Posts by L.A. Freeland

15 Surprising Ways to Find Relief from Anxiety

anxietyRush hour slows all four northbound lanes of highway traffic to twenty miles an hour…fifteen… ten…and holds at a five-mile-an-hour crawl. I’m boxed in by cars, SUVs, and a few semis. No off ramp in site. No way to cross to the shoulder. Not two minutes later, even the crawl ceases.

The engine idles roughly in my fourteen-year-old ride that’s clearly feeling the aches and pains of its two-hundred-thousand plus miles. In the last year, this van has stalled at a major intersection, blew out two tires in one day, and purged its radiator in the middle of a highway construction zone.

And I just know I’m going to get stuck today with no way out. By myself. On the highway…READ THE REST ON CROSSWALK.COM. 

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The Two Sides of Pride

prideEver feel like you fall short of the mark? Miss your best moments? Never make the cut. Always come in last?

Feel free to substitute any other heart-hollowing cliché for the few above. They all mean the same thing—You’re not good enough. And maybe you never will be.

I grew up in a time when parents were told to shower children with a stream of self-esteem, pep-talk pat-on-the-backs.

Be all you can be. You can do anything you put your mind to. Hard work equals success. If you do the right thing, everything will work out.

But what happens when all you can be isn’t enough or your mind reaches farther than reality or your hard work only leaves you running in place while your right choices lead to chaos and dead ends? READ THE REST AT KATHYIDE.COM (I’m hanging out there today)

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I’ve Written a Book. What Now?

book-launch-mentor-logo-med-e1469121758586Are you a writer? Do you have a book ready to go? Want some great advice? Author Mary DeMuth has some. Start with a good editor.

“All writers need an editor,” she says. “ALL. I would not be where I am today without tremendous editors who helped me see things I could never see. We’re all so close to our writing that we need another set of eyes. Of course you could ask a friend or a spouse to read your work, but that second set of eyes actually needs some expertise. Plus, friends and family love to tell you how awesome you are, and that is not helpful when you’re trying to refine a piece. Even now, before I send off a book to my publisher, I have two editor friends look it over before it heads to more editing.”

She’s put together an awesome list that I’m honored to be on–Great Editors: A List.

For more helping launching your book, check out her new site Book Launch Mentor, where she offers writing intensives and helpful blog posts.

mary demuth*Mary DeMuth is a former church planter in France and the author of more than thirty books. A sought-after international speaker, she has overcome (through Jesus’s healing) a difficult past to become an authentic example of what it means to live a brand new story. She lives in Texas with her family.

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