“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant.” (1 Corinthians 13:4)
Why is patience listed first in God's definition of love? Couldn't He have listed something greater like courageous, faithful, or joyful? Perhaps He did this because He knew we have so little of patience. Love doesn't tap its foot and yell “hurry up!” when their dinner isn't on time. Love is waiting for your family, friends, strangers, and God's timing. If you can't do that, you've missed the first definition of love. Patience may not seem like much, but sometimes the smallest act of patience is the greatest act of love. If God wasn't so patient, the ungodly would have perished long ago.
Kindness follows patience by the heel. Kindness should not be restricted to the needy but extended to all, whether they're rich, poor, happy, sad, friend, or enemy. Your kindness doesn't have to be grand; it can be as simple as carrying the groceries in for your mom or listening to a friend's troubles. I've found family is the best place to plant kindness before sowing it to the world. If we can't be kind to those we love the most, how can we be kind to outsiders? The next time you're tempted to go off and do your own stuff, stop and think about what you can do to help those around you. You might be surprised how many opportunities you'll find if you look hard enough.
Sometimes the clearest way to describe something is by stating what it's not. White is not black, rocks are not pillows, and love is not jealous. What if you entered a story contest and your friend won instead? Would you pout or would you toss confetti your friend’s way? What if your coworker was always buying new clothes while you could barely afford to pay the electric bill? Would your attitude be grumpy towards them or friendly? God provides each individual with what they need, not with what they've dreamed. Strike jealousy with the rod of contentment and you will be able to be happy for those who have all you've ever wanted, whether it's friends, prestige, or money.
On the flip side, while the poor should not be envious, the rich should not try to compel them to be so. Owning nice things is not wrong, but flaunting them is. You shouldn't go on how much your car cost or how cool your new iPhone is when the person sitting next to you is dressed in rags. Nor should you ram your successes down someone else's throat. That's not to say all boasting is sinful; sharing the good news of a job promotion or celebrating your first book sale with friends is nothing shameful. They're happy to hear of your good fortune just as you are happy to hear about theirs. It's the when, where, who, and how of your boasting that determines whether or not it's sinful.
Ironically, love loves everyone except itself. Arrogant people cannot love others because they are too busy loving themselves. Christ is a brilliant example of humble love. Even though everyone was beneath Him, but He did not treat them so. He didn't play favorites and neither should we. He ate with sinners (Matthew 9:10) as well as rabbis (Luke 7:36). In one chapter, He converses with a respected ruler (John 3:1-21), and in the next with a social outcast (4:7-26). Surely if Jesus stooped to wash His disciples feet, surely we can stoop to wash our fellow man's!
Love has many forms. True love, puppy love, cat love, friendship love—love can be twisted into almost every size, shape, and direction. Love has varying intensities, and rightly so, for it would not do for us to love our mom the same way we love chocolate. Love should characterize Christians as light characterizes the sun; yet anyone can love, even someone as despicable as Judas Iscariot. So then it is not love that distinguishes us from unbelievers, but it's the type of love that sets us apart.
Ten million words couldn't describe this love. Only a god could expound on such love, and He did in only thirteen verses.
“If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)
Before God could expound on love, He must first lay the foundation of its importance. He never said we'd be less of a Christian if we had no love, but that we are nothing without it. An unloving Christian is not a Christian at all. Love is a Christian’s heart and without it we are just dead robots who have no hope or feelings. “If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen,” (1 John 4:20).
Good works should not be substituted for love any more than baking soda should be substituted for flour. Like baking powder, they are a necessary ingredient in our lives but they should not constitute the base, unless you want others to gag. But is it possible for good works to done apart from love? Yes. Sometimes a person donates just because they see that everyone else is being charitable. Some people go to church just because they always have and their good works become mindless routine. However, usually good deeds are done in love—love of self. If I rescue an infant from a burning house so I can get my face in the newspaper or if I travel to Asia as a missionary only to hear “Isn't she so godly?” my sacrifices become filthy rags.
Sound doctrine is essential to our faith. We'd plunge into sin and temptation without it. It is the string which unites believers together, even if they live miles apart. Yet even the jewels of wisdom can become sharp and destructive if it is not set in the golden ring of love. I think God would probably have more mercy on a hateful criminal than on a hateful pastor. Even demons know the truth (James 2:19). The Ephesian church in Revelation 2:1-7 taught the truth, exposing error, but they lacked love. God threatened to remove their lampstand if their heart didn't start beating again.
Lovelessness is perhaps the greatest problem of the modern church. They shake your hand and bid you hello but their care rarely extends beyond that. It shouldn't be that way. Love is a blazing fire, not a flickering ember that blows out with the slightest breeze. A fire takes a ton of wood and love requires a ton of work to make it grow. Why is it that no one wants to take the time to gather the sticks? When we are tempted to let the fire die, let us remember that we are worthless ashes without that fire.
Esther is one of the most beautiful books of all time, teaching us more lessons than a college class. It’s the Mona Lisa of literature. Yet, surprisingly, God isn’t mentioned in all 167 verses. His name’s absence has fogged the brains of some people so that they doubt Esther’s authenticity in the canon.
The Greek Septuagint (LXX) assumed God had mistakenly omitted Himself and added 107 apocryphal verses. But inserting God’s name in Esther is like writing the word “book” underneath the Bible. If the author of Esther magnified God without mentioning Him, so can we. All we include and exclude in our novels can glorify God—even the smallest scenes. If God is truly at the core of our stories, we won’t have to state it.
By digging into the book of Esther, we’ll unearth three jewels that will radiate God’s glory into a novel.
1. GLORIFY GOD BY EMPHASIZING HIS SOVEREIGNTY
God’s name may be missing, but His sovereignty is evident in every verse. Instead of telling readers that God caused an event to occur, the author allows them to make that conclusion as they read along. Queen Vashti’s refusal, the king’s choice of Esther, and the execution of Haman are too purposeful to be mere coincidences. Only an infinite being could orchestrate such an epic tune. As John MacArthur notes, “While God was not mentioned in Esther, He was everywhere apparent as the One who opposed and foiled Satan’s diabolical schemes by providential intervention.”
If you want to emphasize God’s sovereignty in your storytelling, thrust your characters into scenarios that could happen only by God’s intervention. Set up your story so that every event has an objective. What if a scene didn’t occur? If the event doesn’t trigger another, eliminate it. Even the tiniest scenes need purpose. For instance, King Ahasuerus’s banquet didn’t seem to have a purpose (other than to entertain his guests). But that simple banquet launched the whole drama. Otherwise Ahasuerus wouldn’t have summoned the queen, and if he hadn’t summoned her, he wouldn’t have banished her, and Esther would have never become queen. Turn a few pages and we find King Ahasuerus suffering from insomnia. His sleeplessness led him to call for the book of records, which paved the way for Mordecai’s exaltation and delayed Haman’s plot to hang him.
2. GLORIFY GOD THROUGH A CHARACTER’S STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES
We are the windows that let God’s light into the world, and our characters should reflect that light too. This doesn’t mean they must mumble “Amen” every five seconds or witness to someone in every chapter. Your characters won’t always need to glorify God with their lips if they are glorifying Him in their hearts. Esther never voiced her Savior’s name, but her actions emanated His glory more than a thousand sermons. God sacrificed His Son for us and Esther imitated that love by risking her life to save her people. By inviting King Ahasuerus and Haman to her feast, she trusted God to bring about the desired result. Anyone can talk about a cause, but few can live for it, and hardly anybody will die for it. Esther shows readers that faith is worth dying for.
Esther and Mordecai were not perfect, but their love, faith, and courage out-shined their faults. Sins, tragedies, and hate have their place in a story and sometimes carry more impact than positive qualities—if done correctly. However, if the character is a Christian, love should be the underlying factor. He may have spouts of hate, but it should not consume his life. Mordecai’s disdain for Haman was intense, but so was his love for others. Even though Ahasuerus was a pagan king, Mordecai warned him of Bigthan and Teresh’s plan (Esther 2:21–23).
“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14). Faith is sprinkled into Mordecai’s statement so that we can taste it but not see it. The dialogue presents his hope in God’s salvation, conviction of God’s judgement, and belief in God’s sovereignty so it permeates the soul.
Characters’ weaknesses can also elevate God. Drop a brick on their heads they can’t lift on their own. Push your characters to do right, even if they don’t want to at first. God declares we are all sinners; if we create perfect characters, we are calling God a liar. I doubt you want to add perjury to your list of charges. Besides being unrealistic, perfect characters can minimize our sins and maximize our pride.
Concealing their ancestry might have been a faithless decision on Mordecai’s part, but nevertheless God accomplished His purposes through it. Use your characters’ foolishness to trap them in a hole and God’s wisdom to pull them out. The bigger the weakness, the more your character will rely upon God (2 Corinthians 12:10). When Mordecai asked Esther to plead for her people, she was terrified. She didn’t want to enter the king’s presence without being summoned—she could be killed! The only way she could gain the king’s favor was by seeking God’s first. Realizing true strength comes only from above, she requested prayers from her people.
3. GLORIFY GOD BY THE OUTCOME
The culmination of your story should glorify God more than the beginning. God’s glory begins at the first sentence of Esther, but it is not clearly visible until the last chapters of the book. Haman’s plan backfired. The king issued a counter-decree, enabling the Jews to overcome their enemies. The Jewish race was preserved and so were God’s promises. The execution of Haman proved good will always triumph over evil. Evil can never prosper eternally.
The ending of your story is where all the fuzzy events become sharp and their purpose unmistakable. At first glance, the book of Esther might seem to be a story about a peasant girl who married a king and lived happily ever after. Haman’s construction of the gallows, the belated exaltation of Mordecai, and Esther inviting Haman to the feast have little meaning until the final act where all these events unite. Esther reveals her identity and Haman begs her for mercy. The king returns and thinks Haman is assaulting the queen, so he hangs him on the gallows Haman prepared for a man who spoke on the king’s behalf. It doesn’t matter if readers can’t grasp your story’s purpose at the outset, but if it’s obscured on the last page, your whole book will be a useless blob that no one will ever enjoy.
Even if your character’s whole world crumbles, the ending should throw her back onto the solid foundation of faith. God will not ultimately abandon His own; His promises are thicker than concrete. An ending that implies He is untrustworthy is unbiblical. Regardless of whether your novel closes in a sweet tone or not, a flicker of hope should always appear. If your protagonist was an unbeliever, a dreary finale would be reconcilable. But a Christian’s hope never dies. We may be ridiculed, persecuted, or killed, but our ending will inevitably be happily ever after.
A TIME TO SPEAK
Although there is a time to keep silent, there is also a time to speak. Removing God from your novel because you’re ashamed of Him is as bad as writing a preachy story. We must never be ashamed to share the gospel in writing or vocally, and we should capitalize on every opportunity given to us. Leaving God’s name out of Esther strengthened the story, but it would have weakened the other Old Testament books.
It would be wrong for a preacher to exclude God in a sermon, but we aren’t preachers and our stories aren’t sermons. Jesus’s parables were usually devoid of God’s name, whereas He voiced God’s name multiple times in His discourses.
A few ways to gauge whether God needs mentioned in your story is to ask: Would God’s name cause the scene/dialogue to seem awkward and forced? Would it glorify Him more, less, or not make any difference at all? Is it obvious you are alluding to God when His name is absent? And the most important question: what would He desire you to do? Remember, He is the author of Esther, so it was God Himself who chose to omit His name.
A believer will glorify God even when He’s not mentioned, but an unbeliever will not glorify God even if you write His name a thousand times.
THE TRUE PROTAGONIST
God is the protagonist of every story. Esther risked her life, but God saved the day. God is invisible, but that doesn’t mean He’s not there. “His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made” (Romans 1:20). God’s voice is heard in the thunder without Him needing to utter a word. His footsteps are imprinted at the base of the mountain without Him even moving a finger. His signature is on all creation without Him picking up a pencil. John MacArthur wisely observes that “Whether He is named is not the issue. He is clearly the main character in the drama.”
This was originally published at Kingdom Pen.
 John MacArthur, The MacArthur Study Bible (Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2006), 668.
The story of Christ's birth is miraculous. But it is more than a story; it is a historical fact. It is one of the few Bible stories that is universally known, but the common retelling differs from the original narrative. Aspects of the biblical account have been fictionalized and the alterations are regarded as fact.
"And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn." (Luke 2:7)
Christ is always depicted as being born in a stable. But if you were to examine Luke's entire chronicle, he does not mention a stable even once. A manger is a food trough for animals and since He was laid in a manger, it is assumed that He must have been born in a stable. An old tradition suggests He was born in a cave (The MacArthur Study Bible, page 1481, note on 2:7). Since Scripture does not expressly state the place, no one can be certain whether it was or wasn't a stable. I have no qualms if someone portrays His birthplace as in a stable, because there's no proof He wasn't. All we know is that He wasn't born in the inn. However, all this should be taken in consideration, remembering tradition isn't necessarily fact. Regardless of His birthplace, there is a part of the nativity scene that is undoubtedly falsified.
"Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, 'Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.' When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They said to him, 'In Bethlehem of Judea; for this is what has been written by the prophet: "And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means least among the leaders of Judah; for out of you shall come forth a Ruler who will shepherd My people Israel." ' Then Herod secretly called the magi and determined from them the exact time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, 'Go and search carefully for the Child; and when you have found Him, report to me, so that I too may come and worship Him.' After hearing the king, they went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh." (Matt. 2:1-11)
Three elements are wrong with the three kings. First, as the account above shows, the number of the men isn't cited. They brought three different gifts, hence the notion of three men giving them. Maybe there were three—or four, or five, or ten—but since time machines haven't been invented for us to travel back and ask them, it's best if we remain silent as to their number.
Secondly, they weren't kings. Matthew repeatedly refers to them as "magi"—never "kings." I don't think Matthew would have insulted a king by simply calling him a magi. Therefore, the song We Three Kings should be more accurately rendered, We Wise Men.
Lastly, they did not arrive immediately after Jesus's birth. He was probably at least a few months old when they visited Him. Joseph and Mary had taken a more permanent residence in a house (v. 11), indicating time had elapsed. Herod must have thought Jesus was older than a newborn since he ordered all male babies under two executed (v. 16).
These modifications to the story of Christ's birth might seem inconsequential. After all, they don't attack any major biblical doctrines. But the smallest deviation stains the pure tablet of truth and breaks its authority.
Another reason is that it poses a great danger to the youthful mind. Ken Ham found that those who attended Sunday school were more prone to be antichurch because their teachers were presenting the Bible in the same manner a person would tell Hansel and Gretal, Cinderella, and other fanciful stories ("Going, Going...Gone," Answers Magazine, July/Aug./Sept. 2011, page 125). We should never fictionalize any Bible passage; it could have dire consequences. Charles Spurgeon wrote “Let us never teach even the least error to a little child, for it may live on and become a great heresy long after we are dead” (C.H. Spurgeon, Commentary on Matthew: The Gospel of the Kingdom, 440).
Cute little elves don't exist, but angels do. Santa may not deliver gifts, but God bestows us with the gift of salvation. Even though we shouldn't tell The Night Before Christmas as if it were fact, that shouldn't keep us from spreading the true Christmas story! How could St. Nick’s presents ever compare with God’s gift
Christmas heralds the birth of the Child of Truth. Jesus is truth incarnate (John 14:6) who speaks only truth, being unable to lie (Hebrews 6:18). Therefore, our lips should sing truth at this season more than any other, but, ironically and perhaps sacrilegiously, falsehoods have dominated this holiday.
Millions of children anticipate St. Nick’s arrival each December 24th. Their bodies tinkle in excitement as their parents bid them goodnight. They hear a thump. Was it Prancer? Or Dancer? Or Dasher? With a great struggle, they close their eyes and try to sleep. They wake up the next morning to a full Christmas tree and an empty cookie plate. Years go by and the noises sound less like reindeer hooves and they begin to wonder if what their friend says is true: Santa isn't real.
America is a free country and grants its citizens the right to teach their children whatever they please, but that doesn't necessarily make what they're teaching true. If you're an unbeliever, then you can tell your kids that cars run on pickles if you want. But believers should have a higher standard since they serve a Higher Authority. It is a Christian’s duty to raise their offspring in truth.
Scripture forbids lying (Leviticus 19:11; Colossians 3:9) and lying to a child is no less sinful than lying to an adult. The delightful fantasy of Mr. Claus may be cloaked in innocence, but we must remember that God abhors all sins, even the ones that seem minor. "A Christian should never tell any type of lie" (John MacArthur, The Truth About the Lordship of Christ, page 81). "But let your statement be, 'Yes, yes' or 'No, no'; anything beyond these is of evil," (Matthew 5:37).
If a parent lies to their child now, the child may be quicker to disbelieve them later. Sometimes even the smallest lie from a parent can be detrimental. The parent claims a jolly old man delivers presents on Christmas Eve, then a few years later they inform their child that it's a myth. How will children be able to distinguish when their parents are telling the truth and when they're not? If they lied about Santa the child might wonder if they lied about God too. They may begin to doubt creation, the incarnation, or some other hard-to-grasp doctrine. Although the Santa masquerade may have no effect on a child’s trust in their parents, why take the risk? Regardless of whether the child’s faith is shaken or not, they will feel disappointed, and no parent wants that. Those who tell these tales should remember how they felt when their parents told them the truth of St. Nick.
Some seem to think the legend of Santa adds to the magic of Christmas. Believe me, Mr. Claus adds nothing. It's like dumping buckets of sugar on a gingerbread man—it's already sweet the way it is (now, if it was coffee, that'd be a different matter) and any more sugar would make it sickening. Christmas is my favorite time of year, and always has been, even though I never believed in Santa as a child. Wouldn't children rather receive gifts from parents who love them instead of a strange man they've never met? Every kid looks forward to their birthday even though there isn't some guy called Sir Hullabaloo who rides a unicorn and sneaks into the house through the rafters and leaves a cake and presents.
I'm not purporting that parents should completely banish Santa from their homes. There is nothing wrong with watching Christmas movies or displaying decor featuring Santa, as long as the child knows what he really is—a fictional character.
"For who can eat and who can have enjoyment without Him?" (Ecclesiastes 2:25)
A life that is severed from God cannot experience true joy. However, everyone, regardless of their eternal destiny, has reasons for thanksgiving. God manifests his goodness by supplying our needs daily. Even the unsaved are provided with food, clothing, and other necessities. But because of their unregenerate condition, they are incapable of heartfelt gratitude. Unfortunately, Christians frequently fall into the habit of complaining—some more, some less. We are contented as long as life continues as normal, but what if all that changed? Would we be thankful?
The Israelites didn't complain about luxuries they'd never had, but about the opulence of Egypt. It's depressing that we rarely appreciate someone or something until we lose them. The deaf, blind, and crippled are the only ones who truly understand the blessing of sound, sight, and a walk down the street. Never take your loved ones for granted; you might not see them tomorrow. Perhaps one of the reasons God takes His blessings away is to open our eyes, helping us to see tomorrow's joys clearer than we did yesterday's.
"Do not say, 'Why is it that the former days were better than these?' For it is not from wisdom that you ask about this." (Ecclesiastes 7:10)
We are all guilty of dreaming of having this or that. Our minds can become so entangled in possessions that only God can unravel the knots. We think happiness can be bought. Maybe that is because fun is confused with happiness. Fun can indeed be bought—theme park tickets, ice cream, movies—but not happiness. All these are temporal delights that won't last to eternity. "He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income. This too is vanity" (Ecclesiastes 5:10). It is best "not weary yourself to gain wealth, cease from your consideration of it" (Proverbs 23:4).
If anyone had a right to complain, it was Christ. He left the splendor of heaven to sojourn on earth. He was accustomed to glory, riches, and joy. The earthly poverty and pain must have been unbearable. Yet He did not utter a single complaint. His words were ones of gratitude (Matthew 15:36, 26:27, Luke 22:19, John 6:11). We must acquire a thankful heart, not for what we will have but what we do have. This mandates an attitude adjustment. "A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones" (Proverbs 17:22).
People with a positive perspective are bound to live a happier life than those who dwell on the negative. "I want that shirt" becomes "Wow, I can't believe I have all these nice clothes!" "I have such a lousy job" becomes "God, thank You for this paycheck." When we focus on what we have, all the things we want fade into insignificance. "All the days of the afflicted are bad, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast" (Proverbs 15:15).
As John MacArthur once wrote, "If you question the love and goodness of God to all, look again at the world in which we live. Someone might say, 'There's a lot of sorrow in this world.' The only reason the sorrow and tragedy stand out is because there is also much joy and gladness. The only reason we recognize the ugliness is that God has given us so much beauty. The only reason we feel the disappointment is that there is so much that satisfies" (The Truth About Grace, p. 8-9).
"If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content." (1 Timothy 6:8)
No one's life is so awful that there's absolutely nothing to be thankful for. It's easier to appreciate the greater blessings such as your family, friends, home, food, and water. However, that's no excuse to forget the little blessings. Even toothpaste. Yep, it's something most people aren't exactly thankful for, but it keeps our teeth from rotting out. And if our teeth fell out, we couldn't eat, and if we couldn't eat we'd die (okay, we probably wouldn't die because we could just get fake teeth, but still). I know that's an extreme way of looking at it, but if it helps us to be grateful, isn't it worth a try? If we counted our blessings of every size, the number would be staggering and the list unending! I've found I’m more thankful if I actually list some of my blessings in prayer rather than if I thank God for an unnameable blob of blessings I don't take the time to mention.
"Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe." (Hebrews 12:28)
As Christians, we have numerous reasons to be thankful. But our primary impetus is our salvation. Through death, pain, poverty, hunger, and thirst, the reality of salvation endures. This is the greatest, most precious gift. It distinguishes us from others. How can we ever be ungrateful with such a wonderful assurance? How can any earthly blessing compare? Remember your salvation the next time you're tempted to complain. Is your situation really that unbearable? Don't your blessings outweigh your troubles? If you are struggling with contentment, prayer and Bible reading is the best medicine. Pray for His aid in your pursuit of gratitude. Thank Him daily. The Scriptures will teach you to be thankful. As I've already noted, His Word is bursting with verses of thanksgiving. The records of men and women with thankful hearts give us godly examples to imitate.
"For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude." (1 Timothy 4:4)
God has blessed us with many wonderful things. We can never repay Him for all His gifts. In light of this, is thankfulness too much to ask? Start at the heart and a thankful attitude will soon be visible outwardly. When you praise the Creator, especially in the midst of trials, it pleases Him and serves as a testimony to the unsaved. They may become curious why we are so happy when we seemingly have nothing to smile about. Our joyful demeanor might influence them to seek the same source of joy. However, if we complain, it automatically leads others to question God's goodness. Gratefulness glorifies God, witnesses to sinners, and produces joy. This Thanksgiving day I encourage you to be thankful—not only today, but as a habit. Let the song of our hearts mimic Paul's words, "Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!" (2 Corinthians 9:15).
Mariposa is a self-taught artist and aspiring children's author who captures the glories of God's creation on paper. She has a Ph.D. in creativity and a master's degree in imagination.
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