October 27, 2015

The clack, clack, clack of the wheels pulls us closer to the pinnacle.


My son grips my hand, his eyes growing larger with every stomach-clenching jolt of steel against steel. 


“I’m not sure I like this,” he says in a voice that trembles on this, his first rollercoaste...

September 30, 2015

 Originally Posted on JoyComesintheMorning.net 


Something I never expected before I was a mom, was how much my children would bring out the worst in me.


There are days where my responses and my choices are far from grace-filled and it makes me see just how much uglines...

September 2, 2015

We are in the throes of another oh-so-fun political cycle. The news is saturated with debates, commentary, and predictions about who will be the next President of the United States. I’ve found that at times I must turn off the TV and stay away from the political websit...

May 23, 2015

Originally Posted on LearnHowtoWriteANovel.com 

This weekend, I did something I have never done before. I stood in front of a group of women for my first speaking engagement as an author. For weeks leading up to the day my stomach did gymnastics. But I knew my speech we...

April 21, 2015

I’ve got to be honest, I had a rough day today. 



It was one of those days when I got squeezed and what came out was not roses and sunshine. Not even close. It was ugly, and it was messy.

It was one of those days when I was reminded that I am achingly human, still in...

January 29, 2015



I have been involved in a traditional critique group for a while, which has been enormously beneficial; not only to tighten my writing and hone technique, but to encourage me—especially when I was a knee-trembling newbie.

However, inspired by the class taught by Sus...

January 12, 2015

 I write Biblical fiction, but unlike most stories told about Bible characters, the stories in my first series (which takes place before, during, and after the Exodus from Egypt) are written from a first person point of view, and also from the perspective of an “outsid...

December 31, 2014

I don’t ever make New Years resolutions. Not because they aren’t a good idea, but I know my inconsistent self. It’ll last a few days and then…pfft—over. But the last few years I’ve heard this idea of selecting a word for the year. A word to ponder and meditate on. A su...

December 7, 2014

Originally Posted on  Joy Comes in the Morning


I spoke with a friend recently who is going through some discouraging struggles.  Issues of self-worth, identity, and some very pointed personal attacks on her character. I hurt for her, especially since I have gone throug...

October 15, 2014

Originally Posted on Joy Comes in the Morning

Some days I stink as a mom and a wife. I am impatient with my kids, disrespectful to my husband and more often than not my house is a bit of a mess.


And guess what? I bet you feel that way sometimes, too.


And sometimes I com...

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When she is not homeschooling her two sweet kiddos (with a full pot of coffee at hand), Connilyn is scribbling notes on spare paper, mumbling about her imaginary friends, and reading obscure out-of-print history books. Her first book Counted with the Stars will be released through Bethany House Publishers April 2016.

She also blogs at JoyComesInTheMorning.com and LearnHowToWriteANovel.com

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