The Things You Say

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“Did you hear that…?”

“Isn’t so-and-so so stupid for…?”

Too often hearing gossip affects my perspective on the not-so-liked people. It’s terrible that before even meeting this one girl, I had a bad opinion of her. It’s easy to judge people, because it makes us feel better and more valuable. But your pride costs the dignity of others. And it often doesn’t give people a chance to change.

Whether we like it or not, gossiping is hurtful. The victim of gossip is likely not altogether a horrible person. Maybe they just messed up once. Or maybe they could transform if they noticed you had high expectations of them instead of low expectations. Think about it: would you more likely stop your habit of boasting about yourself if people whispered cruel words about you or if they gently congratulated you for being good at playing the piano?

Often people do stupid things because they feel insecure about themselves. So instead of rolling your eyes at them, try to just love on them, to let them know you care and they don’t need to do anything out of the ordinary for you to care about them. Expect the best from them. Assume they are going to be a nice, humble person by treating them how you would want to be treated. Get on their level and treat them with respect.

The gossip I had heard about the girl drastically affected my view of her for awhile in a negative way, so I was cautious about being friendly with her. Interestingly, it turned out that later I realized she was one of the kindest, sweetest people I have ever met. The rumors may have been true, but everyone messes up sometimes, and messing up doesn’t define people.

God loves each person deeply and gave up His Son for us to live freely for all time. The value He places on us is the only thing that should define us… Wow! Isn’t He so good to us?

The fact is, gossiping is for prideful people. We have all done stupid things at one time or another. We all need Jesus desperately, and, with His strength, we can forsake pride and reach higher. We are all under the same God, and He cares for us no matter how stupid we act.

“The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” — James 3:6 (NIV)

 

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Have Faith as You Feel

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“There may be various scientific or psychological reasons to my feelings, but regardless of those facts, I believe that through my emotions God is teaching me to trust in Him… no matter how I feel.”

via Have Faith as You Feel

A Puppy-like Faith

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Thank you, Things Above, for allowing me to guest post on your blog! The above pic is of my puppy, Buster! =)

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By Grace Caylor

img_4325I got a puppy for Christmas last year. I didn’t get him right away, and when I did, I wasn’t sure if I wanted him. This 5-month-old border collie-basset hound mix had legs shorter than I expected. (Yes, laugh all you want, but it’s true. For some reason that made me hesitant to get him… [Read More Here]

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An Update and an Excerpt

An update and an excerpt on my novel, The Thrall’s Sword! =)

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pexels-photo-417223.jpegHey everyone! I have been working on sending query letters and book proposals to literary agents. I need a literary agent in order to present my book to good-sized publishing companies. Next week I am going to the Colorado Christian Writers’ Conference, where I will not only meet with other writers and learn a lot, but I may have the chance to present my novel to literary agents face-to-face! Prayers very much appreciated. ❤

And without further ado, here is an excerpt from my Viking novel, The Thrall’s Sword. Comment your thoughts! 

“I screamed as a wave crashed over me. The ship turned over, the dark mass smothering me, driving me down into the depths of the sea. My instincts took over, and I swam away from the ship, escaping the ship’s malicious urge to drown me. The current whipped me about like I was a mere strand of…

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S11: Creative Writing Rewards!

CW Award

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Rewards for my amazing creative writing buddies, Natalie and Megan N! You both are very talented writers, and I’ve loved sharing our stories with one another! 😀

Best Dramatic Moments… Natalie!!!

I can’t stress how talented you are at keeping people in suspense and capturing details in such a beautiful, heart-wrenching way!

Just a sample: “Damek reached for the hilt instinctively. Yet his cry had not left his lips before Lilja collapsed, covered in her own blood. He fell to the ground beside her, not seeing anything but the red. It covered her neck and chest. He rolled her onto her back and felt feverishly at her face. His vision blurred with tears. There was no life in her eyes. They looked up. At him. Though him. Beyond him. She was there – and she was not. He choked.”

Best Title… Megan!!!

Love Myles is such a sweet, simple title that really portrays the letter-style of your book! I think this title works well with your unique concept and plot—since people may not expect the twist that Myles is actually writing to someone who is already dead.

Best Villain… Natalie!!!

Julma was so terrifying and creepy… well done!

A sample: “Julma looked upward, spinning to catch Damek’s eye. She smiled – a grotesque gesture, really, when paired with the blood on her hands.”

Best Closing Line… Megan!!!

Your closing line was a beautiful blend of hope and sadness! The past tense of “had” really captures that sorrowful mood: “I love you, Ruthie, and I hope you had a good life. Love, Myles”

Most Likely to Publish… Natalie!!!

Because your style is… phenomenal. You should seriously try to publish a book someday!

Best Illustrator… Megan!!!

Of course you were the only illustrator in our small group, but still—you did a super great job! You helped me a lot with picturing the characters and scenes. The picture of Soshomia and Myles is so well done, and it’s very intriguing. And I love the one when Cola points finger guns at Myles! ;P

The One Who Surpasses

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I’ve been thinking a lot. I’ve been thinking and realizing that I made a mistake.

It’s the most awful feeling when you don’t want to admit you made a mistake but you can’t deny it.

Anyhow this post is not about my mistake, it’s about what God does with mistakes, and it’s about what God does through us to help us avoid mistakes.

Because mistakes are ugly. And they make you distant from God. Restless. Confused.

Just like you, I don’t want to make mistakes. But my desires sometimes become overwhelming and I convince myself that there is a good reason to make this decision, when in reality I feel like I can’t resist the temptation.

But that’s a lie. Kick it in the face; fight it to its death—Jesus has WON.

He has literally grabbed the devil and trampled him over his feet. Desire, temptation, and fleeting pleasures don’t have to rule over us. God is wise, and so we need to be, too.

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” — James 4:7 (ESV)

Before you make a decision, ask yourself: Am I fully satisfied in Christ, or am I making this decision because I am restless and longing for something more to fill the hole inside me?

This really puts things into perspective. Rejoicing in the fact that HE HAS WON, and we have hope in heaven, and He cares about every detail of our lives—all this overshadows our finicky desires.

You are more precious to Him than many sparrows, so don’t be discouraged about where you are; He has you where you are for a reason.

Don’t move unless He tells you to—that is to say, treat every action as an act of worship!

You are a living sacrifice to God and you do not deserve to be thrown aside to unrighteous people who care nothing for your pure heart.

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” — Romans 12:1 (ESV)

Other questions to ask yourself: Is what I am doing glorifying God? Is what I am doing worth doing in light of eternity? If I had to pay 100 dollars to do this action, would I do it for the sake of glorifying God?

But thank our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that when we do make mistakes, He is there! His mercies are new every morning. Don’t doubt for a second that He wants to continue the relationship with you no matter what you’ve done. Repent genuinely, and be free in Christ. Walk in the Spirit joyfully knowing God surpasses all sin and shame.

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” — Romans 8:1-2 (ESV)

Just some thoughts that were on my heart to share. I would love to continue the conversation with you. God cares about you, and you matter to Him.

If He matters to you, you care about your decisions.