We are each here with purpose: to glorify God and fulfill His plan for us. Each journey is unique and precious. This is a place for us to share and encourage one another. What's your story? Jer. 29:11 Esther 4:14

Monday, April 13, 2015

Another Step Closer to Publication


Well time is always a factor - I work full time and just started going to school again.

Mostly it's fear - and the cycle you see to the right. 

I love it!

I hate it!

I love it!

I hate it!

It's exhausting! But here's the thing...

it's a dream God put in my heart and he's opened doors for the past five years to bring me to where I am today. He didn't do that for me to be paralyzed by fear. He's given me stories to tell so I believe there is someone out there who will not just be entertained by them - although I do hope they're enjoyable - but will also meet God in a new way and realize how much he loves them. He'll get my stories into the hands and hearts of those who need to hear them. 

So let me just say a HUGE  "thank you" to all of you for your support, encouragement, enthusiasm, and prayer. It's inspiring and humbling and it has kept me moving - some days, in spite of myself. 


I have a company working on a book cover for Sacred Ashes. It will take about a week for several designers to submit their ideas. Once I have a group that I can narrow down to 6-8 possibilities I'm going to give you an opportunity to vote on your favorite one. 

So, here's what I need you to do... just to the right of this post is a place for you to enter your email address. Please do that for me. It will help me to let you know when and where to vote. It will also sign you up to receive any special announcements as they are appropriate. 

I promise I will NOT send a deluge of email your way nor will I give your email address to anyone else. It's a spam free zone here. 

Re-writes are almost complete. Once a cover design is selected I will be posting a sneak preview of chapter one. 

Can actual publication be far behind??? 

Thank you for hanging in there with me. Please continue to pray for me as I finish rewrites and learn how to format for publication. It's kind of a geek thing and I'm so very techno-challenged. 

Most of all, though, it's a God thing. Where he leads, he provides. Always. 

I love and appreciate you all!! 


Illustration above "Used with permission from Debbie Ridpath Ohi at Inkygirl.com." 


Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Best New Start All Year

2015  - A New 

I love new starts, don't you? It's why we start diets on Mondays and why we make resolutions that start on New Year's Day. It's why birthdays are significant and why the first of every month is a new chance to live by that new budget we made up. 

God is the master of new beginnings. He is the maker of the new creature we've become. He is the giver of second chances - and third, and fourth...

All things are new in him and his mercies are new every morning. Every hour if we need them. We don't have to wait for January 1 or our birthdays, or next Monday. It starts right now. 

Why don't resolutions work? I think the main reason is that we can't maintain the perfection of a well-crafted list of them. Sooner or later - and it's usually sooner - we mess up. 

What we need to consider is that the destination is not important - the journey is what shapes us, challenges us, refines us. We can't do it alone.

God has plans for you this year (Jeremiah 29:11), and you can bet they are awesome plans. You can also count on them taking you way out of your comfort zone into uncharted territory. 

I want to step into that this year, don't you? I don't want to let fear stop me. I want to meet God in the morning when his mercies are new. I want to take his hand and walk with him in that place that has no explanation beyond "look what God has done!"

I want to live like I have only this moment. I want the fullness of it. I want the fullness of Him. 

I want the newness of every day to be like the newness of January 1. A new beginning. A new adventure full of promise and awe. Full of Him. 

My prayer for us this year is that we know God more intimately, walk with him more closely, serve him more faithfully, and experience his will for us more abundantly than ever before. 

I am praying for you.