Therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance. Matthew 3:8, NASB

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The dictionary defines repentance as sincere regret or remorse. Wikipedia defines it below:

The activity of reviewing one’s actions and feeling contrition or regret for past wrongs, which is accompanied by a commitment to and actual actions that show and prove a change for the better.

Repentance: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Repentance

Repentance is a necessary response to sin. Over and over the Bible tells us about the necessity of true repentance, from the repeated stories of Israel’s repentance each time they forgot God, to Jesus’s parables, including the parable of the Pharisee and the…


Whatever shall we do?

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So there was an “update” in the form of an article yesterday about more changes at Medium. I read it (see: scanned it) and saw that it was about big Medium pubs not making enough money and something about emphasizing independent writers. There were nearly 200 comments, some of which shared some article about unionizing.

Overall, the comments swung from celebration to angst. I didn’t comment because it’s not the first change, and it won’t be the last.

I joined Medium right in the middle of a change that involved reading time mattering more than claps. Or something. I didn’t…


The introduction to an upcoming book

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In John 4, Jesus has an encounter with an unnamed woman simply known as a Samaritan woman. In church-ese, we commonly call her “The Woman at the Well.” If you’ve not heard or read this story, you can read it below, in John 4:7–30 (NASB)

A woman of Samaria *came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink. For His disciples had gone away to the city to buy food So the Samaritan woman said to Him, “How is it that You, though You are a Jew, are asking me for a drink, though I am a…


My thoughts after two rounds

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If you’re an author who frequents Twitter, you may have heard of something that happens a few times a year called PitMad. Created by PitchWars, it happens on a Thursday a few times a year.

Here’s how it works: From 8:00 am EST until 8:00 pm EST, authors may submit three pitches in the form of tweets, and agents who are interested in knowing more can “like” or “heart” those tweets, opening the door for queries, pages, or both. It’s a chance to get your MS out there, provided you can describe it in less than 280 characters.

There are…


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Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
James 1:19-20, KJV

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
James 1:19-20, ESV

This has been on my heart for some time; however, things came to a point of need recently. COVID has many stresses attached: the concerns for our own health, concerns for the health…


My heroes will go away…

A bit of my Supernatural memorabilia, taken by me, because image stuff

The sun’ll come out tomorrow, but I won’t be happy about it. At least I won’t be happy when it goes down. Because that means the last episode of Supernatural.

If you aren’t familiar with Supernatural (you have my sympathy if that’s the case), it’s been referred to as “the little show that could.” For 15 seasons it has entertained its fandom.

The story begins with Sam and Dean, two brothers, who are searching for their father. He’s on a hunting trip, and Dean hasn’t heard from him in a few days (Season 1, Ep 1).

Now, we aren’t talking…


A serious, non-emotional look at my identity as a writer

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I am a middle-aged heterosexual white Christian woman living in the South. And I am wondering if it is time to put down my pen.

I will be nakedly honest…I don’t want to. Ever since I was 8 years old, my all-consuming dream has been to publish novels. Yes, I have self-published a novel and a book of poetry. But that was not my dream. My dream is to publish books with a publisher’s stamp on them after having been edited and recommended or sold by an agent. You know, the old fashioned way.

But there is nothing about my…


And some of them are crazy

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Or murderers, or sociopaths, or angsty teenagers.

We’ve all heard of method acting. The actor “becomes” the character, some of them not breaking character at all during the entire filming. In fact, the piece that inspired this article refers to the tragic circumstances of Heath Ledger after his Joker performance. You can find that article here:

I call it the writer haze. When I am writing about a calculating, somewhat arrogant sociopath who believes herself to be more intelligent than the people around her, I am different. My posture is better, which is a good thing I suppose. I also…


If so I’m screwed

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No pun intended, I promise.

I’ve loved writing since before I could spell. As a child, I was going to be the next Laura Ingalls Wilder. At puberty I amended my dream; now I was going to be the next Judy Bloom. In college, it was Emily Bronte of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Yeah…I know.

I bounced around as college turned to grad school, marriage, teaching, children, and non-fairytale life. Most of my writing from 25–35 consisted of lesson plans, plays for my student programs, and professional development. I tried my hand at an elementary grade chapter…


Going live without your killing your viewers

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Facebook Live has been around a while, but with the nationwide shelter-in-place, it’s getting more use than ever. From in-home concerts to meetings to training…and especially for things like church services, Facebook Live has become the go-to option.

Enter technical gaffes and difficulties.

While Facebook Live is very easy in theory, things can go wrong. And we may not be able to control solar spots, thunderstorms, or that crazy guy who ran his truck into a tower. However, we can take some steps to prevent our Facebook Live from becoming a Facebook frustration. Here are 8 simple tips to keep…

Laurie Livingston Nave

The downhill trip is more fun than the uphill. A 50+ year old mother, wife, nerd, musician and writer. Follow me at www.wordsfromtheriver.com

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