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Category Archives: Encouragement

In Everything Give Thanks—Even in “Plot Twists”

by Linda Thompson As authors, we love to hand our characters plot twists. And we expect them to face them with resilience and fortitude. But what about those times when life hands us our own wild cards? Something we expected … Continue reading

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2020 Vision

By Shirley Gould I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to put the year 2020 behind me. I want to decorate the Christmas tree and cook a turkey and call it done! Do you feel the same way? As … Continue reading

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You’re Never Too Old

by Henry McLaughlin “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C. S. Lewis Many times, I’ve met someone who has retired, and they sit like a gnome in the garden, gathering dirt and … Continue reading

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Bonita

By Renee Hodges Our friends, Wendy and Eric, sold most of their possessions and moved to Nicaragua eight years ago because they felt God calling them to be missionaries there. They immersed themselves into the culture knowing only basic Spanish … Continue reading

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Declutter Your Mind – What Do you Need to Purge to Write Better?

By Tammie Fickas With the pandemic and people spending more time at home, decluttering seems to be a hot topic. Going from working too many hours to a forty hour a week job to working from home, I’m surrounded by … Continue reading

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The Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, and the Lion

By Julia Kay Being a women’s fiction writer, I’m a big fan of spiritual leaders who teach and champion other women. Specifically, Lisa Bevere is one of my favorites. I recently read a comment on social media from someone saying … Continue reading

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Remembering to Remember

By Christine Sunderland History is important. True history is lifesaving. We must never forget our past, the good and the bad. Today is Veterans Day, also known as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day. Americans remember those who fought in World … Continue reading

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How Long Do You Write Before Writing It Down?

By Glynn Young I spent almost four years writing my first novel before I put a single word on screen or paper. Writing a novel wasn’t intentional. A song had captured my imagination, a single image formed in my mind, … Continue reading

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Why Depleted Writers Can’t Lie Down in Green Pastures

By Kristi Holl 2020 has been a long year for me, as for most people. Nearly eight months of isolation, a Covid-19 death in the family, and illness left me in need of rest at a time I wanted to … Continue reading

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Amish Fiction and Evangelization

By Dana R. Lynn “You’re an author? How exciting! What’s your new book called?” “Deadly Amish Reunion.” When people ask me what I write, I used to feel odd telling them that I wrote Amish fiction, mostly Amish suspense. Sometimes … Continue reading

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Straddling the Fence

By Donna Wichelman Mathew 6:24 –“ No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth” (NASB). … Continue reading

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It Came Upon A Midnight Clear…

By Allie Pleiter When I set out to write a book about an “imperfect Christmas,” I had no idea how far from ideal the Christmas of 2020 would be. To be honest, it’s probably an overstatement to say I set … Continue reading

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A Fresh Outlook

By Loretta Eidson Life has a way of clouding our vision. We get caught up in caring for family and long workdays juggling multiple responsibilities. In addition, many of us must get kids off to school or prepare for weeks … Continue reading

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A Balancing Act

by Shirley Gould Lately, life has been a balancing act as the coronavirus ended life as we know it and we faced major changes. Covid-19 caught us off-balance—totally unprepared. We have quarantined, worked from home, educated our children, and watched … Continue reading

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Through Prayer, In Prayer, You Can

By Susan A.J. Lyttek Recently, I found myself doing the impossible. Okay, let me back up. Many years ago, I planned a six-book series. Stories one and two were finished and with the possibility of a contract, I started book … Continue reading

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