"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

7/22/14

Context

Context is VERY important to meaning - especially in God's Word. It is easy to cherry pick a verse and apply it to a situation that doesn't fit.


 I'm over at the devotional blog Jewels of Encouragement today, talking about that very thing - and one time I did exactly that. Hope you'll check out my post on context. Could be interesting - or enlightening!


My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. Psalm 45:1

7/10/14

A New Person

And here I am again. :)


 I'm over at Jewels of Encouragement today, talking about the change that comes over us when we follow God. Hope you'll stop by and read what I, and His Word, have to say about becoming a New Person.

 
My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. Psalm 45:1

7/9/14

Chalk and Slinkies

Are you wondering how these two things above are related?

Actually, they aren't - other than the fact that they are the subject of a couple posts I wrote, both of which are live today.
The Barn Door
The chalk post? That one is at the Midwest group blog The Barn Door, where I talk a bit about our favorite local festival - and my lovely daughter's participation in it this year. Hope you'll stop by and read about (and see pictures of) Chalk Art - In the Family.

 

And then there's the slinky. My post on THAT one is at Internet Cafe Devotions, where I share how one of those wonderful toys got All Tangled Up. Enjoy!

And stop back tomorrow - I'll have ANOTHER post to share :)


My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. Psalm 45:1

6/22/14

By Name

We aren't just a number - another person on God's list of minions - or an employee in his gynormous company. He knows us - each and every one of us - intimately.

 

I'm over at Jewels of Encouragement today, talking about this wonderful, incredible truth. Come see what I learned - and how I learned - about His knowing each of us By Name.
 
My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. Psalm 45:1

6/13/14

Perfect Picture Book Friday: The Dinosaur Tamer

This is the last Perfect Picture Book Friday before it takes a break for the summer (though I may still share wonderful finds I come across this summer). They are also celebrating their 100th PPBF (on the 101st post). So how could I NOT share one?

Title: The Dinosaur Tamer
Author: Carol Greathouse
Illustrator: John Shroades
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile, 2009, Fiction
Age Range: 3-5 years
Theme/Topics: dinosaurs, cowboys, tall tales, geography

First Page: Back when the old, old West was still as green as a bristlecone pine and cowboys were as common as warts on a Stegasaurus, one cowboy stood out among all cowboys. He was as strong as an Iguanadon and as fast as a Utah Raptor, and his name was Rocky.
Now, Rocky weren't a big feller, but his size didn't matter.

Synopsis (from Amazon): With the strength of an Iguanodon and the speed of a Utah Raptor, lasso-tossing, Pleiosaurus-riding Rocky is legendary. There isn't a dinosaur in the land that would think of giving Rocky a lick of trouble. That is, until he meets T. Rex, the rip-roarin'est, snip-snortin'est, flame-breathin'est reptilian ever to stomp the earth. But Rocky is up to the challenge, and his efforts to tame T. Rex take the disagreeing duo on a Western adventure of epic proportion.

Resources: Here's some kid activities on cowboys and some on dinosaurs. I know there are TONS more out there. You could also read other tall tales to the kids (there are some VERY fun ones out there - and here is a link to some animated ones)

Why I Love This Book: What more perfect combination (especially for boys) is there than dinosaurs and cowboys? And the tall tale aspect of this (with great word pictures and exaggeration - and the cowboy dialect) make it a VERY fun read. Plus the kids will learn about dinosaurs, a bit about the Old West, AND tall tales. And add in a bit of U.S. geography for good measure, and you've got a winner in my book! The illustrations were great too. Just a fun book all around.

Susanna Leonard Hill is celebrating the 100th Perfect Picture Book Friday at her blog with a giveaway - so be sure to stop by there and enter - and check out the other perfect picture books in her HUGE collection.
 
My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. Psalm 45:1

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