Prepare to Be Hated

I was reading an article today about the young terminally ill woman in Oregon who chose to end her life last weekend. The author, Joni Erickson Tada, gave her perspective on the controversy. I thought it was a gracious and well thought out discussion of a complex issue. But many readers did not think that. In fact,as I scrolled through the comments, I saw that several readers were angry – VERY angry. And they weren’t just angry that Christians are giving opinions on this matter, they are angry at Christian opinions in general. They are angry that we hold to scriptural principals. They are angry that we believe the Bible. They are angry that we think we’re right about what we believe. So. Very. Angry. Part of me wanted to just exit out of the...

On Finding God’s Will for Your Career

“How do I know what God wants me to do?” This is a question that people of all ages ask – from teens finishing high school to retirees finishing their careers. First, God has called all of us who are believers in Him to do the same thing: live a life that glorifies God in all that we do. This is of primary importance. I  have had several different occupations in my life – day care worker; bank teller; stay-at-home mom; missionary; teacher; writer – but in every one of those jobs, I was first and foremost a follower of Christ. If you aren’t seeking Him in ALL you do, nothing you do will be truly satisfying. If you are seeking Him, and you’re looking to begin, or maybe change, a career, here are a couple questions to ask: “What do you...

Matters of the Heart

I‘m not old. But I can see old. I am perilously close to the top of the hill. I know I’m getting older because people look at my wedding pics and say, “Look how cute you were!” (emphasis on the were). And because people think I’m lying when I say that I just got my first gray hair this year (It’s true! And it’s still just the one). And  because my firstborn is just a few months from turning 16 (excuse me while I hyperventilate). There are benefits to getting older: I have 39 years of life lessons behind me. My wrinkles reflect wisdom. My gray hair (did I mention I just have the one?), survival. I no longer ask Dave if my butt looks big in those jeans. Of course it does! I’ve had three kids and I hardly ever exercise. I no longer try and compare myself to...

Get Your Head in the Game

Most of you reading this are now humming that song from “High School Musical” – and hating me for getting it stuck in your head. Sorry about that. But there’s some truth to that ridiculously repetitive ditty. Troy needed to be reminded that, if he wanted to win that all-important basketball game, he’d better focus on that and not on the cute newcomer, Gabriella. He recognized that if he were to allow his mind to drift off the court, he would let his team down and, possibly, lose the game. So he sang and danced (WITH a basketball! Impressive, you have to admit…) a reminder. Side note: all lessons in life should be accompanied by singing and dancing. How much more enjoyable would that be?? We are all busy, with days that seem to...

World Book Night 2014!

It’s World Book Night! But it’s too exciting to celebrate JUST at night, so I’m starting now. Stories are my life: I teach them, I write them, I read them, I sing them, I act them out, I talk about them, think about them. I have loved stories ever since I can remember. I used to drag my grandparents and all their neighbors into the front yard during my summer visits so I could perform original plays on the front porch. My friends were cast as supporting characters. The flowerbed became a jungle or a cave or some other dangerous world (sorry about that, Grandmother!). I read to relax, to escape, to learn, to connect, to dream…I read because I love it. I know not everyone loves reading, but I really believe it’s because you just...

REVOLUTIONARY Winner…

Thanks to all of you who entered the giveaway! I truly wish I could give each of you an advanced copy of REVOLUTIONARY. Sadly, I just have one. And that one goes to… Lili!! I was so impressed with your tenacity. You really want to read this book. That makes me so happy! And to answer your question – yes, it is hard to keep all those secrets. I’m happy to be able to send the book off and know one more person knows how this series ends 🙂 There will be more giveaways closer to the release date (July 15), including a blog tour. I’ll post details about that when it gets closer. Until then, I’ll keep posting about life, Jesus, and writing – so stick around. I love hearing from you all, and I am SO grateful for you!...