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A Snow Day Giveaway!

A Snow Day Giveaway!

Happy December, friends! Yes, I’m still on my social media break for the month of December, but … … a few weeks back (like in October), some dear author-friends and I decided to have a Snow Day Giveaway from December 4-12. I wanted to tell you all about that now so you had a chance to enter the giveaway for a chance to win the prize package worth $300. One reader will win all thi... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Be a Wise Guy

In Others’ Words: Be a Wise Guy

Go ahead, be a wise guy. Sometimes we discredit ourselves. We discount how much we know. Downplay our hard-earned experience. Overlook how we’ve matured. Let’s face it, you can’t go through life without learning a few things, right? And who knows you better than you do? Have you ever participated in one of those “Write a letter to your younger self” exercises? That... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Creating Hope

In Others’ Words: Creating Hope

I confess that I went looking for a quote about hope because my spirits were sagging a bit. Yes, this quote was selected because I’m encouraging myself, but I also hope you’re encouraged by the words shared. And I know that when you all join the conversation by leaving a comment, you so often encourage and uplift me and others, too. Scripture tells us to encourage others in the way we&... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Choosing Sides on Christmas

In Others’ Words: Choosing Sides on Christmas

  I read through pages and pages of quotes about Christmas last night and I came to a conclusion: People either love Christmas or they don’t. And when they don’t, well, sometimes they tolerate it … and sometimes they just outright hate it. Reading those quotes was like sitting atop a virtual pendulum that swung back and forth, back and forth, where the words sometimes evoked... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Expecting a Miracle

In Others’ Words: Expecting a Miracle

This time of year overflows with expectancy. Yes, we’re all counting down the days until Christmas morning, when we’re with friends and family. When we can finally dig into our stockings and tear into the brightly wrapped presents. Sit back and savor the sound of laughter and the presence of our loved ones. But if we push past the expectancy of today — the hopes and dreams of thi... Read More »

The 12 Authors of Christmas Giveaway

The 12 Authors of Christmas Giveaway

  It’s the first day of December and what better way to begin the holiday season than with a giveaway? The giveaway is appropriately named “The 12 Authors of Christmas” because 11 writing friends and I put together a fun prize package. As I looked at all the smiling faces on the festive graphic designed by the oh-so talented Angie Dicken, yes, I saw award-winning authors. Bu... Read More »

In Others’ Words: A Thanksgiving Prayer

In Others’ Words: A Thanksgiving Prayer

  Thanksgiving Day is the day after tomorrow. I paused for a moment after I wrote that sentence … caught my breath and thought, Is that correct? Thanksgiving is that close?  Yes, it is. I spent Monday grocery shopping, prepping for Wednesday, when family comes over and helps with the day-before cooking. That’s a newer family tradition that makes Thanksgiving Day much more relaxed.... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Future Trust

In Others’ Words: Future Trust

Sometimes things just take time. I know today’s quote by theologian Henri Nouwen talks about “the fruits of [our] labors,” and yes, there are times when our efforts don’t pay off right away. Months, maybe. Even years. You’re a fine, upstanding employee … but the promotion doesn’t happen. You do all the right “writerly” things — attend con... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Chasing the Dream

In Others’ Words: Chasing the Dream

It’s the middle of November, which means I’m thinking of Thanksgiving … and then Christmas … and then the New Year is is fast approaching. Are you feeling breathless yet? This is the time of year I often look forward and backward at the same time. I consider what I wanted to accomplish during the past year — did my dreams come true? — even as new dreams lure me ... 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 »

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