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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Encourage One Another

A verse that speaks to us as writers--


Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
-- 1 Thessalonians 5:11

While Paul's exhortation here is excellent, it is the style of the exhortation we should especially notice. We live in an age where we are constantly pressured to emphasize the novel, new, or improved versions of things. But in our lives as Christians, our knowledge always exceeds our obedience. So more often than we like to think, we need to remind each other of what we are doing right and just simply say, "Hey, you're doing well; just keep doing what you're doing!"

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

June is Cecil Murphy Month

June is Cec Murphey Appreciation Month. Otherwise known as The Man Behind The Words, he
has helped numerous writers learn the craft, attend conferences, and keep their eyes on excellence in both the
writing and spirit life. He was a great help in the production of "Words to Write By."

"He always gives, never seeking in return. I
wish that in tribute to him, his spirit would multiply in us.

I encourage you to post here, on your website, blog, social networking
sites, and twitter, ways Cec has impacted your life." -Brandy Brow, CWGI

If Cec has inspired you, please tell us by commenting.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Happy Father's Day

Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. ----Exodus 20:12

I have a wonderful father. He has been married to my mother for forty-nine years and they still get along very well. They are best friends. Growing up, I could always count on Dad to help me with school projects or games at home. He was always there to take me sledding in winter and boating in the summer, and we had a lot of quality time on the weekends, despite the long hours he had to work to support our family. My dad exhibits so many characteristics that we depend on our Heavenly father to have: loyalty, caring, reliability, loving, strength. He will probably blush when he reads this (so let’s add humility to the list!) Please join me in wishing fathers everywhere a wonderful day today.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Writing About Writing

Paperback Writer has a great post today with submission guidelines for popular writing trade publications. If you want to write for Writer's Digest, The Writer, Writer's Journal and other writing-related magazines, check out her post.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

What Praise Is For


Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.
-- 1 Chronicles 29:11

Praise is the direct address of God that lets him know we recognize him for who he is, what he has done, and what he is doing. But more than informing God of his greatness, praise is rejoicing before him in his greatness and recognizing that not only is his grace without comparison, his majesty and might and holiness and faithfulness and righteousness and mercy and love and forgiveness and justice and ... without comparison. God is God and praise is thankful celebration that he is God, and even more importantly, that he is our God.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Summer Reading

I wish that all men were as I am. But each man has his own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that. ---1 Corinthians 7:7

Do you enjoy hot coffee in the morning? I do, in fact I often bribe myself with the hot beverage to get myself out of bed on a cold winter day. I’m sipping a fresh cup now as I write this, feeling the warmth flow through me. But what about those hot summer dawns, when the last thing one wants is to pour something hot? Isn’t iced coffee a great substitute? Just add a cup of ice to coffee brewed a bit stronger, and I'm all set. The same is true with tea. By the time autumn rolls around, I'll be ready for that piping hot brew again.

Do you ever feel that way with what's in your TBR (to be read) pile? Your reading life can be refreshed when you aren't in the mood for your usual fare. If you are spending too much time reading romance or mystery novels, put them on ice for a while. Use the summer days to read your Bible or some meaningful devotionals. Try an inspirational action or historical novel. Try an author new to you.

Use the days to seek out your spiritual gifts--maybe try your hand at writing something this summer. Or have a cup of iced coffee and rifle through a catalog of gift books. Later, when you're refreshed mentally, physically and spiritually, seek out your favorite reading again. It will seem new and fresh.

So what will you be reading, and drinking, this summer?

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Inspiration for Writers

There is an inspiring post today on the Rants and Ramblings blog of agent Rachelle Gardner.


We all have dreams of publication. We dream of sharing our words with others, whether they're words of story to entertain and inspire people, or perhaps words of non-fiction in which we hope to share some truth that might help others live better lives.

Our dreams are constantly being threatened by the perceived reality of the difficult publishing industry. We are bombarded with rejection letters and with messages of how "impossible" this road is.

I've been known to pass along some of these "reality checks" right here on this blog.

But here's the thing. If you have a deep, burning passion to share your written words with the world, then you - and only you - have to believe with everything in you that it will happen.

The sky is always falling in the publishing industry. It seems some people are afraid for the future of the written word. But I say, there's nothing to be afraid of.

Read why here.