Living in An Anxious World

Recently, I saw a video on Facebook where Max Lucado was touting his new book Anxious for Nothing that comes out September 12th of this year…love me some Max Lucado and can’t wait to pick up what I’m sure will be a page turner!!!  Enough about my love for all things written by Mr. Lucado…. […]

Refueling for What’s Next

We all have good and bad days and sometimes, we even have good and bad within one day.  The latter is exactly how I would define my last few weeks. Of course, sitting on a Caribbean beach for eight days will do a body good and can certainly constitute as a good (actually awesome) day.  […]

The Blessing in the Fear

In case you were wondering why I didn’t post a GEM this past Tuesday – I could not find the wherewithal to put two words together because I was paralyzed by an unfounded fear due to a horrific panic attack I experienced on Sunday night and am still dealing with today. As most of you […]

Contagious Encouragement

Listening to Christian radio yesterday as I sped down the highway to get to church on time (there’s something wrong with that), I heard the coolest phrase – Contagious Encouragement. As someone who is all about encouraging others, I found this phrase to be a perfect fit for what I would love to do in […]

The Sky Is Falling…OH NO!!!

Every time I share my struggle with panic, I am amazed at the outpouring of support, encouragement and similar circumstances.  It always saddens me to see how many people in the world deal with this very prevalent issue. I know, I know…it stinks that misery loves company, but it’s sure nice not to be alone! […]

Summertime

Summertime is fun.  It’s full of awesome outdoor activities, great sun tans, less make-up, less clothes, later bedtimes, sleeping in and a little bit of lazy!  What’s not to like? For me…it’s always been just a bit stressful. Of course, kids add a new dimension with activities and entertainment, but they also get bored easily […]

Relying on God

Have you ever noticed how everything always works itself out? For example, that final exam in Calculus when you were a sophomore in college that you fretted about for the entire semester…do you even know what you scored?  Probably not. Or what about that appraisal that came in too high for the house you were […]

Taking Care of Others

As seen in Thursday’s blog, taking care of yourself is crucial in order to be a valuable servant in the world we live in.  Clearly, when we don’t get the rest, exercise or God’s Power (through scripture and prayer) on a daily basis we become useless. However, the next step in the process is to […]

Winter

December 21st marks the first day of winter.  BRRR!!! So far, Austin, Texas has had quite the chilly fall season, so I can only imagine that winter will prove to be a cold one this year. Winter is a hard season. It’s cold, dreary and downright depressing some days.  It gets dark early and once […]

Getting Back into the Swing…

Last night I realized why they always say you need a vacation from your vacation.  Grrr. The laundry, cleaning and grocery shopping necessary to get back into the swing of things is overwhelming to say the least.  What’s interesting is that I now understand the phrase “getting back into the swing” because it’s obvious I’VE […]