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Joy may feel risky but joy is God-centered.

Is Your Joy Safe? 3 Misconceptions about Joy

By On July 30, 2015

We all long to experience joy. Do we opt for safe joy when Jesus offers full joy? When I was a little girl, I didn’t wear that many dresses. On the occasions… Read More


9 Ways to Rekindle the Soul of Your Family

By On September 4, 2014

School has started and parents have been deployed into the battlefield of life. Like the gunshot fired at the start of a runner’s sprint, after-school fall activities have begun: soccer practice, music… Read More


What I’m Breaking Up In Order To Open My Heart

By On November 4, 2013

“You are a mighty river.  A reservoir for the thirsty soul.  My God… the only one who makes me whole.” Jeremiah Jones I wish he was right here. Right now. I wish… Read More


Becoming Real: No More Hiding *Special MOPS Giveaway*

By On September 20, 2013

I told her I don’t know if she’d be interested. It wasn’t even 24 hours since I turned in the manuscript for my book. It felt surreal, getting an email from someone… Read More


It’s Happening! The Book I Could Not Write Has Been Written

By On September 19, 2013

Three weeks ago, I did it. I turned it in. I completed the 55,000 words for my manuscript. I sent my book to the publisher. I didn’t dare tell you about it… Read More


When It’s Time To Leave: Learning To Choose

By On September 16, 2013

She is beautiful, cute and young. She is going to wash my hair. And later, she will blow it dry, make it smooth and long, so that it curls just slightly at… Read More


New Clothes For School: A Mommy’s Prayer

By On August 19, 2013

My friend Babette is from Holland. She didn’t understand why her American mommy friends were getting their knickers in a twist last week. I had brought over some strawberry pastries for us… Read More

A Waste of Time

By On July 24, 2013

It was our second playdate. Technically, it was my four-year-old son CJ’s playdate.  I was there visiting with the mom at the breakfast table, sipping water.  She was asking how my book… Read More


The Artistic You: Finding Your Heart’s Way Back

By On June 29, 2013

I sat there, at one spot on a table that stretched long, parked adjacent to other tables, wrapping us into a square donut of seats. Faces blinked back at me from across… Read More


When Finishing Is Harder Than You Think

By On June 28, 2013

Twenty chapters in seven weeks. When I couldn’t even write one chapter in the past year. You’d think I would be celebrating.  Singing in the streets. But, I want you to know.… Read More


Touching The Artistic Life You’ve Hidden Inside

By On May 28, 2013

Are you hiding the artistic life in you yet longing to touch that part God's planted within you?… Read More


What I Killed & What I Want To Write Instead

By On May 2, 2013

I tell him he can read it later when he’s older. I tell him this is a book with some hard, grown-up stories. Stories that are kind of sad. That are not… Read More

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