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 […]


It’s the beginning of November and there are lots of things to look forward to – i.e. Thanksgiving, Christmas, more football, comfort food, fun gatherings, cooler weather, Hallmark movies (my favorite) and much more!!!  I love this time of year!! But what if you didn’t feel the hope of tomorrow?  What if you lived in […]

Loving Others

I recently read a prayer that I thought hit the nail on the head for what we should be praying as often as possible.  (Lord knows I need all the help I can get!!!) It said, “Dear God, help me to love you and love others today.” Simple, yet sooooo hard!  And I love how […]

Where Is God?

Do you ever wonder where God is? He promises never to leave or forsake us (see Hebrews 13:5), so why can’t we feel His presence sometimes in the midst of hardship, tragedy or strife? If you’ve ever felt this way, you are not alone!!! Rick Warren says in his book, The Purpose Driven Life, that […]


How often do we think about eternity?  Probably not often enough considering we will be spending a very long time there!!! I mean, REALLY THINK about ETERNITY for a minute….  WOW!  It’s pretty overwhelming. In fact, it’s downright hard to contemplate “forever” when we are in the midst of the daily drama of this life.  […]


Don’t you love it when you can see your prayers being answered?!?!?!  I sure do. In fact, I’ve watched my prayers be answered twice in the past week and I just had to share the small miracles I witnessed. Both had to do with me getting back into running.  I’ve laid off running for quite […]

Living in the Dash

Too many of us have one foot in the past and one foot in the future – so much so, that we forget to live in the dash!!! The dash is the line between our birthdate and our death date that we will all have on our tombstone one day.  (Hopefully, later rather than sooner!!!) […]

Living Bravely

There are some moments in life where we just have to pull up our big girl panties (or big boy boxers) and move forward. Even when there is no plan in sight, sitting still is just not an option.  We will never get anything accomplished if we do that!!! Yes, of course, there are times […]