Life Lessons from the Perspective of a Writer’s Journey

I’m not able to pull off perfect, so I decided I’d be real instead. No matter our call, when we shake off the shackles of perfectionism, and with God’s help pursue excellence for His glory and the edification of others, we find ourselves on a much more peaceful and productive path. (Working on it, or rather, God’s working in me.)

Honored to return as a guest presenter on Writer’s Chat and share some stories and lessons from the persepective of my faith and writer’s journey, many applicable to those on other roads in life.

VIDEO BELOW: Writer’s Chat ~ The Writing Journey with Rachael M. Colby

And He said to me,
“My grace is sufficient for you,
for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities,
that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 
(2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV)

Access the Zoom link to attend Writers Chat live Tuesdays at 11 a.m. ET when you join their members only Facebook group HERE or catch the replays on Serious Writers YouTube channel.

Free downloadable bookmarks and links to resources to encourage faith and creativity as well as #FirstResponders in honor of First Responder’s Week and #PoliceWeek, and more below.

NATIONAL FIRST RESPONDERS WEEK/ EMS WEEK is now observed the third full week in May. (May 15th- 23rd for 2022.)

Speaking of books, check out this excerpt from an upcoming book release, Debriefing: Meditations for Those Who Protect and Serve by award-winning author, former #policeofficer, #chaplain, and missionary, Tez Brooks on his post entitled, Can Police be Ambassador’s of Hope?

Hope for Police Officers ~ A free seven day Bible reading plan on the YouVersion website to encourage law enforcement officers available HERE. (Or use the YouVersion Bible App search feature.)

NATIONAL POLICE WEEK is observed the week of MAY 15TH! Check out my recently launched ongoing series of interviews featuring law enforcement officers from every state HERE:

I looked for inspiration and found none. Then I sought You, Lord, and I was inspired.

Did you know that in 1999 the United States Congress designated May as NATIONAL MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH? ― Check out my interviews with our military HERE.

If you want your ministry to be relevant, stay current with God.

Coming soon! The Courage to Write: 62 Devotions to Encourage Your Writing Journey released early!

Blessed to be a contributor to The Courage to Write: 62 Devotions to Encourage Your Writing Journey, a collaboration of the Renew – spiritual retreat for writers & speakers community. Grateful to co-directors Lucinda Secrest McDowell and Rachel Britton for this opportunity.

Creative Writing Journal: Faith Inspired Writing Prompts & Hope-Filled Poetry  Journaling Scribbles Collection – Version 1 Abstract Orange Circles Cover Art – BW 6×9 (Thrilled to have three of my poems featured in this book. The poetry and promts presented in this compilation not only serve to inspire writers but are suitable for incorporating as part of one’s devotional time.)

Creative Writing Journal: Faith Inspired Writing Prompts & Hope-Filled Poetry  Journaling Scribbles Collection – Version 2 Trees in Autumn Art Cover – BW 6×9 Paperback

Do you love poetry or wish to make your writing more vivid? CLICK HERE for my article Moonlight, Street Lights, and Stage Fright and for the video workshop I co-presented with award-winning author and Journaling Scribbles Creator Patricia Tiffany Morris on Writers Chat | Come Write with Us: Poetry

Check out these and other titles in the Journaling Scribbles Collection

It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own.
Our qualification comes from God.
(2 Corinthians 3:5 NLT)

And I am certain that God,
who began the good work within you, will continue his work
 until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
(Philippians 1:6 NLT)

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*I’ve recently updated my RESOURCES PAGE and am continuing to add a variety of inspiring resources to it. It includes books and other resources on faith, family, and more. Hope you’ll check it out!

Need some wise counsel, a listening ear? Contact Focus on the Family HERE for a free one-time counseling consultation or HERE for their referrals to licensed Christian counselors in your area, or by calling 1-855-771-HELP (4357).


A Chaplain Ministry of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association offering a law enforcement appreciation program which includes

FREE retreats for Law enforcement officers and their spouses


Law enforcement chaplaincy training.


ADOPT-A-COP ~ “The goal of Adopt-A-Cop is to assign law enforcement officers to a family, group, or individual who will pray daily for them and send a note of encouragement, support and a thank you for their service to the community.”

The month of May is filled with days set aside to honor those who serve. The purpose of these articles is to encourage and honor those who serve and to open understanding and dialogue between them and and their communities.

Check out my interviews with our military HERE. (May is National Appreciation Month)

"'Til I Drop Dead" (A Nurse's Manifesto)

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK (the first week in May)
A must read for all! One of the most powerful essays I've ever read. Much takeaway beyond Mother's Day! Please share it with your church, at work, with your family: Porch Swing Mother's Day by adoptive parent, Becky Antkowiak on Focus on the Family's website. (Congratulations, Becky! <3)

My articles The Measure of a Mom and Piece of My Heart are not just for MOTHER'S DAY.

Faith-Pump: A 40-Day Devotional 

Seven award-winning authors offer a dose of real sure to elicit belly laughs, tears, and some soul searching, while sharing their lives lived out in light of God's Word. 

Infused with scripture throughout, each chapter of this devotional includes engaging stories and lessons learned, followed by thought provoking questions and calls to action to encourage a closer walk with Jesus and bolster faith in God's love and faithful ever present help in the day-to-day. 
The Why of Why I Write and Finding My Voice along with some favorite writing resources HERE on my page The Write Place.

Scroll my Questions & Resources page for some of my book recomendations for writers HERE.

Looking for answers in these turbulent times? Wondering what in the world is going on? I pulled these scriptures together last year for my post Peace in Pandemic and Pandemonium. Their truth cries ever louder. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD MY FREE COMPILATION OF BIBLE VERSES TO ENCOURAGE AND EQUIP (INCLUDES SCRIPTURES ON THE LAST DAYS).

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association  24 hour Prayer Line: (888) 388-2683


Billy Graham Evangelistic Association  24 hour Prayer Line: (888) 388-2683

© 2022 Rachael M Colby | Tattoo It On your Heart

Author: Rachael M. Colby

Born and raised in Jamaica, award-winning writer Rachael M. Colby resides in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Wife, mom, beach bum, artist, work in progress, avid Tweeter—#HealthyFaithChat leader, Rachael writes to glorify God, encourage believers, and reach the lost. She connects culture’s questions with Christianity’s answers, inspires faith, and motivates through articles, devotions, poetry, and interviews. She has a heart for racial reconciliation and to uplift those who serve in tough places. Her work has appeared on Southern Ohio Christian Voice, Inkspirations Online, the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference Blog, in the compilation books Creative Writing Journal: Faith Inspired Writing Prompts & Hope-Filled Poetry, The Courage to Write: 62 devotions to Encourage your Writing Journey, and Defining Moments: Memorable and Inspiring Stories from Outstanding Leaders, and the Oak Ridger newspaper. She runs on copious amounts of coffee and chocolate and a whole lot of "Help me, Jesus." Her WIPS include a compilation of her family’s and others’ stories of their work as civil rights activists (adult and children’s books), and a devotional for writers. You can connect with Rachael on her website,—a place for seekers, followers, and writers, and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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