A Mustard Seed

Yesterday, I went to lunch with a dear friend of mine.  I left the restaurant pumped and ready to conquer the world.  In fact, I was ready to sign up for a completely different career path and jump into the sea of hard work, fun and making some serious dough! I raced home to tell […]

Don’t Forget Who You’re Dealing with…

Have you ever had a bad day that turned into a week, month, or maybe even a year?  Did you wonder what you had done to deserve such a rotten lot in life?  Or why if you had any luck at all, it would only be of the dreadful sort? Perhaps you’ve never been in […]

Teach Your Children Well

Today was a first.  Chase came home from school and went upstairs while I was tending to Jake and his friend who had come home for a play date. After I got the two older ones settled, I asked Chase where his folder was that gives a report on his daily behavior in kindergarten. He […]

Jumpstarting Your Faith

Living in and with faith is down-right hard.   Sigh. In my humanness, I struggle with believing in something I’ve never seen, heard or touched.  Not only is it difficult to wrap my mind around the unseen, but it’s even harder to live faithfully to Jesus Christ in a world that doesn’t care much about obeying […]

Encouragement

When I started blogging these GEMs over a year ago, I was on a mission to spread a little encouragement to help others while using my gift of writing.  Much to my surprise I think I’ve been encouraged the MOST! I have been amazed by the outpouring of support, enthusiasm and cheer I have received […]

If God’s on My Side…

Have you ever had a situation that scared you to the bone, but you had no power to change it? I’ve decided if you live long enough, you might have more than just one of these circumstances and I can only hope that through each event we are strengthened and made wiser. Life throws curve […]

January, Oh, January!

January is such a difficult month for me.  It’s exciting to think of the promises of a new year, but it’s cold so all I want to do is wrap up in a soft, warm blanket (preferably my Chicago Bears one). Speaking of my favorite NFL team… January REALLY stinks when the Bears don’t make […]

When Sickness Strikes

Hearing the word “terminal” come from a doctor’s mouth is devastating and frightening.  It means the end is near and we’ve run out of time.  It means there are no second chances.  YUCK! In our humanness, we seem to think we will escape death.  Each of us trudge through the days as if we have […]

How to Make 2013…GRRREAT!

I SURE HAVE MISSED YOU, GEM!!!  Between the holidays, traveling and guests, I haven’t had a chance to write!  But, now I’m back and ready for my future!!! Wait a minute!!  It’s three days into the New Year and I already feel like I’m behind the eight ball! WHAT?!?!  Stop.  Take a deep breath.  Exhale. […]