In Your Hurry, Seek Holy Selfishness

One of the reasons I love social media is the opportunity to connect with writer friends like Chris Maxwell, whose writing and personal story have greatly encouraged and blessed me. I came to know him first as an author and survivor of a devastating health crisis, but his main vocation is Director of Spiritual Life … Continue reading In Your Hurry, Seek Holy Selfishness

Holidays for the Hurting: A Devotion to Help You Heal

In our household, the first Sunday of Advent marks the official start of our count-down to Christmas. So yesterday we lit the first of the four Advent candles at church and put up the first of our decorations at home. Today I usher in this Advent and Christmas season with an excerpt from Holidays for … Continue reading Holidays for the Hurting: A Devotion to Help You Heal

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

Happy to be Healed, a Little Crooked

A sacred pause can refresh and restore us when we're weary. But what about when we're forced to take an unexpected pause not of our own choosing? Can God use even that? My friend, Tina, shares her story below as a guest post this week. Over New Year's, I decided to host a small party … Continue reading Happy to be Healed, a Little Crooked

Why Mentoring is Good for You and Everyone You Know

Please welcome Natasha Sistrunk Robinson as my guest this week. Although we have yet to meet in person, I've come to appreciate Natasha as a sister in ministry and member of the Redbud Writers Guild. While I continue working toward my book manuscript deadline for Christ is For Us, I'm celebrating Natasha's new book, Mentor for … Continue reading Why Mentoring is Good for You and Everyone You Know

God Wants to Do Your Work for You. So What Do You Need to Do? Rest.

Please welcome Lisa Ackland Carriere, who is a new friend, ministry-focused writer, and college English educator. Lisa is currently working on a book about women in ministry entitled Divine Call: How Women Leaders Overcome Ministry Challenges. I appreciate what she has to say about work, rest, and prayer, and hope that you will too! It’s … Continue reading God Wants to Do Your Work for You. So What Do You Need to Do? Rest.

Pause ~ everything is better when I learn the wonder of moments

I first met Chris Maxwell on Twitter through my book Sacred Pauses and his book Pause:The Secret to a Better Life One Word at a Time. Along with the common ground of our two books, I was soon inspired by his story -- how he met a devastating health diagnosis with faith and honest struggle, how he perseveres … Continue reading Pause ~ everything is better when I learn the wonder of moments

I don’t overlook even the smallest crumbs of joy or forgiveness

It's always a blessing to hear from readers, to know that my words on a printed page or a computer screen actually connect with someone else. So I was glad to hear from Twitter friend Kate Morgan that she was inspired by this post to put together her own "To Don't" list. She's an educator, writer, … Continue reading I don’t overlook even the smallest crumbs of joy or forgiveness