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 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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

When Bells Ring Wild and Sweet

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I heard the bells on Christmas day Their old familiar carols play And wild and sweet Their words repeat Of peace on earth Good will towards men                    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Bells.  Historically, bells have been used to draw attention to a moment. Bells marking time. The hour of the day or night. From clock … [Read more...]

Episode 1: Expect the Extraordinary– What I Learned from a Woodchuck

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Welcome to The Writer's Reverie Podcast! I invite you to a cozy retreat through the power of His Story! God's riches in history, the arts, and the glories of Creation, take center stage at The Writer's Reverie Podcast. Dramatized readings ignite a love of learning and literacy for the Christian family, as biblical truths come to life for … [Read more...]

Finding Sweet in Bitter Juices

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Another friend just took a short hiatus from Facebook. I don't blame her. That endless news feed torments whomsoever should check their status updates with all manner of words and images. Much of this is cleverly disguised bait for the purpose of hooking one into a total waste of a day. Guilty. It happens to me more than I'd like to … [Read more...]

Building on the Ruins

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I'm working on a new e-book devotional based on some of my poetic works. I posted the abridged version on Enthusiastically Dawn's Random Journal Day last week which moved me to consider turning the long version into a format for personal devotions and journaling.  But, as I'm beginning the edit and additions, I believe this will eventually become … [Read more...]

At Rest in the Nest

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Nothing says “morning” to me like a cuppa tea, my corner recliner, an open Bible, and birdsong chirped on the other side of the picture window. Fluttering wings under the eaves of my front porch are a joyful way to start the day. Copperfield takes a great interest in all the goings-on, swishing his tale and jerking his head, making little “ack ack … [Read more...]

Epilogue to “The Story”

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When we last left our Holy Week Ruminations on "The Story" this past Good Friday, the Chorus mournfully exposed Jesus on the cross . . . Chorus:                                 Look into His eyes Jesus the Man. Scorned, rejected, Condemned to die. With passion in His gaze, Forgiveness on His lips, He bought Man’s pain, Man’s … [Read more...]

Ruminations on “The Story”

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It's Random Journal Day with our own Enthusiastic Dawn and I am feeling the conviction of making time for my long ignored blog to post something of relevance to this Holy Week. My days are not my own since publishing my book--far too many details for all the hats I'm wearing as an independent publisher. I am weary. AND--I miss blogging . . . for … [Read more...]

In a Word or Two – 2015

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Every year has its image shaping trends. Be it faddy fashions, mania behaviors, craze diets, or vogue must-see-TV, human history is replete with sages and rages marking the date indelibly with the latest what-all. Buzz-words of the day are especially iconic on this list. Remember when being "swell" turned into "feeling groovy" which became … [Read more...]

Introducing Pageant Wagon Publishing!

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Introducing Pageant Wagon Publishing ONLINE-- The home of "faire words, insights, all good things and beauty" from my pen and over 30 years of writing and speaking! I can't be more excited about this long awaited dream come true! After ten years of performance storytelling in schools, churches, libraries, elder care facilities, and … [Read more...]

Mayflower Memoirs: Thanksgiving Part 3

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Welcome to "In Word & Image" @ The Writer's Reverie! Each week I explore monthly themes using Scripture combined with visuals & a devotional thought! Ruminate with me. Be inspired in your heart. Be captivated by His beauty. Be enriched in the timeless treasury of His gifts. Be challenged to go forth with purpose and live for … [Read more...]

In an Indian Village: Thanksgiving Part 2

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Welcome to "In Word & Image" @ The Writer's Reverie! Each week I explore monthly themes using Scripture combined with visuals & a devotional thought! Ruminate with me. Be inspired in your heart. Be captivated by His beauty. Be enriched in the timeless treasury of His gifts. Be challenged to go forth with purpose and live for … [Read more...]

And So It Begins: Thanksgiving Part 1

Welcome to "In Word & Image" @ The Writer's Reverie! Each week I explore monthly themes using Scripture combined with visuals & a devotional thought! Ruminate with me. Be inspired in your heart. Be captivated by His beauty. Be enriched in the timeless treasury of His gifts. Be challenged to go forth with purpose and live for … [Read more...]