Archive for the ‘My Writing’ Category

Sweet Freedom (Give God Glory)Hello all! I’m really excited (and belated) to announce my story “Freedom to Forgive” has been included in the 4th of July compilation “Sweet Freedom,” and it’s available on Kindle now! Inside the pages of “Sweet Freedom” you’ll find short stories, poems, articles, and devotions of real people being set free by a real Savior. My sweet friend Jennifer Slattery (www.jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com) has worked hard the last few months to put this compilation together, and I’m blessed to have my story alongside such ladies as Gail Palotta, Jodie Bailey, Beth Farley, Melissa Finnegan, Kelly Liberto, Joanne Underwood, and Tanya Eavenson.

Here’s a sneak peek of my story, “Freedom to Forgive”:

“Ugh, I’m so sick of you!” I said, gritting my teeth and shooting to my feet.

My sister Tori* stared at me in shock, while everyone else at the MaryKay party shifted uncomfortably in their chairs and avoided looking at me.

Too angry to care, I stomped to the front door and slammed it behind me. Hot, fury-filled tears slid down my face as I leaned against the car outside, waiting for my mom to come with the keys so we could leave.

I looked at my feet as the reality of what I’d just done hit me full force. Had I really just lost my temper at a MaryKay party? Embarrassed myself in front of all those people? Worse, I’d embarrassed my sister, too. This was her party. Her house. Her friends. And I’d just yelled at her in front of all of them.”

To continue reading this story and to read others like it, for today and today only you can download “Sweet Freedom” for free on Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Freedom-Give-Glory-ebook/dp/B00DPN8WAY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1373238132&sr=1-1&keywords=Sweet+Freedom+%28Give+God+Glory%29.

In the months leading up to this release, the different authors and I have had the chance to talk about what we wanted to see happen with this book. And what kept coming up was not how much money we’d make on it or how or if it would advance our writing careers, but simply this: that others would experience the same freedom we have. That maybe, through sharing our stories, someone else could be freed from the chains that once held us.

That’s my hope for you today. That you would know the Savior’s love. That you would experience His freedom, which is a kind of freedom that can never be revoked. Whether you read the book or not. In fact, that’s the only reason I do what I do. The only reason I live at all.

So whether it’s a story, an article, or a blog post, I hope when you come to The Fear List you don’t see me at all. Instead, I hope you go away feeling encouraged, uplifted, and inspired. I hope you know how much He loves you and how able He is to forgive us our sins and give us life to the full. That’s why I feel so blessed to be a part of this project-so I can share what He’s done in my life, and be around so you can tell me what He’s done in yours!

This July, I hope you experience the kind of freedom only He can give.

P.S. If you don’t have a Kindle and would still like to receive a copy, no worries! We also have it available in a PDF format. Stay tuned for more details!

*Some names have been changed to protect privacy.


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“You are loved” says my title. Do you believe that? Do you know that?

I do, and here’s how I know: http://devotional.upperroom.org/devotionals/2013-07-06. <– Read this first and then find my corresponding blog post by clicking on “Devotional Home” up at the top, and then look for “You Are Loved” underneath “Daily Devotional Blog.”

Whoever and wherever you are today, no matter what you’ve done or who you’ve been, you are loved more than you could ever possibly imagine.

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Hi everyone!

I’m so sorry its been forever again! I wanted to let you all know though that I just recently started a new blog called “All Things Novel.” I’ve needed a place for a while now to use strictly for book reviews, so I finally created one! It’s a blog for book lovers of all kinds to hang out and “talk book”!

My first post on a novel about Queen Elizabeth I is already up, so I’d love to see you over at this new blog as well! No worries though-I have some fun plans in mind for The Fear List, and will be back here blogging again soon!

If you’re interested in subscribing to “All Things Novel” check it out at www.allthingsnovel.wordpress.com.

Thank you so much, and I’ll talk to you soon!

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Top of the morning, everyone! 🙂

This is just a short call-out for those of you who are of the homeschooling/alternative schooling type! I recently launched a blog with eight other writers to encourage and equip homeschooling parents. If that sounds like you, we’d love to have you! You can visit us at www.gardenschooljournal.wordpress.com.

You can also read my very first post here: http://wp.me/p2UgVn-2B.

Here’s a little bit more about us:

It’s hard being a parent. Harder still to be both parent and teacher. But hardest of all is feeling like you’re alone.

That’s why this blog exists. We believe in you and your right to teach your child in the way you choose-whether that means through homeschooling, private school, or otherwise. But we also know it can be a lonely calling. We know, because we’ve been there.

We wanted to create a place where you as a parent could be equipped, encouraged, and empowered. But we also wanted to create a community of parents who came alongside each other, regardless of age or experience.

We envisioned a place where older moms gave advice to new moms just starting out-a place where triumphs were celebrated, teachers refreshed, and ideas exchanged.

That’s why we’re here. To help support you. To share with you. But most of all, we’re here because we believe in you.

Join us every Friday for practical tips and encouragement from parents just like you.


Thank you, and we’ll look forward to seeing you there!

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Hello everyone! First off, I just want to offer my sincere apologies for being away so long, and let you know that I miss you all terribly! It’s killing me to not be as able to blog as often, and I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things soon!

School has heated up for me in work load, and I’m finding myself in the process of beginning to write a book, which I’m very excited about! But that also makes me one very busy lady.

I’ll be posting as often as I can in the next few months, however! Prayers would be greatly appreciated if you happen to think of me. 🙂

The lovely Jennifer Slattery recently had me on her blog to talk about my fear of praying out loud and of reaching out to someone in her Reach Out to Live Out Campaign, so I thought I’d share that with you all here! I originally posted this story on October 21, 2010, but in case you missed it, you can read it at Jennifer’s blog here: http://jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com/2012/06/04/when-god-says-stay/#comments.

Thank you, and I’ll hope to talk to you again soon!

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Out of a total of eight entrants, the randomly selected winner of Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Mothers and Daughters is…


Congratulations, Tessa! I hope you enjoy the book.

A huge thank you to everyone who entered and helped me spread the word! I wish I could have given a copy to everyone.

For those of you still interested in reading it, here is one of the places you can purchase the book: http://www.amazon.com/Chicken-Soup-Soul-Inspirational-Entertaining/dp/1935096818/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1331872842&sr=1-1.

Please stay tuned on Monday for a fabulous guest post from my friend Donna, and yet another giveaway!

Who knows? This time, the winner might be you.

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Hey all! I have some exciting news to share today.

A while back, my article “A Sign of Love” was accepted to be published as one of the stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Mothers and Daughters, which officially releases tomorrow, March 13. In celebration of this, I’m giving away one free copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Mothers and Daughters! The contest is open to anyone and everyone (as long as you’re a citizen of the U.S. or Canada), so feel free to share with your friends!

Says Amazon: “Mothers and daughters. They are, at the same time, very similar and completely unique. This relationship – through birth, childhood, teen years, adulthood, grandchildren, aging, and every step in between – can be the best, the hardest, and the sweetest. Mothers and daughters will laugh, cry, and find inspiration in this collection of stories that remind them of their shared love, appreciation and special bond.”

If you’re looking for some inspiration or a gift for this coming Mother’s Day, consider entering!

Here’s how: Simply share the link to this post by either copying and pasting the link in your browser, or by clicking one of the “share” buttons at the bottom of this post, and help me spread the word! Either share the link to this post on either Facebook, Twitter, or in an e-mail, then leave a comment with your name to enter. The contest is open from now until Thursday night, March 15. A name will be randomly selected from a hat and the winner announced on Friday, March 16. If you are the winner, you will be contacted for a mailing address by Friday night so I can send you your prize.

Thank you for helping me spread the word, and best of luck!

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