Friday, May 19, 2017

Coffee-Brownie-Cheescake bars!


They might not look amazing, but they taste AMAZING!!!!! It's a layer of coffee brownies, with cheesecake on top! I really wanted to do some more baking before I left for camp, and these sounded good to me so I made them!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

A Miracle Mom . . .

        Every mother makes sacrifices. But some mother’s go through more than others. This is the story of one of those mothers.

      The young woman lying on the hospital bed couldn’t suppress her concern. The baby’s heart rate began dropping and the memories came back. Only eleven months before, she had given birth to a son. During that birth, her son had died. Now, as she lay in the hospital, the doctors and nurses rushed around her.
       The young woman’s doctor knew something had to be done. At the rate it was going, the baby would die. She couldn’t let that happen again.
       The doctors did a Caesarean section, and the baby was born, strong and healthy. But it wasn’t over for the young mother. During the Caesarean section, the young mother’s heart rate began going up. At one point it went as high as 180, but her blood pressure was dropping. Her blood pressure continued to drop until at one point it was so low it didn’t even register.
        The young mother had a condition known as Disseminated Intervascular Coagulation. In other words, her blood wouldn’t clot and even the tiny IV holes were bleeding profusely.
One of the doctors said it was the worst night of doctoring she had ever had. She spent the entire night with her patient, (something she had never done before,) and fought for the woman’s life. Not only did this woman have a new baby to care for, she had six other children at home, and a young husband. What would he do if she died and he was left alone with seven kids ages nine years old to newborn?
       They rushed the woman by air to a bigger hospital. Using pressure pants, medication, and whatever they could think of, they fought for her life. But it wasn’t enough. The young mother was dying.
         Her husband took the newborn baby girl from the local hospital and drove down to the larger hospital. After losing a son eleven months before, having his wife on her death bed made this young father pray like never before. He called his parents, and his in-laws, and they passed the word along.
Before long, even a radio had announced it, and churches all over the county and neighboring state were praying for the young family. Praying that the mother would live. Praying for a miracle.
The woman should have died. But God heard the prayers of the people that night, and the young mother lived.
          Yet, unknown too many, the young mother’s problems didn’t end that day. The stress of that day in the hospital caused lifelong problems. During the delivery, the blood supply to her pituitary gland, was cut off, and her pituitary gland, disintegrated. You may not even know what your pituitary gland is, but it controls several very important functions, including the thyroid gland, which in turn controls the salt concentration in the kidneys. For years, she struggled with dehydration, even though she drank plenty. She also struggled with muscle cramps, and fatigue. Things that aren’t easy to deal with when you have seven small children.
           As her children grew, her side effects didn’t improve. On a few different occasions, she was in the hospital severally dehydrated, and at the point of death, but the doctors didn’t know what was wrong with her. So, every time she ended up in the hospital, they stabilized her, and then let her go home.

           That woman is my mom. I am the baby that nearly cost her life. I obviously don’t remember the day I was born, but I do remember the problems that resulted from that. I don’t remember every hospital visit, but there is one, that I will never forget.
           I was lying in bed one morning. I could hear Mom downstairs. I didn’t want to get out of bed because I thought it must be a really bad muscle cramp, but then I heard my oldest sister telling one of my brothers to get my dad. When I came downstairs, my mom was sitting in her chair staring blankly into space. She was delirious. I will never forget the fear that went through me as I saw my mom, the woman that was supposed to be strong for me, sitting there in delirium.
           Dad took her to the hospital, and once more, I was scared that she would die.
          They finally got her in contact with a doctor who specialized in her problem. They discovered the missing pituitary gland, and we all realized what a miracle it was that she was still alive. They got her on medication to control the functions of her pituitary gland and thyroid, but it didn’t make her magically better. She still struggles with side effects of her medicine. She still has blood drawn multiple times a year and her medications adjusted, but through it all, she pointed us to God.
She could have blamed God for the pain, for the problems, and for the fact that she wasn’t able to do as much as she wanted too. She could have blamed me. After all, if I had never been born, she wouldn’t have gone through that. But she didn’t. She did what she could, to show us kids, that a full life DOESN’T mean you have full health.
         Despite the medications, the symptoms that still crop up occasionally, and the challenge of raising us kids, she never let her health be an excuse. She knew that she was exactly the way God wanted her, and she took advantage of what she had.
         She taught us to love God. She taught us that God doesn’t make mistakes, and that God is good. When I look back at Mom’s life, I see pain, but through it all, God has been there. God is good. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The God of the Bible is the God that allowed the challenges in Mom’s life. He did it for a reason. Even if we may not understand why, we know that God is good.

       So to my mom on Mother’s Day. THANK YOU! Thank you for allowing God to use you. Thank you for not being bitter at God, but for using what God gave you to teach us. THANK YOU!!!!!


I'm SOOOO Grateful to my parents for accepting all of us kids as a gift from God!!!


I LOVE you, MOM!!!!
 


Sunday, May 7, 2017

"I Hear You're Leaving!!!!"

     That is TRUE! In a couple of weeks, one of my sisters and I are heading for Northland Camp in WI, where we're going to be counselors for the summer! Now, you may be wondering how I'm going to go about posting on my blog every week . . . DON'T worry!!! There will continue to be posts on here at least once a week. I don't know if I'll get the chance to post from camp, but I've written up enough posts to cover the summer and one will be posted every week.

      Since I won't be returning till August, I will be gone over the release date for MISSION OF A LIFETIME. However, July 1st will STILL be the book release date, and on that day, you can purchase your copies of the book online from Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, or the Ambassador International website. If you wish to purchase a book directly from me, you'll have to wait until my book signing which will take place after I return home.

        I would REALLY appreciate prayer over the summer. Although I've been a camper several times, I've never been a counselor, so you can pray that things will go great, and that God will use me however He sees fit. I would LOVE to see some campers come to Christ, and grow in their walk with the Lord!!!


This is me, signing my contract for the summer!

I'm so THRILLED with this opportunity, and how God worked things out for me to go!!!!! 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Working Women?

"I heard you're working now!"

Several people have been asking me about this and, first off, that's a flawed questions!!!! I've been working all my life! I'm employed by the farm, the corn maze, my parents, and my writing. At this point, writing is my job. However, yes, I did just get a job outside of the home if that's what you mean by working. We're friends with the owners of a local store, and they were in need of some help. So, I decided to help.
    Since I got the job, several people have asked me about it. I mean after all, I've always had a list of reasons why I don't think that women should work outside the home. What changed my mind? Nothing. I still have those same convictions. Yet, when I talked about the job with my parents, we discussed my list, and not one thing on my list applied to this situation. What is on my list? Well, as a family, we've seen a lot of young women get jobs and lose some of their convictions, so as a family, we have a list of concerns/convictions in regards to women working.

    Number One - Working with ungodly people. Yes, we should be strong enough to stand alone in the midst of ungodliness, but when a lot of young women get jobs, they aren't firm enough in their convictions to stand alone. They get surrounded by bad language, bad influences, and bad men, and they don't know how to stand. One time, I saw a Christian young lady who wanted to do the right thing, but she got a job in a secular work place, and ended up marrying the wrong man because of it. We women in general, but specifically young women, are designed by God, to need protection. Some girls hate this idea and think it makes them less important. But the truth of the matter is, that this need for protection does NOT make us less important! People protect what is important to them. The very fact that God wanted us women to need protection means that we ARE important!!! So my parents and I agreed that I should not get a job working in a place that could damage me spiritually, but after discussing it, we agreed that there's no concern of that at this local store because it's a Christian store, and the other workers aren't an issue! Even if they were, I work by myself most of the time, so it still wouldn't be an issue.

     Number Two - Leaving  the home. According to Proverbs 31, a godly woman should work hard at home. To care for the household to serve, and to raise godly children. Many women now days spend so much time away from home, that they don't get to mold their children as much as they should. The hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world, but so many women these days revolt against having to change the world from the home and they want to go out and be seen making a difference, when God intended for us women to change the world from our home. After discussing this with my parents, we agreed that at this point in my life, I'm in a different category. No longer am I a young child that needs parental supervision at all times, and I'm not a mother who needs to be there for her family. In the Bible, young people stayed home serving and helping their parents with their ministries, and sometimes, those parents would send their young people off to help others. My parents wanted me to be able to help their friends, and since the job is only temporary, I don't have to worry about getting so in-trenched into it that I can't quit if something were to come up where I was needed more at home. So by helping out in town like this, I'm helping my parents fulfill their desire to be a blessing and a help to others.

     Number Three - Having to sell ungodly things. Many work places where you could get a job, whether it's at a gas station, or grocery store, you may have to sell cigarettes, alcohol, trashy magazines, or gambling tickets. No Christian should ever be in a position where they have to sell such things. In the book of Habakkuk in the Bible, it pronounces a woe on those who give things to others that can make them drunk. Again, this didn't apply with the job I took because they don't sell any of those things!

    Number Four - Music. A lot of places you can work have ungodly music blaring all day long. Music that can cause serious problems for a Christian with convictions against it. This is where we had a bit more of a problem. The store only plays Christian music. However due to some of my convictions in the area, some of the Christian music is not something I would listen to at home. Is this an issue? Yes, it could be and probably would be for a lot of people in my position, however for me, it's not. All my life, I've had practice at tuning things out. When I'm writing and someone's talking in the next room, I have to learn to tune them out. Honestly, I can walk into a store with hard rock music playing, and hardly notice it, if I'm focused on what I'm supposed to be doing. So yes, this would be a problem for many, but at this point, it's not an issue for me.

     Number Five - T.V.s. Many business establishments have T.V.s running all day. If you're not controlling the remote, you can't control what comes across that screen. So many sinful, immoral, ungodly and wrong things can come across that screen. Things that should not be in a Christian's mind. Things that if you see, you won't be able to forget.  Again, at my workplace, there isn't a t.v. running.

     Number Six - Parents. Many young people want a job because everyone else has one, and they disregard parents wishes, or they beg and plead until their parents give in. This ought not to be. God commands us multiple times throughout the Bible to honor our parents. That doesn't mean we have to agree, but we have to honor them. In this case, my parents were in favor of me getting the job. Almost more than I was! So my recommendation to you, if you're considering a job or not, is talk it over with your parents. They've been around a lot longer than you, and they may have a list of their own convictions/concerns about you working. Discuss it with your parents, find out what they think, and honor them in whatever you do.

    So that's my take on women working. I realize that many of you will disagree with me, and that's fine. These are my convictions, not yours. The question is, do you have convictions? Do you ever discuss things with your parents? And most importantly, are you praying about the decisions you're making? If you're considering a job or working a job, ask yourself if it will hinder your ministry or enhance it? Could you do more for God staying home?


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Writing Workshop Photos

      THANK YOU, Everyone who made it out to the workshop today!!! I realize the weather wasn't perfect, but I'm glad you all made it! For those of you who couldn't make it, we missed you!!!! For five hours, we studied the art of writing fiction, and everyone of the students wrote at least part of a story while they were there! We went through the INCH BY INCH - WRITING'S A CINCH Workbook and although we didn't cover everything, we had fun!!!




We had some fun slides to help learn the things we were talking about.




As I said above, everyone wrote part of a story, and they all did a GREAT job! I REALLY enjoyed hearing them read their stories and how they all have such great imaginations!!!!


Sunday, April 23, 2017

R.S.C.





In case you're wondering what R.S.C. stands for, it stands for Regional Student Convention. Every year, there's an AMAZING convention for students using A.C.E. (Accelerated Christian Education) full of GREAT preaching, fun competition, and LOTS of FELLOWSHIP!! Although I'm too old to compete, I had the opportunity to attend with a few students and was able to help serve at the convention! Unfortunately, I didn't have a great camera, so I only got a few pictures, but I hope you enjoy them!!

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That's me helping serve lunch. You may also recognize the other people facing the camera. That's Evangelist Steve Piggot (who was the convention speaker,) and Dad.


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As I mentioned above, Evangelist Steve Piggot was the speaker and he preached some GREAT sermons that were challenging, encouraging, and convicting. I was so blessed to be able to be there! This is him with two of our students!!



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I mentioned the fellowship!! This is me visiting with one of the MANY people I was blessed to visit with!!!

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At one of the churches we used, there was a man who carved this watermelon for us!!!!!

And that's all the pictures I have for you today! If you're interested in more pictures from other years, you can check out this post from last year with my take on the awards ceremony, or this post on my mom's blog from two years ago!!!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Writing Class Deadline!

The deadline for registration for the Inch by Inch - Writing's a Cinch workshop closes in one week! Make sure to get your registrations in before then!!!


Monday, April 17, 2017

When God Asked Me To Quit Writing

       I became serious about my writing when I was thirteen. I knew it was something that God wanted me to do, and I wasn’t going to let anything stop me.
     
        I began spending so much time at my laptop doing research and writing, that I was spending less time reading the Bible. Days would go by where I didn’t read at all. Sitting in church, all I could think about was my books, and I was starting to not care about spiritual things.
     
       Then one night, God had a talk with me. Now obviously, God wasn’t verbally speaking to me, but as I lay in bed that night, unable to sleep, I felt as if God whispered in my heart. “Do you love me more than your writing?”
     
        I didn’t want God to think that I wasn’t spiritual, so I quickly responded with a “Yes! Of course I love you more than my writing!”
     
       “Then why can’t you spend even ten minutes a day with me? Why are you always at your laptop?” The still small voice asked.
     
        I tossed and turned. This was not the kind of conversation that I wanted to have late Saturday night. “You know that I love you,” I insisted.
     
       “If you really love me, then stop writing.”

        “No! I’m not giving up my writing!” I argued back. “You’re the one that called me to write! You’re the one that gave me my dreams and allowed me to get my laptop.” I promised to make more time to read the Bible and pray, but God ignored my pathetic arguments. He just held out his hand and asked for my laptop.

        I promised not to write for at least a week, but that didn’t work. God wanted me to quit writing forever.

        Tears streamed down my cheeks. “I can’t give you my writing!”

        In that moment, I realized that if I didn’t let go, my writing would mean nothing. If God wasn’t blessing me, I would never have a chance at fulfilling my dreams of being published.

        I was confused. Why would God take this away from me when He was the one that gave it to me? Despite all my arguing, God still held out His hand.

        I began to physically tremble as I realized who I was arguing with. God Almighty, who was giving me my every breath, was asking me to yield one area of my life to Him, and I was saying no.

        Finally, I couldn’t take it anymore. “Okay, God, you can have my writing.” A wave of peace washed over me. Here I had been so worried that God would make me miserable, and I hadn’t even realized that I was the one making myself miserable.

        First thing the next morning, I grabbed my laptop, and all of my USB flash drives, and headed downstairs. I knew that if I didn’t get rid of my USB flash drives with my books, then I could go back to them even without the laptop.

        I set my laptop and the flash drives on the entryway floor, and started looking for a sledge hammer. That’s when Mom came in and asked me what I was doing.

       “I’m going to smash my laptop,” I said. 

       “Why? Is there something wrong with it?” she asked.

       “It’s too important to me,” was all I could say without breaking down in tears.

       My wise mother told me to put my laptop in her room and go get ready for church.

       At first, I was mad. Here I was trying to give it to God and Mom stepped in and stopped me.
I had another small argument with God but, like always, He won. I felt genuinely happy for the first time in weeks.

       I don’t remember what the sermon was about that morning but it caused another fight in my heart.

      “When you get home, I want you to write.

      I felt sure that I had misheard the still small voice. God couldn’t possibly have changed His mind so fast! But the thought kept coming back. I fought it. “God, I gave it to you! I don’t want to ever touch my laptop again!”

      But God just repeated the command. I was reminded of the verse in 2 Corinthians 5:15 “And that he died for all, that they which live should NOT henceforth live unto themselves, BUT UNTO HIM which died for them, and rose again.” It was as if God was saying. “You were writing for yourself, and so I stopped you, but now that you’ve given it to me, I want you to write for me.”

       I went home and started writing again but, this time, it wasn’t for me. I still struggle with making sure that my writing doesn’t become too important to me. It’s a struggle because I REALLY love writing! But I’ve learned that no matter how much I love writing, or how much it means to me, it can never become more important than my daily devotions. I can write hard, but I have to pray harder.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Romanian Missions Trip!

  A very dear friend of mine just returned from an AWESOME missions trip to Romania with her Grandpa! I asked her to share with us all about that trip, so here's the post from her. THANK YOU, JESSICA FOR WRITING THIS!!!!


Hello everyone!

        This is Jessica Jeffery. Priscilla asked me to do a post about a recent missions trip I was on. It has been incredibly difficult to put the entire story into one blog post. :)

        Every year, my Grandpa takes a trip to Romania to give some Bible classes to a church, and visit the places where he and my Grandma used to be missionaries. After many months of praying, God worked it out that I would go with him.

        So it was settled, I was going to Romania on a missions trip with my Grandpa. My Grandma decided to make the trip too, as well as Doctor McNeilly, a friend of my Grandpa's. Doctor McNeilly would be helping teach the classes. Many Romanian Pastors attend the classes, as well as members of the church. Adam was also a member of our group. Adam is Romanian born, and plans on being a missionary in Romania.

         One Romanian family over there have a ministry of teaching Bible classes to the children in the schools. From an early age this couple Zoli and Ema felt burdened for the children of their country. After they got married they established a non-profit mission name in order to go to the schools. Zoli and Ema now teach Bible lessons in many schools as well as doing crafts, and handing out food and clothing in occasion.

        So the jobs Adam and I had on this trip would be to accompany Zoli and Ema to the schools and give a Bible lesson and do crafts for the kids. We also did some special music a few times at the church.

        Teaching lessons to these kids was really great. Of course there was the little nerves of will they like me? How is my lesson going to go? What if I mess up? But, as soon as I walked into the first classroom and saw their shy smiling faces my heart just melted. You couldn't help but love them. I was wondering to myself, how did that happen? How could I just love them as soon as I saw them? And it occured to me that as soon as I decided to come, I knew I was coming for them. Choosing a lesson, praying over it, praying for the kids, that's when you choose to love them. So seeing them and getting to know them was amazing. There were still times where it was slightly awkward as we met each other, got past the shy hellos, stumbled over words during a lesson, or interrupted your translator. But, all in all, God really helped us get past ourselves, and focus on pleasing Him.

        I was scared before going because I was afraid I wouldn't be good enough. Why me? What could I possibly do to make a difference? But, God was really working on me that I would just learn to trust him. To stop worrying about being good enough, to not worry about doing everything right for my church, but just focus on pleasing God.

       Well, I thank God for an amazing trip! My Grandpa and Doctor McNeilly each gave hours of lessons daily. I was glad to play the piano for the people there. My Grandma was able to visit many of the people there, and be a blessing to all of us. Three mornings, Zoli and Ema took Adam and I out to the village schools to give lessons and crafts.

        Everyone stepped away feeling like it was a very blessed trip. We thank God for the health, safety, ministry, and overall good memories, from this trip. We were able to spend a day and a half in Budapest Hungary as well. Zoli, Ema, and their son Brian, accompanied us. They were such a huge blessing to us!

      I really don't know who encouraged who on this trip. We had gone to be a blessing to the people of Romania and yet, they were able to encourage us. I didn't know their language, I didn't know them, and yet they treated me as a daughter and sister.

       I don't know why God wanted me to go, but, I'm glad He allowed it. I don't know if I'll ever go back, but I will always remember it.

       There is nothing like meeting fellow believers in other countries! Seeing the differences in each of our lives and yet knowing that we all serve the same God is awesome.

       So if I just want to encourage you all to trust God. I don't know what he has planned for all of us but I do know it's better than anything we can come up with. You don't have to go on a missions trip to serve God. He wants us to be pleasing Him everyday. In the normal stuff like doing the dishes or going to work. Are you easy to use? Is your attitude pleasing to God? These are the questions I've been asking myself and trying to work on. So what has he been teaching you?

     I hope this post can be an encouragement to somebody! Thanks for taking the time to read it.

~Jess 

Deuteronomy 12:18b And thou shalt rejoice before the Lord thy God in all that thou putest thine hands unto.


(Jessica also shared some pictures with us! I added the captions on my own, so I hope I get all the of them right, but if you have a question, feel free to ask in the comments!)


This is the whole team from left to right - Adam, Dr. McNeilly, Jessica's Grandpa and Grandma, and Jessica in the front.


Jessica had the opportunity to bless them with her skill on the piano.


Teaching with an interpreter.



The people there LOVED meeting Jessica!


Here's Jessica with one of the classes that she was able to teach, as you can see, she made them all balloon animals!

THANK YOU, AGAIN, JESSICA for sharing with us, and for allowing God to use you!!!! I'm so blessed and encouraged by your example.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Workshop for Beginning Writers!

    I'm EXCITED to announce that I'll be doing a workshop on writing fiction on the 27th of April from 9 A.M. to 2 P.M.! It's for beginning writers ages 10 and up and will be held at the Family Fundamental Church, three miles west of Warroad on Hwy. 11. The cost is $12 per student. (This includes a workbook, snacks and over four hours of instruction.) Bring a bag lunch, and be sure to register by April 25th by e-mail (priscillajoykrahn@gmail.com) or in person!




Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Two More Questions Answered

Question - What is your favorite fiction book?

Answer - I don't have just one!!! But I guess if I had to pick a couple, I would say . . . The Northwoods Adventures  and the Freedom Seekers by Lois Walfrid Johnson. The Accidental Detectives by Sigmund Brouwer. The Hidden Hand, The Lost Pearle, and The Lost Clue from Lamplighter. Monster by Frank Pereti. Arby Jenkins by Sharon Hambrick. Sherlock Jones by Ed Dunlop. The Peabody Adventures by Jerri Massi. And The Frencolian Chronicles by Carolyn Ann Aish.

  You may notice that a lot of these books are juvenile fiction, and yes, I still read juvenile fiction even though I'm twenty! I do enjoy and read others as well, but I find it helpful when I'm writing a genre like juvenile fiction, to be reading books in that same genre and since my latest project is a juvenile fiction book, that's what I've been reading.

     DISCLAIMER - Just because I enjoy a book listed above does not mean I totally approve of all content or other books by the same authors.



Question - What inspired you to write books?

Answer - I've always liked writing, but I wasn't serious about writing books until I was somewhere around thirteen years old. I didn't like reading until I was ten years old when one of my siblings made me read a Hardy Boy book. I got hooked and ended up reading every Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy book that I could get my hands on. By the time I had exhausted my supply of them, I had developed a love for reading and I was ready to read other books. The more I read, the more I wanted to write. I read a LOT of books those next few years and worked on my writing as well, but at that point, although I wanted to be an author someday, I didn't see it happening anytime soon. Then, when I was thirteen years old, my mom bought me the One Year Adventure Novel high school curriculum and, by doing so, proved to me that she thought I could get published. When I knew that my mom thought I could do it, I knew I had to try. From then on, I became serious about my writing and I've been writing ever since. So in short, I guess it was a mixture of my siblings helping me learn to like reading, and my mom believing in me and and giving me confidence..


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

MISSION OF A LIFETIME Update

MISSION OF A LIFETIME is nearing it's release date and although the printed book won't be out until then, the book is NOW AVAILABLE on Amazon as a kindle book and on Barnes and Nobles as a nook book!


If you're interested in a review of the book, here's one written by an author! http://rebelbookreviews.blogspot.com/2017/03/mission-of-lifetime-by-priscilla-j-krahn.html

Monday, March 20, 2017

Green Pastures Farm: All in Their 20's!

   My siblings and I are all in our twenty's now! Four of us are married now, but we all still get together and have a LOT of fun. We've got some AWESOME in-laws too and we have so much together!!! Mom posted about it on our family blog if you want to see the picture of us.

Green Pastures Farm: All in Their 20's!: The 'kids' were all over tonight with their families so we took a "All in our 20's" photo.  I am so thankful for the...

Friday, March 17, 2017

More Photos!!!

I'm SERIOUSLY NOT trying to overkill you with posts today, but I thought you might like to see these pictures!!!

A wooden magnet that Grandpa O. made me for my birthday!


Grandma O. made me these cookies!


 And a few years ago they gave me this nutcracker!!! :) :) :)

The Mystery of the St. Patrick's Day Necklace?

Can anyone help me solve the mystery of this AWESOME light up necklace??? Several years ago, it showed up in my mailbox addressed to me with no return address. Every year, I wear it on St. Patrick's Day, but I still have NO IDEA who gave it to me!!! Does anyone have a clue??? 

TODAY IS . . .

      It's Saint Patrick's Day today!!! And if you're like me, that really makes no difference in your day!!! How many of you actually celebrate St. Patrick's Day and how do you do it??? I'd love to hear from you guys!!
 
      Today is also my 20th birthday. So I'm going to answer the questions that were sent in to me, and a few that were added.

QUESTION ONE - How old were you when you got saved?

    ANSWER - I was 3 1/2 years old. Growing up in a Christian home, I was taught from the Bible from a REALLY young age and although, at the age of 3 1/2 I didn't understand it all, (I still don't:) I knew enough to know that I was a sinner and on my way to Hell. I knew that Jesus had died to pay for my sins and I put my faith in Him. Since then, I've had many struggles, bumps, and doubts in my spiritual life, but God is SOOOOO Good!!! He is always there and He is the same yesterday, today, and FOREVER!!!!

QUESTION TWO - How many books have you written?

     ANSWER - It's complicated!!! I think I would have to say I've written ten books. Five of them are published, one of them will be published by May, and the other four I wrote this winter and they're still in the rough draft stage. Hopefully I'll be able to edit them when I get home from camp. I also have a workbook/unit study book that I don't count with my fiction but that is also published.

QUESTION THREE - What do you want to be when you grow up?

        ANSWER - A writer!!!! However, if I can't be a writer, than I would like to be a writing coach or teacher.

QUESTION FOUR -  When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?

       ANSWER - I WRITE!!!! (Or read!)

QUESTION FIVE - What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?

       ANSWER - I was just an all-around brat! Nothing really deliberate, I was just a bad kid!

QUESTION SIX -  What story does your family always tell about you?

    ANSWER - When I was little, someone had to watch me at nap time until I fell asleep or I would climb out of my crib!! When I was 3 or 4, I would crawl out the window so I could go jump on the trampoline when no one was watching! 



On another note, two of my AWESOME nephews were over this morning helping their grandpa milk the cows and I'm afraid that even though I'm twenty, I may not always act like it. :(




Sunday, March 12, 2017

What Don't You Know About Me?

In a few days I'm going to be doing a birthday post, and I was thinking about doing a post with things about me you might not know,  the only problem is that I have no idea what you know about me!  So if you have any questions about me, or my writing,  or my life, or my convictions, or ANYTHING about me at all, go ahead and ask in the comments! I would love to answer your questions!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Blizzardish Weather / Ministry Opportunity

   As many of you know, my sister, Hosanna, does chalk art drawings. On Tuesday, Hosanna did a chalk talk at a Senior Housing place in a town near us. She drew, Dad shared a message with the gospel, and I played piano before as a prelude, and after as 'background music' during their coffee and snack time.


The chalk talk, was about Jesus calming the storm. It was really neat because during the 'storm' that Dad was talking about, Hosanna had waves all over the sea, but as soon as Dad talked about the calming of the storm, she made it calm really fast!


As I said above, I played piano.


And on the way to and from the place, this is what it looked like out of the windshield. It was REALLY windy!! Anyways, it was an awesome opportunity to minister to the elderly even if the storm outside didn't get calmed like the one inside!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Thank You Everyone!

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who helped nominate my book and shared the post!!! You guys are all so AWESOME!!! That was really short notice and a short contest, so you guys were great! Unfortunately, MISSION OF A LIFETIME was not chosen at this point. MISSION OF A LIFETIME will be released sometime in May and I look forward to sharing it with you all then! :):):)

PLEASE HELP!!!!

My book, MISSION OF A LIFETIME, might be made into an AUDIO BOOK!!!!!! But I need HELP!!! If you have Facebook, please go to this link and leave a comment to nominate my book and be put in a drawing to win a free copy of the printed book!!! https://www.facebook.com/AmbassadorIntl/photos/a.292734950737666.82182.198520216825807/1458328290844987/?type=3&theater

And feel free to share this EVERYWHERE!!!!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Today Is . . .

NATIONAL Strawberry Day!!!!


And actually, it's also National polar bear day as well!


I can understand this being polar bear day since the weather is still cold, but whoever named this national strawberry day didn't live in northern Minnesota! With snow and ice everywhere, I haven't seen any strawberry plants growing lately. 
I don't know who decides what day it is, but regardless of what people say, today is not just a national day. It's not just an International day. Today is a universal day that the Lord hath made! We should REJOICE and be GLAD in it!!!!!! So if you want to get a bowl of strawberries with cream and watch out for polar bears go ahead! Just remember to REJOICE!!!!! :) :)

Monday, February 20, 2017

Inch By Inch - Writing's A Cinch!

   I'm pleased to announce that Inch By Inch - Writing's A Cinch a unit study on writing fiction for beginning writers is now available!!!!


     ABOUT - The unit study consists of twelve 'Inches' (or chapters) with lessons and blanks to fill in and get your student to move forward in their writing. It can be done along with your students regular school, or as a side book for fun. Each unit could take up to a week to complete, but if you have a dedicated student who is passionate about moving forward in their writings, they could easily do one unit per day.

     WHO IS IT FOR? - If you're a beginning beginner and you write fiction, this is for you. It does not cover writing non-fiction.

     WHERE TO PURCHASE? - Inch By Inch - Writing's A Cinch is available for purchase at Lulu.com where you can also see a sample of the interior. The price on Lulu is $10.50. If you wish to purchase it through me directly, I do have copies for sale at $10.00 +shipping.

    A special thank you to Hosanna Krahn for her illustration work on the interior comics!


Now you may be wondering why I would write a book like this. I mean I've only written nine books and I have a LOT of room for improvement. Why would I write a unit study when I'm still a beginner myself? Well, ever since I started writing, I've had younger writers asking me questions. Questions that I've been forced to learn the answers to over the last few years. This work book was put together to answer those questions, and to teach younger writers the things that I've learned in the last seven years of writing. So this is for BEGINNING beginner writers. 


I'm currently working on putting together a four to five hour workshop for beginning writers based on this book. More to come on that soon.

Any questions or comments? Feel free to ask!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

My Super Power!

   I've been asked a few times what my super power is, and I normally respond with a blank look and a "Huh?".
   But the other day, I was helping Mom with some decorations, and I discovered my super-power! I CAN SEE INVISIBLE THINGS!

       I don't know if you can see it or not, since the package said it was invisible, but I can see it! It's invisible tape, but I can see it!!!! :) :) :) :)


Okay, so invisible tape isn't really invisible, but it did get me thinking. I can't see the invisible, but my God can see the invisible. He can see the invisible things, and He can see the things that we think are invisible to others. Those things that we do when we're alone. The things we do in the silence of our own minds. God sees it. God knows all about it, and God cares. So do what's right because God can see the invisible. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Monday, February 6, 2017

Mission of a Lifetime Excerpt

I've been in contact with my publisher and it's looking like Mission of a Lifetime may not be out until later May, but I'm still excited at the progress that's been going on with it and I wanted to share a small excerpt from it with you.

. . . “So there’s nothing we can do?” Alano arched an eyebrow.
“If I were Jerry I would just create a vaccine.”
“But you’re not Jerry, you’re Willie.” Alano put a hand on his friend’s shoulder. “Don’t you think it’s time you let Jerry go?”
Willie shrugged Alano’s hand off. “Where’s the chief?”
Alano nodded towards the other end of the village. “That way.”
Willie hurried down the main path to a hut at the far end. He couldn’t help but notice that the village seemed deserted. He hoped it wasn’t because everyone had fled the village.
The Wogami chief stood outside the hut with his arms crossed in a sign of authority. He was an older man with a snake drawn across his face.
Willie approached him cautiously. He knew the Wogamis had been in contact with missionaries at one point, but he had no idea how they would feel towards them now.
Having the chief support them was crucial, so bowing, he tried to show his respect.
“You’ve come, white Missionary,” the chief said in Spanish.
Willie let out a sigh of relief. At least the chief spoke Spanish.
“I’ve come,” Willie responded in Spanish. He felt silly repeating what the chief had already said, but he knew that it was showing politeness.
“My people are dying,” he said. “White Missionary make them better?”
Willie nodded. “I’ll try, but I don’t know how much I can do.”
The chief nodded. “You will help. If you don’t make my son better, I will kill you.”
“We need to make sure people don’t leave the village,” Willie said. “It could spread the disease and cause others to get sick.”

The chief’s expression didn’t change. “If my people get sick and die, others must die too.” . . .

 Have a great week serving God!!!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Honoring Our Parents Vs. Following Our Dreams

Does loving God mean I have to agree with my parents?

          A few months ago, my family had a discussion about me working at a camp as a teen counselor. The problem was, Dad, and Mom agreed that I should go, but I didn’t think I should.
          I had so many great reasons why I shouldn’t go. I mean if I went, I would have to miss out on some ministry opportunities here at home. And am I really qualified to be a counselor? I mean kids look up to their counselors . . . would I be a good example? I’m nineteen and the idea of being in charge of a room full of teenage girls sounds CRAZY!
          I had so many fears and concerns, I didn’t want to go and I didn’t feel like God was giving me any reasons to go, but my parents wanted me to go. We’ve all faced situations like this before.
Your parents don’t want you listening to a certain kind of music, but you don’t think there’s anything wrong with it and God hasn’t told you not to listen to it. Or maybe it’s more serious. Maybe your parents want you to marry someone, or don’t want you to marry someone, and you don’t agree with them. Shouldn’t God give you directions that agreed with your parents’ wishes?
         You’ve all heard people say things like ‘You can’t let your family run my life. It’s your life, and you need to make your own decisions’. But is that really right? Yes, we wanted to make our own decisions, but we can’t really ignore our parents’ wishes either.
        So I began doing some serious thinking. I asked myself what the most important thing in my life should be, and I came to the conclusion, that the Bible is right. The greatest command is to love the Lord with ALL of my heart, soul, mind, and strength. I knew that was what I wanted. But how does that relate to listening to my parents?
        The Bible says in John14:15, that if we love God, we WILL keep HIS commandments. The Bible commands us to honor and obey our parents, so therefore, if we love God, we will keep his commandment and honor and obey our parents. You’ll notice, if you study the Bible, that it doesn’t say we only have to honor our parents when they deserve it. Neither does it say that we only have to honor and obey them until we’re over eighteen and then we can do what we want. It doesn’t give any excuses, just a command. Honor your parents.
        So I came to the conclusion, that if I love God, I will obey His commandments and honor and obey my parents all the time. The only exception being when a parent commands you to do something that is forbidden in the Bible. Like if your parents tell you to steal, then you don’t have to obey because the Bible says in Acts 5:29 ‘…we ought to obey God rather than men.’ But if you have saved parents, you shouldn’t have to deal with that.
        I studied the Scriptures and there wasn’t a single verse that told me NOT to go to camp. So even though I wasn’t at peace about it, and I wasn’t excited about it, I sent in an application with faith that if God didn’t want me to go, He wouldn’t let me get accepted. It was what my parent wanted, and to love God, I had to keep His commandments by obeying my parents.
        Then I got accepted. At first I was a little bewildered. I mean didn’t God know that I wasn’t supposed to be accepted? Then it all clicked. God’s not so concerned with which ministry I’m working with, as He is with my attitude about it. God wasn’t trying to make me doubt myself; He was trying to help me learn to trust. Now, I’m EXCITED about going to camp this summer! I can’t wait to see how God’s going to work in my life, and how He’s going to use me to work in the lives of others! Yet even with this lesson, I still don’t always do exactly what my parents want me to do without questioning them. Yes, I SHOULD always do what my parents want me to do without questioning them.

        It sounds crazy, that as a young adult, I would feel like we ought to honor our parents’ decisions in a day when young people are told to follow their dreams. It’s your life to live, and don’t let others tell you how to live it! Yes, I believe we should pursue the dreams God gives us, but I believe before our dreams, should come our obedience to the obvious commands in Scripture. Because it’s when we obey God, that we love God. And loving God is the GREATEST command of all.

    How are you doing with keeping the Greatest Commandment? Are you loving God? Are you keeping His commands? Are you honoring your parents?

Monday, January 23, 2017

What I Wish I'd Known Then . . . and What I Know Now

Today is the one year anniversary for my blog! I originally started this blog to share writing tips and the like, and although I haven’t done real well with sticking to that, I decided to do it today to celebrate the anniversary of this blog. So here are some things that I wish I had known when I started seriously writing at the age of thirteen, that I know now.

         1. Being a writer, does NOT mean that you have to be weird! As a young writer, I loved the idea that I was weird because I liked to write. I loved getting strange looks from people because I would talk out loud to my characters and because I talked about weird things. Now, I realize that being a writer is no different than being a builder, or a musician, or a grocery store worker. It’s what I do. I enjoy my work and there’s nothing weird about that. Some people talk about cars, or music, or art. I talk about writing. I don’t have to be weird to be a writer. Like all jobs, it has it's different sides, (like you see in my 'You Know You're a Writer' post,) but that doesn't mean it's weird.

         2. It’s okay to let people read what you write! Do you remember my blog post about my notebooks? I was TERRIFIED that someone would see what I had written! Now, although I still get nervous when people read what I write, I’ve learned that it’s not the end of the world. It’s actually VERY helpful getting people’s feedback. If you have people in your life willing to read your writings, be thankful for that! Not everyone has that.

       3. Criticism is a GOOD thing! To be honest, I still don’t like people tearing my writings apart, but I’ve learned that it doesn’t mean they hate me. When someone takes the time to give you honest feedback, don’t get mad at them and think they’re being mean. It takes honesty to give an honest opinion, and if someone will honestly critique your writings, you’re VERY blessed.

     4. Your family is always right. If you’ve ever written something, and then your whole family told you that this one part of it was unrealistic, then they’re probably right. Even if it’s your favorite part. When I started writing and my family gave me feedback, I thought they were wrong. But the more I write, the more I realize that if they think something isn’t written right, then any other reader I may get, will probably think the same thing. It hurts sometimes, changing  a scene that I really like, but I’ve never regretted any of the changes my family’s told me to make, no matter how grievous it seemed at the time.

      5. Prayer is REALLY important while writing. When I started writing, I didn’t pray much about what I was writing, now, my motto has become, ‘Write Hard, but Pray Harder’. If we’re not praying about our writings, we’re not as likely to learn from them, and trust me; I’ve learned some HUGE lessons while writing.

     6. It’s okay to write things that you know you’re going to have to change. For example, when I started writing, there were days when I wouldn’t get anything written because I HAD to find the perfect name for a character. Now, I’ll just tag the first name that comes to mind onto the character and keep going. Then when I’m done, I’ll often go back and change it, or sometimes, I find that the name has grown on me and it’s actually perfect for the character.

     7. There are more important things than writing. If you’re an avid writer you’re probably glaring at me right now, but seriously, writing isn’t everything. It’s more important to have a good relationship with your family. It’s more important to do your chores, and it’s WAY more important to do your devotions! No matter how much you love writing, it should never get in the way of the direct commands God has given in Scripture. He didn’t command you in the Bible to write an epic fantasy novel, but He did command you to obey your parents.

     8. Being an author, is harder than being a writer. When I was thirteen and I was dreaming about being published, I imagined it to be a lot like my current writing life, only then I would have readers. Now I know that, there’s way more to being an author than to being a writer. As an author, you have to have a platform. You have to be willing to be a salesmen, and you have to be willing to leave your precious writings to interact with others. Marketing, advertising, getting your name out there, it’s hard, it can be expensive, but it’s the reality of being an author. People won’t buy your book just because it’s published.

      9. Getting a Biblical message into a book can be the hardest part. I didn’t want to have long sermons typed out in the middle of a kidnapping drama, but I also didn’t want anyone to be able to read it and come away without knowing the message. Now there is NOTHING wrong with pausing a story to teach something, but if you’re trying to intertwine the spiritual lesson into the plot, it can get really hard and complicated. It’s not as easy as it should be, but since it’s the most important part, we shouldn’t expect it to be easy.

    10. The first rough draft is just the beginning. I’ll never forget the feeling I got when I finished writing out my first book in a notebook. I was ecstatic! I had written a book! Then I had to type it out and I began changing things. Suddenly, writing the first draft wasn’t such a big deal. By the eighth draft, I wanted to give up, but I learned that as hard as editing is, it’s where a real manuscript is made.

What it looked like when I started writing . . .

What it look's like now.


I hope this was helpful! If you’re looking at this list going, “Wow! I’m not so sure I like writing anymore,” take heart. It’s in the storms that God walks on water. God makes beauty from ashes, When we’re weak, then HE is shown to be strong!