Writer’s Blog

A collection of devotionals written by writers at Heartland

Weird Emmett and the Red Poppy

Weird Emmett and the Red Poppy

He slouched rather motionless, sweat dripping off his brow. My friends and I giggled and approached him, spritely hopping around his chair. As long as I could remember in my ten-year-old life, our neighbor, Emmett Armstrong, had donned his woolen WW I uniform every...

Closer Than a Brother

Closer Than a Brother

A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity. (Proverbs 17:17 NASB) But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24b NASB) Did you have a best friend growing up? Was that person a classmate, a neighbor or a cousin? Or maybe...

How Can We Know the Way?

How Can We Know the Way?

“Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way . . .’” ( John 14:5-6a ESV) Thomas’ question could just as easily be ours today as we continue to face the upheaval and uncertainty that COVID-19...

The One Thing

The One Thing

“Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, ‘Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to...

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove

“He will cover you with His feathers; you will take refuge under His wings. His faithfulness will be a protective shield.” (Psalm 91:4 HCSB) “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4 NIV) They were busy.  The pair were fluttering in...

Liquid Diamonds

Liquid Diamonds

From my window seat  the plants appeared   adorned in diamonds.  Their facets reflected  a momentary illumination   that revealed them    dancing in the wind.  Ending a visual silence  I could almost...

The God Who Sees

The God Who Sees

She answered God by name, praying to the God who spoke to her, “You’re the God who sees me!” “Yes! He saw me; and then I saw him!” (Genesis 16:13 MSG) Her name was Zara. She was small in stature, usually quiet, and not very friendly, and was often rather cantankerous...

The Long Dark Tunnel

The Long Dark Tunnel

Isn’t spring wonderful? Sunshine, warm days, bright daffodils, vibrant violets, and soft new grass are reminding us life gets renewed. Nature continues to sing as if the only trouble it’s known lately was winter, just like every year since forever. And yet, in spite...

A Splash of Spring

A Splash of Spring

Life is stirred by the           stormy rain,  as if drops released           all the growth   that was hiding ...

Shepherd in the Wilderness

Shepherd in the Wilderness

“Then he led out his people like sheep and guided them in the wilderness like a flock. He led them in safety, so that they were not afraid, but the sea overwhelmed their enemies. And he brought them to his holy land, to the mountain which his right hand had won.”...

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