"Sit. Feast on your life."

Today is the first Friday of Lent—no meat for those observing Lenten practices.  And here's some interesting Catholic trivia I found while looking up Lenten fasting: "abstinence," which in this case refers to not eating meat, does not include "meat juices and liquid foods made from meat. Thus, such foods as chicken broth, consommé, soups cooked or flavored with meat, meat gravies or sauces, as well as seasonings or condiments made from animal fat are not forbidden....more

Loving Life...

About a month ago I stumbled upon a beautifully designed blog that upon closer inspection seemed interesting.  I wasn't sure what was so cool about it exactly but I skimmed and found myself discovering the story of a mom who's not quite herself yet and a family who loves her ...more

The Writing Process

Are there any Bloghers out there who have written a book? I am trying to get across the line with the final edits. The process while fabulous has been a somewhat lonely one and I can't wait to get back into the moment with the ones I love the most. My memoir titled Enemy Within will be out in May and is a story that tells of love lost and found, hope, happiness and acceptance. Thanks to my sister in law Charlotte who was a calming influence on me recently....more

Don't you let go....

Last night as I tried to think of a topic for this morning’s devotion, the statement Don’t you let go came to mind. I thought about it for a minute and was brought to the story of Jacob and the Angel. You see Jacob had stolen Esau’s birthright and now was in need of the Lord’s protection and intervention. Esau was on his way and we all know it wasn’t going to be pretty when he got there. Jacob began to pray real hard then something miraculous happened. ...more

Finding My Stride

Four years ago I woke up and realized that I had to change my life.  It may sound silly, but that's exactly what happened. There were no New Year's resolutions, life altering motivations or ultimatums, just an overnight fire in my belly to change. I woke up with hope. ...more

The State of YOUR Union

A few days ago millions sat in front of their televisions to watch President Obama deliver the state of the union address. As he delivered his speech, you could clearly see the divide between the two parties. The democrats were giving him standing ovations on almost 90% of everything he said, while the republicans clearly displayed their disatisfaction by remaining seated and silent. ...more

Beyond my faults

What in the world possessed me to go back to school at the age of 30? Oh that’s right, GOD TOLD ME TO. Last night while completing my reading assignment, I came upon the story of Jesus calling Peter a “rock”. The textbook’s author, Dr. Wilmington, notes how Jesus called Peter a “rock” at a time when Peter was anything but stable. We’re talking about a man who had a temper, was a liar and DENIED knowing Christ three times. Yet, Jesus still called him a “rock”. ...more

Haiti. I can't turn away.

I've been unable to write for the past few days. Everything I want to say about my life, my daily aggravations, how I'm trying to stretch and grow, who I am... It all feels frivolous and incredibly self-absorbed. Wherever I turn, the news of the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti calls out. And, what it says is this... You are blessed. You are incredibly blessed with your life, and what you have. What are you going to do with it? ...more

Resolutions for A New Year and a New Decade, When Hope is Hard

by Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen...more

Does Your Fundraising Make Me Feel Happy and Hopeful?

I've been sharing the Outside article, Nicholas Kristof's Advice for Saving the World with lots of folks this week. In it, the New York Times columnist and blogger writes about what mobilizes people to get involved in social change. The gist of his conclusions were:...more