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The Ache For Happily-Ever-After

I was thinking about happily-ever-after… The sermon series at our church has been themed on happily-ever-after. This week, in a dry tone, the pastor asked us to open to the last chapter, the last verse in the book of Cinderella… where we find that “they all lived happily ever after.” Then, he directed us to… Continue reading The Ache For Happily-Ever-After

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The Hangover

Catchy title, right? I know... clickbait. But not really. Today, I opened a file that has been languishing on my laptop since December of 2016. The one I've ignored because it didn't fit my project schedule for 2017--the year I dedicated to my dystopian trilogy. I opened that book, half written. It's a women's fiction,… Continue reading The Hangover

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Identity. Do You Know Yours?

Thinking about…. Identity. My kids’ youth group has been talking about this, and when the youth pastor and I were chatting, he was sharing about how profoundly important he felt like the discussion is. I completely agree. Knowing who you are… and who you are not willing to become… it’s like a runner putting in… Continue reading Identity. Do You Know Yours?

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What will you do with what you believe?

This is the question God has me wrestling with right now. The theme of the final book in The Uncloaked trilogy, which I am finishing this week. I'm not sure of the answer. It seems like it should be easy to nail down... but it's not. Perhaps that's because I live a pretty cozy-comfy life.… Continue reading What will you do with what you believe?

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storm

"Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord oh my soul, and forget none of His benefits." ~Psalm 103:1-2 The storm gathers. I feel the winds sweeping, growing in strength and chill. The gray clouds cluster, swirling, churning, warning. It has been for a… Continue reading storm

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Guilt

Thinking about... guilt. I once asked a friend how to weed through the feelings of guilt that I was wresting with. Balancing being a wife, motherhood, writing, and volunteering in ministry is an ever-present concern in my world. At that moment (when I talked to  my friend) I couldn't shake the guilt I felt every… Continue reading Guilt

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The Snowflake Hunt

I find myself in search of snowflake ornaments now. This is the first year I’ve experienced this obsession. Honestly, I don’t think I currently own even one of said decorations. But this woman—her name is Kale Brennan—has put into my heart a need to collect these things. Her story, which involves snowflakes, and hot cocoa,… Continue reading The Snowflake Hunt

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No Escape

Fiction… that imaginary place of story that becomes an escape. True. Sometimes. Not always. I live an ordinary life. We juggle the norm…joys, fears, tears, and the expected struggle to figure out this living thing so that we may do it well. If you were a fly on my wall, and you managed to escape… Continue reading No Escape

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Imaginary Friends and Real Life Lessons

Know what I love? Learning. Truly, I do. I miss school. When my kids were younger, I signed up for correspondence courses, because I just needed to use my brain, to stretch my knowledge. To know that my life skills went beyond the laundry room. (Those skills aren't very good, to be honest, so, yes,… Continue reading Imaginary Friends and Real Life Lessons