Charity Thinketh No Evil

This month as a part of my “Year of Charity,” I’m exploring “Charity thinketh no evil.” Here are a couple of things I want to consider this month. To me, not thinking evil means wanting the best outcome for all people. In other words, do we ever secretly rejoice when something bad happens to someone we don’t like or someone who has hurt us? Of course, people will suffer the...
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Let Not the Sun Go Down upon Your Anger

This month in my "Year of Charity," I have been studying "Charity is not easily provoked." Do you ever feel like when you're looking for specific answers, God puts things in your path? I have felt that way a couple of times this month as I have been pondering anger. There is a certain person in my life whom I love very much, but for many years, she has been someone who seems to always be able to...
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Charity Is Not Easily Provoked

This month in my "Year of Charity," I am going to study and explore the concept of "Charity is not easily provoked." In its most basic terms, being provoked means to get angry. And I seem to get angry more now than I ever used to. I can't decide if it's because I'm getting older and crankier or if there's just more in this world to be angry about or if I'm too tired to be patient and...
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What Does It Mean to Seek Not Your Own?

This year, I am studying the different aspects of charity found in 1 Corinthians 13. This month I have focused my attention on “Charity seeketh not her own.” What does it mean to “not seek our own?” I think it can mean that we think of others before we think of ourselves. Unselfishness is at the core of not seeking “our own.” Unselfishness is one of the true signs of real love. When...
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Charity Seeketh Not Her Own

This year, I am exploring the different aspects of charity as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13. I would love to know any experiences or insights you have as we go throughout the year. This month, we are studying "Charity seeketh not her own." (As a side note, I like that charity is referred to with the feminine pronoun.) I've already been thinking a lot about this, trying to find deep and layered...
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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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