Spring is Coming!

Spring is Coming!

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.”  Ephesians 1:3   Where I live, spring is struggling to make an appearance. Jonquils, the very first lovely flowers of spring are blooming. The trees are still brown and […]

Refiner’s Fire

Refiner’s Fire

Some time ago my family decided to take some craft classes at the Ozark Folk Center about fifty miles from our home. My oldest son took bladesmithing classes (making knives), my youngest son took a painting class, and my oldest daughter took a herbal gardening class. I was, at the time, writing my first book […]

Be Strong and Very Couragous

Be Strong and Very Couragous

  “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.  Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do […]

Good Gifts

Good Gifts

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 (NIV)   Have you ever wanted or needed something so bad, that it is all you can think about? In Christmas Mittens, Gracia needs a donation of fifty Christmas trees for the […]

Running the Race

Running the Race

Right now (when I’m writing this) we are right in the middle of National Novel Writing Month (otherwise known as NaNoWriMo). Writers all over the nation (maybe world) are writing crazy amounts of words every day, trying to finish an entire novel in a month. Rough draft form, of course. Writers are encouraged not to […]

God’s Direction

God’s Direction

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6   Most of us have this verse memorized, and we use it to comfort ourselves when things are going wrong or not according to plan. There […]

Who Am I?

Who Am I?

I’m in a dry spell with my writing and can’t seem to create.  I’ve managed to scrape together five chapters of my current work in progress, but it’s like fingernails digging into the rock at the bottom of the well to get any words written. There is nothing there.Not saying that my writing isn’t good. […]

Trusting God

Trusting God

Our thirteen year old Siberian Husky has some hip and joint problems. He has difficulty getting up, his feet slip on our laminate floors, and he doesn’t do stairs well. He can get down okay, but getting back up? That’s a different thing.   One Sunday a month, our church provides worship services at a […]

God’s Strength

God’s Strength

It’s been a trying day. Things didn’t go as planned at all. I’d gathered everything I needed for the DMV office. My van had totally died; we needed a new-to-us van. God provided one. Got to the DMV. Standing room only. I stand there an hour. Waiting. Waiting. Waiting.   And then found out that […]

I’m Tired of Waiting!!!

I’m Tired of Waiting!!!

  I’m talking about publishing in this, but you can apply it to anything.     Back in the day when I first dreamed of getting an agent and getting published, it seemed an insurmountable effort. We had to wait—wait for an agent to believe in us enough to sign us. Wait for a publisher […]

Sliced Bananas

Sliced Bananas

Listen to advice, but follow your heart – Conway Twitty   There is a woman in our church, a former pastor’s wife, who came to church Wednesday night in a bit of a mood. She grumbled about everything, from those who missed church due to sick kids and work schedules, to those who signed up […]

Constantly Kept

Constantly Kept

Constantly Kept     “Yet I am always with you: you hold me by my right hand.” Psalm 73:23     I was recently asked in an interview to share a time I felt God’s separation—His departure from my story. I was unclear whether the context of the question meant God Himself stepping back and […]

Comparing Yourself with Others

Comparing Yourself with Others

I recently read an email from someone else entitled “10 Good Things That Happen When You Compare Yourself to Someone Else” 1. Short list, right? And yet that is something that I’m struggling with right now. Not naming names, but one author got a spot I wanted in a book collection. She is an established […]

This Too Shall Pass

This Too Shall Pass

  And It Came To Pass   Sometimes, the verse I cling to most in the Bible is Luke 2:2a. “And it came to pass…” Right now we’re going through a situation with our oldest son. We don’t know how it’s going to end. Not even sure what really happened. Unfortunately, he has lied to […]

The Case of the Missing Jesus

The Case of the Missing Jesus

The Case of the Missing Baby   “So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.”  MATTHEW 20:16     We have a Fisher-Price Nativity set that we display every year. It sits in a prominent place in the living room, and my young children are allowed […]

Thanksgiving — and Breast Cancer

Thanksgiving — and Breast Cancer

    Thanksgiving is coming up in week… hard to believe the year has passed so fast. And at this time of the year, we all count our blessings… Giving thanks to God. Psalm 95:2-3: Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. 3 For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all […]

Miry Clay and Footprints

Miry Clay and Footprints

He’d rescued me out of the miry clay and stood me on a solid rock. I owed Him my life, my heart, my soul, my all. I don’t know why He saved me and not Annie, but He did. He has a purpose for me, yet. And I will spend the rest of my days […]

Live at Peace…

Live at Peace…

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18 I remembered – last minute – I needed to write something for this blog. And I didn’t know what. I mentioned the blog post to a friend when she accidentally reminded me by saying she had an article due […]