A Kindred Soul Can Span the Decades: Emma Smith

kindred :  having the same belief, attitude, or feeling, associated by origin, nature, qualities, etc. Stumbling upon a “kindred spirit” is a special kind of surprise. It was that way for me recently when I discovered the British author Emma Smith. Emma’s words, in my header above, showed up as I was doing research for …

A Book Review and Giveaway: Balance, Busyness and Not Doing It All

Great friendships are a two-way street. Both of you gain and both have something to offer the other. My friend Brenda Yoder is young enough to be my daughter (okay, let’s say my younger sister), but she has taught me so many things about Godly womanhood and inspired parenting, in the same way that I’ve …

When All You Can Do Is ‘Do the Next Thing’

When I learned earlier this week of the passing of author Elisabeth Ellliot, a warm rush of gratitude washed over me — gratitude for what her life had taught me and for the joy she must be feeling now that she is reunited with those she loves and is sitting at the feet of Jesus. …

How I Found My Tribe and a Book Give-away

Nobody operates in a vacuum. Whatever you do in life, you probably have fellow travelers who share your passion — whether it’s cooking, parenting, building houses or writing. I have friends and acquaintances in all walks of life, but fellow writers are my “people”. I’m writing today for the blog at Breathe Christian Writers’ Conference about …