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A is for Almighty God

This April on Sue’s Trifles the theme is the names of God.  There may be more than one name for some of the letters.  There may be others I have omitted.  I hope that by going through the alphabet together we may learn more about the nature of God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Letter AAdonai is a Hebrew word found in the Old Testament.  Its English equivalent is Lord.

Almighty God is a phrase often used in prayers.  The Book of Common Prayer has collects (prayers) for Sundays, Saints days and other occasions.  Many of these address God in his way.  There is a song about “our God”, sung mostly by children, with the line “There is nothing that He cannot do”.   That sums up Almighty.  Many people find it hard to understand how there can be so much injustice in the world if there really is a God, who is almighty.  There are no easy answers.  Studying the Bible (and other books) helps to find a perspective, which leads to understanding.  Everyone has to live their own life and make their own peace with God.

Advocate is a word, which is used in the context of courts of law.  It is someone, who speaks for another, pleading a case.  The Holy Spirit is described as an Advocate.

Further reading:

Holy Bible (If you do not possess one there are online resources and free translations for Kindle.)

Paradoxology

How can it be all right when everything is all wrong?

Forgetful Heart by Lucy Mills, who is taking part in the A to Z Challenge.

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Are you ready for the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge?

Well, April is only days away.  The Theme Reveal has come and gone.  Whether you are new to the challenge or have been doing it since the beginning, I hope you’ll find something helpful here.  If you don’t have time to do the challenge yourself, please visit some of the A to Zers and cheer them on!

You may be surprised to learn that as well as preparing for the A to Z Challenge I set up a new blog, Sue’s words and pictures.  Please click on the link, which opens in a new tab.

The A to Z team have been posting helpful advice about taking part in the challenge for a while now.  Be ready to welcome their comments.  This old post is also helpful.

Following their advice I’ve set up a word file with a handy way of linking back to this blog from any comments I make on other people’s blogs.

In case you missed it, it looks like this:

<a href=http://myblogaddress/>MyBlog</a>

Just edit the parts in blue italics and it should help people find your blog.

Have you made a note of the blog after yours on the sign-up list so that you can follow it?

Did the Theme Reveal attract you to other blogs?  Are they on a list or have you followed them?

And how are you attracting people to your A to Z posts?  I am using the category Blogging from A to Z in April and including the tags AtoZ, blogging, April, challenge alongside tags related to the content of my posts.

On Twitter I need to schedule a Tweet for each post and add the hashtag #AtoZChallenge.  Twitter and Facebook are both platforms where AtoZers may connect and communicate.  Google+ is another.  My posts are automatically publicised to Google+, but to share them with the A to Z community there requires a bit of time and effort.  It is also possible to share them to the A to Z Challenge’s Facebook page.

Have you found the badges and banners?  They are bright and cheerful and can be found here.

In case you are new to WordPress this is how I add the letter badges to my posts.  I have copied the image addresses to my draft posts.  Then I change to the text editor and add some html, which puts the image in my post.  I have not found out how to put text alongside the image by this method.  Copying the image into my media library might make this easier to do.  An example of my code for the first post is :

<img src=”badgeaddress” alt=”Letter A” width=”200″ height=”200″ align=”alignleft”/</

Replace badgeaddress with the badge link.
Finally, have fun!

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A to Z theme reveal

Last year I revealed that my theme for the A to Z Challenge was going to be musical instruments.  I prepared all my posts in advance.  There was some interest in my posts and I made some new blogging friends.

Having chosen my theme and written all my posts I woke up on 1 April 2014 with an idea for another theme.  I dismissed the possibility of having two themes running in parallel.  It seemed practical to save this new idea for 2015.

There is a famous line in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet,

What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
by any other name would smell as sweet.

There is also the expression to make a name for oneself.

Names and reputations are closely linked.  During April I propose to look at the names of God and what we can learn from them about his nature.  I have no formal qualification in theology, but I study the Bible and worship God.  Whether you share my faith or not, I invite you to join me in this exploration of what the ways people address God tell us about Him.

The Challenge was founded by Arlee Bird and could not go ahead without the help of his co-hosts and assistants.  Will you be joining bloggers from around the world taking part in this year’s challenge?