In His Footsteps

There is a lot of persecution in the world today, especially towards Christians. As one myself, I find it extremely heartbreaking. We are judged, criticized, mocked… and in some parts of the world tortured and/or murdered.

People treat us like we’re wretched human beings.

Yes, there are some “christians” that have a holier than thou attitude. In my opinion, they give true Christians a bad name.

As Christians, we are called to walk in the footsteps of Jesus. He is our example. We will never be perfect, as He was, but we should strive to live our lives to be like Him.

I think Carol S. Wimmer expressed it best in her poem, “When I Say I am a Christian”:

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not shouting, “I’ve been saved!”
I’m whispering, “I get lost sometimes
That’s why I chose this way”

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I don’t speak with human pride
I’m confessing that I stumble –
needing God to be my guide

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not trying to be strong
I’m professing that I’m weak
and pray for strength to carry on

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not bragging of success
I’m admitting that I’ve failed
and cannot ever pay the debt

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I don’t think I know it all
I submit to my confusion
asking humbly to be taught

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not claiming to be perfect
My flaws are far too visible
but God believes I’m worth it

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I still feel the sting of pain
I have my share of heartache
which is why I seek God’s name

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I do not wish to judge
I have no authority
I only know I’m loved

©1988 Carol Wimmer All Rights Reserved

7 Ways To Pick Yourself Up When You’re Feeling Down

No matter how positive you try to be, inevitable problems may arise.  Your plans will not always go your way.  Or for some women, hormones will get in the way of a rather promising day or week.

You will feel lousy no matter how optimistic a person you are.  

Here are ways to counter that abysmal feeling and feel great any day.

7 Ways To Pick Yourself Up When You’re Feeling Down (theprayingwoman.com)

[NaBloPoMo] Room For Improvement

Google and rescue operation
What was the last thing you searched for online? Why were you looking for it?

I’m a perfectionist, especially when it comes to writing.

I was talking with a friend and fellow writer a few days ago. I asked for her recommendations on websites or books on grammar and sentence structure. I’ve also been searching Google for information.

She recommended a book and a couple websites. (Strunk & White’s Elements of Style, grammarly, and quickanddirtytips–grammargirl).

Let me start by saying, I truly value my friends opinion, but I also wanted other suggestions. So I went to my good friend Google and searched for reviews. As it turned out, I am pretty disappointed by what I found.

Both Strunk & White’s book and grammarly’s site sounded good at first. But the more I read, the worse they sounded. In fact, the book review, I found on grammar girl.

Strunk and White’s Elements of Style was written over 50 years ago. Do you realize how much language has changed since then? (Grammar Girl’s review).

Grammarly is a writing-enhancement platform for proof-read grammar and spelling. It also has plagiarism detection.  Grammarly offers a 7-day free trial; afterward you pay upwards of $30.00 USD per month. Several tests were completed by staff from Grammarist. (Grammarist’s review).

So I continued my search.

Today, I found a free online proof-reader (grammar & spelling). It also has plagiarism detection and offers writing suggestions. Time will tell if it’s worth using. Unless I find something better, I will be using it.