As the Ink Flows-Devotions to Inspire Christian Writers & Speakers

As the Ink Flows-Devotions to Inspire Christian Writers & Speakers


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As the Ink Flows is a devotional by writers for writers, integrating the craft of working with words with the faith of people of the Word to deepen, sustain, and expand ministry in the world. This collection of 90 devotions features a focus Scripture, a brief meditation on the text and the writing experience, and a prompt for personal reflection and creative response. Written by five members of a Christian writers' group, As the Ink Flows offers inspiration and encouragement for writers and speakers who want to connect their convictions and their craft for the glory of God and the equipping of God's people.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780817017675
Publisher: Judson Press
Publication date: 04/15/2016
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

GLENDA DEKKEMA writes the chaplaincy column for Senior Care Canada magazine and her nonfiction articles—focused on health, the environment, family life and humour—have been published in several magazines and newspapers in Canada and Europe. She is a professional member of The Word Guild.

MELONY TEAGUE was born in South Africa and immigrated to Canada in 1999. She lives in Oak Ridges with her husband and their two children. She is a freelance writer who believes everyone has a story to tell and each story is unique and sometimes wilder than fiction. She loves to uncover the good news in society and writes human interest and community pieces. Melony is an editorial contributor for Sport In Aurora Magazine, a member of the Richmond Hill Liberal's COMM links group, and has contributed columns and community articles for the local media over the years. Melony's guest columns address issues pertaining to the life and health of her community. She loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words. She is also ghostwriter who has worked with diverse subject matter. In addition to writing the biographies for the Portraits of Giving 2014 & 2015 she also handles Communications and PR for two non-profit missions organizations in Canada. She is an active member of The Word Guild and Inscribe.

CAROL FORD facilitates a Christian writers' group and owns a consulting business. An active member of the Word Guild, a Canadian association of Christian writers and editors, and certified in MBTI and Life Skills Coaching, Carol delivers workshops and speaks at various events.

CLAUDIA LOOPSTRA is a published author of short stories and articles and a longtime member of The Word Guild. A frequent workshop presenter and facilitator, she has served on the National Executive Council of Women Alive.

MARGUERITE CUMMINGS is an award-winning writer and former designer of reader guides and editor of discussion guides for Hot Apple Cider books. A talented poet, she has been a member of the Word Guild since 2006.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

As the Ink Flows (A Writer's Prayer) xii

The Craft

Flow 2

Give Thanks in All Circumstances 4

Writer's Block 6

Spit It Out 8

The Use of Metaphor 10

Ten Thousand Hours 12

Repetition 14

Opposites Attract 16

Motivated to Journal 18

Libel 20

Be the Media 22

Lyrics 24

The Hook 26

A Different Perspective 28

Literary Critique 30

Your Soundtrack 32

Writers' Groups 34

Write Your Own Parable 36

Journal Writer 38

Setting the Scene 40

Show, Don't Tell 42

Learning Discipline through Blogging 44

Hand in Hand 46

The Divine Word 48


Evergreen 52

Where Are You Looking? 54

Taken Your Temperature Lately? 56

When Thunder Roars 58

Powerful Gift 60

How Thirsty Are You? 62

God's Time 64

God of All Comfort 66

Eat to Fill the Stomach 68

Corning before God in Prayer 70

Where Does Your Inspiration Come From? (Part I) 72

Where Does Your Inspiration Come From? (Part II) 74

Where Does Your Inspiration Come From? (Part III) 76

Showing Hospitality to Strangers 78

Know Yourself

Tech-Detox 82

Cleaning the Cupboard 84

Sluggard 86

Time Challenge 88

A Light on My Path 90

Chipping Away 92

The Next Generation 94

Life Stories 96

Our God Stories 98

Truth-Stranger than Fiction 100


In the Dark 104

Moving Mountains 106

The View from the Couch 108

I Just Dropped a Jam Jar 110

That's a Good Deal 112

Turning Tragedy into Music (Part I) 114

Turning Tragedy into Music (Part II) 116

May Your Will Be Done 118

The Insomniac 120

Strength 122

Never Alone 124


The Nature of a Writer 128

Parts of the Body 130

Perfectionism 132

Ego vs. Humility 134

Check Your Indicators 136

Celebrating Individuality 138

The Expressive One 140

The Quiet One 142

Putting Our Talents to Work 144


Blessings 148

Forty 150

Give Them Something to Eat 152

Full Armor of God 154

Be Still 156

To God Be the Glory 158

True Value 160

Christian Writer 162

Faith Works 164

Well Done 166

Writing with Love 168

Curbing the Urge 170

Dig Deeper 172

Judging Your Cover 174

Where Two or Three Gather 176

Stand Firm in Love 178

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not 180

Nonverbal Communication 182

I Know God Can 184

Getting Dirty in the Valley 186

Tears 188

Répondez, S'il Vous Plaît 190

About the Authors 193

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