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First Impressions (Book)

Story ID:11413
Written by:Janice Dolores Marler (bio, link, contact, other stories)
Organization:1939
Location:Troy Ohio USA
Year:2017
Person:Janice Bumbalough Marler
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Prologue

This book is a conglomeration of poetry, vignettes, and short stories, generated somewhere deep inside my soul. What I have written is strictly my view points. Having observed humanity, from all walks of life, I draw from these experiences, thus I write with what little wisdom I have gleaned over my lifetime. Each lifestyle has a story to tell. I am telling my story. Well, at least a part of my story is laid out before you.

Asking for wisdom:

I am forever discovering something new to add to my accumulated knowledge. Apparently I don't know as much as I thought I did; ask any teenager and they will quickly enlighten you, letting you know just how much you don't know.

My belief: There is no one who knows everything but the Godhead. “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God.” 1 Corinthians 3:19 Daily, as I examine my own life and what motivates me, I turn to our God, whose written word is given for our instructions, to guide me. Each of us are cognitive of ourselves and the limited wisdom we possess. The Holy scriptures tell us, the book is God-Breathed and is used for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. *2 Timothy 3:16,17 (NIV)

I often learn from children of all ages and nationalities. Children emulate their peers: their parents, family members, their teachers, and preachers, and last but not least, their extended families. It never ceases to amaze me just how wise these little people are. We, as a people, learn from the older generation and those whom we admire, leaving us satisfied and inspired. It also depicts a lifestyle not worthy of following. Children deserve your attention. They need to be heard. I have found, in my latter years, I have more patience with the younger generation than I had with my own children.

We are the innovators of tomorrow. Children are pliable, like the clay in the hands of the potter, so be very careful what you do and say, because these little ones are trusting you, have faith in you, and need your proper guidance. They are the future generation who will carry on your legacy. Ask yourself, “What seeds have I planted that will blossom in it's season?” or “Am I laying out the kind of road map that they will be able to pass on to their generations?” “Have I been the light that brightens their path and leads them back to God?”

Hopefully, you will be inspired by my poetry, laugh a little, perhaps shed a tear or two, be encouraged, and see yourselves mirrored in my writings.

*I have changed the names, of those mentioned in the book, to protect their privacy.

Keep in mind, these are only my viewpoints.

The scriptures I quote are used by permission: b) New International Version, New King James Version, and the New Living Translation


Janice Bumbalough Marler
2016