Before my father died, he reminded me that Mom had asked me to write a book. At the time the boys were in college, and the notion of writing was unfathomable. Writers write books. By the time my boys were adults, I’d run out of excuses. I was also at that age when I could pause and reflect.
Fruit of My Spirit: Reframing Life in God’s Grace was my first publishing endeavor. My second was Signs in Life: Finding Direction in Our Travels with God. Both are collections of stories that tell of God’s love and faithfulness. Both tell of His remarkable grace and mercy.
When not writing, I serve as the Client Service Coordinator for The Planner’s Edge, an investment advisory firm in Washington state. I’m active in my church, serving on the Leadership Team and gathering with a wonderful group of ladies to study and giggle over lattes and chocolate. I also play the violin. One reviewer asked about a hidden talent and I replied that some Sundays the violin should remain hidden. After a thirty-year break, I have moments of sheer inspiration and others that are truly cringe-worthy.
My reading favorites are rather eclectic. Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird gave me the courage to write and to keep writing. Jane Austen warms my heart. Beth Moore feeds my soul and nurtures my faith. Steig Larsson wow’s me. And special mention has to go to Carolyn Keene who gave a young girl her first real love of reading. In third grade I truly just wanted to grow up and be Nancy Drew.
On my desk is a rock with the words “Choose Joy!” etched in it. It’s my inspiration for each day. As an author, it is my hope that my own words might share that joy we find together as children of God. With Him, it can be so.
With His Spirit and in His love,
More Inspirational Thoughts
The past couple weeks I’ve been reading Kathy Collard Miller’s “Pure Hearted: The Blessings of Living Out God’s Glory.” In several chapters Kathy talks about the impact of childhood experiences on our relationship with God, their connections to fears, selfishness, even immaturity. I blew right by sub-headings on Perfectionism and Performance, Instability and Worry. And then there was a section titled, Childhood Experiences Label God. Do they? Did they? Will they?
For weeks I fussed over an order of new towels. When my delivery got delayed again and again, I let frustration reign and anger rule. And then a stranger delivered kindness.
When I start to see God at work, when I’m feeling that something’s up, my first reaction is often, “God, I’m kinda busy right now. Not a good time. Really, God, not a good time.” But that’s not how God operates. His work is not about our will, our way, our when. It’s about His will, His way, His when–and His glory.
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