July 17, 2021

God Calls Us to Community

Today I spent time with some lovely ladies who have a passion to write and share their words with the world. I'm grateful to have such a wonderful, supportive community, yet I realize many cannot say the same.  I know that friendships can be hard and the older we get, the harder it seems we're able to find those authentic relationships.  But God calls us to fellowship because He knows we need one another as we move through life with all its ups and downs. 

May 30, 2021

5 Weeks of Encouragement - Week Five

I can't believe it's been five weeks already.  Time has flown by, but I'm grateful we've had this time to spend together and share and love on each other.  Well, my last post in this series is about grace and during certain times, this word is so necessary in more ways than one. 

Today is full of grace, so I want you to take hold of it and don’t let it go.  It’s that kindness that exudes from someone and you wonder where they got it.  Well, they got it from someone like you who gave it liberally.  They were in a place to receive it and then give it right back out again.  So, today, I ask you to receive the grace someone wants to give.  You don’t have to earn it, it’s just given.  It’s from the heart of someone that just wants to be compassionate and benevolent.  You can also show grace to another, because I can tell you from experience, we all need it at times, I know I do.  

May 23, 2021

5 Weeks of Encouragement - Week Four

Today, I encourage you to hope.  Hope for a future you have imagined for years, or just recently began to discover.  Hope for relationships or opportunities that need a sprinkle of momentum.  Hope in the goodness of people and hope that in the end, it’s all going to be alright.  I encourage you as you’re integrating the past few weeks of space, pause, and creativity, to add this to the list because it’s all working together as you imagine it would.  The joyful hope and expectation may spill over onto others or even situations that may have seemed hopeless.  It may create motivation that was not there before, it may shift your perspective, and provide a more positive outlook.  It’s been quite a journey for so many, however even in the midst of it, some have never lost hope.  There is nothing wrong if you haven’t experienced this hope or need a little more encouragement to get there.  Just keep putting one foot in front of the other, and take things moment by moment, and give yourself permission to see the glimmer of hope that awaits you.

May 16, 2021

5 Weeks of Encouragement - Week Three

Another day, another opportunity to create.  I give you permission today to create something that provides a sense of nurturing to yourself.  Creativity can take on many forms: writing, singing, knitting, painting, gardening…  I invite you into a creative space.  During the pandemic as many were staying home for one reason or another, I decided to start gardening.  I ordered seeds and plants and gloves and a shovel and went to work.  I didn’t have a plan other than getting outside, feeling the sun on my face and creating a different environment.  It may not have looked like the landscapes you see in the magazines, but I think I did ok – it was what I needed to do for myself.  

May 9, 2021

5 Weeks of Encouragement - Week Two

Today is all about the pause.  Something I have to be sure to do when the days get hectic.  I tend to rush around sometimes and have too much on my plate and then wonder why I feel worn out at the end of the day.  So, today I invite you to pause.  Take that moment and sit or stand or walk or… you get the picture.  Whatever creates that pause for you. 

April 25, 2021

5 Weeks of Encouragement - Week One

I want to invite you to join me for 5 weeks of encouragement.  I’ll be sharing over the next 5 weeks about how to nurture yourself and be intentional in your every day.  I’ve walked through seasons of life just moving through them and not being very self-aware, but when I pay attention to myself and what’s around me, my perspective changes.  So, join me on this journey and let’s talk about our experiences over the next few weeks.

Let’s take a moment just to give ourselves space.  The space that we rarely get, but very much deserve.

October 11, 2020

Self Care Sunday

We hear so much about self-care these days as we navigate what’s turning out to be an incredibly unique season. While I encourage everyone I know to take care of themselves, sometimes I forget to listen to my own advice.  Many times the needs of the care-giver go unnoticed or delayed in the interest of someone or something else.  But here’s a reminder (to myself as well) that self-care is not selfish.  It can be looked at as self-preservation.  Filling your cup which enables you to pour out to others. Meeting those essential and basic needs in your own life allows you to have the strength to meet the needs of others.