Writers’ Blog

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

One Pesky Word

One Pesky Word

For most of December, one word had been reoccurring with uncharacteristic frequency. Multiple times a day, I had seen it in print, heard it in music, or read it on social media. Maybe it was because of the holiday season or the type of year we’d just had. Regardless,...

Heart Treasures: Jesus’ Arrival Through Mary’s Eyes

Heart Treasures: Jesus’ Arrival Through Mary’s Eyes

I had been met by nothing but scornful glances and reproachful comments during my whole pregnancy. But the events surrounding the birth of my son, Jesus, confirmed to me the truth that he really is Messiah. I call these moments my “heart treasures.” I hold on to them...

Choosing Joy

Choosing Joy

A devotional dedicated to my mom, who passed away on December 20, 2016. “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full" (John 15:11 NKJV). I learned something new during our time together at church on December 15,...

The Christlike Panda

The Christlike Panda

“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” James 4:3 (NIV) I relate to the main character in Kung Fu Panda, the story of an ordinary panda, who achieves awesomeness through kung fu. The...

A Thrill of Hope

A Thrill of Hope

“O Holy Night” is one of my favorite Christmas carols. This year it was as if I was hearing it for the first time. As Christmas approaches, with the world in the state that it is, I was struck anew with the line, “...the weary world rejoices.” The world certainly...

What Zacharias Teaches Us

What Zacharias Teaches Us

Read: Luke chapter 1 Zacharias was married to Elizabeth, a woman unable to bear a child. They were both righteous and blameless in God's eyes. Zacharias was also a priest. One day while in service for the Lord offering incense before the altar, the angel Gabriel...

You’ll See a Man

You’ll See a Man

It was a dark time during the Christmas season after my second son was born 30 years ago. I was sleep deprived, in pain, and probably suffering from postpartum depression. There was a popular Christian song at that time called, “You’ll See a Man,” sung by the group,...

A Christmas Vision

A Christmas Vision

‘Twas the day before Christmas, and while lying in bed, I thought of God’s mercy, His goodness and grace. I found myself praying, many thoughts in my head. I thought of His love for the whole human race. I thought of so many who were in great need, Of how God was the...

Emmanuel – God With Us

Emmanuel – God With Us

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You” (Psalms 26:3 NKJV).   “I have come as a light into the world, that whosoever believes in me should not abide in darkness” (John 12:46 NKJV).  I was going to write...

Lessons From a Woodpecker

Lessons From a Woodpecker

Nick and I are savoring a leisurely walk through the retreat center meadow, leaves crunching beneath our feet, autumn colors feasting our eyes, and the calls of birds in the surrounding forest filling our ears.  “Cuk-cuk-cuk!”  Pleased that I could identify...

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