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Letters to the Lord: The Tree

 My creative and thoughtful and wonderful mother-in-law, Doris Ann Musser, is back with reflections about a tree that sits outside the retirement home in Richmond, Kentucky that she called home for a few years.     THE TREE YOU RISE ABOVE THE OTHER TREES AT THE CURVE OF  STOCKER DRIVE…..TALLER…BROADER….MORE STATELY….. ….WITH BRANCHES STRETCHING OUT IN ALL DIRECTIONS.       SOME REACH FOR THE SKY;       … Read More Letters to the Lord: The Tree

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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: Pressure-Washed

Oh, Lord, the sun is shining through our big, beautiful, and CLEAN front window in Flintstone, Georgia, and I feel hope. The house has just been pressure washed. And I’m delighted with the result. All the mold and moss, all the green and black stuff—whatever it was—is gone. The outside of the house sparkles. And it smells. Like bleach. I find this very humorous … Read More Letters to the Lord: Pressure-Washed

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Letters to the Lord: The God Who Heals

I’m honored to have my friend and artist, Meghan Lacey, again as a guest on this blog. I know you’ll appreciate her devotional thoughts and her art! Dear Friends and Fellow Travelers on this Journey of Life, Today I want to share with you what is on my heart, Healing…God’s powerful Healing…the Healing that only comes from Him. In this difficult chapter of human … Read More Letters to the Lord: The God Who Heals

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Letters to the Lord: My Personal Triumphal Entry

It happened again, dear Lord, as it so often does. You winked at me. A few days ago, I was reading along in Matthew, a chapter a day, as part of my Lenten journey. I’d finished reading Matthew 20, with Jesus’s parables about the workers all getting the same pay, no matter how long they worked. And then the first shall be last quote. … Read More Letters to the Lord: My Personal Triumphal Entry

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Letters to the Lord: Bearing Fruit in Its Season

Yesterday, I had the privilege of speaking to a group of young mothers about faithfulness as a mother. I shared different ways the Lord has encouraged me to be faithful throughout the years. One of the most encouraging things I learned early on as a mother has stayed with me and is still so relevant.   Here is the essay I wrote almost thirty … Read More Letters to the Lord: Bearing Fruit in Its Season

Letters to the Lord: Disappointment

My dear friend, Kim Platt, joins Letters to the Lord again today to share about disappointment. I always appreciate Kim’s thoughtful prose. I know you will too. I can feel the tears forming in my eyes as it slowly dawns on me that I am joining the Zoom call at the wrong time. I’ve been looking forward to this all day. But I am … Read More Letters to the Lord: Disappointment

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Happy New Year! Bonne Année!

Dear Friends, Chers Amis, 2020 in review; un vol d’oiseau sur 2020: During this new year of 2021, we wish you courage and peace in your hearts, no matter the state of our world. Nous vous souhaitons une année 2021 pleine de courage et de paix dans vos cœurs malgré la condition de notre monde. “Peace I leave you, My peace I give you; … Read More Happy New Year! Bonne Année!

What Inspires a Writer

I often get asked the question by readers, “What inspired you to write this novel?” And my answer is usually the same each time. “Life.” So, so many things in life have inspired my novels.   My first novels, a trilogy, were inspired by the Huguenot cross, the first Protestant cross made in France in the late 1600s. Having recently arrived in France, I … Read More What Inspires a Writer

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Letters to the Lord: What I Want for 2021-A Prayer

Dear Lord, In 2021, I want to worship more and worry less. Worry less about the world, about my family and my writing and our workers and whatever else comes to mind (there is so much to worry about right now, Lord!), and instead, trust, trust, trust You with these things and these people. And then I want to ENJOY the life You have … Read More Letters to the Lord: What I Want for 2021-A Prayer

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Letters to the Lord: Press On

“Brothers and sisters, I do not regard myself as having taken 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 the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3: 13-14 Everyone has waited with bated breath for 2021 to arrive. But now … Read More Letters to the Lord: Press On

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Letters to the Lord: The Messiah’s Invitation

For the past several years I have been greatly blessed by The Advent Project, part of Biola University’s Center for Christianity and the Arts. The following is a devotional from December 15, 2020 which greatly encouraged me, and I pray it will be sweet for your soul, too. I have scattered photos above and throughout the post of my beloved French santons, carrying their … Read More Letters to the Lord: The Messiah’s Invitation