Saturday, December 16, 2017

Books I Read | November 2017

Once again, I'm late in posting this. :P But it's here! My November reading in review! And now that I'm doing this, I realize that I skipped October!! Whoopsie!!

So...
Books of October
I really read a bit in October (especially compared to November). I had a lot of review books plus a few borrowed books that I wanted to get back to people.

Since there are so many books to catch up on (and I honestly don't have time to write a detailed post :P ), I'll just share covers and my stars. Click on the star rating to be taken to my Goodreads review.

5 Stars

4 stars

3 stars

3 stars

5 stars

4 stars

4 stars

4 stars

4 stars

4 stars

5 stars


Books of November
5 stars

4 stars

3.5 stars

3 stars

3 stars

Some questions
With the New Year right around the corner, I'm considering things to cut out of my schedule. Because yes... as you read a few days ago, I'm trying to simplify some things and find a better balance. So. Book reading recaps are in the danger of being discontinued. How many of you are interested in reading them? I realize if you already follow me on Goodreads, you see my reviews. And, I already put about 50% of what I read up on First Line Fridays. What are your thoughts with me continuing or discontinuing this portion?

And, it's the last month of the year!! What was your favorite book that you read this year??

Friday, December 15, 2017

So Great a Love | First Line Fridays, Book Review

Happy Friday with another children's book (I know, I know, this may be considered "cheating" but I fully believe that you've got to start kids off with good books too!)!! You may remember me featuring Kristie's other book, Made for a Purpose, several months ago (if not, check it out now ;) ). I'm honored to present you book two! This series is adorable and wonderful.


First Line
Higher than the mountains, and wider than the desert...
so great is God's love for you!

Honestly, what better type of book to give your kid? 

Connecting with Hoarding Books for First Line Friday!
What's the first line of a book you're reading?
Who is your favorite artists?


My Review
Kristie has done it again: created an adorable, sweet, and doctrinally sound children’s book. Every page features a truth directly from God’s Word—covering God’s love, care, protection, help, cleansing, watch-care, and delight. Each of these attributes of God are likened to how one of the animals in the wild does the same for its child (e.g. protection like a mama bear protecting her young), ending with the call to run to God because He always loves us. I did find it interesting that the entire book focuses on God, without mentioning Jesus, even though I assume it was Jesus pictured.  Not saying this in a negative way; it’s just something that I observed.

The art is colorful and fun, depicting the various animals (bear, koala, lions, chickens, to name a few) in their environments and sometimes their danger. There are a couple of pictures of God (or Jesus?) in which he has long hair; I personally don’t believe that depiction is true, but that’s just my Biblical opinion. ;) It does not prevent me from enjoying the book.

At the conclusion of the book is a whole page of Scripture from which the phrases were taken. I love this idea! It takes the child directly to God’s Word to say, “See? This is what the Bible says.” I do prefer the KJV and these references are from various other translations, but I would just look them up in my Bible for my child.


*I received this book from Book Crash and happily provided my honest review*



Wednesday, December 13, 2017

O Holy Night | Violin and Piano

If there was to be one song that is considered THE Christmas classic, "O Holy Night" fits the bill perfectly. One of my students requested this for recital this year, and I was happy to oblige her.

What is one of the standard "Christmas classics" to you?



Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Getting Back into Goals

Praising the Lord, cause last week was better getting back into the niche of writing. Last week, I was able to...

  • Read 2 chapters of a research book
  • Brainstorm for a few hours
  • Write 1,909 words
I wasn't able to fully kick back into full gear of doing it everyday, but I was able to make progress, and for that I'm excited.

This week, my goals are to...
  • Average writing 150 words each day
  • Read five chapters of research book
  • Reply to beta readers' emails about Nat
Yes, I realize that, in my good ol' days, this doesn't seem like a huge goal. But, Lord willing, that will mean 1,050 more words than I had last week, plus being almost finished with my current research book.

Will you hold me to these goals?
Also, what are your goals this week?

Before I leave, a couple of posts from Instagram--inspired by researching. ;) Researching... oh, researching... :) 





Monday, December 11, 2017

Scripture Graphics #69


What a beautiful promise we can claim as adopted children of the one true God!


There is so much beauty in this story of Assyria’s threat and Hezekiah’s prayer
- He didn’t let others’ view of God warp his focus on the truth of God (Isaiah 36:7, 10, 18-20; 37:10-13)
- His first response was not worry and agonizing over a plan. He read the letter then immediately brought it to God (vs. 14-15)
- His concerns did not diminish his praise to God (vs. 16-17)
- He didn’t ask for victory to secure his own life, but so that the surrounding nations would see the proof of the living God (vs. 20)


If salvation was our only reason to praise God every day, it is reason enough. Yet every day, our lives are overflowing with Christ’s blessings. So why do we not praise Him more?


I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. (Isaiah 43:11)
I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. (Isaiah 43:25)
God alone is our Savior; He alone forgives and sanctifies us.

What is your favorite verse on God's forgiveness?

Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Heart of an Agent | Blog Tour, Review, Giveaway


About the Book
Name of book: The Heart of an Agent
Author: Tracey J. Lyons
Genre: Inspirational historical romance
Release Date: November 7, 2017


Tracey J. Lyons, the author of A Changed Agent, returns to the Adirondack Mountains of the 1890s in a novel of love, faith, and secrets…
Former Pinkerton spy Lily Handland has always dreamed of a quiet, safe life, free from chasing criminals and putting herself at risk. So when the opportunity to invest in a failing Great Camp in the Adirondacks comes to her attention, she quickly jumps at the chance.
Filled with grief, widower Owen Murphy wants to run away from it all. Though he’s worked hard to forge a future for himself, his guilt has kept him mired in the past. But all that changes when a headstrong, mysterious woman shows up at Owen’s door. Together, as Lily and Owen restore the beauty of the Great Camp, he begins to finally see a future. But will learning about Lily’s past destroy it all?

My Review

Overall, this was a sweet story. Lily wants to change her lifestyle from that of a Pinkerton detective—and her desire gets a new meaning when her paths cross with Owen, the widowed and broken owner of a mountain retreat. In essence, this was a romance with some plot woven through. I found Lily’s backstory intriguing and Owen’s journey to move forward believable. I really enjoyed the whole rebuilding of the camp, and, in essence, rebuilding of lives.

It didn’t strike me as a very deep Christian book. There were a lot of mentions of God’s hand in nature (at the same time, one reference to Mother Nature), and a few prayers for direction, but mainly only when a character was over their head in a problem.

The romance overall was sweet and not rushed. The kisses were semi-detailed. There were a few mentions of suspicion for impure lifestyle, but nothing was out-and-out said, and it was just suspicions/accusations.

A few things I didn’t care for: several uses of “heck” and similar words. Taking God’s Name in vain twice. Mention of Mother Nature. Lily talking to a grave/dead person, asking for advice.


So in essence, it’s a book for romance lovers (which you all know isn’t me ;) ), but still enjoyable!

*I received this book from Celebrate Lit and happily provided my honest review*


Giveaway!
To celebrate her tour, Tracey is giving away a Grand Prize Package of a tea-time themed gift box (Valued at over $75) and a $25 Visa Gift Card!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c1f6



About the Author

 An Amazon Top Ten bestselling historical romance author of the Adirondack Pinkertons and the Women of Surprise series, Tracey was a 2017 National Excellence Romance Fiction Award finalist. She sold her first book on 9/9/99! Her books have been translated into several languages and are available in print, digital and audio formats. A true upstate New Yorker, Tracey believes you should write what you know. Her historical romances are all set in the New York State area. Tracey considers herself a small town gal who writes small town romances. You can learn more about Tracey and her books by visiting her website at www.traceylyons.com.

Blog Stops

Just the Write Escape, November 30
Texas Book-aholic, December 1
A Greater Yes, December 2
Multifarious, December 3
Carpe Diem, December 6
Bibliophile ReviewsDecember 7
Pause for Tales, December 8
With a Joyful Noise, December 9
D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, December 10
Daysong ReflectionsDecember 10
Mary Hake, December 11
My Writer’s Life, December 12
Books n Baubles, December 12
Jeanette’s Thoughts, December 13


Friday, December 8, 2017

God Bless My Family | First Line Friday and Review

Happy Friday! For this Friday's first line, I'll just show you the first page. Then you get to read it and see the adorable art!


As usual, connecting with Hoarding Books for First Line Friday!
What is your favorite children's book?
What are you reading this weekend?



My Review
I have a thing for children's books. I have to think harder than to say "It's truly adorable." But this one IS. After I received it in the mail, I had laid it out and at least four family members picked it up, read it, and proclaimed, "This is the cutest book ever!" I'm from a big family, so I appreciate the positive focus on family. It covers daddy, mommy, brother, sister, grandma, grandpa, cousins, uncles, and aunts, and how God has placed each in the family for a special reason. 

The illustrations are adorable. Soft pencil drawings of dogs--who wouldn't like that? I did think that some of them were questionable as far as two dogs walking hand-in-hand (paw-in-paw). I just know some of my siblings and their curious minds ("How can the dog climb the tree?" for instance). That would be the only critical aspect I would have to say of this book. It doesn't really bother me. Just if you're going to have a very literal child, they may be puzzled about some of the art.

*I received this book from BookLook Bloggers and happily provided my honest review*

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Go Tell it on the Mountain | Violin Solo

I have loved the bounciness of "Go Tell it on the Mountain" ever since I can remember. Last year, I arranged this variation for one of my violin students, and this year, another of my students is enjoying it. Most of my violin pieces have an accompaniment, but not this one: violin solo all the way!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

November: No NaNo

Writing... what's that again? ;) 
Just kidding. Though honestly, November was one of those months where writing definitely was pushed to the back burner. In exchange, a lot of wonderful things happened. My friend Kenzi came down and spent about two weeks, we had a Bible conference (with more friends!), did our annual sibling Christmas-shopping trip, my niece was born (yep, second time being an aunt in less than two months!), we had a make-shift Thanksgiving (due to my niece being born that week), and about a hundred other smaller things filled the month. So November wasn't much of a writing month for me.

However, I did get to do some brainstorming on a writing project and make wonderful progress with character development and ideas.

And the last week of November, when I was "just getting back on track" with normal-life stuff, God allowed me to put in a few thousand words in another project! This one was a completely an unexpected blessing. Our family went two nights to sing at a revival service over an hour away. I usually don't write in the van, because I sit in the back seat and have ruined two laptops with the jostling (just trust me on that one ;) ), but since our family has diminished in size, I was a front-seater, which isn't nearly as bumpy as the back seat. Added to that, I was writing while my writing-sister, Rachel, was nearby. So we did a ton of brainstorming as well.

So writing hasn't been as much overall since last writing update, but what has been done has felt very productive.

Nat is still in the hands of beta readers. I have gotten helpful feedback from a couple of them, and the remainder are hopefully going to get my their notes by the end of December so I can start the New Year off with editing his story.

How you can be praying
I'd appreciate prayers for wisdom. As many of you know, I teach around 30 music students, run WAJN (arranging and publishing music books and CDs), and assist with our family's singing group, as well as write. Many times, it is hard to know the balance of what I am to do when--when am I to be fully available to my family, when am I to set apart writing time or arranging time, etc.? I am beginning to see that it's a day-by-day need for direction. Yes, there are dozens of stories that are just begging to be written, but I don't want to write at the expense of being available to others and following God. So, many times, I just need wisdom with how to balance my schedule.

How can I be praying?
I wouldn't want to leave off without asking how I can pray for you. Whether it is in writing or something completely different, I'd love to pray for you. If you want to keep a comment private, please say so at the beginning of the comment and I will not publish it or you may email me at amandaterobooks {at} gmail {dot} com.

How many of you did NaNo? What were your goals and did you meet them? Tell me a little about your story, too. ;)

Monday, December 4, 2017

Scripture Graphics #68


Reflecting on God’s faithfulness and truth will lead us to more genuine and frequent exaltation and praise. The rest of the passage gives points of God’s faithfulness and truth:
- He is victorious (vs. 2)
- He is strength to the poor and needy (vs. 4)
- He is a refuge from the storm, shadow from the heat (vs. 5)
- He makes His people to feast on good things (vs. 6)
- He has swallowed up death in victory, will wipe all tears off all faces (vs. 8)
- He has saved us (vs. 9)


Rebellion is not always open and blatant. On the outside, those were taking counsel and making the right appearance—but it was their heart that was rebellious. We might fool those around us, but a rebellious heart never passes God’s notice.


Not only does God provide us armor for spiritual warfare (Eph 6:10-18), He also teaches us how we are to fight.


And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is his treasure. (Isaiah 33:6)
What is the stability of our times? Our strength? Our treasure? If the answers are not God alone (His wisdom, His knowledge), then we will be sorely disappointed, and we are setting ourselves up for a fall.

What is a verse you turn to in times of fear or trouble?

Friday, December 1, 2017

Operation Christmas Spirit | First Line Friday and Review

My love for Christmas books is established. I will now be looking for Christmas books every November-December (eh... August-December?? ;) ;) )! When Operation Christmas Spirit came across my desk to read, I was eager to try it, and I was not disappointed. 

But first things first. ;) First line!


As usual, connecting with Hoarding Books for First Line Friday!
Do you have a favorite children's Christmas book?



My Review
This is an adorable children's book with such a beautiful message. The children at Sonrise Stables begin talking about the Christmas story and wondering what the Bible actually says, and what has just been accepted by tradition. So, they explore the Bible to find answers. Added to that, they get the idea to use Christmas to bless others--not to gift themselves. Around these two themes is the excitement of living on a horse farm and putting together a special Christmas presentation. This book is packed with Scripture and character lessons. The perfect book to hand to my younger siblings, and the absolute perfect book for Christmastime!

*I received this book from the author and happily provided my honest review*

To Get the Books
Check out Vicki's whole series on her website or get it on Amazon. If you want to save it to read later, add it to your Goodreads list.


Monday, November 27, 2017

Books, books, and more books!


Yes, yes, you've probably already seen this... that I've joined a group of other Indie Authors to offer you some great sales for books...this is the last time I'll post about it on my blog, promise. ;)

There are pages and pages of books to look through over at Indie Christian Books. Because of a mental glitch (yeah, it was mental, not something I can blame on technology), I wasn't able to offer my short stories for free like I had hoped, but there are many other authors who have their eBooks either free or discounted (some of which I'm looking forward to reading!).

Like the image above shows, all of my paperback novellas are on sale! Here are direct links:
Journey to Love: http://www.indiechristianbooks.com/shophistorical/journey-to-love-by-amanda-tero
Befriending the Beast: http://www.indiechristianbooks.com/shopspeculative/befriending-the-beast-by-amanda-tero
The Secret Slipper: http://www.indiechristianbooks.com/shopspeculative/befriending-the-beast-by-amanda-tero-s2l84
Tales of Faith set: http://www.indiechristianbooks.com/package-deals/tales-of-faith-series-books-1-2

If you know a reader, feel free to send them this way. I'm just sending links to my own books, but there are many other authors whose work is worth checking out! Better be quick, though! The sale doesn't last much longer!




For Fun:
I always have books on my Christmas list.
Here are a few I'd love to get in paperback form this year:
Elizabeth George Bible Studies
Ancient Words series by A.M. Heath
Suit and Suitability by Kelsey Bryant
A Lady Unrivaled by Roseanna White
Research Books (I'm still figuring out my list here)

I tend to ask for paperbacks of books that I've already read (or, in Roseanna White's case, to complete a series that I've begun yet haven't finished). What about you? Do you ask for many books for Christmas? If so, do you like to get books you've never read, or books that you've read before, yet don't own for your shelves? What are a few of the books on your list?
 

I'd love to hear from you!

Scripture Graphics #67



In our political arena, too much of this goes on. Yet, it is also seen in the Christian realm. Relationships are too precious—so we justify the wicked and say, “Maybe it’s not sin” on the one hand, when on the other hand, if someone stands up to declare Biblical righteousness, we try to shut him up. Do we, in a society like this, truly stand on God’s Word?


Whatever we fear most dictates our choices. As a child, we obey because we fear our parents’ discipline or we disobey because we don’t fear it. As adults, “fear of people’ will prevent us from talking to someone. Fear of an accident will lead us to buy vehicle insurance. The question is: do we fear God? The answer is proven by our life, what we do or fail to do. If we fear God, we will not be led away from Him by the persuasion of others (vs. 19).


Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it? as if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up, or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no wood. Therefore shall the Lord, the Lord of hosts, send among his fat ones leanness; and under his glory he shall kindle a burning like the burning of a fire. (Isaiah 10:15-16)
We forget that we are just human—we cannot really control our lives and circumstances, and we cannot be rulers of our health and mortality. And in forgetting that, we also forget just how powerful our God is.

Share a verse that stood out to you recently.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Paperback Sale!

There was a glitch in my brain when I schedule the Black Friday sale, so unfortunately, none of my eBooks are free. 
HOWEVER, I still do have a sale on my paperbacks! You can find them: http://www.indiechristianbooks.com
Look under Historical and Speculative.

OR contact me directly with your order.


Review, Giveaway, Book Sale, and more!

It's Black Friday Book Sale!!!!!!
And First Line Friday.
And giveaway time.
Yeah, a lot of great things! I'm gonna try to keep this post short. ;) Because after this, you'll have a lot of reading to do. I guarantee it!


I'm joining a whole group of Indie Christian Authors for a huge book sale! From November 24-30, a huge selection of discounted books is available at indiechristianbooks.com. You can also join the Indie Christian Authors for a week long Facebook party during the same dates.

As an added bonus, enter the giveaway and see what books you can win from Christian Indie Authors!

Specially for this weekend, I read and reviewed on of the Indie Author's books: Resistance by Jaye L. Knight. Here's the first line.



Okay, so maybe the first paragraph. It was too good to not include it all! ;)
Going to add this to the First Line Fridays group (which, if you've not heard of them and are a book blogger, the doors are open for anyone to tag along!)

This week, what Indie books do you like? 
What first Friday line do you have?
Or... what are you reading this weekend?




My Review
I have been eyeing this book for a couple of years now. If I judge it primarily for storyline, wow! But there is a hint too much fantasy for me. The whole half-human/half animal (half-Ryric)… if it were just a race mixture, it wouldn’t have been an issue, but it was emphasized that Ryrics are animals, not humans (even though they look human), which then brings the question about whether or not they have a soul—or if a half Ryric/human has a soul, since they do have some of the human race in them. Because this ventures a bit from Biblical principles, I found it disturbing. I did go into this book aware of this, though I did not fully know the extent of it. So, up front, this would be the one main qualm I have about this series.

Now, that’s over with. I liked the book as a medieval-type fantasy era. There was no magic in it, and it wasn’t a defined era (given the fantasy description). Because of that, I could shrug off some of the modern phraseology that I wouldn’t usually like in medieval fiction.

This was very well thought-out. I really did like all of the characters. There were tons of characters, but because of their uniqueness (between names and personalities), I didn’t find them confusing at all.

The storyline was great. It took me a while to get into the story, but once things got rolling, I enjoyed it. Some things were predictable, and it took a little while to figure out exactly what the plot of the book was, but overall, I ended it with really enjoying it.

Biblically speaking… this is where it’s difficult with fantasy. Because God is renamed as “the King” or “Elom,” it’s a little different (which, leads to the point that there isn’t a mention of Jesus Christ or the Gospel). There is no Scripture mentioned in this book (I understand that a future book in this series may cover that), just a lot of praying and following the King, doing Elom’s will, being placed in situations for Elom’s purposes. At the same time, there seemed to be just a general understanding of Biblical principles, but nothing really preached as “this is the way, the truth.” I realize, this is book one, so it may just be being established.

Romance was also very light. There is what I’d say friendship bonding and attraction between a few of the characters, but really nothing much. There are some scenes with heroic actions, but feelings aren’t exactly mentioned.

Because of the violence, a lot of sword-fighting, executions, tortures, and gruesome, evil plans mentioned, this would be better suited for older readers.


*I received this book from the author and happily provided my honest review* 

Music Sale for Black Friday!

First ever physical sale at With a Joyful Noise!! I have been behind in promoting new releases, so there are a couple of books out that I've not announced yet on the site or social media. But, these are included in the sale! You can get the books for 20% off, CDs for 10% off.

Black Friday 2017
Purchase the books here. Purchase the CDs here.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Therefore... give thanks.

Our family has adopted a memo for this year: “This has been THE year.” It seems like life has thrown so very much our way—a lot of hard things, difficult choices, sad days...yet also joy and blessings. On a day like Thanksgiving, we all think, “What can we be thankful for?” Today, I decided to do a quick Bible study about why we should “Give thanks.” I didn’t get past the first verse: “Therefor I will give thanks unto Thee, O Lord, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto Thy Name.” (2 Samuel 22:50) Of course, I had to see what the “therefore” was there for. For what cause was David giving thanks? Hang on, because this “quick study” took a little time as I read through the chapter and listed out reasons that we ALL can be thankful to God.


- He is my rock, fortress, and deliverer (vs. 2)
- The Lord is my shield, my salvation, my high tower, my refuge, my Savior (vs. 3)
- The Lord hears me in my distress (vs. 7) and moves on my behalf (vs. 8)
- He sends from above, and draws me out of many waters (vs. 7)
- He delivers me from my strong enemy, and that which is too strong for me (vs. 18)
- He is my stay/support (vs. 19)
- He delivers me and delights in me (vs. 20)
- He rewards and recompenses (vs. 21)
- He shows us mercy and uprightness and purity (vs. 26-27)
- He is my light in darkness (vs. 29)
- By Him, we leap over a wall (vs. 30)
- His way is perfect, His Word is tried (vs. 31)
- He is a buckler to all who trust in Him (vs. 31)
- He is God, our rock (vs. 32)
- He is my strength and power; He makes my way perfect (vs. 33)
- He makes my feet like hinds’ feet, sets me on high places (vs. 34)
- He teaches my hands and gives me strength (vs. 35)
- He has given me His shield of salvation (vs. 36)
- His gentleness has makes me great (vs. 36)
- He enlarged His steps so we wouldn’t slip (vs. 37)
- He gives us power over the enemy (vs. 38)
- He gives us strength for battle (vs. 40)
- He delivers us from the striving of people (vs. 44)
- The Lord lives, He is the rock of our salvation (vs. 47)
- He avenges for us (vs. 48)
- He brings us forth and delivers us (vs. 49)
- He is our tower of salvation and shows us mercy (vs. 51)
THEREFORE we can give thanks go Him.
On days like Thanksgiving, we often face things that have been hard for us in the year, and struggle to be thankful around them. Only God knows what each of us are going through, but if you’re struggling to focus your eyes on your blessings, why not take a look into God’s Word and see why we CAN be thankful?

Monday, November 20, 2017

Scripture Graphics #66


Part of glorifying God in our everyday life and responsibilities is to do it with an attitude of gratitude. It doesn’t matter what the task is, if we are doing it with murmurings and disputing, we are not glorifying God (Philippians 2:14-15).
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23-24)


And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing. (1 Thessalonians 1:6-8)
The believers of Thessalonica are an example to us—they received the Word when it was no easy to be a Christian, and they did it with joy. Their faith was a thunderous faith, heard of across the miles. And here we are, struggling to make simple choices between our flesh and spirit when our lives are not in danger, ashamed to quote a Bible verse when the majority may frown (but they’re not about to stone us).


And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints. (1 Thessalonians 3:12-13)
Love and holiness go hand in hand—we cannot truly love unless we are holy, and we cannot be holy without love. For both of these, we must have the help of the Holy Spirit—we cannot do it on our own.


But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more; And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; (1 Thessalonians 4:9-11)
To love (sincerely), be quiet (not meddlesome), mind our own business, and work (toil, as occupation) are all ways in which we can live honestly among the world and be profitable: “That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.“ (1 Thessalonians 4:12). How are we living in this world? Does our lifetstyle reflect that we are children of God?

These verses all reflect the practical side of Christianity. What is a verse you'd add to this collection on how to live out the Christian life?
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