When We Fail

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“The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.”

 Psalms 121 :7-8(NIV)

It’s easy to trust God when life is going good. When everything runs smoothly and we don’t have to worry about anything, but what about when it doesn’t. God doesn’t promise us that once we become Christians our lives will be smooth sailing, quite the opposite actually. How do we endure suffering, troubles and hardships? Do we trust God or do we pack our bags and say I’m outta here? We will fail sometimes, let’s face it, we are not perfect beings and we live in a fallen world.  God doesn’t leave us empty handed, He gives us tools to use every day, so that even when we fail He is right there to scoop us up again. Trust Him and read His Word.

Lord, thank you for showing us that even in our failures You are there. Thank you for making us who we are in You. Guide us and give us wisdom.” Amen

 

The Ice-Diamond Lady,

Kelly

When Hope Seems Lost

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“But 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 (NIV)

I heard a story on the news recently about a young man who was devastated when he had to relinquish his new born daughter to authorities in Utah. His girlfriend had given birth to a healthy baby girl and he had spent every waking moment with the child. His girlfriend’s parents were pressuring her to relinquish the child for adoption to some friends of theirs. However, the biological father of the child wanted to keep her very badly and had lots of family and friend support. Unknown to him, the mother had signed the adoption papers and the child by Utah law, was now no longer his. As many of you know, I am very much for adoption, but in cases like this, I’m appalled that the father did not have any rights to the child.  I truly am praying for him and his family as they take on the legal system in Utah. Fathers have rights too, and I hope that this case will not be swept under the rug.

Lord, I pray for this young man and his family. Taking on the court system can seem like a David and Goliath moment, but with You all things are possible. I also pray for the little girl. I hope one day she learns about how much her daddy loved her. Please give them hope Father and help them find a way through this.” Amen

 

God will right all wrongs.

The Ice-Diamond Lady,

Kelly

Writer Organization

Writers use various methods for organizing projects. Here is one article we wanted to share with our readers.

I consider myself a born writer, and I’ve been lucky to be published by mainstream media since I was a teenager. The books, the articles, and the speeches I write are good because I get enthused about topics, do thorough research, ask hard questions and have a clear focus on my intended reader. Even more important: I’m organized. And that doesn’t come easy. Learn more.

Nancy and Kelly

 

Seeing the Unseen

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“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance

About what we do not see.”

Hebrews 11:1(NIV)

 

In life it’s easy to get discouraged by things and to lose hope. Just as the sun comes up faithfully each day, so too are God’s words to us. Endure and persevere in our relationship to Jesus. Nothing else matters, not adoption, infertility, weight loss. God’s wisdom is made visible in Jesus. When we trust that God is smarter and wiser than us and acknowledge His faithfulness, we begin to see the unseen. Faith isn’t faith sometimes unless it’s all your holding on it.

“Thank you Lord, for your steadfast endurance. Help me to choose obedience to You in hardships and to trust Your Wisdom Father. I know we are only as durable as the thing we love the most, Lord it is my prayer that You are what I love most.” Amen

 

 

God’s Wisdom is supremely seen in Jesus.

Outliners

There are two types of writers: seat of the pantsers and outliners.

Mention the word outline in a room full of writers, and you’re sure to ignite a firestorm of passionate debate. Writers either love outlines, or they hate them. We either find them liberating, or we can’t stand how confining they are.

My experience has been that more often than not, those who swear they dislike outlines are thinking of them in the wrong ways. Outlines are not meant to trap you into preset ideas or sap your creativity before you start the first draft. Outlines are also definitely not meant to be lifeless Roman-numeral lists. Learn more.

Nancy and Kelly

 

An Encouraging Word

Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!
Hebrews 13:2 (NLT) 

My husband and I belong to a large international ministry that reaches the lost for Christ through Bible distribution. I was recently listening to a testimony by a man who came to know Christ through one of these Bibles. He said, “I don’t know where all the other Bibles went, but I know where one went. And some day, in heaven, I’m going to thank that man who gave me the Bible.” Learn more.

Nancy and Kelly

Critique Groups

Critique groups can be a very helpful tool for writers.

With a new year facing us, now might be the perfect time to think about starting or joining a critique group.

The first thing to do is ask before you start or join is: what is the purpose of a critique group? What do I want this group to do, or not to do? If you are already involved in one group, perhaps you need to assess what that group does for you, and decide to accumulate a different group of writers with different skills. And if you aren’t already in a group, consider what you think you need the most. Maybe you need to join two groups to meet different needs. Learn more.

Nancy and Kelly

Editors

We wanted to share an interesting article with you about editors.

The short answer to the above question we most often hear is this: Yes. Every book needs an editor. And while Joe gave us a nice set of tools for self-editing last week, I’d like to take a moment to answer this question on a more philosophical level.

I spend a lot of time on Facebook. And one day I floated the idea that not every writer and every book needs an editor.

That’s right. I said it. Learn more.

Kelly and Nancy

Critique Groups

Have you ever thought of joining a critique group?

With a new year facing us, now might be the perfect time to think about starting or joining a critique group.

The first thing to do is ask before you start or join is: what is the purpose of a critique group? What do I want this group to do, or not to do? If you are already involved in one group, perhaps you need to assess what that group does for you, and decide to accumulate a different group of writers with different skills. And if you aren’t already in a group, consider what you think you need the most. Maybe you need to join two groups to meet different needs. Learn more.

Nancy and Kelly

Wrenches and Writing

Today’s featured article is an inspiring one.

The day may come when life throws a wrench at the back of your head. I am talking about one of those wrenches that is the size of your left leg and flies at you from across the void. You won’t know where it came from, but when you get hit with it, your entire life feels smashed into tiny pieces. December 2014 was when I became the target of one particular wrench that had the word cancer etched into the handle. The earth tilted and my daily focus in life became pinpointed on cancer and getting rid of it. Writing exploded out the window. Learn more.

Kelly and Nancy