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What Were The Disciples Thinking?

I often think about the disciples and their relationship with Jesus. Three years of following, but not fully understanding. I think about how fortunate they were to sit and listen to Jesus, day after day, month after month and year after year. How very lucky for them.

And yet they did not fully grasp the significance. They did seem to follow Him immediately, but time and time again He told them what was going to transpire and they did not seem to grasp it. But those final days before and after the resurrection my heart aches for them.


I have always empathized with Peter. Over and over he throws himself at Jesus with all of his impulsiveness. Only for Jesus to clarify things for him. Not really scolding but letting Peter know the truth of the matter. I actually have a future book outlined about this. The Curse Of Being A Peter. God ends up using Peter, flaws and all to build His church. I believe it is an example to all of us how God will use us for His purposes if we submit to Him.

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Use Your Pain For Inspiration

Do you consider why you are on the path you have been given? Why have you endured the painful things life has thrown at you? Is there any reason? Is there hope? Is there truly the ability to heal, to forgive?


I went to see the new movie I Can Only Imagine tonight. By myself. With a very crowded theatre and lots of noisy movie goers visiting with close friends and loved ones. I knew it was about the three time platinum song by Mercy Me of the same name. I had not really known the story behind the song.

I do now.

I am so amazed by some similarities in my own life. Many things were different but the outcome and conflict was similar. My moma never beat me. My dad never left us. But my dad died and my mom was a more silent abuser. Scars upon scars, hidden down deep, covered but not forgotten.

A hope in Jesus and moving forward with His love but still harboring hurts within, to later surface. God wants us to have total healing. One cannot fully serve without dealing with whatever is buried …

Let Your Heart Take Courage

"A Psalm of Fearless Trust in God"~ That is the heading for Psalm 27 in my Bible.


I do not consider myself fearless. I despair and fret over things. I am not by nature a big worrier but I still have much self doubt and am always feeling hurt by things in life. I am definitely a sensitive person which can be good or bad. However, God created me that way for a purpose.

I am thinking back over my whole book journey. The first reflections are of the life I have been given, the trials and the pain, and why I chose to write a book to begin with. Not really feeling qualified but feeling God wanted me to tell my story to give others hope.

Hope in Him.

Then I consider what gives me joy. True joy. From the inside out. What do I do when i am despairing? I look to the Word. I flip through my Bible for certain passages that calm my heart. Maybe they are ones that I have underlined or maybe they are ones I remember that gave me hope in the past.

This was not always the case. It is so easy…

We Are All Showmen

Last Friday night my husband and I went to the movie The Greatest Showman. I was so excited. We have not been to a movie for almost five months. Dinner and a movie! Woohoo!

So many of my friends had said how they loved the movie and I am thankful my husband chose that one, even though I am sure it may not have been his first choice. Thank you Craig!


One of the themes that kept repeating itself was to push on. P. T. Barnum would feel defeated and even lose everything but then would get a new idea or take a new risk and push on to go forward. He refused to become engulfed in self-pity and defeat.

I also saw how his past shaped him. How his life as a young person was part of why he did this. I was reminded how everyone has a past that can pull us under, OR motivate us to move on with life.

In my book Not Really A Princess, one of the main purposes for writing was to encourage others to find hope, continue on and to show others that they too can share their stories. We all have hard times…

The Release Date Is Finally Here!

Today is March 1, 2018! Last June I was told March 1st was my "release date" for my book Not Really A Princess. And that my publish date was going to be April 1st. I actually had no idea what a release date was until recently. And I probably still don't fully understand.

I have recently been told that all of YOU who have pre-ordered my book will soon receive your copies because it has been "released" from the distribution centers. The publish date is when you can go to stores and find it.

I received copies of my book when the printing was complete. Those were shipped to me and the rest were sent to the distribution centers. From the distribution centers they will be sent to various bookstores around the country and to all of you who have pre-ordered. I am fortunate that my book is being distributed by Ingram, the largest book distributer in the world.

Thank you so much to all of you who have ordered!


Many of you have shared about how the book has blessed you. S…