Finding a Church…Again

It’s been about two and a half months since we moved. We’ve visited six churches so far, but the search feels more tiring to me than it did the last time we had to look for a new church (2012; you can read about it here). I’ve told two new acquaintances that I am just not sure what I am looking for this time. Last time, we had a checklist; it worked well. We ended up in Keep Reading…

Do You Read the Bible like Math or Poetry?

I’ve gotten to know Morgan through the world of blogging and social media for the last few years, and what he writes almost always makes me look at the topic in a different way, which I have appreciated. He’s worked on this book for a long time now and I’m happy for him that it’s finally being published. Disclaimer: I haven’t read the entire book yet; life’s just been a little too busy for me Keep Reading…

A Letter to My Church

The following is a letter I sent to my church’s elders and deacons the other day. While I will keep the rest of the email conversation private, I will say that it was well-received and will be an ongoing conversation. I’ve edited out people’s names for privacy. I am posting it here as an inspiration and a resource for anyone who also sees the need for change in her church. Dear Members of [Church] Consistory: Keep Reading…

When the Darkness Lifts

The last five months have been hard. Life’s been in upheaval; there have been questions and concerns and answers were slow to come. My writing–and my motivation to write–has dried up, as it often does during stressful and uncertain times (except for my journalling, which isn’t for public reading until I can look back on it with a better perspective). It’s felt fairly dark and dreary. I’ve tried to fight it; to make myself move Keep Reading…

From Twenty Two Thousand to Three Hundred

The following post is by Cheryl Lashmit as part of the Life-Changing Scriptures for Writers Project. Then AJerubbaal (that is, Gideon) and all the people who were with him rose early and encamped beside the spring of Harod. And the camp of Midian was north of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley. The Lord said to Gideon, “The people with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their Keep Reading…

His Precepts Preserve My Life

The following post is by Christine Duncan as part of the Life-Changing Scriptures for Writers Project. I had just been given a diagnosis for an invisible illness that had plagued me for almost 28 years: Early Onset Dysthymic Disorder, also known as chronic depression. And although there was relief in finally knowing I was not a just horrible, moody person incapable of high functioning but someone with a disability, I found myself saying, “Where do Keep Reading…

Heaven’s Poetry Etched on Lives

The following post is by Kelly Boyer Sagert as part of the Life-Changing Scriptures for Writers Project. “For we are the product of His hand, heaven’s poetry etched on lives, created in the Anointed, Jesus, to accomplish the good works God arranged long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10, The Voice) I started to write professionally in 1990, with a small percentage of what I wrote being faith-based material. However, it took more than two decades for me Keep Reading…

Saved by Grace

The following post is by Tracey Casciano as part of the Life-Changing Scriptures for Writers Project. God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. (Ephesians 2:8, New Living Translation) The passage in Ephesians 2:8 defines my calling as a writer as my story is a reflection of His grace. I searched for a relationship with Jesus as I struggled to understand Keep Reading…

When I am Weak, He is Strong

  The following post is by Miah Oren as part of the Life-Changing Scriptures for Writers Project. “But [the Lord] said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. —2 Corinthians 12:9, ESV For years, I clung to the belief that I needed to be as perfect as possible. I Keep Reading…

A Life Worthy of Calling

The following post is by Kelly J. Youngblood as part of the Life-Changing Scriptures for Writers Project. “Lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called.” (Ephesians 4:1, excerpted, NRSV) It has always been a struggle, this writing vocation of mine. It’s been back and forth, up and down. I’ve wondered why I bother; I’ve wondered if I should quit. But I am always pulled back to the forming of words, Keep Reading…