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"…His baptism—a holy baptism by the Holy Spirit—will change you from the inside out." – Mark 1:8 (MSSG)
Change is good, right? As writers, because we're always trying to learn and grow (at least, we should be!), that often means changing the way we think or re-learning a "writing rule" we assumed was correct. Another form of changing that writers' know all too well is EDITING and REVISING. In other words, we change our work, hopefully resulting in improving it. Like I said, change is good.
It's God's desire to change US from the inside, out, in order to take on the character of Christ. One way this happens is through baptism – both by water and by the Holy Spirit. Other ways we can change are through reading God's Word, prayer, reflection, and loving others. When our hearts become more like His, it means we're changing.
So my question for you to consider this month is what ways you need to change. No sideways glances at your spouse or kids or mother. I'm talking about the ways YOU need to change. I can think of lots of things I need to change about myself. What about you?
Be sure to check out the Out of the Mouths of FaithWriters section at the end of the newsletter to see what some of our fellow members would change about themselves if they could.
If you're reading this before August 13, then you've still got time to register for the conference! Sometimes you can get really cheap last-minute flights, so what are you waiting for? This conference promises to be better than ever, with stupendous speakers, wonderful workshops, and fun fellowship. Oh – and did I mention there will also be pounds of Pup's (otherwise known as Ed) Perfectly-formulated, fantastic, fabulous, fudge! Those of us who attended the 2007 conference can attest to how amazing this fudge is. It will be worth the cost just for the fudge alone. Seriously. If you have no idea who Pup is, come and meet him on the FaithWriters message board. While you're there, join in all of the conference-related discussions:
You definitely won't want to miss out. Click on over to the official conference page for all the details. Hope to see you there! http://www.faithwriters.com/conference.php
It's been a lot of fun connecting with you on the FaithWriters blog! For the past few months, we've had regular daily themes going. But remember…change is good! So although we're not changing all of the daily themes, starting on August 2nd, we're starting a new blogging schedule, which is listed below. I hope you take the time to check out the blog. It's a fun way to stay updated on what's going on at FaithWriters and an opportunity for you to leave your two cents (or more).
New Blogging Schedule:
MONDAY – MEET THE MEMBERS. Nothing's changed here. This is the best day of the week because you get to meet fellow FaithWriters members. Get to know others who not only share your love for writing but your love for Christ! Once a month will still be reserved for Member Shout-Outs, so we can rejoice with other members over their writing successes and accomplishments.
TUESDAY – TIPS AND TEACHING. On Tuesdays you can now look forward to an article on writing. It could focus on fiction, non-fiction, magazine writing, honing a particular writing skill or just learning how to deal with rejection. Something that will feed your brain cells and hone your talent.
WEDNESDAY – WORD OF THE WEEK. I don't know about you, but by Wednesday I sometimes need a little boost to keep going until the weekend. Be sure to check the blog on Wednesdays for an encouraging devotional or even a simple verse to meditate on. Some of these devotionals will be taken from the Free Reprints section of FaithWriters.com. If you have a devotional you would like to share, feel free to submit it for possible use on the blog. You can send it to FaithWriters.email@example.com
THURSDAY – THIS AND THAT. You never know what you'll find on Thursdays. It could be a few cool websites to check out. It may be news or updates about FaithWriters.com, or you may just find a fun cartoon or top 10 list. Basically, as the title indicates, you'll find a little of this and that.
FRIDAY – FREE FOR ALL. On Fridays, we'll have a free-for-all, where there may be a question for you to answer, a thought to ponder, or a fun meme to participate it.
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OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF FAITHWRITERS
Here is this month's question:
What is one thing you'd change about yourself if you could?
Got several answers to this one. Here are just a few:
"I would definitely take out worrying and anxiety, also known as control issues. Thank God for grace!" - Kathy Bruins
"One thing I'd change about myself if I could would be the wrinkles I see in my face when I look in the mirror every morning. They make me look older than I feel. I'm so glad wrinkles don't hurt because I'd be in great pain." - Allen B. Stark
"There's more than one thing I'd change, but one important thing is my self-discipline. It's my New Years Resolution every year to improve it. With the help of the Lord it gets better but with the struggle between "I don't want to" and "later," there are still too many lapses." - Pat W. Kirk
"I would change my loss of many years doing things my way. It was not until 2008 that I learned to do things God's way. I discovered that His plan for my life is superior to what mine would have been." - John Tyler
"I would have worked to become a millionaire. Then, perhaps, I would be in a position to write full-time; instead of just sometime." - Brenda Pete
"If I had the ability to change one thing, it would be to end years of self-doubt and become a confident, proud, beautiful (on the inside) and successful mom, wife, daughter, sister, writer and employee. No more would I wonder if my actions, thoughts or appearance pleased anyone but God." – Cheryl Cain
SEPTEMBER QUESTION: What is the best piece of writing advice you've ever received?
Please send your brief (1 – 2 sentences) answer to FaithWriters.firstname.lastname@example.org. Then check the September newsletter to see if your response was selected to appear.
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