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Vanity

Here is a poem, an except from my book “God Speaks,” that I wrote some time ago concerning VANITY (pride, narcissism, self-importance, conceit, arrogance, bigheadedness) :

Vanity is as vanity does

She struts, she sashays, a cut above

All her contemporaries, some ere who may

Desire to copy her vainglorious ways

And what is vain as vain can be

A mirror image, a reflection is she

Who sees herself as only she can see

And bolsters herself into obscurity

One may do as the other has done

And esteem himself the only one

Of any consequence proven to be

Utmost in exception and desirability

Until such time as may arise

A vision, a revelation, a portal inside

That unveils the true hidden nature of man

Which denies all claims as only truth can

And lays bare the substance of all human flesh

The layers of character from birth until death

Till naked and open the one thing that’s plain

Is that vain is vanity and vanity is vain.

Self-Publishing: What the?

So, I’ve got the writing itch.  Even after I typed up the entire manuscript (360+ pages), it is the editing that is getting to be a real challenge!  My new project is a book entitled “God Speaks” which is a merging of all my written journals (bible studies since before 2001). I am self-publishing with Lulu.com, which is great, but I advise anyone interested to really study the templates, and other write-up requirements closely,  before starting your project, including the limitations of your software (i.e., word-processing and PDF creating software).

What I especially like about lulu.com is that they offer options for children to publish their own books.  Anything that involves encouraging and exposing children to look at the many options in life for good works, I’m down with it.  I may make that a future project for my nieces and nephews.

Oh, well (sigh), pressing on…

Book Editing is Hard Work

I started writing a book in 2008.  I have done so many bible studies and, in doing so, I found out a lot of useful information that I was not hearing about by way of church members, TV ministries, or the like, a lot I hear is not biblical.   I decided to share some of the knowledge I gained in my studies.

I found  seemingly easy and affording distribution online, but as I looked at the recommended formatting and editing stuff, I found out it is harder than I thought.  The content pages have to be changed, over and over again.  I am using Microsoft Word 2013 to format my document and it is so confusing.  Try to add page numbers to start on the 5th page of the document and leave the first few pages without numbers.  I have searched and searched for a way to do this and I have not found it yet.  Meanwhile, every formatting change I make causes me to have to reformat each and every page.

Lord, help me!   Why can’t it just be printed the way I typed it?

A New Work in Progress

Aside from writing and producing music, art by faith, the LOV fellowship, and the myriad of other projects, I am writing a book.  This book is something I started back in 2008 through 2011 and I am just now getting back to writing again.  Right now the title is “Bearing the Cross.”  I wanted to write down the results of my studies and views of being a follower of Jesus Christ, and expose truths I haven’t heard discussed elsewhere.   I’ll write updates on my progress here.

I have also produced an E-Book of the Kingdom of God.

A compilation of scriptures  on the Kingdom of God.  Includes Music, Glossary, About Me and Test Questions, on CD.
A compilation of scriptures on the Kingdom of God. Includes Music, Glossary, About Me and Test Questions, on CD.

Inspired by History

I was watching a PBS-NOVA program on “Petra: Lost City of Stone.” This Petra was located in the midst of a desert, where early engineers carved huge tombs out of rock cliffs and funneled water into the city. I was fascinated at the ingenuity of men to accomplish great creative feats and it came to me that all knowledge comes from our God. He is the greatest creator and imparts this creative wisdom to men.

It is written in Isaiah 28:24-29 KJV, … For his God doth instruct him to discretion, and doth teach him. And, Jeremiah 32:33 … I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, yet they have not hearkened to receive instruction.

In all our work, we should not forget to give glory to God.

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