Endless editing

My book needed another round of editing. A few spelling mistakes and several comma related changes. Oh and making sure ‘Bible’ is capitalised.

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Still not sure if I was right to go for the Oxford comma but it’s done now and consistency is the key. I also opted for British style of a putting full stop after closing quotation marks unless the thing quoted was a sentence. American style always puts it inside, I think because it helped with typesetting and printing when it was done manually. It does sort of look better, but I like the logic of the British way of doing things.

Another major challenge is having British spelling in main text but American spelling in quoted ESV text. I didn’t know about the Anglicised ESV when I started writing it several years ago and I’m not sure I want to go through and change all scripture quotes at this stage. I have gone for American double quotation marks in the main text which is consistent with the ESV, plus they say ‘quote’ to me a lot more than the understated British single quotation mark.

Just need to make changes to the word file now and send it off again for another proof. Hopefully not long now before Reaching for Healing is finally finished.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The faith of dogs and cats

The bible says we can learn a lot by considering an ant (prov 6:6). Today I learnt something by looking at a dog. When taking a dog for a walk people throw balls for them. They hold back their arm, or that ball scooper thing, and propel the ball forward. Off goes the dog to get it and bring it back. Sometimes people pretend to throw the ball and the dog goes haring off. Realising there is no ball it comes running enthusiastically back, with a waging tail that says “this time for sure”. Even after several false starts, the dogs eagerness only seems to ramp up. It’s amazing that it never looses interest or goes off in a huff. I guess it really really loves fetching the ball and knows that it will be thrown, and there is no reason why it wouldn’t be this time. Faith is a bit like that. It comes back after disappointment with eager expectation. God will do what he said. If it didn’t happen yesterday, it’s even more likely today. Forgetting what is behind and pressing on to the future.

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Dogs are also loyal and faithful and trusting and want to be with you and serve you and so on. All good qualities. Now let me list the things a cat can teach us about faith:

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Yep, I think that’s about it.

 

Quotes

The opposite of love is not hate. It’s indifference. Elie Wiesel.

 

In prayer it is better to have a heart without words, than words without a heart. John Bunyan

 

No one who knows who God made them to be will ever want to be anyone else. Bill Johnson

 

Marketing is no longer about the stuff that you make, but the stories that you tell. Seth Godin (I liked this because it expresses the fact that that we seek meaning not material possessions).

 

 

Of all the talents bestowed upon men, none is so precious as the gift of oratory. He who enjoys it wields a power more durable than that of a great king. He is an independent force in the world. Winston Churchill

 

we have the same job we always had. To say as thinking people and as humans, that there are no final solutions. There is no absolute truth. There is no supreme leaders. There is no totalitarian solution…. Christopher Hitchens  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7MtjJFelAE (It always feels like a cheap shot to ask deniers of absolute truth if their denial is true. The answer is sometimes to do with degrees of certainty. I wonder if anyone has tried to develop a theory of quantum truth…).

Gifts and gaps

God has given each one of us certain gifts. But he has also seen to it that we have some gaps. Areas of weakness, things that we are not very good at. The contour of these gifts and gaps makes up a ridge akin to the teeth of a key. Have you ever seen someone make a key? They file it down precisely in such a way that the teeth engage with a particular lock and open it. A key with no gaps is no key at all. And a small key can open a big door as well as a large key. Conversely if a key can’t unlock a particular door its usually not because its too small.

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God has made each one of us fit for task. He has prepared us and the trasks in advance. What a privalge to feel the Lord’s hand on you applying just enough pressure to open up a partucualr contect or situation.

BTW, when I say gap I’m not talking about sin, but it would certainly include an area of vulnerability. Something where we find there is a particular pain or cost in following Jesus. It would also include ill health, forgetfulness, dyslexia, and lots of other things.

The apostle Paul was a big key, opening countries to the gospel. But he did it with gaps as well as gifts because God’s power works best alongside weakness.

Thank you Lord for making me just so. Help me to follow you into the particular situations, big or small, you have fashioned for me to open up. And thank you that your power is made perfect in weekness.

“Noone who knows who God made them to be will ever want to be anyone else” Bill Johnson

It’s here!

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It’s here! The (possibly) final proof copy of my book “Reaching for Healing” and I’m suddenly really nervous about making it available. I’m sure it’s far from perfect, but I trust it’s good enough for God to use in raising faith for healing.

I keep looking back to the time God put it in my heart, all those years ago, to begin reaching for healing. When progress stalled a few years ago, I remember vividly cycling to work and hearing him say to me “Finish the book. Finish the book. Finish the book.” I can still feel the warm weight of those words in my head now as I type; my Heavenly Father’s massive encouragement has made all the difference.

Anyway, while I prevaricate, you can go here to take a peek at the table of contents.