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Learning From a Shepherd

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A visit to a shepherd taught us about God.

What does it mean for God to be your shepherd?  What does a shepherd do?  Why would God’s people be compared to sheep? Research in books taught us a lot.  But we needed more.

We found the sheep farm online and scheduled a visit with Keith Odom, a modern day shepherd in North Georgia.  There is nothing like a road trip and soon we were on our way.  What did we learn about sheep?  Lots.  But more important is what we learned about The Shepherd. (capital S!)

What captured our imaginations and hearts the most was “Bucket Time”.  After Keith would feed the sheep he would take time to sit on the overturned feed bucket and watch the sheep.  Some never realized he was there.  Some ignored him.  Others came looking for another bit of food.  But some came, wanting to be with him.  What perfect picture of God and our choice of interaction with Him.

It was moving to see how tenderly this man cared for his sheep.  How he thought only of their wellbeing.  Does God love us like that?

He made himself available to the sheep but never forced their affection. Does God wait for us, hoping that we will come to Him?

Keith rejoiced when the sheep came to him to nuzzle or be petted.  He loved their gratitude.  Does God rejoice when we remember to thank him for all that he does for us?

The answers that we discovered:  Yes, yes, and yes.

Look at the responses of the sheep: Some never realized he was there.  Some ignored him.  Others came looking for another bit of food. Some came wanting to be with him. 

 Which response do you relate to in your spiritual journey?   He’s waiting for you.

Betsy and Laurie

http://www.WritingSisters.com

 Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Psalm 100:3

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by Duffey Myers

Finding An Agent

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After twenty years of writing for children we felt called to make a change. We had not needed an agent before. Twenty years ago you could still have a manuscript read by a publisher without an agent, especially in the world of children’s books. Once we had a relationship with a publishing house we didn’t feel the need. Now that we were writing a book for adults, The Shepherd’s Song, and we were writing about our faith – the rules had changed. We needed an agent – but how could we find the right one?

Today we are on Vonda Skelton’s blog sharing 10 things we learned about finding an agent on our quest to write and publish The Shepherd’s Song.  read more

Betsy and Laurie

Surrender and Writing

reading-1919.jpg!xlMediumTry to give your agenda to God. Keep saying, ‘Your will be done, not mine.’ Give every part of your heart and your time to God and let God tell you what to do, where to go, when and how to respond. God does not want you to destroy yourself. Exhaustion, burnout, and depression are not signs that you are doing God’s will. God is gentle and loving. God desires to give you a deep sense of safety in God’s love. Once you have allowed yourself to experience that love fully, you will be better able to discern who you are being sent to in God’s name.  Henri J. M. Nouwen

We are sharing about surrender today on Julie Arduini’s blog.

According to Merriam-Webster surrender means:  to agree to stop fighting, hiding, resisting, etc., because you know that you will not win or succeed. : to give the control or use of (something) to someone else.

 How do we surrender our work to God?

Betsy and Laurie

http://www.WritingSisters.com

by Duffey Myers

Seeing The Shepherd’s Song (and Jesus) Face to Face

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There’s something magical about seeing your work published – and you never know when that moment of joy will come.  You stroll out to your mailbox one day, not expecting anything special; and voilà, there it is.  You rip it open and beam with joy.  After all that work, lots of ups and downs, struggles and triumphs, your initial idea has been transformed, and you are face to face with your words in print. Read more here…

Today we are sharing about that face to face moment on Renee’s Inspirational Moments. What can our face to face moment with our book teach us about being face to face with Jesus.

Come and spend some time with us. Here’s the link:  Renee’s Inspirational Moments.

Betsy and Laurie

By Duffey Myers

http://www.WritingSisters.com

Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.

I Corinthians 13:12

Can I Write a Book? How?

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 We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done.  Psalm 78:4

 One day when we visited a school to talk about writing we learned something from a second grader. A little guy raised his hand and said.  “I can do the stories, I just can’t do the words.”  He captured the struggle that every writer (or wannabe writer) faces.

How do you get the stories out of your head onto the paper?  How do we even have the courage to begin?  Often we write and rewrite stories over and over in our heads, but they never make it to the written page or screen.

Today at  Blogs by Christian Women we are sharing some scripture passages that were important to us over our years of writing and some of what we learned on the road to publication. read more

Here’s the link.

Betsy and Laurie

By Duffey Myers

http://www.WritingSisters.com

Do You Wish That God Would Tweet?

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Because we are surrounded by technologies that make our lives faster and easier, we tend to think about spiritual realities in technological terms.  We want to reap the very second we sow.  We want God to microwave answers, MapQuest directions and Twitter instructions.  We want things to happen at the speed of light instead of the speed of a seed planted in the ground, but almost all spiritual realities in Scripture are described in agricultural terms.  Mark Batterson,  Draw the Circle

A good reminder today that good things take an investment of time. Like connecting with God. Or writing.

Can you relate?  Do you wish God would Tweet?

Laurie and Betsy

By Duffey Myers

http://www.WritingSisters.com

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5 Valentine Promises From God: Five

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Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. Revelation 3:20

God is crazy about you.

There are many reasons God saves you; to bring glory to himself, to appease his justice, to demonstrate his sovereignty.  But one of the sweetest reasons God saved you is because he is fond of you.  He likes having you around.  He thinks you are the best thing that came down the pike in quite a while. . .

If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.  If he had a wallet, you photo would be in it.  He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning.  Whenever you want to talk, he’ll listen.  He can live anywhere in the universe, and he chose your heart. . . Face it, friend.  He’s crazy about you.   Max Lucado,  A Gentle Thunder

Happy Valentine’s Day!

You are loved!

Betsy and Laurie

http://www.WritingSisters.com

5 Valentine Promises From God: Four

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I have loved you with an everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3

We are children, perhaps, at the very moment when we know that it is as children that God loves us – not because we have deserved his love and not in spite of our undeserving; not because we try, and not because we recognize the futility of our trying; but simply because he has chosen to love us. We are children because he is our father; and all of our efforts, fruitful and fruitless, to do good, to speak truth, to understand, are the efforts of children who, for all their precocity, are children still in that before we loved him, he loved us, as children, through Jesus Christ our lord.

― Frederick Buechner, The Magnificent Defeat

5 Valentine Promises From God: Three

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Never will I leave you; Never will I forsake you. Hebrews 13:5

On your journey to God’s heart, it is critical that you know you are loved.  You have the assurance that He will never leave you or forsake you (Heb. 13:5).  You need never feel “unloved” because His love is everlasting. . .  He has chosen to love you, and nothing can separate you from His love.  His love heals, comforts, and corrects.  His love draws you on the journey toward His heart.

Lord, Your immeasurable love is enough for me.  Thank You that Your love is not dependent on my performance or my physical characteristics.  Your love encompasses all of my life, and this gives me great security.  I would not choose any other destination.  I know I am looking in the right place for love—Your heart.  Amen

Cynthia Heald,  A Woman’s Journey to the Heart of God

5 Valentine Promises From God: Two

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Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed.  Isaiah 54:10

God is quite astounding.  This Divine Being is a limitless lover, always filling the small hands of my life with grace and goodness, always enriching my life with all that I need for my spiritual path. . . Nothing I could ever do would “earn” all of these gifts that are freely and lavishly given.  I marvel at the gift of my inner and outer life.  I am astounded at the daily guidance I receive.  I am in awe at the way the world works and at how the intricate human body restores and renews itself.  I look at the universe and wonder who this Creating Power is to be so generous with colors, shapes, patterns and designs.  I remember the wonderful people who have come into my life, each with a unique gift to share with me, and I know without a doubt that through them I have been touched by Divine Love.

Joyce Rupp,  The Cup of Life

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