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 […]

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 […]

Working on The Moral Bucket List

This past Sunday, The New York Times published an article by David Brooks called “The Moral Bucket List.” Let the title sink in.  The moral bucket list…what a concept!! Normally, when we think of a bucket list, we are dreaming of the many things we would like to accomplish before we say goodbye to life.  […]

Help Is on It’s WAY!

I could use some help.  What about you? Besides the mental help I need, I have dreams of having a chauffeur, chef, cleaning crew and cocktail waitress at my beckon call.  Ahh…a girl can hope, right?!?! In reality, we each have loads of things in our lives that could improve, expand, develop or tweak; but […]

Choose Joy

As the days have gone on and I’ve become less anxious about having another panic attack, I’ve been trying to discern what I should change and what I can do to better prepare myself for the next time I’m faced with a fearful situation. I am definitely beginning to think that this panic disorder is […]

Loving Jesus

On Tuesday, I asked the question, “What does your relationship with Jesus look like?”  Have you thought about it?  Have you talked with Jesus to ask Him what it should look like? The twenty questions could go on forever, but today I want to narrow in on actually what loving Jesus looks like for you. […]