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Simple Strategies to Elevate your Writing

Do you want to elevate your writing, but you don’t know where to start? Do you wish you had a strategy to add to your toolbox AND improve the quality of your writing? I used to teach my high school students this lesson, and it lifted the quality of the writing they produced. The job…… Continue reading Simple Strategies to Elevate your Writing

Encouragement · Kindness · SowKind Movement · Uncategorized

World Kindness Day: An Interview with Beth Walker

Today is World Kindness Day–a global awareness day celebrating compassion and kindness. Kindness is not just a trend; it is a way of life. For believers, it is also a fruit of the spirit. In a world of so much pain and loneliness, why wouldn’t we choose kindness? From a sincere belief that when we…… Continue reading World Kindness Day: An Interview with Beth Walker

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Something New: A Local Collaborative Opportunity

Are you a creative struggling to carry an idea to fruition? Do you long for a group that can give you honest feedback, share strategies, and support your work? Would you like to have meaningful collaborations with others who are pursuing similar goals? Maybe you are running to the same people for feedback and encouragement,…… Continue reading Something New: A Local Collaborative Opportunity

Belief · Faith · Healing · Hope · Uncategorized

A Valid Question

He waited by a healing pool. He had been lame for 38 years.  Scripture tells us that when Jesus saw him and knew how long he had been ill, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?” At first glance the question seems driven by sarcasm. Of course he would want healing, right? Maybe…… Continue reading A Valid Question

Christian Living · Community · Encouragement · Grace · Uncategorized

The Lost Art of Telling Stories

One of my favorite past times is listening to stories. I like the stories that send you in a laughing frenzy and those of heroic adventure, but I’m most drawn to those I’m entrusted with, who find a space at my table. The tenderness in their voice always draws me in a little closer as…… Continue reading The Lost Art of Telling Stories

Christian Living · Healing · Hope · Uncategorized

Honesty in a World of Illusion

A common thing I hear from others is how my honesty is refreshing. I’ve even been called, wait for it, normal! There really is a first time for everything. I could have dismissed the feedback- except it was a repeating theme. When one person gives you a compliment, it’s easy to write it off as…… Continue reading Honesty in a World of Illusion

Encouragement · Hope · Uncategorized

Resolved to Surrender

The New Year is ushered in with hoopla and fanfare. It’s tradition. Stay up later than appropriate {hello over 40 talking} and begrudge the headache you nurse throughout the first hours of the new year. I don’t care much about staying up to watch the clock hands move from one year to the next. I do…… Continue reading Resolved to Surrender

Faith · Hope · Uncategorized

Backstory

We all have one. It shapes our decisions and perceptions. Our relationship filters include them. Backstory: a narrative providing a history or background context… Without discipline, knowledge of another’s backstory can lead to prejudices, or unwarranted judgments. In selfishness–or self-preservation–we can use another’s backstory to justify our own actions. For example, if you happen to feel…… Continue reading Backstory

Belief · Faith · Grace · Hope · Love · Uncategorized

Fish Tales and Parasite Problems

You shouldn’t ask us to fish-sit. We are not reliable. We’ve had 3 (count them aloud 1, 2, 3) beta fish that are no longer. Don’t laugh…let me explain.   Beta fish number one: his name was Rico. He was adopted into our family when I married my husband. Our big kids were young and just…… Continue reading Fish Tales and Parasite Problems