The Lie of Perfection

Perfection is a LIE. A big fat LIE. And, perfection is exactly what almost kept me from writing this post today!!! GEEZ!!! (Insert eye roll) Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins. Ecclesiastes 7:20 However, I am so glad I didn’t listen to the inner voice taunting […]

Dancing in the Storm

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” The above quote from Vivian Greene seemed completely appropriate today considering how many Texans don’t have power, water or gas during this 2021 Ice/Snow Apocalypse! Of course, our dancing in Texas will have to be performed in winter […]

Get Going

Can you believe it’s already almost the middle of February 2021?? Where does the time go?? It’s absolutely crazy how quickly the minutes, hours, days and now years are passing. Ugh!!! I better get going because I’ve got stuff to do before my time is up!!! Don’t know about you, but I’ve got big dreams, […]

Stopped and Stuck

It’s been a while, friends.  Three and a half years to be exact. To be honest I’m not sure of the number one reason I haven’t written GEM since September of 2017, but I do know there are many of them. The one that sticks out in my mind the most is that the devil […]

Team Work

The first weekend of the NFL football season is one of my favorite times of the year!  In fact, at this moment I can’t think of anything better!!  Too bad my Chicago Bears lost, but at least is was a close game that came down to the last eight seconds…I about had a heart attack! […]

Times of Crisis

How many of us drop to our knees the minute our lives fall apart?  Eek!!! Lord knows I sure do. There is absolutely nothing wrong with going to God in the time of need.  God tells us to come to Him and He will protect us, guide us and love us. Let us then with […]

Safety

Asking how safe someone feels today is a loaded question…especially if we were to judge our security by what we watch on the news or read on our newsfeeds!! We might not consciously consider how safe we feel on a regular basis, but I’d dare say that our bodies, thoughts and actions tell us what […]

Seeing God’s Blessings

Standing with my feet in the sand looking out across the vast ocean makes me feel very small in this very big world we live in.  It also makes me realize how little control I have as the waves roll in, the sun rises and sets, and the moon and stars shine bright above. All […]

Shark Week

As many of you know, Shark Week is one of my favorite weeks during the year.  I love learning about these amazing creatures, listening to the shark attack stories (does that make me sick?) and watching the great whites jump into the air to catch their unsuspecting prey.  There are many more things I love […]

Hanging On

With the recent suicide of Linkin Park’s frontman, Chester Bennington, I can’t help but wonder how someone could become so driven to dispair that they thought death was better than life.  (In case you don’t know, Linkin Park is a band that has been popular for years in the pop-culture music industry.) The reason why […]