Relax in my Presence

So, I don’t believe in opening the bible and pointing at a page haphazardly, as if we could hurdle a dart across a room at a target in an attempt to precisely find answers to life’s challenges. But, today when I sought encouragement and opened a book, not the bible itself, His voice fell into my lap. I was lifted up by God’s words. As I…

Musings on Aging

I find aging, or the topic thereof, interesting. When I was in my early 20’s I couldn’t wait to grow a little older. Being young can be tough, especially in an office workplace setting. I was at the bottom of the totem pole, and I knew it. I typed invoices on a manual typewriter and…

Baking the Banana Bread; Putting Plans Into Action

My husband shares inspirational videos with me. This is one of the things that I love about him, he knows my heart. He knows where I am at today, and where I want to be tomorrow. The subject of a recent video was a woman who loves to bake. Her specialty – banana bread. She…

Moving On: Letting Go of the Past

Saying goodbye to our past, the things that we loved, can be painful. Once we realize how we have drug our feet it becomes less of a struggle. Imagine strolling down a beautiful wooded path while dragging one foot as you go. How tiring would that be? I will use the example of an entrepreneur,…

The Act of Share Encourage and Grow

Share Encourage and Grow is my motto – a shortened version of my life and work mission statement. I looked at these words this morning and I thought about how important it is for each of us to support one another. Encourage others to share with you. Listening is a priceless gift that doesn’t cost…

Your Creative Sandbox

It is your sandbox. Play in it. What do you own that nobody can take away? Your thoughts and creativity. Do you yearn for others to stop and share in your passions…to keep you on track? Does this cause you hesitation in your personal pursuits? Feel the sun on your back. Feel the freedom in…

Stored Up Contentment

The green paper we grasp in our hands allows us to buy clothes for our closets (stockpiling what we often don’t need), cars that we drive, and it slips gold rings on our fingers. I am convinced, none of these items reflect wealth. The cashier asked the man in the grocery store, “Do you have…

I Am Not Trying To Judge

I am not trying to judge. I have heard this statement made a number of times in the recent past, from a variety of folks. It is as if people want to cover their tracks right off the bat, quickly throw in the disclaimer, before they innocently say what they admire, or do not admire….

False Guilt; His Love Sweeps It Away

The pangs of guilt weren’t there five minutes ago, but now we dig through the moment, the day, or further back, seeking the point of error. What did we say or do, did we inflict pain? Have you ever felt a sense of guilt even though you knew you had done nothing wrong? A post…

The Decision: Psyche or Write

If anyone can psyche themselves out, it would be me. I stall. I regularly have conversations with myself, and God, to drop the fear, unharness the words, and put one foot in front of the other. Novelist Stephen King knows all about the unhealthy relationship between fear and writing, “Good writing is often about letting…

Following God’s Will – Not the Will of Man

I am a believer in following passions, which often results in living outside of what man views as a normal job or career choice. Before each of us was created, God artfully planned the special gifts He equipped us with. All of us that believe have the gift of hearing His voice through extraordinary means…

The Misunderstood Author

You are an author. I know all about you. You love to write. Your eyes translate the simplest things in life to a story. You find yourself stealing away to your computer or pad of paper several times a day to record your thoughts. Unfortunately, those of us that are creative, artistic, or those of us…