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My Grandpa

I did this interview with my grandpa for a Christian Writer's Guild assignment. Hope you enjoy his story!

Shuffling though the pile of mail on the table, Delmer spotted an envelope with the words “Selective Service” printed across the front. A sigh slipped between his lips. This was the second time he’d received a draft letter from the military. If only the draft would’ve been just a few months later, then he’d be too old to get drafted. Last time he received a draft letter during World War II, he wasn’t able to go because work had to be done on the farm. But this time was the Korean War, and he would have to go. Delmer ran his hands through his hair. He signed as a Conscientious Objector (CO), so at least he wouldn’t be fighting. But it was a still task he wished not to do.

He settled himself into the chair to contemplate what would come next. As a Mennonite, it was against his beliefs to fight in wars. Mennonite pacifists believe God called Christians to be peacemakers, (Matt. 5:9…

Why I want to go to She Speaks Conference ‘10

I scrolled down the page to find my Christian Writers' Guild mentor’s critique. The underlined red font read:

You are very creative and you have FABULOUS ideas that would make most novelists jealous.

My heart soared and a smile pulled at the corner of my lips. I could be a novelist! All my stories hidden away on my computer could be published one day. With new found confidence, I wrote a few short stories and entered them in contests. But the questions still circled my head, “Are my ideas really good enough? Is my writing good enough?”

My mom heard about a devotion writing contest where the prize for winning was a scholarship to She Speaks, a writer & speaker conference. A devotion writing contest. Not a short story contest, or even any kind of fiction for that matter. Non-fiction devotions. Which I was sure I could never be good at. I thrived on the fiction lessons in my Christian Writer’s Guild, and barely limped through the non-fiction (especially poetry, but that’s a st…

Dream the Impossible

“You’ll never be able to do that.”

“That’s impossible.”

“You can’t expect God to do everything. He has better things to do.”

Ever heard those statements? I have. Why do we limit God like that? In reality, He has an unlimited amount of time and can be everywhere at once. He cares about every little detail in each of our lives. I love how Luke 1:37 simply states: “Nothing is impossible for God!”

My writing mentor has often told me to “Dream big. God Does!” I’ve passed that bit of wisdom on to a lot of different people. God delights in doing the impossible. He loves setting himself up just to show what He can do. And He can do anything He wants. He does more than we ask of Him. Maybe in ways we don’t recognize at first, but it always brings glory to Him in the end, and that’s what we’re made for. God always answers prayers.

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20

So there are my qu…

We Are

Another song by me :)

The gravel under my feet
Before me I see
A million miles of desert land, sand blowing in my face
I can see the sun
I’ve seen it for days
But I know it guides me to what I’ve been searching for

And all this time
I know you’re before me, yet you’re right beside me
So I follow the sun
And know that in the end I’ll reach what I’ve been pushing for

We are the ones, who walk this land
While they’re all sleeping
We are the ones, who know the way
While they’re all seeking

Don’t close your eyes
Don’t fall asleep
But know if you do
I’ll be here to hold you
I'll be right here

We are the ones, who walk this land
While they’re all sleeping
We are the ones, who know the way
While they’re all seeking

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God – Author of Romantic Suspense

I am currently in a book study group and lately we’ve been talking about guys and dating. I had the chance to show them my future guy must-haves list and tell them about my standards of purity. When I was in eighth grade, not only did I make the pledge to God and myself and my future husband to stay sexually pure until marriage, I also felt led to promise to God that I would not date through high school. I had no idea why, but I just had a peace in my heart about the choice and felt it was better for me for some reason.

Now I can really see why. Most high school sweethearts don’t end up together. When I made my list, I decided I was not going to date anyone who didn’t match up. That means I’d only date a guy who I’m thinking about marrying. We talked a little about emotional attachment and planning your life around the guy once you start college (I have something coming up about this in the future), which is another downfall of dating in high school.

That’s not to say I haven’t been w…