Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Can Age Keep Us From Pursuing Our Dreams?

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At twenty-three years old, I'm often mistaken for a teenager. A fifteen-year-old. Fortunately, this doesn't bother me as much as it used to, especially not in the way it did when I actually was a teen. But growing up, I often felt older, more mature, than my peers; perhaps it's because I'm the youngest in my family and the youngest of thirteen cousins.

I felt older, yet my appearance gave the false impression that I was younger. And because of that, I resented my youth. I wanted to be older. To be treated with more respect. 

Especially when it came to pursuing my passions.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Problem With Adverbs & Adjectives

When I was in elementary school, I was taught to incorporate as many adjectives and adverbs into my stories as possible.

My writing sounded like this:

The big, fat, yellow sun shined brightly against the light blue sky.

Colorful, isn’t it? And yet, sometimes those colors are the very things that distract the reader from the story. Literary agent, Sally Apokedak, puts it this way: “…too much description makes the colors all bleed together.”

Nowadays, adjectives and adverbs are considered to be lazy writing. They tend to tell the action, emotion, scenery, etc. instead of allowing the reader to experience it for themselves.

Friday, August 4, 2017

No More Shuffle and Drag - Guest Post by Katy Kauffman + Giveaway!


Katy Kauffman is an award-winning author and poet, an editor and a designer of Refresh Bible Study Magazine, and a monthly contributor to She has taught the Bible to women and teens, and her books focus on winning life’s spiritual battles. She had the privilege of compiling Breaking the Chains, which released this spring. Katy loves spending time with family and friends, traveling to new places, and discovering the best-tasting gluten free food. She makes her home near Atlanta, Georgia. Connect with her at her blog, Life with God, and on Facebook and Twitter.

Shuffle, shuffle, drag. Shuffle, shuffle, drag. When we’ve said yes to a negative attitude, it can become like a chain that we have to drag with us every day. At home, at school, with friends. It attaches itself to us, and even though we don’t want it sticking to us, it’s hard to shake it loose. Know what I mean?

Do you need to be free of an angry spirit? Do you find yourself depending too much on self instead of God? How about overcoming fear or loneliness? Saying yes to these things can create a bondage to them—an inability to break free. A bondage that we need God’s help to break. He’s willing to help us. Every time. Are we willing to do what’s necessary to break the chains that bind us?

In the new book, Breaking the Chains, you’ll find proven strategies for overcoming such chains as anger, self-reliance, fear, loneliness, low self-esteem, and bad thoughts. As God’s children, we don’t have to allow these things to take over our lives. With God’s help, we can overcome these spiritual hang-ups and live free of them. Free to enjoy God and life with Him. Free to be a great friend. Free to pursue God’s dreams for us, dreams that are often bigger than our own. But dreams and chains don’t go together. It will be hard to realize our dreams if we go through life with a “shuffle and drag” reality.

Don’t let anything hold you back from the freedom God wants you to have. Use Scripture and proven strategies to break your chains and flourish in your relationships and the adventures God has for you.

This week, Tessa and I are holding a giveaway for an e-book copy of Breaking the Chains and a brass necklace whose pendant says “Freedom.” To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below (the giveaway will be open for one week starting today). This book shares personal stories of struggles and victory, relevant Scripture, and many ways to overcome spiritual chains. Twenty people have contributed to this book, passing along twenty perspectives on how to break free. We also have some great short stories that illustrate a particular struggle and how to overcome it.

Enter the giveaway to receive this necklace!
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Are you shuffling and dragging something right now? Don’t let any chains keep you from experiencing life with God as He designed it. Depend on His help, form a battle plan for victory, and break the chains that are holding you back. Freedom doesn’t have to be a distant dream. It can be your reality.

Question for you: How would you define the word "freedom"?