to Muslim held Acre, calls begin to spread for new leadership centered around the young princess, Isabella d’Anjou, the Leper King’s last heir, whom they wish to force into a new marriage against her will. But things are never as they seem, especially in the Kingdom of Jherusalem. As the master of Sion sets his long-awaited plans into motion, Isabella must rely on a small group of allies—her husband Humphrey, and their friend Ernoul, along with the Magdalen and her daughter Salome—to fight the hidden enemies of the embattled kingdom, even as the knights of a new crusade march to war against Salehdin under Richard the Lionheart and his nephew Henri de Champagne. But what sacrifices must Isabella make for the sake of the kingdom—and can they trust the secretive Salome to help defeat the sinister Order of Sion at last before the kingdom ends up under its control… or will she betray them all to Amalric de Lusignan?

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The Peaceful Valley Wounded Soldier’s Anthology

Christian Contemporary Romance

by J. Carol Nemeth

The Peaceful Valley Wounded Soldier's Anthology

Welcome to Peaceful Valley Rehab Center where wounded soldiers come to rehabilitate. Dr. Alex Hunter, a disabled veteran himself, returns home after years away serving in the military. Turning his family inheritance into a rehabilitation center, he gives these war-weary men and women the help they need to heal. Along the way, not only does Alex find love, but love comes calling for others too. This faith-filled short story series will keep you turning pages to find out what happens next.

Fans of Liz Isaacson will enjoy this sweet romance collection featuring America’s veterans.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 11/15/2022

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by Jim Hughes 

CrossPs. 34:11-14 Come, my children, and listen to me, and I will teach you to fear the LORD. Do any of you want to live a life that is long and good? Then watch your tongue! Keep your lips from telling lies! Turn away from evil and do good. Work hard at living in peace with others.

If you want to live a life that is long and good, then you have to watch your tongue. This does not mean you are guaranteed a long and good life, but it does mean that you will enhance your chances of living a messed up life that may be cut short if you don’t watch your tongue. It has been said that honesty is the best policy, and it is true.

Lying to others makes you untrustworthy. If others cannot depend on you to be truthful, you will fail to have anyone in life who can depend on you in time of need. You will be lonely and without help in your own times of need.

A much better way to live is to turn away from evil and do good. When you live rightly with God, you can be trusted to tell the truth. God is truth and those who live in Christ will be a people of truth. A person that wants to please God will seek to be truthful in all things, even when it may not be convenient or when it may be costly for him to do so.

We need to work hard at living in peace with others. Truthfulness is absolutely essential for peaceful living. It doesn’t come naturally or easily, but with a lot of effort it can be done. Our commitment to godliness enables us to not be at odds with others because of our untrustworthiness. Peace sometimes eludes us because of the heart issues of others, but as far as it is possible with you, live rightly with God so you can live rightly with others.

Notice that this is doable. We are told to take charge of our tongues, hearts, and living. If it were not possible, God would not tell us to do it.

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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CrossReads Weekly Devotional: Carry It All With You 11/14/2022

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by Rebekah Beene

At the women’s conference I recently attended, there were people at the door into the auditorium who let everyone know that they could not take anything but water inside. That was understandable as it was carpeted.  People had to discard their drinks before they could enter.

Oh beloved, aren’t we blessed! As believers, we get it all. We have access to all of the blessings of God and we get to carry them with us everywhere we go. In the hospital? Yes. In the office? Yes. At the funeral home? Yes. And oh so especially so – in the sanctuary! If we can’t carry it all with us, why would we want to go? In Christ we have it all and we carry it all with us!

God wants you to know this morning that you are a very blessed, heavily armored believer! You lack nothing and you dare not discard a thing! Everything is needed for your walk in Christ.  You even have His glory you carry with you! You even have His Spirit that gives you power and wisdom and love! You won’t make it without all of God. And in Christ is the fullness of the Godhead bodily! Don’t let a single door you step to make you drop God’s truth. You walk away from any entity that tells you all the Truth is not important.  You walk in faith, led by the Spirit, and shout hallelujahs as you enter in!

God loves you and He is for you! What an amazing thing! What credentials to get you into the Holy of Holies. Now weapon formed against you will ever prosper, because you live and move and have your being in Christ!

Act 17:28 for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’

Colossians 2:9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and a sound mind!

About the Author:

Rebekah Beene

 

In a Christian Women’s meeting in 1983, Rebekah was given a prophetic message that she would write books. Several years ago she began writing stories about special holiday memories and travels, sharing God’s love and care through each story. God has gifted Rebekah with the ability to look at the natural and see the supernatural. Both Rebekah and her husband Danny have a heart to share the Gospel and the riches of life in Christ to everyone they meet. They have served in the local church and in ministry to motorcyclists. Danny is an ordained minister and they both have been Bible study teachers for many years. Rebekah also speaks at women’s retreats and conferences. Her tag line says it all “God loves you and He’s for you”.

My website is http://rebekahbeene.wordpress.com

My first book in print is Oh Beloved! Live in the Light of His Word.
Link to buying the book via paypal is on the website.
As well a link to purchasing the ebook on Amazon is there too.
I’m also on twitter @rebekahbeene, tumblr http://rebekah-beene.tumblr.com/
and of course facebook as Rebekah Beene (Warren) I included my maiden name for old friends.
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Of Elements & Experiments 11/11/2022

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by Staci Stallings

If you took high school Chemistry, you may recall how in lab you were given assignments in which you took various chemicals, mixed them a certain way, and their bonding created a different substance. Theoretically you could take 2 hydrogen atoms and mix them with 1 oxygen atom, and the result would be water.

There were other experiments where you would mix two things, and the result was a separation or rearrangement of chemicals. For example, if you throw sodium or potassium in water, you really should have some safety measures in place for the explosion that will follow.

I recently told my sixth grade life skills class that by and large, we have taken the actual “experimenting” part out of so-called in-school lab experiments. Instead, what we now have are recipes. In middle school and high school, students are not encouraged to truly experiment. Instead, they are given a series of instructions to bring about an already-defined result.

True experiments would be to start throwing elements into a beaker and see what happens.

That’s why I think what I do in writing is much closer to a true experiment than what they do in high school labs nowadays.

I take various elements and put them together–sometimes by design and sometimes quite by accident–and see what happens.

For example, elements in my current series include:

music — instrumental such as guitars, piano, keyboard, and drums as well as vocal

poetry — both lyrical and word art

art — both appreciated in the form of learning about it as well as the actual painting of it

film — several characters study film in college, which includes watching films, discerning comparisons, and writing papers

dance — though not an overly-used medium in this series, two of the characters are now learning to swing dance

psychology — learning about self and the workings of the mind, at least three characters have taken or will take a psychology class

religion — multiple characters have been directly instructed by pastors and their wives

to that you can add (or subtract) the various settings and venues such as:

high school

college

home life

various work places

and activities and hobbies such as basketball and football games, trampolining, and snowball fights

as well as everyday life events such as

birthdays

graduations

parties

Christmas

Thanksgiving

and weddings

In all honesty, it’s been super-fun to watch all the elements mix and match, separate and come back together to form a whole that alone they could have never been.

It’s a lot like the six friends that this 10-book series follows because at various times, they come together for common purposes and then break apart as challenges happen. Fights, discussions, resolutions… All the elements that make up real life.  How about that?

So, dear readers, what elements do you most like to read about?  Is there one that is really a magnet to get you to buy and read?  Do you care about the elements at all, or is it only a matter of whether it’s a good story?  And have you ever read a story where the “experiment” just didn’t work at all? Without naming names, what about it did you think didn’t work?

Conversely, have you ever read a book that the experiment just took your breath away for its perfection?

In short, what’re your thoughts and experiences with story elements and experiments when it comes to romance and fiction? What chemical reactions make your heart beat a little faster or explode like sodium in water?

Spill, dear readers! I’d love to hear your thoughts!

About the Author:

Staci StallingsA stay-at-home mom with a husband, three kids and a writing addiction on the side, Staci Stallings has numerous titles for readers to choose from. Not content to stay in one genre and write it to death, Staci’s stories run the gamut from young adult to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure! That’s what keeps Staci writing and you reading. Although she lives in Amarillo, Texas and her main career right now is her family, Staci touches the lives of people across the globe with her various Internet and writing endeavors

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CrossReads Book Spotlight: Never Forsaken 11/10/2022

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Never Forsaken

God Delivered Me From Hopeless Situations

by Sherry States

Never Forsaken

Never Forsaken: God Delivers Me From Hopeless Situations will give you all the twists and turns of life. Including life struggles, roads to recovery from multiple addictions, trauma, tragedies, rapes, abusive marriages, miracles, healing, redemption, salvation, angel encounters, near-death vision, and much more. It will encourage, inspire, and help many that go through similar struggles and situations. It will help people think and learn that through everything, God loves us, delivers us, and moves mountains for us.

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CrossReads Short Takes: Becoming Me & Getting to Yes 11/9/2022

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Becoming Me

A New Adult Contemporary Novel

(The Imagination Series Book 1)

by Staci Stallings

Becoming Me

Is there something greater than we know? Can we, through the talents God has given us, tap into a well-spring our mortal senses do not see? If so, how do we encourage each other to find that deeper “something,” or do we rationalize each other out of even searching for it?

Paige Grayson isn’t crushing on Nelson Samuels. Just ask her. She’ll tell you. After all, he is her sister’s best friend, “royalty” in her high school, a senior, and so talented he would never notice a nobody like her. So Paige resorts to pouring her non-existent feelings for Nelson into a very special notebook, a notebook of the words that cascade through her without her knowing how or where they come from. She’s always been like that, writing words that are poetic, ephemeral, and too precious to share with anyone else. But what happens when she loses the notebook that contains the words that are such a part of her? Worse, when Nelson starts to want to hang out, can she play it cool or will he learn all the secrets she’s been keeping from everyone, even herself?

Nelson Samuels knows he’s always been a little weird. For as long as he can remember, he’s done his best to keep just how weird a secret from those closest to him. Yes, they know he writes music. What they don’t know is that he hears music in haunting melodies all the time. Having learned to capture some of them into notes on a page, he struggles to share just enough of his talent without risking anyone knowing all of it. It’s only when Nelson starts to notice his best friend’s younger sister that life is about to dare him to open the deepest secrets he holds about himself to someone else. Will he be brave enough to share the imagination side of him, or will he forever stay trapped in knowing he has this amazing gift but being too afraid to share it with anyone?

“Becoming Me” begins The Imagination Series by USA Today Best-Selling Christian author Staci Stallings. This set of stories begins in the very real world and takes the reader on a journey to learn that

we all have gifts and talents, and those were placed inside of us by a God Who loves us and wants us to learn to use them—for ourselves, for our friends and family, for the world, and for His Kingdom. Come along on this journey that dares to ask what would happen if we all stopped judging our differences and started celebrating them instead.

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Getting to Yes

A Sweet City Hearts Novella

NEW EXPANDED EDITION: New scenes, more content!

by Allie Pleiter

Getting to Yes

EXPANDED EDITION WITH NEW SCENES AND CONTENT! Suzann knows Adam is the perfect man for her–the man she’s waited for, prayed for, fallen hard for from the first. Valentine’s Day is coming. It’s the perfect time for him to pop the question. She’s more than ready, he’s trying to get ready, so why would God throw obstacle after obstacle into the mix? Will Suzann and Adam get to “yes”?

An avid knitter, BBC Television geek and French macaron enthusiast, Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and non-fiction working on as many as four novels at a time. The enthusiastic but slightly untidy bestselling author of over 40 books, Allie spends her days writing, buying too much yarn, and finding new ways to avoid housework. Allie hails from Connecticut, moved to the midwest to attend Northwestern University, and currently lives outside Chicago, Illinois. The “dare from a friend” to begin writing has produced a eighteen-year career with over 1.4 million books sold. In addition to writing, Allie regularly speaks on faith, the creative process, and women’s issues.

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When Light of Jerusalem Shines 11/8/2022

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by Robin MacKinley

Arise, Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all to see. For the glory of the LORD rises to shine on you. Isaiah 60:1

On the world front, Jerusalem gets quite a bit of attention. But it hasn’t been much of a bright spot in the world. Isaiah prophesied that will change in the end times.

When we look back to the end of chapter 59, the prophet declared the return of Jesus to Jerusalem. He will come to defeat the antichrist and end the 7-year tribulation.

The Redeemer will come to Jerusalem to buy back those in Israel who have turned from their sins,” says the Lord. Isaiah 59:20

Isaiah also indicated that God would fulfill the covenant He made with the forefathers of the nation of Israel.

And this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord. “My Spirit will not leave them, and neither will these words I have given you. They will be on your lips and on the lips of your children and your children’s children forever. I, the Lord, have spoken! Isaiah 59:21

The Israelites will no longer see the Lord only as the God of the mosaic law. Instead, they will recognize Jesus as their Redeemer.

So Isaiah told Jerusalem to let its light shine for all to see. That light would shine so the inhabitants of Israel living in countries around the world could see His light.

Darkness as black as night covers all the nations of the earth, but the glory of the Lord rises and appears over you. Isaiah 60:2 

The Light Of Jerusalem 

Spiritually speaking, Jerusalem will be the only bright spot in the world. It will draw the sons and daughters of Abraham to the City of God.

Look and see, for everyone is coming home! Your sons are coming from distant lands; your little daughters will be carried home. Isaiah 60:4

This nation, which has continually rejected Jesus for over 2000 years will flock to the light of the King. And many others will come as well. 

 All nations will come to your light; mighty kings will come to see your radiance. Isaiah 60:3 

Read all of Isaiah 60 to see what the world will look like during the reign of Christ. And how people of the earth will act. 

The Church is Called to Shine Its Light for All to See 

Why did Isaiah say that “darkness as black as night covers all the nations?” Because the church won’t be here to shine the light of Christ in this dark world.

The Apostle Paul said, the church “will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.”

We know that Jesus is the Light of the world. It’s His light that draws people to Himself. In Matthew 5, however, Jesus also said “You are the light of the world.”

So, everyone who knows Christ as their Savior is a light for the Lord. In other words, through Him, we must shine His light into a world darkened by sin.

The question must be asked, are you letting your light shine bright? Or are you hiding it so others can’t see it? Jesus continued His thought in Matthew 5 with the following;

In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. Matthew 5:16

Your good deeds must go beyond doing things that make you look and feel good. Jesus said when you let your light shine for all to see, your heavenly Father will receive praise.

About the Author: 

Pastor RobinRobin, with his wife Cindy, became children’s evangelists early in their ministry. They ministered to children full time for 8 years. During that time they developed several children’s stories which were told with visuals and puppets.

Robin recently turned two of those stories into children’s books. One is called “The Contest,” a book about the Fruit of the Spirit, and the other is called “Twas the Night of Christmas”.  He has also authored 5 volumes of devotional books called, 3 Minutes Alone with God. Each entry is a product of his personal biblical Journaling.

These and his other writings are available on his website called Christian Perspectives at www.ramckinley.com. When you visit this site, you can sign-up for newly written devotions as they come out which will be emailed to you.

Presently Robin is the pastor of Calvary Christian Center in Pottstown, PA. He is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. He and his wife make their home in Birdsboro, Pa. He also serves as the president of the local ministerium. He and Cindy have two married sons and four grandchildren. 

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CrossReads Weekly Devotional: We’re all a little hungry. More than a little… 11/7/2022

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by Precarious Yates

Matthew 5:6

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”

One look at the world around us can give us a yearning for things to be right, because things feel so wrong. War. Hunger. Shortages. Sickness. Conflicts build upon each other with no resolution, just layers of shattered brokenness upon layers of shattered brokenness for the next generation to cut their feet on as they forge their way in life. In a reality such as this, how can we but hunger and thirst for righteousness?

Yet we in ourselves are absolutely helpless to bring that righteousness. We couldn’t if we tried for a thousand years. Ten thousand. 

Romans 3:10 tells us, “as it is written: 

    “None is righteous, no, not one…”

What’s left for us to do? Are we meant to hunger for something that we can never have?

Herein lies the beauty of the gospel—we absolutely can have that hunger and thirst for righteousness fully satisfied! 

Paul goes on in that Romans passage to say,

“But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” ~ Romans 3:21-26 (ESV)

Let that sink in. 

What we hunger for is fully available to us because of what Jesus did for us. O taste and see that the Lord is good! Be satisfied. And share that with others, because there are a whole lot of people out there who are starving and parched, awaiting the righteousness that can only come through faith in Christ. 

May God richly bless you!

Precarious Yates 

About the Author:

Precarious YatesSarah Jo Smith is a pastor in eastern Ohio, where she lives with her husband, two children, and numerous chickens and sheep. She is working establish a ministry and to plant a church. As an author, she writes for children and teens under the pen name Precarious Yates. Currently, Sarah Jo is pursuing a degree in Peace & Conflict Studies/Conflict Resolution at UNC Greensboro. In addition, she holds a first black belt rank in Taekwondo and is working toward her second degree black belt in Hapkido. Pastor Sarah Jo’s passions are to help people be vessels for God’s love and presence, to bring the ministry of reconciliation through the gospel of Jesus Christ where there have been divisions and dividing walls between people, and to fight against human trafficking wherever she lives (see books written under Precarious Yates for more

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