A Final Perspective

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A Final Perspective by Nancy Kelley Alvarez   “Don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing […]

Words as Our Legacy

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Words as Our Legacy by Tina Yeager   “Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord” (Psalm 102:18, NIV).     I gaze through my new home’s double-paned windows toward a city of strangers. Engines reverberate, their roars penetrate our walls when countless […]

Direct My Writing Paths

Direct My Writing Paths

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Direct My Writing Paths by Crystal Bowman “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV).   Fresh out of college, with a math/science degree in education, I pouted as I drove […]

Word of the Year

Word of the Year

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Word of the Year by Tina Yeager   “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119:105, NIV).   The blank page glared. A void pierced my thoughts and burrowed, deepening the ache within my chest. Chapters, outlines, and scenes had eluded me this season, but […]

Right Smart of Work

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A Right Smart of Work by Diana C. Derringer   “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” (Colossians 3:23 NIV).   The expression “a right smart” has nothing to do with a person’s intelligence. Rather, it means a […]

Stress-Worn to Joyful

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Stress-Worn to Joyful by Tina Yeager   “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to […]

Show, Don’t Tell

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Show, Don’t Tell by Yeny Maria Rowley   “Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty” (Job 5:17, NIV).   I appreciate the feedback I receive from writing critique groups. I treasure the fellowship with other writers who build me up with […]

Show Me the Way

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Show Me the Way by Diana Derringer   “Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life” (Psalm 143:8, NIV).   Written words have filled me with joy for as long as I can remember. My parents treasured reading, and we spent hours devouring books, magazines, […]

Scrooge

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Scrooge by Sharron Cosby   “It is possible to give away and become richer! It is also possible to hold on too tightly and lose everything. Yes, the liberal man shall be rich! By watering others, he waters himself” (Proverbs 11:25, TLB).   Most of us know the story of […]

Made for This

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Made for This by Tina Yeager   “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10, NIV).   I love the scent of simmering cranberries. The heat cures their best flavors until luscious juice-steam bursts […]