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Writing & Sharing Encouraging Words

I am now scheduling 2019 opportunities to share Encouraging Words with other writers. If you are looking for a speaker about writing for children or encouraging new writers, and you are within 150 miles of Louisville, Kentucky I would love to talk with you. Reply to this Encouraging Words Newsletter with SPEAKER in the subject line, please. I'll respond quickly--promise. Thanks.

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The Toddlers Bedtime Story Book by V. Gilbert Beers. THANKS!

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God's Encouraging Words

"Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit
within me." (Psalm 51:10 NKJV)

This is one of my daily prayers for 2019 that I might start not only the year, but each day, with a heart clean before God. A heart steadfast and dependable. A heart receptive to hear and learn what God has for me that day. Will you join me in that daily prayer?

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Tips From Two Year Olds

Tips From Two Year Olds
Get excited! There’s always something new to learn. Make a mess! You can clean up later. Explore! There’s a great big world around you. Dance! It doesn’t matter whether you dance well or not, just dance! Play with your food! Get your fingers in there. Slurp a little. Enjoy every bite. Let go! Share your feelings. Don’t hold back. Go …


“Oh, no! I forgot Mrs. So-and-so.” Yes, I’ve said that before. Bet you have, too. Or, "Mom, I need a gift for a party I'm going to." You've heard that, haven't you? Many years ago I thought it was weird that my mother had a shelf in her closet that was stuffed with random gifts, wrapping paper and tape. Too many …
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