Archives for August 2012

Podcasts for Living Inspired: Nicole Unice and Kasey Van Norman

Winners from this week’s show are announced below! {Nicole Unice} Download Nicole’s Interview Connect with Nicole: Purchase your copy of She’s Got Issues: Paperback or Kindle  {Kasey Van Norman} Download Kasey’s Interview Connect with Kasey: www.kaseyvannorman Purchase your copy of Named by God: Paperback a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Truth about Memorizing Scripture | It’s Easy to Become Lazy (But Don’t)

One of my favorite things growing up in church was the memory verse treasure box. You know what I’m talking about, don’t you? Every Sunday I looked forward to going to children’s church. While all the kids got settled in their seats, one of the youth helpers would listen to those of us who’d worked to memorize verses: For God so loved the world . . . Seek ye first . . . Beloved, let us love one another . . . {Read More}

My Well Planned Day Software | Review

This week, one of my readers is going to win a one-year subscription to the My Well Planned Day software! Yes, you read that right. Someone is going to win a subscription to the planning software that does everything except the cooking, cleaning, and chauffeuring! But first, let me tell you about it. . . . To be able to write books, home-school, mentor teen moms, go on mission trips, and, well, do the mom and wife stuff, one has {Read More}

R-E-S-P-E-C-T | Training Your Kids on the Importance of Valuing Others

“You’re doing what?” a friend asked. “Are you out of your mind? You can’t have elderly people in your home. They require so much care.” I’d just told my friend that my husband and I had invited my grandparents to live with us. My grandfather was diagnosed with cancer, and I knew my grandmother would not be able to care for him alone. Sometimes when we think of teaching our children respect, we think of teaching our children to say, {Read More}

Writing Historical Fiction | You Don’t Need as Many Facts as You Think

  When I first started writing, the last thing I wanted to write was historical fiction. I thought it would be tooooo much research. The truth is . . . it is! But I also discovered I LOVE research, and writing historical fiction has become a love of mine. A few things I’ve done while researching for my historical novels: 1. I’ve interviewed a Holocaust survivor in a village in Austria just a few minutes from where he was liberated. {Read More}

Ten Encouraging and Inspiring Tweets

Sometimes I love scrolling through my Twitter archives for inspiring quotes and Bible verses. Here is what I found this week (and I hope you’ll find them inspiring and encouraging, too): @GodsJoy2012: God guides our footsteps. Jesus lights our way. @lifeverse: The fear of the Lord will be your treasure. Isaiah 33:6 NLT An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly understood. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly understood. ~G. K. Chesterton “The secret to getting ahead is getting started.” {Read More}

Podcast for Living Inspired: Heather Riggleman

Winners of Heather’s Mama Needs a Time-Out are announced below!  {Heather Riggleman} Download Heather’s Interview Here!  Connect with Heather: her website, Facebook and Twitter Purchase your copy of Mama Needs A Time Out:  Paperback a Rafflecopter giveaway

Your Writing can Benefit Your Kids | Your Kids can Benefit Your Writing

Keeping “family first” is tough when it comes to writing. The hardest part is not getting frustrated trying to do it all! Sometimes I get impatient with my family when I have a deadline. Other times, I’m sluggish because I have to work when I want to be having fun with my family. It’s a tough balancing act. Of course, my dedication to writing isn’t all bad. When I first wrote, I did it while my kids were napping or {Read More}

I Love Prague

I love Prague. The architecture is amazing. The castles, the cathedrals, the buildings, the shops, the cobblestone, the statues, the bridges, the boats, the sky, the parks, the birds . . . LOL. There is a lot to love. But I don’t love it as much as I did in 2000. Or actually, I love it as much, but I so long for things to return to how they were. When I visited in 2000, it was May and the {Read More}

My Writing Desk | Mary Connealy

The statue of the bucking horse is one of my prized possessions. I got really interested in western art when I was writing Wrangler in Petticoats. My hero was a western artist. My bucking horse isn’t a genuine, original piece of art—just an overpriced bookend that makes me smile every time I look at it. The row of books is a version of each of my books in each of its formats. The picture above the desk was painted by {Read More}

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