Living Revision and Listening for the Heartbeat

If you write for your eyes only in a personal journal, if you've written books for publication or aspire to, if you blog or write poetry or short stories or sermons, if you write letters, or have put together your family history for your kids and grand-kids, if you write at all, you'll appreciate Living … Continue reading Living Revision and Listening for the Heartbeat

When My Heart is Heavy, and the Days are Hard

Psalm 23 in the Letter H The Lord is my Hope; I heed his hailing. He grants me safe harbour; he hushes my hurry; he heals my hidden hurts. He heads me in his direction, over hills and hurdles and highways. When my heart is heavy and the days are hard, I hold on, hang on, to … Continue reading When My Heart is Heavy, and the Days are Hard

My Year of Creating and a Free Gift For You

As my one word for 2017, "Create" turned out to be an apt summary for my year. As I sought to be open to what God might create in me, that led to new blog articles, new ways of doing ministry, new connections both on-line and in real life, and the creation of a new … Continue reading My Year of Creating and a Free Gift For You

The Best of 2017 From April Yamasaki

Merry Christmas, and God's rich blessing for the coming new year to all of my dear readers! May the many glittering lights of this season remind you of Jesus, whose birth we celebrate at Christmas, the Light of the World today and every day. If you ever experience FOMO--the Fear Of Missing Out--today's article is … Continue reading The Best of 2017 From April Yamasaki

On Learning Empathy for Writers and Everyone

One of the many things I appreciate about Andi Cumbo-Floyd's Love Letters to Writers is that her new book is about much more than writing. Andi writes about life--including her life on a farm, on dealing with disappointment and loss, on living with good grace and love. Both her experience as a writer and her personal … Continue reading On Learning Empathy for Writers and Everyone

What Writing Means for Me Today

In third grade, I wrote about wanting to be a writer some day, and illustrated my two paragraphs with a hand-drawn picture of my parents' old manual typewriter. Today my husband says to me, "You're living your dream." That's true in many ways, although there's a lot about writing today that's different from what I … Continue reading What Writing Means for Me Today

Sharing Faith Stories for Every Day

I love the cover of my newest book and am so excited to share it with you! Finally, after MONTHS of waiting: It's here! It's here! It looks more like a magazine cover than a book, doesn't it? And as a book, it's short--under 49 pages, so it doesn't meet the UNESCO definition of a book. … Continue reading Sharing Faith Stories for Every Day

Pretty Colours at the Grocery Store: a poem on race

One of the many things I love about poetry is the way it gives voice to things that may be difficult to say any other way. That's why I read poetry, and why I write it, although my poetry is generally not for publication and more stream-of-consciousness than anything else. This poem is a case … Continue reading Pretty Colours at the Grocery Store: a poem on race