Halloween isn’t scary. Prayer is scary.

Halloween isn’t scary. Prayer is scary.

I love a good “controlled” scare. Would you believe there’s evidence that it might actually be beneficial?

Things like a good jump scene in a movie or someone sneaking up behind me. And I have a special fondness for rowdy roller coasters.

My son—grown, out of college, and on his own—still delights in making his mama shriek. But Mama has a few scary tricks up her own sleeve.

Like PRAYER.

An interview with author Gina Holmes

An interview with author Gina Holmes

I’m excited to feature my friend today, novelist Gina Holmes. Gina is the founder of popular literary site, novelrocket.com. She is a two-time Christy and ECPA Book of the Year finalist and winner of the INSPY, Inspirational Reader’s Choice, and Carol Award. Her books regularly appear on Christian bestseller lists. (And she occasionally appears at my house with encouragement to write!)

Gina’s newest release, Driftwood Tides, tells the story of an aging, alcoholic driftwood artist turned beach bum, Holton Creary, and young Libby Slater. Libby grew up with an absent father and a loving but cold, socialite mother. Leading up to her wedding, Libby and her groom-to-be go through genetic testing and she learns her blood type doesn’t match either of her parents…

Regrouping after a season of overload

Regrouping after a season of overload

As you could probably figure out from my online absence, I’ve been swamped. When I returned from my month-long trip to the Holy Land, life kicked into high gear. So much is happening, but so little of it will find its way here to the blog.

Earlier this year I sensed the Lord pulling me toward more one-on-one ministry. As much as I’ve missed being online, I’m loving all the real-life opportunities He’s put in my path.

I’ve also felt a deep conviction about teaching the Word, which has resulted in more research than I’ve ever done. Since there are only so many hours in a day, it’s left less time for writing.

BUT … dare I even utter this, life seems to be slowing down a smidge, and so I plan to tiptoe back out here each week, with a new schedule and a little different focus. Curious?

An interview and giveaway with #50Women author Michelle DeRusha

An interview and giveaway with #50Women author Michelle DeRusha

I’m always excited when a friend releases a new book, and this friend’s book didn’t disappoint. Michelle DeRusha and I “met” online a while back but got to meet in real life last October at the Allume Conference. (I’m going again this year, btw. If you’re going, shoot me a message and let’s connect!)

You may remember back in April I reviewed (and gave away) Michelle’s book, Spiritual Misfit. I’m excited to interview her AND giveaway a copy of her latest book, 50 Women Every Christian Should Know.

Leave a comment by Monday Sept 21, 2014 to be entered in the drawing!

3 Tips to Beat the End-of-Summer Blues

3 Tips to Beat the End-of-Summer Blues

I love August. This month usually breezes past us, which is good since those fluttering calendar pages are about the only breeze many of us get. But along with the warm temperatures, August also gives us a glimpse of the fall.

I can hear the marching band practicing at the local high school. The evenings turn cooler. The mountains here in Virginia are lush and green and the weedy undergrowth is fading into fall colors. I enjoy these simple pleasures, and then my mind wanders.

Like clouds before a summer thunderstorm, my “to-do’s” and concerns accumulate and darken my mind. Before long I’m fretting and dreading, longing for the beginning of summer when my schedule was lighter. Then I’m grumbling and complaining.

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