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which side do you choose?

our world moans and groans
under the weight of “progress”
while our trees die from acid rain
and our rivers, once teeming with wildlife,
are suffocated by our excess

The future of our world,
our children,
are abused, silenced and tossed aside
like pieces of trash
with no value

Yet piles of true waste
are upgraded and “upcycled”,
and valued more than their original costs

but God sees His children
They are not hidden
from Him
He sees their plight
and their despair

Revolution has come
which side do you choose?

The God of the universe
and hears
and knows
Even that which is done in secret
in secret meetings, with whispers and
bloody promises

God sees.
He knows.
And He is not pleased.

God is not moved by the cud of rhetoric
that rolls around in the mouths
of seemingly high-powered politicians,
Those that seek power,
that yearn for it,
more than they yearn for Him

He is not impressed with the
never-ceasing speeches
from the leeches
that suck the life
from our nation
and chain the lives of the
their brothers and sisters…
the ones they claim to protect

They would do well to remember
that they are God’s children
and He is a protective Father

which side do you choose?

God’s ways are not our ways
His thoughts are not our thoughts
His Power has no bounds
His truth, mercy and Love
strikes down wickedness
and strips it of every disguise,
disintegrating mountains
into dust

There is no one who compares
No one who rivals His great deeds
The One True God

And yet He, the God of the Universe,
sees His creation…
and is moved – NOT by the words of those who
believe they can change His mind with their
perfect posture -

But rather -
He is moved by those
who humble themselves
before Him
seeking His forgiveness,
His direction,
His mercy…
believing and knowing that His promises are true
and His Love is everlasting

“But God chose the foolish things of the world, that he might put to shame them that are wise; and God chose the weak things of the world, that he might put to shame the things that are strong…”

A young girl
A manger
A baby

Which side do you choose?

19 years and counting…

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Sean and I are two different people.
We knew that going in.
And you know what? It’s okay.

Matter of fact, it’s more than okay.

He likes NASCAR (last name, duh). But me? I don’t watch it.
I believe Sasquatches exist. Sean thinks I’m a little loony for thinking that.
He likes tea. I think it tastes like dirty bath water… and that he needs new tastebuds.
I like walking/jogging. He likes cycling.
He likes lots of olives on his subs. I like a few olives on my subs.
(Okay, maybe that last one is kind of similar. Woohoo!)

There are days that he and I argue. Usually over stupid stuff.
There are days I’m right. And a few days that he is. (bwahahahahahah!)
We tease each other about our graying hairs. .
And when we play poker together, I win… mostly.

And by God’s grace, we are still here… 19 years later!
We’re wading in the deep end, raising our three beautiful girls together.
And some days our parenting styles clash, other days we are in perfect sync.

But through it all?

We love each other…
And we are growing together.

We love each other…
Even when we’ve messed up – or got it right.

We love each other…
God’s working on us both.

We love each other…
and that is something to celebrate!

He’s my Pookie Bear.
I’m his Punum Bear.
And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I love you, Sean Earnhardt!! Happy Anniversary!

Writing contest — deadline in two days!

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Writing contest — deadline in two days!

First Annual Summer Writing Contest

Write2Ignite! is pleased to announce the First Annual Summer Writing Contest

The winner will receive:

    • a tote bag of goodies especially selected for writers

    • announcement of the winner’s name and story title on the Write2Ignite! website

    • an interview with the winner posted on the Write2Ignite! website

    • recognition at the 2015 Write2Ignite! Conference


For Submission Guidelines and more info —

Long time…

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It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I’m terrible at blogging. Obviously.

I’ve been focusing on my health again. I’ve started walking at least a mile a day (day 7 today!) and have been upping my intake of daily water (cut out all soft drinks, day 6!).

I’m also in waiting mode for a lot of writing related things.

What’s going on with y’all?

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

“To love at all…

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My heart hurts for the families and communities in Kansas City. It was a senseless crime. And it was crime that originated in a heart filled with hate. If you haven’t seen the news, you can see the story here:

Thus, this my reply:


Winter can’t stop Spring from blooming
anymore than fear can stop Love from living.

There’s a Light that breaks darkness.
There’s a Truth that stops hatred.
There’s a Love that is second to none.

There’s a Peace in the chaos.
There’s a Hope in the waiting.
There’s a Joy that can’t be undone.

And Night can’t stop Day from dawning
Anymore than hatred can stop Love from winning.

I should get an award or something

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Not sure why scientists are so ga-ga over figuring out what black holes really are. I’ve already done that. And I know how they are formed.

Revisions = black holes

Revisions are formed when first drafts become second drafts, third drafts, fourth drafts, etc. An endless loop of deletions and additions that suck the writer in further and further.

There. I’ve solved the mystery folks. Sheldon would be proud.

Deadline extended!

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Do you know someone who wants to attend Write2Ignite! 2014, but he or she missed the deadline? Good news for them! It’s not too late to register.


We’ve had several requests since March 15, to extend the deadline. So, we did. Spread the word to any writing buddies who might like to join us. We are accepting registrations through Midnight, Sunday, March 23, 2014.


Inspire, Educate, Facilitate. That’s what we seek to do at Write2Ignite!


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I wrote a picture book over a year ago.

I love it.

But it has never felt “right” to me.

I’ve revised countless times. My kids are tired of hearing me read it outloud. And my critique partners are ready to put it to bed.

But still… it felt like something was wrong. I didn’t have peace about it. I had the opportunity to submit it somewhere, but I couldn’t. It just wasn’t right.

The other day, my hubby said something about a different picture book – but I disagreed with him about it. I still do.

BUT… he got me to thinking. And then I did something I never thought to do with the picture book that just doesn’t feel right.

My MC was a boy, now the MC is a girl.

I wrote the story thinking all the things he was doing were “boyish” things. And yes, they were. But in this case, they are TOM-BOYISH things! And the flow is much better, at least to my ears. The opening and ending images work SO much better. And the relationship between the MC and others sounds natural, where as before it sounded fabricated and out of place.

Even though I’ve suggested this very thing to others for their characters, I never thought to do it to mine in this particular story.

After I made the change, I was finally able to cut down on the word count even more, use more vivid adjectives in the opening scene and find just the right words for the closing scene.

Have you ever had this happen?



Making Space During Lent Physically — Through Fasting

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Donna Earnhardt:

Some great words and thoughts to ponder during this Lenten Season. Thank you for this, @Jan Brittain!

Originally posted on Bible 365:

Text: Matthew 6:16-18

The season of Lent – that 40 days of preparation and penitence leading to Easter– has begun. In Matthew 6, Jesus himself taught about the practices that have become the traditional disciplines of this season. In the previous blog entry, we considered what he said there about prayer. Today, let’s take a look at the practice of fasting. It is worth noting that Jesus uses the word “when” rather than “if” in referring to all three practices. Jesus assumes that the faithful will pray, fast and give. His teaching concerns how we do those things. When we fast —( and no matter how we have come to interpret it through the years, no doubt, Jesus was referring to giving up food in some way) — we make space in our physical beings. We feel the space by feeling the hunger. That space enables us to pause and…

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