How to Be a Better Writer: Pair Quality Ingredients

How to Be a Better Writer: Pair Quality IngredientsI’ve talked about how writing is like baking previously. The analogy suffices. A writer adds ingredients to create something worth consuming.

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My God is with Me

My God is with Me—Write RightIn the same way I was with Moses, I’ll be with you. I won’t give up on you; I won’t leave you. Strength! Courage! You are going to lead this people to inherit the land that I promised to give their ancestors. Give it everything you have, heart and soul. […] Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t be discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take. — from Joshua 1:1-9, The Message

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This is Your Life Work

This is Your Life Work—Write Right“I have decided to make a covenant with the God of Israel and turn history around so that God will no longer be angry with us. Children, don’t drag your feet in this! God has chosen you to take your place before him to serve in conducting and leading worship — this is your life work; make sure you do it and do it well.” — 2 Chronicles 29:10-1, The Message, King Hezekiah speaking to the priests and Levites

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Those Slog Days

Those Slog Days—Write RightThose slog days. Molasses days. Days where the sand never runs out of the hourglass, time never winds down, the day never ends. Dark days. Abysmal days. A dampening of the spirit (despite the sunny with a high of 75°). Gray-tinged, gray-clouded. A slog, both noun and verb.

Slog: (n) a spell of difficult, tiring work or traveling

Slog: (v) 1. work hard over a period of time; 2. hit forcefully and typically wildly, especially in boxing

On the slog days, work becomes a struggle. Revision: perhaps it’s more accurate to say everything’s a struggle. Sleep comes uneasily, if at all. The desirable motion becomes one of hibernation and isolation.

The work gets done — of course it does — and sometimes it comes surprisingly easy. The words still flow despite the morass. Other times, the words reflect the internal condition. They eke, slither into existence. One sentence, delete, rewrite, delete, try again. Over and over, day after day.

The slog. That isn’t the worst of it; the worst resides in a desire to hide away from God. The pressure to work mounts, to get all the things done, and the need to spend time with God diminishes.

The call still flickers, though. It whispers to the slog-laden spirit, and, if the spirit quickens to the second definition of the verb “slog,” it comes. It fights for the daily breaks and daily bread. The spirit cries out for help. It confesses the loneliness and exhaustion.

Every slog-ridden day the spirit hits forcefully. It does not, however, hit wildly. No, it takes aim. It makes a decision about what is most important, and what is most important is always, always God and growing closer to him. Because of that, it stays the course. It commits to the daily work and the life work and pushes through all those slog days.

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Meticulous—Write RightWe can find beauty in precision—in a tidy bookshelf or a neatly organized calendar for the month ahead. — Death to the Stock Photo

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God Isn’t Holding Out on You

God Isn't Holding Out on You—Write Right“Satan cunningly tried to convince Adam and Eve that God’s withholding something from them was the same as withholding everything from them.” — Creation Unraveled, Matt Carter and Halim Suh

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Write Right Plays the Fiddle

Write Right Plays the Fiddle

My God is So Big

“When we fail to see God in his entirety, we fail to love him.” — Creation Unraveled, Matt Carter and Halim Suh

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Quit Saying Yes to Everything

Quit Saying Yes to Everything—Write Right

I understand the need to accept assignments and say yes to every opportunity. The need, though, rarely arises because the assignments and opportunities are good. Rather, it develops from a desire for approval, a wish to be liked and accepted.

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1 Word for 2017: Growth

1 Word for 2017—Write Right

I enjoy the concept of “three words for the year” and have employed it in the past. I, however, cannot think of three words for 2017. I only possess one: growth.

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