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Bob Robinson

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Tim Keller – Why Work Matters

In this video, Tim Keller shares the biblical truth that all Christians are engaged in God’s work, not merely Christians working in full-time pastoral ministry. When a baker bakes bread or a musician writes beautiful music, they are the means through which God provides food and art to the world. He makes the case that ...
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Amy Sorrells

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searchin’ for the felt board Jesus. a poem.

i don’t claim to have the smarts of a seminarian but i do know somethin’ about the priesthood. loving Jesus since i could walk makes me one of those folks Saint Peter talked about bein’ priestly, only i’m burned out pro’ly on … Continue reading →
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Tom Volkar

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Delightful Work Rides Again at a New Location

Copyright © 2015 Tom Volkar. Visit the original article at http://coreu.com/delightful-work-rides-again-at-a-new-location/.This post is for all of you faithful Delightful Work subscribers. I’ve been wrtiing again at Coreu.com. Please join me to subscribe to my blog there.  Here are some recent posts if you want to know what I’ve been up to. How to Live a […]

Duane Scott

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lost in love

Someone once said, “Let my heart be broken by the […] The post lost in love appeared first on Scribing the Journey.
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Glynn Young

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Legend reborn

Erupting from the sands and scrub, friend of scorpionsand snakes, it bleats an incessant murmur of mutedmechanization, pulsing,feeding on electrons streamedlive and in color, coming to a theater near you as soonas it finishes its Broadway runA temple, a pyramid, a zigguratof sacrificed doom, exertingan incessant magnetism, Osiris steps into his coffinonce again, confident he knowsbetter, this time. Isis waits,knowing this time she becomesthe goddess of the underworld, the sword of the caliphate, living the nightmare she createsPainting: Osiris and Isis, oil and acrylic emulsion by Anselm Kiefer (1985-1987); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The painting was included in the Royal Academy of Arts exhibition "Anselm Kiefer" in London, which was shown Sept. 27 to Dec. 14, 2014.
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Jim Lange

I’m Adopted? Why The Truth Can Bring You Peace

I know a number of people who have adopted children. In many of the cases, their families have experienced great turmoil as a result of bringing their adopted child into...

Sheila Lagrand

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Grandparenting: Fun!

Ayden, Visiting Annie, the Miniature Horse Next Door. May, 2007.  “When I was a little boy,” our friend Hiram said to me at church one morning, “visiting my grandmother was about the very best thing in the world. I was always so happy when my mother told me we were going to see her.” His […]

Michelle DeRusha

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3 Spiritual Disciplines for Your Wilderness Season

I’m laying low these days, walking through my daily routines, finding bits and pieces of quiet here and there. I recently tore through a new-to-me book — Spiritual Rhythm: Being with Jesus Every Season of Your Soul — by Mark Buchanan, one of my absolute favorite Christians authors.  I have a habit of doing that with […]You just finished reading 3 Spiritual Disciplines for Your Wilderness Season! Consider leaving a comment!
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emily wierenga

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An Open Letter to Mothers Who Have Miscarried

Dear Mothers Who Have Miscarried,I've lost two, and it's near torn me apart, this longing to be in heaven with my babies, but I've learned the secret to staying on earth.I learned the secret, just weeks ago, and I want to share it here with you, if I may?It was December, a cold afternoon and I was meeting in a church with a prayer team. They asked me about the babies I'd lost and I wept so hard I couldn't speak because this past spring, God had told me my Madeleine would live. And then she'd died. He'd told me about her personality, and then she'd slid from my body, and I gave birth to Stillborn Faith that day.I've been grieving ever since and sometimes it's just a white lace shoe that undoes me. Or a pink dress.  Or the sight of a woman's rounded womb.And I met with the prayer team and they prayed over me, that the Grief would end. I nodded tearfully.Following the prayer, one of the women pulled me aside and told me she'd heard a pastor speak once, on miscarried and aborted babies, and that this pastor had received a vision of a nursery in heaven. In this vision, the pastor saw a nursery filled with miscarried and aborted babies, angels watching over them, and upon reaching heaven, mothers who'd lost their babies would be given a second chance to raise them.Now, friends, I don't know that there's anything in Scripture that talks about a nursery in heaven but I also know that heaven is mysterious and unfathomable and eternal, and that a nursery is something akin to the loving character of God the Father. He may just give us a second chance to raise our babies.I breathed long and hard and fast after she told me this. Because if this nursery does exist, then suddenly God's words to me in the spring made sense: his words saying that my baby would live (even though on earth, she died); his words describing her personality, as though she were already alive.Because no life is lost to Jesus.The night I lost my first child, I had a dream, even as I slept: a little girl with golden curls sat outside my bedroom door playing with toys, and when she looked at me, she had her father's eyes. And then I looked down at my arms and there was a little boy asleep in them, but I couldn't see his face.If this nursery exists, that dream was of my daughter, playing in heaven (and the baby in my arms? My eldest son, who was conceived months later).And my daughter's waiting for me--even as your children are waiting for you.13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. (Psalm 139)Friends?Our God does not lie.If he's told you that your baby lives? She does. Maybe not on earth. But nothing can separate us from the love of God--not even death, Romans 8 tells us.May you be filled with hope. This world is not all there is.Hallelujah.Your sister,e.*** Hey guys--I hate asking this, but I guess it's part of being a "professional" writer; I created an Author page yesterday and am wondering if you'll consider Liking me? Here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/emilytwierenga. XOXOSubscribers that had been using the RSS method may have tore-subscribe and choose the non-comments feed. Old (dead) link: http://canvaschild.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/defaultNew (working) link: http://www.emilywierenga.com/feed/

Tod Bolsinger

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Living and leading in the light of a Christmas surrender. “What we are all searching for is Someone to surrender to, something we can prefer to life itself. Well here is the wonderful surprise: God is the only one we can surrender to without losing ourselves. The irony is that...

Jeanne Damoff

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A Word for 2015: Abide

I don’t know who originally started it, but I like the trend of choosing one word as a focus for the year. It feels less rigid than New Year’s resolutions, and as Anne-with-an-e would say, offers more scope for the imagination — like I’m standing on the edge of a vast meadow, scanning the horizon, […]
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Susan Jones

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Finis~

“For last year's words  belong to last year's languageAnd next year's words await another voice.And to make an end is to make a beginning." T.S. Eliot *  *  * "Any new beginning  is forged from  the shards of the past,  not from the  abandonment of the past." Craig D. Lounsbrough *  *  * Juniper "The Juniper tree's name is derived  from the Latin word juniperus.  In Latin,
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Brock Henning

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Unleash the Writer Within: The Essential Writers’ Companion [Book]

Unleash the Writer Within: The Essential Writers’ Companion by Cecil Murphey (Waterford, VA: OakTara, 2012) You may never fully understand your motives, but it’s still a good question to ask yourself regularly: Why do I write? — Cecil Murphey Whether you’re writing for publication or putting your life down in a journal, launching a blog or already writing professionally, here’s a book that can help you figure out why you really write, and why it’s important for you to explore the question. I had the wonderful opportunity to sit in on a few writing classes taught by Cecil Murphey, co-author of the popular book 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life. Whether speaking or writing, “Cec” embodies a down-to-earth style and “no bull” approach.  In his book for writers, Unleash the Writer Within: The Essential Writers’ Companion, Cec sits at eye-level with you, like the long-time friend who can shoot you straight about your writing, why you write, who you are as a writer, and how to work with your inner critic to improve your writing instead of warring against it. Cec offers an honest examination of his own life as a writer, his ups, downs, and doubts, and his own experiences in overcoming the challenges most writers face (and aren’t willing to admit). He also asks tough questions, including one that I believe lurks around every budding writer’s psyche—is writing really your gift? Check out more on Cecil, his books, and his speaking schedule via his website, www.cecilmurphey.com. The post Unleash the Writer Within: The Essential Writers’ Companion [Book] appeared first on Brock Stephen Henning.

Heather Holleman

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Set a Goal and Track Progress

I love goals and deadlines. People who know me well know that if you give me a deadline, I get really excited about it. I don't know why, but I do.I found a fun website to help me with writing deadlines. It's called WordKeeper, and when you sign up, you input your manuscript deadline and your word count goal. The website tells you how many words you must write in a day to meet that deadline. The website is here: https://wordkeeperalpha.comIt's so manageable! It's so fun to chart progress!I love coming to the end of the day and knowing that I met my daily writing goal. It's motivating and fun to see how far I've come and how manageable my goal is when broken down into daily segments. What begins this whole process is asking these kinds of questions about your goal: "What will it take to get there? (time and amount of daily work) How will I get there? (training and technique) What else do I need in order to get there?"(external motivators) I think about the resources I need, including time, training, and equipment. I think about what kind of encouragement will sustain me on the journey. I think about trusting God with my emotions, fatigue, or other stressors that take me away from my goal.It's how weight loss works. It's how training for a race works (I wouldn't know, but my runner friends tell me this).Essentially, I'm learning that rather than looking at the huge thing in front of me (the end goal), tracking progress is way to have small, daily victories. I look at what each day requires in terms of time, technique, and equipment, and I set myself up for success. So far, so good!I wish you the best with your own writing (or other) goals today. I'm thankful for what I'm learning about how daily, small victories will get us there.

Marilyn Yocum

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Dumping My Blog

I’M THINKING OF DUMPING MY BLOG - been thinking it a while - but is it one more step away from writing? Or toward it? Unsure. I admitted to these very thoughts while riding to church a few weeks ago and wouldn’t you know it? The morning’s passage included “immediately they left their nets.” I […]

Marni Arnold

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Good Girls Aren’t Supposed to Hate Their Mothers

“I could not find a book that explained that this phenomenon of feeling unmothered could be a real deal and that here could be mothers who are not maternal. Nor could I find a book that discussed the conflicted feelings that their daughters have about these mothers, the frustrated love, and even sometimes hatred. Because good […] The post Good Girls Aren’t Supposed to Hate Their Mothers appeared first on Marni Arnold.