say yes to Jesus

Yes to Jesus! Yes to life! Life is a teeter-tauter balance between yes’s and no’s. We won’t get it right every time but when we do it’s exhilarating. Think of the last time your yes or your no was well-placed. Didn’t that feel good? “Yes” is like opening a door or a window or a…

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shhh

When Luci Swindoll told me one of her favorite inventions was the alphabet I knew we would always be friends. I love words. I’m a bonafide verbiage collector. I love small words like gnu, descriptive words like dollop, and filler words like thingamajigs and whatchamacallits. There’s something magical about lining up letters and finding the…

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painting

Signs of maturity. Learn ways to take care of YOU…like speaking kindly to and about yourself. Mental tapes are powerful. Practice kind internal words like; “I see how hard you’re trying. Keep up the good work. Tomorrow’s another day.” Give yourself permission to rest. A twenty minute nap will rejuvenate your body and your attitude.…

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how are you feeling

Feelings What is your favorite feeling? I mean are you addicted to your anger? Do your words have an edge? Do you apologize too often? Are you fearful? Sometimes its easier to identify emotions in others. What was your dad’s most predictable emotional reaction to life in general? Your mom’s? Your siblings? Now back to…

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Glory

Creation talk. Don’t you love sunsets that drizzle pink and orange sauce over the horizon? Or how about winds that cause treetops to curtsey and birds to ride air currents? Or bright nights lit by a full moon? Or a choir of dazzling stars? Or a comet red-tailed in flight? “The heavens declare the glory…

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Pity Party

Pity’s Party I threw so many pity parties I should have owned stock in Hallmark. What a royal waste of time. Besides pity is so, uh, well, pitiful. It’s not attractive, productive, or helpful. I had to give up my poor-me mental agenda and teach myself a new theme song. Personal dignity is built on…

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courage

Knee knocking. As a former agoraphobic I kept waiting to feel brave before I made important steps in my recovery. It took years before I realized courage came as a result of facing something that frightened me, even while I was quivering. Life is scary…and precious. We don’t want to sit on the sidelines incapacitated…

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no

Saying “no” is big girl work. It liberates. It protects. It boundaries. We forget we have options and sometimes we have to be reminded. Just because we said “yes” in the past doesn’t mean we can’t change our minds.  If we say “yes” when we should say “no,” we set ourselves up for resentment and…

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cranky

Feeling emotionally tipsy? Remember our will is stronger than our feelings…we can choose to act and talk differently then we feel. Honest. Our feelings will eventually lineup with our choices. Honest. Things that will help cranky: Before encountering earth aliens strengthen your mind with good, true, pure, just, and lovely thoughts. Limit your word count.…

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Sleep Sweet

I am so excited to announce my new children’s book, Sleep Sweet. Sleep Sweet has gorgeous watercolors on every page by gifted artist Shelley Johannes. This light-lyrical piece was written to help guide a young child’s mind to safe thoughts as they fall asleep. I’ve never published a book by myself before. It was scary…

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