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Jeanette here, wondering how March got here so fast. A little over a week ago I had the fun of teaching at the Castro Valley Christian Writers’ Seminar. This is a conference that attracts a lot of beginning writers. Today, as I continued work on a buddy program for the upcoming Mount Hermon Christian Writer’s Conference, I couldn’t help reflecting on why I love new writers.

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Happy 1st Monday (of the month
which ushers in spring, I might add!) from Dianne Neal Matthews. Last month I
loved Jeanette’s post about sharing in the joys of fellow writers’ successes.
It reminded me of a lesson that God taught me several years ago, when I was at
one of the lowest points of my life.

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Some people feel God speaks to them in dreams and visions. Others feel God nudges their hearts or puts people and events in their path to trip over–or hopefully to be a blessing to someone. We pray for divine appointments, for ways we can encourage others.

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As I get to know other CAN writers one thing stands out and that is integrity.

That’s something all writers should aspire o have. Each writer is committed to do

his or her best, share information on promotion with others, and meet deadlines.

I want to chat about how integrity helps a writer.

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BioPicBlues Jan here. I'm enjoying a quiet day of reflection and challenge, especially around the idea of Lent.

Lent is not a tradition that I grew up with, but I’ve enjoyed watching and hearing how individuals and various faith communities observe it. I like its call to be intentional about letting go of earthly distractions and drawing closer to God—particularly in relationship to preparing our hearts for taking in the passion of Christ, his suffering and resurrection, and what that means to each of us personally as his children in living this life in him.

So I've felt stirred to consider ways to incorporate the parts I understand into living out my worship of God—though I admit I tend to approach it somewhat nontraditionally.

In that nontraditional vein, let’s bring the observation of Lent a bit closer to home as authors looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). How might the ideas around Lent present a worthy challenge for us as a writers and speakers?

Consider . . .

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