The With Factor

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The “With” Factor by Jan Powell   “Wherefore, comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as you also do” (I Thessalonians 5:11, KJV).   A grandmother returned home with her granddaughter from church, where they had each attended Bible classes. After lunch, the grandmother announced nap time. Though compliant […]

Direct My Writing Paths

Direct My Writing Paths

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Direct My Writing Paths by Crystal Bowman “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV).   Fresh out of college, with a math/science degree in education, I pouted as I drove […]

Word of the Year

Word of the Year

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Word of the Year by Tina Yeager   “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119:105, NIV).   The blank page glared. A void pierced my thoughts and burrowed, deepening the ache within my chest. Chapters, outlines, and scenes had eluded me this season, but […]

Yoked for a Balanced Life

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Yoked for a Balanced Life by Jan Powell   “They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God” (I Thessalonians 1:9b, NIV)   Our culture instills the desire to crave great things for ourselves. We’re told to achieve and bask in recognition. But […]

Stress-Worn to Joyful

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Stress-Worn to Joyful by Tina Yeager   “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to […]

Show, Don’t Tell

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Show, Don’t Tell by Yeny Maria Rowley   “Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty” (Job 5:17, NIV).   I appreciate the feedback I receive from writing critique groups. I treasure the fellowship with other writers who build me up with […]

Scrooge

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Scrooge by Sharron Cosby   “It is possible to give away and become richer! It is also possible to hold on too tightly and lose everything. Yes, the liberal man shall be rich! By watering others, he waters himself” (Proverbs 11:25, TLB).   Most of us know the story of […]

WHY-ning and Writing in Faith

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WHY-ning and Writing in Faith by Tina Yeager   “What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.” (1 Corinthians 2:12, NIV).   Aches clench my back, claw up over my shoulders, […]

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 […]