A Million Little Ways

"The preschool hallway at church is crowded with high-heeled women and slack-wearing men.  The girls hold on to various parts of my coat while I navigate my way to my son’s classroom.  As we pass the window looking into the two-year-old room, an out-of-place image in the corner catches my eye.  A man stands still, children scurry around him on knees and Play-Doh-covered hands....more

The artist

It’s important to know your strengths in life. During my last breakup, I drove all the way to a craft store to pick up art supplies in an attempt to express my feelings. Then I got there and realized, I have no talent for painting or drawing. I came back home and wrote a bad poem....more

Know “Brand You” And Put Your Future In Your Own Hands

Thinking of setting some career goals?  I've noticed that it's a lot easier to plot a direction and make decisions when you know what value you bring – what impact you make to those around you.Perhaps your next career step involves interviewing for a new job.  If so, you'll need to be prepared to answer the question, "Why should I hire you?"  Whether they ask it or not, that is basically what interviewers want to know.  And you can easily answer this question if you can describe how you bring value....more


Matt. 25:14-30In this parable of the talents I am reminded of how many talents, gifts, each of us is given--and how we use them. Last night a young man woke me up, scared to death, he has severe mental illness, and simply did not want to be alone; the one who stabbed me apologized to me last night--and I know that therapy and meds may help them--but again it might not. The reality is all things can not be fixed, it is not that black and white and Jesus calls us to use our talents without judgment in service of those who have few. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!...more

Your Daily Reading: “Living Wide Awake” Navigate Life’s Unpredictable Paths 3-13-12

It may seem as though all efforts toward progress require hard work.However, there’s a lot of power beyond the hard work for a productive turn of events.Opposing Energies: stagnation, laziness, unreliableWhile today has an undercurrent of wisdom and inspiration, the lack of using one’s talents and gifts can result in a negative trend of worry and indecision.Convert the restless energy into action and believe in yourself.Wide Awake Words™ for today: Compromise, gratitude, breakthroughs...more

Power of Words

I don't believe the saying, "Sticks and stones may break some bones but words will never harm me."  There is power in words and they can be used to hurt or heal.  I realized the strength of a single sentence, as certain quotes or scriptures would really speak to me.  I've always loved inspiring quotes but the past few years have been drawn to them even more.  It amazes me how one phrase or sentence can evoke emotion, bring a sense of calm, fill your arms with goosebumps, or tug at your heart.  Through the years I've grown fond of certain quotes or held speci...more


A new year of course comes with new starts and the seedlings that most never make it into full blown weight loss, or debt loss, or finding one's self. Yet here I am starting a new blog. I have felt very deflated over that past year about my writing skills or lack there of and how my old blog is suffering because of it. I started blogging for reasons I didn't know of at the time....more

America's got talent


Revisiting the Seven Habits

It’s been almost a decade since I read the infamous self-help book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey, but it’s such a helpful tool that it came as no real surprise when I recently felt compelled to re-read it. As I did so, I found myself wondering if I had addressed or implemented the particular habit introduced in each new chapter....more