When You Talk about Scripture, Do You “Scrapbook” It?


by Katy Kauffman @KatyKauffman28


Just like the Biltmore itself, my contest entry exuded vintage and fairy tale. The contest at the annual Scrapbook Expo called for entries, and I answered with careful attention to detail.


Three pictures from the Biltmore grounds and gardens were taped to a piece of 12” square parchment-colored paper that had mauve flowers and a fairy tale story printed on it. The edges of each picture were brushed with taupe paint, and paper flowers were accented with gold and cranberry glitter, topped with copper charms. Pewter corner accents, a quote about love, and even a peacock feather filled in the empty spaces. I finished the page by lightly painting the edges of the square paper with chocolate brown paint. Scrapbooked.


It would have been much easier to submit an entry that had my three pictures taped to a plain background. I could have attached a tag to the page to show where the pictures were taken, and let it go. But I would have missed out on the opportunity to add interest and appeal. To make the presentation sparkle.


When we write or teach about Scripture, we have the opportunity to “scrapbook” it. Sure, we could simply state a verse in the middle of our writing or lesson, add a simple explanation, and move on. But we would miss the opportunity to add more interest and appeal. To make the presentation sparkle.

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Contributing to a Compilation

by Jeannie Waters, Contributor to Heart Renovation


Questioning the Call


Doubts assailed me as I stood on the mountain. After driving six hours, I’d arrived for my first Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. Fear tainted my excitement as I considered that maybe I’d made a mistake by coming. 


Is this God’s plan or my idea? Why do I want to write anyway? Is my motive pure?


I’ve dreamed of this venture for years. Friends assure me my efforts are publication-worthy, but what do they know? I wonder if an agent would agree? Are my pieces good, excellent, or none of the above?


Writing for God . . . Wow! What a blessing! Did He choose me for this type of kingdom work? Wait. That couldn’t possibly be true. I’m a fair judge of writing and mine is okay—well, maybe good—but certainly not great. No, I’m not a great writer. I dare not write in God’s name if He’s not asking me to do so.

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The Girl with Hazel Eyes – A Guest Post by Beckie Lindsey

Katy here. Today I have the privilege of sharing with you an award-winning poem and the story behind it. Can you relate to the poem below? May your heart be blessed and your dreams renewed.

The Girl with Hazel Eyes

by Beckie Lindsey

Where has she gone? That young girl from so long ago.
The memory eludes me like a cloud covering over the sun.
She had dark hair and large hazel eyes. 
Those eyes that saw the world as an adventure to be had.
A world that is exciting yet dangerously uncertain,
But — with courage — could be contained.

 

 

dreams, dreaming, writing, Courage, love, The Girl with Hazel Eyes, Beckie Lindsey

Unwritten Melody Blog Tour with Tessa Emily Hall

When you’ve read a good book, you want to share about it! Welcome to the next stop in Tessa Emily Hall’s blog tour. Today I have the privilege of sharing about Tessa’s new book, Unwritten Melody, and interviewing her. Plus, we are linking to a giveaway! Two winners will receive a wonderful prize package.

Tessa Emily Hall is a gifted writer and a beautiful person. When I met her at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, I didn’t know I was gaining a friend for life. Our first books were released about the same time, and since we’ve met, we have swapped ideas, prayed for each other, read each other’s books, and texted, texted, texted. I am excited to introduce her new book to you and for you to hear about her passion for writing. 

 

 

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When Dreams Become Reality: An Interview with YA Novelist Tessa Emily Hall

She has guest blogged for me, but now hear about her writing journey! Today I interview YA novelist Tessa Emily Hall about her adventures in writing and publishing. She shares tips for fiction and non-fiction writers and what motivates her to write for God. Meet Tessa ...

 

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Worshipping God through Our Creations

Guest blogger and friend Tessa Emily Hall shares about writing and how to keep it God-centered. If you write fiction or non-fiction (or if you paint, draw, sing, or serve God in any way), I hope you find inspiration and motivation to write and serve for a special purpose! Now from Tessa…

I first discovered my love to create when I was a toddler. Every time I was bored I would ask my mom, who was an art teacher, to lead me into a new craft. The stirring to create grew each time I completed a new project that consisted of finger-painting, play-dough, or even making a doll out of paper and stuffing it with napkins (my mom didn’t help me with that one ;)).

However, when I was three, my desire to make crafts transformed into a new desire to create stories when my mom suggested that I write a book. I began filling pages and pages with illustrations, dictating my stories to her.

That drive to create never faded. ... 

 

 

Tessa Emily Hall, writing, worship God, talents, service to God, Worshipping God through Our Creations, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

One More Edit

I didn’t want to upload it one more time. After nine uploads and nine thorough edits of my entire e-book, I didn’t want to fix it again. Couldn’t it just be done? Couldn’t I get away with not fixing that spacing that I had somehow missed?

I knew the answer was no. And for good reason—to make my book the best it could be. Every hour I had spent formatting paragraphs and endnotes, every minute I had carefully scrolled through the whole book, every second of patience was worth ...

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