I am pleased to share that, as a freelance magazine writer, another one of my faith-based articles for children has been published in the September 2022 issue of Clubhouse magazine from Focus on the Family (written for tweens, ages 8-12)!

Featured on pages 6-7, my article “Earth’s Wind and Fire” in the magazine’s Truth Pursuer column looks at different ways that adversity in nature (including fire, wind and droughts) can actually benefit different plants by making them grow stronger.

The same is true in our own faith: According to Romans 5:3-5, the struggles of life can help us grow stronger, too. Find out more by reading the article in this month’s issue of Clubhouse magazine!

 

While I don’t have all the details just yet, I DO have a signed contract that spells out, in black and white, that I’ll be published in an upcoming book! It will be in a devotional from Guideposts, and three of my devotionals will be included!

In fact, it’s happening a lot faster than I had expected! I originally submitted three devotionals I had written in April. In July, I got an email letting me know that all three of my works had been selected; I signed the official contract last week; and then I got to review the edits this week! If you aren’t familiar with publishing, that is REALLY fast! Usually, it takes about two years for books to get published, but this one right now is slated to become available next June (2023)! 

As you can imagine, I’m very excited about my first step forward in my journey as an author and hopeful that it’s the first step among many more! Thanks so much for following along!

Aside from writing, gardening and being outside in nature are my greatest hobbies. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that when I needed to brainstorm a craft for kids, I turned to this hobby for inspiration! And I’m pleased that this easy and earth-friendly article was published in the May 2022 issue!

This is one of my FAVORITE ways to start seeds and uses the milk jug as a kind of greenhouse to germinate and protect the seeds. Check out the instructions in this issue (on page 15) and then try it out for yourself.

I’m so pleased to share that three of my pieces have been featured in the latest issue of Focus on the Family magazine! Just in time for Easter, they have featured a simple way that I bring the Easter story in the Bible to life for my children, a phrase I use to help my kids when they’re feeling “bored”, and one way we as parents can help our kids process feelings of grief.

You can find these stories on pages 6, 8 and 10 of the April/May 2022 issue of Focus on the Family magazine!

Almost a year ago, I sent my first queries for Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. to Focus on the Family. It was such a thrill when, after working with the editors for a month or two, I submitted this fun quiz inspired by one of my favorite parables of Jesus and heard that they accepted it! Now, it’s finally here and out in print!

In Matthew 13, Jesus talks about the different soils and how each one affects the seeds that are planted there: One type of soil will not grow anything because it is too hard. Another soil will sprout the seed, but thorns and weeds will squelch it out or a lack of roots will prevent it from withstanding the harsh sun. Only fertile soil will allow the seed to sprout grow and flourish, eventually yielding a harvest. 

This quiz is a fun interpretation of that parable by using some real life examples to allow young readers to imagine how this parable might play out or show itself in their own lives. Of course, there is no right or wrong answer, but hopefully it is thought-provoking for them as they consider the inner-workings of their own faith!

You can find this quiz featured in the March 2022 issue of Clubhouse magazine from Focus on the Family, on pages 12-13.

I am pleased to be featured in Focus on the Family’s October/November 2021 magazine issue that came out this month. You can see my short write-up on page 8:

Here’s a closer look at the piece that made publication! I’ve been receiving their magazine for years, so I’m thrilled to get to join the ranks of other writers published in their pages!