Podcast Episode #6: Spiritual Keepsakes & Ruby for Women

The Gatekeeper's Key Indie Book Awards 2018Spiritual Keepsakes on Trial-Laden Road Trips is an abridged chapter excerpt from my latest book,

The Gatekeeper’s Key!


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Spiritual Keepsakes on Trial Laden Road Trips podcast

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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 the map (no GPS in those days) our destination was just on the other side of the Grand Teton Mountain Range. I was familiar enough with the mountainous areas along the eastern parts of the country, but soon learned the folly of judging the mountains of the great Northwest in the same way.

There is no comparison.

[Tweet “This was not a road trip for the faint of heart.”]

Click the PODCAST PLAY BUTTON at the top of this post to listen to my audio dramatization recounting the Spiritual Keepsake souvenirs I came away with on this trip.

Click to READ the rest of this post on page 25 in the June 2016 issue of Ruby for Women Magazine!

Teton Mountains Trial Laden Tips


Are you on a trial-laden road trip? What is the name of the mountain peaks that loom before you—that seem to never end? Ask the Lord to show you His map for your trip and record His directions in your journal travel log. Pull over to a rest stop on the way and allow Hope and Encourgement to buckle into the passenger seat as travel companions through to the end of your journey. Be confident in the climb and the mile markers that you will arrive at your destination in due time, and in such a place, your joy will be full, your strength renewed, and your resilience on the next road trip in life will be fortified.

Patient endurance attaineth to all things . . .

[Tweet “Speaking of growing into greater things and cultivating patience in the ordered steps of your life . . .”]

Spiritual Keepsakes on Trial-Laden Road Trips is an abridged chapter excerpt from my 2017 book, The Gatekeeper’s Key. It is currently nominated for the Indie Book Awards 2018

The Gatekeeper's Key Indie Book Awards 2018

One day, Weaver ventures into the marketplace where word tapestries are traded. There, in the midst of so many tales, stands the Gatekeeper. The Master Story-Weaver himself! Other eager weavers reach out to him in a flood of stories. Some limp about, tripping over their words for all the loose threads and yarns, falling flat on the ground before him. Others push and shove, assertively staking a claim by his side to petition for a key, that they might possess the opportunities on the other side of the gate.

But the treasuries therein are not to be toyed with sloppily. The gate’s portal is not opened to mere aggressors. The Gatekeeper knows the worth of each tapestry laid before him and allows only those who prove themselves worthy of the key to have access. By invitation . . .

The Gatekeeper’s Key

Kathryn Ross

Purchase on Amazon or direct from Pageant Wagon Publishing


Here are the additional posts/audio podcasts that became the foundation for three of the seven chapters in The Gatekeeper’s Key:

The Gatekeeper's Key Indi Book Awards 2018

Click to listen to an abridged excerpt from The Gatekeeper’s Key.

Key of Love and Locked Gates podcast image

Click to listen to an abridged excerpt from The Gatekeeper’s Key!

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Click to listen to an abridged excerpt from The Gatekeeper’s Key!


Help this important devotional book get into more hands, hearts, and lives this year!

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Sharing Podcast Episode #6: Spiritual Keepsakes on Trial-Laden Road Trips this week with:

Literacy Musing Mondays

Wholehearted Wednesdays

A Little R&R Wednesdays

Sitting Among Friends

Katherine’s Corner

Thought Provoking Thursdays

Faith Filled Fridays

Spiritual Sundays

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About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.


  1. I live at the foot of the Appalachian mountains so although I see a mountain almost daily, it’s not very big. So when I travel to Denver now and again, I’m always totally amazed by the Rockies! They are gorgeous and I never grow tired of them. I can’t imagine moving as often as you have, but I know it means you’ve seen lots of incredible things and had many adventures.

    • Hi Lisa!
      Blessings, milady! You know, I don’t always comment but I do take joy to see your smiling face each week on our link-ups. And, yes–many adventures and far too many mountains sometimes. Even in the flatlands–if you now what I mean. Thanks so much for dropping by.

  2. Looks like a wonderful series you have – full of stories and hope!

  3. I love how you use this post to encourage readers to turn all their trials over to the Lord. The Bible tells us from perseverance comes proven character and from proven character comes hope. Thanks for sharing at the #LMMLinkup.

    • Blessings, Leslie, with many thanks for dropping by. God is good even and especially in the trials counting us worthy to prove His character over the mountains in our lives. It becomes the stuff that makes for the best in reading and literature.

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