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Needy. That Dreaded Word

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 7 comments

Needy. That Dreaded Word

Several months ago, I wrote this post for my friend Julie Elder’s blog, The Lies in Our Bones. She asked me to write it after several talks about our mutual fear of being seen as needy. Since then, the topic has come up again and again as I work through some leftover stuff. As I reread this post I immediately wanted to post it here with some added thoughts. So here it is:   After my husband left, I feared the labels I would earn almost as intensely as I feared court orders. I dreaded the first time I would have to check Divorced on a...

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Loving God’s Surprises

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance, Writing Life | 6 comments

Loving God’s Surprises

I am still catching up after an incredible time at Mount Hermon, and reveling in all of the good things that happened there. I hardly slept, and I don’t think I have ever talked so much in my life (almost eight hours of teaching + a one-hour Orientation + co-hosting a meal table + several one-on-one appointments = a lot of speaking), but I would sign up to do it again in an instant. God’s plans truly are amazing. Based on my twenty-two trips to this conference, I knew He would work in ways that went much deeper than my workshop track and...

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One in Fifty

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance, Writing Life | 6 comments

One in Fifty

I expected to recycle or update another old post as I prepare for the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, but something happened this week that begged to be pondered and blogged about. When I see “Mount Hermon” and “ponder” in the same paragraph, this bench comes to mind. On Monday, a devotion I’d written went live on the publisher’s website, along with a short blog post. I woke up to comments on my personal blog from readers who’d enjoyed the devotional reading and decided to check out my website, and a long string of comments on the...

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Soaring Two Years Later

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance, Writing Life | 8 comments

Soaring Two Years Later

For the next couple of weeks I am refreshing or re-posting old blog posts so I can focus on preparation for the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. This one is an old story with an updated ending.   My friend Xochi and I relaxed on a bench, occasionally hopping up to hug friends goodbye as they headed to their cars or the airport shuttle. It was the last day of the 2015 Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference—always a bittersweet time. We’d spent four and a half days learning, connecting with editors, agents and fellow writers,...

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What Happens When a Book Hits the Shelves?

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance, Single Parenting, Suddenly Single Mom, Writing Life | 6 comments

What Happens When a Book Hits the Shelves?

My friend Susy Flory took this picture exactly one year ago today, during a breakfast, “Happy Release Day” party at Mount Hermon. I’d never worn a tiara before! As my friend Marci put it, the conference had felt like an extended baby shower. I couldn’t think of a better place to be on Release Day than where I grew up as a writer, with friends who’d prayed for and loved me through the life-altering years that became the material for Suddenly Single Mom. How appropriate that I signed my first copies at the conference Autograph Party. Then I...

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