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…

Where you’re from leads to your future

For the next two months, the Grove Girls will be talking about setting. In novel writing it’s an important elements. It’s even more so in our lives. Setting is so much more than the place we are; it’s the backdrop against which we live our lives. In the novel the setting can become an intricate…

Friday Affirmation: Doors Open

Father, thank You that You have opened doors for me. The deepest desire of my heart is to be used by You. Would You help me discern which doors are from You and which are sent as distractions? Help me stay focused on the open doors You want me to walk through. Use me for…

Meet the Grove Girls: Favorite Bible Verses

This month, we thought we’d share our favorite Bible verses. Then we’d love to learn what yours are, too! Be sure to share yours in the comments. Melissa Tagg: Isaiah 43:19 is one of my long-time favorites…and my love for it only grew when my favorite band released a song (a whole album, in fact) named…

Friday Affirmation: Waves Obey

Father, how amazing is it that even the wind and waves obey You? The wind can blow me around. The waves can shake me when I’m on water. Yet to You, they are nothing. They must bow at Your voice, at Your word. Father, that power is immense and You exercise it on my behalf….

What if…you succeed?

Lately on the Grove we have been discussing “what ifs”. The question can be positive: What if my dream comes true? OR The question can be negative: What if everything falls apart? It is easy to focus on the negative, isn’t it? But I want to challenge you to focus on the positive “what ifs.”…

Affirmation Friday: Rejoice

Father, thank You for the promise that I can rejoice and shout for joy. That I can play and celebrate no matter what is happening because You are in the middle of my life. You are the God of joy. And You promise that the joy of the Lord is my strength. God, I need…