The Adventurous Writer


Tasty Treats to Help You Blossom

What was the last thing you ate — and did you notice how delicious it was? I want to know, because I just got back from the Write-to-Publish Christian Writers’ Conference at Wheaton College near Chicago…and boy, was the food good! Ripe juicy watermelon chunks for dessert (plus chocolate mousse, raspberry […]

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7 Ways to Be More Courageous Today

Hands shaking, mouth dry, heart beating wildly, unable to breathe — that’s how my 14 year old friend felt when she told the police about the Very Bad Thing he did to her. Actually, she didn’t tell the police first. She told the social worker. Before that, she told the […]

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Finally – A Glimpse of You at 80!

Picture yourself at 80: you are joyful, wise, grounded, peaceful, accepting, and compassionate. You have Blossomed! You know who you are and you’re more connected to God than ever before. Your body has slowed down, sure, but you don’t mind because your spirit is alive! You know what it’s like […]

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The Real Reason You’re Not Blossoming 1

I’m in a “support group” of sorts – it’s a recovery program that helps people overcome addictive thoughts and behaviors. We’re all dealing with different types of addictions, from overeating to overthinking. One of the women in the group – let’s call her Bliss – is struggling with her husband’s […]

The Real Reason You’re Not Blossoming

The Space Between the Blossoms

Are you waiting for something to end, or to begin? Maybe you’re in a season of indecision or uncertainty, grief or hopeful expectation. The waiting space is that fallow time when your garden looks bare but you really want to believe something is happening underneath, in the loamy soil. Take heart! […]

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God’s Dreams for Your Life – and Other Blossoms

Would you agree that who you marry has a bigger impact on your life than any other decision you could make? A reader’s comment captured my heart this week – it was from someone I’ll call “RosyBelle.” “I’ve been dating this guy about a year and a couple of months,” […]

God’s Dreams for Your Life – and Other Blossoms

6 Months Left to Blossom? How Not to Write Your Obituary 

In 1888 Alfred Nobel’s brother Ludvig died. A French newspaper mistakenly published Alfred’s obituary, condemning him for inventing dynamite. “The merchant of death is dead,” said the obituary. “Dr. Alfred Nobel, who became rich by finding ways to kill more people faster than ever before, died yesterday.” Alfred – who […]

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