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Encouragement

It Scares My Heart Out

Dianne Barker

 

Dianne Barker here wondering…what’s keeping you from moving forward? Could you be paralyzed by fear?

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Devotional Inspiration for Writers

Four obstacles we must remove to reach success

Author, Janet Perez Eckles
Author, Janet Perez Eckles

Hola from Janet Perez Eckles…Igniting Your Passion to Overcome

This past Friday, I figured out what to do to reach success.

“Okay, guys,” I announced to my 7- and 5- year old grandkids, “here is the game. Take this straw and blow on the cotton ball gently enough so it will stay between the two lines marked with masking tape on the floor.”

They both grabbed their straws, took turns, giggled and did their best.

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Devotional Encouragement

Filled with Fear or Firm in Faith?

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Sometimes it’s a pleasant surprise. In the midst of writing and heading to speaking engagements, God whispers a call to a different task. Mine was a mission trip to Bolivia and Peru. A special visit in many ways for me as Bolivia happens to be my birthplace.

The weather was beautiful. A shower of blessing upon blessing poured upon me. And the folks whom I ministered to shined joy into my days. But in the middle of doing good work, a bad glitch appeared.

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Encouragement Inspiration for Writers

Sailing to the Shore of Success

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“Did you want a four or a seven-day Caribbean cruise?” the travel agent asked.

What a choice. Even one day on that luxurious cruise ship is enough to make me salivate with excitement. But recently, unfortunate cruising events broadcasted by the media brought that thrill a notch down.

Many feel pity for those passengers who found a nice cruise turn to a crazy nightmare. But when sailing in our own ship to success, the fate isn’t much different.

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Inspiration for Writers Writing craft

Seven Ways to Conquer Fear

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“You have to go to school,” my father ordered.

My 12-year-old heart beat fast with worry. Just off the airplane from Bolivia, I knew no English. And America was too big, too different, and strange. Weeks of anxiety at school made the adjustment harder.

But what paralyzed me with fear were the relay races in which I was told to participate. The distance I’d have to run between the starting point and the next runner where I’d hand off the baton made my stomach cramp. With each new race, I anguished—what if I should stumble or drop the baton? What if I fell or caused my team to lose?

Have you been there? A new year begins. Another race. One more stretch of life is before you, and you wonder if you’ll make it. Ahead is a journey, uncertain and often painfully foreign. Sweat pours out. And you ask, “Will I make it one more step? Will I have enough speaking engagements? Will my marketing efforts pay off? Will I make it to the finish line?”

But while we question, God is not on the bleachers. He’s right on the racetrack, right beside us, hearing our every sigh of stress. Watching each obstacle in the way. And listening to each doubt that pours from our anxious heart.

And in the midst of it all, His reassurance pours and peace blots out fear. Even when we don’t understand the language of adversity, we step on the racetrack of life. And with the God of the universe as our divine coach, He takes us to the finish line with these seven promises:

  1. With the firmness of His Word, He will give us confidence.
  2. With His grace, He will lighten the load.
  3. With His promises, He will cheer us on.
  4. With His mighty hand, He will hold us up.
  5. With His mercy, He will bring us through.
  6. With His strength, He will keep us on track.
  7. And because of His love, triumph will shine.

And with fear left in the locker room of negative emotions, God’s cheering fuels the soul: “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31).

Father, thank you for preparing the gold medal of triumph when we run on the track of your grace. I will run fueled by your power, and cheered on by your promises. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

  • Will this opportunity be different for you?
  • How will you face these challenges?
  • What obstacles keep you from reaching triumph?

Janet

"Judson

 

 

Cheering you on to experience life, harvest its lessons and share their outcome.

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Encouragement

Encouragement from Daniel

Sherry Kyle here, writing from central California with some encouraging words straight from Sherry pic
Scripture. 

Are you worried about something? Upset? Do you feel helpless? Daniel felt all these emotions when he saw visions of the future. See Daniel 7-10.

Just like Daniel, we can feel afraid when we think about our future. Maybe you’re waiting for your next book contract and are starting to doubt if it will ever happen. Maybe you have a looming deadline and fear you won’t be able to complete your manuscript on time. Or maybe you’re so overwhelmed with life that you don’t have time to write.

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Encouragement Writing craft

The Phases of Your Dream Come True…


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Greetings, Friends!

Susie Larson here…

Today I want to connect with you about the very real phases most of us walk through in order to step out and step into our dreams.

Maybe you’ve read this famous Hudson Taylor quote before. These words inspire me: I have found there are three stages to every great work of God: It is impossible; then it is difficult; then it is done. 

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Marketing Writing Business

Speaker Must Do’s…

SusieChair  Greetings, Dear Friends!

Susie Larson here…

I typically post on the last Thursday of each month on building a speaking platform. Please forgive me for being AWOL now and then. I’ve had had an insane travel schedule this spring but we are so thankful to God for His faithfulness in our midst.

I want to connect with you today about a number of “Speaker Must Do’s” that I think will help you as you work to build a speaking platform.

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Inspiration for Writers

Blowing it

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He was back . . . again—the annoying guy with the bad comb-over and pastel 3-piece suit. Who wore a suit like that to a writer’s conference? And what was he doing here anyway? Was he even a writer? According to our last conversation he was in town for a convention but stopped by the writer’s conference with some of his buddies to kill time. When did the conference coordinators start allowing that?