Drawn away

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. (James 1:13-14)

We are good at blaming other people for our problems. It is easy for us never take responsibility for our actions or identify ourselves as the problem in a situation. As this passage indicates, we even blame God when we sin!

But here’s a few important thoughts that I think are easy to overlook in this passage. While it is shocking to our natural man that the cause of all our temptations is lusts of our own heart, I think there is something even more astonishing than that. Read more

Welcome to Resting Life!

Do you find that you’re not as consistent in your walk with God as you’d like?

Do you want godly accountability and fellowship but don’t seem to know anyone around with a similar desire?

Do you want encouragement in knowing God in a deeper way?

Do you want to study the Bible and pray with other people who are serious about God?

Do you have questions about the Bible that you can’t seem to get answers to?

Do you need support and encouragement as you struggle in your daily walk?

You’re not alone. Other people face the same struggles in their walk with God. There is strength in fellowship and supporting one another as the body of Jesus Christ. Sometimes a time of fellowship in Him and the Word with other believers can refresh us spiritually and motivate us to deeper personal times with Him.

We’ve seen this in our lives, and that’s part of the purpose for this website. God has been working this idea in us throughout past several months. We would like to connect believers and facilitate mutual community sharing and growth.

A few tools we’ll be using in pursuit of this are the following: Read more

Giveaway Winners!

We have giveaway winners! Thank you to all who entered the giveaway and participated in the Promise’s Prayer release day blog party!

The winner of the Promise’s Prayer eBook is

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Promise’s Prayer is Available! (+ giveaway!)

With much joy and excitement, I am thrilled to announce that my book Promise’s Prayer is now available in paperback and eBook! The Amazon Paperback will be live shortly, but you can purchase the Amazon Kindle eBook now, or you can purchase a paperback from Createspace, or you can purchase a signed copy directly from me! (For the paperback, I receive nearly twice the royalties if you purchase from Createspace or me directly.)

Promise’s Prayer is the first book of the family-friendly Christian novel series Truth from Taerna. It’s been a long (yet sometimes not long enough!) journey, full of challenges, new experiences, and days of hard work. From outlining this novel in summer 2014, finding character and setting inspiration on Pinterest, spending the entire month of November writing the first draft, months of nitpicky editing, and all the headaches of formatting, this is a journey I’ve enjoyed – not only because I love writing but also because this book carries a message that God gave me.

A saving-the-world book with a Biblical twist.

This is the thought that first inspired Promise’s Prayer, and combined with the centrality of prayer in a believer’s life, Kaelan and Carita developed quickly. Following them on their journeys has been an encouraging and challenging spiritual journey in my own life, and I’m so excited to finally be able to share it all with you.

Check out the other blog party stops below, read the sneak peek, and don’t forget to join the giveaway! Read more

Promise’s Prayer Release Date & Party!

I am thrilled to announce that my Christian novel, Promise’s Prayer, is set to release for Kindle and paperback on March 18, 2017! 

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Kaelan is restless for adventure and relentless in his efforts to bring the land of Taerna back to the blessings of Adon Olam and the prosperity of the days of his ancestors. Fueled by a solemn promise and his mother’s secret, he finds himself in the forefront of a desperate scheme that is crucial to Taerna’s future. Can he keep his promise? Can he save the people of Taerna from the corruption and rampant lawlessness that threaten them with extinction?

Shy and quiet Carita knows she possesses what Taerna’s people so desperately need. But how can she help them when her own soul is simultaneously tormented by witnessing unmet needs and handicapped by her own paralyzing fears?

When Kaelan and Carita come face to face with the true nature of Adon Olam’s call, will they each choose to embrace Adon Olam’s plan for Taerna—and for their own lives?


Cover by Alea Harper. Isn’t it beautiful?

To celebrate the release of my debut novel, I’m hosting a one day blog and social media party, complete with a giveaway (or two, if there’s enough interest)! But I need your help. Would you be willing to join the party and post about Promise’s Prayer on your blog or social media account on March 18? Please click here for the Party Sign-Up form!

I also have opportunities for reviewers to receive a free Advanced Reader Copy of Promise’s Prayer. If you’d be willing to post a book review on the 18th, fill out the form linked above.



And here’s a sneak peek of one of my favorite interactions between Kaelan and his siblings.  Read more

After God’s Own Heart

Here’s something I wrote almost eight years ago that I thought I’d share.

“And when he [God] had removed him [King Saul], he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.” (Acts 13:22)

This is a profound statement. To think that God would actually say this about a human being is amazing. David’s heart, his passion, his desires were “after” (or according to) the heart of God. What is the “heart?” Here’s a few interesting definitions of the Greek word that is used in Acts 13:22.

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