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 …

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 …

Bring It On! Kick Off the Christmas Season With These 7 Hope-Filled Thoughts

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Ahh. December. Are you in prep mode yet? Is the tree up? Have you decked your halls? Started baking? Finished shopping? Oh, my goodness—if you’ve done all that, you get the gold star today. Well done, friend! Two out of four for me. Still… Over our way, the air hums with excitement as we create a new normal for the …

Social Media Etiquette: Let’s Review

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In light of some new trends (and recycled old ones) we’re seeing in social media, today I thought a refresher might be in order. Kick back. Relax. Sip some joe. Ready? Let’s talk turkey. In today’s brave, new world where endless memes and selfies are the order of the day, we’re seeing unprecedented over-the-top marketing. For instance—recently, I received an e-mail …

How to Remain Encouraged in a Discouraging World

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Without venturing (too much) into politics, religion, or taboo territory, I think most of us would agree today’s morale is low. We’re tired of self-serving memes, pot-stirrers, and rants. We’re fed up with harsh, closed mindsets. We’re saddened by negativity and misguided judgment. *slugs back coffee* Heck—we’re just burned out. From apathy, anger, and arrogance. Blatant attacks on our honor have left us battle-worn …

Pausing to Press Reset

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Fall. In our little corner of the world, the official start to the new season arrived this week without much fanfare. While it marked the beginning of change, we still have yet to see colors shift or temperatures drop. In fact, the mercury’s hovered around the 90 degree mark for the past several days, and most of our trees (except our …

ACFW 2016 Recap

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Wow. I can’t believe ACFW 2016 has come and gone. This year’s American Christian Fiction Writers’ conference, in particular, was a thrilling ride. While this conference marked the fourth one I’d attended, it was my first ACFW conference as a Genesis double-finalist. I didn’t win in my categories, but I was so blessed and honored to have my work recognized …

Summer of Change

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Like weather patterns, seasonal shifts are part of the writing life. Some seasons are warm and colored with joy. Other seasons are rainy and unsettled. Over our way, we’re in a season of quandaries and busyness. In fact, most of the summer has been filled with what-ifs and moving forward, despite some uncertainty. It’s been a summer of change. My daddy hasn’t …

When Writers Grow Up

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As a child, I remember being a rather philosophical thinker. I thought about deep things. What made the sky blue? How did roosters know when it was time to crow? Were there really pots of gold beneath rainbows? Why were some folks wealthy and others poor? I pondered the more simple quandaries, too. How come the Avon lady only visited our home during lunchtime? Would …

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Good Things

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Hello, my friend! Welcome! So good to see you here. If you’ve read the paper or watched television lately, you know we don’t lack for bad news. Well, you won’t find that here. Today we’re talking good things. First, a brief update. I’ve had a few unscheduled blog breaks. Remember those busy seasons I’ve mentioned? Well, I’m in one now. …