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Makebelievers Chapter 2

[Chapter 1 here] Chapter 2     I open my eyes to a white-flocked ceiling slowly coming into focus. I blink in the dim light of the room. A young man—Slope?—sounds insistent in the other room through the partially-closed door. “No, this was a contractual obligation,” he’s saying. “Look. I know Pastor Glen needs the extra preparation. I heard him
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When You Finally Know Your Why – What Do You Do Next?

​”A great many Christian workers worship their work….There is no responsibility on you for the work; the only responsibility you have is to keep in living constant touch with God…”  – Oswald Chambers, My Utmost, April 23, “The Worship of the Work” This was one of the fastest posts I ever wrote. Sometimes it comes out this fast because the thing
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What Do Your Prepositions Say About You?

“Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.” – Kris Kristofferson It starts out as a search for yourself, a part-time occupation giving the journey definition and greater meaning. At least it did for me. It took a few years to determine that primary pursuit, but once I did, it seemed writing was what would lead me to myself,
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A Tip for Finishing

Having worked with many writers over the years, I’ve noticed that no matter what most motives us to write–personal, professional, spiritual, or emotional reasons–all writers have difficulty getting free of concerns about how their work will be received. Some of this is justified and positive, of course. It keeps us from publishing work that isn’t up to our high standards.
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When the Waiting Has You Clawing the Walls

“The essence of writing is not control, but release…. When writing is going well, it is not like pushing. It’s like falling. You fall the way you do in dreams.”  – Bonnie Friedman, Writing Past Dark   So you wait.  Maybe you stand, sit, pace the floor some more and try to unravel more of the mystery barely felt, subdermal
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