Battles

I was saddened to hear of the impending divorce between Lysa TerKeurst and her husband.  Is no one safe?  I guess not ☹ In case you don’t know who Lysa is, she is the founder and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries.  Additionally, she is an author, blog writer, speaker and teacher.  Her mission is to […]

Point of View

Clearly, this cartoon is a depiction of different perspectives, but it truly is the best I’ve ever seen.  It illustrates how every person can see the exact same thing and have a different take on how they view it. Plus, the first part of the caption hits the nail on the head!!!  “Just because you […]

Marriage

Tomorrow marks my twenty-second wedding anniversary!  Woohoo!!  I know, it’s crazy that we haven’t killed each other yet…although, there is still time!!  HAHA! For us, we usually just go to a nice dinner and exchange cards.  So, as I was browsing the card isle the other day looking for the perfect message to give to […]

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…. […]

The Perils of Facebook

Social media, and most specifically Facebook (because that’s the one I use), can be the greatest thing since sliced bread.  I mean who doesn’t want to post pictures of their families, cool vacation places, awesome pet videos and funny memes?!?!?!?  A favorite of mine are the videos of people falling down…my guilty pleasure!!!! However, besides […]

We Are What We Think

Here I am again.  Jeez!  You’d think I was the most inconsistent person in the world by the way I’ve written GEM in the last year…and, honestly, you’d be right!!  I don’t have any excuse, but I am genuinely sorry.  And please know I’ve missed it, too. I’ve been contemplating much over my lack of […]

Keeping It Simple

So many times we try to make life more complicated than it is.  Why is that? Some of my examples include the fact that I’ve been saying for years that I want my kids to grow up with a servant’s heart, but I’ve done nothing to make this happen.  I’ve prayed for wisdom, but refused […]

Consequences

As a mother of two young boys, “consequence” is a word used regularly in our house. For example, the consequence of eating your dinner is that if it is a dessert night, well, you get some.  If you don’t eat your dinner, you don’t get any yummy cookies and cream ice cream. Sucks to be […]

The Editor

As a writer I am always looking for an editor.  Sometimes it’s a friend, a sister or my husband.  When I’m really in a pinch…it ends up being me.  Thank God for spell check! Being my own editor is a bad thing. It makes no difference how grammatically affluent I am or how many words […]

Attitude and Effort

Last week I posted a quote by Billy Cox – a motivational speaker – on Facebook that read, “The two things in life you are in total control over are your attitude and your effort.” As I’ve contemplated this piece of advice, it has occurred to me that most of us are a bunch of […]