Writing, re-writing, researching, and pitching take time, yet time is one of our most guarded commodities. Most writers don’t have the luxury of uninterrupted hours at the keyboard. In fact, all the freelancers I know have day jobs, families, or both. I’m one of them: I have two sons and began pursuing publication before both of them were born. However, in the midst of daily life and various pay-the-bills jobs, I managed to net several book contracts and hundreds of magazine credits.
Thinking about co-authoring a book? Ask these five questions first.
Devotions — Proverbs 31 Ministries Devotions
By Dena Dyer. Published by The High Calling, December 13, 2015. Image by Bengin Ahmad. Used with Permission. Unless otherwise noted, the Scripture ......
As we move into the season of Advent (the first Sunday of Advent is this weekend) we prepare our hearts with this devotional from our latest guest writer, Dena Dyer. You can connect with Dena and find out more about her writing at her Facebook page. Dena also has a prayer journal available for Christmas, called The Colors of Christmas—a prayer journal.
Reflection: Anticipating His Advent
By Dena Dyer
The people of Israel had not heard from their prophets in over 400 years. In the m...
Dads (and moms) share favorite past gifts to inspire you this June 18.
Maybe your husband works long hours for not enough pay to take care of his family. Or he puts his hobbies on the back burner so he can support your children’s passions — and yours. If your spouse is the giving kind, why not “up the ante” on Father’s Day this year?
I’m not talking about spending more money than you usually do. What if — instead of purchasing a dress shirt or an expensive pair of concert tickets – -you gave ...
Only Cats Have Nine Lives
by Dena Dyer
After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone. -Matthew 14:23 NASB
We are not superheroes, so why do we act like we are? Solitude replenishes and refreshes us. It’s a necessary, and often overlooked, facet of a grace-full life. My friends and I laugh about it, but it’s sad: none of us make time to be alone anymore. We’re too busy driving our kids to soccer practice, working o...
Love at First Fight? - Christian Relationships, Mar...
Carey, my husband of 25 years, is a comedian—in both the best and worst sense of the word. He makes me laugh so hard I snort; this is a good quality. However, he also has favorite jokes he has repeated—ad nauseum—for two decades.
For instance, if one of us is eating a Caesar salad, this man of mine can’t help himself from grinning and quipping, “This salad is so good, I could et tu” (as in “Et tu, Brute?”). See how funny that isn’t? I do appreciate a good joke, but not when it’s repeated hund...
That Stinking Sin
by Dena Dyer
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. -Romans 3:23-24 NIV
“What is that horrible smell?” my husband asked me after climbing into the front seat of my car.
“I don’t know,” I said. “I’ve looked under the seats but there’s nothing there. Maybe something spilled?”
A day later, the smell was even worse. Desperate to find the cause, we got our brightest flashl...
This 'secret' language is helping kids stay out of trouble.
If you’re like most parents, you don’t rest easy when your kids are away from home at night. You worry about the choices they make, their driving habits (or who they’re riding with), and their ability to withstand peer pressure.
Bert Fulks knows those pressures all too well. While counseling teens in a recovery setting, he noticed that many of the young people he worked with had been in situations where they wanted an “out,” but didn...
The Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
But let justice roll on like a river,
righteousness like a never-failing stream!
There are echoes of Amos (and other prophets) in Mary’s song, especially in relation to God’s compassion for and provision for the outcasts,...