Have you noticed some unfamiliar faces hanging around Morning Coffee in the last few days? Well, actually, they are very familiar. They are my friends, fellow writers, and long-time Morning Coffee readers.
You also may have noticed I’ve been posting less over the last few months. I never intended for my Morning Coffee break (no pun intended) to last this long. But I am snowed under! I’ve been wanting to go back to posting five days a week. But I just can’t . . . yet.
So I’ve called in reinforcements. They are Judi, Jean, TJ, Alyssa, and Jeanette. I adore them – each and every one! And they’ve agreed to help me out for a little while. I know you’ll love them as much as I do, especially once you read their posts. They are “the bomb”! (Do people still say “the bomb”?)
Below, I have briefly introduced each of them. Honestly, I can’t do any of them justice here. I hope you’ll check out their blogs, and get to know them like I do. (If you click on their names below, you’ll find links to their blogs.) In the meantime, here is a song I’d like to dedicate to them, and to all of you who have offered your love, friendship and prayers to me. This is for you! (click here.)
Judi: I met Judi at a writer’s conference in 2007. Her warm smile and sense of humor initially gave me the impression of a carefree, happy-go-lucky personality – but don’t let her fool you. Beneath that winning smile is a deep thinker, a philosopher. If I had to describe Judi in one word, I think it would be genuine. She is real. She has a passion for crossing outside of Christian circles and telling the world that God loves them!
Jean: I can’t remember who visited whose blog first. Jean and I have never met face to face, but her Conversations with God have showed me her heart, and more importantly, God’s heart. Over the months, I have developed a deep and genuine respect for Jean as a Christian and as a writer. I can’t wait to give her a real, live, in-the-flesh hug one of these days! But until then, I keep feeling hugged by her – and God – every morning, as I read her conversations.
TJ: I met TJ at a writer’s conference (same one where I met Judi) and immediately fell in love! First of all, TJ is gorgeous. Oh, not just a little bit. She is stunningly beautiful. We’re talking Barbie here, only with a brain to go with the package. But as I’ve gotten to know TJ, I’ve decided that she is my hero. She loves her family with all her heart. She is passionate about them, and her calling in life seems to be making them feel loved and important. But she doesn’t reserve her loving generosity for her family only. Anyone who meets her feels loved and important, because that’s just the way TJ is.
Jeanette: I’ve never met Jeanette face-to-face, either. But at some point, we started visiting one another’s blogs, and I feel like I’ve met my long lost sister. She and I share so many common views and experiences, yet our upbringings could not have been more different! You see, Jeanette was brought up in Liberia, where her parents were missionaries. Her mother actually translated the Bible, one word at a time, into the Liberian language! When I go to Jeanette’s blog, I feel like a kid at story time, watching those flannel-graph pictures come to life. She has a way of writing, a way of telling, that keeps me on the edge of my seat. I know you’ll love her like I do!
Alyssa: Alyssa and I were introduced by TJ at another writer’s conference. To read Alyssa’s credentials, one might be tempted to feel intimidated. She is a lawyer. She teaches a class to law students a couple of nights a week. She is tall, slim, has silky, wavy, dark hair, and yes, she is beau-ti-ful. But all you have to do is meet her, and you know there is nothing false in this woman. She is gentle, kind, thoughtful . . . the kind of person you just want to sit by at lunch every single day in the cafeteria, or every morning at the coffee shop. And that sweet nature shows up in her writing. I know you will be blessed by her, as is everyone who knows her.
Please feel free to comment, and join me in giving each of them a warm welcome. (Insert applause here. 😉 ) Thanks, friends!