Direction before launching into a new creative project
Here is another post referencing my takeaways from the SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference at Biola University in La Mirada.
What if God gave us our unique gifting to get to know Him? This question is one that is not asked enough. Allen Arnold of Ransomed Heart Ministries beseeches creatives in the Lord to include God in all we do. His book, The Story of With: A Better Way to Live, Love, & Create, describes in very profound ways the transformative messages anchored in identity, creativity, and intimacy with God.
Envy is the crafty device the enemy uses to derail the Christian’s heart
Envy is a little-known evil that many are afraid to learn more about. I listened to a podcast recently on the topic and wanted to share some of the notes, reflections, and takeaways I got from the unpacking of this soul-shuddering topic. You can listen to the four-part series on the Ransomed Heart Ministries website here. I’m only covering Part 1 here but I look forward to what follows.
Why excising quotes in our fiction is nothing to fear
While I was in the MFA at Mills College in the 90s, I omitted quotation marks in my fiction. Wherever characters spoke on the page, it was without inverted commas. This was a stylistic preference for me, however, I wasn’t a pioneer in the approach.
Knowing where my writing belongs while knowing Who it belongs to
I just returned from the first day of the SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference. In recent months since my return from the Mount Hermon Writers’ Conference, I’ve found myself thinking long and hard about where my writing belongs, a thought that was further explored by something I read on the Steve Laube blog this afternoon. The timing couldn’t be better than that.
Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote that the bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone. At the core of this message are two sensibilities of regret and action, for caring for a parent on the brink of death requires reflection and intentional obedience to God—a dependency on Him alone as we are reminded that love and sacrifice are synonymous forces of compassion, despite its discomfort.
A ladies guide to being intentional about meeting with God daily
I had a quiet moment the other morning. My husband took my son to get water and my eldest son awoke afterward, read his Bible, and then began his classwork. My toddler daughter remained asleep. I had an empty stomach and thus, it was the perfect time to feed my soul with God’s word.
These past few days have been thick with possibility. All my goals rest in His mighty hands. I’ve heard words I never expected to hear, positive feedback that encourages me to press onward. Whatever the outcome, however, won’t detract me from writing in boldness, from sharing my healing heart journeys.
When my family sent me off to take my flight to the bay area yesterday for the Mount Hermon Writers’ Conference, my husband told me to give it all to the Lord, to be led by His hand into His intended purpose. When I arrived, I thought I understood exactly what he meant.