on writing

We All Need Brave Friends

The word “brave” inspires images of men and women standing courageously in the face of adversity. We connect bravery with heroines through the ages, both real and imagined—Helen Keller, Rosa Parks, Scout Finch, Katniss Everdeen. Stories of courage aren’t limited to history books and novels. We can find courage in the women we call friends, and their bravery inspires. We can find [Read more...]

No Longer and Not Yet

“Honor the space between no longer and not yet.” ~Nancy Levin Big transitions are often preceded by a period of waiting. It can be torturous. We can get frustrated with delays and speed bumps. If the next big thing would just hurry up and get here, we think, we could get on with life. We look up to the heavens and ask God, “How long must I wait?” Three long months separate high school [Read more...]

8 Inspiring Links to Help Revive Your Writing

“Writing, at its best, is a lonely life.” ~Ernest Hemmingway This time last year, I packed my bags and headed to North Carolina to attend She Speaks,  a writing conference hosted by Lysa TerKuerst and Proverbs 31. I left feeling as if I spent three days at a writing revival. (Read my recap here.) I’m staying home this year. And blogging in the summer can be like a hike in the [Read more...]

The Truth of the Gospel Found in the Editor’s Red Ink

During my school-aged years, I developed an affinity for the letter A, especially when followed by a little plus sign. It became an indicator of perfection. I developed an even greater distaste for a teacher’s correcting pen. Her red marks on my test papers were evidence that I was not perfect. They were an indicator of my failed attempt to recall the information correctly or solve the [Read more...]

The Tension of Motherhood: Parenting vs Passions

In seventh grade, I wanted to be a live-action news reporter. An F-5 tornado swept through a nearby town, and I stayed glued to the television for the next few days. I became enamored by the guys on the field standing in the aftermath of such a beast. They demonstrated stoicism in the midst of turmoil. They kept their cool while the people around them lost their minds over their lost homes. As I [Read more...]

How to Write When Your Words are Broken

What do you do when you host a link up, but you don’t have anything to say? I’ll tell you. You get real thankful that the writing prompt is obstacles. I had some deadlines earlier this week that kept me hopping and some hard writing I needed to do in order to work through some of my own issues. When it came time to sit down and write about obstacles, I drew a blank. Initially, I [Read more...]

Dealing With the Doubt Behind the Discontent

Do you remember what a tumultuous mess you were as a thirteen-year-old girl? With the basic needs of food, shelter, and health met, you still wanted more. You craved relationship and pushed the people you loved away. Everything was going right, but your heart still felt twisted up and wrong. Unsettled. Discontent. Puberty is a beast. My emotions have returned to that of a thirteen-year-old girl. [Read more...]

When You Want to Quit

Discouragement gathers like storm clouds on the horizon. When the early morning sun breaks through the slits in the blinds, I fight the desire to bury myself deeper under the covers. I am exhausted and spent. I have little to show for my pursuit of God’s call on my life except dark circles under my eyes and a pile of neglected laundry in the corner of my room. I am on the lookout for big [Read more...]

4 Important Lessons from My Ambitious 2015 Goals

I set goals every year. This is the first year I shared them publicly. I chronicled my progress every month, the highs and the lows. I’d rather not do this run down of my ambitious list of goals for 2015. It always feels better to share huge successes than epic failure. But, here it is, along with a few things I learned about setting goals this year. First, a quick rundown of my December [Read more...]

Four Reasons to Write What Has Already Been Written

A few days after I carefully crafted and published my very first blog post, I sat down to read Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine. My stomach sank as I read her wise, published, people-pay-for-this words. My post mirrored so much of what she said in that book. We even used the same running analogy, the detail so similar I was afraid I would be nabbed for plagiarism. The clouds of doubt [Read more...]