The Two Trees

God placed two trees in the Garden of Eden. One was the Tree of Life; the other, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. God forbade Adam and Eve to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil because eating from that tree would bring death.

We all know the story. Adam and Eve chose not to take God at His Word. So, they ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and the fruit they ate produced after its own kind. From that moment, our first parents experienced evil and learned that knowing both good and evil makes for a very difficult life, if only by virtue of knowing the huge contrast, let alone experiencing it.

Imagine not having the knowledge of evil. What would that be like? Well, just look at a little child. He has no knowledge of evil until he experiences it. He is innocent. This is the reason that Jesus said we must become like little children to  enter the Kingdom of Heaven. We must be innocent of evil.

Being innocent of evil means eating from the Tree of Life. Jesus is the Tree of Life. As we accept Him and abide in Him, we will experience life as God originally intended it to be.  Innocent and pure. Holy and joy-filled.

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Copyright 2014 by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio. All rights reserved.

(Business) Increasing Your Writing Power

Scripture tells us that “knowledge increases power” (Proverbs 24:5).  The more knowledge we have about writing, the more power our writing will have.

How do we acquire knowledge about writing? There are many ways, and I encourage you to explore as many of them as you can.

  • Read the kinds of books you want to write. This is one of the best ways to gain knowledge about writing. As you read, you will be absorbing successful writing modalities–as long as, of course, the books you are reading are well-written.  Be sure to read the best books.
  • Read books about writing. Many outstanding books exist on the craft of writing. Read as many as you can. If you are a newbie, read books that give you a general overview of the writing caft and the writing profession. As you grow, read books on specific aspects of writing, like plotting, chraracterization, or dialogue.
  • Attend writers’ conferences. I recommend attending at least one major writers’ conference per year. If the cost of a major conference is prohibitive, attend one-day seminars. Most parts of the country offer these shorter versions of conferences. When choosing a conference, be sure to choose one that invites agents and editors if you are at the stage of submitting your work. Until then, a general conference will give you the basics you need to get started. For your convenience, I’ve listed a few websites where you can learn about writers’ conferences around the world.
  • Feed on the Word of God. The Word of God is the only source of true power. As we feed on the Word, the Word will enter our spirits and flow through our writing, infusing it with the only power that sets captives free.

Some Major Writers’ Conferences:

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