The Joy of Humility

“Humility.” The word was seared on my brain.

Two weeks ago at the Florida Christian Writers Conference, the attendees were dazzled by beautiful Lake Yale. Every morning the lake greeted us with its serenity and offered the perfect retreat for writers. Anne of Green Gables would have called it “the lake of shining waters.”

The sun shining on the lake, however, was blinding. One morning I was hypnotized by the glistening ripples, and I studied them too long. The image of the sun on the water was seared across my vision, and I said a fervent prayer that I wouldn’t lose my sight. 



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Symphony of the Sea: You Can’t Stick It in a Pocket

by Rosemarie Fitzsimmons

Wading along the water’s edge at the farthest point of Cape Cod while waves gently lap my toes, I breathe in deeply, grateful for a brief opportunity to escape land-locked Northern Virginia for a trip up the coast. I close my eyes, letting memories from my childhood wash over me as the warm morning sun caresses my soul and the breeze kisses my hair. It’s like a hug from the earth.

It’s been years since my last beach vacation. A displaced Rhode Island native, I need regular infusions of coastal exposure because long absences sap my energy. I’ve been away too long.

As a writer, I’m unable to leave my work behind completely. That’d be like a photographer leaving behind the camera. However, on this trip I also carry with me worries about the next steps in my fledgling career. Where has the time gone? Over the past few months, I’ve been slogging through deadlines and paid assignments as if I were in the wet marshland we saw a few miles back ...



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Viewing Your Life Through Spiritual Eyes – A Guest Post by Tessa Emily Hall

"Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things."
~Colossians 3:2 (NIV)

When I was a teen, making decisions concerning what I felt was God’s will for my life became complicated at times. I knew the direction God was leading me, yet doubts would take root any time I compared my life to those around me. I started to wonder: Shouldn’t my life look more like theirs? Am I really following God’s will for my life? When this happened, my eyes became so adjusted to the world around me that the direction God had given me became fuzzy and unclear.

No, the life He calls us to live isn’t always going to make sense in the natural realm. And that’s okay. Because as Christians, we are to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). If we want to stay in God’s will for our lives, then we must view our lives through an eternal perspective; otherwise, Satan will do his best to intervene and steer us from the path God has before us.



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