Category: Letter to the Lord

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Letters to the Lord: Georgia Author of the Year Finalist

All I can say is “Thank you”, Lord. And Merci! I had no thought of receiving this honor, especially since I was entered in the category of Literary Fiction with very talented authors from the general market–not the inspirational market. But on Saturday, as I lay sick in bed at a lodge in Western Kentucky (where I was supposed to be enjoying a family … Read More Letters to the Lord: Georgia Author of the Year Finalist

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Letters to the Lord: Hilton Head Happiness

The week was everything I hoped for and more, and I was exhausted. When you have twenty-one people spanning four generations together, it can be. Joy and drama packed in together. The second day as Paul and I were finally heading to the beach, our youngest nephew greeted us at the bottom of the steps with: “Sorry to bring bad news but Andrew just … Read More Letters to the Lord: Hilton Head Happiness

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Letters to the Lord: Less Is More

My guest blogger today is delightful Julia Kramer. I met Julia in Salzburg, Austria several years ago when Paul and I were speaking at a retreat for missionaries. Over the past years, we’ve found a mutual love for writing. I am always encouraged and spurred on by Julia’s words, and I know you will be too! I’ve recently read a research about how our … Read More Letters to the Lord: Less Is More

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Letters to the Lord: Perseverance

Have I shared with you the two words that are encouraging me this year? PRESS ON. The verse that they are taken from in Philippians says, “Brothers (and sisters), I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet, but one thing I do. Forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for … Read More Letters to the Lord: Perseverance

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Letters to the Lord: No Words

Sometimes Spring takes my breath away and I have no words. Just a few photos and a verse that I need to remember today: Lord Jesus, please calm my anxious heart today as I trust You. And may I bloom for Your glory like the lilies of the field. ELIZABETH MUSSER writes ‘entertainment with a soul’ from her writing chalet—tool shed—outside Lyon, France. Find … Read More Letters to the Lord: No Words

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Letters to the Lord: Weeping and Rejoicing

I wrote this over a decade ago, when Chris was home in France during a summer break from college. But it seems strangely appropriate now as we continue to work through all hard, hard things of 2020 and beyond. I am thankful that weeping and rejoicing can coexist in the beautiful paradox of God’s love. They have come here to grieve.  And to celebrate. … Read More Letters to the Lord: Weeping and Rejoicing

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Letters to the Lord: Jill Steenhuis, an Atlanta Artist in France

We were destined to be friends and soulmates before we ever met. Our dads knew each other, waving across the golf course at the Capital City Country Club in Atlanta. So I paid attention when my father said, “You need to meet the artist Jill Steenhuis. She grew up in Atlanta, rode and showed horses, moved to Aix-en-Provence in 1980 and lives there still.” … Read More Letters to the Lord: Jill Steenhuis, an Atlanta Artist in France

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Letters to the Lord: The Day After Easter

It’s the Day after Easter, and I’m so thankful for this day, Lord. And yesterday. Oh, yes. Yesterday. Yesterday we awoke early to attend the sunrise service at Point Park. We joined with over 300 other believers, masked and bundled in the near freezing chill, to worship our Risen Savior as the sun rose in bright splendor to our right, off the side of … Read More Letters to the Lord: The Day After Easter

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Letters to the Lord: Hope For Times Like These

Easter 2021 Multi-Author Giveaway – Hope For Times Like These This time last year we were entering a time of real uncertainty and this year that uncertainty continues. These are good times to remind ourselves to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. 14 authors have joined together to offer stories to help us do this. I’ll be giving away copies of The Swan House … Read More Letters to the Lord: Hope For Times Like These

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Letters to the Lord: Love Letters from the Lord

Once again, I’m delighted to welcome Margaret Kirby as my guest blogger this week. May you be blessed by her words as I have been. Have you ever felt like you’re living in a book? I mean those moments when some small detail comes to your attention and you take a step back to look at it and you realize it’s somehow a symbol … Read More Letters to the Lord: Love Letters from the Lord

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Letters to the Lord: Never Let Me Go

I find it almost impossible to believe that exactly one year ago, Paul and I were heading out on a Trans-Atlantic cruise, to celebrate my 60th birthday and our 35th anniversary. Little did we know all that awaited us in 2020 as Covid-19 struck the world. For today, I want to look back on a journal entry I wrote while I was on that … Read More Letters to the Lord: Never Let Me Go

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Letters to the Lord: Mozart, Billy Joel, and Jesus

Ten years ago this month, Paul and I visited Vienna and got Mozart and a whole lot more. Here’s the story: ​ I wanted Mozart in Vienna.  For the entire week of visiting with missionaries who do refugee work on the outskirts of Vienna, I had thought of Billy Joel whose song ‘Vienna’ had captured my heart 30 years earlier when I was a … Read More Letters to the Lord: Mozart, Billy Joel, and Jesus