Author’s Journey

Learning to Trust

Learning to Trust

I still remember the moment when I first saw him. He was everything I had ever dreamed of. He was tall, well-muscled, and had a red coat that rivaled the brightest flame. In addition to his dashing good looks, he was the most gentle of giants. I was pretty sure that I would never see such […]

YHWH Jireh Cares For Me (For me, for me)

YHWH Jireh Cares For Me (For me, for me)

Or, as Adam Graham would’ve titled this, “The Realm Makers After Action Report.” Guest Blogger: Andrea Graham This year, Adam Graham determined to send me to Realm Makers, to keep his promise that it was my turn next time, so he could go next year. After being persuaded he had just enough money on our […]

A Day in the Life of Gretchen E.K. Engel

A Day in the Life of Gretchen E.K. Engel

So what does a day in the life of Gretchen E.K. Engel look like? Good question because that’s a dynamic answer. And one that got a new plot twist–early mornings. First I wouldn’t say my life is as busy as it is complicated. I work part time for an engineering firm, so that’s what dictates […]

Impostor Syndrome: It’s a Thing

Impostor Syndrome: It’s a Thing

Many of us suffer from the feeling that we’re about to be found out. If someone digs a little deeper, they will discover that I’m not what I pretend to be. That I’m not as smart, talented, or praiseworthy as they think. It’s not only creative people who feel this way, though I suspect that creatives […]

Eat Rejection for Breakfast

Eat Rejection for Breakfast

Rejection is hard. It hurts. Some people handle it better than others, but it affects us all. A post popped up on my “Memories” on Facebook. I think I had just gotten a rejection from someone I’d pitched to and was processing through it with a friend. She said, “We eat rejection for breakfast,” to […]

Joy In The Day To Day

Joy In The Day To Day

“Does it make sense to pray for guidance about the future if we are not obeying in the thing that lies before us today? How many momentous events in Scripture depended on one person’s seemingly small act of obedience! Rest assured: Do what God tells you to do now, and, depend upon it, you will be shown what to do next.” ― Elisabeth Elliot

An Extrovert Among Introverts – The Good, the Great, and the Never Again

An Extrovert Among Introverts – The Good, the Great, and the Never Again

At one point during Realm Makers, I sat with a fellow extrovert and we started counting. Of the 180 attendees, the count was 11 by the end of the conference, the count soared to 13. By this proportion, NAF is teeming with writerly extroverts. Brittany Valentine is another in this count. Even among us extroverts, our […]