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Guest Blog Post: Finding Peace in Challenging Seasons

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance, Single Parenting, Writing Life | 0 comments

Guest Blog Post: Finding Peace in Challenging Seasons

In 2012, I met a lovely woman named Columba Smith at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ Conference. She had signed up for my first-timers buddy program. Partway through the conference, Columba introduced herself to me and said, “I hope you don’t mind that I know this, but someone mentioned to me that you recently became a single mom. I’m a single mom too.” I didn’t mind her knowing at all. It touched me that someone had encouraged her to reach out. She asked if I’d like to meet for coffee later, so we did. We had great time sharing our...

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How a Non-reader Became a Writer

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Books, Living with Low Vision, Overcoming, Perseverance, Writing Life | 6 comments

How a Non-reader Became a Writer

“Did you always want to write?” I’ve been asked this question many times. I got to answer it again last Thursday night while speaking at a friend’s book club meeting. I gave my typical answer: “No. I wanted to act.” (I have a steady track record for goals that leave my parents thinking, Great! Now she’ll never get a job.) Truly, I did secretly want to write for a long time; I just wanted to be a big star more. Unlike most writers, I didn’t always enjoy reading either. In fact, I hated it until about fifth grade. Mom had to pay me to read, and...

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Your Chance to Create a Memorial!

Posted by on May 4, 2016 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance, Suddenly Single Mom | 14 comments

Your Chance to Create a Memorial!

Yesterday, I spoke at a local church and shared about my habit of memorializing significant dates and milestones. As I told those ladies, I need to keep myself in check because I tend to assign anniversaries to as many sad dates as happy ones. But when it comes to the “This is a really big deal” memorials, those always reflect an inner celebration or expression of gratitude to God. The Bible is filled with stories of God’s people setting up memorials of His faithfulness. I enjoy carrying on that tradition even if mine is a pretty box filled...

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14 Reasons Why Nate is Great

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance, Single Parenting | 5 comments

14 Reasons Why Nate is Great

Fourteen years ago, I gently laid my hours-old son Nathan into the eager arms of his 11 ½-year-old brother, Christian. It took less than a week for us to start calling him Nate the Great, after the literary figure. Everyone wanted to call him Nate the Great—the nursery workers at church, my friends, my parents, my sisters. It just suited him! So, in honor of his 14th birthday, I am dedicating this post to a few of the ways Nathan has lived up to his nickname. Supposedly, he can remember the day he was born. When he was little I thought, he...

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Because Sometimes We Need a Reminder

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Friendship, God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance, Suddenly Single Mom | 0 comments

Because Sometimes We Need a Reminder

Last night I crocheted one of these heart sachets for a complete stranger. A friend of hers thought she could use a lift, so we planned a fun surprise. I’m praying that the package arrives just when she needs to find something in her mailbox besides a bill. I lost count of how many hearts I’ve stitched since February, when I saw a pattern on Pinterest (I fell in love with it when I noticed the similarity to a larger heart I often make for special gifts), tried it out, added some fun flourishes, and declared it the perfect giveaway for...

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