"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen


He is Near - Monday Manna for July 19

First of all - I'm debuting a new Monday Manna button! A bit ago I decided I wanted to design my own (the old one was passed on to me by the always fabulous and wonderful cupcake Kristen Schiffmann), and I got it done a few weeks ago, but FORGOT to put it on the post! So...here it is:

Feel free to put it in your post or on your blog - the code to do so should be on my sidebar. And now, back to your regularly scheduled program. :D

The purpose of Monday Manna is to get together and get to know Christ more through His Word.

On the first and third Mondays of each month, anyone who wants to participate can post their thoughts on a specific verse--posted here at my blog on the Thursday before, to allow you to chew on it over the weekend. It doesn't have to be long -- just a few thoughts, a picture you feel helps express it, a poem, a short story, a devotional. Just post it on your blog on Mondayish (early OR late is fine, by the way!), then come back here and link up in the Linky Tools gadget that will be at the bottom of MY post at o'dark thirty that morning.

During my daily Bible reading, I have been in the book of Psalms for the past several weeks. One verse in particular hit me the other day, so I thought it would be perfect for this weekend's pondering (and Monday's reading/writing!).
The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit. Psalm 34:18 NKJV
Hope to see you Monday! Can't wait to get insights from each of you! 
Paving Rough Roads With God's Presence


  1. The Psalms is my favorite book of the Bible, and this verse in particular has brought me a lot of comfort over the years.

  2. Oh, dear. I lived this today. Too bad I can't blog about it. :( But I'm sure I can come up with another instance of His nearness when my heart was broken. :)


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