5 Things Everyone Should Forgive Themselves For, but often won’t.

I am the bearer of guilt.  Not just growing up guilt that we are all given as children, but guilt I gave to myself. I don’t believe that self-guilt is primarily a woman’s affliction.  Yet women are the loudest about their burdens. We like to talk about them, regret things, and ponder them out loud for discussion. While men tend to just clam up and silently carry around their guilt. However through the years I’ve come to realize there are some things that are just not worth dragging around with me. Learning to let go of things that are in the past is one of the hardest lessons I’ve ever had to learn. And honestly, I still struggle with accepting when it is time to forgive and forget. I find forgiving myself even tougher. ...more

Borrowed Time

A friend’s husband suddenly passed away yesterday.My hearts hurts for her loss.Life is short – a cliché but real and true.You don’t know what will happen tomorrow. What is life? You are a mist that is seen for a moment and then disappears. James 4:14 GW...more

Do You Forgive Easily?

We begin learning at a young age about forgiveness. The other child or sibling that grabs something out of our hands and is made to apologize. We are taught to say, "I forgive you" back. Let's be honest, what young child that is beginning to learn cause and effect wants to forgive. Hey, having a toy yanked from you is serious business. "I'll forgive when I understand what that means exactly." As we grow older, forgiveness takes on a whole new meaning. Your best friend steals your boyfriend forgiveness? "Maybe, after you hate them for awhile!"...more

How Losing My Temper Turned Into an Unforgettable Lesson in Forgiveness

I lost it today at lunch. Like, frickin' lost it. I knew it was happening too. I could feel my frustration reaching a boiling point. I kept thinking, "Kelly! DON'T DO IT!" But I yelled anyway. Then when my toddler started laughing at me, I yelled some more. Just to really show him who was boss. And I instantly wished I hadn't. As much as I would have preferred to handle the situation with calm and grace, I didn't. ...more
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6 Important Lessons You Can Learn from Prison Wives

Society is so endlessly curious about prison culture that millions of us tune in to shows like Prison Wives and Orange Is the New Black. Life in prison is a mystery to many, and it’s human nature to want to peer into this unknown world, reflect on the darker sides of our personalities, and wonder how we would cope with the deprivation of prison life.   ...more

Quotes on Forgiveness

There are many times in life that we may feel hurt, cheated, and done wrong. Through it all it is important to follow the art of forgiveness. It is important to both forgive yourself and the person that hurt you.  This will give you the personal freedom to grow and see the grace, lesson, and blessing in the situation. Forgiveness is not an easy task and it a process of personal growth and development. As we strengthen our understanding we see the power and healing forgiveness will bring.Quotes on forgiveness....more

Hillary Clinton Says Stop Focusing On Your Deficits

At the Massachusetts Conference for Women last week, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (whom I met backstage!) said something that really resonated for me, and I suspect for many of the mogul, mom and maids I’ve met in the last year. Clinton said, “Sometimes we women focus too much on our deficits.” Ain’t it the truth?...more

On My Father's Birthday: A Letter To The Man Who Killed Him

Dear Sir,I don't know your name, but you killed my father on June 9, 1973, in Stockton, California. My father was thirty-two years old then; I was ten. If he had lived, he would have been 74 on November 29th....more

Vinita Hegwood is not my enemy

She may be angry, bitter, and she is using her words to hurt, but she is not MY enemy. I do not know this woman. She does not know me. We each have our own perceptions of the other person's race based on what we see and hear on the media. Based on our own personal filters, but those opinions are not based in personal experience with one another. How can I hate someone I have never met? How can I be a Christian and hate her or want her fired for what she has said....more
i can be forgiving, but i don't want someone who expresses those opinions to be teaching my ...more

Want Revenge? Consider This.

While seeking revenge, dig two graves – one for yourself. – Douglas Horton...more