I had my first book selling event this week. It came about unexpectedly and plunged me into the next step on my writing journey. A step I’ve longed for, thought about and feared for years. Now, in hindsight, it seems foolish to have dreaded (with excited anticipation) my first book event. I’m not one of … More Everything is a Journey
If you are currently a writer, whether published or still working on it, you’re invited to check out my new Facebook group Real Time Writers for tips, encouragement and accountability. We’re having a good time learning our craft, helping each other with advice and interacting. Some of us are published authors, some are newbie writers … More Calling All Writers!
I’m not a trained or licensed counselor. That’s my disclaimer. But I have read dozens of books, spent hundreds of hours in counseling and led groups dealing with addictions. Most importantly, I’ve experienced addiction in some way for the majority of my life. Either being addicted or living with one. Here’s the simple truth. Whether … More The Effects of Addiction Trauma
I don’t believe in formulaic approaches to a life with God. God’s too vast and creative to limit him to five easy steps. But he’s also pretty obvious about simple actions that set us up for success in life. Sometimes in my Bible reading, I discover he’s given us some clear-cut ideas that will bring … More 5 “Steps” to Peace
My husband and my first golf experience revealed a core issue in our marriage. My husband plays golf. He knows what he’s doing, and he’s good at it. Unlike me, who has been on a golf course twice. And, I spent more time playing in the cart than in the game. However, my dad taught … More Different, Not Wrong
Far back, as long ago as I can remember, I believed perfection was the key. I remember spilling a bottle of milk on the kitchen floor as I attempted to “help” my mom with the groceries. As a devastated three-year-old, an expectation formed in my soul and proved itself over and over in my life … More Letting Go of Expectations
The scene above may be humorous, but fear is nothing to joke about. God wired us with a healthy sense of fear to protect us from danger. But when fear dictates our lives, we can become trapped in patterns that destroy us. Here are a few things I’ve been learning about fear lately: Fear steals … More What Are You Afraid Of?
Having just completed my next book, Dangerous Ground, I’m extremely aware of what goes into writing a novel. Usually the beginning is the easiest. An idea grabs me, and my creative instincts take over, spinning a new tale with ever-evolving characters. It’s fun to get to know the players and see what they will do … More My Story’s Not Finished Yet
It’s been nearly three years since the idea for my next book, Dangerous Ground, began rattling around in my head. Bits and pieces flew at me on the road, in my sleep, in the shower and, well, just about everywhere. It’s quite a journey to write a book. Surprisingly, the idea originated with a writer’s … More The Writing Journey
Sometimes in order to find light, we must journey into darkness. I stumbled upon this great video of Kristene DiMarco, worship leader at Bethel Church in Redding, California, who tells the story of her time spent in San Francisco when she found herself in the middle of an overwhelming, dark place. God used that season … More Journey Into Darkness