3 Questions Wednesday with Jacqueline Kimball

Jacqueline Kimball is a mother of three fantastic adults, and a proud Nana. She’s totally a southern girl from northern Louisiana. With great pleasure, we welcome her to 3 Questions Wednesday!

First question–

What inspires you?

Jacqueline: That’s a loaded question to ask a blabbermouth like me. Inspiration for my daily life is, of course, my relationship with my Lord and Savior. My faith inspires what I write. I definitely want a Christian message to come across in my writing.

I’m also a history nerd, and I’m a tad obsessed with wagon trains, pioneers, the Oregon Trail, and pretty much anything to do with the mid 1800s. Four of my five books published so far are historical to that era, and I am currently writing a Gold Rush period novel. Wish me luck, as this is my first mail order bride novel!

I love to research and slip little historical tidbits into my story. For instance, if my character is cooking, I might research for an hour just to be absolutely positive that I mention the correct stove for the era.  But let me hush. I told you I am a blabbermouth.

You’re just excited about your work. And that’s a good thing. Now…

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Jacqueline:  Ah. This is an easy one. My favorite season is fall. When I was a child, I would layer different fall colors with my crayons when I would color a tree. (Of course they were masterpieces that no one seemed to appreciate as much as I did.)

I rarely colored a tree green. I am a crayon called “taste of fall”. Maybe just “fall”. I’d have to think about that. I’m a swirled mix crayon that changes from olive to orange, to gold, and finally to crimson as you color a picture of a leaf or tree. Wait…I have glitter…can’t leave that out. The glitter in the crayon is also mixed fall colors.

Fall is my favorite season too. Sounds like you’d be a cool crayon. 🙂  Last question…

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Jacqueline:  Like most little girls, it changed from year to year. I loved to play “school”, and I was always the teacher. I always enjoyed writing, and also illustrated my stories. In the ninth grade, my teacher told the whole class that I would be a writer someday. It was a proud day for me. I also had a passion for acting, and I loved nothing better than to get a part in a school play. I gave it my all…but in hindsight I probably overdid it a little.

Journalism was a tough class, and the thought of all the deadlines troubled me. Teaching sounded like an easier gig. (I laugh now…little did I know!) So I became a teacher. I loved my teaching days, and sometimes I still miss it. Now that I have retired, I’ve turned back to my love of writing.  (Since 2013) This is my favorite career choice. I came late to the game, but I’m here to play.                                                                   

Thanks so much for stopping in, Jacqueline! 

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Readers, would you like to win a Kindle copy of Jacqueline’s book, Love Comes to Beaver Creek? If so, leave a comment below and you will be entered.


Summer 1851, Beaver Creek, Oregon. Lindy Sanders is in love with her childhood friend, Jack Matthews. But she, and she alone, was at the creek when his sister drowned, and she is certain that he blames her. When another young woman drowns, the community realizes that this is no coincidence. Can Lindy and Jack find true love despite the tragic events, or will a love from the past change everything?

Ben Dorsey’s wife died, leaving him with two babies under a year old. Ben vows never to love again, but he needs a wife, and quick. Mary Grace vows that she will marry a complete stranger, rather than live with her father and step mother any longer. And finally, Carlton has returned from California with enough money to take a wife. But the one he loves, loves another.

 More about Jacqueline:

I love my life! I’m a mother of three fantastic adults, and a proud Nana. I’m totally a southern girl from northern Louisiana. I live in a lovely little apartment with my oldest daughter Lisa, and two spoiled dogs.

I’m a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). I love history, and I am particularly drawn to the mid-1800s. I am currently writing a contemporary novella (A Very Doggie Christmas) and a mail order bride novel set in the Gold Rush period.

I’ve been writing stories since high school…Well before that, but I was forced to do it in elementary school. (Grinning…) I got hooked on writing one sunny morning in September in a small high school in Ferriday, Louisiana when my ninth grade English teacher, Grant Anderson, read part of an assignment that I had written aloud in class one day. I remember that he said that the way I had described my character’s thoughts as a “tangled web of thoughts” was “uniquely descriptive”. I sat up a little prouder that day. A little flattery was all it took, and I was hooked.

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The Wedding of the Ages

The Wedding of the Ages by Karen Jurgens


I never met a girl…

who didn’t dream of her future wedding day. And I’ve rarely read a sweet romance that didn’t end with a radiant bride on that special day. What is the source of this inspiration?

The dream begins…

with a handsome groom standing at the church altar, looking toward the back doors. The music swells, and the processional begins. After the bridesmaids have taken their places, his beautiful bride steps down the aisle, adorned in gleaming white on the arm of her father. Her veil and long train compliment her gown, styled to accentuate her figure to perfection as she marches in step with the music. He receives her hand from her father’s, and together the couple turns toward the minister to take their vows–to love and to cherish until parted by death. After the exchange of rings, their vows are sealed with a kiss. Their new life begins with a celebration meal—simple or elaborate—followed by cutting the wedding cake.

Today’s traditions

have evolved over time, but two thousand years ago, they were very different. The bride waited at home, dressed and ready because she didn’t know at what hour of the day or night her fiancé would arrive. When he appeared, he carried her off to his home where they would be joined in marriage. Afterward, a huge celebration with a feast might continue for days.

Inspiration for happily-ever-after…

originates from God, who performed the first wedding in the Garden of Eden. However, if you’ve decided my favorite book of the Bible is Genesis, you’re wrong. Here are some more hints:

7 “Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Then he *said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’” And he *said to me, “These are true words of God.” ~ Revelation 19:7-9, NASB.

The wedding of the ages…

is about to take place in the near-future, and we, the church, are the bride. As we await our groom to take us away to His heavenly kingdom, we are dressed and ready to meet Him in the air. Imagine…bedecked in our righteous acts of dazzling-white linen, we will walk down the aisle on the arm of our Father God. He will give us away to His Son, Jesus Christ, to be His bride. After our vows and exchange of rings, we will receive a new name written on our foreheads, sealed forever as the bride of Christ, followed by the marriage supper of the Lamb. What a feast that will be!

Have you read…

 the book of Revelation? There is a promise of blessing attached.

Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near ~ Revelation 1:3, NASB.

Although this final book is full of God’s judgment on a sinful world, the story ends victoriously for those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  Jesus is revealed as King of kings and Lord of lords. He is our groom with whom we will live happily-ever-after in God’s kingdom.

Could a love story have a better ending? 

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Writing Prompt: The story you’re writing ends with a happily-ever-after wedding. What will be your final line (or paragraph)?



Ecclesiastes-Living Life with Purpose

By Betty Boyd


A famous song from the 1960’s sung by the musical group, The Birds, was titled Turn, Turn, Turn. This song is based upon chapter three of the Book of Ecclesiastes. When I was young kid, I was fascinated by both the message and the meaning of the words it contains.

I’ve read Ecclesiastes more than once, and I receive a different life lesson each time. The word Ecclesiastes comes from the Greek word for “preacher” or “teacher” and King Solomon was its author.

The examples of living a life with the purpose of serving Jesus Christ is significant to me. This book is about the reflections on life and what we should do to be better people. It contains positive and negative connotations about our existence, and how things really are. Though there are twelve chapters in the Book of Ecclesiastes, the one I most want to focus on is chapter three.

Chapter 3 reminds us that all things happen for a reason. We weep, mourn, love, hate, are born, kill, can be killed, embrace, gain, lose and then there is death. Ecclesiastes 3:12-14 cites “there is nothing better than to rejoice, and to do well in life. For this is a gift from God when each man eats and drinks, and sees the good results of his labor.  …we are not able to add anything, nor take anything away, from those things which God has made in order the he may be feared.”

The rejoicing in one’s work is my favorite concept from this chapter. God wants me to do well, and I depend upon him for everything. Since God already knows what is going to happen in my life, it is my choice to freely say yes, and to realize that all things are possible.


Writing prompt: What is your favorite book in the Bible and the one best lesson you learned.



3 Questions Wednesday with Stephanie Robertson

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday! My friend, Stephanie Robertson, is our guest today. She left teaching to become a full-time writer. 

Thanks for joining us, Stephanie. Here’s the first question: 

What inspires you?

Stephanie: I am inspired  by pretty things, by creative ideas, and by the work of my favorite artist, God.

He’s my favorite artist too. 🙂

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Stephanie: I would have to be the pink hue of cumulous clouds against the light of a setting sun. Or the deep, dreamy blue of the sky. Or the shades and tints of the Caribbean Sea on a sunny day. As you can see, I think about color a lot!

That’s a beautiful way to look at it.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Stephanie: When I was a girl growing up in rural south Alabama, I wanted to be a lawyer like those that I used to watch in the old westerns like “Bonanza.” At the same time, my more romantic self wanted to be a bride. I also enjoyed playing teacher and nurse.

A lawyer. Interesting. Now before you go, tell us a little about your blog… 

Thank you for asking about  www.sweetgumlife.com!

Www.Sweetgumlife.com focuses on the beauty of a simple life with faith, warmth, nostalgia, and humor. Sweetgum Life shares life and southern culture from a wife and mom’s perspective. It highlights regular people who are trying to make even a small difference in their small sphere of influence by showing love and everyday kindness.

Sweetgumlife.com strives for relevant posts for the current day while maintaining old-fashion values. Photos are often vintage, quirky, and artistic, while stories include both fiction and non-fiction.

More about me: I grew up in a poor part of the state in rural Alabama. I loved living on a farm with cows and horses, a beautiful sandy creek, and acres of grassland and forests. However, I was also very lonely and had to depend on my imagination for entertainment. My brother and I enjoyed riding bikes, ponies, playing in the creek, and building forts.

Following in the steps of my parents, I graduated from the University of Alabama. After giving teaching a couple of years in the Huntsville area, I left teaching to become a professional writer. During the career change, I married my best friend who I have been married to for 19 years. We have a fun daughter who is a joy and constant source of entertainment. Check out my blog at http://www.sweetgumlife.com/


Running With the Horses

By Jennifer Hallmark


The Weeping prophet.

A man commanded by God not to marry or have children. Scorned by many because of his message of doom he continually cried out to the people of Israel.

A man on a mission.

Why do I consider Jeremiah my favorite book in the Bible? His genuineness and honesty. I see a man who was real and obeyed God. Jeremiah showed compassion toward his homeland, Israel, and yet wasn’t afraid to address the rulers, priests, and false prophets who had led the people into idolatry. He was called as a youth and admitted trying to avoid the call but couldn’t.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations. Then said I: ‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.'” Jeremiah 1: 5 NKJV

“Then I said, ‘I will not make mention of Him, nor speak anymore in His name.’
But His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, and I could not.'” Jeremiah 20:9 NKJV

As a writer, Jeremiah’s words are beautiful, full of melancholy, yet memorable. He uses repetition and symbolism throughout the book, along with poetry. He thinks and feels deeply.

My love of this book increased after reading Eugene H. Peterson’s book, Run with the Horses: The Quest for Life at its Best. This study parallels the book of Jeremiah to our lives today. Here’s a little more about it…

In Jeremiah 12:5, God says to the prophet, “If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?” 

We all long to live life at its best–to take freedom and spontaneity with purpose and meaning. Why then do we often find our lives so humdrum, so unadventuresome, so routine? Or else so frantic, so full of activity, but still devoid of fulfillment? How do we learn to risk, to trust, to pursue wholeness and excellence–to run with the horses in the jungle of life?

In a series of profound reflections on the life of Jeremiah the prophet, Eugene Peterson explores the heart of what it means to be fully and genuinely human. His writing is full of humor and self-reflection, insight and wisdom, helping to set a course for others in the quest for life at its best.

As a rule, I’m cautious and reserved but I read this book at a time when I was newer to writing and it helped me move forward when I wasn’t sure I could.

This year, I’ve been reading through the Old Testament and in August I came to Jeremiah. I’m reminded again why I love this beautifully written, hauntingly sad reflection penned in a day and time when false peace covered the land.

A time much like today.

Who among us will cry out against injustice today?

Who is willing to run with the horses?

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Writing prompt: Leila stopped. Once again the neighbor across the street had pulled up her sign proclaiming God is Love. What was his problem? This was her yard. She…