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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Six Reasons I Go to a Writing Conference {American Christian Fiction Writers}

This weekend, I get to submerse myself in the world of writing. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that I wish I’d known about years ago!

I don’t go many places by myself, but this is one thing that’s worth the separation from my family. Here’s why.


Writing workshops. I get two solid days of workshops led by the experts. Even just one little tidbit gleaned can make a difference in the next book, and that means a better story for readers.

Meeting the greats. Yes, I’m a fan girl. I’ve been so in awe of some writers I’ve seen at ACFW that I haven’t had the courage to approach them.

With Cynthia Ruchti.

With Janet Dean and Debby Giusti.

All of us with Lauraine Snelling.

With Deb Raney.

Learning about the publishing industry. Editors and literary agents attend as well as writers, so it’s a terrific place to learn about new trends and the state of business as well as meet plenty of people.

The food. Let’s be perfectly honest. I don’t eat on cloth tablecloths at home, and I don’t have anyone serving me coffee or tea or clearing dishes away {unless it’s my generous and long-suffering husband}. It’s elegant and refined, plus I don’t have to prepare it or clean it up. A pampering treat!




Free books. I usually bring home enough to give away on the blog, so stay tuned!


Friends! I'm looking forward to seeing a couple of friends from three years ago as well as meeting in person some online friends.

I’ll share photos on Facebook and Twitter through the weekend, if you’d like to follow along there. 











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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A Mathematical Formula for Spiritual Growth

The intensity was palpable in that little study room at the library. Five of the six children sat at a laptop, clicks echoing off the walls, eyes focused on question after question after question.

They had been preparing for two months, studying, memorizing, taking practice tests. 




When I was a child, dreaming of my own family, I never imagined that I would have children who would delve so deeply into God's Word, hiding it in their hearts, and willingly and eagerly testing the knowledge they had acquired. It's not only knowledge, but our entire family has drawn closer to the Lord as a result of these studies.

No matter what other difficulties I have in life at this moment, I am blessed beyond measure.

As the five were testing, the youngest, not old enough yet to participate, was with Daddy in the children's area.

So, now we wait for results. Who will make it the national competition in November? Who will have the challenge – and the blessing – of memorizing the hundreds of verses and studying the new chapters of the Bible to compete?

In the meantime, we celebrate!







And the children read again.



Now, it's back to school. And this mama will jot down in her prayer journal an answer to prayer. Because no matter who makes it to Nationals and who doesn't, there has been spiritual growth.

Of course, growth in knowledge and faith in God can’t be mathematically formulated. But if it could….

Exponential Spiritual Growth = 2 Months of Study of God's Word + 1 Bible Bee Test x 5 children

That's the real goal.









How do you accomplish spiritual growth?



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