Welcome to the Open Window, a monthly newsletter
designed to enlighten, encourage, and bring joy to your heart.

Open the Window to your Heart 

Writers, let new life flow through your curtains and carry your creative words to places unknown.

If I want my words to have life and make a difference, I must stop, listen to the Lord, let Him prepare my heart, and wait for His message. Sounds easy, but it's not.

As I stare at a deadline, His message doesn’t come according to my schedule. I wait. I invite Him in, then I wait some more. His words, on the breath of the Holy Spirit, fall upon my fleshly heart, my words become spirit and live in me.

In 1990, I painted a 24X30 oil on canvas with ten vignettes of windows of all shapes, sizes and designs. One window was framed by turquoise shutters opened with lace curtains caught in the breeze. Another image depicted a dark room behind closed drapes locked tight in fear.

Another window, set behind bars, hiding a resident inside seized in fear of being robbed by the outside world. On the sill of a half-opened window sat a ceramic plate of seeds ready to feed landing birds. A red germanium clay pot inside a closed window represented an unshared creative gift.

What is your story? Are you a writer who peeks out of drape-covered windows and closes the drapes again? Bars of fear entrapping you by worry or embarrassment of what the world might think. Or are you a writer who opens the window, turns her heart to heaven, and invites the white dove to carry her words on His wings to a hungry world?

Only those who live behind the windows in their confined space know their true story.

“The Spirit of God has lavished his grace upon us… and we articulate these realities with the words imparted to us by the Spirit. We join together Spirit-revealed truths with Spirit-revealed words.” 1 Corinthians 2:12,12 TPT

Read more about Recognizing His Voice


To Be Released Soon ~ A novel about a Colorado country family, a five-thousand-acre ranch in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and a rare mustang. A western drama, romance, and mystery.

Meet Luke Crawford Barrett, one of the main characters in this western saga.

"I'm Luke, twenty-six years old. I’m a simple cowboy. My family tells me I don’t speak much. I speak when I have something to say. I’ve got one thing on my mind, I’m saving mustangs, one at a time. The Colorado Western Slope runs wild with them, and people want to destroy them.

I was born and raised on the Crawford Ranch in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. I have a wise dad, Quint, who has taught me work ethics and strong values. 

My absentee mother tries to run my life from Texas and wants to marry me off to some social debutant. Under the strict hand of a Bible thumping grandmother, I’ve learned about God. 

The family is anxious I find a girl of good stock, someone who knows how to shoot, roundup cattle, and drive a tractor.

I know what I want. I am my own man.  

Betty Slade’s novel is coming into print, and I have found my life spread across social media and monthly newsletters. I’m a private guy and want to keep to myself, but she insists on telling my story. Luke 

Read more in the November Newsletter and learn how I found a goldmine in Disappointment Valley and met a girl I couldn't get off my mind. 

Cinnarue—The mustang from Disappointment Valley, (working title) novel, to be released March/April, 2023. Subscribe to this newsletter and live the saga of drama, romance and mystery with Luke and Bree.


Cliche's - Beware of cliche' plots, phrases and words. A great way to have a dull and flat story. Learn More


Derinda Babcock, Graphic Designer for Elk Lake Publishing, Inc. will be the designer for my book cover. A photo shoot is scheduled for December 20, 2022 for cover images.

The book cover will be ready for the book release in March/April. Follow with me the process of getting a book ready for the market.

His favor is like dew on the grass. Proverbs 19:12
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