Lord, Magnify My Efforts

I sat staring at my computer screen one day as it spun and spun, trying to open files and internet browsers. After a couple of crashes, I ran some cleanup tools, and then I was able to start working. But those extra issues turned a one-hour project into a more than four-hour project. I had … Read more…

Will You Experience Your Life This Year?

Of all the New Year’s trends, picking one word for the year has been one of my favorites. More than just a checklist goal, picking a word helps me change my perspective. If I had to pick a word for this year, it would be experience. This is twofold: I want to have new experiences, … Read more…

Five Minute Friday: Motivate

Five Minute Friday instructions: Write for five minutes on the word of the week. This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation. Just write.  Go! Motivate The New Year always seems to bring about the desire to try something new or achieve certain goals. Possibly ones … Read more…

A Front Row Seat to the Glory

Unpacking the Christmas decorations the weekend after Thanksgiving is always a fun tradition at our house. I love pulling out old ornaments and reminiscing about Christmases past and reminding my children how little they used to be as we place more than fifteen years’ worth of handmade ornaments on the tree. While we treasure the … Read more…

Devotion: The Lord Is Our Strength

“The Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like those of a deer and enables me to walk on mountain heights.” ~Habakkuk 3:19 I hate heights. They make me feel unsafe and insecure. One time, I was prepared to forfeit a weekend’s rent on a cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains because I got … Read more…

Are You Prepared for Change?

I dislike change. I really do. I like everything to stay the same. I enjoy predictability. Well, I used to dislike change and enjoy predictability. Lately, however, I have been feeling a strong urge to make a big change—what that change is, I don’t know. I have prayed about it, and I feel like the … Read more…

Are You Living Your Faith Intentionally?

I am a word person. As a reader, writer, and English teacher, I love words, and finding the perfect word for a sentence or a situation makes me happy. When I was taking classes in education, the importance of intentional teaching was the main theme. Intentional teaching means being mindful and purposeful. It means having … Read more…

31 Days of Enjoying the Everyday Life: Light

Last night the moon was so beautiful and bright. The moonlight just bathed the night with brightness. I tried to take a picture that captured the beauty of the light bursting from the darkness, but I just wasn’t able to capture it. As I looked up at the moon, John 1:5 came to my mind. … Read more…

What’s True Wisdom?

In the days before school began one August, I carefully placed piece after piece of paper on the large bulletin board in my classroom. It was one of three boards that would welcome my students back to school. I am not a very artistic or crafty person, so finding and implementing creative ideas for bulletin … Read more…

How to Avoid the Comparison Trap

Do you ever jump right into trying to achieve a goal you’re excited about, pouring everything you have into it? You’re met with obstacles, yet you continue to persevere. Then someone achieves the same goal before you do. It also looks as though they achieved it with minimal effort. You instantly feel deflated; the excitement … Read more…

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