I first published this post and podcast in October 2016 on the eve of the historic election when Donald Trump became our 45th president and heralded a great shift of power and purpose in our nation--a restoration of America's founding principles and a long prayed for cleansing of a nation. This could only be done through the shaking of all things--as God promised to do in Hebrews 12:25-29--shaking all things so that only what is of Him would remain. We are currently living through this unprecedented moment in history .
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Read along or just click below and listen to "From Leyden to Liberty: The Thanksgiving Tale," originally published as Episode 3 on The Writer's Reverie Podcast on The Writer's Reverie Blog (no longer available online), and simultaneously in RUBY Magazine in November 2015 (no longer available online). Running time is approximately 26 minutes. Brew some tea, cut a slice of pumpkin pie, and stop--for a true story from our American Christian History--His Story.
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For most families, the days rush through the tick-tock of the clock allowing little quality time together in the wake of a packed schedule serving one need or another. Yet the most important need is the soul necessity of time with God--as an individual and as a family.
I've recently returned from the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference (GPCWC) held earlier this month in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. My thoughts in the aftermath swirl while thumbing through pages of notes and photos. I review new friendships forged and link with each on social media. Reconnecting with kindred writing peers I see once a year requires follow-up. My to-do list priorities in the wake of conference fills a spreadsheet. Where do I begin . . .
Read along or just click below and listen to INVITING FAMILIES TO STOP FOR A STORY, originally published as Episode 9 on The Writer's Reverie Podcast on The Writer's Reverie Blog, and simultaneously in RUBY Magazine in September 2016. Running time is 18 minutes. Brew some tea and stop--for a story.
When George Washington commissioned Betsy Ross to create the first American flag in the spring of 1776, his design featured a six-pointed star. He thought cutting equal sides in a six-pointed star would be easier than a five pointed star.
However, Betsy knew better. She astounded him with her demonstration of how easy it was to cut equal-sided five-point stars from fabric with just a few folds and a scissor snip.
Here's a tutorial to cut your own 5-pointed star, just like Betsy!
Foundations of American Liberty and Independence:
American Self-Government~Even a Child Understands This
Here is one of my favorite passages from Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books as she retells the moment, one 4th of July, when she understands what it means to be American, a Christian, and free:
Click READ MORE to read along or just click the PLAY button below and listen to the fascinating story of Betsy Ross and the part she played in the story of American Independence during the spring of 1776.
Download a FREE PRINTABLE to make the famous Betsy Ross 5-Pointed Star!
Running time is anywhere from 15 minutes to a half hour. Brew some tea and stop--for a story.
Got challenges? Don't we all. Life is filled with obstacles on the pathway to realizing our goals and purposes. How do you conquer them?
Well, for a quick fix, I look for something in my power wardrobe. When I wear clothes that fit well and look great on me, I feel empowered and confident. Power clothes shield me from people seeing me in my unvarnished weakness. Like, the crippling insecurity that often comes from . . . well . . . for instance—heading to a writer’s conference to mingle with peer professionals . . .
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