Marilyn launched a new blog on August 1. Stop over to and find inspiration and encouragement. If you access on a phone go to "open in a webview"  and you can sign up by email and receive weekly posts in your inbox.

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


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

I'm delighted to introduce my daughter Heather (Nutter) Smith, a gifted speaker and Bible teacher who has recently launched her website 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

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

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

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

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'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

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 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.

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

Guest blogger June 16, 2014 Opportuni-tea

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

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 shared her thoughts on writing from impact on Vonda's Skelton's site:

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 has several devotions published on

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

Marilyn's devotions have appeared on WOW:

School Days:

Christmas Stress:

Christmas Stress:

Why I Don't Like Marigolds:

Sweet Aromas:

Building a Home:


Tea Lovers' Devotions to Go! is available.

On Tea!  Marilyn would enjoy speaking at your next tea.


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.

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)