The Fear of Matches


Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Psalm 46:2-3, NIV At home we have an electric stove. We used to have a gas stove–I remember touching it by accident […]

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A Drop in the Ocean


In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1, NIV I am a daughter of the Word, blessed with competency to work with words, unable to find appropriate words to speak of the beautiful Word. I’m a writer; I can make sentences look pretty. When […]

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Turning the Page


When an adventure nears its end, I feel a mixture of grief and relief. During our stay in Peru, we’ve had good moments–our visit to Nazca being one of them. There have also been moments I wish could be erased from my memory, and though they’ll always hurt, I will give them to Him. He can […]

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The Light in Depression


He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He put my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. Psalm 40:2, NLT Depression is a clever tormentor. Each person’s struggle with this illness is different; some have it all the time, while for others […]

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The Autumn Prince Returns


In October of 2015, I released a serial on my blog called The Autumn Prince. It became more popular than I had anticipated; one reader called it the “highlight of her month,” and I am still humbled by that. The following year it was adapted into a short story for the Crows on Heartstrings anthology, […]

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The Value of Water


The Lord rules over the floodwaters. The Lord reigns as king forever. (Psalm 29:10 NLT) When you leave home, you should always expect to find yourself outside your comfort zone. Otherwise, you really aren’t gaining much from the experience; we leave home to see more of the world, experience new things, meet people. While on […]

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Of Ghosts and Old Doorbells


The old doorbell had been silent for over twenty years. After this house was abandoned, people eventually stopped coming to visit, or even to try and sell things. It had been so long, in fact, that the ghosts started to assume it was too rusty to ever make another sound. Three generations of ghosts dwelled […]

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I Crossed the Wishing Bridge


In the district of Barranco, there is a bridge called el puente de los suspiros. According to legend, if you can hold your breath while crossing it, you get one wish. Some people say it only counts the first time you cross it; at any rate, I didn’t know of this belief until a few […]

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3 Reasons Why We Need Dreamers


It’s recently come to my attention that I am too much of a dreamer…and I don’t want to change. These aren’t the sorts of dreams with a set goal at the end of the tunnel. When your chosen career is storytelling, it’s easy to forget the ‘rules’ and stand out even in your own crowd. […]

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The Book Inspired by Peru


It took a few weeks, but I was right: a new environment will inspire you with dozens of ideas. My idea for a book set in new territory has finally come to me! When we first arrived in Peru back in December, I knew it would happen. Perhaps I would meet a person who wanted to […]

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