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Timeless truth in a changing world

Tried and Found Wanting

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Looking at my friend’s list of goals for the week, I started to feel rather unambitious. She and I are accountability partners, so we check in every week to report progress and set new goals. It’s a lovely arrangement, but last week she sent me her list that included seven items, many of them multi-faceted. My list had all of two things on it, both related to writing. I told her my goals looked completely lame in comparison, and she laughed and said, “I was thinking my goals were lame! You’re writing a book, and all I’m doing is finding people to fix stuff around our house!” Then she reminded me of a saying someone had once told her: “To compare is to despair.”

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You’ve Got Mail

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If you’re wondering about the sequel to Grace Alone, I have good news for you! I’m on the second round of edits for Faith Alone already! For the latest updates, sign up for my monthly newsletter. February’s edition includes a contest for a chance to win an Amazon gift card, details on how you can obtain an advanced copy of Faith Alone, and more! Sign up today!

Nowhere to Hide

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I never clean more thoroughly than when the exterminator comes. He’s coming today, and all day yesterday I was preparing for him. I clean closets, vacuum the rooms, clean under the beds, scrub the bathrooms, sweep and steam mop, and pull out the couch to clean underneath it. You’d think I was preparing for royalty.  And all this for a visit that takes less than half an hour.

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How Not to Pray

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Mary was in a delicate position. She was at a wedding, and they had run out of wine. This would be a huge embarrassment for the bride and groom. Wedding celebrations in those times ran for days, and running out of wine early meant the party would have to be cut short. Mary knew her Son could help. As His mother, she could have pulled the “parent” card and told Him what to do. But this wasn’t your typical mother/son relationship. Her Son was God, and she knew her place. The way she handled the situation was diplomatic and wise, and it can teach us a thing or two about prayer.

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Pushing the Limit

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This weekend I watched the movie Silence. It takes place in 17th-century Japan, when there was heavy persecution of Christians. The story follows two Jesuit priests who are seeking their mentor, who has reportedly committed apostasy and denied the faith. It is an intense movie, and disturbing on many levels. I was drawn into the conflict the characters faced, wondering how I would respond under similar circumstances. Many were strong even in the face of death. But there is one character in particular whose weakness was all too apparent, to the point that I got irritated with him. It was difficult to tell whether he was sincere or not, as he repeated the same mistake over and over. At one point, the priest asks himself, “How can Jesus love such a wretch as this man?”

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Broken Resolutions

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I broke my New Year’s resolution on January 2. It was my daughter’s birthday, and with everything else going on that day, I just didn’t in get the 30 minutes of decluttering that I’d vowed to do each day.  Understandable, sure, but what a downer all the same. I didn’t even make it two days into the new year before I broke my resolution. So much for a fresh start.

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One Resolution I’ll Keep (and One I Might Not)

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Hard to believe it’s New Year’s Eve again already! Did you keep your resolutions for 2018? Have you made new ones for 2019? I have two resolutions for the New Year. One is to declutter the house, which makes my kids laugh. But the other is far more pertinent to you, my friend. I resolve to publish at least three more novels in 2019, and more if possible. So how can you stay current with my updates? Sign up for my newsletter!

The newsletter is not the same thing as my blog. Whereas my blog is largely devotional and inspirational posts, the newsletter contains the latest news on my upcoming books, as well as occasional contests and giveaways, special offers, reader’s questions, and reviews on books I’m reading. I promise not to flood your inbox with updates from me. I’ll publish a newsletter at the beginning of each month, and occasionally a shorter update for each launch date, but that’s it. Sign up today so you can get January’s newsletter tomorrow! Happy New Year!

Mary Had a Little Lamb

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Mary had a little Lamb,
Its fleece was white as snow.
Down from heav’n to earth it went
Salvation to bestow.
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Santa Sightings

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I saw Santa Claus in the post office the other day. He ended up in line behind me as we waited for the postal clerk. Now, my kids don’t believe in Santa, but my three-year-old was gawking at him, so I decided to have some fun. “Is that Santa I see here?” I asked my son. “What’s he doing here? I didn’t think Santa mailed stuff from this post office! Isn’t he supposed to be in the North Pole?” The pretend Santa smiled,  but otherwise remained silent. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed. I’d hoped for an obligatory, “Ho, Ho, Ho!” After all, he was wearing the costume. The least he could do was play the part.

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