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Mama’s Secret

By Renee Hodges Enough. I’ve said it to the server at our favorite Italian place as she grated a gracious amount of Parmesan cheese on my meal. I’ve growled it through gritted teeth at a child testing my patience. I’ve … Continue reading

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Our Family of God

By Christine Sunderland Our cities are burning. Some say civilization is collapsing. And today is the Feast of St. John Baptist. Our world needs some baptizing, some holy waters to put out the fires. My recently released novel, Angel Mountain … Continue reading

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The Power of Being Seen

By Tara Johnson One of my favorite stories in the Bible is God’s encounter with Hagar. This slave girl was mistreated and unloved, forced to play a role she didn’t ask for. She had no rights and no one to … Continue reading

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Distractions or Disruptions

by Loretta Eidson Are you struggling with relentless distractions? If you’re like me, your calendar fills with deadlines, projects, and commitments. Finding the time to complete each task weighs on our minds. At times, we have so much going on … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Success—A Project Always Under Construction

By Donna Wichelman During these days of quarantine, a writer friend has sent quotes of the day to our writers’ group. I’ve enjoyed the many words of encouragement, but one struck me as particularly profound: “Success is a project that’s … Continue reading

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Writers, Lead the Way!

By Sarah Sundin This week marks the 76th anniversary of the D-day landings in Normandy on June 6, 1944. While studying the US Army Rangers on D-day for my latest novel, The Land Beneath Us, I was struck by aspects … Continue reading

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Writing in the Midst of Chaos, Pandemics, and Life

by Kimberley Woodhouse The past few months have been weird. There, I said it. Of course, I don’t think any of us will soon forget COVID-19, coronavirus, stay-at-home orders, masks, church services all moving to online, or any of the … Continue reading

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The Big Squeeze

By Linda Brooks Davis Ever tried the Big Squeeze object lesson? Present four identical sponges that have been soaked in four different liquids, each clear and visually indistinguishable from the others. Ask participants if they can identify the liquids without … Continue reading

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How Can YOU Reach a Broader Audience?

By Mesu Andrews When I was choosing dates to write for the ACFW blog, I noticed that today, May 21st, is Ascension Day. Now, I’m a theological mutt. Mom’s charismatic. Dad was Quaker. My grandparents were Pilgrim Holiness ordained ministers—both … Continue reading

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From Reality to Imagination

by Lisa Kibler I finally did it. I made the leap from nonfiction to fiction, and I love it. Nonfiction gave me my start in this amazing writing journey as I crafted a story about becoming like a local in … Continue reading

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The Art of Baking…and Writing

By Kariss Lynch I’m always cooking up a new story. The problem? I can’t write them as fast as I can concoct them. And somehow the thoughts don’t always make the batter very creamy. (Can you tell I’ve been baking … Continue reading

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A COVID-19 Surprise

By Kay DiBianca I don’t like grocery shopping. Let me be more specific: I hate it. But if we want to eat, I have to shop, so once a week I gird my loins, grab the grocery list and head … Continue reading

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Six Ways to Write While the World is Stressing You Out

By Allie Pleiter As the author of How to WRITE When Everything Goes WRONG—A Practical Guide to Writing Through Tough Times, I’ve been getting a lot of cries for help from writers these days. The crisis we find ourselves in … Continue reading

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Confined in Spring

by Elizabeth Musser Lord, how can I complain when I’m confined in Spring? When a chateau sits in my backyard When snow white calla lilies curl towards the sun And lilacs bloom and tulips tilt their crimson heads And butterflies, … Continue reading

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Cooking Up a Story

By Tanara McCauley “Are these…scones?” My teen’s guess was generous, considering the cookies looked more like jagged blue biscuits coated in a suspicious glaze. She held one in her hand, eyes skeptical. I frowned at the cookie-biscuit-scone between her fingers … Continue reading

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