How Does Pride Keep Us From Having Charity?

At the beginning of the year, I decided I wanted to spend 2021 learning more about and living charity. I am using the aspects of charity found in 1 Corinthians 13 to guide my study. This month, I have been concentrating on "Charity is not puffed up." There is a beautiful story of an event that takes places during the Last Supper. Jesus tells his disciples that one of them will betray him (Matthew...
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The Amish Quiltmaker Throws Apricots

The following is an interview I did about writing, faith, and The Amish Quiltmaker's Unexpected Baby for American Christian Fiction Writer for their March 2021 edition. You can buy The Amish Quiltmaker's Unexpected Baby at Walmart, on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Walmart. Interview by: Patti Shene Intro… Jennifer initiated her writing endeavors after the birth of her fourth child. Two...
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Charity Is Not Puffed Up

This month in our "Year of Charity," we are going to explore, ponder, and live "Charity is not puffed up." Now, I don't know about you, but when I think about not being puffed up, I immediately think of pride. E.T. Benson said, "Pride is the universal sin." Do you agree with that? I do. There are some things that I am very proud about: I like to be right. I have a hard time admitting when I'm...
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The Opposite of Envy

This year, I have been studying the different aspects of charity mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. This month's topic is "Charity envieth not." The definition of envy is: a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another's advantages, success, possessions, etc. I think it's interesting that the word "covet" is included in the definition of envy. As we know, "Thou shalt not covet" is...
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Charity Does Not Envy

This month in our "Year of Charity," we are going to explore, ponder, and live "Charity envieth not." Envy means jealousy, specifically being jealous and prideful about what someone else has that you do not. I looked in the dictionary of opposites and discovered that the opposite of envy is generosity. I had never really thought of that before, but it makes perfect sense. How does generosity...
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What Does Kindness Mean to You?

This month's Year of Charity focus is on kindness. Have you learned anything about kindness this month? Do you have any insights you would be willing to share in the comments? Have you ever seen Facebook explode? Someone posts something controversial and then twenty people get angry and say something rude, and then twenty other people come to the defense of the person who posted in the first...
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Charity Is Kind

This month in my "Year of Charity," I am focusing on "Charity is kind." A friend of mine once said, "Being kind is different than being nice. I'd rather be kind." I've thought a lot about that. Here are the definitions of each: Nice: Pleasing, agreeable, delightful Kind: Of a good or benevolent nature or disposition So this month as I think about being kind, I am going to try to understand the...
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Charity Suffers Long

Every month on this blog, we are discussing an attribute of charity. In January, I have been working on "Charity suffers long." I would love to know what insights you have gained from studying this topic. Charity is the pure love of Christ and the basis of a Christlike character. Character refers to "the moral qualities of an individual that are conscientiously and consistently lived." (David A....
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A Year of Charity

Happy New Year! Recently, I was reading in the scriptures and happened upon one of my favorite passages. 1 Corinthians 13 4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all...
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Amish Quiltmaker Cover Reveal!

I just had to show you the cover for the first book in my new series: The Amish Quiltmaker. The Amish Quiltmaker’s Unexpected Baby comes out in March of 2021, and I am so excited for you to meet Esther Zook, the Amish quiltmaker. After her father’s death, Esther Zook moves to the Amish settlement of Miller, Colorado to escape her painful memories and start a new life. Esther plans to support...
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