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Timeless Wisdom from Grandma

This month would have marked my precious Grandmother’s birthday. The lessons and love that she instilled with me are very much a part of my life. I was privileged to honor her in a recent article in Fayette Woman magazine.  Enjoy.

Grandmom Ethel July 2016

Hugs and kisses. Ice cream cones on the front step as the summer sun sets in a haze. New experiences, new horizons, new conquests.  Continue reading Timeless Wisdom from Grandma

Grateful … to be me

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Ah… another year.  I woke up this morning with joy in my heart and peace in my spirit.  Of course I wanted to express it in my favorite way.  Writing!

I have so much to be thankful for.  I praise God that I know me – and love me!  (That was a process well worth the effort!) I’m thankful for patience with myself and others.  I’m thankful for a true loving giving partner in my husband. I’m thankful for my sons’ laughter and smiles. I’m thankful to do what I love – write, encourage and motivate others.  I’m thankful for loving supportive family and friends. And I’m thankful for a hope in and love for Jesus that brings peace that passes all understanding.

Thanks for sharing in this day with me.

 

 

 

It’s Like Another Christmas . . .

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Easter baskets? Check. Plastic eggs? Check. Chocolates to go inside the plastic eggs? Check. Toys … toys …. oh, I had forgotten a special toy. I was attempting for create Easter baskets for my sons wanted to make sure I had all my bases covered. As I raced down the aisles looking for something nice, but not too over-the-top, I joked with another parent doing the same thing. “It’s like another Christmas,” I said. We shared a laugh.

Then I stopped. And thought. The most important thing to me about this upcoming Easter holiday is not that my kids have the perfect outfit for church, or have the perfect baskets, or get a desired treat. More than anything, I want them to know that there is a God who loves them so much, that He sent His Son to die for them. And then His Son, Jesus, rose!

I put away my hastily grabbed toys. Although I will still do something for them, my entire mindset has changed. It’s not the gifts that I give them that matter. It’s the gift they receive in their hearts. And His Name is Jesus.

Enjoy your Resurrection Day!

Learning to Listen

February Learning to Listen

Overwhelmed.  Yep, that best describes where I was.  Three decisions – major ones – and I was at a loss for each. While none were life or death, each could either be a blessing or a hindrance, depending on my choices.  No pressure, though. Lol.

So I did what I always do.  I prayed.  I asked God for His wisdom and revelation for each decision.  Then I waited. Now I was active in my waiting – gathering information, getting sage advice, even making my infamous pros/cons lists (yes, they really work).  I started to have some clarity, but thinking the answers couldn’t be right, I just kept praying.  Then God made it abundantly clear what I was supposed to do.  Problem is, I thought He got it wrong.

See, just because He knows my end from my beginning, loves me more than I can imagine, sees and knows things I can’t even fathom, doesn’t mean every answer He gives is correct.  Just because I can look back on countless times that I’ve heeded His wisdom and been so thankful for it, doesn’t mean He’s correct.  Just because I have faith and trust in God and His direction doesn’t mean He’s correct.  Especially if it doesn’t line up the way I think it should …. Or does it?

And there lies my answer.  I can’t name a time when I’ve truly heard from God, and honored the instructions, that He’s steered me wrong.  Not a single time.  In fact, the less sense it seems to make to my head, the more faith it requires to follow God, and it seems the better the results.  So in spite of myself and my head, I’m going to follow the One with the answers and wisdom I need and seek.

I’m listening, Father.  What’s next?

Marriage: It’s Beautiful, It’s Natural, It’s Incredible

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I just felt like sharing this again.  Enjoy  ….

Married love is a funny thing. Built on a foundation of respect, honesty, commitment, and genuine friendship, it has to be nurtured, protected, developed, and honored. It’s almost like a child in a way – you give birth to it when you walk down the aisle. Then in the first few years of teaching it to “walk” or “work,” there are bumps and bruises as you get a feel for it. Finally, the cruising begins and you’re on your way…to more lessons, bumps and bruises, failures, and triumphs. Yet through it all, you have each other.

And while many in today’s society view marriage as antiquated, unnecessary, or even unrealistic (despite scores of happily married couples who beg to differ), those of us who are married know how joyful, fulfilling, and secure it can be. That’s why it’s so important to work to keep your marriage happy and healthy. I want to do something a little different today. Instead of telling you ways to keep your marriage spark alive, I want to help you understand the reason it is so crucial – and what can happen if you choose to let the flame extinguish.

You can miss an opportunity to experience a beautiful, God-created institution.

Hebrews 13:4 says, “Let marriage be held in honor among all . . . “ (ESV). Marriage is the institution designed for us to be fruitful, multiply and replenish the earth. However we are also meant to enjoy it! It’s good and wonderful in our sight!

You can lose valuable opportunities for personal growth and development.

How many times in my 13 years of marriage have I wanted my own way, to do exactly as I felt like, spend money as I desired, or simply do nothing at all? PLENTY. But when you’re married, it’s not just about you. You don’t get to be selfish, petty, or have a pity party. Being lazy, bossy, or manipulative doesn’t work too well either. Instead, you learn how to share, give of yourself, sacrifice for someone else’s greater good, and generally become a better person. Positive growth is a benefit of marriage.

You can miss the sheer joy of companionship and comfort.

Teddy Pendergrass sang, “it’s so good loving somebody and somebody loves you back.” And that’s a fact. It’s a wonderful feeling to be loved and cherished in a strong, healthy marriage. It’s great to enjoy activities and times of fun with your best friend. It’s an amazing thing to make memories that last a lifetime. You are afforded that privilege in marriage.

To say I’m a big proponent of Godly marriage between a man and a woman is an understatement. I believe that when done right, there’s no place else you’d rather be. And that’s a fact.

Grateful ….

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2015.  It has been an interesting year.  I’m had some incredible highs, and some seemingly unbearable lows.  Yet as I spent time praying this morning, I felt so truly thankful and grateful to God for this past year of life.  The highs have kept me encouraged, and motivated.  The lows have kept me prayerful, and focused on what really matters.  Challenges have helped me become stronger and wiser in a myriad of ways, and learn to listen more attentively to God’s voice.  It’s been a journey, and I’m sure each one of you can relate.  But I feel so blessed for this journey, for all I’m learning and for continued growth.

So excited for what 2016 has in store!

May you continue to move forward in all that God has for you!

Happy New Year.

Things I’m Thankful For . . .

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The older (and wiser) I get, the more my perspective changes.  I get what really matters.  It’s funny, when I was younger I was all about climbing that career ladder, getting my big break, being on my hustle and my grind, and making it happen – whatever it was.  I still have goals and aspirations.  Now, however, they take a back seat to things a thriving career, and a networking connection can’t get for you.  In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday I was so blessed to celebrate with friends and family dear to me, here’s a look at some things I’m thankful for.

  • A husband who cooks, cleans, is humble, and selfless. He’s an amazing daddy and an incredible marriage partner.
  • Two beautiful boys who are my heartbeat. Their smiles, their unconditional love, and their innocent acceptance make me want to continue to do all that I can for them.  My heart melts when they laugh.
  • Parents who are living, love me and are an integral part of my life.
  • Siblings who are now dear friends.
  • Inlaws who I genuinely love and appreciate.
  • The privilege to homeschool my boys. Yes, I am sacrificing much, but boy, is it worth the sacrifice.
  • A place to lay my head, clothes to put on each day and food to eat. Truly things we usually take for granted.  Truly things to be grateful for.
  • My health. So very precious to be healthy.
  • Joy! The joy of the Lord is truly my strength.
  • Peace of mind. I could write for days on this one ……
  • And last, but certainly not least, the love of Jesus that permeates my being and makes me who I am today.

 

I am grateful.

I Will Remember You . . .

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I Googled myself.  Have you ever done that?  I write a number of articles, have a few IMDB credits to my name, and just wanted to see what popped up.  It was interesting.  I found a few places where my writing has been posted that I wasn’t aware of.  I found intriguing comments that I’d missed on some of my writings.  And I was able to take a nostalgic stroll down memory lane.

As I read through an online summary of my professional and public life, I realized how much was missing.  While it highlighted some achievements, it didn’t express how important my family is to me.  It didn’t talk about the importance of my faith in God and love for Jesus.  It failed to communicate my desire to put people above things.  It didn’t capture the essence of me … and what I want others to remember me for.

And it helped put some things in perspective.  It feels great to be recognized for good work, or professional achievements.  I smiled at the number of articles that came up with my name attached.  I felt accomplished.  However, none of that matters if my heart for God, devotion to family and love for people isn’t seen.  When I strip it all away, that’s what really matters.  And that’s what I want to be remembered for.

How will people remember you?

Breathe Again

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I was busy. Who isn’t, you’re probably saying? But I was the type of busy that it truly took too much time and energy to consider taking a rest. Between working a job, freelance work, homeschooling my kids, volunteer work, and being a wife and mother, I was stretched way too thin. And signs of wear were starting to show. I felt in a constant state of stress. I was barely sleeping at night, and snapping at my family during the day. There just weren’t enough hours to get everything done. I was sinking. Fast.

– See more at:  Gospel Today – Breathe Again

Celebrating My Friend … and Life

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A precious, dear friend of mine recently passed away.  After awaiting details of a service for Sharan, I learned we were convening at a banquet hall.  Hmm, interesting, I thought.  Not sure what I was in store for, I went.  Instead of a funeral, or even a homegoing, I encountered a party!  The atmosphere was filled with love, reminiscing, food (yes, we had dinner), laughter, music and fun.  It was amazing.  I had a blast.  Yes, I missed my friend, but the thoughts of sadness were far exceeded by beautiful memories and the good time we had.  Her life, and subsequently her death and the way we remembered her, have really caused me to reflect.

1) I will live my life being true to me!  I am a unique expression and creation of God.  Life is too precious for me to be concerned about others’ opinions, thoughts and ideas about what I should be doing.  Sharan surely lived that way.  God bless her, she didn’t give a flip what you thought.  And I loved that about her.

2) Live an impactful life.  Sharan lived life to the fullest, and judging by last night’s turnout, she touched and impacted hundreds, if not more.  Her love, compassion, thoughtfulness and integrity managed to make a mark on many lives that can never be erased.  I want to live that way.

3) When it’s all said and done, celebrate the fact that I lived.  I want people to be better for having known me.  I want people to have joy and laughter as they remember me.  And I want them to feel like my life exemplified Jesus. Now go party!

Farewell, dear Sister.  You lived life to the fullest.  Thank you for letting me be a part.  And thank you for continuing to teach me, even in death.  Until we meet again ….