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 […]

Eight Ways to Affirmation: A Writer’s Inspiration Menu

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8 Ways to Affirmation: A Writer’s Inspiration Menu by Dr. Katherine Hutchinson-Hayes “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6 NIV). Sometimes God’s words of affirmation slip from my memory when I face rejection letters, missed […]

Willing to Suffer Rejection?

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Willing to Suffer Rejection? by Tina Yeager   “Jesus said to them, ‘Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’” (Matthew 21:42, NIV).   Decades ago, the call to write stirred […]

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 […]

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 […]

One Tough Cookie

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One Tough Cookie by Diana C. Derringer   “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances” (Philippians 4:11, NIV).   As part of a friendship family to international university students, I became the unofficial interpreter for my husband’s frequent use of slang, idioms, and other unusual expressions. When students […]

Tears in a Bottle

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Tears in a Bottle by Sharron Cosby   “You have seen me tossing and turning through the night. You have collected all my tears and preserved them in your bottle! You have recorded every one in your book” (Psalm 56:8, TLB).   Many nights I tossed and turned, worrying about […]

On Pilgrimage

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On Pilgrimage by Karen Condit   “Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage” (Psalm 84:5, NIV).   I am on pilgrimage. Not to Mecca, but a much harder journey. My pilgrimage heads through the land of writing. Some days land me in a […]

Is Writing a White Elephant Gift?

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Is Writing a White Elephant Gift? by Tina Yeager   “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17).   In a white elephant gift exchange, we pass along a well-intended item received on a previous […]