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Me, the Interior Design Rebel

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 0 comments

Me, the Interior Design Rebel

Several months ago, I read some sad news: It was no longer considered fashionable to adorn one’s home with motivational phrases and words. They had gone the way of ducks and Coca-Cola tins. No more reminders to Live, Laugh, Love. If we Believe we must keep it off our walls. My Dream box would now be considered tacky and dated.   Guess what came to mind as soon as I saw this in a cute shop in Solvang? That’s perfect! I need to get it. Wait, motivational art is out of style now. I better not.   But it’s so pretty! And I agree with every...

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Warming Up My Wings

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 0 comments

Warming Up My Wings

“Um, excuse me.” I pointed to the butterfly pictured here. “Is this one … okay?” I’d never seen a butterfly lay so flat before.   The Butterflies Alive docent stepped over for a quick peek. “It’s fine—probably just warming up its wings. They do that.” Warming up its wings? It looked more passed-out to me, like the poor thing had just collided with something big and hard, possibly also scary. Before venturing outside to this glorious exhibit at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Nathan, Mom and Dad, and I had seen a case filled...

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Tougher than You Look

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance, Writing Life | 0 comments

Tougher than You Look

I wrote this post in September 2014 after returning from a writers’ conference. God continues to find creative ways of reminding me that I’m tougher than I look . . . or feel sometimes. Tougher than You Look Look who followed me home from the Central Coast Writers’ Conference. His name is Gerald. Here’s the backstory on how he entered our lives. (Since I just returned from a writers’ conference, I feel a need to show off my grasp of literary lingo by inserting words like backstory.) My friend Susanne and I were enjoying a...

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Lessons from Broken Bones

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 1 comment

Lessons from Broken Bones

This is a busy of month of vacations and squeezing in work between trips, so I decided to recycle some posts from the past. I wrote this one in August 2014, two days after Nathan started 7th grade, but the lesson still applies. How interesting that I was also written during a busy time that prevented me from blogging. Lessons from Broken Bones I’m writing this week’s post later than usual because two exciting events consumed my week: the start of school and an important doctor appointment. For those of you who missed the excitement in early...

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An Especially Exciting Guest Post

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Books, Friendship, God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance, Suddenly Single Mom, Writing Life | 2 comments

An Especially Exciting Guest Post

One of the many things I love about the Christian writing community is the bond we have as fellow authors and brothers and sisters in Christ. We cheer each other on, pray together, share the same nerd humor and literary addictions, promote each others’ books, talk each other down from ledges of insecurity, and genuinely care about one another. Several years ago I met a sweet, friendly, gifted author named Tricia Goyer at Mount Hermon. She had an incredible story behind how Jesus got hold of her and wasn’t afraid to share it. At...

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