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
Silly moments can lead to serious moments. They can also lead to petty ones. Small moments can take us to beautiful places; they can also set us up for icky ones, if we’re not careful.
Earlier this month, I watched the first of nine emergency vehicles rush into my neighborhood. When I went outside, I found my buddy standing alone in the rain under a tree, medics hurrying around him. I learned his grandma was not doing well. Minutes later I would learn how some small moments together would get very big.
Music helps us share a moment and memories. Music also helps us share God’s hope and peace. Your favorite song?
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