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    Hopeful

    Last week I wrote that my 2021 “one word” is FUL. Today I’m focusing on Hopeful. It’s a word that truly captures a big part of my soul. You see, when I wake up in the morning, I’m optimistic…thinking it will be a good day. I’m a “glass is half-full” kind of girl. Lately that intrinsic part of me has been a little challenged. How about you? Do you feel blue? Sometimes after the holidays, or during a particular episode in human history, people can feel stressed or anxious. Are you in that boat right now? Is there something, anything weighing on you today? Then, let’s determine to turn our…

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    Beginnings

    It’s hard to believe the door has officially closed on another year. 2020 was a year full of challenges, that much is certain! The first day of a new year is typically a day to celebrate and perhaps a day of reflection. Many times, it’s also a line in the sand for new beginnings. Diet, exercise, starting new and positive habits are often on people’s “resolutions” list. There is so much to do! I also have my goals set this year. I’ve started another book, which will be number 7, not counting the “strays” that haven’t actually made it to the publisher yet. One thing I usually do every year…

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    Intention Done

    It is quiet except for the windchimes gently singing in the backyard. The sky is blue. Leaves on the trees are a myriad of colors – everything from burnished gold to bittersweet orange. It is stunning against the sapphire blue backdrop of the Texas sky. God’s handiwork in plain sight. And in these moments my heart is lifted to the Sovereign God of the Universe. King David made a statement that is spinning in my mind today. He said, “I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise will continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1 KJV All times. There is something so pivotal about the determination to focus…

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    Moving Toward Thanks

    Tomorrow will be November, the beginning of the 11th month of the calendar year. And what a year! Who knew when the champagne was flowing, the ball dropping and people celebrating the birth of 2020 that we would traverse the choppy waters of what has happened in the past months? Some of us have lost jobs, loved ones or perhaps lived with anxiety. Some of us have been ill and recovered. As October winds to a close, I am intentionally focusing on a mindset of gratitude. I love the Thanksgiving holiday. It is definitely a favorite. Tomorrow I will start, with renewed enthusiasm, my daily “Thank You, God” trek. It’s…

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    Listening Up

    It was the middle of night. Isn’t that the way it always goes? One minute sound asleep, the next in a semi-wakeful state in the middle of a prayer. I don’t know about you, but this happens to me all the time. It’s like when my physical self goes to sleep my eternal self wakes up and gets busy. This particular night – just this week, I was troubled, sad and lonely. There were a lot of things going on in my mind. You know – those life-things with no answers. “What ifs” and “Whys“. Even though I’m old enough to have learned these questions aren’t typically a helpful trajectory,…

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    Kindness & Charity

    Aren’t these unusual times in which we are living? King Solomon told us “there is nothing new under the sun.” That must be, because rumor has it he was the wisest man who ever lived- but some of the things that are happening just now seem unpleasantly new. And frankly, I wish they would go away. So, I got thinking about Abraham Lincoln. Those were dark, hideous days in our country. Cousins, brothers, Americans were greatly divided and fighting to the death. Estimates say there were between 650,000 and 850,000 casualties. Can you begin to imagine the heartbreak and sorrow from those staggering losses? I can’t. I try to envision…