Open Eyes. Open Hearts.

It seems wrong to go on with this blog as if nothing has changed in the world, when there has been a radical shift in the very axis of the earth.  Since March of this year, nothing has been as it was.  The protests against racial injustice around the country have coincided with a desire […]

Is There Any Contentment in COVID?

One of my goals in life is to be content. I define contentment as satisfaction with my place in life fueled by the knowledge that where I am now is the perfect place for me in this moment and, in this moment, I have all the love, resources, energy, knowledge and wisdom I need to […]

Don’t Be a Victim of COVID-19

It’s easy to have a victim mentality these days.  A victim of the corona virus.  A victim of the partisan system.  At the mercy of the economy .  Waiting for promised unemployment and stimulus checks.  Trapped at home, behind a mask, away from loved ones.  Waiting for God to answer prayers and put everything back […]

HOW TO CHART A COURSE TO YOUR PURPOSE

NOTE:  I wrote this post awhile back.  At that time, problems and distractions were more personal and less global than they are right now during the COVID-19 Pandemic of 2020.  If you have recently suffered some major setbacks in your goals and dreams as a result of the coronavirus and the resulting shutdowns, it might […]

DON’T LET YOUR LIFE BE STOLEN BY FEAR!

Fear is a sneak thief! He has an especially wicked trick. This bandit manages to steal things from you that you haven’t even gotten yet! Most thieves come and take away your possessions. Fear steals your potential. He interrupts dreams with twin terrors: fear of failure and fear of success. He doesn’t care. He’s just as happy to […]

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 40

Today is the final day of the 40-day challenge to find more joy in life.  I began this project on February 26, 2020—the first day of Lent.   The world changed radically over the course of those 40 days.     It began with naiveté as I went about my daily life with a sense of safety and security.  […]

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 38

Gratitude is a mainstay of joy.  How can you be truly satisfied and content if you don’t recognize the gifts in the small, everyday blessings of life?  Lack of thankfulness leaves you disgruntled and resentful as you look past the good things in your own life at the abundance you recognize in your neighbor’s life. […]

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 37

Throughout 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life, the message from Tom Newberry has been that everything starts with your thoughts. To clarify, he states, “Because of thinking, we feel certain emotions.  As a result of these feelings, we engage in certain behaviors.  And these behaviors accumulate and produce the conditions of our lives.”  This philosophy […]

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 36

Today in my quiet time, I was thanking Jesus for the things he has taught me about relationships. Many of the lessons were learned the hard way. Sometimes thought I had learned a lesson only to fail the test when given a chance to practice it again.  I couldn’t understand why I kept meeting the wrong […]

40 Day Journey to Joy – Day 35

As I began to read Day 35 of 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life by Tommy Newberry, I thought I knew where he was going with his analogy.  He was describing his big family Christmas gatherings.    I know about these as my three sisters and I, all our spouses and kids, my grandmother and parents made quite […]