Turning in a Manuscript

Lots of people think meeting a deadline and turning in a manuscript is the goal for a writer. Not so. That’s somewhere in the middle of the long road to publication – and publication, even for a previously-published author – should never be taken for granted. The hardest part of writing a novel is starting. …

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Fishers of Men

There are two fishers of men, and both know us very well.  One knows our potential.  The other knows our weaknesses. One gives us free will.  We can choose the path we want to walk through life.  We can choose to do what’s right or wrong. The other knows our sin nature and uses that …

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Living with a Puppy

We lost our beloved German Shepherd, Sarge, in March, before COVID hit.  Rick’s heart ached for another dog.  I wasn’t sure I could go through loving one and then losing another in 11-12 years.  Needless to say, I gave in.  We picked up “Ranger”, our all-black, fuzzy pup, along with instructions on diet.  (I barely …

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World Day Against Human Trafficking

Over thirty years ago, when I first began writing Redeeming Love, I put three pictures on my bulletin board where I could see them as I worked.  All three were of the same little girl; the first, a school picture of a pretty little 6-8 year old girl; the second, the same child, terrified and …

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Racial Reconciliation

I can’t watch any more news about the horrific murder of George Floyd or about the protesters who have violently reacted by burning and looting. I need to hear more from the peaceful demonstrators who seek much-needed change, who address racial hatred with clarity and truth, who seek equal rights and equal justice for those …

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COVID 19 and the Vineyard

As the shelter-in-place order has stretched from weeks into months, I’ve had more time to work in our vineyard.  We have one hundred pinot noir grapevines, all planted thirty-plus years ago.  When we moved in, the yard and vineyard needed a lot of TLC.  In the beginning, someone had laid out a beautiful plan, but …

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Mother’s Day Holds Sorrow and Joy

Mother’s Day is bittersweet for me because my mother went home to be with the Lord twenty-five years ago.  We always knew my dad would not live a long life.  He had his first heart attack at thirty-nine, and two open-heart surgeries.  He used to joke and say the doctors should put a zipper in …

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Making the Most of Enforced Staycation

Having to limit my time outside the walls of our home has had some benefits.  We have gone through cabinets and closets inside the house and garage.  As soon as stores open, Rick will be dropping off sacks of donations to our favorite ministries, and we’ll be wandering the mall just to be around people …

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Pandemic of Love

A favorite scripture of mine is Romans 8:28:  “All things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.”  Of course, we don’t always recognize those good things when we are going through trials and crises.  It often takes time and wisdom brought through life experiences for us …

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Easter and Sheltering in Him

Life on this earth is always fraught with difficulties, crises, uncertainty. This is nothing new, and wars (whether nation against nation or against a virus) will continue until Jesus comes again. As we shelter-in-place, we do not need to be afraid. While we practice social distancing, we can stay in touch through social media, telephone …

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