Say Yes to the Best

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Say Yes to the Best by Diana C. Derringer   “Jesus replied, ‘Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come’” (Mark 1:38, NIV).   The smiling bride-to-be held a dress bag and a sign reading, I said yes to […]

Closed Doors and the Writer’s Call

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Closed Doors and the Writer’s Call by Tina Yeager   “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2, NIV).     The last rays of summer light hinted at the lateness of the hour. Hunger’s rising growl confirmed […]

Writing Worthy Words

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Writing Worthy Words by Alice Murray   “If you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman” (Jeremiah 15:19b, NIV)   My pen flew over the paper as I raced to jot down what I heard. Packed with tips and challenges for improving my writing, the webinar for […]

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 […]

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 […]

Freedom from Ice-olation

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Freedom from Ice-olation by Tina Yeager “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24, NIV).   Isolation can chill even when we live with family. We hunker inside to avoid the invisible threat outside. Pandemic prevents us from gatherings with those […]

Called to Write

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Called to Write by Jan Powell   “Be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election” (2 Peter 1:10, ESV).   I have struggled many times with confirmation of my call to write. After suffering through these challenges, I learned steps of analysis to rise up from the […]

Is My Writing Futile or Fertile?

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Is My Writing Futile or Fertile? by Tina Yeager “The Lord will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest. Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps” (Psalm 85:12-13).   Many farmers plowed through their unsellable crops in recent months, reaping only […]