Sometimes Trusting God to Answer Prayer is Hard…

Sometimes Trusting God to Answer Prayer is Hard…

Some of you dear readers have been on my email list for long enough to remember (and have been praying for) our ongoing estate issue saga. For those who are new (or those who could use a quick refresher), here’s the shortish version:  My mother-in-law passed away very unexpectedly in the fall of 2022 and my personal writing schedule took a backseat to wrangling the details of her complicated multi-state estate. (i.e. three states and three probate

Creation Declares Book is ready for pre-order

Creation Declares Book is ready for pre-order

On my way to becoming a published Christian romance author, I also blogged about my life as a special needs mom wrestling with chronic health issues and pursuing my dream as a writer.  I called it “Encouragement for the Journey” and I can’t count the number of readers who thanked me for my devotionals. Devotionals? I just talked about what God was teaching me using the ordinary things around me. Stuff like watching countless football

New Year, New Word…Same God

New Year, New Word…Same God

This week marks the beginning of a new year with so many possibilities ahead. Coffee dates with friends. Bible studies with a small group. Trails to hike. Books to read. Stories to create. Meals to fix. Love to share. But things don’t always go according to plan! Case in point: 2023. I started off last year full of HOPE that we would get through the myriad of details to finalize my mother-in-law’s estate. ?Then we

Living Life With Open Hands

Living Life With Open Hands

“Mom? My shins hurt again.” Actually, the bad news started with a text message on a Friday night: Could you schedule me an appointment at OCR in 2 weeks? OCR being the nickname for the Orthopedic and Spine Center of the Rockies, a.k.a. the sports injury and broken bone doctors. One of whom we’ve seen too many times over the past few years. Let’s start with some background. My youngest son’s love of running started in

Snowstorms and Sovereignty

Snowstorms and Sovereignty

This. This is my son’s car last Sunday morning. Look closely and you can see his windshield wipers (that he’d lifted so they wouldn’t freeze to the glass), one headlight, and part of a wheel. On Saturday evening, there were flakes falling…but only wet pavement. So while the weatherman had predicted such a storm, we were still surprised to see this when we awoke. And that was before it continued blizzarding all day Sunday leaving

What Could Possibly Be Good About Good Friday?

What Could Possibly Be Good About Good Friday?

I’m about to celebrate my birthday on Good Friday. And while I’m not about to tell you how many trips this makes around the sun, the ironic juxtaposition of celebrating my life on the same day commemorating Jesus’ horrific execution on a Roman cross was not lost on me. After all, what could possibly be good about Good Friday? Except it’s only because of Good Friday that I’ve experienced true life. This week, sandwiched between

When Relationship and Faith Go Hand in Hand

When Relationship and Faith Go Hand in Hand

My Word for 2019 is Relationship, but during in my quiet time, the concept of Faith kept popping up over and over and over again. Looking back, I can see that it was partially to prepare me for my husband’s job jump by taking a step of faith (see last week’s blog for those details!). But the more I’ve thought about it, I’ve discovered the deeper truth that relationship and faith go hand in hand.

How Do You Know When It’s Time To Take a Leap of Faith?

How Do You Know When It’s Time To Take a Leap of Faith?

My husband and I recently took a leap of faith…and in the process, our faith was challenged. For me, I’ve gained a deeper appreciation for the amazing love of God and I wanted to share the experience with all of you, hoping you too find encouragement in whatever situations you are currently facing. First, a little background. My husband is a public school math teacher in a district that is quickly becoming more and more

Never Underestimate Those Angels Watching Over You

Never Underestimate Those Angels Watching Over You

“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” ~ Psalm 91:11 NIV A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to escape to the mountains for a writing retreats with several author friends. We’d spend all day working on our various projects and then meet up for dinner to relax and regroup before getting back to work. The isolation away from my dusty house, piles of laundry, and

Focus On Love – Daily Encounters With the God of Love

Focus On Love – Daily Encounters With the God of Love

“We don’t deserve our next breath or forgiveness either, but God loves to give lavish blessings.” ~ Ryan Callahan, in Focus On Love A month after the Christmas season, it should still be fresh in our memories that God’s love came down to Earth as a baby and lived among us. And in a few months, we’ll celebrate another event where that love went to a cross, paid the penalty for us, and then defeated