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Tinsel’s a Finalist!

Just had to share my exciting news. So, I've entered a few book contests this year, and while the outcomes of most are still a ways off (I won't find out how I did in one until next spring!), today my heart leaped in my chest when I found an email with the word "contest" in… Continue reading Tinsel’s a Finalist!

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Silver Lining

I don't own a ton of clothes. Whatever half of the year I'm in (warm or cold), the corresponding clothes are the ones either dangling in my closet or stuffed in a bureau drawer. The outfits I don't need suffocate in a plastic bin on the top shelf in my closet. The point is, no… Continue reading Silver Lining

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What is Christmas, anyway?

Merry Christmas. Two simple words that generate not-so-simple responses. To one heart, it brings joy; to another, it brings sorrow. One man smiles at the greeting, and another man gnashes his teeth. One house fills with excitement and gratitude while the house next door drowns in stress and envy. Christmas once ushered in a time for… Continue reading What is Christmas, anyway?

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In the words of Taylor Swift: Shake It Off!

I’m not a huge Taylor Swift fan (I’m in my late 30’s and my go-to music are works by Yanni and the soundtracks to the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogies, so you'll have to forgive me), but while I might not agree with everything she does or says, I still admire her ability… Continue reading In the words of Taylor Swift: Shake It Off!

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Two Steps Forward…

Can I tell you a secret? I’m so excited this week—and God stands smack dab in the middle of it. Back in November of 2013, our church decided to fast and pray over a period of three weeks for God to work breakthroughs in both the congregation as a whole and in our individual lives.… Continue reading Two Steps Forward…