Spontaneous Peace

A few days ago, last Tuesday night to be exact, I decided to head home to my parents’ house for fall break. This decision may not sound like a big deal to most, but those of you who know me know I don’t do things last minute. Especially spontaneous road trips. Did I mention it’s…

Am I Where God Wants Me?

Starting graduate school has been such a blessing and an amazing experience, but it has been difficult. During the first few weeks, one question kept coming to mind. Why am I here? Going between several Bible classes with little background in those specific areas was overwhelming. All I wanted was to be sitting in an…

Stop Relying On Yourself

I have officially started graduate school. It hasn’t even been a full week yet and I feel like I’m in over my head. I don’t have much for assignments yet, but I have plenty of reading to do! I took a break between work and starting on homework yesterday and ran into another new grad…

New Adventures and Their Complications

I’ve moved six times in the last two years. The most recent being earlier this week. Typically, before I move, I have so much anxiety and excitement about it that I can hardly sleep the night before. It’s always the worst when I make a bigger move, like when I moved from home to college,…

Don’t Limit God

As I reflect on this summer, I can see how important it is that I don’t limit God. Being human and more type A than I want to be, I love plans. I enjoy making plans, having plans, and following those plans to completion. What I don’t enjoy is when things come up and disrupt…

Finding Your Calling

When I was starting to think about college, I got to the point where I felt like I was standing in the middle of an intersection that split a million different ways. The options were endless, but all I wanted was to know what direction God wanted me to take. Not just the school, but…

Write What You’re Passionate About

The cursor on your blank computer screen blinks. It’s teasing you and you’re sure it’s doing it on purpose. You had an idea for this chapter days ago but found other things to do instead of writing it. Why? You have another novel idea in mind but you’re refusing to start something new for the…

The Fatal Flaw

While at the Speak Conference a couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to talk to several people about the various books I’m working on and have in mind. During one of my conversations, it was pointed out to me that my novel I’ve been editing this summer has what I’m now calling “the fatal…

Speak Up 2017 Changed My Life

Let me just start off by saying, if you’re a writer (or speaker) Speak Up is a must! My first night at the conference, I sat down with a group of women who were ready to critique my writing. Taking in a deep breath, I handed over the first page of my precious novel for…

Magnificent

Magnificent. The word is not powerful enough to describe God. No words can describe God. No scene, setting, picture, art—nothing, absolutely nothing, can describe God and His greatness. We cannot comprehend it—God’s love, glory, beauty. It is beyond what our human minds can handle. On the way home from vacation with my family, my mom…

How You Get There

Several years ago, my brother and I got into a conversation about what kind of cars we wanted in the future. He carried on about the specifics (all over my head) and talked about how great he would feel in his dream car. “I just want something that will get me safely from point A…

When You Feel Stuck: Revising a Novel

I’ve reached the point in revising my novel where I’m overwhelmed and again feeling that the task is impossible. What brought me to this point, you ask? Chapter One. Going back over my first chapter, I realized I had a ton of information that wasn’t needed right away. But how could I jump right into…