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Christmas Craziness and Time with God

It’s that time of year when we never seem to have enough time. December 1st we published our Under the Mistletoe Collection of novellas. I wrote a romantic comedy called Holly’s Noel for inclusion in that. Today I uploaded the final ebook copy of Claudia to be released on December 15th. I hope you can join me for the release party on Friday evening.  I’d love to have you there. I’ll be doing a couple of giveaways. These past weeks have been busy from a writer’s perspective, but that hasn’t been all I’ve had going on. We have Christmas celebrations around the corner and even though I’m no longer involved in leading the youth group or the […]

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A Guest Post by Leeann Betts: ‘Tis the Season to be Jolly—Not!

Please welcome Leeann Betts. She has a guest post for the gratitude Friday feature: ‘Tis the Season to be Jolly—Not! Seems like the Christmas season rolls around more quickly every year. It’s the 4th of July, and then it’s Thanksgiving, and then before we know it, Christmas. And with it, the requisite smiles and spending and happy times. Because, after all, that’s what we do, isn’t it? But the holiday season isn’t a happy time for everybody. There are some real stresses that this season brings, including excessive spending, excessive eating and drinking, excessive time spent with family and relatives, and excessive pretending everything is fine. You’ll note I used the word “excessive” four times in […]

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It is Well: A Guest Post by Kathy Cretsinger

Please welcome Kathy Cretsinger to Faith in Writing. She has written a guest post for our Musical Wednesdays feature: It is Well. It is Well Why do certain hymns cling to our brains? I don’t know if it is because the music is soothing, or we relate to something in our life when we heard them. My favorite hymn is “It Is Well with My Soul.” I don’t remember when I heard it for the first time, but when I did I could have listened to it all day. It has such meaning. Sometime in our life we will all go through times that we wish it would go away, but it won’t because we […]

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Hidden Blessings

Today is gratitude Friday! Our guest blogger never sent in her post, which opened up the opportunity for me share my thoughts with you on this beautiful Friday morning. I watched a glorious sunrise over the fields this morning, as our goats and sheep meandered out of the pen to start their day. I didn’t wake up in a terrific mood. I’d gone to bed offended and frustrated, although I’d read my Bible to try to get my head straightened out. Yet, as I made the coffee and watched the sky light up, my attitude changed. Some days, it’s hard to break out of a funk and we don’t see what’s around us. We don’t […]

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A guest post by Donna Schlater: Star of Wonder

Please welcome Donna Schlater to Faith in Writing. She has written a guest post for our Gratitude Friday feature: Star of Wonder. When I was a child, Christmas meant three things: Santa, pictures, and a tree. Santa was easy—the Sears catalogue was handed around to each child in turn, and we could choose three items: one toy, one game, and one other thing. That one other thing could be clothes—although it rarely was—or something fun like a toboggan or ice skates. The picture-taking ritual happened on Christmas Eve as we hung our stockings, a solemn procession to the mantel, posing with stockings in hand. We went into the living room with stockings in hand and […]

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A guest post by Carole Brown: How Much Do I Really Appreciate…?

Please welcome Carole Brown to Faith in Writing. She’s written a guest post for the Gratitude Friday’s feature How Much Do I Really Appreciate…? God’s Word says: Be thankful in all things. I struggled to finish my latest novel A Flute in the Willows, Book Two of the WWII Spies series because of my busy life: my youngest grandson was scheduled to begin kindergarten, and I wanted to be sure to spend all the time I could with him. Our ministry work, along with several vacation days away with family, necessary work around our hobby farm, and many, many other things, including my own lack of inspiration to write were hindrances that continually kept me unfocused […]

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Tethered to my Anchor or set adrift?

  This morning, when I went on Facebook, two verses show up in my “memories” from something I posted a year ago. I never could’ve imagined how appropriate those verses would be today. Ephesians 6:6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; Colossians 3:22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: Some days being a “menpleaser” is simply not possible. You cannot please everyone. If you make one person happy, you tick off another. Picture a puppy dog trying to catch his own tail. Are you doing […]

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A Guest Post by Sherri Wilson Johnson: It Was More Than Video Games

Please welcome Sherri Wilson Johnson to Faith in Writing. She is graciously offering a giveaway of the Kindle version of “Grafted Into Deceit.” Leave a comment for a chance to win. Sherri wrote a guest post for the Gratitude Fridays Feature: It Was More Than Video Games When I was fresh out of high school (back in the mid-80s), my dad joined a home computer club. This was a once-a-month club for computer hobbyists at the beginning of the home computer days. No one we knew owned a computer, and I think there was only one in the company I worked for. It was used to transmit data and not for individual use. Computers were scary […]

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Today is Musical Wednesday on Faith in Writing, but I lost my song

I’m in mourning. Some people don’t understand the relationship a person has with their pets. They cannot understand the deep sorrow felt at their loss. Yesterday, our 17 year old lab/pitt mix somehow wandered out of the house. When we realized he was out, we were unable to find him. During that time, a neighbor from a few streets away happened by him and called local veterinarians to see if he might be a patient. We spent our first night in this house on Friday, so he didn’t see a local vet yet, he saw one in Sweet Valley, PA and another veterinarian made house calls. Anyway, not being able to track us down, despite […]

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A Guest Post by Linda Wood Rondeau: A Bell Ringer’s Epiphany

I wondered why I had volunteered. Too many things to do. And I hate the cold. It gets into my bones until nothing can make me feel warm again. I had offered to be a bell ringer for the Salvation Army’s Christmas drive. I bundled up and trekked to my station at the local grocery store. I donned the blue apron and picked up the emblem of my assignment, a small golden bell. Then one by one the people came up to the little red bucket to drop in their offering. Sometimes people felt like talking. Other times, they nodded and left. Still others dropped their gift and scurried off to complete the sundry other […]

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