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 […]

Not My Vineyard

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Not My Vineyard by Christy Bass Adams   “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones” (Proverbs 14:30, NIV). My mind turned this week to the infamous King Ahab and Queen Jezebel. At the onset of one of his many horrible deeds, Ahab gazed at […]

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).   […]

We Are Not Alone

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We Are Not Alone by Veronica V. Sutherland   “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5: 7, NIV).   My autistic daughter always stands behind me in the kitchen. Her proximity makes it impossible to turn around without bumping into her. She observes […]

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 […]

A Cloud of Hope

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A Cloud of Hope by Doris Hoover   “So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees” (1Kings 18:42 NIV).   Boy, can I relate to Elijah! I see myself in […]

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 […]

Get Ready

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Get Ready by Alice H. Murray   “…you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them….” (Joshua 1:2, NIV)   My cursor hovered over the “publish” button. For hours I had struggled to create an author website. […]