About Steven Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at https://stevensawyer.wordpress.com/. My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.

This is my last post on “For His Glory”

Today marks the end of an eight-year blogging run for me on For His Glory.
This will be my last post.

As I watch God’s plan for me unfold, I sense Him moving me in a new direction, with new priorities and challenges. But blogging doesn’t show up on His agenda.

I will miss everything about blogging.

I love to write. I spent my working career writing. I’ve been writing paragraphs since I was in second grade.  I taught writing and composition to middle school, high school and college students for years. I was a newspaper reporter, newspaper editor, sports writer, ad agency copywriter, technical writer and more.

Blogging gave me opportunities to meet and make friends with lots of dedicated bloggers and very gifted and talented writers. I will dearly miss my camaraderie with them and our many friendship moments.

I couldn’t give up my blog without sharing my deep, heartfelt gratitude for the thousands of viewers who have visited FHG and come back time and time again. The folks who shared a “like” or written such wonderful, encouraging comments have all kept me writing blog posts year after year.

Probably the richest blessings I’ll miss are those comments from folks who tell me how blessed they were to read the words God gave me.

But most of all I am grateful beyond words for Almighty God and the opportunity He’s given me to share His words and His love and grace with others on my blog. It has always been His blog and everything I have written has been for His glory.

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Several years ago I fell just shy of making my blog my god. Everything I read in God’s word, every sermon I listened to, every devotional, every blog someone else wrote–all of it became grist for my next blog post. I committed to publishing a new blog post Monday through Friday. Occasionally I revived a post to publish from my archives. Sometimes I published posts written by some of the great spiritual writers I followed. But most of my posts were original and fresh. I was spending two to three hours a day writing posts or reading and researching material for future posts.

During the past few weeks God has shown me He had a lot to say to me in His word and in those sermons and devotionals I read that others wrote.  I haven’t the foggiest notion how much I missed that God was attempting to tell me and teach me. But I was too busy focusing on and gathering all that material for my next blog post.

I prayed about my blog and talked with Marie about what I think God was showing me. So,  I decided to stop. The same day I made the decision, God blessed me with a peace I hadn’t known for most of the past eight years.

He is showing me He wants my relationship with Him and my relationships with my family to become first and second on my list of priorities.  I am getting back into God’s word regularly FOR ME, not for my blog. I’m spending more time with my family and my brothers in Christ in our church men’s group. I’m learning deeper surrender. I’m meditating on Scripture. (Now I’m giving myself time to do that.)

I’m growing closer to my Father, and Marie and I are happier together now than we’ve ever been. I’m investing my former blogging time and energy on impacting my beautiful granddaughters and serving Marie.

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for showing me my new direction I’m taking and the new path I’m on to allow You to work in me so everything I say and do and think and feel will be For Your Glory.

How can we avoid the DYI syndrome?

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She learned trust in the pool

She was five. Already brave and outgoing. And, like her dad, a type A who never met a stranger.  But she tip-toed around water.  She was okay walking around in the shallow end wearing her swimmies. Those kept her head above water.

I thought it was time she lost her fear of the water.  We moved down to the waist-high area of the pool.  I stood in the water a few feet from the edge.

“Jump in, Leah,” I said.

She would have no part of it. She stood on the bank with one of those 5-year-old “No, I’m not going to” defiant objections.

“Oh, come on. Daddy’s right here. I’ll catch you.”  I spread my arms wade apart. “I’ll catch you.”

“No! I’ll get water in my nose.”

This war of pleas and objections went on for 10 minutes. She finally worked up the courage to walk to the edge of the pool. “Hold your nose and jump in,” I said. “I’ll catch you. I promise. Just trust me.

She finally held her nose and jumped. I dunked her head under water for two seconds. She survived! She thought jumping intotrust and obey the pool and daddy catching her was a blast!

So, my five-year-old jumped off the edge of the pool and daddy caught her . . .again and again . . .for the next 45 minutes! She never got tired. Daddy did. Or we’d still be at that pool.

Once my daughter learned her daddy would do what he said he would do, she trusted him.

Isn’t that true with our Daddy? When we learn once that we can trust God to do what He says He will do in a circumstance we surrender to Him, isn’t it easier, the next time to trust him with another circumstance or trial or dilemma?

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The Cone of Uncertainty

cone of uncertainty 2They can’t tell you where the storm will strike, when the storn will strike, or how bad the storm will be. Weather savvy meteoroligists at the TV station draw this wide cone on the screen hedging their bets with their best scientific guesses. It’s called the cone of uncertainty. It’s used to describe where weather experts believe the eye of the storm could possibly travel.

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Finally! The true answers to the “How do you know your true self?” true-false test

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Answers to “How do you know your true self?” true-false test delayed until Tuesday

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The real “How well do you know your true self” true-false test

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Christian Meditation – Its a Beautiful Thing

Beautiful, effective scriptures for meditation all day long Pick one and go!

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Meditation is not just for eastern religions as some may assume. As Christians we are instructed to meditate on Gods Word daily. But what does that mean? Meditate? It means that we spend time in stillness, reflecting on what a scripture means or the wonderful things God has done for us with a thankful heart. It’s often during my own meditations that I hear God speaking to my heart most clearly about things I had earlier prayed about. When we fill our minds with Gods Word it becomes very hard for the enemy to get a foothold in our lives.

Meditation brings balance and focus on what is truly important above all else – God the Father. Jesus Christ came to tear the veil that had separated us from having an intimate personal relationship with God and he succeeded. No longer must we seek out an earthly priest in human…

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How well do you know your true self?

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 Let Him Set You Free

What powerful imagery. You can be free indeed. You can walk out of your dark, lonely prison today. Let Jesus take your place and set you free once and for all.

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 “Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you really will be free”

~the Gospel of John, Chapter 8, Verse 36 in the Common English Bible~

Picture someone in chains and shackles in a small prison cell with no hope of ever getting out. Now picture this prisoner as you. Imagine the torment, the solitude, the darkness of this small forgotten cell. Feel the cold cement against your skin. Sense the hopelessness within as you cry out with screams that cannot be heard.

Now, see a man standing at your cell door, not the guard, just a man. He has done nothing wrong, but here he stands, willing to take your place so that you can go free. All you have to do is accept His offer; all you have to do is accept responsibility for the wrong you’ve done; all you have to do is ask Him to…

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What if the gospel is fake news?

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God’s Words are Simple

Butch Dean is one of my favorite bloggers. I read his posts regularly. This post is just another example of Butch’s gift for conveying his thoughts and words from God in simple-easy to understand words and thoughts. Enjoy.

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Diagnosis: Human nature is stuck on itself. It likes big words and big ideas. The presentation of “sophisticated and educated” is important to human nature. Can you see how smart I am? It’s not important that you understand what I say, but that you realize how smart I am using such grand words.

Human nature prides itself on being smart, but manages to do things the hard way. If it was simple once, human nature will complicate it. Human nature was born blind and dumb, yet exists in denial. Human nature is its own worst enemy and is doomed to Eternal death

Though God’s thoughts and ways are different from ours, His words are simple and easy to understand. He has no hidden agenda. He only wants to save you from yourself, from your human nature. He wants to call you His child…to give you Eternal Life. John 3:16


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What I believe about myself today

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Do you suffer from selfie pride?

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Are you in or are you out?

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Clawing my way out of a black hole . . .of my own making

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An Eternal Decision

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The body is dust and to dust it will return, but the soul of man will never die.

Many deny that fact. They believe that dead is dead. Their thoughts rise no higher than the grave. They live to themselves and they will die to themselves.

Then, in that first moment after death, they will realize their soul is alive and they are very conscious of this “after death” existence. They will also realize that they have entered eternity without God. For them, eternal hell has begun.

A decision against God in this life is binding after death. Only, in this life, by your own choice, can a decision against God be reversed.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son; that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

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Good people don’t go to heaven. Bad people do.

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Religion vs. following Jesus

Mel is exactly right. I don’t believe in religion either. I believe in my relationship with Jesus which is both real and personal.

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Religion is about us inviting God into our life; following Jesus is about Him inviting us into His life.

I don’t believe in religion.

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