Join me, with a cup of tea, as we explore ways to live out the Christian faith in our daily walk. Let’s celebrate the small victories, learn gratitude for the simple privileges God gives us every day, and find joy and comfort in God’s Word together! Pray with me!

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  • The Privileged Life: Ways to Honor the Fallen…and Jesus Christ

    “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power….” (Revelation 4:11) Memorial Day frequently comes and goes for many of us without remembrance. We treat it casually, just another holiday to celebrate with cookouts, a day at the park, or shopping sales.   This morning, however, the gloom of rain has brought to my mind…

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  • The Privileged Life: “No One is So Lost…”

    “When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him.” (Mark 5:6) Over the weekend, I learned that Dr. Harry Reeder, senior pastor of Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Ala., had been killed in a tragic car accident. It happened the day before the Lord called Dr. Timothy Keller, founder of Redeemer Church in New…

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  • The Privileged Life: In the Wilderness with God

    “Now it happened, when Saul had returned from following the Philistines, that it was told him, saying, ‘Take note! David is in the Wilderness of En Gedi.’” (1 Samuel 24:1) Have you ever taken a personal spiritual retreat? Just you and God in the wilderness? Last week, I joined my good friend Mary Ellen at the Billy Graham Training…

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Hi! I’m an adventure enthusiast who loves snow-skiing, making biscotti, taking photos, and sharing a good laugh. I’m a history buff, too, with an affinity for antiques and fascinating stories from the past. My writing career began with five years in the “Mad Men” world of ad agencies, crafting ads and commercials for ceiling fans, soft drinks, and pest control, among others. Then, during nearly a decade of editorial work at Federal Express headquarters, I traveled the globe (often in FedEx jet cockpits) and collected memories of international cultures. I also served as an adjunct instructor at a Christian college for a decade, teaching PR strategies and practices to the next generation of professionals. Lightbourne Creative is my professional PR/communications/writing moniker.

Eventually, I left the corporate life for the mountains of East Tennessee—the best place in the world to call home. Now, I write for the sheer pleasure of it, with blogs and novels at the top of my “fun stuff to-do” list. I’m serious, though, about serving Jesus Christ as a prayer warrior and writing for God’s glory—striving to encourage others on their spiritual journeys. When I’m not writing, look for me hiking the Appalachian Trail with my beloved husband and our mini-schnauzer Heidi. Follow my weekly posts about the “privileged life” of knowing Jesus!

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