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Dreams and Plans

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2021. A year many of us longed for as 2020 dragged on and on and on. Now it’s here, and I suspect some of us are not all that thrilled with the way it’s started out. And it’s too late to reboot. We’re stuck with it. But that doesn’t mean …

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What Does Christmas Mean?

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It’s that time of year when I think many of us ponder questions like: “What’s it all about?” “Why do we do all this decorating and buying and cooking?” “Why do we put with relatives and others we wouldn’t spend a minute with at any other time of year?” Especially …

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Don’t Be Afraid

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Storms and tough times are going to come in life. They are the opportunity to see how strong our faith is and how strong God is. Storms are a way for him to produce much good.

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Choose to Succeed

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  Recently, I received a rejection from an agent. One of those non-specific rejections. You know, the ones that say something like “not a good fit for me.” Something about my writing did not strike either the agent as worthy of representation or publication. And it added to a string …

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Happy Thanksgiving

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I wish you all the happiest of Thanksgiving!! 2020 has been a most challenging year from the pandemic to riots to the elections. It’s been a year that could easily discourage and even defeat us. It’s also been a year of breakthrough and victory for many people. I approach Thanksgiving …

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The Listening Place

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Every day our ears are bombarded with sound—traffic, radio, television, kids, work, school, church. Almost everything comes with sound. Many times, it becomes white noise. Something that’s always there, sounds we no longer distinguish as being music or voice. We adjust and adapt. Or we block it out. But there are times when …

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Spiff Up Our Writing, Part 2

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In last week’s blog, Click Here I wrote about some things we can do to spiff up our writing by looking at the words we use. I recommended avoiding boring words and delayed action words. This week, I want to look at what are sometimes called filter words. Words like …

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Spiff Up Our Writing

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One definition of spiffing up our writing means composing stories that draw the reader into the world we’re creating. How do we do that? We hear about creating interesting characters, writing vivid descriptions, and having plots that can carry the weight of the story. One of the basic tools we …

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