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Melissa Rose

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Micro Studies and PopCorn Verses Part 2

I shared that little bit down below with a customer at the store a couple of days ago and she looked at me and tears welled up in her eyes and she shook her head, and said that that verse showed pre planning. I agreed, that idea had been running around inside my skull too. I mean I've heard pastors say for years that "before the foundations of the earth were laid, God had a plan" and usually right after that if I'm going to be 100% honest here, my mind wandered off somewhere else. After all, I knew the story. I could recite it with them, in fact I taught it to kids for years.

I've gotten too familiar with the idea I think, of His pre-planning things. I've heard it so much that I've become numb to the idea. But, the idea came today about this popcorn passage, what if the pre-planning there wasn't so much about knowing what decisions Adam and Eve would make in the garden (sinning, turning away from Him, wanting to be gods themselves and not needing Him at all) but about wanting to communicate with those He had lost. He didn't need to put the stars in the heavens and have their first duty be to be heralds of His rescue plan (for that's what signs are I believe, things to tell us what is coming) He could have left Adam and Eve bereft. He could have walked away and said "You had your chance, sorry Charlie, game's over." He had every right to abandon those who walked out on Him, after all we'd covered ourselves in the one thing that He can not abide.

But He didn't.

The Lord knew what choices would be made in the garden, but he created the decision makers anyway.

The Lord knew what would happen in that garden if He showed Himself to those that dwelled there, and He came anyway.

And before either of those things, He wrote a message for them in the heavens, which said:

"I love you. I miss you. Don't be afraid, I'm going to rescue you."

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Poll Results

What Do You Notice First About A Book?
RESULTS! Closed 11/11/09

My attention's always grabbed by the cover-53%

I look on the spine for the author's name-6%

The thicker books are the one that grab my notice-26%

I open the book up to the middle and burry my nose in the pages, sniffing. Scent is important-0%

I flip the book over, ignore the cover and the spine and get to the book blurb-13%

Pick Your Weapon! RESULTS! Closed-11/03/09

Hand and Half Sword-16%
Long Bow-25%
Pen-25 %

What Kind of Fan Are You? RESULTS! Closed-10/22/09

Shy. I like reading books but I don't want to meet the authors-15%

Avid. I've read everything my favorite author has written!-38%

Curious. I've e-mailed my favorite author or left comments on the blog and asked them questions-38%

What Kind of Word Smith Are You? RESULTS!-Closed 10/15/09

I focus on setting-22%
I focus on dialogue-22%
I focus on action-22%
I focus on characters-33%

What Kind of Reader Are You? RESULTS!-Closed 10/07/09

I try and guess where the story is going to go-44%
I read the book and think how I would have written it differently-0%
I race through the story, riding the words like a rollarcoaster-22%
I race through the book and then go back and read my favorite parts again and again-33%

What Kind of Writer Are You? RESULTS!

Character first--1%
Plot First--4%
Balanced Between Plot and Character--5%
All Over The Place--5%

So All Over The Place and Balanced Between Plot and Character tie for the win! All I can say is that there must be some wicked stories out there. I can't wait to read them!

Scribe is Listening to:


Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian Sound Track.

Books on CD: The Moving Finger Read by Martin Jarvis. Original story by: Agatha Christie

Scribe is Reading:

I am? COOL!

I'm apparently referring to myself in the third person too. Go figure.


Nightmare's Edge by: Bryan Davis

The Invention of Hugo Cabert (Caldecott Book) by: Brian Selzinck-FINISHED. Mind blowing! Every storyteller should read this book.

FEARLESS by: Max Lucado-FINISHED. Excellent!

NLT Chronological 24/7 Bible paperback
NASB Online at Bible Gateway


Psalm 49

Psalm 49
A Psalm of Repentance

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