"We're going to have to let truth scream louder to our souls than the lies that have infected us" (Beth Moore). I’m forced to face my fears and weaknesses in many other areas of my life, especially my writing life. I love this quote from a recent post, "Secret Fears Writers Face," by Anita Brooks: "One… Continue reading Facing Our Fears and Weaknesses in Our Writing Life
But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit—the Father will send Him in My name—will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you. Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.… Continue reading 5 Promises for Christian Writers
Fear exhausts me, especially when I consider my "to do" list. Honestly, I'm not very good at multi-tasking. And I'm not so sure it works very well for my daughter Tara either. She also seems frustrated at times when I call, as she tries to cook dinner--holding a screaming baby, listening to a whining preschooler, dealing… Continue reading Reflections from a Red Sky
by Mary May Larmoyeux It was about midnight. I had just finished an online photo book and my husband was sound asleep. That's when I heard the eerie howling and yelping. After living in the country for almost three years, I recognized the sound: coyotes. But I had never heard so many. And it seemed like they… Continue reading Coyotes
"For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength" (Phil. 4:13). Making changes and facing challenges can often brings thoughts of fear. Can I really do this? What if I fail? What will others think? Changes and challenges. Sometimes when I face a change or challenge--like when I confront someone, change jobs, or re-evaluate priorities and commitments--I feel paralyzed… Continue reading Facing a Fear? Do It Afraid!
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. (1 Timothy 1:7 NLT) One Word 2012. When I thought about what “one word” I could choose for 2012, the word “fearless” flashed in my thoughts like a lightning bolt. I knew that I needed to face some fears to… Continue reading Looking Back at One Word 2012: Fearless
The LORD said to (Elijah), “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there ....” (1 Kings 19:15) One minute Elijah was running from his enemy, hiding in a cave, and crying out to the Lord. And the next moment, God was sending him on his way… Continue reading A Lesson from the Waiting Room
To dream the impossible dream To fight the unbeatable foe To bear with unbearable sorrow To run where the brave dare not go (Joe Darion, "Impossible Dream" ) Recently, on the WordServe Water Cooler, I shared a story from my academic journey a few years ago in Spain--Sergio: A Memoir from My Writing Life. My… Continue reading An Impossible Dream?
My friend, Carolyn, asked me if I was doing any writing. She'd been asking for months, and aways the answer was the same. "Not yet." Although I felt God's call on my life to write, I was terrified. The conviction twisted my insides into knots. A few days later, an old memory replayed in my mind. "Your assignment… Continue reading Out from Under the Overhead Cart
Fear paralyzes the soul, the mind, and the body. As many of you know, I'm now writing books in addition to articles, blogs, devotions, and websites. Books are a different animal, and I find them harder than knocking out a 1,200 word article in an hour. It doesn't help that I have an intense day-job requiring vast amounts of time… Continue reading The Four Faces of Fear