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Getting to the Church on time...

It happened again today.

I get a heavy feeling upon my shoulders. I feel rushed. Suddenly, the morning is gone and I'm late - when I should've had plenty of time to get ready. Goodness, I've been up since six. Three hours is plenty of time to get ready and make it to church on time.

That's what I'm talking about. Getting to church on Sunday mornings. You'd think I was putting on a ton of armor and going onto a desert battlefield.

I'm just going to spend an hour with a few preschoolers.

How hard can that be?

Why do I make it so hard?

Why do I listen to that little voice, that speaks to me as I'm rushing through the house? The voice that tells me I'm not good enough. I should quit.

But I haven't listened to that voice yet. I'm still teaching Sunday School and every Sunday, the class works out fine. No matter how prepared I am, or not. It's like the Lord is watching over me and helps me communicate His word to these little children. His little…

Rejoice for Rain!

Happy Friday All!

Rejoice in the Lord, for He has sent Northeast Georgia some much needed rain!

And...I'm blogging on F.A.I.T.H. today.

Luke 2:1-20

Jesus is the Reason for the Season! Merry Christmas!!

Old Federal Park - Lake Sidney Lanier, Georgia

My interest in Lake Lanier is rooted in the past. My grandparents bought a small lake cabin in the 60's. I was born in the 70's. My earliest memories are on this lake. It's quickly drying up. A view of Old Federal's beach and all the little islands popping up as the water continues to recede. A couple of weeks ago, my husband drove me to the other side of the county to my childhood home. From the driveway, I could see these owners have continued to maintain the property. When they first moved in, nearly ten years ago now, they cleared out the thick ivy growing from the front yard to the cove. They also replaced our meager square dock with a double-decker. And a couple of boat slips. The house still looks the same, even with these changes and a large front porch. I was surprised the little cove I always worried was home to a million water moccasins still had water. It didn't have much, but it had water. But it's a different story here at Old Federal. The boat ramps…

Distant Heart by Tracey Bateman

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing

Distant Heart

(Avon Inspire January 2, 2008)


Tracey Bateman


Tracey Bateman is the award-winning author of more than twenty-five books, including Defiant Heart, the First in the Westward Hearts series. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and recently served on the board as President. She lives in Lebanon, Montana, with her husband and their four children.

In the second book in the Westward Hearts trilogy, will the promise of a new life out west heal the scars of Toni's past?

This series tells the stories of three strong women as they struggle to survive on the rough wagon train and lose their hearts to unlikely heroes along the way. Think Little House on the Prairie meets Francine river's Redeeming Love and you begin to get a sense of the riveting historical series that Tracey Bateman has created.

In this second installment, we follow Toni Rodden, a former prostit…

Deer taking a cold dip...

...In Lake Lanier around Shoal Creek Park. My husband took these pictures Monday morning. He'd just put the boat in the water, and noticed something bobbing in the water. At first glance, he thought they were ducks. Here's a video. It's pretty cool. I have never seen deer swimming. Look how fast they go! Just pardon my husband's blunt commentary.

Running Free

Running Free

On F.A.I.T.H. today.

What Lies Within by Karen Ball

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
What Lies Within
Multnomah Fiction (November 20, 2007)
Karen Ball


Karen Ball , bestselling novelist, is also the editor behind several of today's bestselling Christian novels. Her love for words was passed down through her father and grandfather - both pastors who shared God's truth through sermons and storytelling. Blending humor, poignancy, and honesty, Karen's writing style is a powerful force for revealing God's truth. She lives in Oregon with her husband, Don, and their "kids," Bodhan, a mischief-making Siberian husky, and Dakota, an Aussie-terrier mix who should have been named "Destructo."

ABOUT THE BOOK: Nothing’s going to stop Kyla…
until the ground crumbles beneath her feet.

Kyla Justice has arrived. Her company, Justice Construction, is one of the most critically acclaimed, commercially successful companies in the Pacific Northwest. And yet, something is missing. No…

A Shadow of Treason by Tricia Goyer

Book 2 in the Chronicles of the Spanish Civil War series

A Shadow of Treason

Sophie discovers that nothing is as she first imagined. When Walt, the reporter who helped her over the border, shows up again after Guernica is bombed, Sophie is given an impossible mission. She must leave behind the man she's fallen in love with and return to the person who betrayed her. Another layer of the war in Spain is revealed as Sophie is drawn into the international espionage schemes that could turn the tide of the war and help protect the soldiers from the International Brigade ... she must find a way to get a critical piece of information to Walt in time.

Click Here to read the first chapter of A Shadow of Treason.

Q and A with Tricia!

Q: A Shadow of Treason follows A Valley of Betrayal. This is the first time you've written books as a series instead of stand alone. Which way do you like better?

A: I love writing in series. It was great to continue with the same characters. In my stand-alone bo…

More photos of Laurel Park

Found your boat!

And here's your motor!
Standing under marker 65
here's a closer view in case you didn't see it the first time ;)
Now this is cool...
The picture above is me standing on Old Cleveland Hwy, facing the Cleveland Hwy Bridge. When Lake Lanier was formed, many houses were left, and just flooded. Many trees were cut, but not completely sawed down.And as you can see below, this bridge was left too. Just an overview of the slope. What you'd normally walk on while wading further into the water. It's always the interesting and kind of scary part of swimming in the lake is how it seems to just drop off on you.
And to complete this short tour of Laurel Park at Lake Lanier...a nice sunset.

Laurel Park at Lake Sidney Lanier, Georgia

Today I went on an adventure.

I went with my sister in-law and brother in-law to Helen, Georgia so our kids could see Santa and Mrs. Claus. To my surprise, my daughter hopped right up in Santa's lap and didn't cry.

Then we traveled back home via Hwy 129, Cleveland Hwy and stopped at Laurel Park on Lake Lanier.

If I told you we were going to Laurel Park just to play on the playground or walk the trails, I'd be telling you a tall tale.

We were on a mission.

To uncover Looper Speedway.

My grandmother made the 6 o'clock news, talking about Looper Speedway. I noticed in an article in the AJC, they call it Gainesville Speedway. Click here to view that video on

Aside from details, there is a racetrack under Lake Lanier. We found the bleachers, proof it exists today.

Here, Blake and I pose with the kiddies on the Looper Speedway bleachers!

Blake's getting a piece of the bleacher as a keepsake. Of course, I had to bring home a piece too.

I love this picture because it sa…

When the Morning Comes by Cindy Woodsmall

In case you missed my interview with Cindy Woodsmall on F.A.I.T.H., here's a repeat. Definitely a book you don't want to pass up.

A year ago, I had the exciting opportunity to embark on a journey. I visited an Old Order Amish family in Pennsylvania. I was introduced to seventeen-year old Hannah and her friend Paul, a Mennonite who visited his Grandmother near Hannah's home. I met Hannah's parents, her sisters and brothers, and several of her friends. I even met the Bishop. This journey was a special one. I couldn't have experienced it had I walked through the town alone. I couldn't have become so involved with these people had I not opened the book by Cindy Woodsmall, When the Heart Cries.

Cindy's first book left such an emotionally powerful impression on me, I couldn't wait for the release of When the Morning Comes, Book 2 in the Sisters of the Quilt Series.

I was not disappointed. With Hannah, I traveled to Ohio. I met new people and worried for her safe…

Cindy Woodsmall on F.A.I.T.H. today!

Please visit the F.A.I.T.H. blog today ~ We've got an inspiring interview with CBA Best Selling author Cindy Woodsmall. And! We're giving away an autographed copy of When the Morning Comes!!!

Bluegrass Peril by Virginia Smith

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing

Bluegrass Peril

(Steeple Hill December 4, 2007)


Virginia Smith


Virginia Smith left her job as a corporate director to become a full time writer and speaker in the summer of 2005. Since then she has contracted eight novels and numerous articles and short stories. She writes contemporary humorous novels for the Christian market, including her debut, Just As I Am (Kregel Publications, March 2006) and her new release, Murder by Mushroom (Steeple Hill, August 2007). Her short fiction has been anthologized, and her articles have been published in a variety of Christian magazines. An energetic speaker, Virginia loves to exemplify God’s truth by comparing real-life situations to well-known works of fiction, such as her popular talk, “Biblical Truths in Star Trek.”

WHO KILLED HER BOSS? Local police had tagged single mom Becky Dennison as their prime suspect. But she'd only been in the wrong place at the…

Lake Sidney Lanier in December

If it weren't for my husband's fishing trips, I wouldn't have these marvelous snapshots to share. I love taking photographs, but some of the pictures he can catch make me believe he's got a special knack behind the camera.

A choppy late fall day on the lake.

I think it's interesting to see the slopes of the land.
Hills that are usually covered with water.

The water tower in the center, far back, is at Lake Lanier Islands Beach and Waterpark.

Lord, bring the rain!


The photographer himself ;)

Blog for writers

It's so nice to be a part of an email loop. Especially when you receive a message about a blog for writers, one that offers valuable information about the craft itself.

If you're interested in how you can help your characters elicit more emotion, stop by and see what Gail Gaymer Martin says about the topic at Writing Fiction Right blog.

The Hinton Family

This is a picture of my grandparents and a friend of theirs in Jacksonville, Florida. I'm blogging about them on F.A.I.T.H. today.

Auralia's Colors by Jeffrey Overstreet

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing


(WaterBrook Press September 4, 2007)


Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet lives in two worlds. By day, he writes about movies at and in notable publications like Christianity Today, Paste, and Image.

His adventures in cinema are chronicled in his book Through a Screen Darkly. By night, he composes new stories found in fictional worlds of his own. Living in Shoreline, Washington, with his wife, Anne, a poet, he is a senior staff writer for Response Magazine at Seattle Pacific University.

Auralia’s Colors is his first novel. He is now hard at work on many new stories, including three more strands of The Auralia Thread.


As a baby, she was found in a footprint.

As a girl, she was raised by thieves in a wilderness where savages lurk.

As a young woman, she will risk her life to save the world with the only secret she knows.

When thieves find an abandoned child lying…