Guest Theresa Lynn Hall – No One Has a Perfect Life

Guest Theresa Lynn Hall – No One Has a Perfect Life

From time to time, I offer others the opportunity to share a story to encourage us all in this journey called life. Today, welcome Theresa Lynn Hall, author of Ransom in Rio. Overcoming obstacles is something we all learn how to do. Life isn’t easy. It’s not always fun and it doesn’t always go the way we want it to. No one has a perfect life. No one. We often see Facebook pictures of smiling

Lessons To Learn As We Go Back to School

Lessons To Learn As We Go Back to School

For many in the teaching profession or with school-aged kids, this back to school season marks the beginning of a new year with new goals. To make friends. To try something new. To learn a key skill. To grow in stature or wisdom. To rid ourselves of extra weight…or braces. To discover more of who we are meant to be by exploring our strengths and weaknesses. With my youngest off to class tomorrow (8th grade),

Regrouping In The Calm Before The Storm

Regrouping In The Calm Before The Storm

School is around the corner and it’s getting more than a little crazy around our house. In the calm before the storm hits next week, we’re busy regrouping. Evaluating where we’re headed and checking to see what we need to climb the mountain of challenges ahead. There are school supply lists to shop for. Updated technology requirements and new chargers to locate since the old cords have shorted out. Lists of fresh dorm supplies and

When Baby Steps Are The Only Steps

When Baby Steps Are The Only Steps

Last week, I shared about our change of pace on vacation thanks to my son’s surgery and need to use crutches. Well, he’s now been given permission to start putting weight on his leg and have officially entered a new phase in his recovery and injury rehabilitation where baby steps are the only steps. First, weight-bearing with crutch- or cane-assisted walking. Until he can ditch the help and walk pain free. Then we work on

A Change of Scenery and A Change of Pace

A Change of Scenery and A Change of Pace

Sometimes we all need a change of scenery and a change of pace to shake us out of our doldrums, recharge our internal batteries, and realign our priorities. That’s why taking a vacation is such an important part of our workplace sanity and family health. By getting away from the normal routines and environment, our eyes are challenged to see new things and adapt to new routines. (Not to mention, the extra rest that usually comes

Guest Julie Arduini – When There’s No Plan B

Guest Julie Arduini – When There’s No Plan B

Dear Readers, from time to time I ask a writer friend to share a little bit of encouragement from their personal journey, knowing that many of those emotions are woven into the fabric of their stories. Please welcome Julie Arduini as she shares a key lesson from her latest release. When I wrote book one in my Surrendering Time series, ENTRUSTED, Trish Maxwell was in New York City fulfilling a dream job. Although Trish spent

Running My Race By Staying In My Lane

Running My Race By Staying In My Lane

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…” ~ Hebrews 12:1 NIV “The strength of a river is between the banks.” ~ Writer Cara Grandle on Periscope Sometimes it takes a different angle before we truly see the truth. Example? I know that familiar scripture about running the

Halfway There, But Still So Far To Go – Goal Setting In The Middle

Halfway There, But Still So Far To Go – Goal Setting In The Middle

I flipped the calendar page and felt a moment of panic. What happened to all of my goal setting strategies? 2017 started with such lofty goals. I had even sketched them out into four quarters with a big project designated for each three-month period along with a few other hope-to-get-done-too items. Books to write. A business to launch. Classes to teach. And new skills to learn. Except life happened. (Doesn’t it always?) First, the sporadic

Life Lessons From a Rubber Band

Life Lessons From a Rubber Band

The last month around our house has been a tad stressful. For me at least. The month started with a castle trip (fabulous!) and then a Special Olympics trip (good memories but blazing heat), followed by several weeks of revising a very-rough first draft manuscript, putting the polishing touches on The Author Toolbox blogs, planning the class I’m teaching next month, switching our family from cable to live streaming services (complete with a new internet

Thy Word Have I Hid…Just Not Exactly

Thy Word Have I Hid…Just Not Exactly

Once upon a time, I excelled at Bible “sword drill” and Scripture memory challenges. As a pastor’s kid and general all-around overachiever, I could fan the pages of my well-read Bible and start reading a certain passage faster than most. And if there was a verse to be learned by next week, I had it memorized by sundown. After all, as the Psalmist wrote, “Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin