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    Hello! My name is Laura, welcome to my blog! I write weird stories, collect dragon plushies and stay up too late with my nose in a book. I am a wife, mom and child saved by grace. My hope is that you find encouragement here or at least a smile or too.
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    ~Isaiah 30:8.

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    We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming 'sub-creator' and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knew before the Fall. Our myths may be misguided, but they steer however shakily towards the true harbour, while materialistic 'progress' leads only to a yawning abyss and the Iron Crown of the power of evil.
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    "The only just literary critic," he concluded, "is Christ, who admires more than does any man the gifts He Himself has bestowed."
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    “Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we're partisans of liberty, then it's our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”
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    "Writers who see by the light of their Christian faith will have, in these times, the sharpest eye for the grotesque, for the perverse, and for the unacceptable. To the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost-blind you draw large and startling figures."
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    Christians have sometimes been suspicious of stories, because they really can influence you. If you read the Twilight novels once a month for a year, I think you'd be a different human afterward—and not a sparkly one.
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I can…through Him.

It’s Monday. Another week has flown by. I have to admit, I didn’t do very well last week.  I got a lot of work done with chapter four, but I did not finish it, and I should have. So, as is a habit of mine, I started to beat myself up on Friday. To add to it, there is no Stephen of Scarborough this week. I apologize to all you readers, (especially Daniel,) please be patient with me and I will have a nice long part four for you next Monday, (or Sunday.) Time is really a solid thing, and if you don’t use it properly it bites back. Well, that’s what happened last week, I misused my time and I got bit. I was feeling pretty low, thinking to myself, “Come on! You’re an adult, you should be acting like one!” Then…

Yesterday in Sunday School we went over Philippians 4:13, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” We picked apart the verse, going over each word on its own. God really spoke to me during that time and gave me comfort.
The first word is “I”, me, not anyone else. God is telling this to me, making it personal.
“Can”; it’s not impossible.
“Do”; an action, this is something I must do.
“Everything”; not this or that, everything He has given me to do.
“Through”; He is there working in me, not through my inabilities but through His abilities.
“Him”; I am not alone, He is with me in it all.
“Who gives”; He gives me what I need, at the time I need it the most.
“Me”, the same as “I”.
“Strength”; how much strength? Enough.
Tears started to come to my eyes as I listen to God’s voice through these words. Yes, I had screwed up that week, yes I had wasted my time, yes I had let myself and Him down, but, He wanted to give me a second chance.
I, me, He still wanted to use me. The task He had given me was not impossible. He picked me up, pointed me in the right direction and I’ve once again began doing. No longer over whelmed because I know I can do everything He has given me to accomplish. I’m working through Him, with Him. I don’t have to rely on what I have alone, it’s by His power. He has given me the courage, the willpower, and the time. Then last but not least, He has given me just enough strength to finish every task one by one.

Praise God that He is so forgiving and quick to give us a second chance. Thank you Father.
“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”

In Christ,

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  1. Daniel

     /  September 14, 2009

    Amen! That’s a great breakdown of the verse!

    • storygirl308

       /  September 15, 2009

      Isn’t it? The class I’m in is on Bible study methods. So far it’s been really good.

      Sorry about no SoS. 😦 (I’ll make part four extra interesting to make up for it.)

  2. Nairam

     /  September 15, 2009

    Oh, I needed to hear that. Again. I feel like I’m trapped in a cycle of wasting time. Mostly because I have so much to do I’d rather do nothing. But that feels horrid. And I can’t break out…his strength, not mine.

  3. lilacandivy

     /  September 17, 2009

    …thanks for sharing, Laura! I agree w/ Daniel, that’s a neat breakdown of the verse. Btw, was Stephen of Scarborough inspired by a song?

    • storygirl308

       /  September 17, 2009

      You’re welcome Sarah!

      The idea for setting part of it in Scarborough came from a song. 🙂


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