Staying Sane in Insane Times

Ever had a day when everything went south?    The phone rings or you get an emergency text and WHAM! everything’s upside down and out of control.   I recently had a day like that. I called my sister to see how her husband was doing and ended the conversation tossing an overnight bag in the car, cancelling appointments, and heading for the coast three hours away.    Long story to novella – my sister had     read more

5 Ways to Move from Victim to Victor

Have you ever noticed how the near impossible task of forgiving a grievous wrongdoing is laid at the feet of the victim rather than the perpetrator? So, what’s a victim to do? Forget it and try to move on? Stuff it and let the bitterness bubble inside like a poison potion? Hire a hit man? Here’s a healthier alternative.  1. Get into one-sided forgiveness:  It’s not about making what they did acceptable in any way—it’s letting     read more

Cure for Summer Stress

Uh – maybe not so much… All the changes that come with summer, sky-high air-conditioning and water bills, family reunions, kids out of school,additional yard work, out-of-town guests, co-workers on vacation, a vacations you end up needing a vacation from, sunburn and mosquitoes—may have you feeling a bit stressed.  Take a breath—literally. My friend LeAnn Theiman, bestsellingauthor, Hall of Fame Speaker, and nurse says doing so is sure to help cure summer stress.  “Studies show emotions are related to different patterns     read more

Who Cares What You Think?

Do you remember what the person who married you said? Maybe you do – maybe you don’t. Maybe they didn’t say anything worth remembering or maybe all that was said was, “I now pronounce you man and wife.”  I must admit, there isn’t much I remember about what was said during my wedding, but I do remember what was said at my daughter’s wedding.  “…And now to you parents I want to     read more

Pas Oublié – Not Forgotten

What anniversaries do you remember? Hard on the heart to remember is June 6, 1944—D Day—but an anniversary not to be forgotten.  Easier to recall is my memory of June 1987. We were stationedin Paris, France and invited to spend a weekend with friends at their mountain home in La Brigue, near the Italian border. Coincidentally, and unbeknownst to us, our visit to this picturesque alpine village, coincided with the anniversary of American troops landing in Menton and Ventimiglia to begin the liberation of France during World     read more

Simply Stated but Not Simple Goals

There are two kinds of goals in this world. Simple goals, and goals simply stated. My goal for today is simple: Bring glory and honor to God through all I say, think and do.  Simply stated… but not a simple goal. As The Message explains in the book of Romans in Chapter 7 – Verses 14-25 “What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act     read more