Made for This

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Made for This by Tina Yeager   “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10, NIV).   I love the scent of simmering cranberries. The heat cures their best flavors until luscious juice-steam bursts […]

Right Place, Wrong Time

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Right Place, Wrong Time by Diana C. Derringer   “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time” (1 Peter 5:6 NIV).   I packed our bags, prepared and practiced my workshop presentation, and checked that everything in the house was in order. […]

It’s Your Turn

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It’s Your Turn by Del Bates   “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Gal 6:9, NKJV). Writing is like anything in life; practice makes perfect. Year after year, I struggled to master the craft. […]

A Good Story Here

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A Good Story Here by Jamin Christian Baldwin   “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he” (Proverbs 29:18, KJV).   I had no idea what to write. A writing slump enveloped me. I struggled for days trying to find inspiration […]

Steadfast Perseverance

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Steadfast Perseverance by Felicia Ferguson   “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58, NKJV)   I opened my email and there it was: my fifteenth “no.” I had heeded […]

Courage through the Storm

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Courage through the Storm by Tina Yeager   “When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved … But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only […]

Not My Words

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Not My Words by Alice Murray   “I have put my words in your mouth” (Isaiah 51:16a, NIV).   My finger hovered over “enter” on my laptop’s keyboard. I hesitated to submit my work online. Once my piece was out in cyberspace, it was gone. It would still exist, but […]

Waiting on God

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Waiting on God by Dena Yohe   “In the morning I lay my requests before you     and wait expectantly” (Psalm 5:3, NIV).   I don’t like to wait. Most people don’t. One Christmas season my childhood impatience was put to the test. When my parents were busy, I found my […]

A Change in Plans

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A Change in Plans by Odell Sauls   “I will instruct you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8 – (NIV) After I spent ten years laboring over an incomplete novel, I wrote a poem. And I smiled. I sat in […]

Call to Order

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Call to Order by Jan Powell “Redeeming the time because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16, KJV)   I’m the child of a “collector” father who kept all kinds of stuff in our burdened single-car garage. In his late eighties, he had a two-car garage so tightly packed that getting […]