THE SURPRISE IS HERE!!! • In other words.... • I PUBLISHED A BOOK • God nudged this little short story into my life several months ago, and after prayer and formatting and planning, I decided to publish a physical copy and kindle copy on Amazon. It’s still so surreal to see the physical copy and THE COVER (thank you again, @alea_harper !) Check the link in my bio for more info, or keep reading for the blurb and how to enter the giveaway 😄 • • BLURB “A tragedy that shattered. A song that can mend. A single heart longing to be free. With her older brother leaving on deployment in mere hours, seventeen-year-old Felicity has one chance to bridge the gap of silence between them before time scars their relationship forever.” • • Want a free copy? THERE’S A GIVEAWAY. Here’s how you enter: • 1. Sign in to the Rafflecopter giveaway on my blog. Share that post or a link to the book anywhere on social media—Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, blog posts, etc. • 2. Copy and paste the URL of your post into the white box. (if you use an Instagram story, link to your profile the same day you post the story) • 3. BOOM YOU’RE ENTERED. Each separate post (linking your Instagram post in your Instagram story counts as two posts) equals 2 points and there are five opportunities to enter every day • • The best part? I’M GIVING AWAY THREE COPIES. I’m a classic indie author hoarding a dozen copies of my own book, so I’d love to give you one 😉 • The giveaway starts TODAY (Monday) and ends Saturday (19th). I really hope you go enter, as I’m dying to share this story with you!
There are so many beautiful possibilities in this new year, a field of fresh and untouched snow ready for all your footprints. It’s like creating a new character or brainstorming a new story idea—literally ANYTHING can happen. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed and indecisive with all the possibilities. Even if you plan, there is still the potential for disaster and failure. There is no guarantee of success and perfection, in stories or in life. But if you don’t risk the unknown and the failure, the trial and error, the goodness and the beauty waiting for you will never be found. • • Let’s be courageous and audacious this year in our pursuit of what sets our souls on fire 🧡🔥 • • p.s. I’m back early and have some REALLY exciting news to share next week. I missed you all 💕
O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel! • • Just the last lyrics from one of my favorite Christmas songs ever. Christmas is getting SO close so fast, and I keep thinking I am so not ready: have you seen my to-do list, God? • • But then he keeps reminding me that he wants to be born in me RIGHT NOW. Not after my to-do list is done, my semester is over, my book is written. He wants to work through my life and be part of my life right in this moment if I make room for him in my heart and say yes to him. • • Along those lines, I wanted to give you all a quick heads up: I'm going on a hiatus starting tomorrow and going until January 14th. The past months have felt like one big inhale, so I need some time to exhale, if you know what I mean 😉 I won't be on any social media or email until I get back, but I'll get to all your messages then. ❤️ • • BUT before I go, I'm sending out a little Christmas gift to all my subscribers. So if you're on that mailing list, keep an eye out for something cool tomorrow! • • Have a merry, blessed Christmas, friends! Emmanuel! He is with us! ❤️❤️❤️
This time of year can be so crazy: exams, Christmas shopping, family members coming to town, leaving town, and rain and snow racing down from the sky. It always feels like a rush to wrap up the year to me, a time for a million new dreams for next year, but also the aching discouragement of looking at the past and even the present and cringing at my imperfections and failings and thinking wow, God. Thanks for putting up with me. I feel pretty useless. • • Yet that's why Christmas is so beautiful. • • Because God wants to come into our lives no matter how perfect or imperfect they are. He could have looked at the world and said nope, I'm not going there. It's too messy and crazy and broken. But he came anyway. And despite all the messes of the world, the nations, the countries, the towns, the families, he still wants to come into the midst of the human race. • • Even better, God still wants to come into YOU. • • No matter how out of hand life seems to be getting, no matter how many times you fail and feel unworthy, Christ still wants to come and be born into your heart. Even if it's like that stable in Bethlehem, probably a bit unused, more than a little messy, and definitely not a place one would think is fit for the King of the Universe. He still wants to come into there. All you have to do is open up the door. And once he's there? He wants to be the light of the world through you. Whatever the state of your life, your heart, he still wants to use you. He still CAN use you. • • Let's let the light into our hearts again this Christmas, friend 💚❤️💚❤️
HAPPY THANKSGIVING 🍁🍁🍁 • It's strange that it just takes a few moments of looking around to realize how incredibly FULL our lives are -- full of blessings in the form of the world, objects, experiences, and PEOPLE around us. Seriously: the love our God shows us is beyond incredible. He doesn't have to give us these blessings...but He does, and then some. He gives us grace, He gives us heaven, He gives us HIMSELF. It blows my mind. • On that note... I just wanted to come on here really quick amidst all the baking and eating and thanksgiving to say I am thankful for YOU. I am thankful for each and every one who follow me and touch my life with your comments, prayers, posts, friendship, and (for some of you) in-person meetings. What you have brought to my life is so so beautiful. Thank you thank you thank you 🧡🧡🧡 • Have a blessed Thanksgiving, my friends! 🍁🦃🧡
FAREWELL OCTOBER 🍁🍁🍁 • One of my favorite months of the year is slipping away like all the pretty leaves outside. 2019 feels like it will actually be REAL now. I always get a bittersweet feeling this time of year because it seems like everything is coming to an end—all the adventures of the year are coming to a close. • • But at the same time, autumn feels like HOPE to me. It represents the close of things like our lives and the world. Doesn’t the crazy show of color and swing from warmth to cold mirror the apparent chaos of Revelations? And what comes after that? • Heaven. God. Eternal reunion with Eternal Love. • • I always wonder if we’ll be sad to leave the things of this world that are beautiful and special, just like we’re sad to leave behind the adventures of this past year. But God has SUCH amazing plans for us. He’s working to draw us closer to Himself every minute, every day, every year. Even when things pass away, He’s still there, He’s still coming, He still loves us. • • “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.” ~ 2 Corinthians 4:16 • “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” ~ Jeremiah 31:3 • 🍁🍁🍁
Nineteen years circling a great big sphere of light, riding aboard a lush green-blue ball that floats in a sea of gleaming stars. Nineteen years inhaling countless breaths of oxygen and tasting millions of sweet drops of water. Nineteen years walking on the planet my God came down to when He died so I might walk with Him for eternity. • • Nineteen years. I don't need to think long to realize every single one was filled and overflowing with love. • • My life is a love story. It is a beautiful dance with a Divine Partner. It's a masterpiece being woven with billions of brightly hued colors in a gentle hand. It is a walk across a sea of storms and diamonds. • • It is not about me...but God and me. Together. • • Sometimes I look in the mirror and pause, surprised and baffled. Because how did I become this? How did the awkward, tomboyish little girl become a young woman with autumn-hued hair and eyes a mystical, laughing gray? But through those windows to the soul, I see more. I see fear melted to courage, awkwardness to grace, insecurity to confidence, and love multiplied by a thousand...and all still growing as I walk holding His hand. • • Then the realization is gone, and I am back to struggling to love my family, stay faithful to my work, and just remember God as I try to make sense of life. • • But I know I saw it, if only for a moment. Maybe seeing it for more would have ruined everything. Maybe had I pondered what I realized longer, it would have ceased to be so mystifying and captivating as I finally understood. • • I do not know what it is. Maybe change. Or time. Or the simple progression of life. Whatever it is, it cannot be put into adequate words; I can only experience it each time I look back to see the footprints I've left behind in the stars. • • - from a story I saw one day and may never write, but always ponder. Likely a contemporary? I don't know. But maybe one of you needed to hear these musings today ☺️🧡🍁🍂
Summer is often the season we think of as a time of travel, but I think fall is when a lot of journeys really begin. It's strange to BEGIN things when all the world around us is seemingly dying. * * But at the same time, it's fitting. If you think about it in story terms, the hero is often dying to some part of himself as he sets out on the journey that will change his life. * * Maybe whatever journey you're beginning this fall is going to change your life forever. Maybe you see the leaves draining of green and feel the cold whisking in and wish this journey wasn't necessary. * * But EVERYTHING is a journey: we are always going somewhere, even one step at a time. True, we most often cannot see around the bend, and most often, we're shocked, delighted, or terrified by what we find there...but the leader of our journey, our Gandalf the Grey with all his knowledge and magic, knows everything and is beyond time. He SEES where we are going. He knows where we are going. He genuinely cares about what happens to us and wants to lead us to where we will be happiest: with Him. And even if it seems like He's dropped our hands, stepped away, and now just watches us suffer...it's still part of His plan to bring us to eternal happiness. * * So whatever journey you're setting out on this year...take heart. He is with you. ❤️🧡💛🍁🍂