5. So many people
deal with sensitivity to dairy products (including me). I recently found this Dairy
Substitution Guide on Pinterest. Even if you're not lactose intolerant,
most likely you know someone who is.
Writers: Do you ever
struggle with writer's doubt? Please share how you deal with it.
Readers: I was
surprised that so many people are lactose intolerant. Where do you go for
information on recipes that deal with a variety of food allergies? Please
With Valentine's Day approaching, people are focused on
romance. Yet, while this captures the hearts, it's one small aspect of love.
What is love?
Our language doesn't differentiate between the various
aspects of this word. Everything is lumped into a single descriptive word,
In Scripture, the original Greek has several words:
Eros - to describe physical love.
Phileo - the friendship type of love.
Agape - the God kind of love. This love isn't based on the
performance of the other party. It's unconditional. It's the love that brought
Jesus to this earth as the second Adam.
Unlike the original man, Jesus lived a perfect, sinless
life, free from the curse. He then took all of humanity's sin and paid the
ultimate price on the cross.
Imagine how unsatisfying a love story would be if it ended
at that point. While the cross left all the disciples' hopes and
dreams shattered, the resurrection changed everything. The lover of their soul
was alive and gave them new vision for the future.
Even if you don't have a special someone in your life, you
can celebrate the love Jesus has for you. My sweetheart went to heaven 10 years
ago, but Jesus is with me every moment. If you don't know Him, please email or
message me. I'll be happy to share how you can have this special relationship.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Writers and Readers: What are your thoughts on Valentine's Day?
Raised as the illegitimate daughter of a prince in Monaco, Brooke
longs to solve the mystery of her true origins. Her childhood friend, Justin,
helps her and his discovery changes her life forever.
Justin, the son of a Duke, has his own family troubles. Loss
of those he loves haunts his every waking moment. His feelings are changing for
Brooke, but will she ever see him as more than a dear friend?
Wow! Roseanna White hit the ball out of the park with this
story. The setting, characters, and tension made The Lost Heiress one of this
year's most memorable reading experiences. I'll be picking up the other two
books in this series. 5 Stars - go grab this book, your favorite beverage, and
prepare for a delightful tale.
Disclaimer: Neither the author nor the publisher paid me for
this review. As always, all opinions are mine and mine alone.
Writers and Readers: Do you like books set in other countries? (This one was set in Monaco and England.) Please share.
1. A gazillion books
on plotting a novel exist, but try finding one on pantsing. When I came across
this article via Melanie Hemry on Facebook (thanks, Melanie!), I knew I had to
share it with all of you. Deb Hackett almost short-circuited her dream of
writing a novel by trying to squeeze into the plotting corset. (Yeah, that's
how I feel about plotting.) Check out her story on the Write
Well, Sell Well website.
reports on a Baltimore
judge telling government officials they cannot demand that Christians promote
4. Tim Suddeth's post
Write Conversation spoke to my heart. He wrote on Standing Strong During
Writing Adversity, but it can apply to any situation. We all have projects that
we can't seem to get off the ground. I'm sure it's one reason New Year's
Resolutions fade into oblivion. Could it be the fear of change that is
hampering our good intentions?
5. Super cold weather
can cause serious injuries. WPRI
Eyewitness News ran an article on their website on how to stay safe during
these conditions. When the temperature dips into the single digits and below,
I've thrown out all attempts at looking fashionable. So what if I have hat hair
all day? It's more important to prevent frostbite and hypothermia.
Writers: Plotter or
Pantser? Are you trying to force yourself into a method that doesn't work for
you? Please share.
Readers: Have you
considered that fear of change might be hampering your efforts to accomplish
some of your goals? Please share.