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Why I Love Brave Writers

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance, Suddenly Single Mom, Writing Life | 4 comments

Why I Love Brave Writers

In February 2015, I heard Kathi Lipp speak on the topic Write Brave. Relief washed over me (I skipped the workshop on avoiding clichés) as she assured us that doing the hard things that God was calling us to did not require 100% bravery. It didn’t even require 90%. We only needed to be 40% brave and show up. Only 40%? I could do 40%! So could the other members of my critique group who attended the conference. We have pictures to prove it. She challenged us to answer the question, “What would writing brave look like for you?” I knew my answer...

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It Really Does Matter!

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance, Single Parenting, Writing Life | 3 comments

It Really Does Matter!

A response to last week’s blog post led to a discussion about how what we eat affects our moods. This other mom and I agreed that if we have a bad week, we often look back on that time and realize that we were also eating all the wrong things, or, in my case, sometimes not eating enough. While writing my book I had to force myself to eat breakfast (coffee didn’t count), stop for lunch, and listen to my body’s needs, because if I felt like garbage I would write garbage. As I try to be patient in this between-books dry spell, I decided to pay...

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I Have No Idea

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in Books, God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance, Suddenly Single Mom, Writing Life | 5 comments

I Have No Idea

This time last year, I basically lived in my bedroom/office writing Suddenly Single Mom. September was when I started tackling the chapters that I’d been avoiding and no longer could. My writing prayer partner got several middle-of-the-day text messages asking if we could “pray right now.” I had to remind myself hourly that I would make my deadline no matter what a disaster the manuscript looked like at the moment. I turned it in five days early, went to choir rehearsal that night, and cried in relief. I’d made it! Not only the deadline, but...

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Lessons from The Nightingale

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in Books, God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 3 comments

Lessons from The Nightingale

This time last week I was spending late nights reading The Nightingale. Now, nothing I read measures up. It was that good! I still feel haunted by the two central characters, Vianne and Isabelle, and their very different struggles to survive in Nazi occupied France. While Isabelle’s youthful passion for justice and the need for her father’s love draw her into the Resistance, Vianne must figure out how to live and protect her daughter with a Nazi officer under her roof and her Jewish best friend in the house next door. Isabelle thinks she’s so...

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Erasing the Lies in Our Bones: An Interview with Julie Elder

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 4 comments

Erasing the Lies in Our Bones: An Interview with Julie Elder

Raise your hand if you’ve ever bought into a lie about yourself and had to spend a very long time learning to grasp the truth and live like you believe it. Yeah, me too. Here are a few of my personal favorites: You’re too sensitive.   Everyone is talking about you, and not in a good way. You’re weird. (Well, that’s sort of true.) No one really likes hanging out with you; they just don’t want to hurt your feelings because they know how sensitive you are. You have a right to your opinion as long as you A) agree with (fill in the name of whoever...

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