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 […]

When the Neon Sign Appears!!!

If you’ve been reading GEM for the past three years, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve discussed at length the neon sign that I’m always asking God for…I’ve made this request A LOT, but I have never felt I’ve received it – until now. WOOHOO!!!! The story is that after looking back over the past few […]

Coincidence? I think NOT…

Let me tell you a little bit about how God works in my life. I know not everyone believes that we have a Heavenly Father that works in our lives every second of every day, but I’m here to tell you that I definitely believe it and here’s why. The Lord will fight for you, […]


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


Every day we are challenged to make good choices that will be reflected in the days, months and years to come.  The level of our discernment is the gauge of which we use to make each life-altering selection. A perfect example would be the chocolate molten cake drenched with chocolate syrup and coupled with ice […]