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…. […]

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 […]

Dose of Daily Encouragement

A dear friend of mine recently sent me an article that discussed Learning to Pray.  The commentary gave some good and new ideas on how to start the day the best way possible and I thought you might be interested in the one prayer that stood out among them all!! O Lord, grant that I […]

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 […]

Thinking Straight

Have you ever found yourself at a crossroads with no idea which way to head?  Have you been bombarded with tasks, appointments, and projects then realize there is no way you can possibly complete all of them…but which ones do you give the boot and which ones should you do? You are far from alone! […]

You Might Need to Pray More!

I heard an awesome story on Sunday about a successful man who at the age of 52 was called by God to serve in El Salvador.  He basically left everything he’d ever known behind and moved to an ‘unknown land’ (well, at least to him) and began doing things that helped the people of the […]

September 11th

It’s impossible for me to post a blog on September 11th and not think of two things…the terrifying events of 9/11 and my nephew’s birthday.  One is absolutely horrendous and the other is such a wonderful blessing that I feel completely stuck in the middle of sorrow and joy…Sigh. I’m even more emotionally confused this […]

When the Going Gets Tough

When hard times make an appearance in your life, do you: Complain? Hide? Get angry? Retaliate? Calmly evaluate the situation, ask God for guidance and proceed with His Plan? If you picked “e”, you are WAY ahead of the rest of us!!!  Congrats on such maturity, wisdom and self-control!!! However, if you are like the […]

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 […]