Across the street, the magnolia tree is trying to find its voice. For weeks now, it has been poised to blossom, to shout it's beauty in full-throated pink splendour. But right now, the pale buds are a weak whisper of what will come. A touch of laryngitis, perhaps. I can feel the weight of it … Continue reading Losing My Voice (and finding it again)
Up until last week, my daughter disliked writing. Perhaps dislike is not a strong enough word. Writing was right up there with skinned knees and red sauce on her spaghetti. It pained me because writing is what I love the most, next to Jesus, my family, coffee and my hidden stash of chocolate (the one … Continue reading One Simple Thing That Ignited a Love of Writing in Our Homeschool
I love all things fall, don’t you? Yesterday was officially the first day of autumn, but clearly it didn't get the memo because it actually arrived rather suddenly today. It was a gazillion degrees yesterday, so I was woefully unprepared for today’s sweater and boots weather. My poor little daughters and I were at our … Continue reading Mounties, Maple Coffee and Consistency
I came across a podcast by John Piper today that turned my world upside-down. It’s entitled, “Has God Called Me to Write?” I’ve wrestled long and hard with figuring out God’s calling on my life. Although writing gives me joy, I’ve always thought that "real writing" (whatever that means) was an extension of a higher calling—or … Continue reading Why Write?
I just finished reading a Forbes.com piece entitled, "Why You Shouldn't Be a Writer". Author Susannah Breslin gives three reasons why you shouldn't write: (1) You're not good at it; (2) It's too hard; and (3) It's too hard to monetize. Sometimes, there are things that burn so deeply in your soul that you feel … Continue reading Why You Should Be a Writer
How do you express yourself in worship? Do you dance? Draw? Sing? For me, writing is a form of worship. I don't write to impress you, the reader. I don't write to bring attention to me, the author. Whether it's through humour for the sake of humour or a serious life lesson, the words on … Continue reading Everyday Life: The Heart of the Matter