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Joshua Caleb and the Sovereignty of God

Joshua Caleb and the Sovereignty of God: You will often hear me speak of both. The former is my 13-year-old son who has an intellectual disability and a host of medical problems including a rare disorder called neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation that is terminal. I previously wrote about him here. The sovereignty of God! What do we mean by …Continue reading →

When the Storms Are Your Place of Rest

What do you do when the rain doesn’t subside and the drops drip continously over your head? What do you do when you are treading water during the fiercest tempest yet and still, it keeps coming down? You keep calling out to the One who is your shelter and you trust that He will carry you through even now. Because …Continue reading →

Book Review: Pray About Everything

In Paul Tautges book, Pray About Everything: Cultivating God-Dependency, the reader is encouraged to walk away with the conviction that prayer is the life-blood of not only the individual Christian but the church, both locally and universally. Much has been written about prayer. There is a good deal of excellent material out there. But Tautges challenges us to think about …Continue reading →

The Dawn Breaks at Midnight

November of last year I committed myself to write a novel in spite of everything. From concept to the beginning of the first draft, I struggled to seriously take the idea of my being a writer. Life is full of complications, some ordinary, some exceedingly difficult. But I was determined to push through. I’m three chapters in and have hit …Continue reading →

Midnight at the Fountain of Joy

Midnight at the Fountain of Joy, an inspirational fantasy novel, is the title of my work in progress. Last November I made the commitment to commence writing it despite knowing that crafting a novel is an arduous task. The last two years have been difficult for our family to say the least and I knew there wasn’t a perfect time …Continue reading →

To the Melinda Byerleys of the World

Dear Melinda Bylerley et al., Middle America. It’s filled with a diverse people, many of whom are hardworking, decent, and looking to make a honest living to support their families. It’s not eloquent or sophisticated but it is often the backbone of the United States, the foundation if you will. Its people may not be educated in the top universities …Continue reading →

The Dawn of Adversity’s Hope

Hope fills the afflicted soul with such inward joy and consolation, that it can laugh while tears are in the eye, sigh and sing all in a breath; it is called “the rejoicing of hope” (Hebrews 3:6). William Gurnall Hope. It is the very thing we yearn for after coming to the end of a tumultuous year. In December’s closing …Continue reading →

Out of Winter, Spring

The temperature outside is frigid and the ground cold, dead, and hard. December may conjure up warm memories for many because of the holiday but to me this month symbolizes a turning point. It is the end of one of the most difficult years I’ve ever experienced, especially as a mother and daughter. Its days are short and darkness chases …Continue reading →

Book Review: Martin Luther

Martin Luther is the tenth title in the Christian Biographies for Young Readers series written by Simonetta Carr and published by Reformation Heritage Books. This hardcover book is beautifully illustrated by Troy Howell and also includes relevant historical drawings and pictures which bring the story of Martin Luther to life. This book, as with the entire biographical series, is well …Continue reading →

The Art of Writing in Adversity

Sisyphus is my pen name in the barrage of life’s adversities. I am a writer. I cannot get around it. I cannot ignore it. I cannot escape it even as I stand drenched in affliction’s many tempests. Although the past two years have proven to be challenging and heart wrenching, I have come to realize there is no better time …Continue reading →

Why I Write

My chief desire in all my writings, is to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ and make Him beautiful and glorious in the eyes of people; and to promote the increase of repentance, faith, and holiness upon earth." ~ J.C. Ryle

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