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Five Minutes Before the Miracle

Five Minutes Before the Miracle
Happy 2018! My hope for all of you is that you realize your wildest dreams in this New Year. I have high expectations for 2018. Someone once said that an expectation is a planned disappointment, but I choose to disregard that. I choose to believe and have faith. I choose to not give up five minutes before the miracle. What do I mean by that? I think the following situation I experienced will shed light on this phrase. The other day while I was shopping at Albertson’s, there was a young man in front of the store selling candy. I recently cut back on sweets, so I was not interested in his product. Moreover, I had no cash on me. I noticed that several other customers were passing him by, barely looking his way, and steering clear of the young entrepreneur.   On the way out, it was hard not to have compassion for him, especially when I got a glimpse of his dreary expression. At that moment, I was moved to do something special for him. I drove to the bank that was directly across from the store, got twenty dollars, and headed back to  Albertsons. It took...
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Mustard Seed Faith

Mustard Seed Faith
  Jesus said if you have the faith of even a mustard seed, you’ll be able to move mountains. A mustard seed is approximately 1 millimeter in size. That’s miniscule. That begs the question, what is faith? According to Webster, it’s a strong BELIEF or trust in someone or something. I find the definition in the Bible to be more exact: Hebrews 11:1 says Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. So it’s BELIEVING something is going to happen, being certain of that something, before it actually happens. Sounds simple enough. Try putting it into practice, and you’ll find it’s more than a notion. Recently I’ve been grappling with my own belief or lack thereof, if you will. How much faith do I have? As you may or may not know, I recently finished my latest novel and am currently shopping it around to agents. In my humble opinion, this phase of the road to publication is beyond grueling and nerve-wracking, because once you make that submission; you have no CONTROL over the recipient. You have no idea how your precious story will be...
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