In the Meantime…

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Do you ever fantasize about a much-anticipated event? Ever imagine the outcome surpassing your wildest expectations? Of course you have. We’ve all envisioned a goal mastered, a dream obtained, or a deeply held desire coming to fruition. In our mind, we may even visualize each step, each success or blunder,  it took to get there. Sometimes, the mere mental walk-thru is …

When Spring Came With Growing Pains (Part Four – Final Installment)

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I have to be honest. Actually, fall is my favorite season. When these old hills and hollows are awash with saffron, red, and orange, there’s nothing more beautiful…except maybe the month of spring. I can think of only one time I wished fall would hurry and pass—when color gave way to dormant browns and grays and stayed that way, at least …

When Spring Came With Growing Pains (Part Three)

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Ahh. Spring. I sense it. Can all but touch it. Last week we hit the upper seventies in my little corner of the Ozarks. Yesterday? We struggled to make it past the freezing mark. Last night? A hard freeze. My poor crabapple trees, laden with fresh, new buds and ready to bloom, may not—at least, this spring. Alas. There’s a …

Spring is Coming (Part Two)

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Spring is a marvelous season ripe with promise and new opportunities. After long, cold months of sun-starved days and muted browns and grays, we’re more than ready to discard Old Man Winter and move on. We’re excited about what’s up ahead. The past is behind us and the world is our oyster. And yet—sometimes, new seasons don’t come without growing pains. …

Exhausted? Buckle Up. Spring is Coming.

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By the time March arrives, I’m a little battle-worn. I’m tired of cold, dreary days, limited sunshine, and colorless landscapes.  I’m ready for that glorious new season brimming with beauty and blossoms—spring. A friend voiced the same sentiment. “You know, I’m exhausted. I think the winter must be a writer’s bane. We hibernate in our caves so much that we …

Start With Baby Steps… Leap With Faith

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There’s nothing more exhilarating than watching our children take their first steps. As any parent will tell you, that milestone also comes with a mixed bag of emotion. While those baby steps excite us, we realize we’re on the verge of something new—something thrilling, yet scary, too. We no longer have an infant on our hands. We now have a …

Should Writers Write the Stories of Their Hearts?

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Oh, my goodness. I wondered if I should even broach this on the blog today. So much has been said about writers writing to trends versus writers writing the stories of their hearts, it seems a little redundant to add to the chatter. But you know me. I thought another perspective might be fun. So here we go. Let’s dive …

Five Ways We Can Love Better

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I don’t remember ever saying “I hate you.” My parents discouraged those three words in our home and we tried to raise our children with the same mindset. Love the person. Hate the act. Now, there are things I dislike. Okay—hate, even. Things like… Processed cheese. Black licorice. Paisley prints. Cat puke. A dripping faucet. Price rollbacks that really aren’t. …

Merry Christmas 2016 and a Blog Break

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As our week draws to a close, today I’d like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I hope your holiday is filled to the brim and overflowing with peace, love, and good cheer. May you experience God’s greatest blessing—the birth of Jesus—in a new and meaningful way. May you sense hope in …

10 Friday “Feel Goods” to Encourage You

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  Friday.  Ahh. Just the word puts a smile on my face. In light of this week’s controversy, upheaval, and pot-stirring, I’ve pulled out all stops. I’ve combed my blog archives to bring you some of my favorite posts—splashes of sunshine to kick-start your day. Snag a donut (*passes you a chocolate, cream-filled treat*) and grab a cuppa (’cause what’s a …