Friday Affirmation: Beauty

Father, so often in this world, I don’t feel beautiful. It’s so easy to compare myself to others. Will You help me to see myself as You see me? That’s what I desire most. To see myself in the true light of Your eyes. And to find the beauty inside that You find in me. I love You!

Friday Affirmation: New Things Coming

Father, You are a God of new things. What new thing do You want to do in my life? Father, I don’t want to get trapped in Your move from ten years ago. I want to live in the stream of where You are right now. Help me open my eyes to the new things…

Maybe it’s okay to be a little discontent

So the funny thing about this post I’m writing right now? It’s supposed to be about setting. But I’m enjoying my current setting so much–a breezy, sun-splashed second-floor balcony–that I’m having trouble writing this thing. (Yeah, yeah, I know…I should go inside and get some sunscreen.) This is a setting I love. Sunday afternoon stretching lazily…

Friday Affirmation: Shout with Joy

Father, thank You for joy. Thank you for making a woman who can run in fields with joy knowing You are with me. Knowing that You have good plans for me. That You love me deeply and that I can trust You to be good. Help me life in that truth and may that lead…

More Than Setting

We’ve been talking “setting” here lately. It’s a vital aspect of craft as it forms the background, a theme, for all that runs through every experience within a story. Winter vs. Summer?  Game of Thrones is not a light joyful tale — “Winter is Coming” tells all that you need to know. “Summer Blooms” would never fit….

Friday Affirmation: Cling to the Good

Father, in a world that distracts with so many things that are not good for me, could You help me cling to You and what is good? Would You help me spirit to discern between the good and all else? Would You give me a deep desire to focus my time and energy on the…

Change Your View & Jump Start Your Creativity

This past weekend, most of the Grove Girls actually got to have a little face time at the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Conference in Nashville. There is a lot to love about going to a writer’s conference with some of the sweetest girls I’ve ever known. After all, it was about a year ago I…

Friday Affirmation: Sweet

Father, Your words are sweet to my soul. Better than the most perfect ice cream, Your words are life and health to my soul. Help me to desire them more deeply than I desire the next sweet. Help me to dive into Your Word with joy and anticipation each day. Fill me with a desire…

A Favorite Setting

In a little while (3 days, to be precise), I will get into my friend’s car and we will drive 8.5 hours south to a vibrant city called Nashville. There, we will meet and laugh and dine and worship with 500+ writers, all of whom share the love of Jesus and story. It’s the annual…

Friday Affirmation: Grow in Abundance

Father, You planted me in Your family to grow in abundance. Some days it feels like I am anything but abundant. Would You help me to plant myself in You so that I live a season of abundance? Prune me of the things in my life that hold me back from the abundance You have…

Where Do You Live?

  “Setting shouldn’t just consist of describing nature or landscape, or of saying where something takes place. It is the world of specific people. It’s not enough for it to feel vivid or credible; it should feel necessary.” ~Kaui Hart Hemmings (1975-), novelist As a writer, I spend a lot of time thinking about the…

Friday Affirmation: Fresh Future

Father, sometimes my past rears up to haunt me like the worst nightmare…only it’s real. I’ve lived it. Sometimes that past taunts me that I am unusable because I’m so far from perfect. How can You use an imperfect person? But that is the beauty of Your plan of salvation. In my imperfection and weakness,…

Scenes in the Story Road

I recently posted a comment on social media, expressing my sheer joy that pumpkin-spice-flavored-everything season near.   You can imagine – that set some autumn-loving hearts afire with collective joy (like mine), while others lamented that summer should last just a wee bit longer. Now, I have no intention of wishing the rest of anyone’s…

Friday Affirmation: Smile

Father, You have placed a smile in my heart. Help it erupt out of my soul and onto my face. That I would grace those around me with a smile of grace and joy. That I would let my smile reveal You in my heart. You are a good God, and You are a God…