Kicking and Screaming

Those of you who have read this blog lately know that we just moved. Those who read this blog regularly know that this wasn’t our first move. But it has caused me to remember our first move. Ironically – Sovereignly – that move took place fifteen years ago this month. At the time, my oldest daughter was six months old, and I did NOT want to move! I was so angry – at God, at my husband, at the state of Texas…why should we have to leave a place we loved, where we had family and friends who loved us, to go someplace we knew NO ONE?? This was before Skype and Facetime, when the only way to share Emma’s first steps and first words were by sending a VHS video taken on our huge camera. The only way for them to see how she was...

When God Is Silent

Do you ever feel like your prayers don’t go farther than the ceiling? That maybe God isn’t really there, or He’s there but just doesn’t have time for you? Maybe you’re feeling that now. If so, consider these possibilities as you seek to reignite the flame of passion in your walk with Christ: Examine Yourself I have found that when I feel far from God, it is because I have moved away from Him. This happens when I allow sin to go unconfessed. That lingering bitterness (“but you don’t understand – I can’t forgive that.”), the justifications (“I know the Bible says I shouldn’t, but it feels so right…it must be okay!”), the shame (“I can’t admit I did that…not...

On Writing REVOLUTIONARY

I have loved reading the posts from the REVOLUTIONARY Blog Tour. This was a tough book to write – ending a trilogy is HARD – and I was a little worried about what the reaction to the final book would be. But those who stuck with me through the first two seem to be enjoying the finale. Whew. So before I get back into my “regular” blog posts, I thought I’d write one on the process of writing REVOLUTIONARY. I won’t give away any spoilers, if you haven’t read it yet. But I will give you a little peek into my brain (be careful, it’s messy!) and how this final book went from concept to novel. I started out the series with a rough idea of where I wanted it to go. “Rough” is the key word there. I started making...

REVOLUTIONARY is on Tour!

While I sit at my kitchen table, drinking coffee and checking email, my book is on a cross-country tour! I am a little jealous, I’ll admit But it is in great hands with the folks at YA Bound. These bloggers, though known only through cyberspace, have become friends as they have journeyed with me through the entire ANOMALY trilogy. I am excited to hear their thoughts on this final book! They have giveaways and several have special info about the book itself. So take some time to visit these websites, sign up for the giveaways and check out REVOLUTIONARY yourself!  July 14: Christian Chick’s Thoughts - http://christianchicksthoughts.blogspot.com - Review Books i View - http://booksiview.com - Review Highway-Y.A....

The Four Stages of Moving

Did you know there are stages to moving? I learned these about ten years ago, before our first move overseas. I have recalled them with each subsequent move, and I am returning to them now, as our family adjusts to move #5. Even if you aren’t moving, knowing these might help you understand those who are moving or will move. Every person is different, so these aren’t universally true, but they are generally pretty accurate. Stage 1: LOVE  Also known as “the honeymoon stage”, this usually occurs the first few months. I am in this stage right now. I love our new house, love that we’re so close to the beach, love our pool, love the neighborhood. I am excited about the possibilities in our new church and new school. I am, of course, sad...