I have always been a writer.  For most of my life I haven’t written for people to read.  I put pen to paper because I was made in the image of a God who used words to call this world into existence, and He used words to call me to Himself.  Before I was formed in my mother’s womb He breathed into me a mind and heart for reading and writing.  Out of all the talents He could have given He chose a spirit that yearns to take twenty-six symbols and turn them over and over again into pages of what I’ve never considered an ordinary story.  Once in a while, when I would let them slip out into the universe, people told me what I wrote was a gift and asked me if I would please do it more.   I’m just now barely brave enough to put my name on it.




The Thorn. Keep Bleeding. Turn it into Love

The Thorn. Keep Bleeding. Turn it into LoveThe cursor blinks. I edit every thought before it can escape through my fingers. I’m back to a place of intense and unrelenting physical pain that clouds how I see myself, my family, my community and my faith. I’m at a point where talking about my suffering in any forum, even my close personal relationships, […] Read more...

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"Start with the soul and perhaps the temporal gifts I want to exercise will have their chance; and if they do not, I have the best in my hands already, the only thing really needed.  God must be in all my work."  --Flannery O'Connor

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2 Comments on The Thorn. Keep Bleeding. Turn it into Love

  1. Diane McElwain
    September 12, 2017 at 2:58 pm (1 week ago)

    My heart cries for you each time I read your letters, knowing that taking the time to do this must be exhausting. I pray for your family often. May God keep you close.

  2. Susan Barone
    September 16, 2017 at 1:37 am (6 days ago)

    I want this book now, too. I’ve been turning over and over this idea of the thorn and the rose. I too have many thorns I wait to have removed. I hadn’t considered the thorn is guarding something. I probably would not dig into God’s Word and stay the course without the thorn if I’m honest. When things were different and I was in a place with no pain, I don’t think I matured much in my faith as I have through the valleys I’ve walked through. Thank you for sharing the book and your insights once again. I’ve never met you in person but I think of you as my mentor in faith and a fellow valley walker.


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