The Healing Atmosphere

The healing atmosphere
Delivers you from fear
And wipes tears away.

Our God of Compassion
Touches the hearts of many
And breaks their chains.

When you find Him
You can’t turn away.
He draws you in.

Receive Him and be made whole.
Be cleansed.
Be renewed.

Strokes are healed,
Memories restored,
We look to the Lord.

Our King is here.
Thank you Jesus
You have mercy on me.

He knows what you need.
Get up off your knees.

Soldiers Rejoice

Come, enter the light.
You belong inside
Jesus, the gate to eternity.
We will live and not die
when we come inside
His holy kingdom.

Every soldier rejoice!
Your hands are washed clean
Washed in the blood of the Lamb.
He gave himself for us
So that we can be free.
God bless his holy name.

Stop punishing yourself.
Wake up! Your King has arrived.
He bore it all for you.
You are worth the best of Heaven
Brought down to serve.

Who is mankind?

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Do people really believe that mankind evolved from apes?

Do you believe that your ancestors are animals that have never built cities, worn clothes, or debated mathematical theories? Is it easier to believe that we came about through happenstance than to believe God when He tells us that he deliberately designed us on purpose?

No, scientists say that the universe *exploded* into existence.

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They say that it wasn’t meticulously designed, engineered, and built by an intelligent creator.

How does a people forget who they are? From whom they descended?
God said that He created us in his image. Why do we not take God’s word? Why do we deny it? What is it about our self-inflicted insecurities that causes us to back away from the open arms of our Father? As if we were unworthy.

I have a question. What defined the distinction between apes that “evolved into humans” and apes that did not? Do modern apes now discriminate and turn up their noses away from the genetic mutation that caused mankind to excel above them in every way?

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“Primate Family Tree” courtesy of The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

Note that scientists haven’t found a “transition” species between primates and humans because it doesn’t exist.

I doubt that apes, or monkeys, or gerbils believe that we are related to them. Mankind has dominion over the animals and the animals know this. They wonder why their master is destroying itself from within rather than taking control and maintaining their God-instilled rule.

God created every living thing. Mankind (human beings, male and female) is the only living thing that God made like Himself.
First God made animals.
Then God made man.
They were two separate, deliberate, creations.

And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Genesis 1:24-28

Oops

Leave it to a writing contest to completely turn me off from writing for a solid 4 months.

To those of you who missed me, I apologize.  To those who were happy I was gone, I apologize.

This may have been one of the greatest failures of my writing career. However, from every failure comes a learning opportunity.  Now I know to never attempt to write a novel when I have no story line, plot, or remote intention to publish a book.  I did come up with some good story ideas, however.  I suspect that the beloved Raezana, Se’Quasha and Ricardo will one day have their full stories told.  If I decide to continue writing during next year’s NaNoWriMo, apparently not a lot of progress should be expected.

Yet, there will be some entertainment to be had.

Should I Give Up?

Five days in to NaNoWriMo, I was burned out.  I was tired, stressed out, anxious, and felt chained to my computer.  Every moment that I didn’t spend writing was full of guilt and self-doubt.  Why did I think it would be fun to impulse-write a novel?  2,000 words per day?  What was I thinking?  I normally write a 300-word blog post once or twice a week, if that.  So where were these 50,000 extra words going to come from?

For the first couple of days of NaNoWriMo, I did okay.  I had some momentum from writing a tight prologue to my novel the day before the contest officially began.  The next day, I hyped myself up by perusing the message boards on nanowrimo.org and conversing with other participants.

Then, I hit a wall.  As I started to run out of ideas, I realized that my characters were haphazardly developed.  Where did they come from?  What were their motivations?  Why did they exist?  On day 3, I decided to spend a few hours turning my characters into people.  Afterwards, I forced myself to spit out 2,000 words of story.

As I read over what I wrote, I started to become disappointed in myself.  Normally I consider myself a talented writer, but the sentences and paragraphs I had thrown on to paper were just as haphazardly formed as my characters were.  I had rejected my “short and sweet” writing style in favor of run-on sentences and unrestricted rambling.  I started searching for ways to throw in more words.  I stopped using contractions.  I became wordy.

My main character started to develop ADD.  It took her hours to wash her face in the morning because she just could not stop “daydreaming.”  Microsoft Word’s Readability Statistics dropped me from grade 12 to grade 5 over a matter of hours.  I was officially becoming illiterate.

I hated what I wrote.  It wasn’t my style.  And I wasn’t enjoying writing.  I didn’t feel proud of what I was producing.  So I quit.  I stopped writing.  I took a few days to sit around and play computer games.  I watched television.  I voted in the election.

But now, I feel like I abandoned my characters.  They are begging me not to forget them.  They need love and a place to stay, just like any other human being.  So, I will continue writing my story.

I have, however, determined that the goal of writing 50,000 words in 30 days should be reserved only for the insane.  Or at least those who have a lot to say.  If you are the annoying person at work who just won’t stop running their mouth, then you might have a chance at winning NaNoWriMo.  However, if you are naturally quiet and reserved like me, then it might not work out so well.

Is it too late to catch up?