Author Archives: Barbara Ann Derksen

Watching the expressions on the faces of her readers as well as answering questions about her characters is what drives author and speaker, Barbara Ann Derksen to write yet another book and another. Her favorite genre is murder mystery but each book brings forth characters who rely on God as they solve the puzzle in their life. Her readers also have a tremendous amount of input when they wonder what happened to this character or that one, even if they are secondary to the story. Barbara’s devotionals are sought after each year when she publishes a new one that reflects what God has placed on her heart. From Straight Pipes, her first, to Chaps, the latest, Barbara’s devotions take people to the place where God can touch their heart and leave a lasting impression. Born in Canada, Barbara lived in the US for 12 years. There her writing surfaced and her readership expanded but now the Canadian public has discovered the gift that God has given yet another Canadian. She is a member of The Word Guild and Christian Motorcyclists Association where each summer her books are used to entertain and encourage.. Barbara has spoken across the US for women’s groups on topics such as The Writing Experience, working in the ministry of Christian Motorcyclists Association, Love, Parenting, Time Management, and a host of others. With 12 books to her credit, each one surpasses the last, according to her readers.

More Fearful Than Stones

I Can Control the Words I Speak Have you ever met someone who, although unintentional, hurts those whom they speak to because they can’t seem to control their tongue? A friend has lost a loved one and that person, well-meaning, will say, “God brings all things together for our good.” While that’s a true statement, […]

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A Trust Issue

I Uproariously Laugh When I hear a Lie From the Devil Have you ever thought about the connection between a lie and trust? The world we live in uses a variety of terms for lie in an effort to whitewash the habit. And for some, it is habit. They give no thought to the effects […]

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Spiritual Fallout

Each of My Family Members is Wonderfully Blessed and Radically Loves Jesus A church that we were affiliated with in Iowa, had the privilege of funding a building project in India at the same time they were building their facility in Iowa. Church members received many updates about the faith of Christian believers in that […]

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Worthy, Not Worthless

Through Jesus, I am 100% Loved and Worthy to Receive All Of God’s Blessings I’m not sure that being a teen these days is any different than when I was one, but for me it was as if my flaws outweighed my assets. The flaws seemed to be what everyone commented on including my parents. […]

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They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our walk

I Consistently Bring God Encounters to Other People Have you ever been in the presence of someone and felt that God was there, too? There is an aura around them that resonates with your spirit. You feel as if you’ve known them for years. They appear to be sensitive to your needs and can prayer […]

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Prayer Lifeline

I Prosper in All MY Relationships Relationships are important if you want to be a praying person. God uses you to intervene for those whom you’ve developed a friendship with or for those who are in your neighborhood. You can’t know that someone needs your prayers if you have not made yourself available to that […]

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I Live Under a Supernatural Protection

Touched By An Angel Has anyone ever encountered an angel … that you know of? Have you ever experienced something that seemed unexplainable? About 30 years ago, my husband and I, with our four children, were driving from Calgary to Winnipeg. The day was extremely hot and we were on a part of the highway […]

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Forget Me Not

This morning, I groggily rolled out of bed much earlier than I wanted to, my mind in a whirl about the writing projects on my plate. I tried reading a little but the lack of sleep only made me want to close my eyes again. I shuffled about, getting dressed, making my bed, and brewing […]

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Responsibility Comes First

I Walk in Ever Increasing Health We all know of many people who suffer untold pain from debilitating diseases and yet, they are strong believers who walk closely with the Lord. We ask ourselves, “Why?” Why are these good people afflicted? Why doesn’t God heal them? When the children at Sandy Hook Elementary were murdered, […]

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Once But Not Anymore

I Am Dead to Sin and Alive to Obeying God Years ago, my husband and I used to visit a juvenile detention center in Iowa where teens were incarcerated to protect them from themselves. They had strict rules of conduct to follow, counselors who were constantly watching to make sure they made right choices, and […]

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