My Nehemiah Trip

My Nehemiah Trip

My Nehemiah Trip Pastor Robert encouraged taking a ‘Nehemiah Trip’ through our city. Just, he says, as Nehemiah did in Jerusalem long ago as the children of Israel returned from Babylonian captivity. Pastor had woven himself through his own home streets of Denver, Colorado, in order to prepare his sermon and to get a sense […]

Adjusting To A Season Of Change…

Adjusting To A Season Of Change…

“The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead […]

Am I Entangled or Established

Am I Entangled or Established

Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2 I tend to be just a bit ADD when it comes to life. (I’m like the dog in the movie UP…”Squirrel!”) The […]

Failure Is Not An Option

Failure Is Not An Option

Another failed business venture stared me in the face. Throughout the years, my husband and I have tried various multi-level marketing trends to make extra money. None ever made us rich and I let feelings of failure loom over me telling me nothing would ever work out. My last venture I tried had been with […]

Working for Nothing

Working for Nothing

It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. – Psalm 127:2 ESV I’ve been busy lately. Busier than I’ve ever been in my adult life. Between working full time, starting a business, taking a class, and […]

Shining in Dark Places

Shining in Dark Places

Do you ever get a bit down due to the darkness in our world? Yep, I’m with you. Recently I transferred in my school system. I went from working with Pre-K students to interpreting for a hard of hearing student at the high school. There were enough sad stories associated with my four-and-five-year-olds to keep […]

The Gateway to Greater Joy

The Gateway to Greater Joy

   Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NASB The rhythmic cadence of my feet pounding the platform of the treadmill felt more like a death march. I stared numbly at the pale blue basement wall, adorned with photos of people I […]

The Mirror Has Two Faces…

The Mirror Has Two Faces…

“Then Jacob put his children and his wives on camels, and he drove all his livestock ahead of him, along with all the goods  he had accumulated in Paddan Aram, to go to his father Isaac in the land of Canaan. When Laban had gone to shear his sheep, Rachel stole her father’s household gods. […]

Setting the Mood

Setting the Mood

Setting the Mood  ambiance: n. The special atmosphere or mood created by a particular environment. When writing fiction, every scene, every interaction between characters, every descriptive paragraph needs to portray a certain ambiance. In order to write these things effectively, we have to be able to “feel” the mood, don’t you think? So, let’s explore […]

The Truth About the Hustle

The Truth About the Hustle

The hustle. No, I’m not talking about a song and I’m not talking about anything illegal. I’m talking about a new mentality that’s taking over the workforce. Trust me, it’s a thing. I don’t think I truly understood it until recently. Or, maybe I should put it this way:  I didn’t see its trap until […]

An Interesting Thing About Friendship

An Interesting Thing About Friendship

  A girlfriend just sent this. At first, I also laughed also, but think the professor is really on to something.   An Interesting Thing about Friendship They Teach It at Stanford: In an evening class at Stanford University, the last lecture was on the mind-body connection — the relationship between stress and disease. The speaker […]

The Encounter

The Encounter

“Now when Joshua was near Jericho he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now […]

Go In the Strength That You Have

Go In the Strength That You Have

Go in the strength you have… Am I not sending you? Judges 6:14, NIV When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, Gideon was fighting for survival. He was hard at the unglamorous work of protecting his family’s resources from their enemies. It was not exactly a day for visitors, not to mention a […]

Unsung Heroes

Unsung Heroes

The article I’m sharing today appeared on another blog earlier in the year. I have added a few more ideas to consider here, however. But as the school year is ending, I can’t help but applaud our unsung heroes. Have you ever found yourself considering those people you might not always show thankfulness for? Naturally […]

How Does Your [Writers] Garden Grow?

How Does Your [Writers] Garden Grow?

Are you, like me, dealing with a bad case of spring fever? Although spring ‘officially’ arrived over a month ago, we here in NW Wisconsin … well … we have roughly six months of winter, and  everything else crammed into the next six months. Anyway, this is the time of year when many folks are […]

A Shining Light

A Shining Light

“[…] children of God […] in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.” Philippians 2:15 – NKJV It is Monday as I write this, and I’ve been . . . writing. As part of ACFW’s Novel Track Writing accountability loop—where we each set a specific monthly […]

God’s Service Department

God’s Service Department

“Come to me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). The rumble of engines filled the air as I walked through the service department of the local Harley dealer with my husband while waiting for our motorcycle to be repaired. Some bikes were lined up waiting […]

Learning… UGH

Learning… UGH

One thing I’ve been meaning to do for a while now is expand the distribution areas for my ebooks. When I first started this Indie publishing thing a decade ago, I had them on a lot of places and painstakingly formatted them for each individual outlet. That was years ago. For the last several years […]