I’m blessed to have a lovely group of writing friends here in Western North Carolina. We get together periodically to eat, laugh, and talk all things writing (and men, and children, and LIFE). Not long ago, our fearless leader Yvonne Lehman came to us with the idea of a collection of “miracle” stories. The result was a sweet, little book […]
A while back I pretty much decided that I wouldn’t go anywhere that required air travel. It didn’t seem like that much of a sacrifice. I’ve flown before–been to California, Las Vegas, New York and a few places in between. I just couldn’t think of anything I wanted to get at bad enough to climb aboard an airplane to reach […]
Bethany House is running a contest to give away an advanced reader copy of Miracle in a Dry Season. I’m so excited to know I’ll be holding my novel in my hands soon and now someone else can hold it early as well! If you’d like to enter to win a copy, follow this link or click on the image below.
This week the specific fear I tackled was having a conversation I’d been avoiding. You know how it goes–you don’t want to bring it up when things are going good lest you ruin things, and you don’t want to bring it up when things are rocky, because it’ll just make them worse. So, in light of there being NO good […]
I’ve been wondering lately if Jesus was ever afraid. And I think he was at least once. It was that night before his crucifixion when he asked God to “take this cup from me.” While Jesus was willing, I don’t think anyone can argue that he wanted to be sacrificed for the sin of the world. Luke even says he sweated blood. WHAT WAS JESUS AFRAID OF? So what was he afraid of? I don’t think it was of being beaten or crucified, but of being separated from God the Father. And it wasn’t that he was afraid it might happen. He knew it would. Makes all my fears fade into nothingness. So WHY was he willing to swallow down that fear and go to the cross? I can only come up with one reason. He loved us that much. He loved me that much. His LOVE was stronger than his FEAR. Which leads me to I John 4:16-18 – “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear . . .” LOVE IS ACTION Love is not a feeling, it’s action. In this […]