Do Not Be Afraid
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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer Some people like to be frightened and enjoy watching horror movies or reading scary stories. Maybe it’s because they know the scenarios are not real and they feel safe and relieved after the faux fright. Halloween is our most traditional fright night – a

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The Rest of the Story
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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer As an author who lacks sketching and painting skills, I often sidestep artsy remarks by confessing that the only thing I draw is a conclusion. Joking aside, I believe this holds true for many of us. We are sometimes quick to judge, infer, or

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Washed Up or Starting Fresh?
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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer Fifteen years ago I took my greenhorn self to a California writers conference, where I met with a well-known author for a “one-on-one.” It was the equivalent of a preschooler sitting down with a Ph.D. professor for a career pep-talk. “What do you write?”

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A New Contemporary Cowboy Romance – free for a few days!
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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer It’s here – and free for a few days – my new contemporary cowboy Christmas romance. It may seem early for a Christmas story but it’s never too early for love. Nor is it too late. See what readers are saying: “What a poignant,

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Path of Life
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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer Of the eighteen novels and novellas I’ve written over the past twelve years, a predominant theme in my characters’ lives has been finding direction. Choosing the right path. A few of my heroines have known exactly what they wanted and headed straight for it.

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Unattractive Brokenness
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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer Several years ago I covered a local craft show for the newspaper and was captivated by the work of several lapidarists.  One man displayed not only his beautiful, finished products but also rough stones – common rocks I might have kicked out of

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Stay Connected
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Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer Staying connected today has never been easier, thanks to technology. And it’s never been harder. There’s too much going on. In fact there’s so much going on – so much technological noise – that we can miss the more important connections in our lives. Like those with real people. Staying

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Give It a Rest!
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Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer Some of you will remember the not-too-distant past when Labor Day signaled the end of summer and the beginning of school. Okay, maybe that was longer ago than we care to admit. However, Labor Day still signals the end of summer (even though we technically

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God Made Us Porous
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Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer On my flight to a writers’ conference in California, I tossed around the idea that God made us porous. Like sponges. We absorb and we leak. Everything we listen to, read, and watch soaks into us in some way and seeps out in another. As

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Those Who Wait
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Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer Isaiah 40:31 is a favorite verse for many of us. It speaks of renewing our strength and it gives three metaphorical examples of what that looks like. Soar high on wings like eagles Run and not grow weary Walk and not faint However, all of

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Romance Awareness Month – and a Giveaway!
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Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer August is one of my favorite months, and not just because it’s the birth month of two grandsons and a son-in-law. August is Romance Awareness Month and I’m an author of inspirational romance. I’ve written 17 romances, both historical and contemporary, all with a cowboy

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Focus on the Promises – Not the Problem
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Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer Most of us are familiar with the story of David and Goliath, but I think we’ve titled it wrong. It should be called King Saul and a Shepherd Boy. Goliath is not a main character. He’s the main pain, but he’s a secondary character at

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Part 3 of 3 – Grief: The Healing Place
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Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer This post first appeared July 31, 2022. Due to the number of people who have contacted me privately regarding their own journey with grief, I offer these words again praying that they bring comfort and encouragement. Grief breaks into our lives whether we are ready

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Part 1 of 3 – Grief: The Intimacy of Suffering

Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer This post first appeared July 17, 2022. Due to the number of people who have contacted me privately regarding their own journey with grief, I offer these words again praying that they bring comfort and encouragement. Everyone faces grief at some point in their life.

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Are We There Yet?
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Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer  Are we there yet? Have you ever heard that question roll out from the back seat of your car during a family vacation? Or have you asked it yourself in the middle of a long and tedious road trip? It’s just so hard to be patient when the

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