• Faith & Life,  unexpected blessings

    12 Years Ago…

    This week’s focus on Hurricane Harvey and the catastrophic events in Texas have taken my thoughts back to where I was and what I was doing when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. 12 years ago, today, I was writing a weekly devotional, which would end up continuing for 7 more years. I had just begun my junior year of college: little did I know how that devotional writing and hurricane would change my life. Below is the devotion I wrote on September 2, 2005. God’s love is…AMAZING! “Your love is amazing, steady and unchanging; your love is a mountain firm beneath my feet. Your love is mystery, how you gently lift me.…

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    Meant to Be

    We were late. We had been driving back from Michigan the day before and not arrived home until after 11pm. When we fell asleep at 1am, we decided that 7am was too early to leave in the morning, so we pushed it back to 9am. We were having a leisurely morning and so we didn’t end up on the road until 11am. We were headed to Charlottesville. My spouse had been planning to go for a few months. It was his birthday wish to be there, standing up against hateful groups, who had planned a rally for noon. While I hadn’t ever been to a protest like this, I took…

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    Body Shaming, Politics & Authority

    How often do you wrestle with an issue? How often are you pushed out of your comfort zone or willing to reflect on a bias you hold true? In the last six months,  I’ve gained more info on topics I knew very little about.  As an American citizen who thought she was informed, I realized I hadn’t really done my homework in previous experiences. I’ve done my best to really identify how new information might change my perspective. Tensions have risen, relationships have become more fragile and tears have been shed. Yet, I know all the effort is not for naught.  The best way to continue the conversation is share our stories:…

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    My Why

    Last weekend I got to check Utah off my list of states I haven’t yet visited. While I was there, I attended JamCon (a conference for a company called Jamberry, which I’ve sold nail products for as a hobby for over 3 years). I am glad I finally had the chance to go. It was the first time in a while that I planned a trip for myself. I took vacation from my full-time job, and even though it was considered a professional conference, it was the opportunity for fun and personal growth for me in an inspiring setting. Each person who had joined Jamberry has a unique reason why.…

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    Rest & Gratitude

    The human body is amazing. And in recent months and weeks, I have realized the fragility and resilience unique to each person’s body. I had a sudden and severe bout of allergies about a month ago, and instead of pushing through, I took a day off. I was amazed that the next morning, while not 100%, I felt significantly better because I had taken the time I needed to help my body recover. In the last three weeks, I had a visit to the ER, a significant change in my diet and a surgery to resolve a “minor” issue.  (People and professionals seem to talk rather casually about this type of…

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    Raw

    Many times over the last month or so,  I have attempted to sit down and write a post. But, I’ve stopped myself every time because I thought…  “That’s too personal, I can’t share that.”                    “I’m afraid of the response I will receive If I share this.” I certainly agree that there is such thing as over sharing or passing on details that are inappropriate for more than your closest friends and family. But I knew it was something that was making me feel so vulnerable that I could not even write it down in my personal journal. of which no one else would see.…

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    Where are you pointing?

    Where am I pointing? A question I ask myself as I write this post. An easier question to answer at the moment is, “What am I feeling?” Fear. It ‘s what I feel as I write and publish this post. Very rarely have I cowered down from writing. As a writer, I have learned that I have the responsibility to share my own thoughts because sometimes they may give a voice to what others may be feeling, but don’t know how to share. As a Christian, I am called to love everyone with my words and actions. This is the place where I can write, edit and publish in a…

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    Before you post or respond…

    I just attended a historic event and have so much to share. But as an introvert, I am still processing, because there’s so much to reflect upon. This weekend, I noticed something that has been happening for several months, however, this time it struck me differently. So, first, let’s talk about how we treat one another and communicate, specifically on social media. While social media has been a blessing in my life because it’s been a way to connect with friends and family from all stages of my life, I’ve seen how it can be an unproductive nuisance. Here’s some food for thought as we continue to use the technology we have…

  • One Word,  unexpected blessings

    Love.

    I started a “new year, new focus” blog post a couple of days ago, but  it wasn’t resonating with me. Something wasn’t right. We all go through this process, whether it be the beginning of a new year, at our birthdays, or at some other time when we want to make a change.   Over the last year, I’ve realized that I’ve lost some self-motivation. As I shared in my previous post, it was a tough year. And as the countdown to 2017 occurred, I wasn’t as hopeful for the new year, even though I wanted to move past 2016.   I have made a list of priorities for myself (thanks to…

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    Reflection of 2016

    In the last several years, I have chosen a word or theme to focus on in a new year. As I began reflecting back on the flurry of 2016, I could not recall what I started the year with. I went back and read this post and realized I has selected a Bible passage. But in recent months (more likely the 2nd half of the year), I had forgotten all about it. 2016 is not really a year I want to reflect on. I remember that it started off so well, with much excitement and anticipation. A huge blizzard at the end of January encouraged adventure. I even started the…