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golden egg
Okay, it’s yellow not gold. And it’s really not an egg, but it is egg-shaped and it did hold eggs that have now hatched. I don’t know how many baby birds are inside, but they sure make a lot of noise. And they keep Mom and Dad really busy with their need to be fed.

I’m fascinated as I watch their parents fly in and out of the nest with morsels of food. They don’t appear to grow weary or annoyed by the needs they must meet. Their life’s focus is to care for their young until they are strong enough to be pushed out of the nest.

The instincts God has placed within His creatures amaze me. They simply do what they were created to do.

What about us? Father has given us the gift of emotions and the freedom to choose how we will respond to the needs around us. His Word encourages us to:

Feed the flock of God; care for it willingly,
not grudgingly;
not for what you will get out of it
but because you are eager to serve the Lord.
1 Peter 5:2 TLB

Father, I pray for myself and for those You have called to “write Your answer.” Help us to focus not on what we will get but on what we can give. Show us how to write words to meet the needs of our readers. Give us strength to persevere when we question whether we’re really making a difference.

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  • Do you long to find editors and agents that are hungry for the “food” you have prepared?
  • Have you written a book but don’t know how to get it published?
  • Do you have a book in print that is not selling?
  • Are you faithfully writing a blog but getting few visitors?

The Colorado and Greater Philly “Write His Answer” conferences provide the help you need.

CDs of the May 17-20 Colorado Christian Writers Conference are available. Click here for the order form

And it’s not too late to register for the July 26-29 Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference.  I’ve extended the early registration date to JUNE 30. In addition, everyone who registers through June 30 will receive an additional free 15-minute appointment. For those who come all three days (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday), that’s FIVE appointments.  Come two days and you get FOUR appointments, and one day and get THREE appointments.

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What an encouragement Tim’s words are to me and I trust to all of you who are already registered for the May 17-20 Colorado Christian Writers Conference (http://colorado.writehisanswer.com) or are considering coming. You can still register online or walk-in.

The Philly conference (http://philadelphia.writehisanswer.com) is July 26-29. Brochures were mailed yesterday and are online with lots of other info. I encourage you to register by June 17 to avoid the price increase after that date.

I have NO doubt that Father is going to do Ephesians 3:20 things at both conferences. Please pray about coming. Scholarship help is available.


Today I’m sharing another conference story. A male conference attendee. Male writer’s do attend conferences but they are in the minority. I hope you find Timothy Fountain’s story as inspiring as I did.


Marlene Bagnull’s Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference (GPCWC) is inseparable from the publication of my first book, Raising a Child With Autism.

I attended the conference twice and liken the experiences to two kinds of fire: inspiring (Acts 2:3) and refining (Psalm 12:6).

The inspiring fire came via GPCWC’s guiding mission, “Write His (God’s) answer” (Habakkuk 2:2).  The conference encourages and challenges writers to identify their particular proclamation of Christ and the genre of writing by which to convey it.  All of the writers who lead workshops reinforce this approach.

As the parent of a child with autism, I was in touch with family caregivers’ need for Christ’s comfort, encouragement and hope.  This was the inspiration…

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By Becca Anderson, Special to ASSIST News Service

ESTES PARK. CO (ANS – April 17, 2017) — Today’s writers aspire to do more than entertain or inform, they want to change lives. Attendees of the Colorado Christian Writers Conference, May 17-20, at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, CO will hear cutting-edge speakers to help them do just that. They will also have opportunities to interact with editors and publishing representatives to move their writing to publication.

A faculty of 56 editors, writers and literary agents will present 42 workshops and 15 Early Bird workshops, including a 3.5 hour session on “Jumpstart Your Publishing Dream,” “Scrivener from 0 to 60,” and “Advanced Fiction Writing.” The conference also includes eight continuing sessions, keynote addresses, intensive clinics and a special “Teens Write!” program on Saturday.

mjb smallest May 2010 for web“The world of publishing changes continually to keep in step with our culture,” said Marlene Bagnull, who has directed the conference for 20 years. “Writers have more options, including independent publishing, online venues and social media opportunities. We’ve designed the conference to touch on as many areas of today’s publishing as possible, while still feeding the Christian writer’s soul through times of worship, opportunities to talk to other writers and editors, and all in the beautiful surroundings of the Rockies.”

Keynote messages include “Storytelling that Inspires Change,” by D. J. Williams. He will also teach a continuing session on creating a roadmap to create a cause-driven novel or screenplay. Another continuing session, “Writing that Changes Lives,” is taught by Bill Watkins, award-winning author and senior editor at Broadstreet Publishing Group.
Writers will be inspired by keynote speaker Louise Looney, author of five books who was first published when she was 79-years-old, as she speaks on “Opening Doors.” Other keynotes include “Courage for Dry Bones” by Carol Award winner Terry Brennan, and “Undaunted” by full-time author and speaker Tim Shoemaker.

For writers who apply and are accepted in advance, intensive clinics can be life-changing. They include a fiction clinic with Tracie Peterson, best-selling author of over 100 books; a nonfiction book clinic with Craig Bubeck, who is directly responsible for the publication of over 200 books; and a speakers clinic with Roy Hanschke, a 20-year plus veteran of Christian radio who has coached beginning and seasoned speakers for over 17 years.

For more information visit http://colorado.writehisanswer.com or contact the director, Marlene Bagnull, at mbagnull@aol.com or 484-991-8581.

Photo captions: 1) Marlene Bagnull. 2) Becca Anderson.

About the writer: Becca Anderson is a freelance writer and editor based in Texas, and has had two books published — both as a direct result of attending the Colorado Christian Writers Conference. Her e-mail address is: banderson@cablelynx.com.


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Pray that the LORD our God will show us
the way we should go and what we should do.
Jeremiah 42:3 TEV

  • Please pray for CCWC conferees as they choose the faculty they want to meet with at the May 17-20 conference. Father, please help them to take advantage of the wealth of info we’ve provided and to not rush their decision.
  • Please ask Father to show me how He wants me to respond to the requests for scholarship help.
  • Pray for writers who are struggling to justify the cost of a conference because they haven’t yet been made much (or any) income from their writing. Father, please encourage them to believe in You and the gift of words You’ve entrusted to them.

If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask him, and he will gladly tell you, for he is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask him; he will not resent it. But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to tell you, for a doubtful mind will be as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind; and every decision you then make will be uncertain, as you turn first this way and then that. If you don’t ask with faith, don’t expect the Lord to give you any solid answer. – James 1:5-7 TLB

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When I pray, you answer me and encourage me
by giving me the strength I need.
Psalm 138:3 TLB

  • Please ask the Lord to calm the wind and protect the firefighters as they battle fires in Colorado and three other western states.

Thank you all so much for praying – our community [Haxtun, CO] has been hit hard but it has been incredible to see everyone come together. Please keep praying for the wind to die down. So much loss. But God is good.

CCWC faculty member Kim Woodhouse

  • Please pray for those who are overwhelmed and discouraged by technology and the learning curve. Father, please encourage us all Louise Looney’s example. (Louise started her writing career at age 79. Since then she has written one award-winning book and four more. In addition to keynoting at CCWC, she would love to meet with you during a one-on-one appointment to offer prayer and encouragement.)

I’m on a time crunch getting out entertaining and uplifting You Tubes to start this week-end. Pray they will attract believers as well as non-believers and cause them to want to know the Lord initially or better. The Lord has been with me in amazing ways!

CCWC faculty member Louise Looney

  • Please pray for the mailing to 46 Christian schools and 20 homeschool groups about the May 20 Teens Write at CCWC. Kim and Kayla Woodhouse and Darcie Gudger have planned an exciting day-long learning opportunity. Father, please raise up young people to know You and desire to serve You through the ministry of writing.
  • Pray continue to pray that I will be keenly aware of Father’s leading as I finalize the faculty and workshops for the July 26-29 Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference and begin work on the brochure and updating the website.

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I love watching Father work!

Presently (January 14) there are 49 on faculty for the May 17-20, 2017, Colorado Christian Writers Conference with more to be added. So far that includes 6 agents, 18 editors, 14 authors, and 11 other professionals.

I’m working on the brochure and have spent the afternoon beginning the process of updating the website. If we have your USPS address, you will hopefully receive our 16-page brochure by mid-February. I’m working to open secure online registration by February 1.

Pray for me, please. Even though this is my 21st year directing the Colorado conference and 34th year directing the Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference it doesn’t get any easier. But then Jesus never promised following Him would be easy. What He has promised is always to be with us. We can trust that what He calls us to do, He will equip us to do.

I cling to His promises as the challenge of planning two conferences often threatens to overwhelm me and make me doubt I have what it takes. The hardest part, the same as with writing a book, is getting started. Well, finishing what we start is tough, too!

Do you feel called to “write His answer” and yet struggle with self-doubts? Truthfully, through working with hundreds of writers through the years, I find that those who really have a gift with words and a message that needs to be published are the ones most likely to be crippled by self-doubts.

I shudder when I think of how many times I almost gave up writing because my self-doubts were so loud and insistent. Why would anyone want to read what I wrote? What made me think that I could write for the Lord? I wasn’t qualified! How could He possibly use someone who was only a high school graduate? I felt ashamed and woefully inadequate.

How it must have grieved the Lord when I failed to see that the Cross turns my minus into a plus – when I believed the lies of the evil one instead of His promises. And how much time I wasted in my self-centered and selfish focus on my doubts instead of on the needs Father was calling me to address through the words He would give me if I would just trust Him.

Today I was reminded of the November 2010 ASSIST News interview, “Author of End Times Political Thriller Hits New York Times Best Seller List with His Latest Middle Eastern Novel.” Talking about the decision to write his first novel, Joel Rosenberg said:

Failure has a way of focusing the mind and I’d come off of ten years of political failure in Washington DC and I thought, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me. I’m a Rosenberg, yet I am not a lawyer, a dentist, a doctor, an acupuncturist, a chiropractor, an accountant or even a stockbroker.

I’ve got no financial genes and I can’t do anything practical. I write ‘Op-Eds’ that people don’t read. I write speeches people don’t listen to; the only thing I know how to do is write and clearly badly. But these are my loaves and fishes and I don’t want to be a failure; I want to be a blessing.

So, I told the Lord, ‘I want to be a servant of yours, Lord Jesus, so could you take these loaves and fishes, limited though they be, and would you break them, and bless them, and somehow feed people with them.’

It was then that I got this idea of writing a political thriller; a Middle East-based terrorism story that would have the Gospel woven into it. I wanted it, as readers got deeper into the book, to see the spiritual temperature rise. But the problem was that I didn’t know how to write a novel as I’d never written one before. I’d never even taken a class on writing a novel and I didn’t even like to read novels. So that was a problem.”

Click here to read the rest of the interview. You’ll be encouraged.

New WHA cover
Are you struggling to see Father at work in your life? Are you battling self-doubts, writer’s block, rejection slips, procrastination? My book, Write His Answer – A Bible Study for Christian Writers, has 33 chapters of answers I found during my journey of publishing 9 books and making over 1,000 sales to Christian periodicals. And to my amazement it’s been in print for 25 years! Click here for excerpts and ordering info.

Father, thank You for calling us to do what seems impossible and for Your faithfulness to do exceedingly, abundantly beyond as we choose to listen to You and not to our doubts.


Yes, I’m trusting Father will enable me to pull the Philly conference together, too. About half of the faculty is in place.

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Possible And Impossible Keys Show Optimism And Positivity

Time does fly! Already the first week of the new year is history.

Did you accomplish what you hoped to get done last week? Or, like me, did you encounter frustrating obstacles? I definitely could have done without sitting in the dentist chair for FOUR HOURS! Still I’m grateful for the amazing technology that made it possible for the dentist to save several teeth.

Yes, technology is amazing, that is, when it’s working! I lost more hours trying to resolve a computer issue. I finally found Microsoft’s number and called. The tech was able to fix one problem, but he said he needed to transfer me to the next level of support to fix the other problem. The cost – $500. So much for the “free” support I thought came with my new subscription to MS Office 365.

I was again reminded again of the apostle Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 12:10 (TLB):

When I am weak, then I am strong –
the less I have, the more I depend on him.”

My paraphrase:

“When I am tired and overwhelmed,
confused, and frustrated,
and when I do not feel smart enough
to figure out a feature on my Smartphone
or find the answer to a computer error message
then I can know His strength.
The less energy, time, wisdom,
and computer expertise I possess,
the more I depend on Him.”

How I thank God for His promises. They are my “faithful armor” (Psalm 91:4) when the evil one tries to convince me something is impossible.

And I’m so thankful for the prayers of friends and Father’s amazing answer when a nephew I hadn’t heard from in over 50 years called. He spent almost five hours with me working on my computer remotely and resolving problems. I am so, so grateful, but not just for his expertise. It was wonderful to connect with him again after all these years.

I had hoped to begin updating the websites for the May 17-20 Colorado and July 27-29 Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference. That didn’t happen. But I’m choosing to trust Father and His timing and enabling.

How about you?

New WHA cover
“Marlene Bagnull understands that walking in obedience isn’t easy. When you question your call, want to quit, and feel like God could never use you, pick up this book. You’ll find a soulmate in these pages, a friend, someone who has walked and is walking this path of being a writer for Him. You will gain wisdom, be encouraged, and find the strength to keep going.”
                    ~ Susan M. Cameron, Author

Click here for excerpts and ordering info.

To give your work the best opportunity to get in print, invest in The Christian Writers Market Guide 2017. I love the new easy-to-read format. Copies are available through Write His Answer Ministries at $5 off the retail price of $22.99. Click here to order.

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