Friday, October 24, 2014

Writing Interruptions: Handling the Holidays

“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time. Ephesians 5:15-16a” One of the biggest interruptions I deal with lasts over two months, is tons of fun, often is full of sweet family memories, and always plays havoc with my entire schedule – starting with […]

Thanksgiving and Community: Who Will You Invite to Your Table

Oldie but Goodie Repost “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is begotten of God, and knoweth God.” 1 John 4:7 I used to dread the holidays. Sometimes I still do. I grew up in a NY Italian family that celebrated every holiday together. Then I […]

Just Go with the Flow

As I race toward a self imposed deadline, I’ll be posting some “Oldies but Goodies” on Mondays, unless inspiration hits! Be sure to read until the end for my thoughts today! Nov 26, 2006 I’m not an early riser. I covet a good night’s sleep, and I’ve been known to hit the snooze for an […]

Recognizing Lies and Beating Them with Truth

If you write fiction, you may know all about crafting lies that drive your characters, but have you ever had to beat the lies in your own real-life story? As I write this, my head and heart are full of the lessons and fellowship of my first ACFW national conference. It is both a spiritual […]

Be Still

“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 I can’t even count the number of times I’ve read that verse, or heard a sermon about it, or attended a weekend retreat with that as the theme. I’ve heard it so many times, it hardly registers anymore. And if it does, it usually just […]

Missed Opportunities: If Only I’d Known!

Have you ever thought about the consequences of delayed obedience? I don’t mean physical punishments, but rather missed opportunities. Blessings that could have been yours if only you’d gone for it and done what you knew you should do when you knew you should do it. There are a few things my daughter absolutely hates. […]

Why I Choose Not to Care So I Can Focus

It was an innocent post. Not innocuous, mind you, but innocent. Little more than a link, really. Within minutes a storm of political debate erupted. Opinions collided on the economy, healthcare reform, Christian rights and responsibilities and elitist strongholds over mercy. Hoo, boy. This shifted my whole morning. I expected to post the link, then […]

Renewing My Mind

Oldie But Goodie! Repost 2006 Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. I used to sit in church and pray that God […]

In a Fog on the Writing Journey

For the last few months, I’ve felt a foggy confusion hovering over my writing journey. I’ve pressed on, kept banging on the keyboard, and had a couple of encouraging things happen, but not really the kind of breakthrough I’d like. I’ve surrendered my writing journey to the Lord, so I’ve felt peace knowing that He’s […]

5 Bible Verses for Writers

Need some encouragement on your writing road? Here are 5 Bible verses for writers: 1. Jeremiah 30:2  “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Write all the words which I have spoken to you in a book.’” and Revelation 21:5 And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things […]

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