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Article Teaser: God dwells in our heart. Thus, our calling involves following the passions God has placed there; not making everyone else happy, not meeting other's demands, not fulfilling every request in the universe.

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Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you. Figure out what you have to say. It's the one and only thing you have to offer. -- Barbara Kingsolver


I ran across this quote and have often thought it true ~ not only with authors, but with graphic and stationery designers, etc.: often, people pleasers; sweet, generous, and precious ~ but missing the best.

God dwells in our heart. Thus, our calling involves following the passions God has placed there; not making everyone else happy, not meeting other's demands, not fulfilling every request in the universe.

If you are tired, in service, you are carrying a weight God did not place there. Leave whatever else for the next person, as they are called. Remember, we, also, are called to trust God to do the rest.

Recently, I found a really neat site that was, almost joyously, shouting the need to hurry up and write whatever God has given you to share. Though, it brought me to question if you even realize, to what extent, God has given you the power to make a difference.

Even so, many have been in your own personal, and sometimes horrendous, tribulation for quite some time. Though, I wonder how much you realize these hard times happen to you (as they are happening to many others) so you will know where others are, what the need is, and what words need be shared.

God gave writers. That means, if you are a writer, you are a gift and it was God that decided such. It had nothing to do with your writing skills, but the desires of your heart.

There is a hurting world, out there, even more desperate than our situation may feel. And during times you have no new words to share, your 'already written seed' is still available to help others that have not yet caught up to where you are spiritually.

Do you realize, when words come to you faster than you can write them down, that those are as much God's words as the Bible? I pray that you do. I pray that you will, finally, truly believe that it is impossible for you to write something inferior ~ when the Spirit is moving. God does not do anything inferior.

God has given you words, to share, that meet people where they are. You have a type of 'gift of healing' amidst a terribly wounded and cruel world. I pray you get a glimpse of how important you, your ministry, and your seed is ~ then stand up to Satan and not let him stop you from the passions of your heart any longer.

Words, inspired by God, do not belong to you ~ but Him. Share them, wherever there is a door of opportunity, as if your message, alone, can change the entire world ~ because it can.

Via the Internet, your writings will be multiplied so many times that only God can count the number of lives that have been touched ... and how many lives they touch ... and how many lives they touch. In that ripple effect, you have been given a great opportunity to lead. And know this; it is impossible to out give God. What a gift!


In blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies. Genesis 22:17


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Joyce C. Lock is a published author, poet, and columnist. Her new website Glimpses of God (http://iam.homewithGod.com/glimpsesofgod/) unveils Biblical mysteries via scriptural methods of Bible study. Joyce's writings encourage us in our relationship with God and each other. Also visit: Free Christian books and Free Christian Resources

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Just Think
Written by: Joyce C. Lock | Distributed: 2009-04-30 | Word Count: 702 | Page Views: 2143 | Votes: 7 | Rating: 2.86
Biblical lessons from Joyce C. Lock. What if people were to sell Jesus the way we sell goods and services, with the same gusto, determination and dedication to our cause?

Let There Be Peace
Written by: Joyce C. Lock | Distributed: 2009-04-29 | Word Count: 538 | Page Views: 2166 | Votes: 6 | Rating: 1.33
Biblical lessons from Joyce C. Lock. Finding peace in the common age sometimes seems impossible. But with the right guidance, all things are possible.

Our Gift
Written by: Joyce C. Lock | Distributed: 2009-04-28 | Word Count: 333 | Page Views: 2352 | Votes: 6 | Rating: 1.17
If you knew you were going to stand before God, today (not in judgment, but meeting your very best friend) ... is there a gift you would like to present Him with? Do you plan to meet Him empty handed? Maybe you have a gift for God already. Perhaps, you never thought about it and would like to.

The Lord is My Strength and Song
Written by: Joyce C. Lock | Distributed: 2009-04-23 | Word Count: 2321 | Page Views: 2705 | Votes: 6 | Rating: 3.33
Biblical passages by Joyce C. Lock. The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him.

In Remembrance of Me
Written by: Joyce C. Lock | Distributed: 2009-04-22 | Word Count: 1799 | Page Views: 2080 | Votes: 7 | Rating: 1.71
Biblical passages from Joyce C. Lock. The temptation of Jesus.

Seek Me First
Written by: Joyce C. Lock | Distributed: 2009-04-21 | Word Count: 1968 | Page Views: 2581 | Votes: 8 | Rating: 2.38
Biblical passages from Joyce C. Lock.

The Abbreviated Christmas - XMAS -
Written by: Joyce C. Lock | Distributed: 2007-11-13 | Word Count: 169 | Page Views: 2872 | Votes: 4 | Rating: 1.50
If you are like me you may not care to consider Wikipedia's explanation. But, if spelling 'Christmas' as 'xmas' is your preference, you might appreciate knowing how the 'X' in 'xmas' began.

Legalism
Written by: Joyce C. Lock | Distributed: 2007-09-07 | Word Count: 252 | Page Views: 2612 | Votes: 5 | Rating: 0.80
Within Christian circles is known the term 'legalism'. We know it when we see it, couldn't possibly be guilty of it, but know someone who is. When pressed to define it, the bottom line answer is, 'Not what we're doing.'

A Way to Escape
Written by: Joyce C. Lock | Distributed: 2007-09-06 | Word Count: 322 | Page Views: 2369 | Votes: 4 | Rating: 2.75
Have you ever found yourself in a position where, if you just keep your mouth shut, you will receive the credit? Perhaps you observe the keys in another's car. Maybe you're in a different town where no one would notice you visiting the local bar. Or, you're on vacation, at the beach, where church members will never see how you dress.

One Day at A Time
Written by: Joyce C. Lock | Distributed: 2007-09-06 | Word Count: 140 | Page Views: 2501 | Votes: 5 | Rating: 2.00
If just for today, Lord, I'll keep my eyes and heart in tune to Your ever-loving presence. I'll walk with You, talk with you, and glean upon Your every word; be ready to go, ready to stay, and bask in the fullness of Your day.

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Greek Mythology and Christanity - Strange Bedfellows
Written by: Arthur Trafford | Distributed: 2011-09-16 | Word Count: 3628 | Page Views: 2432 | Votes: 2 | Rating: 0.00
You do realize that the Christian Messiah could have come into the world full grown, just like Adam and Eve? Read this article to find out why.

Just Think
Written by: Joyce C. Lock | Distributed: 2009-04-30 | Word Count: 702 | Page Views: 2143 | Votes: 7 | Rating: 2.86
Biblical lessons from Joyce C. Lock. What if people were to sell Jesus the way we sell goods and services, with the same gusto, determination and dedication to our cause?

Let There Be Peace
Written by: Joyce C. Lock | Distributed: 2009-04-29 | Word Count: 538 | Page Views: 2166 | Votes: 6 | Rating: 1.33
Biblical lessons from Joyce C. Lock. Finding peace in the common age sometimes seems impossible. But with the right guidance, all things are possible.

The Lord is My Strength and Song
Written by: Joyce C. Lock | Distributed: 2009-04-23 | Word Count: 2321 | Page Views: 2705 | Votes: 6 | Rating: 3.33
Biblical passages by Joyce C. Lock. The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him.

In Remembrance of Me
Written by: Joyce C. Lock | Distributed: 2009-04-22 | Word Count: 1799 | Page Views: 2080 | Votes: 7 | Rating: 1.71
Biblical passages from Joyce C. Lock. The temptation of Jesus.

Seek Me First
Written by: Joyce C. Lock | Distributed: 2009-04-21 | Word Count: 1968 | Page Views: 2581 | Votes: 8 | Rating: 2.38
Biblical passages from Joyce C. Lock.

Rapidly Accelerate Your Spiritual Growth Through Writing Stories
Written by: Chris Cade | Distributed: 2008-10-28 | Word Count: 825 | Page Views: 2639 | Votes: 5 | Rating: 1.80
For centuries, spiritual sages have told short stories to enlighten and inspire others. Counting the stories and parables that Jesus and the Buddhas have told might take a lifetime, and it would probably take several lifetimes to fully integrate the wisdom from those stories into ourselves.

When Two Become One - The Gift of Sacred Marriage
Written by: Mashubi Rochell | Distributed: 2007-12-31 | Word Count: 780 | Page Views: 2706 | Votes: 3 | Rating: 0.67
In previous eras, the nature of sacred marriage was connected with duty, or related to practical necessities. Nowadays, as human relationships transform and become more conscious, the nature of sacred marriage enters a whole new domain of possibility, that is related to two souls who become One in God, without releasing their individuality or unique identities.

When Faith Is Tested
Written by: Mashubi Rochell | Distributed: 2007-12-26 | Word Count: 809 | Page Views: 2633 | Votes: 3 | Rating: 3.33
This is a time of monumental transition for our world, and each of our lives is being affected by the larger planetary transformations that are happening. Many of us who are on a spiritual path and living a spiritual life feel dismayed by the great intensity that is manifesting in our lives, our relationships, and even our physical bodies.

The Healing Presence of God's Love
Written by: Mashubi Rochell | Distributed: 2007-12-19 | Word Count: 729 | Page Views: 2967 | Votes: 7 | Rating: 2.57
God's love as a healing presence in the world is growing stronger daily. Many people are not yet able to perceive this growing presence of light, because there also exists at this time a thick cloud of negative energy that is surrounding the Earth. This acts to obscure both the perception and the consciousness of people, and to create feelings of isolation and despair.

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Seeing God Through The Eyes Of A Child
Written by: Siobhan Gamble | Distributed: 2007-07-16 | Word Count: 1056 | Page Views: 8042 | Votes: 24 | Rating: 1.88
When you look into the eyes of a child, it doesn't take a special kind of person to see their innocence, imagination and wonder. Every child, no matter what part of the world they come from or what language they speak, pretends, believes, and has irrational fears.

Understanding Catholicism After My Protestant Upbringing
Written by: Lindsie Andrews | Distributed: 2007-04-04 | Word Count: 1172 | Page Views: 5236 | Votes: 14 | Rating: 3.57
The Catholic Church and its thousand-year history conjure strong feelings in many and add to the luster of the most stable organizational body in the history of mankind.

Should The Christian Worry About A 'Generational Transference' Of Demons?
Written by: Christian Darland | Distributed: 2006-07-06 | Word Count: 1285 | Page Views: 4337 | Votes: 10 | Rating: 2.60
Am I suffering demonically from habitual sins my great- grandfather was involved in (not just once-in-a-while-sins, but over and over again)? Will my grandkids and great-grandkids suffer demonic punishment and slavery because of some habitual sin I do? Where does this idea really come from?

Grace for Grace
Written by: Joyce C. Lock | Distributed: 2007-03-31 | Word Count: 150 | Page Views: 4167 | Votes: 10 | Rating: 2.40
Grace: God's unmerited favor, unconditional love, when we get what we don't deserve, when we get something far greater than anything we deserved, when we hit the end of the road and find a second chance, salvation, forgiveness.

The Church Choir
Written by: Joyce C. Lock | Distributed: 2007-04-07 | Word Count: 786 | Page Views: 4054 | Votes: 7 | Rating: 2.00
Church Choir: A church within a church, made up of many of the church's finest leaders ... the most likely place where a majority will bond together in friendship and unity, as they bond with the Lord. In strengthening its members, the entire church is strengthened. And, as they become one in heart, soul, and purpose ... God has promised His Spirit indwelling. The entire direction of a church can be changed through its choir.

The Celtic Cross
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The cross has broad significance as a marker of not only religion, but also of cultural identity. This article discusses the ancient symbolism and history of the Celtic cross, which incorporates Pagan views, in contrast to the Latin cross, which represent the life of Christ. With the inclusion of the simple circle, the Celtic cross embodies symbolically the unification of opposites and balance.

Ancient Fig Trees Through History
Written by: Patrick Malcolm | Distributed: 2006-11-01 | Word Count: 1080 | Page Views: 3638 | Votes: 10 | Rating: 2.60
The fig tree, 'Ficus carica,' possibly originated in Northern Asia according to archeological fossil records. Spanish missionaries brought it to the United States in 1520. Historical Sumerian tablets record the use and consumption of figs in 2500 BC.

World Change - Is There Hope for Humanity's Future?
Written by: Mashubi Rochell | Distributed: 2007-11-27 | Word Count: 427 | Page Views: 3599 | Votes: 9 | Rating: 1.89
Have you noticed a lot of changes happening around you, some of them which seem to be not very good ones? With the major changes in weather patterns and the accelerated pace of world events, most people nowadays are aware that something is going on! The topic of world change is on the minds and in the hearts of many people who are witnessing what is happening and not sure how to respond in a positive way.

Mercy, Not Sacrifice
Written by: Joyce C. Lock | Distributed: 2007-03-06 | Word Count: 1020 | Page Views: 3485 | Votes: 7 | Rating: 3.00
We have heard it said, 'I don't smoke, curse, or chew; or run around with women who do.' Will somebody please give them a cookie ... to shut them up? Isn't that a bit like gloating, 'I'm saved and you're not'? I mean, really.

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due
Written by: Joyce C. Lock | Distributed: 2007-02-07 | Word Count: 216 | Page Views: 3350 | Votes: 5 | Rating: 1.60
Have you ever attended a church service and thought, 'Yuck! This church is dead,' then attended elsewhere and thought, 'Wow! God is there,' as you felt personally touched by His presence?

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Amy
Written by: Gary Kurz | Distributed: 2006-11-30 | Word Count: 742 | Page Views: 2634 | Votes: 9 | Rating: 3.89
A moving, true story to encourage giving and support of missions.

Fruit Inspection
Written by: Joyce C. Lock | Distributed: 2007-03-17 | Word Count: 268 | Page Views: 2936 | Votes: 7 | Rating: 3.86
If we believe we are called to be Fruit Inspectors, then might we also have been watching for imperfection in Jesus, in His day, too?

Leaving Your Financial Wilderness
Written by: Joyce C. Lock | Distributed: 2007-04-05 | Word Count: 419 | Page Views: 2469 | Votes: 8 | Rating: 3.75
One's instinct to survive goes against giving all, as if we'd lose all that's left. And, whatever we think we possess is just a figment of our imagination. Yet, we cling to it for dear life.

The Souls of Animals
Written by: Gary Kurz | Distributed: 2006-11-14 | Word Count: 925 | Page Views: 3269 | Votes: 15 | Rating: 3.73
Discussion of Bible evidence on whether animals have souls or not.

Ties that Bind
Written by: Joyce C. Lock | Distributed: 2007-03-06 | Word Count: 483 | Page Views: 2649 | Votes: 9 | Rating: 3.67
When growing up, if there was a sibling dispute, mom had the perfect solution. She would refuse to choose. Instead, mom would bang our heads together. She'd say that it takes two to fight ~ so we both got it. Now, that really hurt! But, it worked, every time. We'd hush, immediately. Though we didn't like it, we didn't dare say another word.

Understanding Catholicism After My Protestant Upbringing
Written by: Lindsie Andrews | Distributed: 2007-04-04 | Word Count: 1172 | Page Views: 5236 | Votes: 14 | Rating: 3.57
The Catholic Church and its thousand-year history conjure strong feelings in many and add to the luster of the most stable organizational body in the history of mankind.

Checking Our Foundation
Written by: Joyce C. Lock | Distributed: 2007-02-06 | Word Count: 1502 | Page Views: 2631 | Votes: 7 | Rating: 3.43
When we seek to know about God instead of knowing Him, our knowledge will never be complete.

God is Not Mocked
Written by: Joyce C. Lock | Distributed: 2007-03-27 | Word Count: 395 | Page Views: 3024 | Votes: 8 | Rating: 3.38
How many times have we had the urge to Lord it over someone fallen; to look at them in disgust, to shun their very presence, to talk behind their back, to refuse their service, to forget all the good they've done, to spit in their face and kick them when their down?

The Lord is My Strength and Song
Written by: Joyce C. Lock | Distributed: 2009-04-23 | Word Count: 2321 | Page Views: 2705 | Votes: 6 | Rating: 3.33
Biblical passages by Joyce C. Lock. The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him.

Humbleness: Should It Be Humiliating?
Written by: Siobhan Gamble | Distributed: 2007-03-27 | Word Count: 731 | Page Views: 2861 | Votes: 16 | Rating: 3.19
In this day and time, it almost seems as if kindness, politeness, consideration, and most of the lessons we were taught as children were tossed out of the window one day and replaced with a new set of rules. Could it simply be that children these days are born with a defect, lacking self-control? Or are they just not being taught the way they should be taught; parents blaming modern day hardships and circumstances? It is true that the children being raised today will determine the shape of our future, but in the meantime, whose example are they following?












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