Archives for January 2014

How to Miss a Moment | Guest Post by Lindsey Bell

Last year, I read Tricia’s book called Lead Your Family Like Jesus. In the book, Tricia asked this question: “If your child’s most vivid childhood memory was of today, what would he or she remember?” This quote has stuck with me and challenged the way I spend my days. Because here’s the truth. I’m afraid of what my kids are going to remember most about me. I’m afraid that instead of remembering a mother who adored them, my kids are {Read More}

How to Get Past the Blank Page

One of the most common questions I get from aspiring writers is, “How do I start?” The ideas are in their heads, but the problem is getting them on paper. Whether you are writing magazine articles, story stories, novels, or even homework assignments, here are some tips for improving on the blank page. 1) Sift Through Your Ideas. Realize some ideas will remain just that . . . ideas. When I first began writing in 1994 I wanted to use {Read More}

Nurturing Helpful Hearts in Your Children (From Toddlers to Teens)!

Nurturing Helpful Hearts in Your Children (From Toddlers to Teens)! Read a story about people who have helped each other (try Mark 2:1-5). Point out to your kids how kind and loving behavior is appreciated. Make one evening a week “Share-the-Load Night.” Tackle household projects together like washing the dishes, stacking wood, or helping the children clean their rooms. When you find litter in a public place, encourage your child to help you pick it up. Explain that you’re providing {Read More}

The Books Authors Read | Sarah Ladd (Plus a Giveaway)

What was your favorite book as a child? Any book in the Mandie series by Lois Gladys Leppard. In fact, I STILL love the Mandie books! I remember how excited I used to get to go to the bookstore and see the covers for the new books as they came out. What book did you read that first made you want to be an author? Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. Even to this day, if I need a little inspiration, {Read More}

Podcast: Living Inspired: Dr. Rhona Epstein | Jennie Allen

Living Inspired ~ Thursday 3CT (1/30/14) To listen to the interview: go here and click on the player in the upper right corner of the screen.  This week on Living Inspired, please welcome Dr. Rhona Epstein, author of Food Triggers: End Your Cravings, Eat Well and Live Better (Worthy, 2013) and Jennie Allen, author of Restless (Thomas Nelson, 2013). If you’re reading this after 1/30/14 you’ll be able to find this show . . . and all my shows in the archive {Read More}

Teens’ Bad Raps (And What You Can Do About It)

Teens’ Bad Raps (And What You Can Do About It) A few years ago I helped a family member purchase a money order to mail to her daughter who lives out-of-state. It seems her boyfriend kicked her out, and she’d been staying in a hotel. Unfortunately, she ran out of money, and her boss from the local diner had already fronted all he could. This person needed money quickly, and she didn’t know where else to turn. Around the same {Read More}

Jesus Likes Messy

Jesus Likes Messy As a mom of six children who has homeschooled for almost twenty years, I’ve had to deal with a few messes in my day. There are paper messes, toy messes, and lunch messes. There are craft messes, book messes, and play-dough messes. Today my kids’ shoes carried in dirt and mud and leaves from outside. Their cracker crumbs littered the floor, and I found crayon scribbles on my breakfast nook table. Life is Messy Through the years {Read More}

The Books Authors Read | Julie Klassen (Plus a Giveaway)

What was your favorite book as a child? The Secret Garden and The Trixie Belden Mysteries What book did you read that first made you want to be an author? Jane Eyre What was the last book you read, just for fun? Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson What upcoming release are you most looking forward to? The Headmistress of Rosemere by Sarah Ladd What books influenced Julie Klassen most? She shares with @TriciaGoyer: Click To Tweet About Julie Klassen Julie Klassen loves {Read More}

Are Your Kids Doing Too Much?

Are Your Kids Involved In Too Many Activities? Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God-you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration-what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body. You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched {Read More}

Do You Know Who Your Audience Is?

Do you know who your audience is? I have to admit I’m still trying to figure this out; after all, people’s tastes are as varied as the people themselves. There are those who read cozy mysteries, others suspense, others romance (of varying degrees). And while there are many CBA (Christian Book Association) readers who love to read the latest new and different thing, there is a large audience of people who enjoy sweet stories, simply told. These books are engaging {Read More}

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