Showing posts from April, 2015

What Makes You Smile?

This week has been a crazy roller coaster on many levels, but you all know that I choose to focus on the good in life to shine through the chaos that can quickly cover us with a blanket of anxiety.   So here are a few things that made me smile this week: So proud of my husband!  Saturday night, he went to his little man cave.  It's more of a 'man-cubicle'.  Anyways, he started to his sanctuary to get his runners bib, to lay out all his gear in preparation for the Memorial Marathon the next morning. He came out of his room with a giggle, and a surprised look as he had  thought he'd be doing a 5K until he noticed his running bib showed otherwise. Nope! He had been signed up through his work for the 1/2 Marathon. So ... with no training or jogging to ramp up, leading up to his supposed 5K turned 1/2 Marathon - he nodded his head with determination and said, "I'm just going to see how far I can go. I'll take it one mile at a time."   And you know

Plan vs. Purpose

Today's verse - Proverbs 16:9  'In their hearts, humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.' Amen! If I hadn't grasped this by now - I would be a wreck.  There's only so much we can plan, prepare, or control. Without asking God for direction, it can get pretty dicey.  This past week I prayed, 'Lord, show me your will. Prepare me.'  And not ten minutes later, something changed drastically in my life. This 'thing' that changed could have been devastating in normal circumstances - but a peace washed over me. It was a direct answer to prayer. Instead of getting upset - I embraced the change, anxious to see what he was preparing.  I can't control my life. I can't prepare for every outcome. I can only give God each day and look to Him for direction, as I go about it.  It's okay to have a plan - but look to Him for your purpose!!

The Small Things That Make Me Smile

There are days when you truly feel God's presence and know He's answering prayer.  Then there are days when you are coasting, not really giving it much thought.  And... there are days when you're recovering from a huge trial and are emotionally spent. Yesterday, I prayed for God to restore my soul - as my day was about as bad as I've had since I was in college, where things got pretty rough in my walk.  Now, I'm not saying my walk was negatively affected yesterday.  What I'm saying is the devil was doing his best to shake me up and rattle my cage. And if my walk wasn't solid - my world could have turned upside down. Without giving you details (as they're a bit too crazy to post here) I will say that by the time it was all said and done - my head was spinning. I wondered just how in the world I'd gotten to where I was, and started on a slippery slope that led to a pity party for about twenty minutes. Until I realized, that God has everything un

Kick This Idea Onto Others

Some of you may have heard of Kickstarter, a social media platform that helps people raise funds, but have you heard of 'Kick Your Idea'? It's a social media platform design to boost awareness, without any funds required. Did you hear that? It's FREE! Many of you have emailed me telling me that my characters have given you hope... that they've made you aware of things you'd long forgotten... and even motivated you to do things you'd not done in a while, like go back to Church or buy your kids a Bible. This is because I write about characters who make you feel. Today, I invite you (for the next 7 days) to help support the characters you love so much by allowing others a glimpse into their world. Allow others to put themselves in the shoes of my characters, by spreading the awareness of my books. All you have to do is go to this page - here - where a pop-up window will appear. It will say, 'Support This Campaign For A Chance To Win One Of F

Since January

Since January, I feel like I'm on a merry-go-round that just keeps spinning faster and faster. Just a few of the things that have happened: As of Friday, my mom will have had 2 surgeries. My son has had 2 ER visits, and as of tomorrow 2 specialist visits. My grandmother has been in the ER twice and this last weekend had hip surgery, from which she's not recovering very well. She's not got fluid on her lungs and she's having to be restrained because she's not aware enough to understand to be still. She's a danger to her own recovery. Through it all - I think I might have gone a little crazy if it weren't for the peace that Jesus gives. And trust me when I say that the above list is just a small portion of things that have been occurring in my family's life. So right now, I'm taking a very deep breath, and thanking God for his peace and assurance.  I am blessed by a wonderful family and knowing he is in control is my anchor through the st