Book Review: Dragonflies, Ketchup, and Late-Night Phone Calls

  Note: This post contains affiliate links to Amazon.com. Weird title alert: what do an insect, a condiment, and something by definition considered an inconvenience have to do with each other? And how did they come together to form a book title? It would be better for Daphne Tarango to explain that—as she does well in the introduction to her book. Suffice it to say she has found that each of them adds uniquely to her life and, more importantly, {Read More}

About Vicki Huffman

Writer / Editorial Board. Vicki Huffman's latest book is The Jesus Moses Knew: How to See Christ in the Old Testament which, in an easy-to-understand way, takes the reader through much of the Old Testament looking at appearances and types of Christ. Her other books are: A Secret Hope (novel); Still Looking: Finding the Peace of God in Job Loss; Plus Living: Looking for Joy in All the Right Places, and The Best of Times. All are available in print and e-book on amazon.com. Vicki is a national award-winning author who has taught the Bible for many years. She was an editor for several Christian publishing houses, including Thomas Nelson and David C. Cook Ministries.

Still Looking: Finding the Peace of God in Job Loss

When I first submitted my family’s unemployment story to Vicki Huffman, I offered to write a review of her book once it was completed. Only God knew the reason and the season in which I would need to read the inspirational words in Still Looking: Finding the Peace of God in Job Loss. When I received Vicki’s book to review several months later, my husband had been once again laid off for no fault of his own. Already, four weeks {Read More}

About Daphne Tarango

Daphne Tarango is a freelance writer who comforts others with the comfort she has received from God. Daphne is a recovery speaker and writers’ group president. She has published numerous inspirational articles in print and online magazines. She has three stories in the inspirational collection, Women of the Secret Place, published by Ambassador International. Daphne is married to Luis and in the past year, has resigned from corporate life to take a position as a stay-at-home mom of three adopted children. To connect with Daphne, visit her blog: http://DaphneWrites.com.

Gentle on the Hair

I yank it. I pull it. I stretch it. I rake my fingers through it carelessly. Yes, I’m talking about my hair. God has been showing me that the way I treat my hair is a barometer for the way I treat myself and others. When I yank, pull, stretch, and treat my curls with haste, I tend to treat myself and my family the same way. · I snap. · I scrutinize. · I criticize. When I’m gentle with {Read More}

About Daphne Tarango

Daphne Tarango is a freelance writer who comforts others with the comfort she has received from God. Daphne is a recovery speaker and writers’ group president. She has published numerous inspirational articles in print and online magazines. She has three stories in the inspirational collection, Women of the Secret Place, published by Ambassador International. Daphne is married to Luis and in the past year, has resigned from corporate life to take a position as a stay-at-home mom of three adopted children. To connect with Daphne, visit her blog: http://DaphneWrites.com.

My {Un} Kind Home

It’s easy for me to show kindness to friends, acquaintances, and even strangers. It’s harder for me to show kindness to the people I live with day in and day out.  It seems like my patience often runs thin—especially with my children. Constant arguing, fighting, and yelling—it all gets to me, and too often I react in unkind ways.  Lately and not coincidentally—I’m sure, Colossians 3:21 has been on my mind: “Fathers, do not exasperate your children….” Chances are if {Read More}

About Daphne Tarango

Daphne Tarango is a freelance writer who comforts others with the comfort she has received from God. Daphne is a recovery speaker and writers’ group president. She has published numerous inspirational articles in print and online magazines. She has three stories in the inspirational collection, Women of the Secret Place, published by Ambassador International. Daphne is married to Luis and in the past year, has resigned from corporate life to take a position as a stay-at-home mom of three adopted children. To connect with Daphne, visit her blog: http://DaphneWrites.com.

We Will Go Through…with Peace

Do you ever feel as if God is preparing you or a loved one for bad news? You know… that gut feeling, that restlessness, that longing to pray and intercede for yourself, your family, your friends, your church, pastors, or missionaries? God has a way of preparing us, dear ones. It’s happened to me many times: That urge to pray for someone I haven’t thought of in years, friends’ marriages, protection for children. Listen to Matthew 20:17-19: Jesus was going {Read More}

About Daphne Tarango

Daphne Tarango is a freelance writer who comforts others with the comfort she has received from God. Daphne is a recovery speaker and writers’ group president. She has published numerous inspirational articles in print and online magazines. She has three stories in the inspirational collection, Women of the Secret Place, published by Ambassador International. Daphne is married to Luis and in the past year, has resigned from corporate life to take a position as a stay-at-home mom of three adopted children. To connect with Daphne, visit her blog: http://DaphneWrites.com.

Patient…with You

Think back. Do you remember it? The day you received Jesus Christ into your heart as your Lord and Savior? What did you feel? · Relief? · Joy? · Excitement? How long did it take for you to make that choice for Jesus? Has it been years, months, weeks, or days since that date? Have you ever thought of how long God waited for you to make that choice for Him? We each owed God a tremendous debt–one we could {Read More}

About Daphne Tarango

Daphne Tarango is a freelance writer who comforts others with the comfort she has received from God. Daphne is a recovery speaker and writers’ group president. She has published numerous inspirational articles in print and online magazines. She has three stories in the inspirational collection, Women of the Secret Place, published by Ambassador International. Daphne is married to Luis and in the past year, has resigned from corporate life to take a position as a stay-at-home mom of three adopted children. To connect with Daphne, visit her blog: http://DaphneWrites.com.

No Greater Love

Take a step back. Farther. Farther, still. Can you see it—the parade of your life? If not, take another step back. See it—the stages of your life? · Childhood · Teen years · Early adulthood · College · Career · Dating · Marriage · Parenthood · Grandparenting · Mature years As you recall the stages of your life, ask yourself: Who benefited from my life? · Family? · Church? · Friends? · Coworkers? · Yourself? Overall, did you set your {Read More}

About Daphne Tarango

Daphne Tarango is a freelance writer who comforts others with the comfort she has received from God. Daphne is a recovery speaker and writers’ group president. She has published numerous inspirational articles in print and online magazines. She has three stories in the inspirational collection, Women of the Secret Place, published by Ambassador International. Daphne is married to Luis and in the past year, has resigned from corporate life to take a position as a stay-at-home mom of three adopted children. To connect with Daphne, visit her blog: http://DaphneWrites.com.

Missing Jesus

“Where’s baby Jesus?” My husband searched through the bag where we stored one of our Nativity sets from last year. “Uh-oh, we lost baby Jesus.” I rushed over. “What?” “Baby Jesus is missing.” We have several nativity sets, but the one I most treasure is made of wood cutouts that fit within each other. The largest cutout is the roof of the manger, and every other cutout beneath it depicts another aspect of the manger scene—the inside of the stable, {Read More}

About Daphne Tarango

Daphne Tarango is a freelance writer who comforts others with the comfort she has received from God. Daphne is a recovery speaker and writers’ group president. She has published numerous inspirational articles in print and online magazines. She has three stories in the inspirational collection, Women of the Secret Place, published by Ambassador International. Daphne is married to Luis and in the past year, has resigned from corporate life to take a position as a stay-at-home mom of three adopted children. To connect with Daphne, visit her blog: http://DaphneWrites.com.

Share the Christ of Christmas

At a Christmas gathering last year, we read the Christmas story–a children’s picture-book version. Kids and adults alike gathered in the living room to listen to the reason for this joyous season. As the story progressed, some children–and adults–listened intently, while others half-listened, buzzed from an evening full of treats and sweets. It was an interactive story–with questions and answers–mostly from the children. In the middle of the story, a child asked, “What’s a manger?” Minutes later, the mother of {Read More}

About Daphne Tarango

Daphne Tarango is a freelance writer who comforts others with the comfort she has received from God. Daphne is a recovery speaker and writers’ group president. She has published numerous inspirational articles in print and online magazines. She has three stories in the inspirational collection, Women of the Secret Place, published by Ambassador International. Daphne is married to Luis and in the past year, has resigned from corporate life to take a position as a stay-at-home mom of three adopted children. To connect with Daphne, visit her blog: http://DaphneWrites.com.

Inviting Them Home

Many people were away from their homes for the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ–Joseph, Mary, the shepherds, the wise men, and most of all, Jesus Himself. Several years ago, I was away from home for the holidays. Recently divorced, I moved to a new town the week of Christmas and knew no one–except my dog. I didn’t know my way around the town, and all I remembered was seeing a church several blocks from my house. I mustered up {Read More}

About Daphne Tarango

Daphne Tarango is a freelance writer who comforts others with the comfort she has received from God. Daphne is a recovery speaker and writers’ group president. She has published numerous inspirational articles in print and online magazines. She has three stories in the inspirational collection, Women of the Secret Place, published by Ambassador International. Daphne is married to Luis and in the past year, has resigned from corporate life to take a position as a stay-at-home mom of three adopted children. To connect with Daphne, visit her blog: http://DaphneWrites.com.