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I love you ladies!

By Elizabeth Prata

I was sitting here this early Saturday morning, thinking of the women who read The End Time Facebook page, my Twitter, the blog, and listen to the podcast. I thought about the comments and encouragements I’ve received lately. I recalled the prayers lifted up for me this week and all the previous weeks. Such kindness.

I thought about how happy it makes me when a sister messages me that they have tried out a book I recommended or a course at ICL or Ligonier, and enjoyed it. THAT is the biggest thrill, when I point sisters to credible ministries and it’s actually pursued. SOOO encouraging.

We really do have a global church, and the sisters who follow, comment, and engage with The End Time are extremely precious to me.

I wanted to let you all know my favorite time of the week, (after church services). I get up early on Saturdays, make coffee, and put on Pandora String Quartets or Mozart channel, softly. I crack my knuckles, hover my hands over the keyboard, take a deep breath, and begin to write. I spend all morning till about noon, writing the blogs for the week. I do them all at once so they are ready to post in the mornings before I go to work.

I truly love this time writing. It’s personally satisfying for me to be able to process my thoughts by scribing them onto paper, or these days, a screen. It’s the way I’d always figured out stuff; think, then write, then think some more.

After salvation, transferring this process to where I strive to understand the Bible more or Jesus more, is deeply fulfilling. And the ministry of doing so for like-minded ladies is personally rewarding.

I really do love your questions, they prompt me to pursue deeper answers. I love the engagement and encouragement, it prompts me to do the same for others. I don’t get tired of it. I think of how Jesus hung on the cross for me, a sinner, and absorbed all God’s wrath to the dregs, for me, it spurs me on to want to be busy for Him, proclaiming His excellencies. When a sister comes to me in life or online and says something that I wrote (thanks to the wisdom of the Spirit) helped them, I just about fall over in gratitude. There is nothing and no one better than Jesus, and learning that other women are growing closer to Him and that I might have been a part is a profoundly gratifying feeling.

I do it because I love Jesus and love you sisters in Jesus.

Author:

Christian writer and Georgia teacher's aide who loves Jesus, a quiet life, art, beauty, and children.

10 thoughts on “I love you ladies!

  1. Dear Elizabeth, 

    Thank you so much for sharing your gift with us! Also thanking God for gifting you with discernment and the wisdom to put your thoughts into words to help others. 

    I appreciate your ministry.

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  2. Thanks for you faithfulness and humility. You let Christ shine and speak to us where we most need it.
    I loved your book challenge posts a little while back. How do we find past posts? Also, I’m in a reading challenge (www.the52book.club) that requires a dystopian book, a banned book, and a book on mythology. (Not my fave kind of reads.) Can you recomment some? Or one?
    Enjoy your time writing this morning. And continue to “sharpen” us like iron sharpens iron!

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    1. Hi Jackie,

      Past posts are either in the archive, scroll down the right side menu, or search using the search bar near top of the right menu.

      Links: from me, The Usefulness of dystopian fiction, https://the-end-time.org/2019/03/01/the-usefulness-of-dystopian-fiction/

      Challies: Why Is Dystopian Fiction Worth Reading? https://reformedperspective.ca/why-is-dystopian-fiction-worth-reading/

      Dystopian book recommendations:
      EM Forester’s The Machine Stops. (1909). Amazingly prescient, predicting the rise in technology that impacts both individuals and society, this novella is a short but chilling read. In many ways, we are living Forester’s future now. A plus for you, if you dislike this kind of fiction, this book is only a novella, rally short!

      This book is really good- William Forschen’s book One Second After (2009) depicted the effect upon America from an EMP, (electro-magnetic pulse), and the nation’s societal collapse and resulting high death rate. The author consulted with psychologists, economists, and sociologists to base his fiction on real scenarios those experts stated would most likely happen if we suffered an EMP.

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    2. As for a banned book, lots of classics were banned. George Orwell’s ‘1984’ was banned. It is the most frequently banned book in America. I’d recommend it. Jack London’s book Call of the Wild was banned in Italy and burned in Nazi fires.

      A book on mythology? Hmmm. Fagles’ translation of The Odyssey is touted as one of the best translations. So is Wilson’s translation of the ancient myth. Did you know that the Coen Brothers’ movie with George Clooney “O Brother Where Art Thou?’ is a retelling of The Odyssey?

      I liked Salman Rushdie’s “Haroun and the Sea of Stories”. Less a myth, it’s part fable, part parable. It could fit with the myth category. 🙂

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      1. Thanks ever so much! I ordered the audio version of The Machine Stops. I didn’t know about that hilarious “O, Brother Where Art Thou!” movie. haha. (Maybe i’ll just watch it again. Would that count? Prob. not.) Thanks for the other suggestions. Wonder why Nazi’s burned The Call of the Wild? Have to look into that one.

        I have a suggestion for you. You mentioned you are going to read a book in LETTERS. I read C.S. Lewis’ “Letters to Children” and really loved it. The last letter he wrote to a boy (he’d written to him before) was just two days before Lewis died. I’d certainly recommend it. (128 pages)

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