I had half of this blog completed this morning, then I needed to go to the chiropractor and run errands. My errands led me right next to my church. The Holy Spirit started tugging on my heart to stop for prayer. After all, they have invited us to do so on social media and, well, [...]...read more.
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Sometimes people hurt us intentionally or sometimes they’re oblivious to the hurt they cause. I don’t know that one is easier to live with than the other. Take the guy who ran the red light and hit my car, for example. Once I got out and I went to the passenger side, he rolled down [...]...read more.
For some kids, the stay-at-home order is a relief. No more teasing at school. No pressure to fit in. As I wrote this short story from Lydia’s POV about her struggles in middle school, my heart broke because I know so many girls can relate. Funny, when I started writing #TheDeceived I didn’t foresee Lydia [...]...read more.
“If I were your enemy, I’d make everything seem urgent, as if it’s all yours to handle. I’d bog down your calendar with so many expectations you couldn’t tell the difference between what’s important and what’s not. Going and doing, guilty for ever saying no, trying to control it all, but just being controlled by [...]...read more.
I met my sweet friend Melanie years ago at my favorite writers’ conference. Last year we took a walk in the redwoods as we shared our frustrations with life as well as our dreams. I believe that was the moment that God bonded our hearts together. I should have seen her a few weeks ago, [...]...read more.
I saw the car coming. Five years ago when I was driving down to San Diego with my kids in the carpool lane, I saw the car next to me swerve into my lane. That’s when I started to slow. The next thing I knew, that car bounced off of the wall beside it and [...]...read more.
My best friend called me as soon as she finished reading my first book, Angel Discovered. “You worked your entire life story into that book, didn’t you?” she laughed. I had to laugh as well because she was one of the few people who would pick up on that. I never dated a movie star [...]...read more.
As a child I watched The Brady Bunch and as a teen I was addicted to Family Ties. What impressed me with these TV show families is no matter how big the problem was, it was solved in thirty minutes. Well, occasionally it might take an hour. When “To Be Continued” flashed on the screen, [...]...read more.
Since last night was Good Friday, we sat down together as a family to watch The Passion of the Christ. The movie opens with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, praying fervently. A figure dressed in black, who you presume to be Satan, circles him. Jesus is crying out to His Father, tears rolling down [...]...read more.
My husband and I said in our twentieth-year of marriage we would have twenty new experiences. I thought it would be a year filled with excitement and fun, one that would be unforgettable. I think we both will never forget it as it’s been the most difficult year of our marriage. I don’t know at [...]...read more.
If they handed out Bible awards, Peter would definitely win “the most passionate follower of Christ.” The fisherman dropped everything (literally) when Jesus called him. He asked Jesus to call him out of the boat onto the water in the middle of a storm. He was the first disciple to proclaim Jesus as the Messiah. [...]...read more.
Prayer. Is it your last resort or your first line of defense? Is it about taking God a list of to-dos or drawing closer to Him? One of the things that captured my attention in the introduction of Fervent was when author Priscilla Shirer writes, “This book is just not meant for pretty reading. It’s not for [...]...read more.
Sunday March 29, 2020 – Wednesday May 6, 2020 IN YOUR HOME Map and Directions | Register Description: These are crazy times indeed. People keep saying we need to pray more. But maybe you feel like your prayers are inadequate. Maybe you are praying but things are getting worse. Join me on a journey to [...]...read more.
When I started writing The Beloved, I didn’t view it as a love story. There was so much struggle, such heartbreak. But as God shaped the story, it became more and more clear that it’s a love story on many different levels. CLICK HERE to [...]...read more.
The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you [...]...read more.
I wrote my first story by the age of seven. It was about a girl named Katie who loved horses. I didn’t love the story, but I loved creating a new world. I loved bringing life to characters and watching them take on a life of their own. For years when people asked what my [...]...read more.
My heart sank when my co-worker told me she was diagnosed with breast cancer. “Since you were so close to Tammy, I wanted to call. I’d like to hear her story.” I never mind sharing my bestie’s story as it’s one filled with bravery and faith, but I would have preferred it to be under [...]...read more.
It’s bound to be a stellar day when a teenage store clerk accuses you of stealing. Her exact words? “I can’t remove the security tag from the item unless you have a receipt. You could’ve come in and stolen it.” These were the incorrect words to say to me four days before Christmas when the [...]...read more.
My bags were packed by December 3 to fly to Texas the following morning. For months I’d been planning my trip. The week was bound to be filled with laughter and joy as I was spending time with some of my favorite people. After a stressful month filled with increasing pain and talk of cancer, [...]...read more.