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An Especially Exciitng Guest Post

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Books, Friendship, God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance, Suddenly Single Mom, Writing Life | 0 comments

An Especially Exciitng 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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Divine Preparation (Or What Some Writers Do for Cash)

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance, Writing Life | 1 comment

Divine Preparation (Or What Some Writers Do for Cash)

I was teaching my first writing class through Park and Rec and wanted to make a good impression, so when a man in the back row said, “I’m hoping to write the next Harry Potter series so I can quit my job,” I went ahead and let him think that was possible. I didn’t lie (“That is exactly why I offered this class! In fact, the original title was ‘Write Your Way to Early Retirement.’”), I just made an intentional effort to keep a straight face. Eventually I would need to break the news that crushed this poor man’s dreams, but not on the first...

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THINK: It’s Not Just for Kids Anymore

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 8 comments

THINK: It’s Not Just for Kids Anymore

This week I am daring to be uncharacteristically bold. I’m relieved to know that while writing this, the earth didn’t swallow me whole. We’ll see what happens when I put it out there. (Deep breath. Here we go.) A few weeks ago I did a cleanse, but not the kind you’re picturing. I didn’t rid my system of sugar and caffeine (although that might not be a bad idea), and I wasn’t trying to lose weight. I tried a social media cleanse. This non-confrontational girl had hit her limit on political rants, theological debates, and public rebukes. Some...

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Another Milestone

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance, Single Parenting | 2 comments

Another Milestone

This week I decided to delay posting so I could include this week’s big event—Nate’s graduation! Oops, wrong picture. Silly me! This is from Nathan’s kindergarten graduation at King’s Academy in Reno, where he gave the valedictory speech. Okay, he didn’t really. The KA tradition was (and probably still is) to have every kindergartner read a page from a special book about their school year during graduation. Then they all sang “First Grade, First Grade” to the tune of “New York, New York” and did a kick line. I’m not kidding this time; they...

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What My Problem Was

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in Books, God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 11 comments

What My Problem Was

I recently finished Mary DeMuth wonderful new book, Worth Living: How God’s Wild Love for You Makes You Worthy. I love all of Mary’s books, but this one is special. It tackles a topic that is close to my heart: the lies that mess with our sense of worth, and the Truth that sets us free when we let it. God’s timing never fails to amaze me. While reading Worth Living, I happened to be marveling over a heart-healing that reflected one of her points. It started several months ago with a frustrating, “This doesn’t make sense” struggle. The...

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