One Word 2015

One Word 2015

IMG_7190_pSSince we’re almost halfway through the year already I thought it might be time to write about my One Word for 2015. Other than posting a graphic on the sidebar, I haven’t mentioned it at all because truthfully, I didn’t understand it when it came to me that last day of December. I still don’t…fully.

By the end of the year I had narrowed my One Word possibilities to two. The first was fearless, but honestly, the more I thought about it, I had to admit what I wanted more than anything this year was change. Therefore, change would be my word. Ironically though, the first thing to change…was my word! It seemed God had a different idea.

On the last day of the year, while praying, I realized there was something about that word that just didn’t settle. It wasn’t quite right but I had no other ideas. Not wanting to force a focus unnecessarily or inaccurately, I considered abandoning this year’s One Word altogether. Then this single, unexplained, random word came to mind….receive. It didn’t make sense in my mind, but it did settle in my heart. I knew I had my word, but I had no idea what it meant for me.

Initially I thought receive had everything to do with the obvious…receiving from God. The only reason I could postulate as to why God began my year by giving me this word was that He must be indicating I was to receive some things from Him by the end of it, since after all, He is a God who declares the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). It left me with a newfound sense of expectation. However, my first real inspiration concerning this word was much different than I expected.

It happened a few months into the year, on the heels of some hurtful words that were spoken to me. Unlike other times this had occurred, this time, instead of reeling from the blow, what came to me was, Guard your heart!, an admonition to not allow these words entrance…to not receive them. It was then that I realized this word receive was not only about some things I was to receive, but was also about some things I was not to receive.

Overwhelmed by this unexpected perspective and the unmistakable clarity of this, I finally looked up the meaning of the word. Much to my surprise, it coincided perfectly with what I sensed the Lord saying concerning guarding my heart, for one of the primary definitions of receive is

to permit to enter, to admit

Essentially, I was to refuse to permit damaging words an entrance into my heart where they would then have untold negative effects. I was also reminded it wasn’t only the hurtful words of others that could bring harm, but maybe even more damaging were the words I allowed into my heart from my own negative thoughts. Bill Johnson says it well…

“I cannot afford to have a thought in my head about me that is not in His”

Put plainly, no matter where the hurtful words, condemning thoughts, or demeaning voices are coming from, do not receive them…do not permit them entrance. Since another of the definitions of receive is…

to accept as authoritative, true, or accurate, to believe…

it’s alarmingly apparent we’ve underestimated the damage incurred from what we allow into our hearts…from words we receive.

Therefore, let’s guard these hearts of ours from intrusion as with spiritual barbed wire. Let’s not receive any words contrary to His words about any thing. The truth of the matter is…the enemy knows if he can get us to receive them, he can get us to believe them.


Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.   Proverbs 4:23 NLT

How Good is Good?

How Good is Good?

dogwoodGood Friday…aren’t you thankful for what we commemorate on this day? In truth though, for most of us the consciousness of what happened over 2,000 years ago on Golgotha’s hill is with us every single day. Not many days go by that I don’t express to God my gratefulness for His sacrifice, for Him taking the wrath due me on that rugged cross those many years ago.

Like most of us, I will not forget to remember. However, something else happened that day, and more often than not, it is forgotten…that is, if it’s known about at all. For years I didn’t know it had occurred, but once I found out…well, my life changed drastically.

You see, whether we know it or not, Jesus was not the only one crucified that fateful day, and I’m not speaking of the two who hung at His sides. No, that day there were more than just the three. Thankfully, there was you and there was me.

I am crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me…. Galatians 2:20a

Yes, we were there that day too, dying the same death…a death to sin. Thanks be to God that, together with Him, our old man was also crucified. Why? It was “in order that” we could be not only forgiven but free…free from having to sin!

…knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin.  Romans 6:6

It’s something we need to know. It’s something else we need to be thankful for every single day. Let’s begin today on this day of commemoration.

Let’s never forget to remember just how good Good Friday really is.


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Linking up with Five Minute Friday over at Kate Motaung’s Heading Home







DSCN8260SEncouraging others is one of the things I care more about than nearly anything. I desperately want people, you people, to know your value, that the things you do (no matter how insignificant you deem them to be) are stellar! You rock people’s worlds with your hospitality, your art, your listening ear, your ability to make people laugh…whatever your unique talents and proclivities might be. It matters to me that you know you matter, that you are valuable, that that thing you do is impressive, needed, useful…and recognized.

Since there’s not much I enjoy more than acknowledging and praising these individual gifts to the ones gifted with them, you would think that this compulsion of mine would overflow onto absolutely everyone, wouldn’t you? Surely, it would! Or would it? Actually, it might surprise you as it surprised me to realize that in spite of this overwhelming desire to encourage, there’s one person with whom I never, ever share encouragement. Myself!

Determined as I am to compliment and commend, it seems I’d have seen it before now, but I have finally recognized a sobering reality…I would never criticize someone else like I criticize myself.

I’ve been told I’m too hard on myself, and I’m beginning to see the truth of it. I am my own worst critic. While admiring and acknowledging the treasures in others, looking intently to see precisely what they are, I am looking at all the shortcomings in myself…the faults and weaknesses, the things in need of correction. As a result, negativity occupies far too much space in my mind. It’s exhausting and debilitating. I’ve somehow believed it’s all in the name of improving myself, of eliminating the flawed aspects of my personality, demeanor, and tendencies. Even if it were helping (which I daresay it’s not), it leaves me feeling disheartened. It could even be perpetuating the very problems I’m trying to solve.

So, although an encourager to a fault, I now see that I never encourage myself. It would appear that I need to be a bit more like David.

David encouraged himself in the Lord… I Samuel 30:6

It may seem silly, but as much as I believe with all my heart that everyone needs to be recognized, acknowledged and encouraged…I now see that I am one of the everyones. So I’m beginning to follow David’s lead. I will encourage myself. I will acknowledge and recognize what is in me…Who is in me!

What about you? Do you need to be encouraged? Don’t wait for it to come from someone else and don’t reserve your encouragement only for others. Join me in calling your own little DIY project. Be like David and diyourself!


What I Learned in January

What I Learned in January

keep time…that I don’t spend time like I thought I did ~ On the last day of 2014 I discovered Toggl, an app designed to track how you spend your time (and yes, it’s running right now). Originally designed to allow users to track billable hours for clients, it’s likewise useful for tracking all the hours of your days. Since our lives are made up of time, this app can basically give you a picture of what you’re doing with your life. During the month of January I tracked my time religiously, and I was shocked at what I saw.

I have over 40 categories (the app calls them projects) some of which are Bible, Prayer, Exercise, Internet, Bills and Paperwork, People, TV, Instagram, Writing, Reading Books, Errands, Household Chores… you get the idea. Before seeing the truth that this app provides, if someone had asked me how I spend my time I would have said that Internet and Reading Books would have been fighting for the lead while TV and People would have been trailing (well, except for cooking which my husband does nearly all the time). But you know what? I was so wrong!

Never in a million years would I have believed it about myself, but my #1…People!  Seriously? I’m not a phone chatter, company haver, and most of my friends are 1200 miles away.  At first I felt aggravated by this revelation, but upon further reflection I realize this is a good thing. How would I expect to fulfill the commandment to love others if I’m never with them?

Another surprising revelation…other than Bible and Prayer, my #4 was TV! What? I feel like I never watch TV, not even the news or Christian TV. Let me tell you, I now realize watching TV can waste time like nobody’s business. Sure, I have my favorites…Blue Bloods and Elementary (which I usually fall asleep halfway through….timer adjusted upon awaking), Suits (on only once this month), The Voice (not on at all this month), so all I can think is that it’s those insidious little half hour reruns of The Big Bang Theory (which I’ve just recently discovered) that are piling up and resulting in a neck and neck race with my time spent in the Bible and prayer. Really? I can hardly believe it. What I think I’ll do is create a new category for when I watch Big Bang. I’ll name it ‘Laugh‘. I wouldn’t mind seeing that in the top three. Let’s see…  Bible and Prayer ~ People ~ TV (Big Bang Theory)  = Live ~ Love ~ Laugh. Yeah, I like the sound of that much better…

Keep-calm-and-carry-on…that something I thought modern and trendy is actually a bygone relic ~ We see them all over the internet, those popular Keep Calm quotes encouraging any and every activity known to man. They’ve become a part of our modern-day culture, but did you know they actually originated in 1930′s England as a poster designed to comfort and encourage British citizens facing the perils of World War II? The British government chose the simple message “Keep Calm and Carry On” as one of three designs containing different messages. The third, the Carry On design, was never used and never publicly seen until discovered fifty years later in a bookstore in England. The complete story of this iconic symbol can be seen in this utterly delightful video. The story of this poster’s history is more inspirational than the posters themselves. The fact that it was never used is a testament to the incredible spirit of the British people for, without ever seeing the poster we see everywhere, they did carry on.


…about a little known fact that helped win WWII ~ Speaking of WWII and the British, I was fascinated to learn about Alan Turing, the man who broke the code of the German cryptographic machine called Enigma. Enigma was used by the Nazis to send daily encrypted messages about war activities with the code changing daily making it nearly impossible to crack. Against all odds Turing and his team built a machine that cracked the code which turned out to be one of the main reasons for Britain’s victory. The story is told in the recent movie The Imitation Game. Another little known fact…the producers hid a URL in the movie’s trailer that would lead to a site offering a crossword puzzle similar to the one Turing required applicants to his team to solve, allowing them only twelve minutes to complete.

keep right …that UPS trucks don’t make left hand turns ~ You might know this (if you watch more TV than I do) since the show MythBusters tested and confirmed this is no myth. UPS created their own GPS to determine the most efficient routes for their trucks to take when delivering all those packages. It turns out (no pun intended) that turning left against traffic results in long waits in turn lanes, wasting time and fuel and leading to more accidents. In low traffic residential zones you might witness a left turn, but it’s estimated that 90% of the turns are to the right. Take note Nascar…


Linking up with Emily Freeman and the gang sharing What We Learned in January…

Today begins a new month of Mark 4:30 Photo a Day. Try the photo-a-day challenge with the focus on God’s Word. Find out how to play along and see February’s inspiration list here

One Thing

One Thing

“A woman named Martha welcomed Jesus into her home.
She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word.
But Martha was distracted…”


So here we are, fleshing out 2015. How’s the new year going for you? Looking much different from the last? All those resolutions, goals, and changes…so many things we still want to see accomplished in our lives…are you seeing any evidence of a difference yet? They say it takes twenty-one days to solidify a new habit. Well, today’s day twenty-four, and I’m not feeling it. Hardly.

No, to be honest, so far the new year is looking a lot like the old. And if you’d asked me a few weeks ago how I would feel about that I’d have said, “Freaked out”. But you know what? I’m not. And maybe that’s the biggest change I’ve seen thus far this year. It may not seem like a big deal, but believe me when I tell you…for me it’s huge.

So, what’s made the difference? Well, several weeks ago while reading the book of Luke, I was stopped in my tracks at the very familiar story of Mary and Martha. It’s a story that never particularly stood out to me personally, probably because I’m not the most domestic of females, as anyone who knows me well could attest. Without a doubt, I’m not the type to be compared with hospitable Martha. However, reading the account this time spoke to me like never before because I noticed something I’d previously overlooked. It’s something the most un-domestic of us might nevertheless be guilty of. What I’d failed to ever notice before was this: it wasn’t Martha’s tendency towards service and fussing over preparations that Jesus confronted. Not at all. What Jesus addressed wasn’t that Martha was too domestic, but that she was too distracted.

Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things…

No, it wasn’t Martha’s activity that concerned Jesus, it was her anxiety. Dear, domestic, hospitable Martha…it seems I share more in common with you than I realized.

Could we just as easily replace her name with ours? I now realize I certainly could. “Lisa, Lisa, you are worried and bothered about so many things…”

Maybe my things are different than Martha’s, and, no doubt, your things are different than mine. Nevertheless, like her, are we worried and bothered by them? Our families, our futures, our finances? Our weight, our work, our will? Our lack of ambition, our lousy attitude, our limited accomplishment? Everyone’s list is different, but if we take time to examine our hearts and acknowledge the things we’re anxious about, would it be so many things? It was for me.

So what’s the remedy? If you’re anything like me you make a list. You put everything in neat little boxes, you bullet point, you break it down. You resolve to solve…and there’s no better time than the beginning of a new year! You get busy, and the sooner the better because, after all, there are so many things. So we start the diet, curb the spending, create the goals, list the resolutions; we bite the tongue, book the travel, change the attitude, face the fears. But is that the answer Jesus supplied, the remedy He prescribed? Not by a long shot.

No, His answer was not to energize, but to eliminate…not to induce activity, but to reduce it. To reduce the so many things to just one.

“Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things, but only one thing is necessary…

Martha’s sister, Mary, had chosen that one thing.  “Mary…was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word“.

So, I’ve made a change for the new year…one single change. Change is such a common theme at the start of any new year, and truly there are changes I want to see. However, rather than fret and worry about so many things, I’ll be concentrating on one. This year I’m choosing what Mary chose, the one thing Jesus said was necessary. I’ve replaced the many things on my list of things to tackle this year with only the one. First and foremost I’ll be spending this year doing whatever it takes to stay “seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word”.  Jesus called it “the good part” which I would imagine could make for a very good year.


Taking part in Five Minute Friday at Heading Home (although this took much longer than five minutes….sorry, I’ve missed participating and wanted to jump back in).

Photo by Mo Riza provided under Creative Commons License 2.0

Starting the Year with Change

Starting the Year with Change

It’s my first read of the year and an unlikely one at that. I killed two birds with one stone by reading this book. I fulfilled my commitment to provide a review in exchange for Revell providing me with a copy of the book and I can check off one of the categories of books required to fulfill the Modern Mrs Darcy 2015 Reading Challenge. The category…a book in a genre you don’t typically read.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book about finances before, and seemingly, that’s precisely why Mary Hunt wrote The Financially Confident Woman: What You Need to Know to Take Charge of Your Money…to encourage women to become knowledgeable and thus confident to actively participate in their own financial well-being.

What I loved about this book is that it’s not a treatise on how to get more money, but more importantly how to manage the money you have. Before tackling the cure, Mary insightfully questions the cause, the financial beliefs responsible for irresponsible behavior. Exposing six insidious beliefs we might hold unaware that wreak havoc in our financial lives, Mary then thoroughly and methodically shares nine habits that, if implemented, will radically change anyone’s financial future no matter what shape their finances are in. Topics include giving, saving, investing, debt, frugality, emergency funds, financial assessment, getting what you pay for, and planning for retirement.

Complete with explanations of terms, nuggets of wisdom, terrific tips (her “Seventy-Seven Ways to Spend Less Money” and “Ways to Raise Cash for Your Stash” really get the juices flowing), The Financially Confident Woman covers the basics and so much more. The concluding Six-Week Plan of Action is meticulous, methodical, and entirely inspiring, stirring the reader to act, not just analyze, which to me is the sign of a worthy and worthwhile self-help book for…

“If you change nothing, nothing will change.”

For every woman who reads it, The Financially Confident Woman could very likely change everything.  



Click on the book to read an excerpt.


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Best Books of 2014

Best Books of 2014

PRc6NRaYI did a lot of reading this year. It was one of my intentions for 2014 since the previous year was seriously lacking in that department. With the year coming to a close today I thought it would be fun to share my favorite reads of the year. The 2014 smorgasbord included some fiction, non-fiction, young adult, classic, biography, and of course a book about books which is double pleasure to me. You can see all the books I read this year on this Pinterest board, but in case you’re wondering…here’s my top 5!



#5  Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist

This was my first introduction to Shauna Niequist and a lovely one at that. I’d heard such good things about Bread and Wine (and by the way…$1.99 Kindle version on Amazon right now), but since food and entertaining are not my forte I searched for another of her books. It amazes me how talented people are in expressing the simplest of things in the most profound ways. Shauna speaks of simple things….everyday life, even the mundane…but in a way that encourages you to stop and notice the extraordinary in the ordinary…and don’t we all need a lot more of that?

Favorite Quote: “I want a life that sizzles and pops and makes me laugh out loud. And I don’t want to get to the end, or to tomorrow, even, and realize that life is a collection of meetings and pop cans and errands and receipts and dirty dishes. I want to eat cold tangerines and sing loud in the car with the windows open, and wear pink shoes and stay up all night laughing and paint my walls the exact color of the sky right now. I want to sleep hard on clean white sheets and throw parties and eat ripe tomatoes and read books so good they make me jump up and down and I want my everyday to make God belly laugh, glad that he gave life to someone who loves the gift, who will use it up and wring it out and drag it around like a favorite sweater.”


#4  Daily Love: Growing into Grace by Mastin Kipp

I have to say that there was quite a bit of “theology” I had to work around to get to the truth contained in this book, but I learned quite a while ago to eat the meat and pick out the bones concerning sermons, commentaries, books, opinions and the like. Mastin Kipp is the founder of the wildly popular website which catapulted to popularity after Kim Kardashian tweeted about it, which is kind of like Oprah picking your book for her book club…instant exposure! Daily Love is simply Mastin’s story and a colorful one it is. From fame to failure as a result of succumbing to the pitfalls of drugs, ego, and the glitz and glam of the fast lane, Mastin hit rock bottom but them made some rock solid decisions that changed everything. What Mastin shares concerning our comfort zones, the nature of fear, and the need to act as opposed to analyze are powerful inspiration for change.

Favorite Quote: “Personal growth without action is …spiritual entertainment.…  Most of my spiritual work was just spiritual entertainment; I wasn’t backing it up with action. As much as we want to change we are also terrified of uncertainty. We’d almost rather stick to our old patterns than risk doing something different. That’s why it’s so easy to get lost in self-help books. We feel like we are making progress, but in truth we may actually be spinning our wheels and not taking any action.”


#3  Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

I can’t tell you how glad I am that I read this book. It not only helped me understand myself but made me recognize and appreciate some things I’d judged as faults in quite a few others in my life. Similar to the insight I received in realizing the unique giftings in God’s people, this thoroughly researched, comprehensive look at the traits of introverts and extroverts and the incredible benefits that each bring to any number of situations was enlightening to say the very least. I highly recommend this book (…and right now the Kindle version is only $2.99 on Amazon)!

Favorite Quote: “Love is essential, gregariousness is optional.” 


#2  One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

This one was another hard one to get through for a few reasons, but the message of this book is so incredible that it’s worth the challenge I faced to finish it. Ann’s writing is like no other. It is wordy which made it difficult for my taste, but it is oh, so eloquent. To be perfectly honest, I believe the lesson Ann teaches in the book is embodied in and involuntarily required by her style of writing…the lesson being: slow down, take time to enjoy the delicate, intricate nuances of the myriad of things that are all around us…offered to us as gifts from our loving God. Joy isn’t the source of gratefulness, gratefulness is the source of joy. So very much to ponder in this amazing book.

Favorite Quote: “Time is a relentless river. It rages on, a respecter of no one. And this, this is the only way to slow time: When I fully enter time’s swift current, enter into the current moment with the weight of all my attention, I slow the torrent with the weight of me all here. I can slow the torrent by being all here. I only live the full life when I live fully in the moment. And when I’m always looking for the next glimpse of glory, I slow and enter. And time slows. Weigh down this moment in time with attention full, and the whole of time’s river slows…”


#1  Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation by Parker Palmer

My number one favorite read of the year is Parker Palmer’s Let Your Life Speak. Books that speak of finding your destiny, calling, passion, and purpose are endless. I’ve read many of them as I, like so many, look to ensure that I’m living a life of meaning. This little book (only 128 pages) is a breath of fresh air in that search. Encouraging us to look at our life instead of some elusive purpose that might be eluding us and just out of reach, Parker brings a whole new way of thinking to the idea of vocation, bringing the peace and calm that comes from finding answers to the inner struggle that often accompanies a quest for meaning in our lives. You might just discover you’re not as far from the answers as you might have thought.

Favorite Quote: “Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent.” 


Now that you’ve seen what I’ve read and enjoyed might you offer a suggestion or two for my reading in the upcoming year? I’d just love that!!


Happy New Year everyone!

Oh, and by the way…the January photo-a-day list is updated and can be found here.

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One Word 2015

One Word 2015

file0001458427763With the New Year approaching I’ve been doing some thinking about what to choose as my One Word for 2015. This year was my first for choosing one word to focus on as opposed to making the famed and failure prone list of resolutions. I did make lists of things I wanted to accomplish and do this year, but unlike the usual nature of resolutions, they weren’t change oriented. I reserved that distinction for my One Word. It honestly made a difference.

When you think about it there are usually only a few things, not a whole list of things that are hindering, haunting, or holding us back. I’m finding that focusing on just one…consistently, for a full year, can bring unexpected revelation and lasting change. I say lasting change because after nearly an entire year of constant, committed attention to one single word, I daresay I will take it into succeeding years without any forethought whatsoever. I’ve seen it occur even before the year’s end. As the days passed and my attention waned, my word would nevertheless pop into the forefront of my mind, announcing itself, nudging me with a reminder in any and every situation where honesty was needed to proceed accordingly and make necessary adjustments, creating new habit patterns and bringing more and more freedom. I truly believe it’s one unexpected benefit of the One Word approach… change that endures.

Knowing this, I’ve decided to do it again for 2015. We’ll see what develops as I ponder and pray about what to choose as my One Word for 2015.

What I Learned in October

What I Learned in October

DSCN4604eEmily Freeman is hosting her What I Learned link up again this month, one of my very favorites. The great thing about this link up is all the additional things I learn by reading others’ posts…outstanding blogs I wasn’t aware of, not so trivial trivia, fun facts, inspiration, and so much more. Head over to Chatting at the Sky to peruse. For me…here’s what I learned in October.


….something I didn’t know about how women who show up show up 

So…everyone’s already reading Momastery, Glennon Doyle Melton’s terrific, truth-telling blog, right? (Sometimes don’t you feel like you’re late to the game and everyone already knows the stuff you’re just discovering? Well, just in case you’re not privy, I’m just sayin’….) Maybe I appreciate Glennon so much because my OneWord focus this year is HONEST and she is nothing if not that. Or, maybe it’s because she’s actually implementing the very thing I still struggle with…doing things afraid. I can’t tell you how long I’ve had this displayed in my house, yet have shied away from heeding its advice. When I have heeded I’ve succeeded. I’ve sucked it up, quit being a chicken, jumped in, allowing no time whatsoever to talk myself out of it, and in those rare times, low and behold, it’s proven to be a wonderful experience. Nevertheless, it is not happened enough…not nearly enough. So why am I talking about all this? Because Glennon has made an amazing discovery concerning this, and I want you to hear her share the powerful truth of it. Oh my goodness, how terrifically terrific these wisdom words are…especially for people like me. If you too have been waiting, searching, wondering when or if you’re ever going to begin living the life you were meant to live, listen to this short video. Hear and heed. And if you’re like me and you’re still paralyzed by fear or insecurity or doubt or excuses, or whatever it is that’s holding you back from being brave, then at the very least you might get just a wee bit closer to throwing caution to the wind and _____. I don’t know about you, but I’ll take all the help I can get. Watch Glennon here.

about a new perspective on purpose 

While we’re on the subject of searching for the life you were meant to live, may I also suggest a terrific book I’ve read recently? Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation by Parker Palmer provides a refreshing perspective to the frequent perplexity involved in searching for one’s purpose. This book takes that search from the mentality of discovery to one of realization, thus the title…let your life speak. Could it be that, like most things we go questing for, it’s right under our noses but we’re too busy looking for something out there…somewhere outside our self? Palmer says, “Vocation at its deepest level is, ‘This is something I can’t not do, for reasons I’m unable to explain to anyone else and don’t fully understand myself but that are nonetheless compelling.’” What am I already doing? What is that thing…no matter how unremarkable I deem it? Explore that. Let Your Life Speak is a short, easy read that packs a powerful punch…uncommon wisdom and inspiration that I’ve decided will have a permanent home on my bookshelf. You can read an excerpt or listen to a sample of the Audible audio edition here.

that God, in His great mercy, keeps finding ways to tell me to r-e-l-a-x 

Pretty quick here you’re going to start seeing a pattern tipping you off to what’s been on my mind of late, and thankfully lots has been crossing my path about it lately. I told my niece recently that I’ve had this feeling like the clock was ticking and I had to hurry up and discover what it was I had to do to say I’d lived a life of meaning. Menopausal musings? Maybe. My mind’s been racing like a hamster on a wheel getting nowhere. It’s what’s caused me to seek out books, music, new habits…any and everything that promotes peace in the midst of this mental mayhem. Finding that elusive thing we call “meaning”, that thing we’re all searching for, well how much peace could that bring?  These fabulous words, also by Glennon Doyle Melton (again…I’m just sayin’) were so. very. heartening.

about a unique, creative way to document life 

Thanks to my sons (one who brought the sales pitch and the other who bought the phone) I’ve joined the ranks of iPhone owners. Learning my way around the new operating system hasn’t been much of a problem but replacing my favorite Android apps with similar iOS apps has been a bit time consuming. Nevertheless, while searching the AppStore I did discover a terrific little app called Stellar, which allows you to create beautiful visual stories to document your travel adventures, favorite photos, recipe creations, family fun or simply your everyday life…all using your own pictures, videos, and text. There’s lots of inspiration to explore by viewing what others have created (you can follow and like the people and projects you admire) to get your own creative juices flowing or to just be entertained. I’m no expert in photography or in using this app, but here is my first little creation documenting our most recent motorcycle trip. If you create an account let me know so I can follow your “stellar” life.

…that there’s no shortage of corn in America 

On the spur of the moment my husband and I decided that, rather than using a transport company, we would fly to Iowa to pick up his new(est) motorcycle and drive it back to New York…a 12oo mile road trip on a not-any-wider-than-an-alligator seat through the heartland of America. The weather forecast for the next 10 days was picture perfect along the entire route so we bought the tickets and set out for what we hoped would be a wonderful adventure. Thankfully, it was! Totally terrific. With no particular agenda but not wanting to tax ourselves too much we set out, making time on super highways while still making time for scenic byways.  We saw lots of sights along the way, stopping spontaneously at charming shopping villages, classic car shows, interesting eateries, and even the little Illinois town where we first met over 37 years ago. But what we saw the most of….corn! Field after golden field for miles and miles, combines rolling state after state after state…harvesting some of the 87 million acres of corn grown each year here in the United States of America…six of which we saw under the spacious skies and across the fruited plain that is America the beautiful…riding on an alligator seat.



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Moving the Mountain of Misconduct

Moving the Mountain of Misconduct

sil4It’s been a while since I’ve participated, but today I’m joining the writers over at Kate Motaung’s Heading Home for the weekly writing challenge which is Five Minute Friday. Kate’s doing a great job as the new host since Lisa Jo passed the baton to her several months ago. The gang hasn’t missed a beat, still producing great, thought-provoking pieces and all the while keeping the community strong.  Here’s my less than five minute contribution to this week’s prompt: DARE

In the face of

repeated failure

glaring inconsistency

fickle feelings

dark emotions

tormenting thoughts

hounding condemnation

countless mistakes

agonizing regrets

unshakeable shame

In spite of

any and all evidence to the contrary…


to believe

you are 

who He says you are.

If any man is in Christ he is a new creature, old things have passed away, behold all things have become new. II Corinthians 5:17

Put on the new man which in the likeness of God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Ephesians 4:24


I’ve written a lot more on this subject here