The Seventh Day: Fifth Edition

by Hopeful Spirit on Sunday, January 27, 2008

On the sev­enth day God had fin­ished his work of cre­ation, so he rested from all his work. And God blessed the sev­enth day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.

Gen­e­sis 2:2–3

The Sev­enth Day is a weekly blog car­ni­val designed to pro­vide blog­gers an oppor­tu­nity to show­case their best work and read­ers a chance to get acquainted with some new sites and authors!

Wel­come to the Fifth Edi­tion of the Car­ni­val, fea­tur­ing a won­der­ful and diverse col­lec­tion of arti­cles for your enjoyment!

Self-Improvement / Relationships

Sunny shares Date your spouse, Fight for your mar­riage from Dan­de­lions and Day­dreams. Sunny believes that, “with divorce occur­ring at a star­tling rate, those of us who are mar­ried must be proac­tive about fight­ing for our mar­riages. There are so many forces try­ing to pull our mar­riage apart. If we don’t fight for it, who will?” Sunny’s post reflects the insight only attain­able through a long-term relationship.

JHS shares What is Your Legacy? from Col­lo­quium. “What would you say to your fam­ily and friends if you were to com­pose a mes­sage to be pub­lished upon your death? One sol­dier thought about that ques­tion and extracted a promise from his friend to pub­lish his words if he should die in Iraq. Sadly, that post was pub­lished ear­lier this month,” JHS tells us.

Saedel shares Let Go of Fan­tasies and Serve Your Pur­pose from Planet Saedel, telling the story of what he learned through fail­ure. This post is pow­er­ful because all read­ers will be able to relate to Saedel’s hard-earned life lesson.

Kings­ley Tagbo shares How To Take Your Busi­ness Ana­lyst Career To The Next Level from How to Learn Com­puter Pro­gram­ming Fast or Get a Job Eas­ily. Take advan­tage of the offer for a free e-book if you are in the mar­ket for a new job or con­tem­plat­ing a career change.

Mark Rif­fey shares Star­bucks’ Howard on the Hot­seat from Busi­ness is Per­sonal. Star­bucks’ CEO is appar­ently com­mit­ted to redi­rect­ing the company’s focus back to cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion. Mark asks, “How are you exceed­ing the expec­ta­tion of your cus­tomers? How will you do so next week? Next month?” Rel­e­vant to blog­ging? Sure. Read­ers are akin to cus­tomers, right? After all, if read­ers find noth­ing of value on your site, they won’t return.

Richard Lee shares I’ve Made A Big Mis­take from Richard Lee. Richard also shares an impor­tant life les­son about the impor­tance of pro­vid­ing top-notch cus­tomer service.

Samuel Bryson shares The Phi­los­o­phy of Hap­pi­ness – Accept­ing Your­self from Total Well­be­ing. Lov­ing our­selves should be eas­ier than it is. Too often exter­nal forces, includ­ing the media, impact how we feel about our­selves, but to be truly happy, we have to focus upon being con­tent with our lives as they are.

Joshua C. Kar­lin shares Rea­son Why Sales and Mar­ket­ing — The Power of Because from Mar­ket­ing & Fundrais­ing Ideas. If you want your cus­tomers — or any­one else — to accede to a request, you must pro­vide a ratio­nale. In other words, there is great power in a sen­tence that begins with “because … ”


Stephen Dean shares New Blog Mile­stone from Stephen Dean’s Copy­writ­ing And Inter­net Adver­tis­ing Blog. Stop by and con­grat­u­late Stephen on his recent success!

James D. Brausch shares Your Nat­ural Genius from Inter­net Busi­ness Blog. You never know when inspi­ra­tion will strike so be prepared!

Health and Fitness

Fit­Buff shares Power of the Mind — Much Stronger Than Your Biceps! from Total Mind and Body Fit­ness Blog. He says, “The power of the mind is a truly remark­able phe­nom­e­non, but don’t let books like The Secret fool you into think­ing it does every­thing for you. When you add in action, amaz­ing things will fol­low! Check out this study regard­ing the power of the mind, along with a story about how I lifted 50 pounds with my mind … ”

Mike Remer shares Cel­e­brat­ing! from My Path To Fit­ness Blog, cel­e­brat­ing the improve­ments in his life since he began exer­cis­ing. As a result, he is step­ping up his work­out routine.

James D. Brausch shares New Years Res­o­lu­tions from Weight Loss Dude. Did you make any New Year’s Res­o­lu­tions? Are you liv­ing up to them?

Spir­i­tu­al­ity / Faith

Sandy Carl­son shares Silence from Writ­ing in Faith, a col­lec­tion of “pearls of folk wis­dom on silence.” She explains that silence is “not only golden but also the gold stan­dard of good living–that is, a life of kind­ness and com­pas­sion and beauty.”

vjack shared Doubt­ing Your Faith? from Athe­ist Rev­o­lu­tion. Why is a post from an athe­ist included in a blog car­ni­val hosted at a Chris­t­ian site? Because the phi­los­o­phy here at On the Hori­zon is and always will be “rad­i­cal inclu­siv­ity.” Chris­tians are called to love every­one, includ­ing — and many would say espe­cially — our athe­ist and agnos­tic broth­ers and sis­ters. The author included this descrip­tion when sub­mit­ting his arti­cle to the car­ni­val: “This post asks Chris­tians who are doubt­ing their faith to con­sider a pos­si­bil­ity that may be new to them — the pos­si­bil­ity that their doubt is a healthy reflec­tion of their ratio­nal mind try­ing to break free from super­sti­tion to expe­ri­ence gen­uine mean­ing.” Here’s an oppor­tu­nity for Chris­t­ian and non­be­liev­ing read­ers to engage in a mean­ing­ful dialogue!

Cindy presents What? from Super­nat­ural Chris­t­ian. The title of the post is not descrip­tive, but don’t let that fool you. All Chris­tians should read and prayer­fully con­sider Cindy’s dis­cus­sion of demons and their impact upon the unsus­pect­ing — includ­ing naïve Chris­tians. Do you agree with her out­look and beliefs?

Thank you all for par­tic­i­pat­ing this week either by sub­mit­ting a post or sup­port­ing those who shared their work by vis­it­ing their site and leav­ing a com­ment let­ting them know how much you enjoyed their contribution!

Inter­ested in host­ing a future edi­tion of The Sev­enth Day? Let me know what Sun­day you would like to host the Car­ni­val on your site using the Con­tact Form!

You can sub­mit a post to be included in next week’s Car­ni­val by click­ing here. Posts sub­mit­ted by next Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 2, 2008, at 6:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) will be included in The Sev­enth Day: Sixth Edi­tion pub­lished here next Sun­day, Feb­ru­ary 3, 2008! Please note these guide­lines: One post per blog on any topic will be accepted for each edi­tion of the Car­ni­val. Also, your sub­mis­sion should have been pub­lished dur­ing the week imme­di­ately pre­ced­ing the Car­ni­val. So, for instance, any­thing you pub­lish between Jan­u­ary 26 (yes­ter­day) and next Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 3, 2008, at 6:00 p.m. Pacific time is eli­gi­ble to be included in next Sunday’s edi­tion of the Car­ni­val (Sun­day, Feb­ru­ary 4, 2008).

1 SandyCarlson January 27, 2008 at 11:02 am

Thanks again, Hopeful Spirit. You’ve done a great job of bringing together bloggers’ ideas in a meaningful way. God bless.

SandyCarlson’s last blog post..Weekend Snapshot: Manhattan and Jersey City

2 Leigh in Atlanta January 27, 2008 at 1:53 pm

This is a really interesting site. I will keep an eye on it from now on.

Michele sent me to say hello today.

Leigh in Atlanta’s last blog post..Hmm.

3 Citizen January 27, 2008 at 3:03 pm

Hi, everybody! (Everybody: Hi, Citizen!) I’m a long-time reader of Atheist Revolution, and I’d like to engage in that meaningful dialogue you spoke of in accepting VJack’s post. It’s the same reason I read Buddhist websites, Wiccan ones…I even drop by the Baha’is from time to time. I was born without religion, I converted to Christianity in college, and I deconverted after entering law school, where I am now a 2L. There is so much to discuss about these matters, that I don’t want to bore you all, so I invite anyone who has questions for me, or a particular topic they’d like addressed from my perspective, to feel free to volunteer! Thanks, and I hope we can have a valuable discussion.

4 Saedel January 27, 2008 at 6:06 pm

Hi Hopeful Spirit! Thanks for including my post, I appreciate it! I’m also glad you liked it.

I like the way you list down the submissions with a short blurb. It makes it easier to look for topics that interest your readers.

Thanks again!

Saedel’s last blog post..YouTube “Video Is No Longer Available” Error

5 Eunomiac January 28, 2008 at 6:06 am

Hi Hopeful Spirit & all! Another atheist here; just wanted to give you my kudos for posting vjack’s article from Atheist Revolution. I really do believe that the key to understanding one another is to extend olive branches in this manner, and commend you for it. I only hope that others, from both sides, follow in your footsteps.

… muhahahah, hear that, co-Evil Atheist Conspirators(tm)? They’ll be coming over to our side in DROVES, now that—what? The mic’s still on? Oh, sh—*crackle*


6 Kamina January 28, 2008 at 10:57 am

It’s so refreshing to see spiritual people not preaching hate for atheists. Thank you for that.

7 Sunny Daydreame January 28, 2008 at 1:06 pm

This is quickly becoming one of my favorite blog carnivals. :-)

Sunny Daydreame’s last blog post..Date your spouse, Fight for your marriage

8 Gattina January 28, 2008 at 7:39 pm

Thank you for the invitation to your blog and asking me to participate. I am sorry answering that late, I had put your comment in my “pending” and of course forgot that it “pended” there. I think this is a very good idea and I certainly will participate next sunday if nothing special happens, lol !

9 Hugh January 28, 2008 at 9:30 pm

Well done. If we could have more intelligent dialog and less dogma, the world would be a better place. Love the quote on Atheist Revolution quoting Hopeful Spirit quoting Ateist Revolution. I liked it so much, I quoted the tri-quoted version on my blog! Keep up the excellent work.

Hugh’s last blog post..Atheist in the Closet

10 Joe February 1, 2008 at 12:28 pm

I agree with Kamina. This was very refreshing. God bless you.

Joe’s last blog post..Should I Go To Law School?

11 Viola Jaynes February 1, 2008 at 2:53 pm

How does one participate in this? Do I submit any post that I have?

Viola Jaynes’s last blog post..A Wedding Invitation

12 Gattina February 2, 2008 at 9:42 pm

You kindly asked me to participate and here I am. The link to my post is :

As it is the first time I participate I don’t know exactly how it works but I suppose we visit each other, right ?

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