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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How a List Could Change Your Life

“I tell you I’m going crazy,” the woman shouted to her mentor. He gently replied, “Here is a yellow pad and here is a ballpoint pen. I want you to write down your blessings.” She refused, overcome by the despair that had seized her soul. But he didn’t give up. “Think of the millions of people all over the world who cannot hear a choir or a symphony or their own babies crying. Write down…

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God Hears Our Cries in Confusion

I’m confident that Almighty God is not pacing the throne room of heaven wringing His hands in confusion and fear. But today I want to remind us all that our cries are heard by God. 2020 is certainly not the first time a culture has battled conflict, confusion, and crisis — reaping what we have sown… “This is what the Lord says: What wrong did your ancestors find in me that made them wander so…

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Yes, You Have Known Saints…

On Sunday, I joined a few others outside (socially distanced) in our village’s Ancient Burying Ground (tombstones date to the 1600’s) to celebrate the life of an older friend from our church. It was a crisp, clear Autumn day in New England. And behind my mask, I ugly cried the entire service. Grieving for all the losses of all the people. So many. Too many. “Do not hurry as you walk with grief; it does…

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I Refuse to Live in Fear!

If you’re not afraid right now, then just check the news. Plenty of horrific happenings this year while tempers are hot, triggers are happy, and trust is in short supply. And, lest we forget, 220,000 fellow Americans have already died from a deadly virus. How do we live in this world so full of things to fear? Refuse to keep up with the news, hoping it will go away? Cringe every time one a loved…

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