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In Others’ Words: Where are You?

In Others’ Words: Where are You?

  Life is a mixture of making plans and embracing surprises, isn’t it?  Sometimes we succeed in navigating the roadmap clutched in our hands. Other times, we follow a detour or willingly toss the map aside and jaunt off on an unknown adventure. At the end of the day, we discover ourselves on a road we never thought we’d travel, oftentimes a long way from where we ever expected to ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Holding Back the Flood of Fear

In Others’ Words: Holding Back the Flood of Fear

  Fear was a constant companion of mine last week. It was as if a predator stalked the edges of my life for days. I was unsettled. Unable to sleep. Unable to focus. My prayers seemed pathetic … disjointed … to no avail. I went to bed each night determined to be braver when I woke up, only to find myself battling fear again. Circumstances hadn’t changed — some days even... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Freedom of Security

In Others’ Words: The Freedom of Security

“Do exactly what you would do if you felt most secure.” I kept mulling over today’s quote as I wrote my blog post. Do I believe it? Embrace it as true? Think it’s good advice to be followed? Maybe. I’m all about honesty, after having faked my way through life for too, too long. I stopped pretending I was someone else a number of years ago. I like myself, but that does... Read More »

In Others’ Words: How Gratitude Shapes the Heart

In Others’ Words: How Gratitude Shapes the Heart

I’m counting my blessings tonight. And because I just spent 4 days in Nashville at the 2016 American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Conference, those blessings have names like Rachel and Susie and Cathy and Kristy and Roxanne and Alena and Lisa  and Dee … and oh, the list goes on. My heart overflows with gratitude because I spent time with my people — other “creatives,... Read More »

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. ... 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... 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 pe... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The End and the Beginning

In Others’ Words: The End and the Beginning

If we can search and find the beginning hidden in the ending … well then, the ending isn’t quite so painful. I’m facing an ending right now — an “everything is finished” kind of moment. God was gracious enough to give me a head’s up about it months ago, so I wasn’t caught off guard by it. But still, there is an ending here. And there is some sadness ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: First Step, Last Step

In Others’ Words: First Step, Last Step

Starting something and finishing something … I have to agree with today’s quote that those two steps can often be quite challenging. Yes, the first step can be exciting, enticing even. The thought of embarking on a dream, pursuing your passion, is exhilarating at first — during the pondering stage. But then comes the moment when pondering must become doing. When thinking must tra... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Advise Me, Advise Me Not

In Others’ Words: Advise Me, Advise Me Not

It’s easier to give advice than it is to take advice, isn’t it? And then again, whether we take advice at all is often dependent on who is offering us their wisdom, right? Remember that T.V. ad that said, “When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen?” As I recall, a room filled with people would fall silent and everyone would lean in to hear the financial advice of good ol’... Read More »

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