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Cole Smith

Timely Obstacles

Cole Smith

When writing a new novel, I’ve discovered a major weakness in my plotting. I don’t like to put obstacles in my character’s path. Sure, it’s fiction, but my poor protagonist has been through so much already. Can’t I just give her a little break, a vacation chapter, so she can relax and gather herself? It’s…

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The Nativity’s Reminder

Cole Smith Nativity

December! The Christmas season, one of the times we collectively reflect and lift our hearts in worship, can often be sapped of its joy by busyness, stress, and “all the things”. Though many of us long for simpler holidays, the reality of community and family commitments can still leave us feeling stretched. On those days,…

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A Small Offering

Cole Smith

November, and Thanksgiving! Time to meditate on our blessings and abundance, to be grateful for the gifts we’ve received. Growing up, my gran would always set a cornucopia, the horn of plenty, in the center of the Thanksgiving table. Some years, His blessings are obvious. But other times, it feels like we don’t have enough:…

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Adrift in the Storm

Cole Smith

The storm had the quality of chaos that melts one’s courage. Where the orderly world once existed—and the illusion of control—there was the unhinging of helpless terror. Had they ever been ripped by a wind so strong? The boat spun and bucked on the waves like a piece of tree bark, tiny in the midst…

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