Rise Again by Jan Powell

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Rise Again by Jan Powell “For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again” (Proverbs 24:16a, NIV).   I love editing, but sometimes lose my affection for a project in the battle of the fifth and sixth revisions. Particularly if the manuscript has lingered in my computer and mind […]

Chisels and planer on a wood plank with curled shavings on top

Potato Chip Plank by Laurie Herlich

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Potato Chip Plank by Laurie Herlich “…and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit” (John 15:2b, ESV). Woodworkers sometimes find the wood resists conforming to their purpose. My skilled friend once sanded an enormous plank he intended to craft into a dining room […]

God’s Good in Our Gray Mess

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God’s Good in Our Gray Mess by Cindy Carraway Williams “…for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13, NASB 1995).   I sat at my desk and typed a scene in my manuscript. A glance at […]

Write Here and Now

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Write Here and Now by TLC Nielsen “So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law […]

More Than Words

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More Than Words by Janice Mills   “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”  (Luke 6:45, NKJV). I’ve […]

Sharpening Words

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Sharpening Words by Jan Powell   “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17 ESV).   Sharpening knives registers low on my list of fun things to do in the kitchen. Close to cleaning tiny crevices and scrubbing the floor. As a result, I neglect the task until […]

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 […]

Battling Overwhelm with a Pencil

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  Battling Overwhelm with a Pencil by Tina Yeager   “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, […]

Falling in Love the Second Time

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Falling in Love the Second Time   by Jan Powell   “Who is this who shines like the dawn—as beautiful as the moon, bright as the sun, awe-inspiring as an army with banners?” Song of Songs 6:10 (HCSB)   First love grips us with the perfections of our beloved. We […]

Talent is a Seed

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Talent Is a Seed   by Rachael M. Colby   “Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass” (Psalms 37:4-5, NKJV).   Talent is a seed. A seed hidden in a pocket […]