Spiritual Growth Category

Process Is Sometimes Circular

I’m using this picture again, because it conveys visually what I’m thinking about today. Have you ever noticed that life goes in cycles? I’m sure you have. One process ends, another starts. I’ve had two endings so far this year, with one start I’ve begun, and another start in the fall. My first ending was my […]

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After the Breaking – What?

Melting…that’s what. Something bad happened, and you were broken. Something bad happened and I was broken – eight years ago. That was an extreme disappointment, which caused me to look at myself pretty hard. Why had it happened. Then I started chocolate. And I discovered that the process I put chocolate through is much like […]

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Fiction or Non-Fiction – That is the Question

Today, we’ll digress a bit from process, but there is a process of choice in this post. Like Hamlet when he gave his famous speech, what you read took thinking, based on your preferences, your tastes, and your genres. Is there a war between fiction and non-fiction? There doesn’t have to be. I’m encouraging you […]

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In the Middle of Process

Writing a novel is a l-o-n-g process. Life interferes, at least mine did, and I had to stop altogether. My interference was a broken wrist. The bones have healed, but it’s taken weeks and weeks, and I still don’t have full mobility or strength back. In the midst of a once-in-a-lifetime tour of Israel, I […]

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Chocolate – Breaking is hard

Wow. It’s been a month since I posted. I’ve been my broken wrist to heal and get some use back. This is my first day back at typing two-handed. It may not seem like a big deal, but it is. I lost total use of my left hand. It is my assist hand, and it […]

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Progress is a Process

For all you chocolate lovers out there, this melted mass is not quite in temper, but it’s close. Depending on the chocolate manufacturer, it could be in temper, but generally speaking 91 degrees is still a bit warm for dark chocolate. How do I know? I was a chocolatier for the last seven years and […]

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A great story is not enough – write it well

I’m shining a light on something, just as this shines on a section of the original temple wall in Jerusalem. Part of my writing journey is reading. In the last year and a half since getting my kindle – I’ve probably read nearly 200 books. I see a pattern emerging. Because the publishing world is […]

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Spring Process – Progress

My tulips haven’t bloomed yet – but they are growing. And yesterday, I had my first physical therapy session for my wrist. The evaluation: no grip, no strength – but I knew that. But this stage of my journey has begun. I have a l – o – n – g way to go, but […]

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Spring Always Comes

We’ve had an incredibly long and hard winter. When March came, we were sure spring was just around the corner. When it was delayed by more cold temperatures, we wondered if spring would ever come. In this part of Pennsylvania, sometimes it seems we go almost directly from winter to summer, without much of a […]

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Life Springs – a Journey

It’s a small place. Too small, it would seem, to be able to so separate 300 men from ten thousand. And yet, that’s what happened. This is Gideon’s Spring, the place in Judges where God used a method of drinking water to separate those that fought to free Israel from those who were told to […]

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