Archives for July 2014

Generations May Influence Us, But God’s Influence is Greater

Generations May Influence Us, But God’s Influence is Greater My teen years are a product of the 80’s. Madonna sang Like a Virgin and no one I knew felt virginity was something to protect. While growing up, I sometimes felt closer to television families, like the Cosby’s, than my own. I escaped into books and always tried to gain the approval of my friends. In high school, I got together with guys and then broke up again, each time guarding myself {Read More}

I’m a Gold-Star-Loving Girl

I’m a Gold-Star-Loving Girl. Wouldn’t it be great if we went through life filling a gold-star chart and feeling appreciated for every small task we were to achieve? “Great dinner, Mom.” Gold Star. “Thanks for the ride.” Gold Star. “That’s the best book I’ve ever read.” Gold Star. Stars would appear and line up in a neat row, hanging above our heads as we’d move through the day. They’d brighten our path—as stars do. They’d confirm we were doing what {Read More}

My Love Affair With The Library

My Love Affair With The Library I first fell in love with the library when I was in 6th grade. My parents moved about two miles away from the local library and I would ride my bike there every day during summer. The librarians became my mentors and the books became my friends. I signed up for the reading program and made it my goal to read as many books as possible! I still have a newspaper clipping from when {Read More}

Why Your Older Kids Fight Your Teaching… and How To Fix That

Why Your Older Kids Fight Your Teaching… and How To Fix That I’m a mom of six children. I’ve been homeschooling eighteen years, and now that I have three preschoolers, I have another eighteen years of homeschooling to go! Three of my children are adults. Cory is 24 years old. He’s a working man and a caring husband and father. Leslie is 21 and graduated from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, last year. She’s a stellar student who’s living {Read More}

Hope For Bible Study Newbies (Who Want to Train their Kids Well)

Hope For Bible Study Newbies (Who Want to Train their Kids Well) I’m not sure I should admit this, but as much as I loved Women Living Well, I felt a twinge of jealousy as I read chapter two. Unexpected emotions rolled around in my gut as I read about how Courtney’s mother sat down with her in fourth grade and taught her how to have a quiet time. I almost couldn’t relate to the picture of a young Courtney, {Read More}

Just Be Available (Part 3 of 3)

Just Be Available (Part 3 of 3) (Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.) We also need to come to the place where what we want no longer matters. To be available is to be available no matter what. Even if we don’t like what God is asking us to do. Even if we think our plans are better. I have a perfect example of this. In 1999 I’d had some publishing success. I’d written some articles and some {Read More}

Just Be Available to God

  Just Be Available (Read Part 1 here.) Do you have trust issues? I do. I mean who hasn’t been hurt? Abandoned? Left behind. There are those who say they love us, but then turn their backs on us. And then there is God. He wants us to follow Him and be available to Him … but it’s not as if He speaks to us in a clear, audible voice, right? He wants us to trust Him, but we have so {Read More}

Just Be Available (Part 1 of 3)

Just Be Available (Part 1 of 3) (Read Part 2 here.) Thirty-six years ago there was a single, young woman about to give birth. She was young and didn’t know how she could afford a child without her parent’s help. She hadn’t talked to her former boyfriend in months. She had no idea how to reach him. How to tell him she was having his child. This young woman attended church some, yet her dialogue with God was stilted. How {Read More}

The Best & Hardest Part of Being a Writer is The “Undoing.”

The Best & Hardest Part of Being a Writer is The “Undoing.” To do my best, I must give my all. All authors do.   I have many writer friends and I don’t know a single one of them who writes the first sentence of their new novel and knows the whole story, knows it will be wonderful, and has confidence in every word. Instead, we question, struggle, have doubts, and turn to God in ways greater than we ever dream possible. And {Read More}

Let’s Play a Game! #iSpyTriciaG

Let’s play a game! My book The Kissing Bridge is a featured item in Barnes & Noble through August 18th!   Next time you’re at Barnes & Noble, snap a photo of the book and post it on social media with the hashtag #iSpyTriciaG. Doing this will enter you to win a $25 Starbucks gift card and 5-book prize pack! Only those in the US are eligible to win. Keep your eyes peeled! The winner announcement is on August 19th! Psst! A few of my {Read More}

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