THE “CHIVE CHECK”
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass, for he beholdeth himself, and goeth his away, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” James 1:22-25, KJV
Before you start your day, do you look into the mirror? It’s only natural. We want to see if anything needs to be fixed in order to make us fit to be seen. The mirror does not make us presentable. The mirror does not make us ugly or beautiful. Our reflection simply shows what we look like. Once we acknowledge what we see, we set about fixing whatever needs fixing. I call this a “chive check.” You know what I’m talking about: the obligatory after-meal peek in the mirror to see if anything other than our teeth smiles back at someone.
God’s word is His special mirror for us. A day started with Scripture and prayer is not a waste of time. Before we can glorify Him, we need to look into His truths and see what is reflected in our hearts and our minds. Only then can we reflect Christ to others.
We should live each day seeking to become more and more the image of Christ. Time spent looking into God’s mirror each morning before we endeavor to glorify Him brings the opportunity for God to make our hearts and minds presentable. There should never be anything other than Him reflected back at us when God’s word is our mirror.
I have rejoiced in the way of Thy testimonies,
as much as in all riches.
I will meditate in Thy precepts
and have respect unto Thy ways.
I delight myself in Thy statutes:
I will not forget Thy word.”
Not your typical Christian fiction.
Michael’s fiancée, Issie Putnam, was brutally attacked and Michael was imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. Now he’s home to set things right.
Two people stand in his way: Issie’s son, Cole, and a madman.
Can Michael learn to love the child Issie holds so close to her heart and protect him from the man who took everything from Michael so long ago?
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Fay Lamb works as an acquisition editor for Pelican Book Group, offers services as a freelance editor, and is an author of Christian romance and romantic suspense. Her emotionally charged stories remind the reader that God is always in the details. Because of Me, her debut romantic suspense novel is available at all book retailers and Treble Heart Books/Mountainview Publishing, www.trebleheartbooks.com/MVLamb.
Fay’s passion is working with and encouraging fellow writers. As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she co-moderates the large Scribes’ Critique Group and manages the smaller Scribes’ critique groups. For her efforts, she was the recipient of the ACFW Members Service Award in 2010.
In 2012, Fay was also elected to serve as secretary on ACFW’s Operating Board.
Fay and her husband, Marc, reside in Titusville, Florida, where multi-generations of their families have lived. The legacy continues with their two married sons and five grandchildren.