There’s hope in front of you

hope in front

How many times have you gotten discouraged reviewing the latest events in your life? You probably cherry-picked the worst moments, blew them up into large and excruciatingly awful detail, and stacked them upon all the other examples you could muster of your incredible ineptitude or the impossibility of your situation until the tower tumbled and crashed […]

Are you living like you are dying?

living like you are dying

In the past two weeks I’ve heard from a fellow writer who lost one of her dear friends who was a wife and mother of two teens, a co-worker from a previous job whose dad passed away, and a recent acquaintance whose son succumbed to an illness. The grief is deep in those families, and […]

Leave them better than you found them

leave them better

    I had A Moment yesterday. You know, one those times when someone shares a bit of insight that absolutely rocks you back on your heels. Mine came as I was listening to our pastor preaching on the mystery of marriage. He shared about a bit of advice he received when he introduced his (hopefully) future […]

When Stubborn Pride is Pulling Your Strings

stubborn pride

I am well acquainted with Stubborn Pride. I have listened to that wheedling, guilt-inducing voice too many times in my life, and it has never ended well. As a matter of fact, I learned some time ago that when I am really struggling with fear of failure, I can find it lurking nearby, working my emotional […]

Saturday Sips: Encourage the dreamers

encourage dreamers

    I recently wrote about giving your children the freedom to dream and shared an interview I had done with a young man who wished to become a Navy SEAL. Being a parent of any child is difficult, especially when they choose a goal that is challenging, takes a great deal of courage, and […]

Freedom to dream

freedom to dream

 The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.  ~Eleanor Roosevelt   As parents, we give freedom to our children in ever increasing amounts, moving the safety rails farther back as time moves forward. One day, those rails disappear, and our sweet little babes will advance into adulthood. Hopefully, we will […]

Saturday Sips: Walking uphill to school both ways

thanks for making me walk uphill

  I recently wrote about hardship being the gift that keeps on giving. One of my lovely readers called it a “most EXCELLENT article”. Thanks, Nan! If you missed it, be sure to go back and read it because the following links are related to that post.   I’ll bet when you were younger and […]

Saturday Sips: Courage, clarity, and change, oh my!

courage clarity change commencement address

    Tis the exciting season of graduation, and you know that means: Cake! Oops, I mean commencement addresses. Oh, I am so sorry for that let down, but I do have good news for you. Not only have there been some terrific speakers around the country this year, but they offer inspiring, joyful, and […]

Getting to yes: Use honey not vinegar

getting to yes use honey not vinegar

  I love yard sales and the possibilities for treasures they contain. There are the opportunities for meeting new people and holding fun conversations, too. Whether the sales are here in Tennessee,  New Hampshire, or elsewhere, however, one rule holds true: If you want something, here is the secret to getting to yes: Use honey […]

The peril of being Possibility Impaired

peril of being possibility impaired

  Have you ever heard the expression Possibility Impaired? I hadn’t until I read a real estate book by Gary Eldred. He wrote about home owners who couldn’t see the potential—the possibilities—in their properties. I immediately thought about how applicable this phrase was to so much of our lives. Please allow me share a couple […]

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