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 […]

Rethinking Motivations

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Rethinking Motivations by Amy Rohrbaugh    “And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” […]

Clear Steps

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Clear Steps by Faye Wilson Walton   “We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps” (Proverbs 16:9, NLT).   I have an issue. I love to make plans, but I also hate to make them because inevitably God determines my steps. As I write this piece, this […]

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Battle for Our Position

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Battle for Our Position by Tina Yeager “For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth … He chose our inheritance for us,     the pride of Jacob, whom he loved.” (Psalm 47:2-4, NIV).     Before I rose from bed, a predator emerged from the shadows. The ambush […]

What Do You Do After the Storm?

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What Do You Do After the Storm? by Jan Powell “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you” (Isaiah 43:2, ESV).   […]

In Good Times and Bad

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In Good Times and Bad by Tracy Crump   “And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks” (Luke 17:15-16, KJV).   My writing career started with […]

If You Love It, Then Marry It

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If You Love It, Then Marry It by Katherine Hutchinson Hayes   “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother […]

Not My Own

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Not My Own by Tina Yeager   “His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of the warrior; the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love” (Psalm 147:10-11, NIV).   I gazed at the ceiling this morning. The pale […]

Give an Encouraging Word

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Give an Encouraging Word by Martin Wiles   “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:11, NLT).   I ignored the call, assuming it just another spammer. Writers’ conferences wield a double-edged sword. I hang on every word from experienced […]

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 […]