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…

Whether They Listen or Not

The following post is by Natalie Hart as part of the Life-Changing Scriptures for Writers Project. I am sending you to say to them, “This is what the Sovereign LORD says!” And whether they listen or refuse to listen — for remember, they are rebels — at least they will know they have had a prophet among them. “Son of man, do not fear them or their words…You must give them my messages whether they listen Keep Reading…

An Advocate’s Prayer

Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. (Psalms 82:3, NIV) God, You bring people into the world To make a difference To help people understand How they can make things right. Use me Use my words Make me a catalyst Make my life a prayer. Bring justice Bring inclusion Bring compassion and mercy Let justice roll down And let it begin with me. My love for words Keep Reading…

A Labour of Love

The following post is by Lydia Leigh as part of the Life-Changing Scriptures for Writers Project. “We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labour of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 1:2-3, NRSVA) Why do you write? It could be for love of God, a desire to communicate who Keep Reading…

Cultivating Encouragement through Prayer

The following post is by Gene Whitehead as part of the Life-Changing Scriptures for Writers Project. “For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to sprout up before all the nations.” (Isaiah 61:11, ESV)  Let’s be honest: there is so much weight in this world, things that weigh against our dreams, ideas, goals Keep Reading…