The Hidden Blessing of Waiting

It’s been so long, I’m not quite sure where to begin.  Should I start with the funeral I attended today or with the stroke my mother had one month ago?  Should I share my ongoing concern for my son with Crohn’s, who has been suffering from a flare for over a week now?  Or, perhaps I should start on a happier note, with my recent writing success.  All I can say is that November was a whirlwind, and I am[Read more]

True Community Celebrates the Success of Others

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“Rejoice with those who rejoice.” (Romans 12:15) Have you ever outwardly congratulated a friend on her accomplishment while inwardly wishing it could have been you instead of her?  Have you ever felt like giving up on your dream after seeing another person fulfill it first- and better? Have you ever been so focused on your own success that you missed the opportunity to help a friend achieve her goal?  Regrettably, I have experienced all three scenarios, and each one left[Read more]

Writing Through Writer’s Block . . . and Finding Him

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I have opened a new post entry almost daily for two weeks, and each time, the blank screen inside terrifies me.  I approach it with dread, knowing that the words won’t come- again.  No new thoughts, experiences, insights, observations spur my fingers to action.  I wonder if I will ever write another blog post. To avoid this belief, I search through the thousands of themes available, in hopes of updating my site and giving it new life and purpose.  I[Read more]

Friday Reflections: A Closer Look at My Life

This week has been a whirlwind!  We celebrated my second son Phinehas’ 10th birthday, barely.  I spent the day before driving the kids to and from his baseball tournament, forty-five minutes from home. On the way back early that afternoon, I could hardly keep my eyes open.  More than once, the lines blurred on the road before me, alerting me to the fact that I was indeed drifting off to sleep.  Making it home safely was a feat of sheer[Read more]

4 Steps to Writing 500 Words Daily

We are continuing with our series on Life’s Essential Ingredients.  This is my personal list, but I hope that you will find at least one or two that resonate with you and offer some helpful suggestions.  So far, we have covered Workouts and Worship and Homeschooling.  Today, we are looking at writing 500 words daily.  So, whether you are an established or an aspiring writer, this one’s for you:) 4. Write something, at least 500 words in length. Does 500[Read more]

Finding My Way With Writing

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Recently, I have jumped into the world of professional writing.  Instead of writing for myself, I registered on Upwork (formerly oDesk) and have taken on a few, diverse jobs this past month. I’ve found it to be a positive experience because 1) it pays and 2) it is revealing my strengths and passions as a writer. The first job I got hired for was a dream.  For $50, I read someone’s manuscript and offered feedback.  I took sections and rewrote[Read more]