Killing Our Enemies with Kindness

Planning a party can be stressful, especially when the party is for three times more people than you are accustomed to planning for. Several months ago, we had a huge event we were planning a party for when another department completely lost their cool and began to throw a tantrum. I was very taken aback by this unprofessional behavior and […]

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The Lord Pushes Us

I was recently talking to a friend about how my student loan payment had increased dramatically and I wasn’t sure how I was going to make ends meet.  We began to brainstorm ideas and options to relieve this stress and bring in some additional income. During the discussion, I was sharing my heart with her and some of the dreams […]

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Speaking the Truth in Love

I have had several difficult encounters in the last few months, which really made me search myself. Soul searching is never easy, especially if you have to admit to yourself that you were the one in the wrong. On two occasions, I swallowed my pride and asked a dear friend and mentor, who was an eyewitness to these encounters, “was […]

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Who Are Your True Friends?

Working in healthcare, I often hear people talk about their friends.   Time and again I hear, “while sick I learned who my true friends were.   People I expected to see never came around and some friends I never expected to see were there for me in unexpected ways.” When we are sick, in need, mourning or suffering a tragedy is […]

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True Colors Come Shining Through

I was slow to learn that people will show you their true colors early in a relationship.  If I had listened to others and my gut,  I would have saved myself a lot of heartache and pain over the years. Instead, I chose to push it under the carpet {so to speak} and ignore all of the warning signs. Several […]

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Our Tongue Can Stab As a Sword

Recently, someone walked into my office, which was packed with my team, and unleashed a tirade. I sat there listening and biting my tongue, unwilling to make matters worse. This was not easy, but very much needed and necessary if we did not want to escalate an already tenuous situation. Often it is difficult to hold our tongue, but there […]

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Standing in Our Own Truth

I have a vendor who can be very overpowering in personality.  This person does not hesitate to try and exert influence to accomplish their will.  This can be so overwhelming that it is easy to feel bullied at times. Through the process of our acquaintance, I have had to learn to stand up for myself and my department. This means […]

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When God Pushes Us Out of Our Comfort Zone

When the Lord lead me to a career in activities, I had no idea how he would be pushing me out of my comfort zone and teaching me to learn {and even –at times—enjoy task} I never envisioned myself doing. This includes event planner, cooking, flower arranging, gardening, decorating, baking, counseling, photography, serving as hostess and on and on the […]

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Seasons of Life

I shared about praying about an opportunity that presented itself. When praying about this situation, the Lord told me “I have you where you are for a reason.  However, I am also preparing you for the future and what’s to come.” I don’t know what the future holds, but the Lord knows and he is preparing me for that time […]

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Opportunities are Teachable Moments

Several months ago, an opening came up at work that I would have never considered in the beginning. But, the more I thought about it I realized I had the qualifications and such a position would be a true challenge. I thought about it  and listed the pros and cons in my mind.  I was also honest with myself about […]

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Enduring Love

Working with the elderly, I often encounter couples that have been married for 50, 60, or 70+ years. The couples are as different as the individuals themselves. Some of them have grown apart and rarely spend time together. However, I’ve noticed that the majority still enjoy being together. Many enjoy just sitting together quietly, enjoying one another’s company and presence. […]

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Grace Through Perfectionism

I have a confession to make.  I’m a perfectionist.  I want everything to be perfect and come across as perfect. But, I am not perfect. Therefore, no matter how hard I try, I cannot make the event, piece of writing, song, speech, or service provided completely perfect. Only, with the Lord’s help can I make anything close to perfect. But, […]

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Fighting Through the Test

I recently heard one of our physical therapist tell someone, “well just as when you were a child you had to learn to crawl first and then you could walk and from there you could run.” I thought about the statement and how true it was, not only when we are regaining our strength, but in so many aspects of […]

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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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