Encouragement can be a life jacket to a drowning man

Encouragement can be a life jacket to a drowning man

Encouragement can be a life jacket to a drowning man

God may call us to one or many things as we journey through life.  However, most times, these callings come with some unforeseen challenges. We all want to know we have purpose and we take great delight in the idea that God desires to use us.  Yet when faced with these challenges, we tend to want to question our ability to fulfill our God-given purpose.  We may even question if the call is truly from God or not.  Sometimes these challenges make it difficult to stay the course and run the race to which we have been called. I often

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Gratefully accepting the nomination for the 2017 Liebster award

Gratefully accepting the nomination for the 2017 Liebster award

I have discovered in the one plus year that I have been blogging that the rewards to doing something I love can be endless. One of such rewards include the nomination for the Liebster Award.  This is an award that recognizes and honors new bloggers who have 200 or less followers on their blog site.  This award not only brings recognition for hard work but also provides a great way to connect with others in the blogging world. TO MY NOMINATOR I would like to say a BIG thank you to Cassie Wilson over at http://cassielwilson.com for nominating me and paying

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Self care – Me time for the weary mom

Self care – Me time for the weary mom

  Finally!! A free moment to sit and catch your breath. It has been a chaotic morning.  Actually, come to think of it, so has many of your mornings.  It didn’t help that you slept through the alarm today.  If  only you had made the kids’ lunch before going to bed like you wanted to.  But then if you had, you wouldn’t have had time to fold that extra load of laundry.  And you wouldn’t have been able to put the finishing touches on hubby’s shirt. No point crying over spilled milk, literally.  The clean up cost you the last few

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Choosing to have hope in the midst of pain

Choosing to have hope in the midst of pain

I debated writing this post. If not for any other reason, it’s this….transparency is not easy! And it’s especially not easy when our situation is still fresh or ongoing.  Most times we are more inclined to share when we have gone through our experience and come out the other end victorious. But, even just making the decision to share in struggles somehow has the power to be comforting.  Though this post is not about full disclosure, I felt lead to share this much. No one wants to feel pain!! As a Registered Nurse, I know it’s common knowledge that pain

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Let us come back to the heart of worship

Let us come back to the heart of worship

There is something profoundly powerful about true worship. In the bible we read the story of one woman’s heart filled with gratitude and adoration for the One she loved.  Mary of Bethany brought her alabaster jar of expensive perfume to supper.  This she poured over Jesus’ feet while he sat with his disciples after they had eaten. “Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.  Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor.  Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took

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Walking through the seasons of life

Walking through the seasons of life

The huge potted mums was lying on its side again.  Though larger than most, the plastic planter was no match for the strong winds and rain that were normal for this time of the year. Most of the beautiful red, yellow and orange leaves that had majestically crowned the tree tops were now lying in a bronze colored carpet on the ground. There weren’t enough leaves for the neighboring kids to frolic in but there was certainly enough to send my husband off to the local hardware store for a rake and recycling yard bags.  Yes, what was just a

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Cultivating an attitude of thanksgiving

Cultivating an attitude of thanksgiving

It is early fall and the trees are slowly transforming into huge bouquets rich with deep hues of red, orange and yellow.  Soon they will give competition to the beautiful sunsets of October. The weather is much cooler than the days of summer and the squirrels and chipmunks can be seen scampering about.  They are on a mission to gather and store up their food for the wintry hibernation ahead.  Sadly, the trees will eventually lose their leaves and stand naked in the grip of an icy, cold slumber but for now they remain tall and proud.  Beautifully displayed in a

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Freedom from fear through Christ

Freedom from fear through Christ

Fear.  For such a small word it sure packs a mighty punch.  Like a little giant it looms ominously over certain areas of our life. I sometimes think of fear as that little black fly that comes in as soon as I open the front door.  Even though I may not necessarily see it all the time, I can hear it buzzing from room to room, taunting me “you can’t get me.”  Sometimes no matter how much I swat at that little sucker, it always seem to evade getting smacked down. That’s like fear!  It gets into areas of our mind,

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Transform your day with five minutes in His presence

Transform your day with five minutes in His presence

Every night I sleep with my phone charging on my night stand as most people do.  When I awake in the mornings I usually spend a few minutes lying in bed thinking about the day ahead or reviewing the day before. On the mornings when I am not focused or intentional, I have a tendency to absent-mindedly reach for my phone.  Without much thought I proceed to scan through my emails or flip through my social feeds.  It doesn’t take long for me to realize what I am doing and I remind myself this is no way to start the

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Bullying, dealing with the ugly monster

The hallway seemed poorly lit.  The shadowy corners of the corridor gave the impression it was much later than the first period after lunch.  I needed to hurry or I was going to be late and Mr. Richardson hated when students walked into his classroom while he was teaching. Everyone seemed to have exited the dreary locker-lined halls.  Everyone except for myself and the two “goth” girls lingering halfway down the halls.  They leaned lazily against one wall turning to watch as my hurried steps echoed on the scruffy tiled floors. I heard one giggle followed by another and saw

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