Davalynn Spencer: Blog

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My Soul Waits … For What?

Published on March 27, 2017

By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer What does our soul wait for? To be honest, wait isn’t on my list of “Fun Things to Do.” More often than not, I’ve classified wait with other (inappropriate) four-letter words. However, the image of someone watching for the sunrise lends an air of expectancy, even awe, as their waiting is rewarded with a breathtaking, one-of-a-kind view. Recently, I’ve been reading about Moses meeting with God. He waited for the Lord, spent time with Him, lingered in 

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Transition: The Hard Part

Published on March 20, 2017

By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer Transition – ugh. That space between one place and another. Like a portal or threshold between what was and what will be. Like dying. I once heard a preacher say that death itself didn’t bother him. It was the “getting dead” part he didn’t like. Amen. But transition is also about life, and without it, everything comes to a standstill. In my neck o’ the woods, spring signals a transition called calving, and the pastures bloom with gamboling newborns. 

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The Lines Have Fallen to Me in Pleasant Places

Published on March 13, 2017

By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer When we bump up against life’s fences, do we greet them with acceptance, or do we cry out at their hindrance and resent their delays? Sometimes those fences are raised for our comfort or protection. Without boundaries, bridge-walkers could fall, cattle would stray, and lines of responsibility grow dim. In the physical world, clear limits keep us on the right side of the protective yellow line. In our emotional lives, boundaries allow us to say, “No, that is 

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It’s Not Too Late

Published on March 6, 2017

By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer As spring approaches, I’m inclined to envy what I see happening in nature around me. Can people regenerate like the flowers and trees in their yards? I believe the answer is yes, and these three steps can help: * Forget about New Year’s resolutions and start a Spring Supplement, listing physical, spiritual and relational areas in which you’d like to see growth. * Set aside a new time of day—morning, afternoon, or evening—for spending a few 

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Sometimes I Get Off Track

Published on February 27, 2017

By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer As a writer, it’s easy for me to digress into drama over everyday situations, and that’s exactly what I did recently. Through circumstances beyond my control, I was ejected from an important relationship. I was also dejected about another tentative relationship, and finally rejected by the potential second half of a third and pending relationship with a publisher. Yeah, rejection on three different levels.   I spent an entire day off track, licking my 

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Hiding From God?

Published on February 20, 2017

By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer My three-year-old granddaughter loves to play hide-and-seek. Without fail, her giggling or wiggling toes give her away. Mom and Dad can always find her. It’s like that with God. We, His grown-up children, think we can hide from Him, that He can’t see us when guilt or embarrassment or pride send us running away. We try to cover up our hearts and our fears, forgetting that He knows where we are. He waits for us to run to Him, not from Him. The great singer of 

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And They Lived Happily Ever …

Published on February 13, 2017

By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer Chocolate and flowers abound in February because it’s the love month and romance is in the air. Greeting-card companies, candy manufacturers, and florists attribute much of their business to this short-on-days, long-on-love month. However, it takes more than candy and flowers to make a good romance. As a romance writer, February isn’t the only month I have love on the brain. I watch the Hallmark Channel all year long because I know I can find a romantic story 

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It’s a Give-and-Take World

Published on February 6, 2017

By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer My first year as a sixth-grade teacher, I sprinkled my classroom walls with quotes, pinning them around the room at student-eye level. One of my favorites was taken from a desktop calendar: “Some people find fault like there is a reward for it.” Zig Ziglar is credited with this witty play on the word “find.” I wanted my students to know that I wasn’t there to find fault with them, but to help them find improvement. There is a difference. As children 

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The Potential of “Except”

Published on January 30, 2017

By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer No, you didn’t misread that title, nor did I use the wrong word—except rather than accept. People frequently confuse these homophones (they sound alike). “Accept” means to receive; “except” means to exclude, make an exception. Everything except this or that. An *Old Testament story tells of a widow facing serious debt and the loss of her sons. She went to the prophet Elisha for help, and he asked what she had in her house. “Nothing,” 

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Never Give Up

Published on January 23, 2017

By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer It had been several months—a season, in fact—since I’d bought coffee at our church’s in-house coffee shop, and I needed a cup of pumpkin-spice latte. NEVER had I received an anti-splash sticker in the past. Maybe it was a new thing they’d started. But that Sunday morning, the sticker atop my black plastic lid said, NEVER give up! As an educator, I avoid the words “never” and “always” when teaching, for students will invariably come up with exceptions. 

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A Light on My Path

Published on January 16, 2017

By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer Last week my son posted a video of his drive to work in Cripple Creek, Colorado, along what is known as Shelf Road. (I shared it on my Facebook page.) There is a very good reason this byway is called Shelf Road, or The Shelf, by those hearty souls who travel it day in and day out. Or nights, as the case may be. The Shelf was a stage route from Canon City to Cripple Creek in the 1890s and early 1900s. At either end, the road is just that—a road with gorgeous 

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To Read or Not to Read

Published on January 9, 2017

By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer In 2016 I read several new-to-me authors along with my standby favorites. Not all their books were new releases; several were older. Today I want to share twelve authors with you that I enjoyed last year. The list is a mix of contemporary and historical romance genres because I read both, though two books are not romances: the first and the last. Most of the authors are women except, yes, the first and the last. This is by no means a comprehensive list of authors 

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Resolution or Revolution?

Published on January 2, 2017

By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer Help—my plate runneth over! Anyone else feel the same way? I don’t need One. More. Thing. To. Do. But neither do I need resolutions. I need a revolution—a change. A way to declutter, delete, and delegate some of the activities and obligations in my life that are crowding out more important commitments and responsibilities. Remember the old slogan, “Just say no.” Easier said than done on many levels. A resolution (saying) is a statement—a list of things 

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Not here, not now.

Published on December 26, 2016

By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer Did Mary think, “O God—not here, not now”?   Yet it was perfect. The perfect place. The perfect time.   When we cry out, “O God—not here, not now” may we remember that a less than perfect place, a less than perfect time might be the perfect opportunity   For His love to enfold us, cradle us, and shine into someone’s night.     Connect with me via: Newsletter | Facebook | Pinterest #lovingthecowboy       Save  

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Tinsel or Tension Decking your Halls?

Published on December 19, 2016

By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer On cold mornings, I build a fire in our woodstove and sit in front of it with a hot cup of coffee. It’s become my wintertime place to meet with Jesus, the place where I share my heart, read His words, listen for His voice. Not only does the woodstove offer a tangible warmth, it is companionable—an entity in the room, nearly living and breathing with its glass door that reveals the flickering, glowing flames. It talks, too. While the stove heats up, it ticks 

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