Monthly Archives: September 2015
The incident reminded me of something I heard Beth Moore say in her Bible study, Wising Up. She made the point that, if we wanted to, we could be irritated with our husbands all day, every day. I agree completely—and I think the same goes for him. My husband has as many reasons to find fault with me as I do with him. But Proverbs 19:11 says, “Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.”
So here’s a question: In the courtroom of life, who are you to your husband?
Are you the judge, presiding from on high, anxious to make a ruling over his activities? Are you listening to your husband’s accusers and prosecutors, willing to take their side? Are you waiting for him to make a mistake, for your opportunity to bang your gavel and announce, “Guilty!”
Maybe you’re the prosecutor, flitting around the courtroom of life telling everybody what he’s done wrong, reminding the jury and audience about his past sins.
Or you could be the accuser, ready to share the many ways he’s wronged you, watching the audience’s eyes fill with sympathetic tears and shoot daggers at the man you promised to love, honor, and cherish.
Tweet this: In the courtroom of life, be your husband’s defender, not his prosecutor.
In the courtroom of life, I hope to be my husband’s defender. I want to sit beside him and hold his hand. When asked, I want to tell of all the wonderful things he’s done. I don’t have to believe he’s perfect—or even innocent, in some cases. But as his defender, my job is to tell the courtroom—the judge, the jury, the witnesses—about all of his great qualities. Yes, he’s imperfect. But he’s also a million wonderful things. And if I’ve been a good partner to him, then I’ve been storing up all those wonderful things to remember when the accusers and prosecutors and witnesses hurl their accusations.
I will try to overlook as many offenses as I can and notice all the great things about my husband. I resolve to be not his judge, nor his prosecutor, nor his accuser, but instead to be his defender and best witness. That attitude will be to our glory and that of our heavenly Father.
Robin Patchen lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, with her husband and three teenagers. Her third book, Finding Amanda, released in April, and its prequel, Chasing Amanda, released in July. When Robin isn’t writing or caring for her family, she works as a freelance editor at Robin’s Red Pen, where she specializes in Christian fiction. Read excerpts and find out more at her website, robinpatchen.com.
Just finished that manuscript or poem and can’t wait to send it off? Then we’ve got some great news. Below are some of the latest open submission calls for Fall 2015. Get ready!
In addition to our historical novels, we’ve published numerous award winning anthologies, awesome contemporary and mystery novels, heart-inspiring Christian novels, young adult fantasies, our first ‘must have’ non-fiction writer’s reference book, our first young adult inspirational, and even a children’s illustrated book. Our newest venture is ‘boxed sets’ that are so well-received online. The area we’re really hard to build up right now is our Christian/Inspirational/family line. Think Hallmark Hall of Fame, Karen Kingsbury, Janette Oke, Little House on the Prairie, Touched By An Angel, etc. Accepting full manuscripts for adults or young adult lines. Please go to our open submissions page for more info on word count, guidelines and deadlines.
Cookbook Love – A Place for Vintage Cookbook and Recipe Lovers
Cookbook Love Family Memories Writing Contest and Anthology. In honor of all of you who love to share your memories about kitchens and cooking past, we are putting together a book. Written by YOU!
100 entries will be included in the book. Winners will be based on how well you pull us into the scene as you describe it. So be as descriptive as you can, incorporate your emotions, involve the senses, and generally offer us some good writing.
Gorgeous, full color books will be available shortly after Thanksgiving. Write about a loved one and you just might be able to give them a copy of their story for Christmas! The contest ends at 11:59pm September 30, 2015. So please head over to Cookbook Love now for more info.
Backwoods Home Magazine – Practical Ideas for Self-Reliant Living
Backwoods Home Magazine is a country and self-reliance-oriented “how to” magazine that specializes in showing people how to build their own home, produce independent energy, grow their own food, and how to make a living without being tied to a city. We also cover related subjects such as health, raising animals, food preservation, country skills, home schooling, arts and crafts, recipes, and book reviews.
Our readers value their independence above all else. They want to do things for themselves, without help or interference from big government or big business. They are not looking for opinion or entertainment, but for hard facts on how to do things better. We print articles by people who are doing things. We rarely print articles by professional writers about what other people are doing. Your subject must be something you have actually done, not just researched. For more information on guidelines, submission rules and payment, go to Backwoods Home for more information. Deadline for entry is Sept. 30, 2015.
All We Can Hold: A Collection of Poetry on Motherhood
All We Can Hold is looking for a range of voices about what it means to be mother: witching-hour poems of sleeplessness, first smiles, miscarriage. The poems of broken windows and broken hearts, of first school and college days. The poems of lament and poems of fulfillment. We hope to serve as a forum for all voices, for we all have a mother.
We are seeking poems by mothers, poems about mothers, and poems from a range of styles and voices.
All We Can Hold seeks to publish high quality poetry that embraces and wrestles with the themes of mothering. Submit up to 5 unpublished poems. Deadline is Sept. 30, 2015. Please visit the All We Can Hold submission site for more information.
Pelican Book Group Easter Lilies Special – 2015 Defining Scripture for Easter Lilies is: Song of Solomon/Songs 4:10 “How much better is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfumes than any spice!” For historical or contemporary romance writers.15K to 25K word. Sept. 30, 2015 deadline.
SouthWest Writers Bimonthly Writing Contest: Blog Posts – Have a blog post that’s rec’d excellent feedback and reviews or a great post on something you’re passionate about? Any subject. 400 words max. Sept. 30, 2015 deadline.
Poetry anthology themed around Drought
Four small presses have joined to publish an anthology of poetry with drought as its theme. Drought is not just a lack of water, and we would like to read your idea of what drought means to you.
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Submission period is brief, so send soon. 7/1/15–9/30/15
Send up to 3 poems, no restriction on length, simultaneous submissions allowed, no multiple submissions, and previously published poems allowed if you hold the rights. Send your poems in a continuous Word document, a short bio (up to 59 words), and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tethered by Letters’ Fall 2015 Literary Contest
We are currently accepting submissions for our short story contest (1,000 to 7,500 words, open genre), flash fiction contest (55, 250, or 500 words), and poetry contest (max of three pages per poem). TBL strives to publish writers with engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh writing styles. All winners will be published in F(r)iction. All finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and be considered for later publication. The prizes are $500 (USDA) for the short story winner, $150 (USDA) for the flash fiction winner, and $150 (USDA) for the poetry winner.
Winners will be announced publicly in December 2015.
Multiple entries accepted. International submissions welcome. Good luck to all our authors!
Deadline: December 1, 2015
Prize: $500 for Short Story, $150 for Flash Fiction, $150 for Poetry
Entry Fee: $15 per Short Story; $7 per Flash Fiction OR $15 for three Flash Fictions; $7 per poem OR $15 for three poems
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