Kathyrn Graves

The Power of Invisible

Sometimes a writer needs to disappear. Right now I have two big projects going at the same time. My phone keeps beeping, my family needs to eat, the papers pile up on the coffee table, and I don't have any clean clothes to put on. All these distractions crowd into my mind while I'm trying… Continue reading The Power of Invisible

Guest Posts, Nancy Kay Grace

Pressing On in God’s Grace

Today, Nancy Kay Grace, author and speaker, shares about her new devotional/Bible study book, The Grace Impact, in the StoryWriting Studio. Nancy’s biblical teachings revolve around seeing God’s grace in everyday life. My writing journey began in 2007, when my stories were published in a couple of devotionals and Chicken Soul for the Soul books. This encouraged me to… Continue reading Pressing On in God’s Grace

Karen Jordan

Reflections from Sunrise

 Fear exhausted me, as I expanded my "to do" list. How can I work on my book project with so many distractions? When I asked this question in prayer, a familiar scripture came to mind, “Seek first the kingdom of God …” (Matt. 6:33 NKJV). But how can I focus on God, when I have all this… Continue reading Reflections from Sunrise

Karen Jordan

5 Promises for Facing Pressure, Expectations, and Deadlines

“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32 NLT). Sometimes I feel like I can’t breathe because of self-induced pressure or someone else’s expectations of me. And at times, I get tired even thinking about trying to follow through on all of the commitments that I’ve made as… Continue reading 5 Promises for Facing Pressure, Expectations, and Deadlines

Karen Jordan

Writing Down Your Faith Story: The Day I Met Jesus

Have you written about the day you met Jesus? The Day I Met Jesus. Mary DeMuth and Frank Viloa present the stories of five women in the Bible who experienced personal and powerful encounters with Jesus in their new book, The Day I Met Jesus. Each chapter offers a descriptive narrative and helpful, biblical insights,… Continue reading Writing Down Your Faith Story: The Day I Met Jesus

Karen Jordan

Facing Our Fears and Weaknesses in Our Writing Life

  "We're going to have to let truth scream louder to our souls than the lies that have infected us" (Beth Moore). I’m forced to face my fears and weaknesses in many other areas of my life, especially my writing life. I love this quote from a recent post, "Secret Fears Writers Face," by Anita Brooks: "One… Continue reading Facing Our Fears and Weaknesses in Our Writing Life

Karen Jordan

Important Question for Christian Writers

I’m always examining my purpose and motivation for writing. So, I wanted to share this article from the WordServe Water Cooler on the StoryWriting Studio, since I co-founded this blog with another WordServe author, Anita Brooks.

What are some of the important questions that you ask yourself as a writer? Be sure to leave your comments to this post (below) on the StoryWriting Studio (comments closed on archived posts of the WordServe Water Cooler).

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English: Posthumous official presidential port...President John F. Kennedy inspired American patriotism in his inaugural address: “Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.”

As a Christian writer, I’ve asked myself a similar question at times: What can I do for God?

I’ve tried to do the things that I thought pleased God, but my good deeds never seemed to be enough when compared to the standards set before me.

So, I sought answers to my question from biblical examples of those who sought God’s approval and blessings.

King David experienced a change of focus when he sought spiritual counsel concerning his desire to please God by building a house for Him (2 Sam. 7:2). But God planned to build a house for David and establish his kingdom, and He chose David’s son to build a house for His Name.

The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you … I will raise…

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Karen Jordan

Needing Time Out to Examine My Writing Life

A few weeks ago, I invited our StoryWriting Studio reader to join me in my "40-Day Challenge: Telling the Stories That Matter Most." As part of that challenge, I discovered that I needed to take some time out from my on-going writing projects to examine why I continue to drop the ball on some of my most… Continue reading Needing Time Out to Examine My Writing Life

Karen Jordan

Writing Life Survivor Tips

Once again, I’m struggling with some setbacks in a few areas of my life, like some writing projects, my exercise program, and a few others that I won’t mention on this forum. And I needed to read this article again myself. So, I thought I’d share it with my StoryWriting Studio friends. Hope it encourages you, too.

How do you deal with setbacks and discouragement in your life?

WordServe Water Cooler

Photo/KarenJordanHow do you endure setbacks in your writing life? If you’ve embraced writing for publication, you’ve probably faced discouraging obstacles in your journey.

I’ve also faced a few stumbling blocks in other areas of my life, such as my health. After every health or family crisis, I struggle to get back on track with my exercising and walking program.

I discovered my desperate need for exercise after a minor foot injury last summer. As I climbed the very first hill on an asphalt trail near my home, my heart raced. I resisted the temptation to sit down at first. And by the time I made it to the top of that hill, I felt like I’d been walking over an hour. As I plodded on, in pain, the trail leveled. But I continued to struggle with each new hill.

Since I carried my camera, I paused several times to capture an…

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Karen Jordan

I Wish I Could Google God

I wanted to share this post with my StoryWriting Studio readers in case they missed it on the WordServe Water Cooler in June.

WordServe Water Cooler

Photo/KarenJordanIf only I could “google” God for answers to life’s problems. Then, I could just type a question and get one right answer—the Truth.

As a writer, I don’t always come up with the best questions to ask to find the solutions I need. And at times, I don’t know what to pray when I’m burdened by life challenges.

So, I wish I could enter a word or phrase into my Internet search engine, trusting that God would grant me the exact direction I needed.

As I share in my family’s struggle with their painful issues, I don’t even pretend to know how to help them manage their lives. How can I intercede for someone else, when I don’t know how to pray about my own problems?

Many days, I can’t even express the concerns of my heart. But I’ve discovered some powerful promises in the Bible that help me navigate through the turbulent waters…

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