What cards and letters have you held on to over the years? As I looked through my memory box of correspondence, I discovered several categories. Old Christmas cards Valentine cards from my husband and children Letters to my mother, when I first moved away from my hometown Birthday cards from my husband and children Thank-you… Continue reading Writing the Cards and Letters That Matter Most
In Under the Desert Sky, Lynne Hartke takes her readers with her on a dangerous, yet beautiful, wilderness journey. Facing the doubts and fears of a threatening cancer diagnosis, Lynne soon found hope and entered a promised land rest and peace. She reveals how the living waters of her faith quenched her parched soul, enabling her… Continue reading Book Review: Under the Desert Sky by Lynne Hartke
When Jesus finished telling these stories, he left there, returned to his hometown, and gave a lecture in the meetinghouse. He made a real hit, impressing everyone. “We had no idea he was this good!” they said. “How did he get so wise, get such ability?” But in the next breath they were cutting him… Continue reading Facing Criticism and Rejection
"If you want to be a nonfiction author, you’ve GOT to work on building your platform?” I perked up when I heard the word "platform" mentioned for the umpteenth time at my first writing conference. Building my what? I didn't expect this advice at a "Christian" writing conference. In fact, I didn’t even know what… Continue reading Building a Platform? Helpful Resources
” … Now you and all the people prepare to cross over the Jordan to the land I am giving …” (Joshua 1:1)
Standing on the banks of the Jordan, I look across to the other side, gazing at my “promised land.”
Perhaps you’ve been here, too. You’ve been given a vision. And you’re waiting to see your dream become a reality.
I remember the years that I spent wandering through the wilderness on the road to publication, wrestling with my doubt, fear, and unbelief. I recall the first time that I considered writing a book. It seemed impossible, doubting that I would ever see my dream fulfilled. Now, I find myself on the shore, looking across to my promised land.
But wait! How can I navigate the rough waters in front of me? The manuscript deadline? The marketing? The on-going platform challenges? What other obstacles will I face as I try to ford…
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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
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32 NLT). Sometimes I feel like I can’t breathe because of self-induced pressure or someone else’s expectations of me. And at times, I get tired even thinking about trying to follow through on all of the commitments that I’ve made as… Continue reading 5 Promises for Facing Pressure, Expectations, and Deadlines
Have you written about the day you met Jesus? The Day I Met Jesus. Mary DeMuth and Frank Viloa present the stories of five women in the Bible who experienced personal and powerful encounters with Jesus in their new book, The Day I Met Jesus. Each chapter offers a descriptive narrative and helpful, biblical insights,… Continue reading Writing Down Your Faith Story: The Day I Met Jesus
"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
The Birth of Jesus In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of… Continue reading Merry Christmas!