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And It isn’t Even Christmas!

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Friendship, God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 3 comments

And It isn’t Even Christmas!

I just received a book in the mail that I hadn’t ordered and wasn’t expecting. As soon as I saw the title, I knew who’d sent it—the same friend who slipped me this cute box after a lunch and shopping trip on Saturday, before we headed to Starbucks for coffee. We’d been chatting about writing off-and-on all afternoon—what I was working on, what she was working on, ideas that sounded like the answer to our “What’s next for me, God?” prayers until they fell flatter than a batch of chocolate chip cookies that doubles as a lesson in why you should...

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Four things I Stink at but Had to do All at Once

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in Friendship, God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance, Writing Life | 2 comments

Four things I Stink at but Had to do All at Once

“You are good at so many things!” Being one who still struggles to see past my mistakes and flaws to the things I do well, it’s hard for me to own this compliment, but because I have come a long way, and for the sake of today’s point, I will. I love to write, sing, make things, teach (kids, not adults) and encourage others, and all of the above comes naturally to me. I’m not sure when it happened, but at some point, the girl who the The Cool Group snubbed grew into an adult woman who has been told she has a gift for cultivating friendships....

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What We Find when We Aren’t Looking

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 2 comments

What We Find when We Aren’t Looking

I’ve learned that the worst possible time to shop is when I am looking for something specific, particularly if I need it by the next day. When I needed a jewel toned top the first time I sang with the worship team, all my sister Kristy and I could find were pastels and earth tones. You’d think every worship director in the East Bay had called for the same color palette. We finally gave up and found something in my closet that went back to my Reno days. Thankfully, my black peasant skirt and the right jewelry can dress up anything. The worst...

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Scared but Doing It Anyway

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 6 comments

Scared but Doing It Anyway

This quote hung over my desk for several years. My friend Marilyn sent it to me when I was about to do something scary. I don’t even remember what the scary thing was, but it most likely involved a book proposal, or a project that required bleeding onto the page then setting myself up for possible rejection by pitching it to an editor or agent. I remembered this quote last night as I prepared to do something equally as scary: I tried out for a local chorus that several of my friends from the Community Presbyterian Church choir were in. “Um,...

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Talk Amongst Yourselves

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 1 comment

Talk Amongst Yourselves

This week, I am dealing with some technical issues on my blog. So, if you’re wondering, Where is the cute Facebook Like button that I’m used to seeing at the top of each post? Why can’t I share on Pinterest? I can Click to Tweet those pull quotes that Jeanette decided were SO noteworthy that they deserved special attention, but that’s it—what the heck? that’s what I’m working on fixing. While I overcome this annoying problem with my social media share buttons, here is a topic for group discussion, a comment below, or your own personal...

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