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"A friend loves at all times…" – Proverbs 17:17
So are you seeing red? As in, red hearts, signs, candy, roses, and other Valentine's Day products? By now, every store is pretty much brimming with red and pink and white.
So what do you think about this holiday? Do you love it (pun intended) or do you think it's just another day for greeting card companies and flower shops to make money? Whether you participate in this holiday or hide from it, you can't deny that love is something that should always be celebrated. As Proverbs 17:17 reminds us, we should love at all times. Not just on February 14th.
I encourage you to go hug your spouse, your kids, your parents, your friends. Tell them you love them. And then thank God for the amazing love He demonstrated two thousand years ago: Sacrificing His only Son so we can live. Chocolate and flowers can't hold a candle to that display of affection.
WRITING CONFERENCE 2011
Plans are well underway for the fourth annual FaithWriters conference!
One thing we are implementing this year is the ability to register for the conference online! Registering will now be even easier and more convenient!
A message board thread was started by a member asking why she should attend the conference. To read the responses, or add your own, click here: http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=30777
Complete details have not yet been posted, but more information will be available soon. Keep watching the official Conference Page: http://www.faithwriters.com/conference.php
WRITING CHALLENGE NEWS
It's no secret that the Weekly Writing Challenge is the most popular feature of FaithWriters.com. Aptly named, members are challenged to write to a topic, a deadline, and a specific word count. There is no better way to develop your writing skill and hone your talent.
In addition to the personal challenge the Writing Challenge provides, you know that it also offers the chance to have your Challenge entry included in the quarterly anthologies. And you're probably also aware of the Best of the Best awards, handed out in July to three #1 entrants, each of whom take home a large chunk of cold hard cash.
But now there's even more incentive to enter the Challenge!
Here's the scoop: A bonus door prize will be awarded each week to one winner, randomly selected from all entries submitted! The winner will receive the opportunity for a free ratings feedback report on that particular week's entry. This is a great chance to get a professional opinion on your writing and to see where you were spot on or where you might have missed the mark.
The member will be contacted a few days after entries close and asked if they would like to receive this free report. We won't force the prize onto anyone, as we know some people may not want to know. However, the option is there for the weekly winner if they would like to see how they did.
The report will not be available until after the Challenge winners have been announced the following Thursday, and the prize is not transferable. It cannot be exchanged for cash, given to another person, or used on a different entry.
Just a little extra perk for Challenge entrants. And it doesn't have anything to do with how well you scored. All entrants have the same shot at taking home the weekly prize. Is that cool, or what?
To enter this week's Challenge, click here: http://www.faithwriters.com/writing-challenge-intro.php
To be eligible to enter the Weekly Writing Challenge, upgrade your account to either the Gold or Platinum level. Get full details and sign up here: http://www.faithwriters.com/finish-signup.php
OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF FAITHWRITERS
Last month, I posed the following question.
DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO VALENTINES DAY OR DO YOU THINK THIS HOLIDAY IS OVERRATED?
The consensus was that celebrating love is never a bad thing. Here are a few of the responses:
"Valentine's Day is overrated! We should be showing love to eachother all throughout the year, not just on one specific day in which greeting card and candy companies seem the only ones to profit!" - Leslie McCready
"Valentine's Day is a waste of time and money to the disinterested and disconnected. For children it is a wonderful opportunity to learn about and explore caring for others, friendships and the world of our emotions. For adults it is an opportunity to step out of the demands of everyday get-it-done-ity" and to reconnect with caring and giving of self." - Steve Kellen
"We (single and unattached) are "taking back the night" of Valentines and planning a "RO-TIC" evening (that ROMANTIC without the "MAN") for all our gals who are on their own either physically or emotionally. I think Valentines Day needs to reflect the broader base of society." -
"More than ever I use this day to pray for marriages (and Godly marriage choices for the young people) in our church. One idea is to fast during the day for specific marriage/s and then feast in the evening to celebrate all God is doing in church family life!" - Kathleen Smith
"Although I'm a widow I still love Valentines' Day, send and receive them. I get home-made crayon love-notes from great grandchildren, as well as beautiful lacy offerings from my children, and they are precious to me." – Doris Renshaw
"Perhaps I am a romantic but true love is a wonderful thing! I am 81 years old, have been widowed three times and am married again. Each husband was different but I loved them all-each in an individual way. I still look forward to that special Valentine card that says 'I love you,' even though we say it to each other every day!" – Norma Jean Pitts
"I like Valentine's Day because it reminds us to love and Love can never be overstated." – Barbara Todd
NEXT MONTH'S QUESTION:
WHEN DID YOU FIRST REALIZE YOU HAD A LOVE OR PASSION FOR WRITING?
Send your 1 or 2-sentence answer to email@example.com. Then check back in February to see if your response was selected to appear.
WISHING YOU A LOVE-FILLED FEBRUARY! KEEP WRITING FOR THE KINGDOM!