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What is it: A 31-day devotional along the same lines as our “Redeemed” and “Flourish” books published in the past year. Previous devotional books have included articles from Jen Hatmaker, Shaunti Feldhahn, and Susie Larson, along with other regional and international writers.

Theme: Our theme is on the power of words, the way in which they can be life-giving or life-draining, used to harm or to heal. We’re looking for articles that speak to the way in which words imprint on our souls in one of three ways:

  1. Words within us – The words we dwell on (self-talk), including what we believe about ourselves.
  2. Word spoken to us – The words spoken over us or to us by others, including their impact on us and our reaction to them.
  3. Words spoken through us – The words we speak to others (family members, friends, children, etc.).

Underlying all three categories is the idea that the Word of God is the foundation that gives us all we need to be stronger than the words that might try to steal who we are. Its truth empowers us with words of life to bring hope, healing, and encouragement to our hearts as well as the hearts of others.

Format: 1,200 characters (including spaces), or about 200-250 words. Please include an anecdote/story, Bible verse, and a thought to ponder or question to close. (See sample essay below for details.)

Deadline: July 31, 2014.

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Sample Essay: A Daddy’s Words Remembered

One of the most precious items we had after my sister Katrina died from breast cancer was the journal she wrote in the few years leading up to her death.

After the funeral and condolences died down, we’d find comfort together as a family in the evenings. Gathering together after dinner, we would listen as my brother-in-law Jim read a few entries from her journal to end the night.

Her words, a reminder of who she was, were comforting even after she was gone.

One evening, Jim read a passage she wrote about struggling with her appearance after having a double mastectomy. She wrote, “After hearing my friends talk about the imperfections of their bodies, the things they dislike or would want changed, I stand in front of my mirror looking over my scars. And as I examine the ways my body is forever changed, I can hear my dad’s voice coming back to me as a child: You are beautiful, Katie.

As tears streamed down our cheeks, Jim laid the journal down, turned to my father and said, “Well done, Howard. Well. Done.”

What words can you speak to your children today that they may draw courage from tomorrow?

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)