Thursday, December 1, 2011

Blog move

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The move has happened! The change should be automatic but if you find yourself here-- you'll want to pop over to

I reverted this blog to its original url ( in order to free up the url for the big blog move-- you'll now find me blogging at "the origin of the word" w/ my same url You won't miss any of your old favorite posts because they're over at the new place, too. I'm updating the email/feedburner/other feeds so that those of you who follow that way don't get lost.

Let me know if you're not getting updates anymore. They'll be coming every M,W,F starting Dec 5.

Monday, November 14, 2011

So how do you Shema?

If you're a Purpose magazine reader, you'll find my answer to this question in their December issue. And if you happen to be part of the small crowd that reads it- I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.

:shameless promotion disclaimer:

Be well friends.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Don't Miss Out! Help the Barn Door celebrate & get cool stuff, too

The Barn Door is celebrating their anniversary. Anyone who stops by can get a cookbook full of tasty recipes, including some contributed by yours truly- AND- there will be a grand basket giveaway that I know (inside sources) will be full of things you don't want to miss out on.

So head on over to the Barn Door and get in on your chance to win!

The Barn Door: Free Holiday Recipes

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

New Changes Coming Soon

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If you thought that things had sort of stalled around here, you'd be right. Coming soon to this blog: a new format, an updated look, and possibly a new locale (that's still to be decided).

Stay tuned, good things are coming!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011

When will your Moses experience come? Obeying a call.

'Burning Bush' photo (c) 2011, fdecomite - license:
a burning bush :)
I was preparing the Sunday School lesson for my 3-5th graders this week. We've been studying the life of Moses and in this week's lesson, there is a story of a small boy in Pakistan, Sajid they called him (his name was changed to protect him) who is working full-time, 6 days a week, at the tender age of 12, building bricks. He gets $2.08 for 1000 bricks. (Think about that the next time you put in a patio. That's a lot of bricks for very little money.) In the story, his mother says something to him about them being in a similar position to the Israelites. And Sajid wonders when their Moses will come. And that struck me. Do we all have our Moses moments? Was there some place in my life where I was feeling called to bring freedom/liberation? Do I feel ill-equipped to make it happen? Do I think there are others who could do a much better job of bringing about freedom/liberation?

The answer came instantly. Yes.

A few years ago, and I've shared this before, I started learning about this group of women that were not just asked, but forced, to surrender their children for adoption because the powers-that-be deemed it the best situation for all involved. And these women, the mothers of these babies, have been largely held captive by what they were forced to endure. There are a lot of women in need of liberation. They need others to hear their story. They need to be validated. They need to hear from the public, and more importantly- their perpetrators, that what happened to them was wrong.

I feel inadequate. Who am I to do this? But like Moses, I feel like I was born into a place where I have compassion for these women, in addition to having enough resources to do something about it. Until now, it seems like the "Israelites" in this situation have largely been speaking out amongst themselves, but they can't quite get "Pharaoh" to listen. That's where I feel like I come in. Not because I'm particularly eloquent or that I'm mighty or that I'm the best person for the job, but because I've heard God's call on my heart to speak out about this.

And with God's help, this novel I'm working on will get written. I have no grandiose aspirations that it will become a blockbuster hit and be read by millions. And that's not what it needs to do. If it reaches the right hearts at the right times, then maybe some reconciliation and some liberating will finally take place. That is my hope. The hope that is bigger than I'm able to turn into reality on my own.

In my heart, I always gave Moses a hard time. What an excuse maker! But here I am. Well over two years from the time I started writing this novel and I am all hung up on small details and I have let myself get bogged down there once again.

But I can't stay here, in the bog. It's time to dive into the rest of the book and get it out, regardless of how many plagues get thrown in along the way. I've been given an assignment. And because these women are my people, too- I have to press on.

For the next 40 days, there will be no TV (for me). Why TV? Because it's the start of a new season and it's far too easy for me to get distracted and lose time, especially at the end of the day when I'm tired. Instead, I will make as much headway as I can towards the completion of this novel. And for those of you who pray, I'd appreciate your support in prayer as I work towards this.

I'd also encourage you to think about how you might be called to be a Moses in your own life. If you've got a Moses experience, I'd love to hear about it.

Monday, September 19, 2011

It's here! My first non-fiction copy of an article I wrote.

Today was a blah day to beat blah days. The rain has come and gone all day, and the grey skies have been consistent. My two girls are home sick with a cold (their first of the new school year). And my energy apparently stayed snuggled in my bed and didn't wake up until after 2pm.

But this afternoon, when I went to the mailbox, I found a surprise that has turned this blah day into a great one.

Inside the mailbox was a manila envelope with my pen name on the front. Hmm...curious, I thought. I had a hunch what it was because I recognized the return address, but I thought it was too soon. But sure enough, it held a check and two copies of the Purpose magazine my article was printed in.

Oh happy day.

You can read my first non-fiction article in the October 2011 edition of Purpose, and stay tuned... there are more articles to come.

article available here

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Belated announcement: Barn Door post

I need to schedule my Barn Door announcements just like I do my Jewels of Encouragment announcements (not sure why I haven't done it already).

Today, Crystal Laine Miller is posting at the Barn Door, and yesterday I did- but I forgot to say anything. Hers is a great post on technology and how rapidly it changes and what it offers us, and mine is about my reluctant fan-hood of 4-H fairs. You are warmly welcomed to read and comment on both :) .

Crystal's post
My post

The fun part about Barn Door for me is having my work squeezed in between all these great published writers from the midwest. It's pretty cool.

Monday, September 12, 2011