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The Shepherd knows you by name.

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The Lord is my Shepherd.  Psalm 23:1

Beautiful words by Max Lucado:  

When I see a flock of sheep I see exactly that, a flock.  A rabble of wool.  A herd of hooves.  I don’t see a sheep.  I see sheep.  All alike.  None different.  That’s what I see.  But not so with the shepherd.  To him every sheep is different.  Every face is special.  Every face has a story.  And every sheep has a name. . .  The shepherd knows his sheep. He calls them by name.

When we see a crowd, we see exactly that, a crowd.  Filling a stadium or flooding a mall.  When we see a crowd, we see people, not persons, but people.  A herd of humans.  A flock of faces.  That’s what we see.

But not so with the Shepherd.  To him every face is different.  Every face has a story.  Every face is a child.  Every child has a name. . .  The Shepherd knows you.  He knows your name.      -Max Lucado, Experiencing the Heart of Jesus

God knows your name.  How comforting!

Betsy and Laurie

http://www.WritingSisters.com

Be Transformed!

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 Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. 
I Corinthians 13:12

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.

When we first begin a new writing project we are filled with excitement and hope and promise.  We have no idea what the finished product will look like, but we eagerly rewrite, get critiques, rewrite again and again – all the while watching a transformation take place. We eventually pass it on to an editor and illustrator, where more transformation occurs.  Then eventually, it is finished.

The Shepherd’s Song was like this.  When the idea came, we did not know what the final book would look like.  We had to have faith that our work would be shaped and used by God. We got glimpses of the final book along the way.  First the printed pages.  Then the cover art.  The bound galley.  A jacket proof.  Finally face to face we held the book.

The Christian life too, is filled with ups and downs, struggles and triumphs, joys and sorrows.  Like a book, our lives are being written, edited and transformed.  We start with great excitement and hope and promise; then transformation begins.  It’s hard work, but slowly we are transformed more and more to the image of Christ.

Best of all, there is a moment coming when all the work will be done, and we will see our Savior face to face.  It is hard to imagine what such a moment will be like – the magnification of joy and awe and wonder.

Our experiences in this world teach us about God, and transform us more and more into His image. 

Amazing!

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 

Galatians 6:9

Why Write?

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Not to us, LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.   

Psalm 115:1

There’s a question we should ask ourselves at the beginning of each creative endeavor: a painting, a musical piece, a book, a meal for our families, a fingerpainting project with the kids.

The question is: “Why?”  Why are we making it, singing it, sewing it, cooking it, writing it?

The Shepherd’s Song dedication page has only three letters:  SDG. But those three letters represent so much to us. The letters stand for the Latin term, Soli Deo Gloria, which means Glory to God Alone. Artists like Bach and Handel wrote these letters on their work to show that the work was created for the purpose of praising God.

In the creation of their compositions they found meaning and purpose by dedicating their work to God for His glory. It changed their work from earthly work to holy work.

To God alone belongs the glory.

We can ask the same question about all of our creative efforts. Are they for God’s glory or for our own glory?   What is the intent of our hearts as we paint and write and cook and care for others?

If we can add those three letters, any work becomes holy work.

What difference does is make if our goal in all our endeavors is God’s glory? What do you think?

Betsy and Laurie

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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

Collaboration: How Does It Work?

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As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17

Before we decided to collaborate on The Shepherd’s Song, we each had writing careers of our own.  In those writing projects we had control of our own books. The thousands of decisions it takes to write and publish a book were all made by one person.  Then the change. We decided to work together.  Suddenly all those decisions had to be made by two people. That’s more complicated.  Read more

We’re guest blogging today at Word Sharpeners.

Come over and join the discussion.

Betsy and Laurie

http://www.WritingSisters

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

The Best Writing Advice

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What is the best writing advice that you’ve ever heard?

We had to really think to answer Novel Rocket’s question.  What would you say?

Join us here to explore the process of writing – the where, why, how, who and when.   Today we are kicking off our blog tour with an interview on Novel Rocket. We’ll share:

  • How growing up as daughters of a writer shaped us.
  • How we balance writing time with family time.
  • Our best writing secrets.
  • Surprises we encountered while writing The Shepherd’s Song.

And of course:

  • The best writing advice we’ve ever heard!

Here’s the link:  The Writing Sisters on Novel Rocket

See you over there.

Betsy and Laurie

By Duffey Myers

http://www.WritingSisters.com

 

 

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