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 →
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 →
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?
In 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 →
The quote above could have been written just for the current stage in my writer’s journey. Revision…on steroids.
Mark Twain’s words don’t just apply to writers, though.
They do brilliantly sum up the entire writing process. A great idea or profound point will never have the impact the author intends if it’s buried within a host of unnecessary or less-powerful words.
But easy? Yeah, NOT.
How is the quote relevant for non-writers? Well, have you ever caught a severe case of foot-in-mouth disease? How often have you wished you could hit the delete button on some “wrong word” you’ve texted, e-mailed, or spoken?
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 →
Writers are often inspired to tackle tough questions of politics, philosophy, or faith. Sometimes we set out to explore such issues. Sometimes our characters blindside us with them.
Lurel, the main character of a fantasy short story I wrote earlier this year (below), did just that. All I’d set out to do was enter a contest!
Her question: Are we redeemed from the curse, or do we reap what we sow? Or is it both?
Starlight danced across the rippling river water as Lurel tugged the amulet from beneath the lace bodice of her borrowed gown. Never had she worn anything so fine, but Lord Blackthorne insisted a pauper’s homespun wouldn’t suffice for baiting a unicorn. Continue reading →
My family just celebrated my mom’s 60th birthday with a surprise party. While I was assembling old photos for a slideshow honoring her life, I was reminded of all the ways she has shown me—and others—who God is and the truth of His nature.
The following quote was recently posted on Facebook. I didn’t see an author listed, but I couldn’t have said it better myself…
The light that shines the farthest shines brightest close to home.
Here are just a few of the ways Mom has radiated God’s light and taught me how to do the same. Continue reading →
The Bible teaches that God is light. (1 john 1:5, and other passages). But what does that mean to us?
The following video explores God’s nature as light and His ability to shine within us through Jesus. The narrator discusses this in spiritual tens and relates the concept to natural light and the electromagnetic spectrum. Continue reading →