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How can words do a life justice?

A life is a precious thing. A collection of years bound up with love and tears and hope. How can words do a life justice? It was my fifth eulogy. But as I sat to write it I was filled with the same sense of inadequacy as when I wrote the first one about twenty-four […]

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Prayer with Friends

In their follow-up to The Faith Book, Tawdra Kandle & Olivia Hardin share their thoughts on faith, prayer, and the impact of the Resurrection in their lives. These two friends live thousands of miles apart, but their shared faith in one God has led them to boundless gifts, including each other! In The Prayer Book, […]

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The day is coming…

(Taken in part from a post originally published April 3, 2021) Last year my Pastor recounted the story of Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem. “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 3 If anyone […]

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A special wink…

A teacher of mine recently lost her dad and she’s posted several times about “winks” from him. Until then I’d never heard of “winks from heaven,” but I love the imagery because my daddy had quite the way of winking at us girls. This week I had a very special wink. A wink from my […]

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You have His permission… and it’s a precious gift, too!

Have you ever heard God talking to you?  I mean, the clear realization that He’d been whispering in your ear but you just hadn’t been listening? In my last post I shared with you that my family had some struggles going on. We’d had weeks of worry, but in the end, the Lord gave us […]

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Are you struggling like I am?

It’s a busy world. It’s a chaotic world.  It’s a desperate world. Sometimes it’s a scary world. The last few weeks we’ve been confronting medical tests for possible cancer diagnoses for two family members. In the midst of this, the world seems ever bent on tearing itself apart right in front of us. Even everyday […]

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Faith in the Fire

Originally posted on Pens & Prayers:
Last night, my husband and I re-watched the movie Contact with our youngest daughter who had never seen it. (She was only two when it came out 20 years ago.) It’s always been one of my favorites, but I hadn’t seen it in a while; it’s not one of those…

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God Doesn’t Do “Un-Pretty”

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This is my first blog for “A Pen and A Prayer” and it isn’t the one I originally thought I was meant to write.  But something began to move on my heart and I’m going to run with it. Last month I placed my Rawley Family Romances Collection into…

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Missing the old hymns?

You can always tell when a meme hits a nerve because the comments explode.  About a month or so ago I shared one about missing old hymns in church.  The comments came in fast and swift.  And let me tell you.  Every single comment was of the same opinion. People miss the old hymns.  I […]

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That time Jesus prayed for You

A few years ago I wrote a paranormal romance called Escaping the Ashes.  The main character is a fallen angel separated from his God.  At one point in the story his associate, a witch, confesses to him that her young stepdaughter had been praying for him.  It was an emotional scene for me, and it […]