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I’m editing and updating my first post on this blog to be more of a true welcome to all who stop by to visit. I hope to get back to every post before I get too far along. I want to add images, double-check for grammar, and do a quick readability check. I would love for every post to be five-star perfect, but I know that’s not reality. My most difficult issue is probably with the use of passive verbs, but when talking about past events, it’s a bit difficult to do otherwise.

So, what is this purpose of this blog? I’m using it as a place to make myself write more things to be read by others. I write a lot, but it’s mostly in the form of prayer journals or other journals, though I have had requests to publish my prayer journals because I speak to God as if He is the Best Friend I have ever had–because He is. What little I’ve shared from the journals has brought great encouragement to others, and being an encouragement is one of my greatest desires.

The first post I made here was probably a year after I actually created the blog, and it was just one little paragraph and a link on June 7th, 2009. I had tried to post before that, but each time I would run into a struggle in getting it to do as I wanted, I would quit for a long time before trying again. That’s an old bad habit wrapped around a fear of failure that I consistently work to free myself from. That said, daily struggles with recovery from a neck injury (and two surgeries), from the pain of fibromyalgia, and from PTSD related to many abuses in this life, kept me from updating the blog again until May of 2012–almost three years.

I added another space of nearly six months without posting until I shared my thoughts about the hero worship I saw the world offering Obama, and I compared it to the elevated worship ignorant Christians offered the apostate preacher Todd Bentley. Find that at November 6th 2012 article called “When I Said I Knew It.”

Just under a month later (a record considering how much space I had been leaving between posts), I shared about my purchase of materials from “Pro Blogger” and my hopes that they could help me get more done. I’m certain they would help if I would apply them, but I’m far more interested in being available for others who say they need my assistance than in taking the time to learn how something new and how to apply it.

In early 2013, I thought I would become consistent with posting a daily thought on the book of Proverbs and the thirty-one readings that correspond to the 31 days in the month. I got through two of them before whatever I allowed to distract me stopped me in my tracks, and I went another almost 4 months before posting again. That post on April 21st, 2013 called “So Many Laws” is about a lawful heart versus a lawless heart and how lawlessness it was actually creates the need for more laws.

Finally, on September 28th, 2013, I began writing a daily post with my commentary on portions of The Torah (the first five books of The Bible). For once I have focus, and I have posted regularly now for over eight months as of this update. I have learned that having a focus makes a lot of difference, so I’ll need to figure out what focus to apply once I have gone through the year of Torah readings. I know I love to teach, and I love to encourage, so I hope to find a way to incorporate that into whatever I do. In the meantime, I hope readers enjoy my commentary as I share my love for God and His great creation, mercy, and love for me. In the meantime, consider this your invitation to read, comment, and vote on my blog content; add a like if you like, and take a gander at some of my other blog-type projects…

And with that, may I introduce you to my first post on this blog…

My first post here will actually be a test on posting a PDF with line numbers so members of Louisville Christian Writers can post editing comments a little more easily. I had a bit of a hard time getting the PDF into my blog where people can read it as part of the blog. But, with perseverance, I finally got it. Just click the link below.

The Power of Faith by Crystal A Murray

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June 7, 2009 - Posted by | LCW for Edits, Nonfiction | , , , , , , , , , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. Found this. 🙂
    Are you going to post regular blogs here or just testing?
    –BA

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    Comment by abonnie | August 10, 2009 | Reply

  2. Interesting food for thought. God is true to His Word and at the same time He is sovereign. Our motives must be right or we could get something that is not God’s best. Concerning evangelists who burst on the scene and then dissolve in a puff of smoke, “By their fruits you shall know them.”

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    Comment by Laura Nonemaker | January 25, 2011 | Reply

  3. This is very thoughtful and meaningful to me. I wish you would post more often!

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    Comment by chrissy50 | May 13, 2012 | Reply

    • Thank you, Chris. I wrote this a couple years ago, and your comment caused me to read it again, so that’s a good thing. I don’t know why I didn’t realize until today that you had a blog, but I’ve read two posts so far, and I think you do a great job too. Maybe we can challenge each other. I can challenge you to believe more in your talent, and you can challenge me to actually share some of the many things I’ve written and kept hiding on my computer instead of posting to my blog. 😉

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      Comment by Crystal A. Murray | May 13, 2012 | Reply

      • I think that sounds like a great idea. Encouragers are rare and needed. I would love for you to be my Barnabas if you would allow me to do the same for you… 🙂

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        Comment by chrissy50 | May 14, 2012 | Reply

        • Good idea, Chris. I need reminders for reading too. I think I’ll put it in my “to do” list for today to post something and then I’ll stop by your page and see what you’ve got going on there.

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          Comment by Crystal A. Murray | May 14, 2012 | Reply


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