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Category Archives: Prayer

The Best Writing Partner

By Nancy Ellen Hird About the time I began writing for publication, I heard a businessman say he realized God wanted to be his business partner and so the man wrote up a contract. It occurred to me that God … Continue reading

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If Kids Don’t Read Like We Read. . .

By Nancy Ellen Hird In her book Writing Irresistible Kidlit (Writer’s Digest Books, 2012), industry insider and former agent Mary Kole writes that kids read differently than adults. She writes they read: • Voraciously • Communally (Friends pass books to … Continue reading

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Make God a Part of Your Dreams

God calls us many times to delight in him. Paraphrased, from Psalms 1: Blessed is the one whose delight is in the law of the Lord. And the one I want to talk about today, that I always hold close … Continue reading

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The My Fair Lady Journey of a Writer

by Lindsay Harrel I’m a total musical nerd. I. Love. Musicals. It’s not just the fact that they’re always full of a variety of characters that make me laugh, cry, and everything in between. Or that everything is set to … Continue reading

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Plotting With God: Turning Story into a Journey of Faith

by Margaret Brownley The challenge for any Christian writer is to tell a good page-turning story that also enlightens and encourages readers. For the writer starting out, working a meaningful faith arc into a manuscript can be daunting (It was … Continue reading

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I’m Not Called to Write

by Laura McClellan Are you called to write? That question has come up many times during the past fifteen months as I’ve worked on my first novel. At writing conferences, in blog posts, in emails on the ACFW loops-I’ve lost … Continue reading

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Do You Have What It Takes?

by Maureen Lang Being a writer demands the impossible. On one hand, we must possess the emotional tenderness and sensitivity to see and feel all points of view. It’s only by experiencing deep emotion that we can create characters who … Continue reading

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The Poetry of Plots

by Christine Sunderland As Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ, they celebrate their own resurrections. They celebrate the ending of their story as human beings. And it is a satisfying ending for each of us. Just so, as I plot … Continue reading

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Don’t Carry the Burden Alone

By Tamara D. Fickas Writing a book has been my dream for years. I’ve prayed for opportunities and submitted my work to the Lord. When an opportunity finally happened, I managed to forget one of the most important aspects of … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 1

Day 1 That God’s will be accomplished at the conference Psalm 115:1–Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory. Dear Lord, as we gather in Dallas, we are filled with thoughts of what the … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 2

Day 2 Good weather for travel Luke 8:24b–And He got up and rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm. Dear Father, your world and its beauty are amazing gifts, and earth’s varied nature … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 3

Day 3 Nancy Kress and the Early Bird Session Proverbs 2:2–Make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding. Father, we thank you for blessing of Nancy as she comes to ACFW to sow the talents you’ve given … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 4

Day 4 Wisdom in decision making for the Operating & Advisory Board as they meet before the conference Romans 15:5–Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 5

Day 5 Travel safeties Psalm 121:3b-4–He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. Most precious Savior, we thank You for Your covering and Your mercy. During this time of travel and … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 6

Day 6 For worship pleasing to God 2 Corinthians 5:9-Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. Our most kind and gracious Heavenly Father, we praise You today because You are … Continue reading

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