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Letters to the Lord: Hydrangeas

As I mentioned in the ministry update I shared last Tuesday, I enjoy meeting up with other writers at our missions’ conferences. In Germany, I had the opportunity to share in person with lovely Julia Kramer whom I welcome back today to the blog. Julia’s first children’s novel was publisher this past June. You can find it here. I’m so proud of her! I … Read More Letters to the Lord: Hydrangeas

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Letters to the Lord: Release Day!

                                                              Today’s Release Day for my new novel, and yes, it’s true: By Way of the Moonlight was chosen as A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Religion and Spirituality Book for Fall 2022! I was … Read More Letters to the Lord: Release Day!

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Good News, Bad News, and Amazing News

In an unexpected twist of events, you all did such an amazing job helping to spread the word about my new book and preordering from Baker that we ran out of signed book plates and we won’t be able to get more before the books are shipped out on release day. So, thank you all for helping spread the word! Sadly, this does mean … Read More Good News, Bad News, and Amazing News

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Letters to the Lord: A Countdown Q & A

It’s countdown time–two weeks before the release of my new novel, By Way of the Moonlight. Yikes! The months and weeks preceding the launch of a novel can be a bit stressful for us authors. We wonder will my readers like the book? What about reviewers? So I was absolutely delighted to receive a lovely review from Publishers Weekly. You can read the whole … Read More Letters to the Lord: A Countdown Q & A

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Letters to the Lord: A Full Quiver

We had a mini-Musser reunion this past weekend in Cincinnati. Andrew and Lacy drove up with their five little ones and joined Andrew’s two older cousins with their wives, each with their own five little ones. Yes, fifteen great-grandkids were all together for the day, the oldest being our grandson Jesse at 9 and the youngest being our granddaughter, Cori, at three months. It … Read More Letters to the Lord: A Full Quiver

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Letters to the Lord: A Sonnet for the In-Between

The sky was blue before and now it’s gray And rain has wet the grass, seeped through the soil And hope is held in hiatus this day As, numb, we contemplate our Savior’s toil. I wonder, were the soldiers not afraid When Peter took a sword and sliced an ear And Jesus, with a stroke that stilled the blade, Reached out and touched the … Read More Letters to the Lord: A Sonnet for the In-Between

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Letters to the Lord: The Joy of Twosday

Oh, dear Lord, thank you so much for Twosday! I’d never heard of that term until my daughter-in-love Lacy invited us to Lena’s birthday party. I misunderstood at first, thinking that since it was called a Twosday party it would be on a Tuesday. But of course, the pun was only because Lena was turning two. And so we celebrated all the wonder of … Read More Letters to the Lord: The Joy of Twosday

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Letters to the Lord: Appraising My Life

Mr. Cardinal is still here, pecking at the window in Daddy’s den, reminding me of Your presence, Lord, in such a tangible way. Sometimes he even comes and sits on the outside windowsill and stares at me. And I speak to him in that voice I use for small children and animals. And I think he listens. I’ve been in Atlanta for almost three … Read More Letters to the Lord: Appraising My Life

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Letters to the Lord: The Red Cardinal

Written in the middle of the night, February 11, 4:30 am. So many sleepless nights, Lord. So hard and sweet to walk my Daddy to Heaven’s door. So many signs of Your Spirit right here with us. It started with the red cardinal about a month ago. Or maybe longer. He just kept banging into the picture window in the den in my father’s … Read More Letters to the Lord: The Red Cardinal

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Letters to the Lord: My Father’s Journey

These last weeks have been tumultuous. We are in the final stages of my dad’s journey on earth. His graduation approaches soon. We continue to covet your prayers and you can find out more here. At the same time, our son, Andrew, and his wife, Lacy, are on a journey of their own. On Sunday January 23, Lacy gave birth to beautiful and healthy … Read More Letters to the Lord: My Father’s Journey

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Letters to the Lord: Asking and Receiving

Lord, I asked for a party that I don’t have to give, a party at Christmas, an age-old wish that I used to pronounce in France when I was young and missing Christmas in America. And now I’m older, much older, and living this Christmas season in America and once again asking. And You gave it, just like that, unexpectedly: Our Sunday School had … Read More Letters to the Lord: Asking and Receiving

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Letters to the Lord: Birthday Boy

It’s my husband’s birthday today and I’m celebrating him even as we prepare to celebrate the Birthday Boy, Lord Jesus. Paul’s birthday often gets shuffled among a lot of other things in December. He doesn’t mind. He’s my laid-back love, my patient pastor, my servant-leader, the one whose greatest joy is watching others flourish. He will not be pleased that I chose to post … Read More Letters to the Lord: Birthday Boy