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Why I Write

img_4914-copyI have kept a journal since I was 11 years old.  At the age of 16 I heard a calling from God to be a writer when I attended a James Taylor concert.  I put my writing dreams on hold while I raised my babies, but I never stopped filling up journal after journal.  In 2010 I ventured into blogging and began writing out childhood memories.

Writing memoir has been an important part of my healing process, and has inspired me to minister to women who struggle with the same hangups I have.  Hangups like these pop up often in my writing, and I hope to encourage you by sharing how God has helped me through difficulties such as these:

  • perfectionism
  • loneliness
  • depression
  • self-destructive habits
  • emotional abuse
  • codependency
  • passivity
  • toxic relationships
  • marriage trials
  • financial troubles
  • disillusionment

I completed my memoir Heart in a Drawer: My Story as a Child of Divorce in July 2016.

My first book Christmas Peace for Busy Moms launched in October 2016.  My second book Newness of Life launched in January 2017.  The Fruitful Life published in March 2017.

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A Daily Glimpse

Every day I spend about two hours blogging, writing, and designing my own material. The rest of the day, I work as a freelance writer. I write professional articles for lawyers, chiropractors, dentists, contractors, counselors, and instructors. You won’t see my name on those posts–I’m a “ghost” who gets paid to write for them!

I have two distinct privileges that also keep me busy. Every week I design graphics for the Grit N Grace Girls podcast. Once a month, I also edit devotions for Proverbs 31 Ministries. Serving behind the scenes in these two ministries is one of my greatest pleasures.

Reading is like breathing for me. I read about two hours every day, and in 2017 I read over 100 books. If you like Christian book reviews, I post them on Tuesdays. You can also follow me on Goodreads.

When I have time, I love to draw and paint. You can see examples of my work in my Gallery. I also love gardening, baking, nature walks and playing my flute.

I’m a proud member of Compel Training and Platform University. I’m also a 2017 She Speaks graduate, and I can’t wait to attend again!

Date night with my man, 2014

Fast Facts

Married in the millennium to my first kiss.

Mother of three beautiful children.

B.A. in English, B.F.A. in graphic design and illustration.

Must begin the day with hot tea, local honey, and my One Year Bible.

With flowers on the table, I’m fully alive.

Living in my dream home in the woods.

Dark chocolate is my daily pleasure.

Terrified by spiders, heights, and carnival rides.

Favorite poets: John Keats, William Butler Yeats, Robert Frost, Wendell Berry

Favorite novelists: John Steinbeck, Bobbie Ann Mason, Anthony Doerr, Francine Rivers

Favorite bloggers:  See my linkups page!

A proud mama of three, Mother’s Day 2016

My Writing Schedule

Tuesdays are for book reviews. On Thursdays I post original content based on a monthly theme.  Fridays are for poetry when I have time to write for Five Minute Friday. I also host a vibrant private Facebook group.  Request to join here.  I share my favorite reads every day on my Facebook author page as well.

Please join me as we grow in faith together.  I look forward to reading your comments.

Here are my top ten most popular blog posts:

Perfect Love Casts Out Fear *This post helped me win first place in Kelly Balarie’s Fear Fighting Writer’s Contest, and landed me a meeting with a literary agent!

The Power of Small Prayers

Four Lessons from She Speaks 2017

He is Faithful–a poem of praise

Choosing the Fruit of Goodness

Be His Helper–from my Marriage series

The Abundant Life

Exploring God’s Path for Your Life

The Value of Christian Friends

When God Closes a Door, Sing Anyway!

and a bonus post:

First Place Contest Winner: Dream, Planted

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