When God Pushes Us Out of Our Comfort Zone

  On more than one occasion I have asked the Lord to work and then questioned, doubted and debated when He took his time. Sometimes we want the Lord to move and other times He moves when we’re not looking for it at all. Several months ago, the Lord completely took me by surprise. I was happy and comfortable where […]

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Treasure the Moments

Today is my grandmother’s 94th birthday. Watching her grow older and frailer has not been easy on us to watch.  With the loss of hearing, caring on a conversation is even difficult. Yet, she is a trooper and continues to push herself to do what she is able to do.  She has taught us how to grow old gracefully. Yet, […]

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Patience in the Change

I have been honest about my struggles to lose weight.  It is not easy and while I have lost about fifteen pounds it is very frustrating when I have so much further to go. At times I feel as if I’m on a yo yo and I will put on a pound or two and then take off a pound […]

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Confessions of an Overachiever

I have a confession to make.  I’m an over achiever and this is a struggle at times. I want everything to look perfect, although I’m far from perfect. Recently, at work our corporate office conducted their annual survey.  My department received a low A, but that was not good enough for me.  I wanted only the best and knowing the […]

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Turning control over to God

I have to admit that there are times when I can be a control freak. I’ve struggled to control various parts of my life, such as my struggles to lose weight and my finances. God has worked in my heart and life to teach me that I cannot hold on too tightly, because the change I long for will never […]

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Learning to Rest

I’m a workaholic.  Not only in my day job, but also with my ministry. I woke up one Saturday morning with the intention of writing.  This was my busy time of year at work, but I still had writing commitments that had to be completed. Well, as they say “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” […]

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Is It All About You?

I had a co-worker who turned every conversation, no matter how inconsequential, to her. No matter what we discussed, the conversation always became about her or a family member. Over the course of time, many of us backed away from this person. After all friendship is supposed to be about give and take, but this situation was always about take, […]

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Fighting the Good in our Lives

I fought going on a C-pap for weeks.  But, I was finally forced to relent and succumb to the device. Thankfully, I had been warned that it would take me several weeks to grow used to the device.  I was so thankful for this warning. Almost a month went by, before my brain stopped fighting the device and finally began […]

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Make us Stronger

Several months ago, we had someone at work that was making life extremely difficult.  No matter what my department did to help this person, it was never enough or good enough. This was very frustrating and stressful at the time, especially considering it came from someone we were close with. One day, in the midst of trial, my mentor reminded […]

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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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