Keeping in Step with Jesus (Vlog)

In the middle of all that goes into releasing a book and talking about a book and promoting a book**, it's easy to lose sight of what matters. This entry from Oswald Chambers "My Utmost for His Highest" (October 12th) was encouraging to me; I hope it encourages you. (forgive my cough; of course, as [...]

#On Beauty, Books & A Birthday-A Photo Essay

No matter where I live, I recognize the song of a red-winged blackbird. In rushes near the shore’s edge of a California beach, along the canals and waterways in the San Joaquin Valley, the tall grasses along a Louisiana bayou or deep in marshes along Washington’s coast, the voice of the songbird is the same. [...]

On God’s Timing (and Rejection Letters)

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 Why does it always seem like the final hours of a long trip last forever when all you can think about is your comfortable bed? My husband and I [...]

Why Your Story Matters

Some friends and I were having lunch the other day, discussing various challenges to find the time to write—caring for children, caring for our homes, talking with spouses, all manner of delights and duties. Then there was the other ‘D’—distractions. In between bites of fish and chips, I lamented the ease with which I am [...]

Why Rear View Mirrors are Better Than Windshields

"The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, Shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” Proverbs 4:18 When I began this year, God gave me a word--"adjust." Last year I spent time 'abiding', year before that it was 'dwell' (very similar) and the year before that, my word was [...]