His Reckless Love is Greater Than – Wounds to Wins Sidenote

Accepting the gift of salvation and not bothering to know your Savior is like accepting a beautifully wrapped present and then placing it on a shelf and never discovering the wonderful things inside. A saved life should be a changed life. We either choose to work toward change or we choose to remain as we were. With God’s help our efforts will give us glimpses of Heaven here on Earth

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Using the Emotional Wound Thesaurus and More to Prep for NaNoWriMo

When I discovered the list of Emotional Wounds on www.onestopforwriters.com last year, I was beyond excited. One of my novel projects would involve the POV of three sisters facing life-changing events and I needed to get to know each of these characters personally and separately in order to give each woman her own voice, struggles, fears, etc. I had an idea of their current personality conflicts, but wasn’t sure how

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Allowing God’s Word to Take Root Before the Attack will Equip us to Overcome

God is in the business of rebuilding, restoring, and renewing the lives of those who desire to yield to his will and live beyond themselves. But when the enemy takes a hold and we give into a season of sin, we may feel like we will never experience the victory. If we have sewn God’s word into our hearts, minds, and souls and we believe God can bring redemption–He will!

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When your will isn’t enough to overcome your weariness

I had an amazing time at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers conference back in April — wait, April?! Has it really been almost five months? How disappointing that I haven’t accomplished more. And I was doing so good at self-care and working on my recent WIPs… then summer hit. Summer has never been a good time for me to write. Every year, especially since my kids are older and tend

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One Stop for Writers Emotional Wounds Thesaurus – Sharing as I Create Deep Characters for my WIP – PART 1

While seeking ways to create different, yet deep character traits for three sisters in my current WIP, I started to explore One Stop for Writers Emotional Wound Thesaurus. I had just ordered the Emotion and Negative and Positive Trait Thesauruses for reference, but didn’t know how powerful using these three resources could be until I began to dive into the Emotional Wound Thesaurus online. Now, I already had a general

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Ode to Psalm 129 #April #PoetryMonth

Stair 10 in the Psalms of Ascent (Stepping Up Study by Beth Moore) At the beginning of 2008, I participated in a group Bible study on the Psalms of Ascent. I truly miss diving into the word via Beth Moore’s teaching. On occasion, I will take out my box of Bible study workbooks (I once calculated 10 years and over 1000 hours of study inside that box!) I will have

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When Failure is Part of God’s Plan

Failure according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: 1a: omission of occurrence or performance; specifically: a failing to perform a duty or expected action b (1) : a state of inability to perform a normal function c: a fracturing or giving way under stress 2a: lack of success b: a failing in business 3a: a falling short (deterioration or decay) 4 : one that has failed Is it just me, or is the concept of failure taboo these days? Why do we avoid

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Book Review: Out of the Ruins

Out of the Ruins by Karen Barnett My rating: 4 of 5 stars With a perfect combination of historical detail and unique characters, Karen Barnett brought life to early 1900s San Francisco. Amid personal tragedy, the 1906 earthquake forces Abby Fischer to face her fears and take risks she never thought she would. I was on the edge of my seat, up late night after night while slowly reading through

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TOP 10 Ways I Use Real Life to Inspire My Fiction Writing

I have lived a relatively profound life. Some things “happened” to me, and were beyond my ability to control. Others were the result of poor choices, ignorance, or a secret desire to create drama when I felt things were a little boring. As I have matured as a woman and in my walk as a Christian, I have realized that each experience–every defeat, hurt, or challenge–has led me to a

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The Step of Faith: Where Belief Trumps Choice

I woke up from a vivid dream a couple of weeks ago. The dream started with me walking toward a cluster of large rocks on the beach. The sky was overcast, the waves crashed in small white caps on the shore. I climbed atop the rocks without hesitation. I intended to plant my feet and hands in secure places to find my balance. But the rocks were jagged and pointed.

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Learning to Manage FMS

For several weeks, my myofascial pain has been gone. The skin sensitivity I felt from my ankles to the base of my skull is either gone or hardly noticeable. I credit this improvement to the hormone balancing supplements, increase in water, and detoxification efforts. My symptoms this morning include: Some muscle fatigue in my legs and arms. A sharp, stabbing pain behind my left shoulder blade upon awakening. After some

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