Author Archives: thehopebeacon

About thehopebeacon

Wecome to my blog! I am a Christian wife, mother, and grandmother who wants to share my lifetime experiences with those who share the same interests and roles. I served as an educator for twenty-one years as both a classroom teacher and an Instructional Services Consultant. Most recently I chose to write children's books. This new path as an author led me to create this website. I seek to inspire, uplift, encourage, and advise those who come here who share common interests or life experiences as myself.

A Trip Back Home

On February 11, I will be at a book signing in Danville, Iowa, at their public library. This will be my first in that area, though I spent many hours in the Danville Elementary School. Half of my student teaching … Continue reading

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What does it Mean to Stand Up?

Each Memorial Day weekend, we honor our brave and faithful who allow us to enjoy freedom in America. I am grateful for each one who served in the military in any capacity, and in any location. I am grateful for our … Continue reading

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Christianity – Faith of Love

As I study the different religions across the world, I notice some commonalities. For example, each encourages actions of right and wrong behaviors based on the principles taught by the founder of a particular faith. Each centers around a personality, … Continue reading

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Peace and Tranquility – Priceless

Life is so hectic these days. Many sink under the weight of stress, schedules, and demands placed on them by self, bosses, family, finances, and other’s expectations for them. Is this really the abundant life Jesus promised? Or, is this … Continue reading

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Book Expo of America 2016

In May one of my books will be featured at the Great Book Expo of America 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. This will be my first exposure for my books at one of these events, so I do not know what to expect. … Continue reading

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What is the Purpose of Church?

Jesus Christ established His “church,” a group of believers who carry out His will and mission to reach the lost on earth. On Peter’s confession of faith, that “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, the long-awaited Messiah,” the … Continue reading

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CATCHING UP WITH FAMILY

My husband experienced a renewal of friendship in late May last year. He went to Canada with our younger son and his two boys for a fishing trip. Along with them, three other families with fathers, sons, and grandsons (and … Continue reading

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Iowa Authors Interview

Recently a friend invited me to take part in an interview he is filming for Iowa Authors. He plans to air this session on PBS, a channel that features information about Iowa. He invited many authors from across Iowa, and … Continue reading

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WHEN DOORS SLAM SHUT

On Saturday, July 18, I went to my book signing in the Mount Ayr Public Library from 11:00 – 2:00 pm. It took place during Ayr Days as planned and advertised. However, though five people entered the library area, only … Continue reading

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Writing Career On Hold

There are times in our lives when the unexpected happens. During those times, careers go on hold for a while. Last September was one such time for me, and I couldn’t finish editing my second and third novels that I … Continue reading

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