Articles in Non Fiction Books
Mornings With Jesus: 365 Devotions to Start Each Day (Guideposts books, 10/2011)
I contributed 45 short and heartfelt meditations on scripture, focusing on the characteristics of Jesus.
“Out of the Chips and Cracks” in The One Year Life Verse Devotional (Tyndale House 10/07) Along with other authors and speakers, I share a favorite verse and why it speaks powerfully to me. My day is April 15.
“Garlic Grace” in Stories of the Yahweh Sisterhood (Legacy Publishers, 2006)
In this story, I share about God’s comfort for me during illness—and how it arrived through a special friendship, and a king-sized jar of garlic.
“Come and Fish” in Embrace of a Father (Bethany House, 2006)
This story recounts a special fishing trip with my father the summer before I was married.
“Of Teddy Bears and Missionaries” in Whispering In God’s Ear (WaterBrook, 2005)
My seven-year-old son, Joel, grapples with what he might have to give up to serve God.
“Little Signs of Love” – Joel at age two trusts God to return his lost Teddy bear, and helps restore my own doubting heart.
“The List” in The Gift of Letting Go (Bordon Books/Honor Books/Cook Communication, 2005)
Optimistic checklists of daily goals turn into a glaring proof of my failures. But at the end of the day, God’s grace clears the slate.
“Missionary Miracle” in God Answers Prayers (Harvest House Publishing, 2005)
Our family prepares for an improbable short-term mission trip to Hong Kong, as the day approaches that we have to pay for our tickets, and we have no idea how God plans to provide.
“A Time to Move On” in Finding and Following God’s Will (Bethany House Publishers, 2005)
After feeling led to resign from the Christian ministry I thought would be my life work, I grapple with God’s plans for my life.
“Holy Moses” in Humor for a Teacher’s Heart (Howard Publishing, 2004)
Back in my high school days, I talked Ted into dressing up as Moses and visiting my kindergarten Sunday School class. Despite the chaos that ensued, he still ended up marrying me years later.
“Renovations” in God’s Way – Couples (White Stone, 2004)
In which Ted and I take on a fixer-upper and learn that repairing a decrepit home is a good metaphor for refurbishing our marriage.
“The Time Between” in God’s Way – Graduates (White Stone, 2004)
Ted and I graduated from college and waited for the world to embrace us with huge appreciation for our accomplishments. Instead we faced unemployment. God had some great lessons for us during the “Time Between.”
“The Ideal Family That Wasn’t” in God’s Way – Mothers (White Stone, 2003)
Reflections on letting go of my “perfect family” images and embracing the blessings we imperfectly shared, as my first child left the nest.
“Free Advice and Fairly Priced” in They Eat Dirt, Don’t They? (Christian Parenting Books, 1993)
A humorous take on the abundance of advice offered to a first time mom.