Letter Writing–Much More Than a Day or a Profession

Did you know there is a Compliment Day (January 24), an International Joke Day (July 1), and even an Ask a Stupid Question Day (September 28)? Well, I used to ask why we have days for all these random things until recently, when I discovered a day designated for something that mattered to me. December […]

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What is Written

The most powerful spoken and written messages consist of select words, ordered in a particular way. Too many words can bore the audience. Wrong or misplaced words can lead to confusion and miscommunication. But just the right words can transform lives. While writing a report recently, it occurred to me that less is sometimes better. […]

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Encourage and Strengthen Each Other

When was the last time you struggled with something in your soul? Perhaps you wrestled with self-doubt or discouragement following a mistake or a series of disappointments. Maybe fear threatened you to not dare move forward in faith. From time to time, we all struggle with conflicting emotions, thoughts, and wills. Fortunately, we don’t have […]

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Fight For, Not Against, Each Other

No matter how mature, we all face conflicts in our relationship with our spouse or someone else we love. Our level of maturity does affect how we handle the conflict. With God’s help, we can fight for—not against—each other. The following suggestions urge us to fight in an honorable way. Keep Talking For many people, […]

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Writing for You and Your Audience

Do you write in secret? Perhaps you have journaled for as long as you can remember but have never shared your writing with anyone else. Did you know that you can write effectively for both you and an audience? Many individuals write for themselves—and that’s great! Writing can help you remember important information, process difficult […]

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Connecting with Your Audience

Congratulations on securing a speaking engagement! Now it’s time to think about your audience. The following suggestions will help you connect with the individuals who need to hear your message. Get to know your audience prior to the event. Are you speaking to just women or men and women? Do some research to find out […]

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The Break that Prepares Writers to Write Well

Writers write all the time, right? No, not all the time. Good writers occasionally put down their pens and step away from their computers. We take breaks to eat, sleep, work—and attend writing conferences. Although conferences draw us away from our writing for a while, they also send us back equipped and inspired to write […]

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Understanding the Purpose of Our Pain

Sometimes God reveals the purpose of our pain in what seems to us like expected places. However, those places are not surprises to God. He in fact directs us to certain locations at specific times because He knows where we have been. Although I recently planned a routine visit to Whole Foods, God had something […]

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Helping Hospitalized Patients and Their Families

Until last month, I had never stayed overnight in a hospital. I had spent plenty of time in hospitals both as an outpatient and as an employee. Staying with a loved one who was recently admitted to a hospital more than 25 miles from their home gave me new insight on how to help hospitalized […]

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Giving Thanks for the Treasure of a Teacher

I recently attended a retirement celebration in honor of one of my favorite teachers from middle school. What this man taught me in a Czech language class affected my path in life in ways I never imagined. Along this journey, I have come to understand who I am and what God created me to do. […]

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