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 […]

I Give Up!

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I Give Up! by Donna Mumma   “Indeed, we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful” (James 5:11, NKJV).   I recently received a rejection letter that hurt. Badly. […]

When Unstable, Remember the Stable

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When Unstable, Remember the Stable by Amarilys Rassler   “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6, NIV).     My […]

Overcoming Obstacles in Our Writing Race

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Overcoming Obstacles in Our Writing Race by Crystal Storms   “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised” (Hebrews 10:36, NIV). By design, obstacle courses include challenging features to increase the difficulty of the race. These twists […]

Favorite Words: Rejection and Acceptance

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Favorite Words: Rejection and Acceptance by Jan Powell   “He was despised and rejected by men,     a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces     he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” Isaiah 53:3, ESV   I belong to Word Weavers. The name declares our […]