Writers’ Blog

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

Don’t Whistle. Sing!

Don’t Whistle. Sing!

“But I will sing of Your power…" (Psalm 59:16a NKJV). Have you ever been lost and afraid in the dark? Did you whistle to keep up your courage? Did it work? Probably not very well. It was mostly a show, a bit of bravado to keep panic at bay for the moment. Late one...

Wisdom and Innocence

Wisdom and Innocence

“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves” (Matthew 10:16 ESV). I once came across a recipe for Chocolate Sauerkraut Cake and said to myself, “That can’t be right!” The recipe claimed it was an...

Success or Failure…a Matter of Perspective

Success or Failure…a Matter of Perspective

In honor of Abraham Lincoln's birthday today, we are re-sharing this devotional written a year ago but still pertinent for today. As we embrace the hope of a new year and anticipate the opportunities it may bring, it is easy to dream of a promised destiny that...

The Fear Factor

The Fear Factor

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love”  (1 John 4:18 NIV). Fear. Who has not experienced fear in their lives? It has been present in the world since Adam...

When My Heart Is Hungry

When My Heart Is Hungry

How precious is your steadfast love, O God!  The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.  They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.  For with you is the fountain of life; in...

Go Tell It

Go Tell It

Read: Psalm 107 The writer of this psalm is indeed writing lyrics to a song. It's a song of remembrance telling of the goodly provision wrought by the hand of a loving God. It tells a story that may have been set to music with the repeating verses as a chorus, which...

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...

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