Changing My Stinking Thinking

In 2017,  I only lost 30 pounds.  That’s better than the year before but I still have a long way to go. However, throughout the year the Lord has been changing my stinking thinking. This has not always been easy and there are times when I’ve wondered if I will ever get to where I need to be. I’ve  had […]

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When I Am Overwhelmed

We have been dealing with a lot of changes and growth at work in the last few months. Recently, I had one day where it just took its toll.  I was completely and utterly overwhelmed. I looked around at all that had to be done and my to do list and wondered where to even start. I silently prayed, “Lord, […]

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Releasing Our Baggage

I shared a while back that I was overwhelmed in cleaning up a storage room at home.  I also shared how I was developing a plan to tackle the area. Well, only part of my plan worked.  I stayed overwhelmed and made little progress. Then circumstances tipped my hand.  While I had my eight-year-old nephew one weekend, we began to […]

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Lifting Others Up in Prayer

I see a variety of needs and pain in my day to day interaction with others. I see people in intense physical pain Cries of agony from emotional distress Faces twisted in anger Attitudes that are dismissive and superior Attitudes that are indigent and aggravated People that just long to be left alone Individuals smiling through the pain People that […]

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Planning Ahead

So, I have to admit that I have been thinking about this Christmas since last Christmas. I know that sounds crazy, but let me explain. We just doubled in size at work.  Part of my responsibility was to come up with the additional finances to not only provide extra Christmas presents for all of our residents, but also to provide […]

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Overcoming Jealousy

I have to make a confession.  There are times when I become jealous. There’s one specific gift that I would love to share with others and have not been able to share in the last few years.  I find myself becoming jealous of some individuals that share their own God given talent. I’m not proud of this and have had […]

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The Attention Seeker

I have a friend that craves attention.  Actually, she demands it.  Regardless of what we are doing, she expects any of us to stop what we are doing and listen to her. It does not matter that we are busy or that we have heard the story numerous times already. We’ve noticed that when others share their lives and interest, […]

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Stop being a worrying Nellie

Recently I was worried about a situation and running through a hundred different scenarios. Mama looked at me and said, “stop being a worrying Nellie.”  She reminded me that I was stressing myself out by worrying about things that may never even happen. I find it so easy to take on so many issues and problems and worrying about them […]

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What Others Meant for Evil, God Uses for God

In the book of Genesis, Joseph is sold into slavery by his brothers.  However, God uses this to raise Joseph up and provide a provision in the drought. When he is reunited with his brothers, Joseph says, what you meant for evil, God meant for God.  Even now he has prepared the way to provide for you.   In Genesis 50:20, […]

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Do Not Worry About Tomorrow

Recently, I had a huge decision to make.  However, I found myself worrying. I worried about a variety of scenarios that may take place.  But, none of them have. If they do, God has proven time and again to me that He will provide. Still, I find myself worrying about the future. Statistics prove that we worry about 85% of […]

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When Fear is Bestowed in Us

I have had dealings with others that have led to insecurities. I had a job where the CEO sat as a Queen in her office.  I’ll admit that although I am no longer there, even today this leads me to nervousness when dealing with those in charge. I even confessed this to my boss one day, when she noticed the […]

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Confessions of an Overachiever

I have a confession to make.  I’m an overachiever. I have a habit of taking on too much and longing to accomplish too many things, both in my professional and personal life. I’ve found myself lately, praying and asking God to take away these desires that are not of His will.  But, letting go of fleshly desires are not easy. […]

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Preparing for the Future

When I was a child and we lived in seminary housing, every time a new family moved in, I was the unofficial welcoming committee. I asked so many questions that I received questions such as “are you writing my biography?” Finally, my parents had to tell me to stop asking so many questions. Fast forward to the present day, and […]

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Living with Humility

Recently, I was speaking with my boss.   She said, “you came with little experience and I did not know what to expect, but you’ve blown me away with the way you have built the program up and all you do.” I have to admit that I was left speechless.   More than anything, I struggled to accept the compliment. I was […]

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A Blessing to Others

Last week, I shared how God provided for me in my weakness. I work in a service industry where I give a lot of myself. I have people come to me with a variety of issues and I often have to think outside the box to find a solution to the problem. There are days when I am left drained […]

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Even in My Weakness I am Made Strong

For years I struggled to find my professional niche and where I belonged. Through performing in nursing homes, I became acquainted with the activities department and the variety of tasks provided and performed. As one chapter of my life drew to a close and I began to seek a new career, God slowly revealed to me that this was where […]

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When Eternity Calls

I was saddened to hear the news that a dear friend’s husband had suddenly and unexpectedly passed away a few hours earlier.   He had been in good health, but a heart attack seized him and he could not be saved. However, my dear friend was comforted with the knowledge that she would be reunited with her husband again one day.  […]

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A Lesson in Integrity

  Recently my thirteen-year-old nephew stayed with me for a few days and assisted me with catching up with various yard duties around the house. While running an errand one day, I received a text from him.  “The table on the front porch knocked over and the dog broke.  It was an accident.  Sorry.”   My heart broke.  The little porcelain […]

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Knowing Our Limits

  Recently, we had a cook out at work and although I had numerous topping options, it was still not enough.  I have had to learn when to say enough is enough. I have always been a people-pleaser, but my job is so demanding and the various wants are so numerous that if I try to please everyone I have […]

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How would you act if you worked for Jesus

  Recently, while reading, the question appeared “how would you act if you worked for Jesus.” I gave this great thought.  Then I realized, I do work for Jesus. No, I don’t work for a church. However, I realized that regardless of what I do, I am working for Jesus.  I am His vessel. Working in the service industry, I […]

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