The World Declares God’s Glory

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” Romans 1:20 NIV

I am a firm believer that much of the things we see on earth are just a reflection of what things are like in Heaven. In other words, the things we like . . . beautiful colors, the awesome strength of lightning, the wonders of the universe . . . we like them because they tell our spirits of Heaven. At least, that’s what I think.

But the fact remains that the world is telling us about God. When you look around and see the world, you are seeing God’s fingerprints all over it. Mountains are huge, strong, and beautiful. The sea is both inspiring and powerful.

Now there are those people who believe that the world was created by evolution . . . that all the wonderful works we see are by accident. But when you really look at the world, when you see how intertwined and delicate it all is, and when you really look at evolution’s arguments (not what they say, but at the science behind it), it falls apart.

I offer this as an example: http://www.inspiks.com/creation-tidbits-the-hoatzin-bird/

There is a song by Rebecca St. James that illustrates this concept perfectly.

        The heavens declare You are God
           And the mountains rejoice.
        The oceans cry “Alleluia”
           As we worship You, Lord.
        For this is our song of love.

Here the song and see the video here: Song o Love by Rebecca St. James

(It’s RSJ’s youtube channel. I don’t like to watch videos that aren’t following copyright rules.)

Run-on Sentences

Last time, we discussed a sentence. Now, we will discuss what a run-on sentence is. A run-on sentence is basically two sentences that are connected incorrectly. Many times run-on sentences are connected by a comma.

For example,

Papa John’s is having a sale, we should get some pizza.

This sentence should be separated into two sentences.

For example,

Papa John’s is having a sale. We should get some pizza.

Other times, a conjunction or proper punctuation can be used to combine two sentences.

For example,

Run-on sentences are not proper grammar, and we should avoid them. (correct)
Run-on sentences are not proper grammer; we should avoid them. (correct)
Run-on sentences are not proper grammer, we should avoid them. (incorrect)

The second sentence is combined by a semicolon which is proper grammar. However, it is important not to use the semicolon incorrectly either. A good grammar handbook will help you decide when is the appropriate time to use this punctuation.

Now, it is also important to watch out for those sentences that go on and on and don’t say anything or, worse yet, sentences that are so long that you have forgotten what the sentence was saying in the first place. Like that one.

Such a sentence would probably be better broken into two.

If you want to learn more about run-on sentences, look on google. You should be able to find several sites to help you with the topic.

Waiting . . .

Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
Psalms 27:14 NIV

I hate waiting. Especially if I’m waiting for something God promised me and that I’m looking forward to. Waiting really sucks.

But it’s also something that God has told us to do. I know waiting isn’t easy, and I find it interesting that God says to “be strong and take heart and wait.” Waiting for something you really want can sap your strength. You can start to doubt if it’s ever going to happen or start thinking that you made a mistake or you’re not good enough. I know that’s what happened in my life.

Satan can use your waiting to beat you down. But that is when you have to take heart and be strong.

I’ve learned that I’m going to wait one way or another: either I’ll be impatient and cause a fuss and/or get depressed . . . or I’ll wait properly and patiently and let God do His thing.

Waiting properly makes life so much easier. Just let God do His thing, and you do yours. He is more than powerful enough to make it happen in His own timing.

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Finding Wisdom

James 1:5 NIV “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”

It’s amazing how much prayer can clarify things for you. Recently, I was trying to figure out something in my life. I tried and tried and tried, and no matter how I turned it around or asked advice, it didn’t get any clearer. And then in church, the pastor talked about seeking God’s face. I realized, “Gee. I haven’t really spoken to God about this.”

Now, I’ve prayed about it, but that’s not the same as seeking Him. Seeking Him is more focused and more intense than just saying a casual prayer. It’s being serious about asking and waiting (and expecting) an answer. And this time, I also planned to fast about it.

Thank God that He is a gracious, loving God because even though I was determined to seek His face and fast, I completely forgot about fasting and ate my fill that morning. But He still gave me the answer I was looking for–partly (mostly) because He is so kind, and partly (I think) because I was serious about seeking Him for the answer.

Is there a problem you have in your life? Seek God. Really seek Him. If you seek Him, you will find Him when you seek Him with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13).

Ever Been Embarrassed?

Ever had something embarrassing happen to you? Worse yet, has it ever been all your fault?

That happened to me this week. I accidentally told a lie about someone. How do you accidentally tell a lie? Well, I suppose it’s not really a lie. I misunderstood some information and told a bunch of other people about it. No, not gossip . . . if it was true they would have needed to know about it.

Anyway, I should have known that the information I got was inaccurate because it didn’t sound like something the person would do. So I went back and checked. I should have done that first because when I realized I was wrong, I had to go back and call everyone to apologize about it. That was so embarrassing!

But I think I did the right thing, you know? I went back and did what it took to make it right even though I hated every minute of it.

So what about you? Have you ever done something stupid that caused you to be embarrassed? How did you handle it?

What is a Sentence

I have/host a writing club on deviantart.com called Writers in Progress (http://writers-in-progress.deviantart.com), and it came to my attention that several people have trouble with run-on sentences. So I decided to offer a tip to try and tackle the problem.

I started with what a sentence is . . . after all, how can you know what a run-on sentence is if you don’t know what a proper sentence looks like?

If you already know this stuff, read it anyway. It’s always nice to review.

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What is a Sentence?
Sentences are the building block of a story. Without sentences, how could we write? Therefore, it is important that we learn what a sentence is and how it is put together.

Basically, a sentence is a set of words that expresses a complete thought. In the English language, a sentence has both a subject and a predicate. The subject is usually the noun plus any modifiers (ie adjectives, articles, etc.), and the predicate is usually the verb plus any modifiers (adverbs, complements, direct objects, etc.). If the sentence does not have one or the other, it is not a sentence. It is a fragment. If a sentence has a noun and a verb but does not express a complete thought, it is not a sentence. It is a fragment.

Look at the following.

Jenny brushed her hair. — sentence.
Jenny brushed. — sentence.
Brushed. — fragment.
In order for the girl to see the brook. — fragment.
In order for the girl to see the brook, she had to lean forward. –sentence.
She had to lean forward. — sentence.
Are you going to the prom? –sentence.
Go clean your room! — sentence.
Do your homework!–sentence.
Did my homework.– fragment.

Now, the last three may confuse you. Why are the first two (of the last three) sentences, and the last one a fragment? Where is the subject? Well, those two are imperative sentences. The subject is an “understood you.” In other words, when someone is giving a command, instead of saying, “You, do you homework,” they drop the “you” and just say “Do your homework.” In the last sentence, there is no command. Just a lonely fragment.

While fragments should generally be avoided in formal writing, in fiction writing, they can be a good tool. I often use fragments to convey a point. Even in an essay it can drive home a point. Do you see the fragment in the previous paragraph?

There are many different types of sentences and sentence structures, but I don’t want to get into that now. You can see more about sentences types by reading this article.

That’s it for now. Next week, I plan to tackle run-on sentences . . . God willing.