Celebrate Thanksgiving with Storytime

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CLICK to Listen to From Leyden to Liberty as a family this Thanksgiving Day!   Blessings be yours! PLEASE NOTE: I'm taking a blogging break til January--except for a SPECIAL CHRISTMAS TEA post coming up in December to wish you all well in your celebrations of the birth of Jesus Christ. Exciting things coming here, from The … [Read more...]

Podcast Episode 11: Salt on the Table

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Sandwiched between my continuing series Psalms for the Nation, is my monthly podcast. I've been putting feet to my intercessory prayer for the healing and restoration of our nation, and its deliverance from the enemy's corruption in the very highest places of our government.  There's no pretending this isn't happening to us. It is. And has been so … [Read more...]

Psalms for the Nation: A Cry for Help

Psalms for the nation: A cry for help

I'm continuing my Psalms for the Nation series with some of the Scriptures I've been meditating upon and praying through in this critical election season. Will you join me?  Last week, I shared Psalms for the Nation: A Call to Prayer. This week . . . I'm filling my mind and heart with the Psalms of the Lord. These powerful words stir my spirit … [Read more...]

Psalm 10 for the Nation: A Call to Prayer

Psalm 10 for the Nation: A Call to Prayer

America is counting down to the most historical election since the first Continental Congress voted to declare their independence from the tyrannical overreach of the English government on July 4, 1776. At that time, thirteen colonies and less than 60 individuals cast their vote. This year, multiple millions of Americans in 50 states will do … [Read more...]

Podcast Episode 10: Election Year Message

Podcast Episode 10: Election Year Message

What a whirlwind season we are living through on God's historical timeline! Are you feeling short of breath, void of peace, perplexed in mind, and weary in spirit? Welcome to Election 2016. But, more to the point--welcome to my Election Year Message via podcast: Come Down to Earth and Be Still.  This month I've re-booted an essay I wrote almost … [Read more...]

Hurricane Matthew Faith Flashbacks to Hurricane Hugo

Hurricane Matthew Faith Flashbacks to Hurricane Hugo

Matthew has plowed through Haiti and is heading for Charleston, South Carolina this week. [Tweet "As if the Carolinas haven't had their fill of storms in recent months."] Being coastal, it is a state that sees it's share of storms and hurricanes. But Matthew--a hurricane packing category 4 winds, is too reminiscent of Hugo, who swept through … [Read more...]

When Seasons Change, God Does Not

When Seasons Change, God Does Not

Sneezing my way into the change of seasons. Yes--it's that time of year again when I have a head stuffed with more than words and ideas. In fact, it is so stuffed, I can barely think this week--let alone write. So, I thought I'd peruse some of my post drafts to see if there was something I might, with little effort, turn to inspiration for a … [Read more...]

Back-to-School with a Jane Austen Book Review

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Labor Day weekend means the bins come up from the basement and my house gets a decorative uptick to the next season. In September that means FALL! I deep clean the furnishings and pack away all the red, white, and blue Americana decor for the switch-out to faux fall leaves, bowls of cinnamon smells, pumpkin gourds, and scarecrows. Then, the … [Read more...]

Podcast #9: Why Reading Aloud as a Family Matters Today

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Do you sometimes feel like a fractured family? Too much busy in your lives? The demands of home, work, church, school, activities, relationships, and the complexities of 21st century living keep many modern day families rushing about in opposing directions—especially now that school’s back in session and our summer vacations are just a happy … [Read more...]

Raising Disciples: “Using Your Own Gifts & Style”

Raising Disciples: Using Your Own Gifts & Styles

July 5, 1984, at 10:00am, I cried out to the Lord in despair and He heard me. The room filled with His Presence and He saved me unto Himself for the purpose of growing into greater things. Jesus, in an instant, became both Savior and Lord of my life. [Tweet "I was thirsty for Him. To know Him. To live for Him."] And to raise the infant boy … [Read more...]

Book Review: The Bard and the Bible

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I did my research before going to the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference this summer, and was delighted to see that writer, Bob Hostetler, would be serving on the teaching faculty this year. I knew his name well as co-author of a book that was indispensable to me twenty years ago when I was teaching and serving in youth ministry, … [Read more...]

Podcast #8: When Mice Make Way for the Lion’s Roar

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I am overwhelmed with grief at the seemingly impossible state of affairs manifesting in our nation and the world today. How far our founding landmarks have been removed! I’ve watched them be systematically replaced with evil substitutes over my lifetime of close to six decades long. I see human hearts and minds sent strong delusions, believing … [Read more...]

3 Wise Words for Wimpy Days When Things Get Too Hot

3 Wise Words for Wimpy Days When Things Get Too Hot

A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, "OCCUPY till I come." But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, "We will not have this man to reign over us." Luke 19:12-14 Smh! End of that … [Read more...]

Psalm 33: Take Heart, World!

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Tough couple of weeks, World?            There's a whole lotta nasty goin' on! Headlines and newsfeeds filling your mind and heart with confusion, fear, and anxiety?            Talking heads with lying tongues and feet running swiftly to violence will do that. Well, here's some health and wisdom for soul and spirit. I'm meditating on these … [Read more...]

Drama Takes Center-Stage, Once Again

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Playwriting has been my forte since childhood when, as a stage-struck little girl, everything became story and performance. Plays, puppet shows with my toys, mimicking cartoons and T.V. shows (in the family friendly early 1960's when it was safe) and more. Once I learned to read and write I voraciously recorded my stories with pen and college ruled … [Read more...]

Rant on the Red, White, and Blue

Rant on the Red, White, and Blue

Have you seen the news? I am appalled--but not surprised. Mostly, my heart is breaking. Allow me the luxury of a rant . . . I wrote the following post a week before the tragedy and failure of our nation's elite leadership, on July 5th. On that day these "elected" individuals publicly exposed what reasonable, God-fearing, right-thinking people have … [Read more...]

Patriots, Petticoats, and Providential History

Patriots, Petticoats, and Providential History

PROVIDEN'TIAL, adjective Effected by the providence of God; referable to divine providence; proceeding from divine direction or superintendence; as the providential contrivance of things; a providential escape from danger. How much are we indebted to God's unceasing providential care! Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of the English Language I … [Read more...]

Renewed by the Bay Shore ~ Remembering a Friend

Renewed by the Bay Shore--Remembering a Friend

I haven't been to the marshes for a couple of years. Not since the loss of our dear friend, David Lord. We shared many delights in books and reading together. He was a gifted naturalist who often took us bird watching in the marshland by the Delaware Bay. He loved the glories of God in Creation housed in the famous Pinelands of Southern New … [Read more...]

Podcast Episode #6: Spiritual Keepsakes & Ruby for Women

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Back in my Navy wife days, we had vacations built-in to our lifestyle. Every six months to two years we shipped across country, or overseas, to some new billet destination. The time allotted for moving from place to place became like a working vacation—hitting the road for adventures with opportunities for family memory-making fun. According to … [Read more...]

When Writers Consider the Lilies

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Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Luke 12: 27 NKJV [Tweet "Retreat in a verdant garden setting is always welcome to this writer's heart."] I long for lingering moments in contemplation of the glories of Creation and the … [Read more...]

Life as a Fixer-Upper Journal Challenge

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My feet hit the floor with an "ooff"! I rarely awake with a "let's get to it!" Mornings are tough for this little chick. I was bleary-eyed from binge watching Chip and Joanna of Fixer-Uppers on Netflix til midnight. Waking up would take some time. I went to bed dreaming of gutting my own little cottage which, based on the condition of the homes I … [Read more...]

Vintage Hats: The Fashions of a Woman’s Heart

Vintage Hats: The Fashions of a Woman's Heart

May and June come each year with a whirl of activity - not the least of which being the season for Mother/Daughter Banquets. That means speaking engagements for me where I'm invited to share memorable thoughts about beauty and womanhood.  So, I had to "bring out the girls." That's what I call my vintage hat collection.  My parade of lovely … [Read more...]

Book Retreat & Storytelling Break

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As launch month for my latest high concept picture book, Bugaboo-Bee's Bop: Patience for the Prize, comes to a close in the next week, I am taking joy in a job well done. BUT . . . [Tweet "With every job well done, we need to take a break from all the doing."] Just a BLOGGING BREAK, mind you. I have a full plate and just can't eat it all! … [Read more...]

Creative License in the Beehive

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For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead . . . Romans 1:20 My creative writing transformed when I discovered Romans 1:20 in my mid-20's. I awoke to biblical truth. The phrase "clearly seen being understood by the things that … [Read more...]

Journal Prompts for Life in the Beehive

Bugaboo-Bee's Bop: Patience for the Prize

The whole idea of bees and the place they have in Creation has always fascinated me. In recent years I have taken an interest in the plight of beekeepers suffering the loss of hives by the thousands. Much has been documented and debated as to what is causing whole hives to die. A proliferation of GMO’s and chemical farming, posturing as increasing … [Read more...]