Joy Will Follow

Jealousy is a monster. It’s green with envy, forever hungry for more. And it’s addictive, especially in our tech-savvy world. No longer is jealousy a face-to-face reality, it lives in our back pockets. It has devoured so many moments of joy, so many days and weeks and years in an endless game of comparison, always…

High and Lows

We’ve all got them, various landscapes in this thing called life. Ups and downs, mountain peaks and deep dark valleys. There’s some short stretches of flat prairie-land, times when the seasons just rolled on by without us even noticing. What I’ve found over the last few years is that I am all about the ups…

Not A Magic Cure

Apologies can sometimes be an easy way out—like Harriet Oleson saying she’s sorry for spreading rumors in the town newspaper. The meaningless words can be used as more of an excuse than heartfelt regret. I can get all down on Mrs. Oleson, but it happens more than I’d like to admit in my own life.…

Flying High

There are those flying high moments in life—falling in love, fulfilling a dream, conquering a goal, crossing the finish line. It’s almost too much to take in, too unbelievable to comprehend. When Dr. Baker fell in love with Kate, his heart was in the clouds. He’d never been happier; his response was gratefulness mixed with…

Declarations of Love

Growing up, my family had the concept of “love in action” dialed in. My mom drove us places, surprised us with rice pudding on rainy days, and always proofread my essays and stories for English class. My step-dad worked a job he didn’t love to provide for our family, he never missed our sporting events,…

Nasty Nellies

Nasty Nellies. We all run into them from time to time, at least I do. In fact, it happened just this week. I’m a sensitive girl, tears come easy when my feelings get hurt. I hung up the phone and couldn’t believe what I’d heard. "We don’t want to do business with you or your…

Meant To Be

It’s easy to say that God had a plan when my sister and I landed the role of Baby Grace. Good showing up is always easy, like when I met my husband Josh, or when this grammatically challenged girl had the hair-brain idea to write a book. A publisher taking a chance on me was…

Become A Storyteller

We often think that great storytelling is reserved for best-selling authors and movie directors, for those who have lived through a war or a catastrophe or finding their true love after all odds kept them apart. But anyone can be a storyteller—even you. Stories that entertain the mind are effective, but it’s hitting a bull’s-eye…

Fuel The Spark

Every one of us has a little slice of heaven we call home. A little house where memories are made and dreams are formed while gathered together around the table… or in my case the television. Watching Little House on the Prairie fueled a spark in my heart and I wonder what ignites yours? What’s…

A Father’s Day Tribute

To My Three Dads, Michael Landon, and Dads Everywhere I’ve had my share of father figures during my almost forty-three years on planet Earth. Each one has played a major role in making me who I am today. Even in the best circumstances, dads everywhere have a difficult task before them, with so much resting…

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