In Others’ Words: When Story Conquers Fear

In Others’ Words: When Story Conquers Fear

I sat across from my trusted friend Wise Guy recently and told him, “My heart seems smaller.” Had unrelenting circumstances — mine and others’ close to me — turned me into some emotional Grinch and downsized my heart? As I talked some and listened more, I realized that yes, fear had crept in and silenced me … that unknowingly I had fallen prey to the lie that what I felt wasn’t worth expressing.... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Decide What It’s About

In Others’ Words: Decide What It’s About

  Perspective changes everything. As my husband and I wandered through a local park early one morning before my daughter’s day-long volleyball tournament, I paused in front of this wire bench. The surrounding trellises were mostly bare. What few leaves remained were brittle and brown. The landscape was awash in grays and browns. And it had its own certain beauty. As I stood there, I thought of the coming spring and summer mon... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Learning to Live with Brokenness

In Others’ Words: Learning to Live with Brokenness

Brokenness fascinates me. It seems the theme of brokenness intrigues a lot of people — a lot of writers, to be specific. Elisa Morgan wrote about it in her book The Beauty of Broken. Then there’s Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Henry T. Blackaby’s Brokenness: The Heart God Revives; Finding God’s Blessings in Brokenness  by Charles Stanley; and of course Ann Voskamp’s best-selling book,The Broken Way. I admit, I resi... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Choosing to Live Inside Hope

In Others’ Words: Choosing to Live Inside Hope

Do you know what you hope for? We talked about life themes on Tuesday and I think what we hope for is linked to our life theme. If, as I said in the post two days ago, my life theme is relationships, than I hope for healthy relationships. Loving relationships. Life-giving relationships. Obviously I’m talking about the capital “H”, capital “O”, capital “P”, capital “E” HOPE here ̵... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Finding Your Theme

In Others’ Words: Finding Your Theme

  Mention “theme,” and most people are transported back to English class, when the teacher asked, “What is the theme of this book?” Some of us had fun with this question about the central idea in a novel or short story or poem or play, and some of us started counting the days until summer vacation. And then some of us … well, some of us became writers. And we ponder and talk about and wrestle with them... Read More »

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