Emotion Category

Do I Deserve to be Here? Part 1

The song “What Was I Supposed to Be?” was brought back to my mind a couple weeks ago after some states voted to allow late-term abortions up until birth. I used to sing this song, and I got to hear a recording of it on Sunday I didn’t know I had. Ray Boltz wrote this […]

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September 2 Remember—Part IV

I’m writing this post on the day my mother would have turned 103 years old if she were still alive. She lived to be 89-1/2. Bless her heart. I remember and honor her and Aunt Helen, because they were identical twins. Who in your life used to be there, but isn’t anymore, because of separation […]

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Achievable Believable Character Transformation

Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” This verse says a lot about our character as people. Character transformation should also be the basis for […]

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September 2 Remember — Part II Where Were You?

It was a beautiful, sunshine-y day, seventeen years ago. I’m not one to get up and turn on the news. My mother lived with us and she had an eye appointment with an optometrist in the late morning. #September2Remember @donnalhsmith @a3writers

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Dazzling Dialogue—Part VI

Change it up. Do something different. Be true to the POV character and who they are interacting with. Sometimes, life hits us with the unexpected. Put that in your dialogue. At times, something comes out of left field. We’ve never thought of it that way before. Insert these techniques into your dialogue to make the […]

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New Beginnings and Established Blessings—Part IV

Can you believe that the first month of 2018 is almost over? This is actually the fourth week of the new year already. Because New Year’s Day was a Monday, this is the fourth week of the month. Last week, I shared three things our pastor spoke on early in the month. What do you: […]

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Heart Full of Love––Part IV

Malachi 3:10 says, “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you,” says the LORD of heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! […]

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Heart Full of Love – Part II

It’s almost hard to believe, but I’ve been married thirty years. Wow! To the most wonderful and precious man in all the world––for me! I’ve talked about him before on this blog, but I want to especially share him with you this week. Last Tuesday, I talked about my sister. This week, I’m talking about […]

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Heart Full of Love––Part I

I’m sitting here at the outside table with my SISTER! One I didn’t even know I had until March of this this year. #sistersmeetingfor1sttime This is an amazing experience for me. I grew up with an older brother, also adopted. I was never going to do it. My whole life, I’ve said, “I’m never going […]

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Writing Your Story from the Middle––Part V

How do you create a “mirror moment for our lead character? Ask your character a series of questions, and their answers will help you create their “mirror moment.” Click to Tweet #amwriting #writefromthemiddle

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