Threads of Encouragement
by LauraLee Shaw
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Encouragement is the color of thread flowing through the veins of Faithwriters. From the moment I found the site on an internet search, I was drawn to submit the inspirations God had given me. It took less than an hour to receive a surprise gift in my email, which when opened, was in the shape of a yellow box. I was hooked from that point forward.
After a few months of consuming numerous hours on Faithwriters with my free membership, I paid to begin relating to other members via private messenger. I remember exploring the info on the boards pertaining to Faithwriters 500 and thinking the benefit to join did not seem worth the cost.
One day, as I was messaging a new friend, he said, “Hey, have you thought about joining the 500?” I told him I didn’t see the advantage of it. He shared that since he had become a member, his number of reads had increased, he had been contacted a few times for ghostwriting, and “Even more so, I love Faithwriters, and it is my way of giving something back to them.” I hadn’t thought of it that way before, but his last sentence admonished me to see Faithwriters as a ministry I was participating in instead of just consuming. I became a 500 member that day.
Since then, it has been worth every dime times more. My piece called “A Quick Wit and A Stiff Neck” was showcased on the home page of Faithwriters, and it quadrupled in the number of reads. To date, that piece has two to three times more reads than any of my other general articles. The same outcome applies to two pieces that were featured in the Faithwriters Magazine, which is only open to submissions from 500 members.
The extra exposure and the positive feedback I received from these benefits gave me the encouragement I needed to begin submitting free reprint articles. After hundreds of reads and numerous reprints online and in other publications, I took the next step of looking into freelance opportunities, both on the boards and through the mainstream magazine outlets.
All of these efforts led me to an article being published in Just Between Us Magazine this fall and to being a contributing author to the book Women of Passions: Ordinary Women Serving An Extraordinary God, a contact I made directly from Faithwriters.
The thread of encouragement did not end with me. In His wisdom, God compelled me to sponsor someone else to the 500—someone, I hoped, who was serious about writing but may not have the financial means to become a member. I did so anonymously, and it has blessed me 500 times over to know how much joy this gift has given to a friend.
Encouragement drew me to Faithwriters, and it is what keeps me hangin’ round—as a receiver, and as a giver. May the thread of this ministry run 500 times infinity long, weaving into the veins of thousands more writers to come.
I want to personally thank Tim Pickl for encouraging me to join the 500. Nothing is more compelling than a heartfelt invitation, and his obedience to extend it resulted in my financial support for Faithwriters.
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Sister, first thank you for your encouraging comments on some of my articles, you are a blessing to many writers. Second thank you for this testimony, I pray more and more success comes to you through the blessings of the Lord. Keep serving. In Christ, Christian
What a WONderful testimony--because God is so Wonderful. +++ I encourage you, Writing friend, to join FaithWriters 500. Just do it!
This is one of the best 500 testimonies I've read. Indeed, you are an encourager. This shows a beautiful spirit--yours!
Laura, you are SOOOO right about the encouragement to be found here on Faithwriters!! It has made a HUGE difference in my life and God has worked mightily through people here, not just in my life, but other's as well. The little yellow boxes are gifts of gold that brighten the darkest of days!
Amen!! So true! That is SO much what this place is all about.
What a great testimony, LauraLee. And I can second your testimony. I am glad I became a 500 member. I cannot use it to its fullest, but I do what I can. Being a caregiver is my first concern. When time permits I spend as much time as I can reading and commenting on many people's work. I like to encourage those who seem to need encouragement...I would like to get into all the things you have mentioned, offered on 500, and maybe I can some day, but in the meantime, I want to recommend the 500 club to all...Thanks FaithWriters...and all those who run it...