Archives for April 2013

Wanna Be Published? Relinquish Your Dream, Your Heart

Publishing can be so hard at times. I remember YEARS of coming “this close” to having a book published. I had projects go to committee but not get picked up. Once I had an offer for a multiple book contract . . . and then the publisher changed direction and the offer was retracted a few weeks later. More than once I felt ready to give up. Even though I’m multi-published there are always things to get discouraged about: sales {Read More}

Do You Have Room In Your Life for a Waiting Child?

There is a child waiting at your doorstep. Will you turn her away? What would you do if she showed up at your home with a child who needed a place to stay? What would you say? It’s not a trick question. Keep reading to find out where I’m going with this. I remember when John and I were looking to adopt from China and people asked me, “What about all the kids in the U.S. who need homes?” Honestly, {Read More}

This Week on Living Inspired: Bekah Martin and Richard Stearns

To listen to the interview: go here and click on the player in the upper right corner of the screen. Thursday at 3:00 pm Central.   This week on Living Inspired, I’ll be chatting with new-author Bekah Martin and President of World Vision, Richard Stern. In The Bare Naked Truth (Zondervan, 2013), Bekah Martin offers advice to teens who often encounter powerful peer pressure in today’s society. She shares her own relatable (and often entertaining) experiences of abstaining from sex until she {Read More}

How to Get Your Kids to Talk about God During Dinner

Read the rest of this Q&A here! Dinnertime conversations about God are normal for Tricia Goyer and her five children. An accomplished author of 30 books, Goyer shared with SpiritLed Woman about the importance of talking about God at mealtimes. Goyer is hosting a Facebook chat on May 1 and a giveaway for her new family devotional, Whit’s End Mealtime Devotions. The devotional, published by Tyndale House, is being released by Focus on the Family’s popular radio show Adventures in {Read More}

Lead Your Family Like Jesus – $1.99 on Amazon!

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Screen-Free and Fun-Filled Dinners!

There are a lot of statistics and surveys that talk about family dinners, but to me the best part of eating together is the “together” part. I have two distinct memories. First, it was of my own home growing up. When I was younger we ate around the dining room table, but after junior high our dinner time consisted of TV trays around the television. Every night. My stepdad was in control of the remote, and so we watched things {Read More}

Learning Difficulties and the Homeschooled Child

From the first moment we discover we’re pregnant we have dreams for our child. Dreams of who they will be and what they will accomplish. We marvel at first words and cheer on first sentences. We imagine storytimes and science projects to come. Yet when a child has learning difficulties, we are often discouraged and disappointed. We may wonder if we did something wrong. Is it our fault? Every student wants to be able to learn easily, and when learning {Read More}

My Writing Desk | Ace Collins

My office is basically decorated with Hollywood memorabilia from the 1930s. I look out from the top of a hill to Timber Ridge, so nature is always just a glance away. Usually my dogs and cats spend time with me as write. ~~~ Bestselling author Ace Collins has written more than 60 books including novels “Swope’s Ridge” and “Words of the Father”, as well as the nonfiction “Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas”; and “Lassie: A Dog’s Life”. His {Read More}

What the Bible Says about Excuses

What are some of the excuses you’ve made lately? I’ve thought about a few: I’ll start my diet tomorrow . . . because my son brought home Panera pastry today. I won’t exercise tonight so John has a chance to do it. I want to bless him. I’ll just apologize for not answering those emails; I really don’t want to deal with that now. Maybe someone else will help. Yet when I look back at those excuses—really look—I can clearly {Read More}

Self-Examination for True Change

When was the last time you examined yourself? I’m not talking about this morning when you bemoaned your mix of acne/new wrinkles or when you did a slow circle in front of the mirror as you tried on your new dress. Those things may bring internal commentary, but true change takes a deeper look. When it comes to self-examination: We realize our weak spots . . . how can we not? They blare at us like neon signs. We know {Read More}

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