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Are you guarding your writing time?

Posted on April 23, 2019 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I'm fascinated by the soldiers assigned to stand guard at Buckingham Palace to protect the queen and her family. For in spite of the many distractions and other annoyances they encounter from tourists, sightseers, pests, and the weather they never allow their distractions to deter them from their assignment to protect the queen.


Like the guards at Buckingham Palace, you have been ...

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How are you acting today?

Posted on April 15, 2019 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? James 2:14, NLT


How many times have you told yourself you are going to write the book God has placed on your heart and mind to write, but it’s still not written?

 

Those given the charge to write for ministry must demonstrate their calling by their actions. For example, Noah, being warned of God that he would destroy the world, acted...

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WHERE DO I GET MY WRITING IDEAS?

Posted on April 9, 2019 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)


In an recent documentary about his life,an aged and famous singer was asked where he got his ideas for his great and enduring songs. Without hesitation, he responded: “I just listened-in and observed the world around me.”


In her book, An Introduction To Christian writing, Ethel Herr says that   ‘’Ideas swarm around us everywhere – in...

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Are you an eagle or a hippopotamus?

Posted on April 2, 2019 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (3)

 

There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud. Carl Sandburg


Every so often I run into them on my journey as a Christian author. And every time I encounter them, I have a choice - to overcome them or let them overcome me. 


What are they? The calling blockers. In the book, How to live your calling, the auth...

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Are you expecting rain?

Posted on April 2, 2019 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Seven times Elijah told him to go and look out toward the sea, and seven times he went. I King 18:43


After a long drought in Israel God told Elijah he would send rain. But when Elijah told his servant to look out towards the sea for a rain cloud, his servant came back and told Elijah he didn’t see one. So Elijah sent him again and again until his servant finally came back with a good report.

How many times have you submitted a poem, article, short story or manusc...

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I have no choice!

Posted on April 2, 2019 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

God has chosen me and given me this sacred trust and I have no choice. I Corinthians 9:17


While I have worked part-time for a number of years since beginning my journey to write professionally, I am currently looking for a full-time job.

But as a former full-time employee, I understand what returning means. It means I may not have as much time to write as I had before. It means I may not have as much mental energy as I had before. It means I may not have as much...

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Are you tapping into your power source?

Posted on April 2, 2019 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.

       Ephesians 3:20 NLT

 

Do you remember the classic movie, The Wizard of Oz? After a tumultuous tornado landed Dorothy in the land of Oz, her one desire was to get back home to Kansas where she lived with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. But in order to get home, she had to take a journey down a yellow brick road to a la...

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Step by Step

Posted on March 27, 2019 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

It’s such a fun time in a baby’s development when they begin to walk. But since the art of walking can be daunting at times, a baby may decide it’s easier to keep crawling. However, as his mother gently encourages him each day to take a step, a baby gains confidence in his walking abilities.


Similarly, the goal of writing for publication can be a daunting task to achieve. And as an aspiring writer, you may even decide to give up on your desire to write for ...

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Are you growing?

Posted on December 6, 2016 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Grow in the grace and knowledge our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. II Peter 3:18. NLT

Have you ever put on an item of clothing, only to realize you had outgrown it, and it was time to move up to another size?Such was the case with the writer's conference I attend every year. After receiving my conference brochure recently in the mail , I highlighted the workshops I wanted to attend, but noticed that I only highlighted a few. After thinking over the reasons for my decision, I realized it...

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