Eternity, God’s Kingdom, Light, and…Physics?

Re-blogged from: Reflections By Mettabel

What does physics have to do with the kingdom of God?

What happens when we stand in the presence of God’s glory?

How can God’s command “Let there be light” impact our daily lives?

MettabelBlogger, poet, physician, and author of biblical historical fiction Mettabel Okulaja explored these concepts yesterday on her blog. Here’s an excerpt:  Continue reading

Are You Someone’s Answer to Prayer?

Posted by: Bridgett.

What’s my purpose? Have I been called to do something great? Is there even one big thing I’m supposed to do in life that will reach beyond my own little world?

These are questions we all ask at one time or another. Still, most days, our minds are filled with far less grand concerns.

What will I make for dinner? Do I have enough in the bank to pay the bills? How will I pass this math test? Where will I find ideas for my next blog post….

The list goes on.

Have you ever stopped to think, though, that in the midst of the day-to-day rut, this hour, this moment, you could be in this place for a reason that has little or nothing to do with your concerns—the grand ones or the mundane?

What if…for that tiny space of time, you are someone else’s answer to prayer?  Continue reading

6 Steps to Reigniting Inspiration

Posted by: Bridgett.

What do you do when you search for a spark of inspiration, and find only cold ashes?

Photo Credit: Kawan Powers

Photo Credit: Kawan Powers

That’s exactly what happened to me this morning as I awoke with thoughts of the next blog post and chapters of novel revisions awaiting me. No sudden burst of light filled my mind. No warm flood of insight, no spontaneous combustion of ideas, just a bunch of dry, grey dust clogging my brain.

Though my fellow writers are likely nodding in empathy right now, this snuffing of inspiration doesn’t just plague wielders of the pen. Musicians, artists, business owners, marketers, parents, people of faith who’ve fallen into a spiritual rut—in short, everyone–will experience a slump in inspiration at some point.

Well then, what do we do about it?

The answers to that may be as varied as the individual flames in a fire, but let’s try to find a few of them together.  Continue reading

The Black Moment: making room for the light

Posted by: Bridgett.

What makes a great story?

What causes the most lasting growth in our lives?

One answer fits both questions.

Some stories affect our emotions so strongly they stay with us for decades.  Some life events change us so profoundly, we emerge almost as different people.

It may be surprising to realize the key to many personal triumphs, and to those characters who make us want to raise a fist in shared celebration, is steeped in fathomless darkness.

The secret to both is what we call in fiction writing “the black moment.” Continue reading

A Laboratory, Maniacal Laughter…and God?

Posted by: Rebecca.

Creativity isn’t always making something where there was nothing, but taking the ordinary, even something considered trash, and turning it into something beautiful.  Continue reading

Gems of Fire

Guest post by: Drew Clapp.

Photo credit: Drew Clappp

Photo credit: Drew Clappp

What happens when light shines through a gemstone? All its hidden facets and colors are revealed.

Earlier this year, the Scribes’ friend and fellow author Drew Clapp posted this photo of a fire opal with a mini-devotional on Facebook. He has kindly offered to share those encouraging words with us here.  Continue reading

Afraid of the Light?

Posted by: Bridgett.

“The baby bat

Screamed out in fright,

‘Turn on the dark,

I’m afraid of the light.”

                   ― Shel Silverstein

Have you ever been afraid of the dark?

I think most of us have, at least sometime during childhood. Many kids I’ve known feel they must have a closet light, night light, or hallway light on to even have a chance of closing their eyes and falling asleep.

Understandable. After all, darkness hides or distorts the true nature of the things around us. A pair of jeans on a chair morphs into a monster. A robe on a peg suddenly resembles that sheet-clad ghost on Scooby Doo. And if it’s really dark, who knows what may be lying in wait under the bed?

But have you ever known someone who was afraid of the light?  Continue reading

Declare Your Independence!

Posted by: Bridgett.

Have you declared your independence lately?

flagIn 1776, America’s founding fathers did just that. They took a bold, scary, irrevocable step that led to total freedom from British authority.

If you live in America, can you imagine some guy from England showing up at your doorstep today, demanding you pay a fine for violating some law established by the British parliament? You’d laugh in his face.

Last weekend, our church hosted guest minister Russell Kalenberg. His message gave me an entirely new perspective on what it means to declare independence. As I listened, ideas not only for this blog post, but for my life as a writer and believer, started brewing.

So, what does it mean to declare independence? In this land of liberty I and many others are blessed to call home, from what do we still need to break free?  Continue reading

Are You Called to Shine, or to Ignite the Flame in Others?

Posted by: Bridgett.

Purpose. Calling. Ministers and self-help experts say everybody has one.

What’s yours? Have you found it yet?

Do you ever wonder why some people seem called to greatness, while others never hear such a summons?

If you are a Christian, do you feel somehow less “called” because you don’t stand in a pulpit before a stadium of thousands, run a missions team winning souls, or translate Bibles in obscure languages to reach people in forgotten pockets of the world?

What about talent, career, and vocational callings? Are we contributing less light to the world if we never pen the book that changes thousands of lives, or compose a musical score that causes even hardened criminals to weep, or run a company so prosperous it can donate enough money to save entire communities from starvation?

Do you wonder whether there even is, has ever been, or ever will be a calling on your life? Continue reading

When is it better to think like a child?

Posted by: Bridgett.

Ann reached down to run a hand over her grandson’s hair. “I can’t play right now,” she said. “I’m making lunch. Why don’t you go read a book or something?”

The two-year-old scurried off to the next room. The wicker seat of one of the chairs crackled, and Ann pictured her grandson snuggling in with his favorite book, the one with the fuzzy bear on the cover. A few minutes later, his voice filtered to her over the sounds of cooking.

Who was he talking to? He hadn’t called for her, he didn’t have any toys in there, and nobody else was in that room. Ann turned off the stove and peaked through the doorway. She froze where she stood, as she watched her grandson carry on a casual conversation with someone she could neither see nor hear. Continue reading