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

Beside Still Waters, He Restores My Soul

Beside Still Waters, He Restores My Soul

God certainly knew what He was doing when He gave me the word “Abide” as a focus point this year. I’ve been digging deeper to learn how to abide. To be still. To listen. Yet I find myself still striving inside and wrestling with decisions to make and unaccomplished goals. When I’d set aside time for my devotions, I had often found myself at least subconsciously watching the clock to see when I could stop

Quieting the Noise So I Can Think

Quieting the Noise So I Can Think

I hear voices. I wish they were just the characters of my latest work-in-progress clamoring to share their opinions about a recent plot twist. But, no. Lately I’ve been hearing the voices of doubt and confusion and guilt to the point they’re blocking out the true voices of faith, wisdom, and peace. While I’m still learning to listen, I’m also quieting the noise so I can think. The source of all this mental turmoil is

Shut Up and Listen

Shut Up and Listen

Do you know anyone who talks more than they listen? Someone who asks the same question over and over without ever hearing the answer? While these types of behaviors are somewhat understandable—and unfortunately common—coming from my special needs daughter, I had to shake my head the other day when listening to a call-in radio show. More like I wanted to scream at the caller to shut up and listen. The woman on the line had

Leave a Mark For Eternity

Leave a Mark For Eternity

I can be a bit of a clutz sometimes, especially when I’m tired, overwhelmed, or distracted. Which, thanks to a crazy day job project, is how I spent much of last week. As a result, I ran into things…and now have the bruises to prove it. Of course, in the moment of impact, I remember thinking “that’s going to leave a mark” but today as I look at the swirls of purple and yellow, I

Be Still And Know

Be Still And Know

He says, “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10 NIV) As I’m discovering more about what it means to “Abide” this year, I keep coming across this word “Still” and it’s honestly bugging me. Because I’m an overachiever. I like to make a list and then get things done. Check off those boxes and leave a wake of completed

Learning To Abide

Learning To Abide

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.  I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”  (John 15:4-5 ESV) When I started thinking about this new year, my mind immediately jumped

Get Your “But” In Order

Get Your “But” In Order

Do I have your attention? When I say to get your “but” in order, I’m not talking about prying my lazy book-reading carcass off the couch and heading to the gym. (Although this time of year, that might be a good idea too!) The “but” I’m talking about is a mental shift. An attitude adjustment that will make all the difference in your faith walk this year. Let’s see if I’m the only one who has

Don’t Focus on the Fruit

Don’t Focus on the Fruit

Today’s post is inspired by a simple but profound statement I heard on a recent podcast: Don’t focus on the fruit and ignore the root. At the time, I was busy jumping between several writing projects. Updating an older manuscript to submit to agents. Revising the sequel to my latest release. Brainstorming the last book in that series. Reading a book for endorsement. Preparing lessons for a middle school creative writing class. Helping my critique partner

Writing Solo or With a Partner – The Story of With

Writing Solo or With a Partner – The Story of With

I’ve been writing for a long time now and have published a half-dozen books including my last two novels. But the only name you’ll see on the cover is mine. Which might lead one to believe that I’m writing solo. Except that couldn’t be further from the truth. You see, whenever I sit down at the computer to write, I’m not alone. I’ve asked God to be my writing partner. To give me inspiration to solve tricky