As a transplant to Texas, my state has seen some horrific things happen in the past few weeks to the beautiful city of Houston. My native Florida has an unimaginable storm bearing down on it as my family and friends brace for what's to come. Wildfires raging across states the large earthquake in Mexico. Unspeakable things are occurring to our world.

One word came to mind when I was thinking of the blog topic for this At the end of the day, it's all we have. Thank goodness we have a heavenly Father who holds us to his heart and shelters us even in the most desperate of times.

Praying for all those whose lives are changing due to these surreal situations, may they too find comfort and safety in the compassionate love our Father has for us.

Modern conveniences

This past weekend, my family and I experienced life without a modern convenience, our air conditioning unit. Two days ago the repairman, wringing with sweat came out of the fiery abyss of an attic and instructed my husband and I that it would take two days to get the "coil" for the unit. We sent him off with a gallon of water and quickly headed out in search of an elusive window unit.

 Truthfully, I hadn't thought of one of those since we lived in upstate New York over eighteen years ago. The home we purchased did not have central air. By the second day of summer, we went out and got several window units. But I digress, back to the story, at the third stop we found a lone window unit sitting on the shelf. Hallelujah!

After my husband got it set up, everyone moved into our family room. By everyone I mean the show bunny Willow was brought downstairs in her home and the dog and cat stayed nearby. Our one daughter attending college locally joined in. The three of us rounded…


The other day I was talking with one of my most precious friends whose name truly describes her, Joy. We both are deep into our manuscripts and were discussing various stumbling blocks that had kept us from working. Laundry, cooking, cleaning, regular everyday things.

We agreed it's important to keep on the path. Pray harder. One of Jesus' disciples Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 4:7 "I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the Faith."  

My sweet eleventh grade Sunday School teacher Mrs. Cox used to say, "put feet to your prayers." Her wise words have stuck with me all these years. Don't sit back, do as you pray.

Joy and I discussed some plans we had for the future as writers. A lot bigger than some things I've ever done before, taking "a leap of faith." She wisely said, "that we try to put boundaries on what the Lord can do."

Perhaps it's because we like to compartmentalize our thoughts, or stay in &quo…

Are we there yet?

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11

When my kids were little and we were on a road trip, they would ask my husband or myself "are we there yet?" Truthfully, parent confession time, it might have been a tiny bit bothersome after they asked again only 10 more miles down the road. In reality, they were checking how much closer they were to their goal, in the case of our daughters it would usually be their grandparents house or a vacation spot.

As an adult, we need to ask ourselves "are we there yet?". Have we achieved our goals? Or created goals we'd like to attain. Once we have them set in place if we don't quickly achieve that goal, we can get discouraged. A wise pastor once said, "you're sitting in God's waiting room when you don't get the answer right away."

Breathe, rest and relax. Our road map to obtaining these goals is …

A Vacation Misadventure

In the story I am currently writing, I've got a pivotal scene while the characters are on a paddle boat. It brought to mind my own misadventure from my childhood regarding a paddle boat ride gone awry... 

     It all started at Homosassa Springs, Florida.  My family and I were on an extended weekend vacation with our family friends. During the day my sister Beth, and our friend Laurie and I would read our Nancy Drew mysteries as we sat by the pool and would make up “crimes” to solve to pass the time. On the third day over breakfast, they asked us if we wanted to drive over to a marina to rent some paddle boats. What I thought would be just a pleasant afternoon spent on the river turned into something much different. As we pulled into the parking lot Beth, Laurie and I commented to our parents about the island in the middle of the calm blue river. We asked the marina shop owner about the island and he told us there were monkeys that lived on it and that they used to be part of …

Books, wonderful, books

Books, wonderful, books. My love for them began as I was a child and my mother or father would read Beatrix Potter, Dr. Seuss, and lots of Little Golden Books as well as Bible stories to me and my sister. It's blossomed from then on as my "to be read pile" amasses on my nightstand as evidence.

As a former elementary teacher, it was always a thrill to see what my students were reading. Library day was eagerly awaited as they would get to find a new book to read. The stories they'd share about reading it with a family member were priceless. I was privileged to work for some years with middle school special ed students, the school librarian would do story time with them and it was wonderful to see their eyes light up as she shared the stories. She even had books for their levels in a section of her library, this lady was a first-class gem.

Teaching in Vacation Bible School for some years as well as Sunday School, the biblical stories of Noah, David and Goliath and our …

Just, plain, words

As I've been writing on my manuscript each word has become singularly more important. In the character world as in real life, words have the power to change the dynamics of a relationship. If used politely, to deepen the bond, if  negatively to shatter it. Writers can choose their words in order to paint a picture in the mind of a reader, letting them glimpse the beautiful city of Paris or feel the mood of a gloomy, dark alley.

This verse strikes me as appropriate for how the rhythm and flow of words affect us all:

"Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body." Proverbs 16:24

When we think of words, the photo above comes to mind as we use our phones to send messages to family and friends. Whether celebrating life's victories and one another's accomplishments or just to catch up. Words matter. On social media, we stay connected, even if far away from one another, through the power of words and pictures.

Actors use everyday, s…