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DEVOTIONALS

When success requires failure

Just when I thought I'd heard all my preacher-brother's sermon illustrations, he told a new one in church a couple weeks ago. "Why do you think God put Philippians 4:13 in the Bible?" Jim asked us. (Being the good congregation that we are, we sat there in silence...

Lighthouses and shipwrecks

A couple weeks ago, I sat at our dining room table writing a devotional. As I tapped away on my laptop, I talked out loud to myself. "Don't forget that maybe you are the lighthouse in someone else's storm..." My oldest son chose that moment to walk past the table....

Trusting in the dark

There's dark and then there's really, really dark. The first time I experienced complete, total darkness was inside Marvel Cave, a huge cave not too far from our little town. The cave is enormous (they've even flown an air balloon inside it!) and takes quite some time...

FUN FRIDAYS

Trying to look like a real author on social media

Though I've always loved writing, it's only in the last couple of years that I've begun to take steps to grow as a writer. One of those steps led me to attend the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference in Texas last year. I was thrilled to connect with other...

10 Reasons to NOT be a daycare provider

To commemorate my 28th month of being a daycare provider, I’ve put together a list of requirements for those of you who may be considering pursuing this career. Of course, these are not the official requirements for state licensing, but they should be…

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