Rest for the Weary

Rest for the Weary

I’ve been debating for several days on what topic to write about this month. My brain has been overworked with additional articles, guest posts, etc. that I’ve written this month in conjunction with my newest book release. Today it seems appropriate to touch on the topic of rest. Rest sounds especially nice at the moment […]

Give Yourself Permission to Relax!

Give Yourself Permission to Relax!

Life can become so busy we simply forget to give ourselves permission to relax, stop, or sit down in the midst of the madness. How do we not lose ourselves when surrounded by obligations, responsibilities, work, school, ministry, children, family, goals, marriage, loss, love and life? We are pulled in so many different directions that […]

April Showers Bring May Flowers … Sometimes

April Showers Bring May Flowers … Sometimes

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. 2 Peter 3:18 (NIV) I do not like to curse myself but I’m 99% positive that I have a ‘brown’ thumb when it comes to gardening and growing flowers. I’ve tried planting flowers […]

Piano Blessings

Piano Blessings

Philippians 4:13 “My God shall supply all your needs, according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” I have been teaching piano lessons for almost fifty years. There was one short period when I had close to fifty students, but when General Motors closed a nearby plant in 2009, I lost a lot of […]

Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

“Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the fields. And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” ” I don’t know,” he replied. ” Am I my brother’s keeper?” ( Genesis 4:8 & […]

A New Year?

A New Year?

It’s hard to believe that we are getting close to the end of the second month of 2018 already. Are you one of those who likes to make New Year’s resolutions? If so, how are you doing with your goals for the year? A lot of years I don’t make resolutions, but I do come […]

Life Is a Journey, Not a Destination

Life Is a Journey, Not a Destination

Two of my sisters and I were on vacation in Hawaii and decided to drive to the city of Hana on the eastern shore of the island of Maui. We rented a vehicle, obtained a map and started our trek. As we traveled, we observed that the road was two-laned, narrow, snaked, and only had […]

Fresh Start for the New Year

Fresh Start for the New Year

What are you taking with you into 2018? As I sit here looking at the sparkling lights of our Christmas tree I’ve let my mind wander to the New Year. To the time when the calendar rolls over to the next number, the sparklers are lit, and resolutions are made. It’s a fun time–a freeing […]

Choose the Adventure

Choose the Adventure

“Many people are so preoccupied with future plans and decisions that they fail to see choices they need to make today. Without any conscious awareness, they make their habitual responses. People who live this way find a dullness creeping into their lives. They sleepwalk through their days, following well-worn paths of routine. I, the Creator […]

My Nehemiah Trip

My Nehemiah Trip

My Nehemiah Trip Pastor Robert encouraged taking a ‘Nehemiah Trip’ through our city. Just, he says, as Nehemiah did in Jerusalem long ago as the children of Israel returned from Babylonian captivity. Pastor had woven himself through his own home streets of Denver, Colorado, in order to prepare his sermon and to get a sense […]

Adjusting To A Season Of Change…

Adjusting To A Season Of Change…

“The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead […]

Am I Entangled or Established

Am I Entangled or Established

Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2 I tend to be just a bit ADD when it comes to life. (I’m like the dog in the movie UP…”Squirrel!”) The […]

Failure Is Not An Option

Failure Is Not An Option

Another failed business venture stared me in the face. Throughout the years, my husband and I have tried various multi-level marketing trends to make extra money. None ever made us rich and I let feelings of failure loom over me telling me nothing would ever work out. My last venture I tried had been with […]

Working for Nothing

Working for Nothing

It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. – Psalm 127:2 ESV I’ve been busy lately. Busier than I’ve ever been in my adult life. Between working full time, starting a business, taking a class, and […]

Shining in Dark Places

Shining in Dark Places

Do you ever get a bit down due to the darkness in our world? Yep, I’m with you. Recently I transferred in my school system. I went from working with Pre-K students to interpreting for a hard of hearing student at the high school. There were enough sad stories associated with my four-and-five-year-olds to keep […]

The Gateway to Greater Joy

The Gateway to Greater Joy

   Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NASB The rhythmic cadence of my feet pounding the platform of the treadmill felt more like a death march. I stared numbly at the pale blue basement wall, adorned with photos of people I […]

The Mirror Has Two Faces…

The Mirror Has Two Faces…

“Then Jacob put his children and his wives on camels, and he drove all his livestock ahead of him, along with all the goods  he had accumulated in Paddan Aram, to go to his father Isaac in the land of Canaan. When Laban had gone to shear his sheep, Rachel stole her father’s household gods. […]

Setting the Mood

Setting the Mood

Setting the Mood  ambiance: n. The special atmosphere or mood created by a particular environment. When writing fiction, every scene, every interaction between characters, every descriptive paragraph needs to portray a certain ambiance. In order to write these things effectively, we have to be able to “feel” the mood, don’t you think? So, let’s explore […]