Writer’s Blog

A collection of devotionals written by writers at Heartland

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.”...

Peace Be With You

Peace Be With You

After the death of Jesus, His followers locked themselves in a home. Feeling disappointed, disillusioned and afraid, you could say they self-isolated or self-quarantined. They responded to the threat and fear of Jewish leaders by staying home. The text in John...

In a Time of Reset

In a Time of Reset

How quickly times can change! I have had periods in my life, as we all have, when personal circumstances have changed, and I found myself at a loss...fearful, sometimes angry, confused, stumbling around, and unsure of what to do. God has used those times to shape and...

Renewal

Now it’s time we observe All of the browns and grays Giving birth to color And welcome the beauty As it arises forth, Signaling the change and Warming our winter souls That may have grown quite cold. Both encouraging and Urging us to break through And leave behind all...

Distinguished by His Presence

Distinguished by His Presence

“And he [Moses] said to him, ‘If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here.  For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people?  Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and your...

Pandemics, Poetry and the Pace of Life

Pandemics, Poetry and the Pace of Life

Yesterday morning I walked into an eerily empty Wildroast Coffeeshop. Peak caffeine traffic hour and no one was there, except for a 20-something, hipster barista, wearing a fedora on his head and rubber gloves on his hands. Hand sanitizer was placed conspicuously at...

Why?

Why?

“Isn't this the One who opens blind eyes? Why didn't he do something to keep Lazarus alive?" (John 11:37 The Passion Translation.)  Those nasty "Why?" questions. I'd stopped asking them. I had decided it was an expression of trust in God if I didn't even go...

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