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In Others’ Words: Believing Good When Times are Bad

  I’ve always been intrigued by this quote by Anne Frank. Astounded, really.  A young girl whose life was destroyed by the Nazi Holocaust states that despite everything — despite losing her home, despite having to hide from people who want to kill her and her family, despite the fear of being caught and taken to a concentration camp (which was her ultimate fate) — she believ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: What to Do After Going Halfway

In Others’ Words: What to Do After Going Halfway

For a long time, I thought 50-50 relationships were the way to go. I do my part to meet the other person halfway and the other person does their part. Equal investments into a relationship should make it work, right? Not necessarily. And then I believed the 100% “go all in” attitude about relationships. It’s not 50-50. It’s 100% plus 100% that makes relationships work. Agai... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Power of Kind Words

In Others’ Words: The Power of Kind Words

  These days, my thoughts turn more and more to the need for kindness. Kind actions. Kind words.  It is all too easy these days to judge another person harshly — to judge an entire group of people harshly. (And no, this is not a political post. Not going there.) I blogged a month ago about how I don’t want to be an angry person, centering my post on this quote by Corrie Ten Boom: ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Who are You?

In Others’ Words: Who are You?

Honest relationships are the best … and honest relationships are hard to come by.  I have to choose to completely trust someone before I open up to them and show them who I am — the good, bad, and the broken. And when I do that, I hope the other person respects what I’ve shared by believing me. I don’t want to have to prove anything. Or repeat myself,  reminding them of wha... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Can You See Me Now?

In Others’ Words: Can You See Me Now?

One of my favorite parts to write in every book I publish is the Acknowledgments section. Yes, it’s always at the end of the book, but it’s so important to me that I often start thinking about it before I’m finished with my first draft. The Acknowledgments section is where I’m able to thank everyone who has helped me take an idea and turn it into a “real” book. ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Closing the Distance

In Others’ Words: Closing the Distance

Last night I went browsing for a quote for today’s blog post. Searched my quote books. Searched my files. Searched online. Searched my Evernote Quote notebook. I skimmed all sorts of quotes. It wasn’t that I didn’t have a lot of quotes to choose from, it was just none of them were “pinging.” And then I found these words by Victor Borge and I stopped all the skimming a... Read More »

In Others’ Words: You, Yourself, and the World

In Others’ Words: You, Yourself, and the World

My daughter CJ has been part of her high school Varsity volleyball team for the past few months. This weekend, my husband and I will be in Denver cheering them on as they compete for the 3A State title. Here’s one thing I’ve learned about the team: Each member knows their place on the team — what their job is, so to speak, as an offensive or defensive player. Cassie D., the sette... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Imperfect Learning

In Others’ Words: Imperfect Learning

I like to tell people that I don’t hang around with perfect people because they make me uncomfortable. I usually say it in such a way that I get a laugh. Ha ha ha. Nobody’s perfect, right?  Except those of us pretending that we are. Acting like we have life all figured out. All under control. Been there, done that. Had the anxiety attacks to prove it. I read today’s quote as I wa... 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 »

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