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 […]

Agreeing

When did it become necessary for us to agree with each other in order for us to love each other? Is there any reason why we can’t be patient, kind, humble, caring, generous, thoughtful, compassionate and considerate with those who don’t have our same belief systems without the anger, frustration and hatefulness that we constantly […]

Trying Versus Training

Okay, I have fallen off of the exercise wagon in the last two weeks.  Sadly, I’ve gone from working out at least four times a week to absolutely and positively NOTHING.  No running, no gym, no classes.  Zilch. Nadda. I’m SO MAD AT MYSELF!!!   I usually do so much better than this! I have a […]

What Keeps You from Growing Closer to God?

What keeps you from growing closer to God? Huh….  I don’t think about this often, but when I do I’m always surprised at what my answer ends up being. Your answer may be simple or it may have so many twists and turns it would give a roller coaster a run for its money! I […]

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.  […]

How to Pray

If you’ve ever read any of my GEMs, you will likely find two calls to action on a regular basis – read your bible and pray. Those two feats are a common theme that I think will carry me through until the end of time and – just so you know – you will probably […]

Doing What We Say We Will

Integrity…a characteristic that we all believe we have, but very few of us do.  Sigh. Dictionary.com defines integrity as an adherence to moral and ethical principles, along with the soundness of moral character and honesty.  Basically, I call it doing what we say we will do. As a “big talker Betty Crocker” I am all […]