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Still Working on This Patience Thing

My last posting on patience seems to have struck a chord based on the number of comments I received.   There are times I still struggle with patience. Just ask my wife what it’s like to drive with me sometimes.   Even in my writing, it’s hard sometimes to rest …

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About this Patience Stuff…

One of my favorite scriptures is Habakkuk 2:2-3 (NLT): “Then the Lord said to me, Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others. This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems …

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A Beautiful Story of Suspense and Love

Captive Trail by Susan Paige Davis tells the story of a white woman who flees her Comanche captors, running from the warrior, Peca, who would have her as his bride. A captive for twelve years, Taabe Waipu (Sun Woman) remembers nothing of her white family. Ned Bright, stagecoach driver for …

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He Calls Us

  Has the Father called you to do something for Him? To preach, to teach, to write? To move to a new place? Not necessarily an exotic or dangerous mission trip. Maybe He called to move to another city or state to follow His plan. Whatever He calls you to …

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Dreamers

Minister Jerry Savelle once wrote: “Your dream will never come to pass until you get involved in helping someone else’s dream become a reality.”   So many people have sowed into my dream of being a published author: Critique partners, conference teachers, agents, editors, other authors. Mentors like Jerry B. …

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More on Story Ideas

Orson Scott Card once said: “Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.”       Story ideas abound in the world around us but all too often we’re so wrapped …

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Story Ideas?

People frequently ask me where I get my story ideas. Some have even hinted that writers must be given a box, like those old metal cookie tins, when they decide to be writers and the box contains all the story ideas they’ll ever need.   I’ve come to believe that …

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The 2:00 a.m. Friend

I was parked outside IHOP the other day waiting for my critique partners to arrive for our biweekly breakfast and critique meeting. I noticed a group of gentlemen standing outside. They appeared to be in their late sixties to early seventies. They are there every time we have our meeting. …

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Paying It Forward

Recently, I taught at a writer’s conference for the first time. What a privilege.   Somehow, I think being on the conference faculty conveys that I have authority and knowledge. Not if you could have seen me on the inside. Quivering mush is probably the best description. I’ve spoken in …

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