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Creative Spark

I’ve been having creative sparks ignite periodically these past few weeks. It’s an itch that needs scratching. It’s a whisper that I find hard to ignore. And Pinterest is fueling my creative juices.

I’ve been wanting to craft things and give them as gifts.

I’ve been wanting to decorate my whole house.

Can you tell I love color? I love bold coloring, especially in the midst of neutral. Lately I’ve really been drawn to the bohemian look like so…

 Though I will probably never decorate my house in the boho look, it does appeal to my “wild side”.

I think creative people must have some sore of a wild side…freedom and abandon that allow for imagination to grow big and express itself in various forms. Whether writing, crafting, or decorating the house, that wild side must be allowed room to breathe.

So how wild is your wild side? Do you find yourself wanting to stuff that side into the closet? Or do you make it come out to play on a daily basis? 

Sherrinda, spiritual, words, writing

Your Words: In Life, In Writing

During our family devotional last night, we continued our reading of Proverbs. Here’s the verse that hit me…Proverbs 3:19,20…By wisdom the LORD laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place; by his knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew. This is talking about the creation of the world.

In John 1:1, creation began with the Word (logos). This Word is so interesting in that  it means: collecting or collection both of things in the mind, and of words by which they are expressed. (

The Word is more than the the words expressed to create life. It is the essence of who God is. It is His thoughts, His wisdom, His understanding, His knowledge that set creation in motion. It is the inner God expressed in outer words that made the heavens and the earth.

This truth has meaning for us in: 

Life: You are what you think. Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. (Matthew 12:34) The words we speak tell others who we are. It is what is deep within our heart, what we let our minds dwell on, that comes out in the words we say. If we are full of bitterness and negativity, then the words we speak will most likely be negative and caustic.

The words you speak are a witness to who you are and whose you are. The words you speak are a witness to the light or darkness inside you. As Christ followers, our words should express our freedom in Him. They should be full of joy and light and healing, so that others may hear and hunger after what is deep within us…Christ.

Writing: When we write our stories, we are not just spinning tales of entertainment. These stories come from deep insides us…from our wisdom, from our understanding, from our knowledge. Our stories come from who we are…our beliefs, our experiences, our successes, and our failures. All these things weave together to form our very essence, and from them come the stories we write. True, our stories may entertain, but they will carry truths that come from who we are…our very essence expressed in words.

What are the words that you are speaking? What truths are you sharing with the world, either through the words you speak or your writing?

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The Messenger by Siri Mitchell – Review & Giveaway

My Thoughts:

Set during America’s Revolutionary War, The Messenger by Siri Mitchell tells the story of Hannah Sunderland, a young Quaker woman who struggles between duty toward her parents and religion, and her desire to help her  brother imprisoned as a war soldier. She becomes embroiled in a spy mission with Jeremiah Jones, a wounded soldier and now Colonial spy.

Siri Mitchell tells this story in first person, which is not my favorite, but the way she switched the point of view between Hannah and Jeremiah at every chapter break made it easy to get deep into their character. I thought it a brilliant way to see inside their struggles, hopes, desires, and fears.

I particularly loved the spiritual journey of both Hannah and Jeremiah. Through her brother’s imprisonment, she has to confront her religion’s strictures and measure them against what Jesus taught. Jeremiah has his own journey of healing that he must walk and it was beautiful to follow his path and see the healing that Hannah brings him.

So far this is my favorite book of Siri’s and I’m sure any reader of historical fiction will absolutely love it too!

Back Cover Copy:

Hannah Sunderland felt content in her embrace of the Quaker faith…until her twin brother joined the Colonial cause and ended up in jail. She longs to bring some measure of comfort to him in the squalid prison, but her faith forbids it. The Friends believe that they are not to take sides, not to take up arms. She is not allowed to visit him, even if she were able to secure a pass.

Jeremiah Jones, a Colonial spy, needs access to the jail to help rescue men important to the cause. Upon meeting Hannah, a plan begins to develop. Who would suspect a pious Quaker visiting a loved one?

But Jeremiah is unprepared for Hannah, for her determination to do right, to not lie. How can one be a spy and not lie? Hannah, in turn, is surprised by Jeremiah…for the way he forces her to confront her own beliefs, for the sensitivity and concern that he shows her despite the wounds he still carries.

I’m giving away a copy of The Messenger by Siri Mitchell, so if you would like to be considered for the random drawing, please leave your email address in the comment section. If you do not leave an email address, you will not be eligible. Drawing will be held Sunday, April 29. I’m sorry, but only US citizens are eligible. 

This book was provided by Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.

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My Story Theme Confirmed

God confirmed my story’s theme while I sat in church yesterday. I’ve been working through My Book Buddy (a My Book Therapy product by Susan May Warren) and was able to make some great progress in my plot and my characterization.

One of the things I nailed down was the theme of my story. It is the truth that it is God who defines us, not what others think about us or say about us.

At church yesterday, we had a cross made of different colored scrolls. The congregation was asked to come forward and pick a scroll from the cross. Each scroll held one of four verses from the Bible. As I went forward to the cross, my eyes latched on a scroll and it was the one I took.

This is what it said:

1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears,<sup class="footnote" style="background-color: white; font-family: 'Charis SIL', charis, Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="[a]”>[a] we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3 All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.   1 John 3:1-3

God has called us children of God! That is what we are! Not what others say we are. Not what others think we are. We are children of God. His creation. He has made us who we are, and he takes great delight in us. The way He has created us brings Him pleasure and glory. And best of all, He loves us as we are…lavishly.

Don’t you love God’s confirmations? How has God confirmed something in your life? In your writing?

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To Plot or Not to Plot

I’ve been working on plotting a new story and my heroine and hero and not speaking to me. I can’t seem to get in their heads and figure them out, and I really can’t figure out why. Why don’t I have a passion for these two imaginary people? I have a great story idea, but these two are not cooperating in the least.

This story I’ve been thinking about is one of a series that I want to write. The series is about three sisters, one book for each sister. Maybe I am starting with the wrong sister? I don’t know, but I need to do something about it. Maybe I should start plotting a different sister’s story and see what happens. Or maybe if I plot them all simultaneously I would get a better feel for the story world as a whole. I don’t know.

Has anyone ever experienced weirdness like this? Has anyone ever plotted several books at once? Or is it just me and my weirdness?

I’m hoping to spend some good quality time with My Book Buddy (an awesome MyBookTherapy product!) this weekend and see if I can come up with some stuff to work with. Wish me luck!

p.s. I lost .8 pounds at my Weight Watchers weigh in last night. Sigh…after being hungry A LOT this past week, I just knew I had lost more. Grrrr…..I may have to break down and exercise too.