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Verse of the Day

Psalms 34.

I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together! I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them. Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! Oh, fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack! The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD. What man is there who desires life and loves many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry. The face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth. The face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth. The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken. Affliction will slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned. The LORD redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

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Verse of the Day

Psalms 33

Shout for joy in the LORD, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright. Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings! Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts. For the word of the LORD is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD. By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host. He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap; he puts the deeps in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him! For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm. The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,
the people whom he has chosen as his heritage! The LORD looks down from heaven; he sees all the children of man; from where he sits enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth, he who fashions the hearts of them all and observes all their deeds. The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue. Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us,even as we hope in you.

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Verse of the Day

Proverbs 5

My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding, that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge. For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil, but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps follow the path to Sheol; she does not ponder the path of life; her ways wander, and she does not know it. And now, O sons, listen to me, and do not depart from the words of my mouth. Keep your way far from her, and do not go near the door of her house, lest you give your honor to others and your years to the merciless, lest strangers take their fill of your strength, and your labors go to the house of a foreigner, and at the end of your life you groan, when your flesh and body are consumed, and you say, “How I hated discipline, and my heart despised reproof! I did not listen to the voice of my teachers or incline my ear to my instructors. I am at the brink of utter ruin in the assembled congregation.” Drink water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well. Should your springs be scattered abroad, streams of water in the streets? Let them be for yourself alone, and not for strangers with you. Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth, a lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicated always in her love. Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman and embrace the bosom of an adulteress? For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the LORD, and he ponders all his paths. The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him,
and he is held fast in the cords of his sin. He dies for lack of discipline, and because of his great folly he is led astray.

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Verse of the Day

Psalms 32

Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah. I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah. Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him. You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you. Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD. Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

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Highlight & Read: March Book Announcement

The March book is For Such a Time by Kate Breslin!

In 1944, blond and blue-eyed Jewess Hadassah Benjamin feels abandoned by God when she is saved from a firing squad only to be handed over to a new enemy. Pressed into service by SS-Kommandant Colonel Aric von Schmidt at the transit camp of Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia, she is able to hide behind the false identity of Stella Muller. However, in order to survive and maintain her cover as Aric’s secretary, she is forced to stand by as her own people are sent to Auschwitz.

Suspecting her employer is a man of hidden depths and sympathies, Stella cautiously appeals to him on behalf of those in the camp. Aric’s compassion gives her hope, and she finds herself battling a growing attraction for this man she knows she should despise as an enemy.

Stella pours herself into her efforts to keep even some of the camp’s prisoners safe, but she risks the revelation of her true identity with every attempt. When her bravery brings her to the point of the ultimate sacrifice, she has only her faith to lean upon. Perhaps God has placed her there for such a time as this, but how can she save her people when she is unable to save herself?

This meeting of Highlight and Read is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 1 P.M. Please comment if you plan on attending. If that doesn’t work for you please comment or contact me personally. Book club chats now take place on the blog. You will need to obtain the post’s password before March 28. If you are already a member of the book club, I will automaticlly be sending out the password to you the day before the meeting. If you are new and would like to join, please contact the blog at highlightandwrite@gmail.com, and I will get it out to you.

P.S. Aric is pronouced like Eric. That one threw me for a loop!

For Such a Time

Do you have a book club book suggestion? Leave it in the comment section or email it to the blog at highlightandwrite@gmail.com. 

 

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Verse of the Day

Psalms 31

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

In you, O LORD, do I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame;
in your righteousness deliver me!

Incline your ear to me;
rescue me speedily!
Be a rock of refuge for me,
a strong fortress to save me!

For you are my rock and my fortress;
and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me; you take me out of the net they have hidden for me, for you are my refuge.

Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God.

I hate those who pay regard to worthless idols,
but I trust in the LORD.

I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love,
because you have seen my affliction;
you have known the distress of my soul, and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in a broad place.

Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress;
my eye is wasted from grief;
my soul and my body also.

For my life is spent with sorrow,
and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my iniquity,
and my bones waste away.

Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach,
especially to my neighbors,
and an object of dread to my acquaintances;
those who see me in the street flee from me.

I have been forgotten like one who is dead;
I have become like a broken vessel.

For I hear the whispering of many—
terror on every side!—
as they scheme together against me,
as they plot to take my life.

But I trust in you, O LORD;
I say, “You are my God.”

My times are in your hand;
rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!

Make your face shine on your servant;
save me in your steadfast love!

O LORD, let me not be put to shame,
for I call upon you;
let the wicked be put to shame;
let them go silently to Sheol.

Let the lying lips be mute,
which speak insolently against the righteous
in pride and contempt.

Oh, how abundant is your goodness,
which you have stored up for those who fear you
and worked for those who take refuge in you,
in the sight of the children of mankind!

In the cover of your presence you hide them
from the plots of men;
you store them in your shelter
from the strife of tongues.

Blessed be the LORD,
for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me
when I was in a besieged city.

I had said in my alarm, “I am cut off from your sight.”
But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy
when I cried to you for help.

Love the LORD, all you his saints!
The LORD preserves the faithful
but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride.

Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
all you who wait for the LORD!

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A Moment With Me, Ari

Hello. It’s been a while since we last spoke.

The first thing you probably noticed is that the blog’s theme has changed. I changed the theme once in the past, and I felt like the blog could use an update. Frankly, I am loving this new theme. It’s so fresh and bright looking, and whenever I get in the mood for change, I can just change the header photo. 

If you click on the left box (three bars), you will be taken to the menu. From there you can proceed to one of the site’s pages. If you click on the right box (four bars), you can search for something on the blog, see recent posts, follow the blog, access old posts by month or catergory, see the tags, and there’s also a little calender with special dates on it. All this used to be on the side of the page.

I’d love to hear your feedback on this major change. You can either tell me what you think through this poll or in the comment section. If you absolutely hate it, don’t be afraid to voice your opinion, and if you love it, that’d be great to know.

 

I’d like to apologize for neglecting the verses of the day and song of the week. I have no excuses, and I’m going to try harder to scheudle the posts ahead of time. This year in the verses of the day, we are mostly going to be in the Psalms, Proverbs, 2nd Samuel, Acts, and Genesis, and this year I’ve added a Christmas advent to the calender. If you’d like the Excel of the calender, I would be more than happy to send it to you. You can either contact me personally or email the blog at highlightandwrite@gmail.com, and I will send you the attachment.

I’m very excited to announce that Highlight & Read is starting back next month, and I’ll be announcing March’s book tomorrow. Book club will now be hosted here on the blog. On the meeting’s date, I’ll create a new post, and we can discuss the book in the comment section. All book club posts will be password protected, and you will either need to contact me personally or email the blog to receive the password. I may change the system in the future, but let’s just see how this works.

As for the Berkshire County Chronicles, I’m not sure when that will start again. Someday, I’d love to return to the world of Natalie and My Crazy Life, but I don’t see that happening any time soon. Those books and characters will always have a special place in my heart, but I think it’s time I start moving on. I’m not saying never. I hope to one day finish the entire line-up of books I planned out two years ago, but for now the entire series is on hiatus.

Since I did create this blog to share my stories with the world, I will be starting a brand new series this spring. I don’t want to “offically” announce this new story since I haven’t started writing it yet and just in case things don’t work out, but hopefully by May, I’ll be publishing chapters twice a week. The one thing I will say about this new series is that it’s science fiction and takes place in space.

I’m looking forward to the year ahead on Highlight & Write and am not-so-patiently waiting to see what God has in store for my life. But I know He’s going to be with me every step of the way.

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Verse of the Day

Acts 9:26-31

And when he had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the disciples. And they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles and declared to them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who spoke to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus. So he went in and out among them at Jerusalem, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord. And he spoke and disputed against the Hellenists. But they were seeking to kill him. And when the brothers learned this, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus. So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied.