Micro-memoir

I had once thought it pretty

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I had my own rosary.

A string of prayer beads with a simple cross.

I thought it pretty.

Something to wear to a special event maybe.

A treasure to bring comfort and peace.

But this was no peaceful time.

My hands trembled.

The sweat dripped down the centre of my back.

I stumbled on my words,

“Holy Mary, Mother of God.”

No, no that’s not the way it starts.

I kept my eyes lowered.

I felt the heat rising to my cheeks.

“Hail Mary, Mother of God.”

No, no that’s not right.

Please ask someone else to continue the prayer.


WHAT’S YOUR STORY?

A series of Christian salvation stories featuring Diane Tatum

Personal photo of Diane Tatum

Since being saved in 2001, I have had an interest in hearing the stories of other believers who have given their lives to Jesus.

You can read my story here:

Through this series, I want to share with you a little snapshot into the lives of Christians and their before and after stories.

Diane Tatum was born in 1958 and gave her heart to the Lord at age 8. She attended a Southern Baptist Church and trusted God to take care of her. As a child, she prayed when she needed God. Now, living in Tullahoma, Tennessee, she recognizes more…


What to do to get unstuck

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I remember when I was stuck on where to go with my novel. I stared at the blank screen for what seemed like hours.

I finally decided to take a break and went for an extra-long walk and talked all the way. I discussed with God the troubles I was having and by the time I returned home, I had my answer!

This method worked for me but there are other ways that writers have shared that work for them to beat writer’s block. Try one of these ideas to free yourself from the dreaded blank page:

A free-write

Pick a picture…


WHAT’S YOUR STORY?

A series of Christian salvation stories featuring David Fisher

Since being saved in 2001, I have had an interest in hearing the stories of other believers who have given their lives to Jesus.

You can read my story here:

Through this series, I want to share with you a little snapshot into the lives of Christians and their before and after stories.

David Fisher was born in 1945 and gave his heart to the Lord at age 6. His parents attended a Brethren assembly in Peterborough. Little did he know the course that his life would take after he became a Christian as a young boy. His prayer life…


micro-memoir

Hurt people hurt people

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It’s not easy to admit you were a bully.

But I was…once.

It happened in grade school. I was in grade 6 and Lori was in grade 4. We lived in the same neighbourhood and went to the same school.

But that was it for what we had in common.

A nice summer afternoon, I was in no hurry to get home after school. The walk was about 20 minutes at a regular pace. But as I said, I was in no hurry so I made it a full 40 minutes by walking obnoxiously slow.

And blocking Lori from walking…


Grief

April 3rd will forever be bittersweet

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She would’ve turned 2 today.

I think of her often.
But my thoughts no longer lead to tears.

I wonder what she’d be like now.

Would she play “pretend” like she was talking on a phone?

Would she have temper tantrums?
She did have a piercing cry as a baby.

Would she play nice with her big sister?
What would be her favourite toys?
Would she share her toys?

What would her voice sound like?

Would she run fast? Kick a ball? Stand on her tiptoes?

Would she be left- or right-handed?

I’ve been told that I won’t know these…


Newsletter

Inside Look — a monthly update for readers and writers of Koinonia Publication

Quick Stats

  • As of March 31, 2021, we have had 331 writers join our publication!
  • Out of the 27 days of March (we don’t post on Sundays) we had a total of 100 stories with an average of 4 per day.

Recommended Stories

As a Christian publication, we believe that a rising tide lifts all boats. So once a week, in our Facebook Group, writers are asked to share a story from someone else that resonated with them. Here’s what we have from the month of March:

Kimberley Payne recommended Serving God across the ocean or across the street by Sarah K. Butterfield

Gordon…


But He is the only one to rise from the dead in a resurrected body

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My son argued that Jesus was not unique in being resurrected. He pointed me to numerous sources of others who had been brought back to life.

As a matter of fact, he even gave me examples from the Bible.

Elijah raised 2 boys from the dead:

The Lord heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived (1 Kings 17:22, NIV).

Then he got on the bed and lay on the boy, mouth to mouth, eyes to eyes, hands to hands. As he stretched himself out on him, the boy’s body grew warm (2 Kings 4:34, NIV).

Jesus raised a boy, a girl, and Lazarus from the dead:

Then he went up and touched…

Kimberley Payne

Jesus Lover. Oma. Author. Exercise & healthy eating are to the body what prayer & Bible study are to the spirit. https://www.kimberleypayne.com/free-programs

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