Archive for the inspiration Tag

Can Writing Heal the Writer?

“It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.” —Zechariah 4:6, NLT   There’s a problem in writing Christian books. Those of us who write them, whether they’re to Christians or not, we have to be healed first before we can offer healing to readers. Yet how many of us can claim
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Stop Trying So Hard and Trust Your Inspiration

inspiration—from Latin, inspiratio, “to blow into;” “to breathe in,” 1300s, literally, “[under] immediate influence of God.” [WARNING: This post may get a bit Jesus-y…] L ike everyone, my faith has been a long time in coming. But I wanted to share the amazing discovery I got this week about inspiration. Editing projects have brought lots of fresh ideas and it’s been a busy
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The Quality of Your Thoughts

It’s often spouted as conventional wisdom that anyone can have a great idea. What makes a great book–like a great company or invention or system–is the work. The commitment and unique persistence applied to making that idea fly. It sounds so true it has to be true, right? Well, not exactly. It turns out that some people have greater ideas, and
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Attention Is a Limited Resource

I rarely remember it, but I’d be a better writer if I did: What we think about matters. Because attention is a limited resource. Sometimes I remember to be reserved about what I pay attention to and I discover more time to write. But I hardly ever remember to consider what I pay attention for. Or put another way, Why I’m paying attention to
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Ending My Struggle For Art

“[Art] is a means of union among men, joining them together in the same feelings, and indispensable for the life and progress toward well-being of individuals and of humanity.” ― Leo Tolstoy, What Is Art?   Art, like faith, requires nothing so much as imagination. Yet as a Christian and as an artist, I tend to get so crumpled up by
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