Community · Encouragement · Kindness · wisdom

Work Experience: One Size Does NOT Fit All

Since it’s Labor Day, I thought I would share my work experience. This won’t be a chronological list of my employers, but it will be a glimpse into the heart of a woman working fulltime and raising children. Here’s the deal, I have worked most of my adult life. The majority of my early mothering…… Continue reading Work Experience: One Size Does NOT Fit All

Community · Encouragement · wisdom

Warning: Calculated Risks May Result in Connection

We sat in a confined space, lowered our voices, and shared intimate details about our individual journeys. A table was open next to us, and my germaphobe self hoped it would remain unoccupied. No only that, but there would be zero privacy if someone sat down. AND someone did sit down. I paid the person…… Continue reading Warning: Calculated Risks May Result in Connection

Encouragement · Healing · Hope

Fix Your Eyes Higher

Disappointment occupied a lot of real estate in my story. From broken homes to broken promises, it was as if the landscape of my life was destined for devastation. Disappointment has a funny way of influencing behavior and impacting perspective. After experiencing unmet expectations, I realized that I no longer enjoyed the ordinary moments in…… Continue reading Fix Your Eyes Higher

Encouragement · Faith · wisdom

The Power of the Stare

The Greek word for fix, used in this scripture, means to look away from all else. In other words, to trust Jesus as the supplier of all our needs means we will stop turning to false substitutes. My dog knows what she wants, but she also knows who will help her with what she wants. When she wants eggs, she doesn’t go to my bathroom and stare at the bathtub. She stays in close proximity to the one she knows can deliver the eggs to her bowl. Her attention is affixed; her expectations are high. Oh that we might be like my dog! I know that is a strange statement, but I am here for it. I want to keep my attention fixed on the One I know can help. The substitutes always leave me empty.

Encouragement · Hope

Quarantine Chronicles 6.0

Remember 1,000 days ago when people started doing puzzles and home projects? Remember when we were side-eyeing everyone to see how we were supposed to endure the shelter-in-place status? Remember when people were sprinkling sentences with phrases like “extra” and “free” time?   Some of you still have a strong puzzle game. Some have lost…… Continue reading Quarantine Chronicles 6.0

Kindness · Sow Kind · SowKind Movement

Kindness Guides and Good News

  Do you remember learning what kindness looked like by observing someone? Did you learn through experiencing the sacrifice of someone’s kindness? Did you learn as a result of longing for kindness but not living it? Who has been a kindness guide and instructor in your life?   √ Tell me about your learning experience.…… Continue reading Kindness Guides and Good News

Community · Encouragement

Quarantine Chronicles 5.0 [Broken]

I have reached the “even my comb has given up” level of quarantine, and it probably is not why you think. My hair has not become one big matted mess that my comb could not handle—although I am beginning to wonder if people see Forrest Gump [running across America] when they see me.   While…… Continue reading Quarantine Chronicles 5.0 [Broken]

Encouragement

Does Size Really Matter?

Size has been a point of conversation my entire life. It is not a topic I’ve initiated or enjoyed, but mere dislike of a subject doesn’t keep it at bay [unfortunately]. In elementary school, I was often “volun-told” to crawl under the bathroom stall and unlock the door. Not only does my current germaphobe self…… Continue reading Does Size Really Matter?

Encouragement · moment of truth monday

Moment of Truth Monday

For anyone who has taken a blow or is standing with the pieces of broken dreams in your hands, you are especially on my heart today.   Seniors Eighth graders Kinder parents All students Brides Grooms Parents Unemployed Financially stressed Business owners School leaders Bereaved   Hope will emerge amidst the rubble. It’s a matter…… Continue reading Moment of Truth Monday