My devotional for February is up at the God is Love blog. Join me today to talk about one of my favorite topics: Hope.
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Silence is such a hard thing to come by. Our world is loud and busy and I’ve become accustomed to it. For better or worse, I’d rather fill the space around me with words and music and talking than be alone with my thoughts some days.
God’s voice is loud enough to make the rocks cry out, if He chooses. But isn’t better for us if we make room so He doesn’t have to speak through burning bushes and lightning strikes? Silence can be a very good thing, if we let it.
Here’s my January 2019 devotional for Devotions from the Heart about the topic of silence.
Do you have a daily practice of silence? Or is this something you’d like to cultivate but, like me, don’t always know how? Leave a comment or use the contact form to let me know what you think. I’d love to start a conversation about it!
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It’s a new year already. How quickly that seems to happen anymore! I haven’t done this in several years, but I love the idea of choosing a word at the beginning of the year to try to live into during that year. So through some prayer and consideration, I happened upon the word INTENTION.
I considered the word “purpose” but that feels less active to me. As I’ve learned more about writing craft and character motivation, I began to realize that I am not often the agent of change in my own life. I do not like conflict and I spend a lot of my time avoiding anything that even looks like conflict. Because of that, I find myself drifting through my days and weeks, allowing other people’s choices (for good or bad) to dictate the circumstances of my life.
The word INTENTION feels like me taking charge of my actions, thoughts, plans, goals, and making them part of my purpose (even if I’m still not sure what that is). I will be intentional, of course, in letting God determine what that purpose is and how I can be part of whatever work the Lord is doing here in my family, at work, at church, in this city, this country, and in the world.
After I chose my word, I found this great photo. To me it speaks of being intentional in choosing what things I will hold onto. I want to spend my moments and my days doing things that have meaning to me and that bring reconciliation, redemption, and the Kingdom of God to me and the world around me.
Have you ever chosen a word to meditate on for a year? What is/was it? Did it work for you? If you never have and you want to know more, MyOneWord.org is a great website dedicated to the “un-resolution” of the One Word movement.
I’ve got a new devotional up today at the God is Love blog. This has been a year of emotional struggle for me. I love to think, like the song Laura Story wrote, that sometimes our blessings come through the struggles, through the raindrops and through the tears.
For better or worse, this broken world we live in is constructed so that only through tearing down a muscle, can it be built up stronger.
I would love to hear from you if you’ve had a struggle that has ended up being a blessing to you. Drop me a line at my contact page or comment on this post. I’d love to start a conversation.
Have a beautiful day!
IT’S RELEASE TIME!!
After many years in the making–more than six, if anyone is counting–our first movie, Sinking Sand, starring Jenn Gotzon Chandler, Tom Clark, Jim E. Chandler, Kevin Sizemore and other fantastic actors, is ready for an audience!
Co-written by Brian Yarbrough and me, we can’t wait to have you watch it. This movie was a labor of love and a test of perseverance. I’m not sure if six years is a long time in the film-making biz or not, but it sure felt like a long time to me!
If you grew up on black-and-white episodes of Perry Mason or enjoy classic movies from Hollywood’s Golden Age like Hitchcock’s Rear Window or Notorious, I think you’re going to like this one.
We want to create movies told from a Christian worldview without being inauthentic or preachy. Hopefully we’ve done that with this film.
Released on DVD and video-on-demand on September 18, it’s available for pre-order now through these retailers:
Sinking Sand: Follow the story of Brooke McHenry whose loneliness drives her into the arms of a man who is not her husband and begins a trail of bad decisions, murder, and the prosecution of an innocent woman for Brooke’s own crime.
Also, in preparation for our release, we’re giving away a $500-value prize package. Two of the stars, Jenn and Jim, met on the set of our movie and have since gotten married! We’d like to pay tribute to that by giving away a romantic weekend package. Transportation to Savannah, GA is not included, but once you’re there, we’ve got some great prizes like dinner, two nights at a bed-and–breakfast, and a lovely carriage ride. We’ll also be giving away copies of the movie. See our Facebook page or film site’s contest page to enter! Best of luck!
When I get a weekend to spend watching movies or reading books, it’s a weekend well spent. This weekend was a triumph! I watched two fabulous movies and read a spectacular book. I’m only going to review the books, but I want to recommend the movies, too.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society on Netflix was my treat on Saturday evening. I loved the book written by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows when we read it for book club a few years ago, and the movie did NOT disappoint. I loved the scenery, the acting, the writing–everything. If you believe that a combination of books and friendship are the joys of life, then see this movie immediately!
The second movie this weekend was Ready Player One. The ’80s references and the retro Tron-ish feel were enough to make me buy in. But the greater questions about how much time we spend in our online lives and what that does to our view of the world made it a much deeper movie than I had anticipated. Plus, I’ll have to watch it about ten more times to catch all the jokes and product placements, so that makes it fun, too!
Now, last but not least, I’d like to say a few words about How to Stop Time by Matt Haig. This might be the most intriguing book I’ve read in quite a while. The premise is simply that there are people among us who age much more slowly than the rest of us. The hero of the book, Tom Hazard, is over four hundred years old living in London today. Looking at life with an almost immortal perspective gives Tom insights into what really makes us human. The story is all at once beautiful and sad. And I’ve heard that the rights to the movie have been obtained and Benedict Cumberbatch is signed on to play Tom. I’ll be there with bells on!
Have you seen any movies or read any books lately that you’d recommend? We all love to spend time with great stories, so if you have some to share, I’m sure we’d love to hear about them!
I have no intention of becoming a food blogger. I appreciate food blogs and have added some wonderful recipes to my repertoire because of food blogs. But, really, all that picture taking when I’d rather
just eat? I don’t think I could do it! But I thought today I’d share my grandma’s homemade granola recipe. I’ve made a few minor tweaks over the many years I’ve been making it, so if she happens to read this, I’ll just say that I loved it the way it was and I love the changes I’ve made. Thanks, Grandma Edna!
This granola is made from oats, flour, honey, nuts, and coconut. If you want to try it the way it is, great. If you want to change it, or need to change it because of dietary restrictions, feel free. And let me know if you do try it. I’d love to hear what you think!
All I could think while I was reading this was that Kara’s books are like good dark chocolate: they are a little sweet, completely satisfying, and always the right choice no matter what I’m in the mood for! I’ve only read two of the three she’s written, but they are more than just fun, funny, romantic comedies because they are also filled with people working out what God means in their lives and relationships in a real, natural way. I love books that show real people–wounded, imperfect–who love God but still wrestle with real questions about love and faith.
Amazon Link – Then There was You by Kara Isaac
I would say more, but I don’t feel a need to rehash the back cover and I certainly don’t want any spoilers here. I just want to extend a recommendation to read Kara Isaac’s wonderful book if you enjoy inspirational romance with a lot of humor, love, and heart.
This is my honest book review. And you can bet that I’ll be pre-ordering the next book she comes out with as soon as I can! She also has two other books, Can’t Help Falling and Close to You. I’ve only read Can’t Help Falling, so I’m seeing a back-list book on my to-be-read file soon!
How about you? Have you read anything lately that you’d like to recommend? Any genre, but preferably “clean” fiction, please. I love to hear what everyone’s reading!
Updated: This book just won the Romance Writers of America 2018 RITA award for “Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements”. So apparently I’m not the only person who loved this book. Go get a copy and read it now!
I’m glad you stopped by today. Welcome to my little corner of the internet!
This is where I hope to share my love of Jesus, books, all things geeky, food, music and whatever else I think would be fun to discuss. I’ll admit that I don’t know exactly what this blog will look like yet, but my prayer is that ultimately it will be a place where people can come to feel lifted up and encouraged. And if we can smile and laugh a little, as well, then I think I’ll count it as a success!
So here’s to possibilities!