Monday, August 13, 2018

Take Courage: Encourage


With the start of a school year, students need courage to enter a new school and classroom, reach out and make friends, or tackle a challenging subject. The need for courage doesn’t stop with children and teens. 

Perhaps you are dealing with loud music from a neighbor’s home and need courage to address it. You may need courage to wake up each morning because your marriage fell apart. Perhaps we need courage to remain silent, when our mouth wants to move and give an opinion.

Life dilemmas and difficulties vary and fall across different circumstances and seasons of life. We never escape our need for courage.


Monday, August 6, 2018

Two Thoughts-Love


Good morning!

I’ve been busy writing in a few other places and want to share two of them with you.
What do T-shirts and love have in common? Find out at

And… although summer is winding down, I had a good laugh with a Facebook post on swimwear. I had recently been to a writers’ conference and saw a comparison analogy. We all fall into the comparison trap whether or not we are writers. We compare bank accounts, health, appearance, success, and families. So, look at this post about comparison.

These may appear to be two different thoughts, but not really. If we think about it, when rooted in God's love we can best love others. When rooted in God's love, we are confident in His love and thankful for the unique way He made us.

Look for a way to show love today.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Painting with a Broom: The Right Thing in the Wrong Way

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. (Colossians 3:23 NLT)

My Dad looked at the freshly painted room. “Did you use a broom to paint?” Though his observation was serious, we laughed. 

No, the teenage boy used a roller, but was more concerned about hurrying to get the job done and play baseball, than do it right. So, with a paintbrush, roller, and a new can of paint, he repainted the room.

My Dad was all about building character. “If you’re going to do something, do it with excellence.” He spoke those words to me more times than I can count. At his memorial service, my brother and I quoted them in our tributes. I admit as a child and teenager, I was often annoyed by the admonition. Since then, I have come to appreciate his counsel-not only personally but seeing how the effects of failing to embrace his wisdom causes damage.

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Take Courage: Encourage

With the start of a school year, students need courage to enter a new school and classroom, reach out and make friends, or tackle a chall...