It’s a Blog Hop

Join a blog hop? Seriously, when I was asked, I-Hop and Peter Cottontail came to mind. I’d never heard of a blog hop, but I agreed to participate. As a result I met several interesting people. During my hop you may eat pancakes and watch Peter Cottontail, as you read about joy, hope and an underground youth ministry.

First things first. My answer to four questions Jewell about my writing.

1. What am I writing?  

* Presently I’m editing a book entitled, The Twenty-one Blessings–for the fifth time. It’s my journey into local missions. The book contains stories of hard issues–some find resolution, some do not. It began with a blessings journey of my own. During a time of unrest, I desired to capture my mind rather than wallow in anxious thoughts. As my journey progressed I met people who were hurt and hopeless. The book became  their  stories.  My hope is for people to see they are not alone. “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Cor 10:5 NIV) 

* The Dress Rehearsal is currently in its first draft. This memoir is a challenge to write, but I enjoy the moments of recall.

* Daily: I write devotions for a church wide evangelism program due to release this fall entitled, “Exhaling the Gospel of Jesus Christ” by Dan Allen. As a regular contributor for several periodicals and book compilations, I write a variety of devotions, articles, poetry and blog posts.

2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?

I write from a place of imperfection. My stories aren’t wrapped up with a perfectly formed bow, but neither is life–that’s the point. We all bring unique gifts, experiences, and baggage to the field. I believe God works each story to reach at least one person and that’s a bestseller for me. My stories challenge readers to look at their blessings, rather than focus on the curses.

3. Why do I write what I write?

Not for the money, but for the one person I may touch with the hope of Jesus. We live in a competitive, face paced, critical world. Unfortunately, the Christian market sometimes looks the same. I seek to soothe the hearts of the downtrodden with the salve of the Word: without judgment, without fame, without fortune.

4. How does my writing process work?

A story lurks behind every eye, scene, and experience. I attempt to capture them through interviews, napkin memos, eavesdropping and the stirring of the Holy Spirit. When life happens and dryness sets in, I walk away for awhile and make trees. Writing trees of course. I don’t have the schedule to write every day, active outreach is my first call. I cherish moments when words pour onto paper.

And now…Drum Roll Please…

It’s my distinct pleasure to introduce three amazing people.

1. Rob Cook is the pastor of a highly successful youth outreach. He’s the real thing, not tied up with a proper bow, and the youth respond well to his authentic self.

2. Verna Bowman – from Woodstock to Wonder struck, her amazing journey shares hope and promise for all people.

3. Sharon Brobst – Speak up, don’t put up. As a survivor of repeated sexual abuse, Sharon meets women right where they’re at. Her courage to speak up allows victims to stand up.


Sharon Brobst   

You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy…(Ps 16:11) Sharon desires to help you walk with joy in all circumstances of life through writing, speaking, and discipleship. She currently serves as a Bible study coordinator and volunteers for Care Net Pregnancy Center. Sharon writes a monthly devotional column for her church called Head shotFrom the Pew and a personal blog Everlasting Joy at Married to her best friend since 1983, together they raised two sons and have 3 grandchildren.


Verna Bowman

Verna has over twenty-five years in ministry leadership inspiring women to a deeper relationship with God.  Her passion is encouraging women through writing and speaking messages of hope.  Her experience in leading Bible studies, teaching, mentoring, and coordinating retreats have provided opportunities to share God’s Word with women of all ages. Verna is a graduate of Christian Communicators Conference and a long tv-089ime participant of the Greater Philadelphia and Colorado Christian Writers Conferences.  She posts a weekly blog on her website Encouraging Women One Story at a Time.  Her articles and personal experience stories have been featured in various periodicals and devotionals. She and her husband Jeff have four adult children and five grandchildren – all wonderful.   In her free time she works as a medical secretary.

Robert Cook

Robert Cook is the Pastor and Founder of 252 Underground Youth ministry,, an outreach ministry to teens considered to be on the fringes of society. Robert is also the award winning, best selling author of REGENER8, an 8 week life transforming devotional for teens. Robert speaks at churches and conferences around the country, teaching others how to reach teens outside the walls of the church. He has a weekly column feature at ILLUMIN8, the anticipated follow up to REGENER8, will be released in the Spring of 2015. For more info or to book Robert to speak at your event, go to



  1. I still don’t understand what a Blog hop is.
    Sometimes I can be very dense. Thanks for writing, I always enjoy what you have to say.

  2. After a little more investigating I think I understand what Blog Hop is.

  3. says

    A blog hop is simply looking at other blogger sites. then introducing them on your website. 🙂

  4. Blessings, Jewell! So glad you participated in this – even though Peter Rabbit got tossed in the mix somehow. LOL – hope you are blessed with meeting new blogging gals on this hop! I’m so glad you included Verna in your introductions – she was a delight to meet in the GPCWC blogging class – such a gorgeous blog! I’m intrigued with your book plan – hope you make it happen this year. Looking forward to staying connected.

    • says

      Kathy, I enjoyed our hop very much. Indeed I am encouraged by new relationships! And especially blessed to have met you!

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