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Look to Him

Look to Him

I had been studying for several days, trying to prepare for a women’s retreat where I’d be speaking several times that weekend, and it just seemed like nothing was coming together. I’d write a few thoughts, look up a few scriptures, pray for guidance, and still it all seemed flat to me. I was worried. I texted several of my prayer warrior friends, asking them to agree with me in prayer that everything would come together in time for the…

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Give it to God

Give it to God

  I love happy endings, don’t you? That’s why I love the story of Hannah in the Bible. Hannah was a good wife to Elkanah but she couldn’t bear any children. Back then, that was the worst possible thing that could happen to a woman. In fact, a childless woman was often divorced, or another wife was added to fulfill the child-bearing duties. Either way, the non-child producing wife lived a bitter existence. Well, this is what poor Hannah faced…

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Keep Looking Forward!

Keep Looking Forward!

“Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.” Proverbs 4:25 (ESV) Just recently, I spoke at a Christian writers conference, and one of the points I made in my keynote was simply—keep looking ahead. Set your gaze forward. I was prompted to share this after listening to a preacher I respect say, “You’ve got a big windshield on the front of your car. And you’ve got a little bitty rearview mirror. The reason the windshield is so…

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Surprise, Surprise

Surprise, Surprise

“Those who hope in me will not be disappointed” (Isaiah 49:23 NIV). When my oldest daughter, Abby, was diagnosed with preeclampsia at 33 weeks into her pregnancy with our first grandchild, I was surprised…and not in a good way. And, when her baby came via an emergency C-section after she’d been through 34 hours of labor—four weeks early—again, I was surprised…and not in a good way. And, when my adorable little grandson was whisked away to the NICU and I…

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Jiffy Pop Dreams

Jiffy Pop Dreams

  As I stood there, arms stretched toward heaven, worshipping God that Sunday morning, I heard from God in the most unique and intimate way. He showed me an image of Jiffy Pop popcorn in its silver self-contained stovetop popping pan. (You know the kind, right? The kind that as you shake the container over a burner, you’ll eventually hear that first “pop,” and then lots of “pops” follow until the bag bursts open with popcorn.) The vision continued and…

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The Final Category

The Final Category

“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31, NLT) Just recently while visiting friends in Texas, I attended a church near Tyler. After being greeted quite warmly, I was asked to fill out a guest card and place it into the offering plate. As I wrote down all my pertinent information, my eyes settled on the…

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My Scribe Tribe

My Scribe Tribe

Earlier this month, I took part in a non-fiction children’s writing retreat at The Writing Barn in Austin, Texas. Now, I wasn’t originally scheduled to go. In fact, I sort of weaseled my way into this small group of very talented, well-published, amazing group of writers from all over the country. My dear friend Wendy Lanier had mentioned she was going one day while we were chatting on the phone, and I begged her, “Can you get me in?” Wendy…

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Tent Vision

Tent Vision

One of my very favorite stories in the Bible is found in Genesis chapter 15—the story of Abram. Remember that one? God shows Abram a vision about his future. Let’s look at that passage together. “Some time later, the Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.”  But Abram replied, “O Sovereign Lord, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have…

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