Writers’ Blog

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

Trees of Righteousness

Trees of Righteousness

Fifteen minutes into the school day, I could tell that it was going to be another challenging morning. Several of the kids hadn’t completed their homework, the noise level was higher than acceptable, and two of the boys had already been arguing. I sighed. I felt once...

Living From the Unseen Realm

Living From the Unseen Realm

All around us is a world that is out of whack, digressing from its intended purpose and spinning out of control. This world puts obstacles in our path. It tears us down with insults and gossip. It floods our hearts with fear, anxiety, and stress about what negatives...

The Blood of Jesus Speaks

The Blood of Jesus Speaks

I see words embedded in every single drop of blood pouring from our Savior as He is savagely whipped 39 times and mocked with great pleasure. His body breaks open with each strike of the whip. I see and hear words crying out from His blood as it gushes from the deep...

Under the Yoke

Under the Yoke

Am I strong enough to endure this load?Tenacious enough to remain?Resilient enough not to crumble with sorrow?Or languish under the strain? This heartache is weighty, it taxes my soul,Pressing me toward the abyss.It's sapping my vigor, I'm lifeless and weary,Enfeebled...

Eclipse

Eclipse

When fear played prophet and in false friendshippredicted my neighbor's contemptuous glanceto pin my heart--to pierce as with a lancemy trembling will--and my walk's cadence nippedby disapproval tripped, hesitatedlike the tightened ragged in-breaths it apedthrough...

(En)Courage

(En)Courage

When our souls are exhausted and we’re running on empty, we seek courage.When we feel timid, incompetent, ill-prepared, and unqualified, we crave courage.When we agree to do something we’ve never done before, we cry out for courage.When we are going down for what we...

Tasting Heaven

Tasting Heaven

With each O ffense, A fence is erected,and the barriers connect, forming a mazethat people get lost in.Then a thin spot hovers over them,as Heaven responds to their worship,and forgiveness bleeds through that istangible for the taking. A visible calm spreads...

Darkness

Darkness

Void of light — black, mysterious, and unknown. Where is the road?Eyes, but unable to see. Thick darkness envelopes me.Blackness covers and conceals all that would be revealed with light.Heightened senses. Feeling misplaced. Hesitant.Daring to take a step into what? I...

Lifted Up

Lifted Up

I recently read a short book by Bruce Wilkinson – an easy read — called “Secrets of the Vine.” In this book, he talks about meeting a man who owned and worked a vineyard. This vinedresser explained to the author all about John 15, the portion of Scripture in which...

God’s Gift of Nature

God’s Gift of Nature

At a distance I could see it. Its pure, white face popping up through the field of green. As I got closer, I stopped to admire the beauty of the solitary flower that had mustered the strength to bloom there in the middle of the weeds. God’s creation is an amazingly...

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