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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 tho... 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-sell... 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 pon... Read More »

In Others’ Words: What’s Your Main Thing?

In Others’ Words: What’s Your Main Thing?

I’ve attended hundreds of volleyball games since my youngest daughter started playing back in fifth grade. And I’ve also taken thousands of photographs.Yes, of my daughter, but of her teammates, too. The setters. The outside hitters. The liberos. The defensive specialists. The middle blockers. The right sides. One of my favorite photos? When the team huddles up. The girls do this befor... Read More »

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: Don’t Forget to Remember … You

In Others’ Words: Don’t Forget to Remember … You

  You should see me trying to get out the door. I slip on my shoes, gather my bottle of Sobe Lifewater, grab my purse, and head for the garage. Once I get to my car, I remember something I forgot to bring with me — my car keys maybe, or a manuscript I need to read, or my checkbook. So I head back inside my house and grab what I forgot. Sometimes I repeat this process two or three times,... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Hidden Music in Obstacles

In Others’ Words: The Hidden Music in Obstacles

My friend Dee said this is one of her favorite quotes — and that I was the one who shared it with her. I’ll take her word for it. The truth is, I’ll take Dee’s word on a lot of things. And whether I came across the quote first, or whether she did … I like it. One of my favorite sights — and sounds — in nature is a mountain brook. When we’re driving  ... Read More »

In My Words: Turning Back from Turning My Back on God (Part 1)

I’ve found that when I hope to encourage others, God often prompts me to share my less-than shining moments. This is one of those times. Today I’m sharing the first part of the story of when my faith foundered, part one of a three-part series recounting a less-than stellar season in my faith journey. It ain’t pretty, but it’s honest. *** God, you are not trustworthy anymore... Read More »