Life Wins
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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer Last summer, grasshoppers denuded a young aspen tree I had so lovingly planted in the spring. With plague-like precision, they took it down to nothing but trunk and stems. The lady at the nursery where I bought the tree told me it wasn’t …

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Do You Ever Want to Run Away?
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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer Do you ever want to run away? Today I did just that. I ate breakfast and lunch at the dining table rather than at my desk. (Strange, isn’t it, what we run away from.) I ate looking out the window into the back …

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What if?
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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer “What if?” This two-word query is one of the most important questions a novelist asks while working on a project. Various answers can propel an author’s characters into riveting plot twists or brain-throbbing conflicts. But for someone seeking to live a faith-led life …

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The Ugly, the Bad, and the Good
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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer Writing a scene for a soon-to-release Western romance, I came face to face with my heroine’s memories of her mother’s favorite saying that “all things work together for good.” She was having trouble believing what her mother had taught. Bad things had happened …

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On the wings of the morning …

By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer If you follow posts on my Facebook profile, you may have picked up on my love affair with morning. Pre-dawn, in particular. There is something intimate about standing outside in the dark, watching the eastern horizon begin to glow—the light grow—as the wings …

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My Soul Waits … For What?
My Soul Waits … For What? - Davalynn Spencer

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 …

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Transition: The Hard Part
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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 …

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The Lines Have Fallen to Me in Pleasant Places
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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, …

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It’s Not Too Late
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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 …

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Sometimes I Get Off Track
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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 …

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Hiding From God?
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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 …

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And They Lived Happily Ever …
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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 …

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It’s a Give-and-Take World
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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.” …

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The Potential of “Except”
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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 …

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Never Give Up
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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. …

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