Kathyrn Graves

Blurry Vision

Allergies blur my vision this morning. I've dealt with seasonal allergies for years, but usually the symptoms are sneezing and runny nose. This spring the problem is red, burning eyes and blurry vision. My vision issue makes it difficult to read and write. And it makes me look like I might have had too much… Continue reading Blurry Vision

Kathyrn Graves


I cradle the phone on my shoulder while making an omelet for breakfast, and trying to think through a grocery list when my husband, Bo, walks in the front door. The senior pastor of our church, he's already been at work  for a couple of hours. I tend to ease into my mornings, while he… Continue reading Setbacks

Kathyrn Graves

Be Intentional

A couple of friends of mine choose a "word of the year" every January. This word is a theme they follow throughout the year, illuminating truth, guiding decisions, and helping them stay focused. I thought that was nice. And that's about all the thought I gave it. I didn't think it would make that much… Continue reading Be Intentional

Karen Jordan

Reflections from Sunrise

 Fear exhausted me, as I expanded my "to do" list. How can I work on my book project with so many distractions? When I asked this question in prayer, a familiar scripture came to mind, “Seek first the kingdom of God …” (Matt. 6:33 NKJV). But how can I focus on God, when I have all this… Continue reading Reflections from Sunrise

Karen Jordan

Staying on Course

What do you do when you’ve bitten off more than you can chew and you’re tempted to quit.

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I failed to consider the length of the trail when I started walking it.

Temptations and expectations. I had hoped that a two-mile, brisk walk along a wooded path overlooking a beautiful golf course near my home would clear the cobweb of worry from my mind. 

Instead, my impulsive, adventuresome nature ignored the signpost, describing this four-mile loop through the challenging hills and valleys in Central Arkansas.

I knew the path would eventually lead me back to the trailhead. So, when I noticed the third mile marker, I decided to press on. I assumed that going forward would be faster than turning around and returning to where I started. Plus, after investing so much energy, I wanted to finish the course.

Confusion and distractions. I tried to determine my location on my cell phone’s GPS. But I couldn’t locate the trail on my screen, and the diverging paths confused me. So, I just kept walking.

I stopped…

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Karen Jordan

Confessions of a Focused Writer

I shared this thought on my personal blog this past week. But I wanted to shared it with my writing friends here on the StoryWriting Studio. You may relate to my journey, right? If so, I'd love to hear from you! So, don't forget to leave your comment in the space below. Blessings, Karen DISTRACTED… Continue reading Confessions of a Focused Writer