Perspective, Trials

Fog: 4 Tips for Seeing Through Difficulties

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By +Jeanne Takenaka @JeanneTakenaka

Fog wrapped around my vehicle as I pulled from the garage. I glanced to the left and the right—twice—before steering onto the street. In a way, I felt as if I was the only person on the road.

There’s something almost eerie about driving when you can’t see anything around you. I’m comfortable driving in various conditions, but my hands still gripped the steering wheel. I leaned forward to check for shadows before me. Headlights from the other direction sliced through the soup, cutting a path in the mist.

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Fear, God, Life, Trials

Worries: Perspective on Fear

Snowflake on red

By +Jeanne Takenaka @JeanneTakenaka

Snowflakes leave me in awe. So small, yet so incredibly beautiful. Crafted so that each one has intrinsic similarities and yet are absolutely unique. As winter snows visit our little corner of the country, I find myself gazing out windows as snow falls quiet. Steady.

I’m reading The Hardest Peace, by Kara Tippetts. This book shares her story—of her life, her cancer journey—and the beautiful, deep lessons she’s learning. I come away from each chapter moved, wanting to grow deeper in love with Jesus.

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God, Growing, Rejection, Risk

Growing: Encouraging Personal Growth

Unless you try to do something RW Emerson

By +Jeanne Takenaka @JeanneTakenaka

***Hubby and I took a few days away, so I don’t have a regular blogpost ready for this week.

With that being said, I have been contemplating the idea behind this quote. I’ve completed three rough drafts that have the potential to become full-fledged books. If I revise and polish and submit them.

I stretched myself with the first word I wrote for my first book. I—the woman who never thought she could make up a plot, imagine up characters and dream up dialogue—wrote my first story. With a lot of help from God. And guidance from friends.

As my third story marinates for a bit, I’ve discovered a hesitancy to take it through the process to completion. I suspect I’m nurturing a fear of rejection.

So . . .

It’s time to try to do something beyond what I’ve mastered and refine this story. Pour more of myself into it and see what God does with it. If I  entrust the end result to Him, I don’t need to fear rejection or anything else. I’m going to grow as I walk through this stretching process.

What about you? What have you tried to do beyond what you’ve already mastered? What was the end result?

Contentment, Contentment: What Does It Take to Live With Contentment?, Grace, Relationship, Uncategorized

Contentment: What Does It Take to Live With Contentment?

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By Jeanne Takenaka

When we were deep into our walk in infertility, I struggled with discontentment, I yearned for a child weighting down my arms down. A wee one to nurture. It became my daily—no, hourly—prayer. My cry when my body revealed I was not pregnant. The sorrow and grief of being denied what my heart was designed to yearn for about broke me.

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Dealing With Fear Walking Through Marked Doors, Fear, Life, Passion

Dealing With Fear: Walking Through Marked Doors

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My friend, Beth Vogt, talks about the things that happened in her life when she opened the door marked, “Never.”

I’ve been thinking about that idea of doors in my life. Which doors I’ve opened. Which ones I’ve kept closed and locked up tight.

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Focus, Life, New Year's Resolutions Or One Word?, Passion, Perspective

New Year’s Resolutions Or One Word?

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Are you a Resolutions person or a One Word person?

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Heart Lessons From ACFW, Passion, Perspective

Heart Lessons From ACFW

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I loved the reminder of this verse!

A couple weeks ago, I mentioned that I planned to attend the American Christian Fiction Writer’s (ACFW) Conference. Well, I did, and I’ve come home exhausted, but invigorated.

Who knew one could experience so many emotions during a three day writer’s conference?

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Book Reviews, Catch A Falling Star

Catch A Falling Star-Book Review

ImageI’ve known Beth Vogt for many years, and I’m privileged to call her friend. We met when our Air Force husbands were stationed in Colorado Springs–um, a long time ago. She is one of the most gracious, encouraging people I know.

When she began writing fiction, I knew it was only a matter of time before she was published. She has a unique voice–fun and honest. Her debut novel, Wish You Were Here, was a great read. Catch A Falling Star, her latest novel, takes her gift for crafting a wonderful story to a whole new level. I loved it! And, I’m not just saying that because she’s my friend. It’s one of my favorite books of 2013.

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