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 […]

A Testimony of Work and Rest

A Testimony of Work and Rest

As my first post as an author on Putting on the New, I thought it would be good to share parts of my testimony, so you can get to know me a little better. Perhaps you will resonate with parts of my story. I grew up in a Christian household with loving, but strict parents. […]

Friendship, How Sweet It Is…

Friendship, How Sweet It Is…

I had the pleasure of hanging out with one of my friends from high school. I couldn’t believe how much we had in common twenty years later. Where did the time go, and what have I been doing with it? That is another post, but for this one I want to talk about friendships. As […]

Aging Gracefully is the Gift of Becoming Yourself

Aging Gracefully is the Gift of Becoming Yourself

Lately, I have been musing about things like growing older, the real inner me, and how can I age with chutzpah, but graceful chutzpah! Would that we knew our authentic self when we are young, but I think it takes some age before we know who we really are. Then, some of us never hear the […]

Deliberate Practice While We Wait for Blessings

Deliberate Practice While We Wait for Blessings

It’s been an interesting couple of years for me. After a decade of freelance writing I took my hobby of painting and developed a business from it. Being in these two creative worlds has allowed me to see how fragile we are as creatives, how much we long for certain achievements or ways to find […]

Important November Days

Important November Days

November brings some important dates to recognize in the next few days. November 6 is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. According to Christian Freedom International, more than 200 million Christians face persecution in 105 of the 196 countries of the world. November 11 is Veteran’s Day. We recognize the sacrifices made […]

How Trust Has Played Out in My Working Life

How Trust Has Played Out in My Working Life

This year, the word I’ve focused on is “trust.” Ironically, I never had trust issues with family or friends or my husband. Only God. At the beginning of the year, I saw myself as someone that didn’t trust God enough. He has worked on me, not just this year but every year in this area. […]