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Marilyn’s contribution “Words that Work” appeared in The Power to Make a Difference. This compilation of short Bible studies can be used by individuals or groups. Check out Lighthouse Bible Studies and see their many offerings that connect the Word to real life,

Marilyn’s contribution, “When You Don’t Know How to Pray” was in Devotable’s compilation, Prayer: Approaching the Throne of Grace. Head over to their website for more information. You’ll find new ways to enrich your prayer life.

Marilyn’s articles in magazines:  Marilyn was a contributing writer for the June issue of Refresh Bible Study Magazine. Volume 3 #5.  Marliyn’s article is Praying in Pain. Prayer is the theme of each article and this month there is a double issue. Click below to read each issue. (It is a free subscription you will want to be part of.)

The Refreshment of Prayer, Part One 

The Refreshment of Prayer, Part Two 

Looking for Hospitality without Headaches and being Fresh not Frazzled? Read Marilyn’s tips for decreasing holiday stress in the Mother’s Heart Magazine #97.You can sign up for a free digital version at:

Marilyn’s article, What Do You Say? What Do You Do? –a ministry to widows, appears in the May-June issue of The Mother’s Heart.  TMH is a free digital subscription. 

Marilyn’s article, Life in Jars, appears in the  Jan-Feb. 2017 issue of The Mother’s Heart

Marilyn’s article, Holiday Gifts, Holiday Grief appears in the November, 2016 issue of Reach Out Columbia.

Marilyn’s article, Keep Cool Over Yule, appears in the November/December issue of The Mother’s Heart.

Thankful for the opportunity to share part of my story in the June issue of Reach Out ColumbiaThe Puzzling Path of Grief.

Marilyn’s stories have appeared  Sophie Woman’s Magazine.    You can read online at:!lake-norman-edition Marilyn’s article, The Art of Journaling, appeared  in the September, 2011 issue of Proverbs 31 Woman Magazine.

Read Marilyn’s stories in compilations: 

Another book in the Moments Series!  Cool-inary Moments, is filled with mishaps and memories and recipes.  I’m delighted to share my story of Green Goop with other writers and readers. Thank you Grace Publishing for adding flavor to our lives.

Marilyn’s story, Figlia Bella appeared in the recently released Loving Moments by Grace Publishing

Marilyn’s story, Mom’s Red Cookie Tin appears in Additional Christmas Moments, Grace Publishing. 2016

I’m pleased to have an entry, “The Owl Song” in Wit and Wisdom from the Wee Ones, compiled by Eileen Rife and available on Amazon. This delightful book features quips and quotes inspired by grandchildren of Eileen and other contributors.

Marilyn’s story, Reflections: You’re a Mom…Always appears in The Ultimate Mom. Forty writers share adventures of the motherhood journey from 40 writers. Published by HCI, this compilation  is available through bookstores and on-line. ISBN-13-978-0-7573-0796-6

Marilyn has two stories in Laundry Tales,a delightful compilation about lessons learned in the laundry room. Laundry Tales can be ordered from any bookstore or on line. (Evergreen Publishers)

Marilyn’s devotional, Strong Roots, appears in Faith and Families: A Devotional Path for Families (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas). Print copies are available on this site and also at Amazon. Kindle and Nook copies are also available.

Marilyn’s story, Mixed Feelings appears in Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms.

Guest Devotions: 

Marilyn’s devotion, It’s  Too Crowded appeared on  on July 25, 2017 Read all of Marilyn’s devotions on Christian Devotions by clicking on

Marilyn’s devotion, Rock Collecting,  appeared on A Widow’s Might /A New Season on August 22, 2016 

Marilyn’s devotion: Roller Coaster Rides–Not Always Fun appeared on August 12,2016 

Marilyn’s devotion, You Just Gotta Have It appeared on on December 10, 2016:

Marilyn’s devotion, Laundry Room Lessons, appeared on on November 28, 2016:

Marilyn’s devotion, Don’t Cry was featured on on March 21, 2016.  You can sign up to have devotions by different writers delivered to your inbox daily.

Read all of Marilyn’s devotions on Christian Devotions by clicking on

Guest writer:

I appreciated the opportunity to be a guest writer for April White on Red Chair Moments on April 18, 2016 and share a perspective on Mourning Glory  Head over to the site and you can subscribe to Red Chair Moments and receive email encouragement on a variety of topics each day. And… also had the opportunity to share on Jennifer Hallmark’s blog act of kindness.

Marilyn was a guest blogger for Jeanne Doyon, Pausing to See God Clearly. Head over to for ideas on reducing Christmas season stress and for insights on ministry to hurting widows during the Christmas season.

Guest blogger March 31, 2014   Lifting and Leaving:    Widowhood: More than Grief is the subject of Judithann Webb’s blog. Pass this on to someone you know who is on a grief journey.

Guest blogger on The Humbled Homemaker Devotions to Go books are now available in PDF format for $4.00 each. Copy and paste the link in your browser and you will be taken to a site to order.

Tea Lovers Devotions to Go

Dressed up Moms Devotions to Go 

Diva Delights Devotions to Go

Penned from the Heart: I was privileged to serve as editor for the 2014 and 2015 editions. PFTH is a compilation of 366 devotions and poems from writers across the US, and Australia and New Zealand. Marilyn has several devotions in the books.The book can be read in any year and begun at any time during the year.  Go to the catalog page to place your order, or send an email to

Marilyn’s devotions have appeared on WOW:

School Days:

Christmas Stress: Christmas Stress:

Why I Don’t Like Marigolds:

Sweet Aromas:

Building a Home:

Teaching and Speaking:

Marilyn has a variety of topics listed on this site which can be adapted to your group or event and I’m delighted to introduce my daughter Heather (Nutter) Smith, a gifted speaker and Bible teacher whose website is She is available to speak for women’s ministries events. Check out her site for further information. If your group is looking for a teaching/speaking team of two generations, Heather and Marilyn would be delighted to serve you, Contact either of us for topics and available dates.   or

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