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Called to Write

By Kathryn Haueisen I can still clearly remember one particular day when I was a teenager reading in a wingback chair. What I remember most clearly is that day I realized I want to be a writer. That idea planted … Continue reading

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To Follow a Dream

By Chandra Lynn Smith I entered my first Genesis contest in 2002 before it was the Genesis Contest. I think about that pitiful entry now and feel very sorry for the judges who struggled through reading it. The thing is … Continue reading

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Building Back the Walls

By Elizabeth Musser Lord, reading Nehemiah 3 this morning has brought me to tears. It’s basically just a list of names of people that I don’t recognize. There are not many who are superstars in the Word of God. Just … Continue reading

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Are You a Scribe?

By Terri Gillespie These also are proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied . . . Proverbs 25:1, TLV Why did King Hezekiah’s men transcribe King Solomon’s proverbs over two hundred years after Solomon’s death? … Continue reading

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Writing Regrets

By Henry McLaughlin After several years on this writing journey and from talking with others on the same path, I’ve found six things I wish I had done differently. Maybe you share some of them. 1) Following trends instead of … Continue reading

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Perseverance and Dreams

By Darlene L. Turner Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. – James 1:4 (NIV) What happens when our well-thought out plans for our writing journey start falling apart? We receive … Continue reading

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Unexpected Blessings

Unexpected blessings could be waiting for you in your writing life . . . My first winter in Florida, I visited churches to call “home” while there. My church in Ohio I love has a little over five hundred. I … Continue reading

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Where Does Your Validation Come From?

By Tammie Fickas Early Tuesday morning my phone vibrated with an incoming text from a friend congratulating me on being a finalist in a flash fiction contest. A whoop of surprise burst out before I could stop it. I quickly … Continue reading

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Heading for Heaven

by Christine Sunderland In The Fire Trail (eLectio, 2016) I considered the border that runs between civilization and un-civilization, between the civilized world and the wilderness. Once Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden, mankind has worked … Continue reading

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Can God Use Your Writing?

By Tammie Fickas Can God use you for His glory? Do you ever wonder about that? Writers are often their own worst critics, and the enemy loves to capitalize on that. He can get your thoughts all tied up in … Continue reading

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Show Up Empty

By Linda Thompson I spent an evening a couple weeks ago at a Bible study, discussing John Chapter 2 and the wedding at Cana. The story is a familiar one. Our Lord turned water into wine, and the master of … Continue reading

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Battling the Chickenhawks of Writing

by Laurel Blount Let’s talk about chickenhawks–and writing. My sister and her husband recently adopted a beautiful little girl, and our whole family fell in love. Hayleigh is spunky and and refreshingly honest–as three year olds tend to be. My … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Whisper

By Shannon Redmon Writers run scared sometimes. Like my friend Chelsea. She loves to write, but her fear of rejection has kept her fiction writing hidden away in the cave of her desk drawer. When I encouraged her to let … Continue reading

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Living and Writing Through Storms

By Tara Johnson “If only this toothache would go away, I could write another chapter on the problem of pain.” ~ C.S. Lewis When my debut Engraved on the Heart released last year, I lost count of how many people … Continue reading

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When God Changes Our Plans

By Henry McLaughlin Several years ago, I had a plan and I was living it out. My plan was to work my second career for a Christian ministry until I retired and then enjoy a life of leisure. I was … Continue reading

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