Thursday Thoughts (Proverbial Speaking)

Proverbial Thought

In February of 2012 the Lord put on my heart the idea of a blog/devotional called Proverbial Thought. Then, with the help of several others, I launched that blog on April 1st, 2012. Today, nearly 700 days and 350,000 words later, we are done.

A total of eight other writers contributed to Proverbial Thought over the last two years. Some contributed more than others, but all were greatly appreciated.

The three generations of Welfords in England  – David, Nick (David’s son), and Ken (David’s father) – made C. S. Lewis and C. H. Spurgeon proud. Daniel M. Klem, residing in Arizona, put in his fair share while attending college and seminary. Grady Davidson, a Presbyterian pastor in Chattanooga, “lent” his deep thinking to several posts. Chris Jordan, a Four Square pastor in Canada, already a prolific writer, had a great Spirit. Jason Sneed, a music minister in Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee, shared his fine-tuned perspective. And last, but not least, my own daughter, Katie Marie Baker, contributed our most youthful (and certainly our most female) wisdom.

The Next Steps

proverbial thought pictureAs was always the plan, two things are going to happen next. First, even though none of us will be regularly contributing to Proverbial Thought, starting in April the old posts will be re-posted each day on a regular schedule. Now, there will be some new stuff every now and then, because a few proverbs (verses) were missed. And, if any of the contributors feel the desire, they are always welcome to come along and add some additional thoughts, later. Nevertheless, starting in April, there will be re-runs.

Secondly, I will be attempting to edit this voluminous work in order to submit it to a publisher. For all I know, no one will want to turn Proverbial Thought into a published commentary, one unlike any other on the shelves. If that is the case, we may have to self-publish. Either way, my desire is to have the contributions to Proverbial Thought turned into a printed work that will honor God, even when the internet is down.

Prayers Needed

Pray for me, please! Pray that I will recognize the right window or door God may open. Pray that Proverbial Thought will continue to minister to people around the world, whether digitally or in print. And lastly, pray that God will continue to bless those who graciously accepted the invitation to help me with this awesome project.

But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” – 1 Corinthians 1:23-25 KJV

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8 responses to “Thursday Thoughts (Proverbial Speaking)

  1. Chris Jordan

    It’s been an honour to be a part of the great team of writer’s on Proverbial Thought… praying for you to have the Lord’s wisdom and direction as we look at the possibility of publishing this work! Blessings…

  2. God’s blessings in the task of editing the posts for publication. It might be wise to seek a prospective publisher before undertaking the editor, so you can tailor it to their specific desires.

  3. It has been a BLAST! Getting to know each of you through our writings and occasional e-mails has been great.

    One reason I am grateful for Proverbial Thought at the moment is that I have to give some in-class sermons this semester from Proverbs, and I have such a great resource!

    I know there are some passages I would not mind adding further content to, as well, just some ideas that have been floating around in my head and heart.

    One of my professors said that the best advice he could offer for getting published by a major publisher is to send a simple, one-page letter to the acquisitions manager. Include the purpose and vital information (which in our case would be the link to the site!)

    • Sermons? Absolutely! I’ve preached several as a direct result of Proverbial Thought. As a matter of fact, I’m doing a Sunday School study through Proverbs and using the site as a study help.

      I’ve enjoyed your writing, Daniel. Thanks for your consistent help in keeping the blog going.

      Also, thanks for the publishing suggestion. What I’m going to do first is call on some LinkedIn contacts at Lifeway. I will branch out from there. There are a lot of options, of course. Last resort is to self-publish. I may take several routes at once.

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