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 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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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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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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Being a Traveling Pantser


I will always be a pantser, no matter where in the world I’m writing. I had a loose outline for the third book of my series. I even made index cards by taking a notebook and cutting its pages into rectangles – I guess it’s easier for me to use index cards that aren’t real […]

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I Resolve to Know Myself


  When you leave home and go far from your comfort zone, you make room for God to work wonders in your life. Not that He couldn’t work wonders if you stayed home–but it’s  more fun for you if you go where He leads. What have I learned so far? You are never finished learning […]

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Being an Introverted Traveler


I was not made for noise. I know I haven’t been designed to cope with the sounds of a big city. I’m an introvert; by now I’ve accepted the “proper care of introverts,” and I will tell people when something is too much–if I need quiet time–if I’m overwhelmed. Aside: The more people tell me […]

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