Kathyrn Graves

Fresh Breezes

We sat at opposite ends of the sofa. Her shoulders scrunched up to her ears as she spoke. "I don't feel the Holy Spirit, so I'm not sure He's there." I tucked my knees under my chin and circled them with my arms, settling in for a long conversation with my friend. "It's not about… Continue reading Fresh Breezes

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Thank You! Offering a Prayer of Thanksgiving

"What can I give back to God for the blessings he's poured out on me? ... I'm ready to offer the thanksgiving sacrifice and pray in the name of God" (Ps. 116: 12, 17). Thanksgiving. Today, I'm making my lists and checking it twice, as I plan our traditional Thanksgiving meal—turkey, dressing, giblet gravy, cranberry… Continue reading Thank You! Offering a Prayer of Thanksgiving

Karen Jordan

Preparing Your Heart and Mind for the Holidays

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thess. 5:15-18). Do the holidays bring painful memories and cloud your vision of God’s blessings?  As I sought God to help me prepare for this coming season of Thanksgiving and celebration, I noticed some powerful biblical… Continue reading Preparing Your Heart and Mind for the Holidays

Karen Jordan

Five Ways to Handle Stress in Your Writing Process

I first wrote this post for the WordServe Water Cooler in March of 2012, but I thought you might have missed it. Plus, I needed to read it again myself, since I've faced some stress in my own writing life lately. I hope it encourages you. Are you overwhelmed with stress in your writing life? The… Continue reading Five Ways to Handle Stress in Your Writing Process

Kathyrn Graves

Writing Retreat

Getaway. Over the last weekend, I spent a couple of days with two writing friends. We live in three different states, and it had been several years since we were all together. So, we caught up on each others' lives, sat around on comfy furniture in an amazing home by the shores of Beaver Lake, Arkansas, and brainstormed… Continue reading Writing Retreat

Karen Jordan

Struggling with Telling Your Story?

Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story ... (Ps. 107:2). Struggling with telling your story? I am! Plan a spiritual retreat. Last week, I wrote an article for the WordServe Water Cooler about taking time out to change the flat tires of life. So, as I face another writing crisis, I remembered my own advice--I took a… Continue reading Struggling with Telling Your Story?

Kathyrn Graves

Blank Screen

Facing a blank screen with a deadline looming is every writer's nightmare. What can we do to spark creative juices when we feel every last drop has been squeezed out of us? Spend time reading. Every good writer is a good reader--and a wide reader. Include classics, fiction, non-fiction, poetry and prose on your list. What?… Continue reading Blank Screen

Kathyrn Graves

Seven Realities

Last Sunday my church began the updated version of the study series, Experiencing God, by Henry Blackaby. The introductory lesson reminded me that God has plans for my life--big plans. It also reminded me that it's up to me to obey. Blackaby bases the whole series on what he calls the Seven Realities: 1.  God is always at work… Continue reading Seven Realities

Kathyrn Graves

Catching Foxes

"Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards." Song of Songs 2:15 While this verse is often quoted in marriage retreats, it also applies to the writing life. I wrote about The Big 3 things we need to do to make our writing a priority, to make it actually happen. But there are… Continue reading Catching Foxes