How Long, O Lord, How Long?

I remember the feeling. I was writing a hymn text with the intent that it could be used for comfort when tragedy came. On one hand, it was fulfilling to know that these words may help others when needed most. On the other hand, it pained me to know that these words would be needed. Again and again. Tragedy is …

When There Are No Words

Some days, words fail. This may sound strange coming from a writer. And if you’ve read my writing-about-writing blog before, you’ll know that I give great importance to the power of words. But sometimes, our words seem too little, too trite, too hollow to do justice to what has just happened. In moments of extreme joy. In moments of wondrous …

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No Stranger Love

Valentine’s Day, Ash Wednesday, and Lent. They all deal with love in profound ways. For Christmas, I shared one of my poems with you, and it just occurred to me that I could do the same today. Consider it my valentine to you. Or rather, from God to us all. No Stranger Love No stranger love the world has known …

Teaching the Messengers

Literature class. Homeschool. Confirmation class. Book club. Religion class. Youth group. These are just a few examples of how much you’ve invited Simon into your lives over the past year and a half. I’m so thrilled that you’ve found ways to talk about the Message worth dying for with people who need to hear it. And I’ve been honored to …

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Knowing Your Audience

In a previous post, I wrote about knowing your voices. The overall gist is that we all have unique voices, and we all have multiple voices. What factors affect which voice I use when? I contend that one key factor is audience. Who are you speaking to at any given time? In my examples in the previous post, I spoke …

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Knowing Your Voices

Anecdote 1: In years past, I’ve had the experience of being mother to a newborn. I spoke to my baby on a regular basis. I spoke to my husband on a regular basis. I did not speak to my child the same way I spoke to my husband. And yet each voice was truly, authentically me. Anecdote 2: In eighth grade, …

News about The Messengers

Hey there! If you follow me on social media, you may have heard some recent news about my fiction series, The Messengers. I think, however, that this is the first time I’ve mentioned it much on my blog. So! Here it goes—a few things to know about The Messengers. The Messengers: Revealed is coming soon! When exactly? I’ll tell you soon. …