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  • The Privileged Life: Looking for the Cross

    “But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” (Galatians 6:14) A fellow blogger, Mama Lava, has encouraged her readers to look for heart-shaped images, in nature and elsewhere, as little reminders of God’s love for us.*…

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    Hi, friends! I’m so excited to announce that I’ve joined a band of marvelous Christian authors writing the newest series of Ever After Mysteries—novels based on fairytale plots, set in the 1940s. I’m a new kid on this block, and I’m having a blast getting to know these fine ladies and their work. A Troll Falls by Marji…

  • The Privileged Life: The Essence of a Good Guide

    “For You are my rock and my fortress; therefore, for Your name’s sake, lead me and guide me.” (Psalm 31:3) Are you an independent traveler? I am. My husband and I love exploring new places, looking for curiosities, digging into history, and learning about people in different cultures. We prefer to go off the beaten path, move at our own…

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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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