Keeping Focused After Life Happens

through-eyes-of-hopeI just followed an interview with Lacey Buchanan discussing her upcoming book, Through the Eyes of Hope (available January 2017) and it left me speechless.

Lacey’s book offers the shocking reality of what can happen when life goes unplanned. Can anything be more shocking? Yet her words are touching. Her tenacity is unwavering. Her heart is focused on two things–her love for God and family.

What a lesson to learn. I think about my own life. While I dealt with a brain tumor that rocked my world, I, too, needed to focus on my love for God and my family. That’s what got me through. But was I tenacious? Were my words motivating and inspirational as hers? Was my focus on the love God and family enough?

Who can say? It probably could have been more of what I needed to be. But I can learn from Lacey to help me through my tomorrows. I think of friends who have lost jobs, marriages and even children. How can I help them to focus on God and family as Lacey showed me?

God’s placed a burden on my heart through 2 Corinthians 1:4 … who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

Lacey comforted my heart today. I hope to be who God wants me to be by comforting others. Is that a goal of yours? How is God leading you?

It’s My Cancer-versary…

Many people die by not embracing the gifts God gives them. That is not the case with Kim. Read her latest blog and celebrate with her. This is how you take a swan dive into life. Happy day to you, Sweet Survivor.

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There are lots of things in my life that are amazing and awesome, but this is downright unbelievable. It’s crazy. Insane, actually. Today marks 3 years since I was diagnosed as having advanced stage malignant melanoma. So much has happened (and if you’ve been with me from the beginning you’re well aware of that) but as I soaked it in today through all of the wonderfully mundane things I did, I realized that so much is the same. How can this be? How can my life look so normal? It’s unfathomable (don’t worry, I’ll run out of adjectives eventually…)

It’s wild to think that three years ago today I was at work in our church office with my cell phone right beside me just waiting for it to ring. I already knew. I knew I was sick but there was that small glimmer of hope that they were just wrong…

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Dysphagia Caused by Brain Injury

While many of my posts have been focused on writing or emotional healing, I am also sensitive to brain damage survival. On April 1, 2011, I suffered a seizure that led the doctors to find a meningioma tumor on my brain and was given ten days to live. Thankfully, I blew past their diagnosis.

Here’s a post from Michelle Munt, car accident / brain damage survivor … and someone who understands how brain damage can flip your world topsy-turvy.




The Giants that Grow Quietly within Us – Interview with a Giant-Killer #5

I am thrilled to share an interview taken by my friend Lori Roeleveld, promoting  for her newly-released book, Jesus and the Beanstalk (Overcoming Your Giants and Living a Fruitful Life).


I blushed when I read the beginning of the interview:

“So privileged to bring you my friend, Robin Luftig’s interview. She is truly a giant-slayer of the first order and I’m honored to have her friendship in my life. The title of her website says it all: Not only Surviving, but Thriving. Her testimony is proof that we can not only defeat the giants in our lives, we can thrive in the midst of the battle. God can use us when we’re prepared for the fight and also when we’ve been knocked down.”

What are some of the giants you need to kill?


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Be Alert–the Caged Canary Stopped Singing

caged-birdCoal mining in the 20th century many times included taking a caged canary into the depths underground. These birds were sensitive to carbon monoxide, a potentially deadly gas devoid of color, taste or smell, that often formed in the mines. A dead bird in the cage meant the miners needed to be alert–deadly conditions were at hand.

Watching the political banter over the past months has been telling. Pointing fingers and one-upping from both sides of the aisle took front and center stage while pressing issues were left untouched.

I think the Canary has stopped singing. Please, let’s heed the issues at hand that can be deadly. We still have time.

5 of My Favorite Writing Tools

writers-toolsHaving the right tools for writing always helps the process go smoothly. Tools can be anything. Did you start with your favorite pen when you began jotting down your thoughts? Or what about reference books–I thoroughly enjoy thumbing through them even when I’m between projects, just to get the feel of what’s out there. Do you have your favorite software? Do you support Microsoft Word person or Google docs?

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Being Distracted While Writing

Distractions when writing is one of the greatest challenges for a new or struggling author. Pretty colors. Cleaning the oven. Organizing your closets. The strangest distractions can seem important when ideas aren’t flowing. Or perhaps the more visible success of fellow writers has you in a bit of a funk.

Snap out of it!

Regain your focus. Remember what your purpose is. Revisit the reason you decided to sit at the keyboard in the first place.

Take a break if you need it. Read this post if you’d like. But get back to work. You’ll be glad that you did.

And now I need to get back to work, too. <smile>