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Now graduated from her role as a homeschooling mom of 8, Dawn Camp devotes her time and love of stories to writing her first novel. She enjoys movie nights, cups of Earl Grey, and cheering on the Braves. She and her husband navigate an ever-emptying nest in the Atlanta suburbs.

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  1. Dawn we don’t hear that name that often. It is what my parents called me too. I love it. I love the fact your called it too. I am not the only person called Dawn too. Sometimes we all need correction. We need our Heavenly Father to correct us to live right for him. Sometimes there are words in the Bible when we read them that shoot of the page and disapline us. We might not like what they are saying to us. But they are saying them to us to teach us how to live right for God. I say Amen to that. As we sometimes need it. Like a parent disapling a child. They need it from time to time to live right and not go the wrong way in life. So do we that are saved from our Heavenly Father. Thank you Dawn for today excellent reading Love it. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little Enniskillen Co Fermanagh N.Ireland. Xoxo in my prayers all in incourage

  2. Dawn,
    Thanks so very much for writing on the topic of receiving correction and offering such relatable insights, takeaways, and humor too!


  3. Yes, today I realize that I don’t like confrontation with anyone. I take things very personally when I am asked about something controversial. For example, let babies cry themselves to sleep. I don’t like that idea because I didn’t do that style of parenting with my three daughters. I can’t find scientific evidence that supports my ideas about crying babies but that’s how I feel about the subject.

    I don’t enjoy debates that are critical to the point that someone uses colorful words and the tone of their voice changes. When people point their fingers and use their fists on a podium or desk as a gavel, I feel uncomfortable and threatened.

    When I grew up, I don’t recall my Grandmother ever shouting at me. I only remember her gentle hands and her soft and sweet voice saying, “Brenda, your mother works so hard to take care of you.” Please do what she tells you to do. And then the icing on the cake, “Brenda, God loves obedience and He Blesses those who are obedient.”

    My goal is to live a life pleasing to God. I taught my daughters by example when I thought they were old enough to understand me. I must admit that some parents probably try to shape and mold their children into what is best. But I made the same mistake. We are to Pray for God’s Guidance to shape our children the way God has created them to become for His Purposes. That takes a lifetime.

    God bless your steps.

    A Daughter of God

  4. This is so good. It’s hard to receive criticism well, but your point is so true, it is necessary for growth. I have to laugh because it does seem that it’s especially hard to receive it from my hubby. Glad I’m not the only one. By the way, I live in Michigan and we do have honeysuckle.

  5. “The ear that listens to life-giving reproof
    will dwell among the wise.
    Whoever ignores instruction despises himself,
    but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.”
    Proverbs 15:31-32 (ESV)

    Thank you Dawn. I pray for wisdom and ears to hear everyday!!

  6. I am much too sensitive to constructive criticism, so this is especially helpful to me. Thank you so very much for sharing your heart and helping those of us who struggle with this issue. It surely does require humility, wisdom and vulnerability to allow this blessing to take hold.

  7. Same for me! i’ve often wondered why i’m so resistant to my husband’s critiques. I’m writing a memoir now and haven’t even given him any chapters to read yet. Thanks for writing truth; i’ve printed out that verse from Proverbs and put it on my bathroom mirror.
    Thanks Dawn!

    • Kim, I completely understand. I recently read the book How to Write a Novel in 20 Pies. There was a chapter on critique partners, which convinced me I needed them. I shared with the people I’ve mentioned and also joined a writers club with hundreds of members, which has been such a blessing.

  8. I smiled when I read this, glad I’m not alone in having a fact-focused husband! I still cringe a bit inwardly (even when I’ve asked for feedback!), but I’m learning to appreciate his different and valuable perspective. Thank you for this great reminder about being open to constructive criticism.

  9. Yep. This hits a little close to home. I can take criticism so much better from anyone besides my husband. Thanks for your vulnerability and encouragement!

  10. Dawn,

    No one likes criticism. It is often easier to receive it from outside sources rather than your husband or family. Jesus through the Holy Spirit is always gently correcting us in order to put us n the right path & help us grow spiritually. Proverbs 15:31-32 Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise. Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.

    Blessings 🙂