What if We Lived as a Blessing?

Sometimes I think the word “blessing” has a bit of a bad rap these days. Almost tongue in cheek; overused; you know, that whole “Bless your heart” insincerity kind of thing. Plus, too many people seem to immediately think of material things when they hear “blessing.” I’m not saying that some blessings are not of the material variety, but blessings are more than just good stuff. So much more. We all have the power to…

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When Called to Do the Impossible…

Perhaps you have been called to do something which seems to you impossible. At first the clear response seems an abrupt “no.” Surely God wouldn’t want me to sully His Name by totally botching this thing which I am utterly unqualified to do… you reason to yourself. Then you decide to pray about it. And that’s when God’s Holy Spirit nudges your own spirit, rendering you uncomfortable in disobedience. You cannot see the provision, you…

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40 Days to Reflect & Renew

This year, I’m so ready for this season of Lent — 40 days to Reflect and Renew. I need this, don’t you? If observing Lent is new to you, let me just say that it’s way more than giving up something. There is much to receive as well. When I was growing up in south Georgia, my Episcopalian friends Mercer and Lisa always proudly announced this time of year that they were “giving up chocolate…

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Why Is It So Hard to Believe God Loves Me?

Not feeling very loved today? Tired of seeing all the Valentine hype — flowers, candy, and romance? Perhaps circumstances of life have left you feeling trapped or unworthy – or even far from the God who made you and loves you. My favorite love verse in the Bible occurs when God’s chosen people have strayed far from Him. God reminds the Israelites of His great love for them through the words of His prophet Jeremiah,…

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Blessing You with Silence

As a word girl, I thrive on writing, speaking, and these regular connections with you. In fact, I deliberately chose “Blessing” as my word for 2021 so that I could be proactive in doing my part to be a blessing to each person and situation I encounter. My deepest desire is to see you, hear your heart, lift your spirits, affirm your gifting, whisper a prayer, meet an immediate need, challenge your hesitancy to live…

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Favorite Books I Read During 2020

I read well over 100 books this past year and find it almost impossible to reduce my favorites to an even dozen of both fiction and non-fiction. So, if you are one of my dear author friends and your book is not on this list, please understand that it is a highly subjective list (especially this year) and anyone who wrote and released a book in 2020 already has my highest praise (and hopefully I…

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A Dozen Things I Learned in 2020

1. If your word-for-the-year is STRONG, be prepared to learn more than you ever imagined about soul strength, physical perseverance, mental fortitude, and spiritual stamina. 2. You can write down all the appointments, coffee dates, speaking engagements, and scheduled travel in your cute little stickered Planner. But that does not mean they will actually happen. 3. No matter how old (or set-in-your-ways), you can learn to pivot and do what you must do in a…

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Sometimes Others Say It Best…

There will be Christmas this year. Can’t you sense it? Despite the doom and gloom of outward circumstances, there is also something in the air, the music, the stars in the dark sky, the delicious smells, the flickering firelight, the silence even. Friend, Christmas will come alright. Because Christ came in that most improbable first Christmas story, and because He is still so close, a breath away, dwelling deep within. Today my heart echoes “Thanks…

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But You Need to Actually Open the Gift…

On Crazy Christmas Sweater Day as a high school teacher,  I often wore a sweater depicting my favorite scene from the movie, “Elf.” Pictured on the front is Buddy the Elf screaming with ecstasy “Santa’s Coming! I know him!” Raised (by Santa) at the North Pole, Buddy works in the Christmas department of a New York City store. Though an upcoming visit from “Santa” is a humdrum for the other staff, he spends all night excitedly decorating…

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For Those Sad and Sorrowing

Every year. But perhaps especially this year, there are those dwelling amongst us in the midst of tinsel and holiday, who are filled with tremendous sorrow and pain and loss. Sadness. Perhaps you are one of those who cannot stop crying, even as the radio stations play “Deck the Halls” and sponsor Ugly Christmas Sweater contests? It’s just too, too much, and sometimes you just wish it were over… Several years ago during a concert,…

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Want to Finish 2020 Shining & Strong? Begin with Gratitude!

YOU are at the top of my Gratitude List!I’m grateful each time you click on my newsletter and my weekly 7 am Wednesday blogs. Thank you for reading. Friend, today I want to remind both of us that there is Light to be found, even in the surrounding darkness. “The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” John 1.5 “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us…

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Arms that Will Not Let Me Go

Henri once told his father that he always wanted to be a trapeze artist. Having become great friends with The Flying Rodleighs, Henri Nouwen enjoyed their performances around Europe. “As a flyer, I must have complete trust in my catcher,” Rodleigh told him. “The public might think that I am the great star of the trapeze, but the real star is Joe, my catcher. He has to be there for me with split-second precision and…

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