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A Cup of Comfort Devotional for Mothers and Daughters (Adams Media, 2009)
Chicken Soup: What I Learned from the Dog (2009)
Love is a Flame (Bethany House, 2010)
Extraordinary answers to Prayer (Guideposts, 2010)
Love is a Verb (Bethany House, 2011)
Big Dreams from Small Spaces (Group Publishing, 2012)

Thursday, October 25, 2012


This morning I began a reading of the book of Luke.
I like to sit in my office with the door closed and read scripture out loud.
When I got to verse 39—the part where the Angel, Gabriel comes to her to announce that she would be the mother Of God—I was struck by her response.
How many times have I read this passage?
Perhaps thousands of times.
And I've sung it, too.

When you receive incredibly good news, who do you focus on?
Probably yourself.
Just last week I signed a contract with my new literary agent.
Gosh, I was excited and filled with joy.
My happiness was mostly focused on myself.

But Mary's prophecy was entirely focused on God:
What He is doing and will do among those who love Him.
Perhaps this is why God highly favored her and chose her to fulfill this wonderful task.

Humility coupled with a tremendous love for her Lord.

May we all be so willing to complete whatever work God has called us to...
with the knowledge that everything that we do is all for Him and about HIM.

"My soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for He has been mindful of the humble estate of His servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is His name.
His mercy extends to those who fear Him,
from generation to generation.
He has performed mighty deeds with His arm,
He has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.
He has helped His servant Israel,
remembering to be mercifiul
to Abraham and his descendants
even as He said to our fathers."( Luke 1:46-55 NIV Bible)


  1. Exquisite truths and a fresh reminder--why we write/live. Congratulations! We're so excited for you!

  2. Thank you, Bobbe. In the light of all that's going on in this world, I need to keep reminding myself to keep my eyes on Jesus, "the author and perfecter of our faith."