Thoughtful Thursdays

Musings on faith, family, & fiction

Poor Marmalade
Yesterday was my husband David's birthday, Monday is our 23rd wedding anniversary, and so I thought it would be fun today to just share some of our silliness. These are a few of the inside jokes that we laugh endlessly over. And just something fun for the occasions....
Take Up Your Sword
In Luke 22, Jesus tells His disciples during the Last Supper that the time has come to have swords, and that if they don't have them, they should sell their cloak to buy one. It's a curious passage, isn't it? Especially given that when one of them uses that sword...
Pink Isn’t My Color
Pink Isn't My Color How We Decide What Becomes Part of Our Identities   I had called the week before--both my primary care's office and the radiology place that had done the biopsy. I'd been waiting two weeks for the results...but everyone was out of town, on...
Update on Roseanna
Well, here I am, 10 days after my first infusion of chemotherapy. So many of you have reached out privately to say you're praying and ask how I'm doing--and many just say you're praying and don't want to be a bother so say I don't have to reply, LOL. So I thought I'd...

Though a novelist by trade, one of the trademarks of my books is the spiritual depth and exploration I includes as my characters work through what it really means to walk out their faith. Faith, in fact, is one of the things I like to ponder most. In these once-a-week articles, I gets thoughtful at the crossroads of faith, family, and fiction.

These Bodies

These Bodies

Sometimes we fall into the trap of thinking are bodies are less important than our souls. But Christ defies that reasoning.

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The Passover Seder

The Passover Seder

We read about the Last Supper, but until we understand what the Jewish Passover Seder was like in the time of Christ, we can’t really grasp what He was doing when He instituted communion.

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Jesus and Traditions

Jesus and Traditions

We know that Jesus shook up and challenged a lot of “added” traditions. But did you know He fulfilled a lot of those “man-made” expectations too?

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Why the Passover?

Why the Passover?

It’s no coincidence that Jesus died and was resurrected during the Passover. Let’s explore why it’s so important.

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A World of Black and White

A World of Black and White

I hear so many people talk about how right and wrong ought to be black and white, not with shades of gray. But we seem to be forgetting something important…that God made the world in COLOR.

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Not Inspired

Not Inspired

Let me tell you a secret. I’m not always INSPIRED when I sit down to create. But I do it anyway…and the inspiration follows.

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Because You Ask Not

Because You Ask Not

Jesus tells you, “You have not because you ask not.” But it FEELS like we’re asking…so what are we doing wrong?

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A Soft Answer

A Soft Answer

I always thought I knew what the proverb “A soft answer turns away wrath” meant…but there’s more depth there.

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A Gratitude Challenge

A Gratitude Challenge

Last year I presented this challenge to you. It's a new year, a new November, and I wanted to challenge you again with this. Original post published 11/3/22. It's November. Every November, as I scroll through social media or blogs, I see people posting about what...

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YOUR Creativity!

YOUR Creativity!

A while back, I asked you all what your hobbies are. As I think about creativity in our lives, I thought it would be fun to share!

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Choosing a Word of the Year

Choosing a Word of the Year

Although we still have 3 months left in 2023. I wanted to re-share this post on HOW to choose a word of the year now. This will hopefully spark ideas and help guide you to choosing a word for 2024. I also wanted to remind you to check in with your word this year. How...

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Professional

Professional

When I was 8 or 9, we went through a bad drought. I still think of those days…and what it taught me about prayer.

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Drought

Drought

When I was 8 or 9, we went through a bad drought. I still think of those days…and what it taught me about prayer.

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41 Things

41 Things

Today I turn 41! So here are 41 things that have proven important to me in the last year.

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Proof

Proof

In Exodus three, God’s proof to Moses of His presence is “that you will worship God on this very mountain.”

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When We’re Seen

When We’re Seen

There’s a power in being seen by someone, in being understood. It doesn’t fix the problem…but it still heals our hearts.

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Onward and Upward

Onward and Upward

It’s easy for us to judge and dismiss younger generations’ hobbies…but when we look, there’s a lot to learn from them too.

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Life-Giving and True

Life-Giving and True

It’s easy for us to judge and dismiss younger generations’ hobbies…but when we look, there’s a lot to learn from them too.

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Do the Work

Do the Work

While we can never discount “lightning strikes,” most success–in life, in our jobs, even in our faith–comes from doing the work.

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Seasons

Seasons

I love watching the seasons roll, one into another. I love the liturgical calendar, living the life of Christ. But there’s more, too.

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Mental Congestion

Mental Congestion

Ever have those nights when you can’t shut off your brain? When your thoughts are so busy, sleep eludes you?

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Judgment Call

Judgment Call

When we think of “judgment” we think of deciding if something is good or bad. But with God, there’s never a question.

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