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Bob Robinson

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The Fragrance of Suffering

Being the aroma of Christ in the world. The priest walks down the center of the church, waving an urn of burning incense. The sweet smell fills the church as an act of worship to God, and all are reminded of the sacrifice of Christ, of how his sacrifice wafts to and fro, from the ...
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Amy Sorrells

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Interview with Nel Stewart, a main character from Then Sings My Soul

Happy Monday! I am so excited to have a guest with me today on my blog. She’s one of the two main characters in my novel, Then Sings My Soul, which releases in just a few short weeks. Her name … 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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Better at night

Better at nightthan in day thatI come to ask my questionmy question to whichI know the answerbut the asking is whatis important, a parched spongein need of water.And the answer comes,obliterating the question:I am taken down a pathI did not expect, a pathI did not knowexisted.I ask my question at night,better at night, He answersmy question with day,confounding the night.Can I be reborn in the flesh,can I be reborn in the spirit,can I be whitenedin pale linen, cleaned,my heart restored notto what it was but to whatit was meant to be;can I be reborn?Yes, he says, the possibleis an imperative.Photograph: Study for Jesus and Nicodemus by Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937); study painted 1898-1899.
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Jim Lange

Diligence in the Little Things a la King David

“It is inbred in us that we have to do exceptional things for God; but we have not. We have to be exceptional in the ordinary things, to be holy in mean...

Sheila Lagrand

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Weekend Reflection: Wait

Cadence, Waiting to Dig In to Lala and Auntie’s Birthday Cake. February, 2014.  13 I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see  the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living. 14 Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:13-14 (NASB) Shhh. It’s […]

Michelle DeRusha

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Go Forth and Mark Up Your Bible {My Faith Heroine series}

Sandra Heska King has the biggest heart of just about anyone I know – how blessed I am to have spent time with her in person! But even if your path never crosses with Sandy’s face-to-face, you can see and experience the light she shines in the words she pens so beautifully on her blog […]You just finished reading Go Forth and Mark Up Your Bible {My Faith Heroine series}! 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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"We know how to spend time together."

Today a younger couple came to our home after church and brought lunch for everybody. After trying unsuccessfully to set up a date night or mid-week lunches, the couple joked that they knew an irresistible way to spend time together."We'll show up, and you don't have to do anything," they had said. "And you have to eat lunch, right?"That statement was balm to my tired mother's soul. I wanted to spend time with them, but they were right that arranging a night out or a work week lunch felt overwhelming. Shopping and cooking a nice meal for friends felt overwhelming. Everything felt overwhelming. But when this couple showed up at the door with a whole spread--including an appetizer and dessert--nothing felt overwhelming. I felt so loved and peaceful. We had the best time. No babysitters, no cooking or cleaning, no juggling schedules--it was perfect.I wish I had thought to bless older couples with children in this way when I was younger. This couple said, "We will fit into your schedule however we can!" This attitude felt so selfless and loving.They took care of us as a couple and as parents who just had a lot going on, and they didn't make me feel bad about all the ways I was too tired to give or reach out. This has been a truly blessed and delicious Sabbath.

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... The post Good Girls Aren’t Supposed to Hate Their Mothers appeared first on Marni Arnold.