Leaving a Legacy

Six years of upstairs and downstairs entanglements and drama. Six years of pomp and circumstance. Six years of loyalties and betrayals. Six years of secrets and celebrations. All ending in 2016 at the end of season six. But it didn’t end there. Downton Abbey, the movie, released in 2019. And another Downton movie releases this … More Leaving a Legacy

Small Writings

Small Writings Do you despise small beginnings? When we fix our sights on a book contract, it’s easy to dismiss anything smaller as unworthy of our efforts. But doing so could be a huge mistake. I’m a big believer in the benefit of “small writings.” The first payment I received for my writing was a … More Small Writings

Reflections on the Names of God: The Devotional That Refuses to Die

Ten years ago, I wrote a devotional on the names of God—my first published book, released in hardcover by Revell of Baker Publishing Group. It was also just the beginning. Shortly after that, Revell published a special print run with a proprietary cover for a large bookstore chain. Three years later they again released the … More Reflections on the Names of God: The Devotional That Refuses to Die

The Role of the Holy Spirit in Our Writing

We know Jesus promised His Spirit would live in His followers. But what role does the Holy Spirit have in our writing? Join me in examining some familiar Bible verses from a writer’s perspective: The Holy Spirit is always with us (Jn. 14:16) Ever feel as if your writing life is the equivalent of a … More The Role of the Holy Spirit in Our Writing

The Prayer of Jabez for Writers

Do you remember reading about the prayer of Jabez? Have you considered how it might apply to writers? … More The Prayer of Jabez for Writers

What Gift Can Writers Bring for the Newborn King?

What Gift Can Writers Bring for the Newborn King? Music is an important part of celebrating Christmas. Remember the Christmas song, “The Little Drummer Boy”? It’s about a little boy who wonders what gift he could give to the baby Jesus. Or how about “We Three Kings,” a song about the costly gifts the magi … More What Gift Can Writers Bring for the Newborn King?

The ABCs of Thankfulness in our Writing Life

It’s easy to be thankful for an agent’s representation or signing with a publishing house. But as we consider the ABCs of thankfulness in our writing life, let’s be more creative than that! … More The ABCs of Thankfulness in our Writing Life

Oaks From Acorns Grow

Are you feeling “buried” or “planted” when it comes to your writing journey?
What difference does it make? … More Oaks From Acorns Grow

Dandelion Wishes vs. Prayer

Dandelion Wishes vs. Prayer Dandelions—the bane of many homeowners who strive for manicured lawns. Adults see them as an irritation. A nuisance. But children see dandelions as a source of unlimited potential. Wishes, hopes, and dreams wrapped up in the seeds of a wild flower. When you were a child, did you ever pluck a … More Dandelion Wishes vs. Prayer

Practice a Pause

Practice a Pause Summer. A time to reconnect with family and friends. Staycations. Vacations. Day trips. Breaks are not a luxury. We need them to recharge physically and emotionally. Even athletes understand the value of training breaks to cultivate prolonged endurance in their respective sports. But what about writers? We might think we don’t have … More Practice a Pause