What Wears On Us Can Create Beauty

One of the reasons I love guest teaching is because I get to go back to school and learn everything I didn’t appreciate when I was in school. LOL!

Yesterday, I taught 7th and 8th grade science and enjoyed refreshing my knowledge about erosion and the effects of it.

The creative shapes of many of our rock formations caused by erosion intrigue me.
If you want to take a moment to enjoy nature’s art, you can enjoy these photos.

Negative happenings in our lives, dealing with stress and the everyday things that wear us down can make us feel discouraged or irritated. However, something beautiful be created in us because of them.

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Home Away From Home Created With Discipline and Grace

One Person Who Impacted My Life

Many people profoundly impacted me throughout my life but when a friend asked this question on facebook, the first person who came to mind is my dorm mother in Africa.

At times I felt alone and abandoned because my missionary responsibilities required them to leave my sister and I when we were little. When we grew older we went away to a mission boarding school for three months at a time and then we came home for a month.

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How Pressure and Chocolate Can Be Good For You

Today I felt totally stressed out. I have a great opportunity to speak to share my program, Write Your Story NOW ~ Leave A Legacy Your Loved Ones Will Treasure. The speaking event is a good opportunity to educate, empower and equip others to write their stories.

I have a lot to do to get ready for it and many decisions to make which make me feel a lot of pressure because I want to do it right. In the midst of thinking all these issues through, I had a sudden craving for chocolate. :-) I’m health conscious so I’ve purchased raw cocoa because of it’s superior health benefits and came up with my own variation of a raw chocolate recipe.

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My Tribute to My Cat and the Lessons She Taught

Last week we had to say goodbye to our beautiful Calico Persian cat, Callie. She reigned in our house with her regal beauty for fourteen years and as cats often do, set her own terms for our interaction with her. Caring for her was not without it’s challenges since she didn’t like to be brushed, a necessary routine for a Persian. I was the only one she’d tolerate and I mean tolerate and even that involved holding her firmly so she couldn’t escape.

I’d try to tell her that this is one of the costs of being beautiful. She didn’t buy it and responded with hisses when she got tired of the comb pulling at her long fur.

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Give Thanks For Small Acts of Kindness

Yesterday when I shopped in our local grocery store, right when I needed something. a sales clerk rounded the corner and asked, “Are you finding everything?”

I smiled, “You appeared at the right time because I’m actually looking for. . .” and I told her what I needed.

She immediately said, “Well this is over here. I’ll take you there,” Then she told me where the other item was. After I finished with the first one and walked into the main aisle, she came out to make sure I got to the right place for the second item.

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Keys to Success ~ Diligence Leads to Profit

Have you ever bought a product personally or for your business that you thought would profit you but in the end it didn’t?

We’ve all had that experience.

An online promotion says you need to act by a certain time to take advantage of their offer and you make a hasty decision. You lose your time and money acting in haste and end up poorer for it.

In another scenario, you sign up for something legitimate but you’re not diligent about implementing what you bought.

King Solomon, one of the wisest men who ever lived,  made this observation.

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Children Are A Gift No Matter How They Come

I saw a touching sight today. I always benefit from interacting with the young ones, (4 and 5 year olds) when it’s my turn to serve in my grandson’s Sunday School Class.

We have two little boys in the class from serious abuse backgrounds who have been adopted. They’re making progress with the love and support of their adoptive family.

Today, the moment the dad came to pick up the boys. One ran to him and the other one looked up with a shout of joy, exclaimed “Daddy!” as he ran to him. I looked at my friend, his dad, in time to see the tears spring to his eyes.

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A Friend Who Always Drags Me Down

Do you feel draggy a lot? Take a look at your sugar consumption.
White sugar and I are not good friends.

Sugar is one friend who always brings me down. LOL! Not only that, sugar is a friend who makes me irritable.

Honestly I got tired of the roller coaster high and then crashes sugar used to take me on. Sugar would have me singing the blues, make my mind fuzzy and leave me to walk around in a mental fog. I do not regret leaving my friendship with sugar.

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You Don’t Have to Worry About Competition

When you know who you are and
What you have to offer
You don’t have to worry about competition
Because
No one can be who you are or
Can do it in the way you can do it
Even if others offer similar services
YOU are unique and special
You have a niche no one can fill

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Wisdom For Every Decision You Make

Do you ever wonder if you’re making the right decision or the best decision you could make?

My friend’s husband had died a year and a half ago after a long and happy marriage. She confided in me. ”Now that I’m alone, there’s a number of business decisions and then decisions on the house I have to make by myself. Sometimes I wonder if I’m making the right one.”

“I understand how you feel. I feel that way too sometimes. I find it challenging sometimes to make decisions by myself now too. I like the idea that God will give us wisdom for every decision we make.

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