In Others’ Words: Correct Me, Encourage Me

In Others’ Words: Correct Me, Encourage Me

It would be easy to apply today’s quote to parenting — to start a conversation about correcting a child versus encouraging a child. As a mom, I certainly needed to learn the balance between the two — and I believe the scale should tilt more toward encouragement. And yes, that’s another blog post. I also believe every person, no matter what their age, deals with correction. And every person, no matter what their a... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Keeping Company with God

In Others’ Words: Keeping Company with God

There was a time, back when I was involved with teaching women’s Bible studies, that we spent an entire year studying prayer. I read a variety of books on the topic. Discussed prayer with my co-leaders. And, of course, I spent a lot of time applying what I was learning — which means I spent a lot of time praying. Of all the things we learned, the most life changing for me was the concept of listening to God during my prayer ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Defining Your Space

In Others’ Words: Defining Your Space

I read an interesting interview of Shonda Rhimes, the writer/producer of such TV hits as Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. The last question was “What else do you wish women knew?” — but I think the question, and Rhimes’s answer, is applicable to everyone. ” … People deal with so much insecurity and spend so much time thinking, That person is better, so I couldn’t possibly try this. Yes, you can... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Truly Confident

In Others’ Words: Truly Confident

    Do I wait for others tell me who I am? Or do I know who I am, both my strengths and my weaknesses? There are days I struggle with myself, my confidence facedown in the dirt. Funny story: I remember the day I thought: Where do I get off thinking I could ever write a book? — and I had just published my first novel! Odds are, circumstances had tripped me up that day, skewing my perspective of myself. More than likely, I... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Releasing Fear

In Others’ Words: Releasing Fear

You know how someone says something and their words just reverberate in your mind and heart for days afterward? That’s what happened to me this past Saturday when I attended a local writer’s group. Author (and friend) Cara Putman spoke to the group via Skype and early on she said, “Let go of the fear of being wrong.” Cara said a lot of other valuable, insightful, encouraging things, but these seven words stayed w... Read More »

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