Podcast #17: Excerpt from Fragrant Fields

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I'm so excited about my new book, just released in January of 2017! It's called Fragrant Fields: Poetic Reflections for Journaling, and I'm sharing an intimate slice of my own personal devotions in this collection of poetry, prose, Scripture, and inspirational quotes. In my podcast this month, I'm reading an excerpt detailing the initial … [Read more...]

Podcast #14: Key of Love & Locked Gates

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The Key of Love and Locked Iron Gates Miss Bertram longs to pass through a locked gate: Yes, certainly the sun shines and the park looks very cheerful, but unluckily that iron gate . . . gives me a  feeling of restraint and hardship. I cannot get out, as the starling said . . . Jane Austen, excerpt from Chapter 10, Mansfield Park Mansfield … [Read more...]

Podcast Episode 13: Vintage New Year Conversations

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Just when you think January is lingering far too long due to crippling cold days and traffic snarling snowstorms, spring is sprung, summer warms to distraction, and autumn leaves fall, speeding us headlong into, yet, another new year and the prospects of January 1st once again. [Tweet "Why does it seem the year flits by in the blink of an … [Read more...]

Podcast Episode 12: Vintage Christmas Holly

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I'm so blessed to share my Christmas podcast with you this month! It's simultaneously in print in RUBY MAGAZINE with a host of other Christmas themed articles, by many talented Christian women writers, to fill your home and heart with the joy of the season. [Tweet "My podcast features a special guest--from over 100 years ago!"] Earlier this … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

The Centurion’s Monologue: Who Are You at the Cross?

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The following is an excerpt from Ripened, Restive, and Risen: A Resurrection Meditation. It's one of many Easter dramas that I've written and directed over some 30 years. I produced this play for Calvary Chapel Vineland in the spring of 2010--a reboot from a choir cantata drama that I originally wrote and directed for First Family Church in … [Read more...]

RJD Farewell and Greater Things

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Were that the days possessed more hours. Or weeks more days. Perhaps then, we would be able to accomplish all that our hearts burst to create! But, alas! Our lives are mere seconds slipping away and where does the time go. The month . . . the year . . . closes. Our inventory of dreams fulfilled and tasks completed are never meet to our desires. … [Read more...]

Just a Little Pink to Start the New Year Right

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We've all been sharing our "words" for the new year.  I have exhausted my audience with my ramblings on the subject in a two part post kick-off to the new year. You can read the long version in Part 1, and then follow-up with the exciting sequel in Part 2. BUT--for all our pinkies out there--a little something special. You see, my word for this … [Read more...]

New Word~New Year~Part 2: Go Forth!

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Week 2 of 2016 already has my head in a tailspin and my anxiety levels tempted to overload.  Last week, in Part 1 of the introduction to my word for the new year, I explained how I "got my joy back in 2015" with a review of past years, their words, and the lessons learned along the way. My 2015 journey to walk in Unbridled Joy was almost a … [Read more...]