At this time last year, I knew that my one word for 2018 would be a phrase prompted by this wonderful painting by Linda Klippenstein: Walking Strong in the Spirit. Walking Strong in the Spirit has been a great focal point for me in the past year: as I've continued to write and celebrated the … Continue reading The Top 10 of 2018 from April Yamasaki
Today I'm excited to introduce three books from three friends that are making an impact on me. Each touches me in a different way: poetry that stirs my heart, mind, and soul; missionary stories that inspire me; and a devotional book that I'm already planning to use next year. The first excerpt is a poem … Continue reading Three Friends, Three Books
Late last night I returned from a fantastic few days connecting with people in Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (MCEC). My sincere thanks to everyone who so graciously hosted me and for the opportunity to share with you in so many ways both formally and more informally! The invitation I received to speak at the Spring … Continue reading May Jesus Walk with You from One Creative Step to the Next
"Good Friday" by Christina Rossetti speaks to me this Holy Week. Written in 1862 and now in the public domain, this poem is a devotional, self-reflective piece. "Am I a stone?" she asks--and I think of the heart of stone turned hard by compassion fatigue and so unmoved by suffering. "Am I a sheep," I … Continue reading A Poem for Holy Week
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 That's why I read poetry, and why I write it, although my poetry is generally not for publication and more stream-of-consciousness than anything else.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
Last year, I joined the Redbud Writers Guild, which envisions "a vibrant and diverse movement of Christian women who create in community and who influence culture and faith." So far I've only met one Redbud in person, so for me the community is mainly a virtual one, but I'm gradually getting to know some of the … Continue reading Stories of Deeply Rooted and Transformed Lives
While I'm celebrating the completion of Christ is For Us, I decided to give myself a vacation from blogging and introduce you to Dale Fredrickson, who is a pastor and poet from Denver, Colorado. He says, "I'd like to inspire the entire world but find that inspiring myself and my family and friends is work enough." … Continue reading God of the Doubters, Broken, and Happy
"Oh I had forgotten that you were on Pinterest," says a reader, "You should remind us again." If you're a Pinterest fan, you may not need this reminder, but since I just learned a cool trick to embed my Pinterest boards here, I thought I'd try it below. If you're not familiar with Pinterest, well … Continue reading My Ten Best Pinterest Boards: Creativity, Hybrid Publishing, Easy Food Gifts, and More!