Let’s Meet Together, by Jodi Whisenhunt

Know what these guys are doing?  Preparing to ride a “metric century” in the Tour de Paris.  Texas, that is.  Nope, it’s not Lance Armstrong, but these guys are just as passionate about their hobby. 

I know, because my husband is one of the men pictured.  When he first took up the sport, I resented it a little.  Ok, a lot.  He rides at least 2 hours a day, getting alone time, doing something he enjoys, staying fit, tanning (ok, that’s not big on his list!).  I found myself being jealous of his break from the chaos of everyday life.

As he got more and more involved in cycling, he made friends.  Gradually his circle of friends became a network of diverse men.  They benefit from each other not only on the bike, but in each other’s lives.

In retrospect, I see God’s hand all over it.  As the writer of Hebrews instructs in verse 10:25, “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”  The Lord led my husband into relationships with these other men for a purpose.  One friendship has even led to a job, perhaps a life-changing career.

So, as writers, let us not give up meeting together.  Let us build upon our relationships, teach each other, lead each other along this path God has placed us on.  As author Stormie Omartian notes, God will provide enough light for each step we take.  So, let’s encourage one another and develop this God-given passion.

Our next gathering will be at Panera Bread (Eldorado & Central) at 6:30p.m. on August 20th.  Hope to see you all there!

No Crying Allowed, by Joann Loughlin

Hey Writers!  
     I haven’t forgotten you as writers.  
     Though summer is hovering like a steam bath on a new hair do and schedules are awry, be writing.  There will be no crying allowed with your creative self later when you know you’ve passed up good writing time.  We are the hardest on ourselves.  So, do the most joyous part of being a writer:  WRITE!   
     Let’s see, you could be writing a poem, a letter to your sweetie, an article, a short story, an account of how you embarrassed yourself in the first grade, a song,  a serious essay, a devotional, a paraphrase of the most profitable proverbs, the real truth about your dating life in high school compared to everyone else,  how you were converted, a profile of someone terrific you know, your obituary (for later, of course), a one act play, a tale of what really bothers you in social situations, and/or ……………………….. 
     Have some fun with it! 
                                                              We’re writing for Him,  Joann

My Word Will Not Return Empty, by Jodi Whisenhunt

Isaiah 55:10-11 “As the rain and snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

 

You have joined the Christian Writers’ Group, because you have a desire to write.  Perhaps you write fiction, maybe poetry.  Do you write inspirational material, or how about songs? 

 

God has given each of you specific talents and skills to enable you to communicate His message to others who share your interests.  He has a message He wants you to deliver in a way that only you can.  It is God’s way of making sure that His word that “goes out from [His] mouth…will not return empty.”

 

When we meet together Wednesday evening, bring something you’ve written, and let’s see if we can help the Lord “accomplish what [He] desires.”

Five — No, Six Votes of Confidence

Today is a new day.  Hence,

  1. I refuse to be shackled by yesterday’s failures.
  2. What I don’t know will no longer be an intimidation — it will be an opportunity.
  3. I will not allow people to define my mood, method, image, or mission.
  4. I will pursue a mission greater than myself by making at least one person happy they saw me.
  5. I will have no time for self-pity, gossip, or negativism…from myself or from others.
  6. I will dedicate time to write whatever the Lord lays on my heart.

(ON THE ANVIL, by Max Lucado — #6 added by Jodi)

Local Christian Writers Conference

Christian Writer’s Conference

 

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

    9:30 am – 3:30 pm

 

  For men and women

Advanced and Beginner Tracks

This year’s topics, with all new speakers, include:

 

  • The Power of Branding and Marketing
  • Moving Your Writing into Successful Speaking
  • What do Acquisitions Editors Desire in a Potential Author?
  • Writing for the Secular Market
  • Developing Your Writing Skills
  • Writing a Winning Proposal
  • Expanding Your Territory through Networking
  • How to Get Free Publicity

 

Gleneagles Country Club

5401 West Park Boulevard,

Plano, TX 75093

 

Including Buffet Luncheon and Materials

Early Bird Special  $45. 

by July 20th,  $55. after July 20

 

Hosted by:  Karol Ladd, Donna Skell, and Jeff Dixon

 

Mail Check to: Roaring Lambs

17110 Dallas Parkway, Suite 220

Dallas, Texas  75248

972.380.0123   or  dskell@Roaring-Lambs.org