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

Mary May Larmoyeux

The Great Juggling Act

Sometime ago, while attempting to open a door to the office, I juggled my purse, a present to be mailed, a sack packed with old newspapers for a friend (or maybe I should say for a friend’s dog), and some files that needed to be returned to work. The handle to the brown paper sack… Continue reading The Great Juggling Act

Kathyrn Graves

Writing about Suffering

The following appeared on WordServe Water Cooler in March. Last night a friend contacted me to tell me about her step-mother's new diagnosis of stage 4 cancer. This morning I received word a friend was killed in a car wreck. This evening another friend's granddaughter's baby is unresponsive following a seizure.  It's been an emotional… Continue reading Writing about Suffering

Kathyrn Graves

Writing Wins

Many people tell me they think they'd like to write, or they feel called to write, or there is something they think they need to write about. But few of them follow through. I think there are several reasons. Writing is work. Writers have to be willing to put in effort. Producing a first draft… Continue reading Writing Wins

Kathyrn Graves

Setbacks

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

Karen Jordan

Facing Criticism and Rejection

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

Kathyrn Graves

Flying Alphabet Letters

It was one of those weeks. I needed to work on several writing projects this week, but every day filled with obligations in other areas of my life, leaving no time for writing. My husband is senior pastor of a church, and I have many responsibilities there as well. I also paint one day a… Continue reading Flying Alphabet Letters

Kathyrn Graves

Cliche or Touche?

Certain phrases are so over-used that writers try to avoid them in their work. I'm sure several are popping into your head as you read this right now: over the top, as a matter of fact, and bloom where you are planted. But I want to tell you what happened to me the other day. It was a busy… Continue reading Cliche or Touche?

Kathyrn Graves

Soundtrack for Writing

Whistle While You Work Do you like to listen to music? Are you one of those people who hums a tune as you work? I have a friend who actually uses songs as part of her text messaging. She knows a song for every situation. I know many writers play instrumental music while they write.… Continue reading Soundtrack for Writing

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