Author: Michelle Bengston

Write About the Mess

“It’s like you’ve been reading my mail,” a reader wrote. “How is it that you always seem to know exactly what to say to stir up my heart?” I love it when God does that…whether it’s a graphic I create and share on social media or a blog post on my website…I get excited and am thrilled to see when He lets me partner with Him to be part of His work in others. Many times, I have no idea why I feel compelled to share something at the time, only to find out later, that it was “just...

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Why Do We Write?

As a child, I loved to write. One of my first prized possessions was a diary…you know the kind, with a lock and key intended to keep your younger sibling from reading your deepest darkest secrets, but so flimsy a squirrel could probably open it. In that diary, I wrote my greatest fears, my deepest longings, and my sweetest joys. I also delighted in writing short stories and essays, pondering the world from an inexperienced young pre-teen and teen perspective. I frequently submitted my pieces to youth writing contests — some I won, some I didn’t. But it didn’t...

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5 Promises When Writing is Hard

Deadlines were looming, but the words weren’t coming. Sometimes, writing is hard. We’ve all heard about the debilitating “writer’s block.” Yet over the years, I think the dearth of words when we wordsmiths need them most can usually be attributed to fear, doubt, or discouragement. It’s so easy to compare ourselves to others and think it comes easier for them. Yet, according to Theodore Roosevelt, “comparison is the thief of joy.” When I compare myself to others and their calling, I become focused on what God is doing in them and for them and through them, all the while...

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