I’m Not Whining, But. . .

To be honest, I’m having a hard time writing this blog because no matter how I reword it, I sound like I’m whining. I’m not. Really. I’m sharing what’s in my heart at the moment. I’m wondering if anyone ever feels this way except me. Right now, weeks past vacation, […]

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How I Found Happiness Amidst Struggle

If there’s one thing I learned in the difficult season my family recently went through, it’s that the key to happiness is not found in carefree, perfect days all strung together as far as the eye can see. That’s not reality. If we wait for the perfect string of days […]

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Today I Made a Hard Decision

I have been overwhelmed lately. Being overwhelmed always comes with its fraternal twin, frustration, and their younger sibling, guilt, in tow. Okay, enough of the family analogy. You get the idea. I feel like I have more to do than time to do it. I feel like I am always […]

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The Word for Today is. . .

Today’s word is grace. It softened all the hard edges in my day. In every conversation, book I read, and thought, I was made aware of how I (we) are in constant need of grace from others and ourselves, and how it needs to flow from us to others and […]

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There Will Be Failures

This morning I while working on the material for Friday I received a sweet text from a dear friend. She was at the spring brunch at the church she and my daughter, Kelsey, attend. Her text read, “Kelsey is doing a great job speaking!” My heart sank. What? Was Kelsey […]

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Finding the Thankfuls in Today

Today has been a rollercoaster ride of emotions. And the emotion that runs through every part of this day is thankfulness. The first part of my day was spent in a cozy room at the church with the faithful women in the focus group for my new book proposal. I […]

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Navigating Changes in Your Holiday Traditions

“So how was your Thanksgiving?”, a friend at church asked me Sunday morning. She meant it to be pleasant small talk and she really did care. I started my reply with the usual, “Good, thanks for asking”, but before I knew it feelings that I thought were neatly tucked away […]

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Are You Where You Belong?

  “There’s something delicious about writing those first few words of a story. You can never quite tell where they will take you. Mine took me here, where I belong.” –Beatrix Potter in the movie, Miss Potter. I love this quote from Miss Potter. She is so right. Yet, finding […]

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Don’t expect immediate results.

Gene and I love the show, Madame Secretary*. It is about a female Secretary of State, of course, and her family. She and her husband were friends with the President before he became President and before she became Secretary of State. On one episode the couple is in their bedroom […]

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What to Do When You’re Discouraged

I’m back writing after a few days off recovery from what I affectionately call a “tune-up”—necessary but not life-threatening surgery. Wow, it’s tough getting the writing to flow after anesthesia-brain, much TV watching (did you know the Olympics are on for seven hours a day—and that’s just one station?!), napping, […]

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