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Two Ways to Build Your Faith in God’s Promises

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Faith. Trust. Believing. These are important elements of any relationship but especially important in our relationship with God. Hebrews 11:6 tells us, “Without faith, it is impossible to please God,” so it makes sense to figure out how to strengthen it, right? Romans 12:3 tells us we’ve each been given “a measure of faith” that … Read More

Rules for Bargaining With God


My husband is the family walking coach. Each of our toddling grandkids has passed from the crawling stage to his/her first steps with Grampy Roy holding a favorite food or drink just out of reach. With our first grand-daughter, Piper, it was Mt. Dew (Don’t judge. It worked!). With each of the next three, we … Read More

What Would Life Be Without Jesus?

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I love to ask little kids, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” When I was little, the typical answers were: fireman nurse veterinarian Wanna know what I wanted to be? A wife and mom. That’s it. That’s all. That was enough. One morning last month, I woke up and was astounded … Read More

Are You a Slave to Now?


Here’s a quick test to unmask your slavery to Now: Do you warm a pop-tart in the microwave instead of the toaster? Do you use your hands to wash with shower gel instead of a scrunchie? Do you watch less than 5 seconds of any TV channel before surfing to the next? And finally…here’s the … Read More

If You Knew the Day of Your Death…

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Okay, I’m not trying to be morbid here, but this title has very real significance for me. While in recovery after my routine laparoscopic hysterectomy a few weeks ago, I stopped breathing—for 3-5 minutes. My poor hubby was alone in the room when it happened. He called for the nurse, and within seconds fifteen medical … Read More

Intentional Praise

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I’m generally pretty good with directions. Give me a map; I can follow it. Tell me north, south, east, or west, and I’ll draw a diamond in the air and say my reminder phrase—Never Eat Soggy Waffles. But intentionally preparing to navigate the trip is my husband’s department. I rely solely on the GPS on … Read More

Praising God In Parts

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Well, it’s been over a week since my surgery, and I’m finally adjusting to life without parts of me. It doesn’t matter that they were non-essential parts. I’d grown attached to them, so I sort of miss them now that they’re gone. Ya know? The whole experience has made me a little more aware of the complexity … Read More

Show Me Your Power, Jesus

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  We were newlyweds during a typical Indiana summer—hot, humid, and no breeze—and our 14’x70’ mobile home had no air conditioning. Thanks to my parents’ generosity, a brand new window air conditioner had landed in the trunk of my car. Hubby Roy said he needed help getting the AC out of the trunk, but our … Read More

If Others Get It, Why Don’t I?


Smart people make me itch. Perhaps I should qualify that. My husband is very intelligent, but he can at least boil things down to a level I can get. Maybe that’s why I don’t read much poetry, go to art museums, or attend the opera. That feeling of “I don’t get it” saps the joy … Read More

Biblical Fiction Fans by Bethel Burton/Kate Hodges


This week, I’m excited to introduce y’all to two important people in my life, Bethel Burton and Kate Hodges. They are the co-coordinators of my BFF Team–the team of committed Biblical Fiction Fans that helps promote my books and provide prayer support and encouragement throughout the year. Bethel and Kate are new coordinators and bring unique gifts to share … Read More