1. Some days are more productive than others. Takeaway lesson: You never know what day will turn out to be productive. Slog through and discover.

2. Some people linger for months or years before death. Still, God’s saints who value life care for them with love. We’re seeing it happen now, again.

3. Finished writing today the “52 Actions of the Disciple of Christ.” Good feeling. Now for a revision, and it’s ready for the printer. Psalm 119 book is also done; I’ve asked a professional brother in Christ for an estimate on a revision.

4. Pope decided the Lord’s prayer needs to be better translated. He doesn’t like: “Lead us not into temptation.” This is once he might be right. Brazilian versions give us, “Do not let us fall into temptation.” What do you think about the English translations?

5. Did I mention that next to me opened up a beer and burger joint, with a name that includes the F-word? It’s pasted all over the front and side, and you can’t miss it. Time to move.

6. An original item:

Itself the murky mind can barely see,
For all the layers of deep dishonesty.

7. A Bible verse, from the NLT, from—why not?— Matthew 6.13:

“And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.”

Productive morning, finishing up writing for the Psalm 119 book. Then advanced several other projects. Also added points for chapter 6 of Practicing Proverbs. More work on the next issue of the magazine. Besides other odds and ends.

On the way to finishing up writing on the series on Psalm 119. I started it during our trip to the US, as a means to stay in touch with people here in Brazil. I missed a day or two, and the last several days as we prepared to return. After today, three sections remain to be done. In some form I’ll publish it, if not in print, then digitally, Lord willing.

Here are some recent items you might be interested in reading:

October prayers: http://believingprayer.com/2017/10/

Prayer and ministry of the Word: http://gospelprogress.com/prayer-ministry-word/

The problem is not in the harvest: http://forthright.net/2017/10/30/problem-not-in-harvest/

Verse of the day: http://fellowshiproom.com/tag/votd/

Honesty: http://randalmatheny.com/honesty/

For a time, couplets were my thing. Recently, the muse settled upon the shoulders to write quatrains (single stanzas with four lines). There seems to be no rational explanation for it. It is what it is. Accept and write.

I subscribe to that.

“Four basic premises of writing: clarity, brevity, simplicity, and humanity.” —William Zinsser

For nonfiction, I would add: veracity.

Quatrains are still popping out of the toaster. I also went back to find some I’d written in the past. All total, I’ve collected 59 of them in a file. Can you say book?