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Thursday Thought: When God Drafts Your Story

The other day, I was absentmindedly doodling lyrics in a notebook. This is a long-standing past time of mine that I developed in college when waiting for classes to start. Pretty much came as a result of me not knowing how to sketch accurately but wanting the same feeling. So sitting there, I wrote the lyrics to a favorite song out in cursive and then started sketching over them in different colors and playing with the design. The more I sketched, the more refined the words on the page became. They were clear and exact and they looked better and better the longer I worked with them.
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Hard Work To Hard Copy: What to Do When Writer's Flu Hits

So you’re writing your book and everything’s just humming along. Life is great! Your book is going to be publishing ready before the year’s out! You’ve been getting great feedback from beta readers!  You’re going to be a best selling author in no time!
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Thursday Thought: God and the Art of Exhaustion

Not that long ago in a galaxy very, very near, I was having a rough day. It was nothing new and groundbreaking that was wrong, nothing fantastically large, and nothing that a thousand other people were likely dealing with that day. Everyone has those days. Somewhere around the age of eighteen, we start saying “adulting is hard!” and I’ve yet to meet a person willing to contradict that statement.
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Hard Work To Hard Copy: Five Tips for Busting Writer's Block

So you’re writing your book. Things are going well and you’re feeling like you’ve really hit your stride. Every day you smash another goal and it won’t be long before your book is finished, right?


Wrong

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Thursday Thought: Obedience in the Face of the Unknown

Throughout the Bible, we see many figures who reflect ourselves. We see ourselves in their struggles and hope for their same victories from God. In many ways, for those of us who have grown up with these stories, the names and actions of these people can become almost second nature. In that way, the story of Esther is not an unfamiliar one. The teenage girl who became a queen and used her influence to save her people. But the wider implications of the story have a much more impactful legacy of faithfulness in the face of impossible odds.
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Thursday Thought: God's Story, Our Story

It’s no surprise that I see just about everything in life through the lens of storytelling. I’m a writer. That’s kind of my job. I’m constantly looking at the story of things. When I listen to music in the car, I’m dreaming up new story ideas. When I take a walk by the lake, I dream up fantastic things that could happen to set a new tale in motion. And when I look at my past, I look at it as a story arc. Where am I in the story and where am I going?
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Thursday Thought: Independently Dependent

It’s no secret or surprise that humans are fiercely independent creatures. Most of the time, we’re applauded for being independent, and indeed there’s a lot of good that our inclination to do things ourselves can do. Independence has become a badge of success in our lives, with us congratulating people for their self-sufficiency and capability. We want to be able to do things ourselves, plain and simple, and we want the credit for having done them.
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