Winter Rest

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Winter Rest by Wemi Omotosho   “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, ESV). In 2020, as the world stood gripped in the throes of a pandemic, words poured out of me in prose and verse. Some days I couldn’t sleep for […]

Messy Ministry

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Messy Ministry by Diana C. Derringer “Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Hebrews 12:3 NIV).   Ministry gets messy. All too often we expect a life of perfection when we follow Jesus. However, our world remains filled with turmoil, […]

Perfect Pen Plans

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    Perfect Pen Plans by Alice H. Murray “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord …” (Jeremiah 29:11a , NIV)   In elementary school, I reclined against the weeping willow tree in my front yard. Notebook in my lap and pen in hand, I furiously […]

Strength on Wilderness Paths

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Strength on Wilderness Paths by Tina Yeager   “Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. They go from strength to […]

Answers to Distress Calls

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Answers to Distress Calls   by Tina Yeager   “When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me,” (Psalm 86:7, NIV).   Strained chirps erupted from the wee nest tufted behind the pillar of our front porch. A glorious finch eyed me until I backed out […]

Responding to Redirection

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Responding to Redirection by Mel Tavares, DMin   “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28, NIV).   As writers, many of us have experienced the sting of rejection. I recall […]

Growing Through Critique

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Growing Through Critique by Leigh DeLozier “Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance” (Proverbs 1:5, NIV).   When I began my writing journey, one piece of advice appeared everywhere I turned–join a critique group. Experienced writers said the perspective of others adds […]

Rethinking Motivations

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Rethinking Motivations by Amy Rohrbaugh    “And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” […]

Not My Vineyard

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Not My Vineyard by Christy Bass Adams   “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones” (Proverbs 14:30, NIV). My mind turned this week to the infamous King Ahab and Queen Jezebel. At the onset of one of his many horrible deeds, Ahab gazed at […]

Clear Steps

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Clear Steps by Faye Wilson Walton   “We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps” (Proverbs 16:9, NLT).   I have an issue. I love to make plans, but I also hate to make them because inevitably God determines my steps. As I write this piece, this […]