Writers’ Blog

A collection of devotionals, stories, and poems by writers at Heartland

My Name Is Thomas

My Name Is Thomas

Let me see the holes in your hands.Can I see the holes on your feet and the wound in your side?Let me see. I need to see for myself so I will know and no longer hide. So you stretched out your hands, then showed me your feet, and the gash in your side.I could not help...

Who Are You?

Who Are You?

Four young men - boys really - were taken from the rest of the captives. They were well bred, well educated, and well endowed with wisdom and good looks. Separated from their families, homeland, and temple, these boys were exiles in Babylon. Given new names honoring...

Surrounded!

Surrounded!

Bang! Bang! Bang!  The loud noise startled Alisa, who was working the drive-through window at a local sandwich shop.  She walked out to see what caused the noise.  It was a police officer, standing at the locked door.   Until that moment, it was...

Gemstones

Gemstones

Every gemstone in its natural state possesses unique qualities  that differentiate it from a common stone. The innate structure residing within was created solely by chemical elements reacting to the prevailing conditions.  We, too, are like...

The Peace of Presence

The Peace of Presence

“Do not be afraid, for I am with you” (Isaiah 41:10a NLT). My kiddos like to play a shadow game. They come in so close behind me that I can’t turn to the right or to the left without them following suit. They stick so close it’s impossible for me to go in any one...

Children of Light

Children of Light

Light.  I crave it.  I’m drawn toward it.  I need it—especially in winter, when my physical and emotional well-being become drained by the lack of sunlight.  I take my kitchen curtains down in the winter because I’m trying to let every possible...

Lord, I Need You: A Prayer Guide

Lord, I Need You: A Prayer Guide

Listen with me.  https://youtu.be/LuvfMDhTyMA (Lord, I Need You by Matt Maher)  Pray with me.  Lord, I come, I confess Father, I humbly enter Your presence. I confess my sin of _______________, and I ask that You would wash me clean. My tattered soul needs Your...

The Cost of Generosity

The Cost of Generosity

In the mid '90s, I was unemployed and struggling to make ends meet. My money ran out, and no jobs were available. I was miserable and depressed, grumpy and angry with God for not providing for me. He then encouraged me to begin my prayer time with thankfulness instead...

Alignments

Alignments

Look at your journey.What you’ve accomplished. What you’ve left undone.If you feel out of balance... Perhaps, it’s time for an alignment.Look to the cross... Ask yourself the hard questions.If it is unfinished, why didn't you finish it?What stopped you from continuing...

Give It to God

Give It to God

“ ‘I have the right to do anything,’ you say—but not everything is beneficial. ‘I have the right to do anything’—but I will not be mastered by anything.” 1 Corinthians 6:12 (NIV) My son recently turned two, and my wife and I are teaching him to do some tasks on his...

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