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Pen to the Page: Motivation

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted Pen to the Page. For those who may not know, PTP is about writing. Once in a while, I’ll throw a post your way, if not a few in a row, about something I’ve learned. What fun, and I love to talk about writing! So here we go… The next installment of Pen to the Page. Why does a writer pick up the pen in the first place, then through it all, continue to dip it in the well? To pour their heart and soul into a story, or topic and then expose it for the world to see? How does a new writer face the challenges of critiques, contests, queries, synopses (Wow, the list does go on, doesn’t it?)? When is she “ready” to enter a particular contest or query an agent? It comes down to one word…motivation. A simple but powerful concept that drives any life. First and foremost, the Lord is the center of my life and the focus of my writing. He’s called me to dip my quill and I will strive to perfect the art. (Not that I will ever achieve that …

Guest: The Amazing Lily

Inspirational Moments is a beautiful topic for a blog, God at work, in real time, in real life. Anyone who breathes knows an inspirational moment. But, maybe we don’t always appreciate that moment. Scripture admonishes us to live in each moment, not worrying about tomorrow or other things we only think we control. It took my two golden retrievers to actually show me how that’s done. For ten years our ministry was therapy dog visitation. It was actually their ministry. I was the silent one on the other end of the leash, watching and learning how to offer friendship to strangers, comfort to the miserable, companionship to the lonely, peace to the addled. My dogs lived in the moment. I wrote an entire book about their experiences called Just for the Moment: The Remarkable Gift of the Therapy Dog. It’s a collection of moments when my dogs made a difference in other people’s lives. I learned to be a better Christian from their example, and I hope sharing their stories will help others. Th…

The Journey: One Step at a Time

Old Route 66 Highway by Renee Blare
The sun sets on another unproductive day. So many projects remain undone, ideas still scribbled on paper. Unaccomplished tasks grow while the list of completions dwindle. What am I doing? Why am I here? Where am I going? Lord, how do I do this?
Psalm 18:2 “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

I started this writing journey with an incredible sense of adventure. The words flowed with ease. Not surprising really. I love to write. I’ve only been doing it since I could put a pen to the page. I even did it on the long summer hauls from Arkansas to Wyoming when I was a child. No, writing isn’t the problem, Lord. After all, You called me a long time ago. So, why do I feel sunk in a quagmire of sticky goo? Figuratively speaking, of course. Is there a future for a writer without a past? To publish a novel with a slim resume? Where do I go from here…

Adventure in the Word

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Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
The Bible is an intricate book of history. The Old Testament weaves a wondrous story laden with adventure, horror, tragedy, and incredible joy. We hold our breath as God reaches down and leads one after another out of the wilderness or cry as time after time, His people stray away. We gasp as warnings sound and prophecies unfold as if locked in a spell-bounding suspense novel. Then His deliverance fills the page once again and we turn the page for another adventure. Such is the Old Testament. The New Testament is very similar. Another history book bursting with all the same excitement, it’s identical in theme except it has one remarkable new character. Jesus, God's One and Only Son. He fulfilled the prophecy of the Old Testament and this series of books is His story. …


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Do you know the person in the looking glass?

“Mirror, mirror on the wall?”
What do you see when you look in the mirror?
I’m one of those people who avoids mirrors. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’ll take a glance for a second or two on the way by or use one to get ready for work in the morning but that’s about it. But what I see usually doesn’t impress me very much. Yes, it’s a battle, one I’ve waged for quite a while. Well, actually, it’s resembles more of a war. Satan attacks on a regular basis. I advance then retreat, build up defenses only to have them blown apart. I hide in my little world and lick the wounds until I’m ready to fight again. All because of a pane of glass. This human form has suffered quite a few trials through the years. The psychological impact of those challenges helped shape who I am today. They also left a few scars along the way. I’m not ashamed of those rough spots, just a little shy about them. Some hang-ups i…


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