The True Story Behind A DARING ESCAPE + Meet me!

I remember the first time I heard about children who were rescued from Czechoslovakia during WWII. I was on my first mission trip to the Czech Republic, and I told the Czech pastors that we were working with that I was interested in World War II. They took us to various sites around their village and a memorial to the Jews there who were lost during the war. Later, back at our hosts’ home, Gabi—the pastor’s wife—told us about a {Read More}

2 Chronicles 30:9

2 Chronicles 30:9 For the LORD your God is gracious and compassionate. He will not turn his face from you if you return to him. Prayer Lord, I’ve been a Christian long enough to know when I’ve allowed my attention to be drawn away from you, and when I’ve set up my own desires instead of yours. When this happens, the first thing I have to do is humble myself and confess. Then, the second thing is to turn to {Read More}

Stop Calling My Daughter Names | Kelly Johnson

“I’m so stupid! I can’t do anything right. I’ll never be able to do this! I’m an idiot.” Frustrated and overwhelmed, my daughter threw up her hands in despair and plopped her head down face first onto the kitchen table in defeat. I wasn’t sure either one of us was going to survive another round with her math homework. A strong writer and an imaginative storyteller, she saw numbers as her nemesis. Despite her good grades in other subjects, she {Read More}

Writer Wednesday with Brandy Bruce

Congratulations to Alison Boss who won a copy of Carrie Turansky’s Across the Blue. Please e-mail my assistant Christen ( with your mailing address! Enter below for a chance to win an e-copy of Brandy Bruce’s The Last Summer! Welcome to my writing space! This is where all the writing and editing happens (well, mostly—some days I just drag my laptop upstairs to my bedroom, turn something inspiring on the TV (like Pride and Prejudice, but I need it muted {Read More}

How to Write a Gazillion Books and Do a Gazillion Things While Listening to God and Keeping Your Sanity

This post first appeared in 2012. Busy schedule? I understand. I have book deadlines April 1 and May 1 (with another project of devotions due April 15). We’re moving to a new house on April 1, and I have a 2-day trip this week and a 3-day trip next week. And that’s just the beginning of my to-do list! I have a grandma to care for, a wonderful husband, and three kids still at home: one in college, one in {Read More}

Psalm 67:2

Psalm 67:2 May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us—so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations. Prayer Lord, nothing inspires me more than seeing how you’ve guided, blessed, and provided for your children. When I see what you’ve done in–and for–others my soul is refreshed, and I think, “My God can do that for me too.” Lord, today I pray that what you do for {Read More}

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