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And what about us?

I discovered this fact from Nova yesterday on social media: Nearly 90% of all deep-sea species shine from within. image

Reading this begged the question, what about the human species? If 90% of deep-sea creatures are equipped with light to traverse the darkest depths of the sea, what about us humans? We need a light! We need light to see our way in dark places. We need light to energize our bodies and nourish our bones. We need inner light to propel us forward with hope when uncertainties abound. From whence cometh our light?

“Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.”
Psalm 119:105

“Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of Life.” John 8:12

Gain access to inner light in the devotional One A Day Nuggets For Success Journal Your Journey. 

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Not next, now… 2/2/2016

Whether you made New Years resolutions or not, It’s still early enough to set a solid course for yourself. If you want progress, the work starts within. This daily devotional is your companion guide for living in 2016. It will ground you, provide encouragement, and give you fresh insight!image

Carry it In your tote bag, keep it at your desk, on your night stand, or read it on the train. Invest some time in yourself early each day. Shore up your spirit and prepare to thrive!


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Words

Some years ago as I sat in a meeting with tech staff, someone said. “What else can you offer besides words?” I still chuckle at that question when I consider the power of words, written and spoken. Right now people around the globe are scrolling Instagram and other forms of social media seeking a dose of inspiration, looking for a morale booster or a glimmer of hope. Some are looking for something else, but that’s not my audience.

I’ve discovered that words are the turn-key to many of life’s significant events. “I do”. “It’s a boy!”  “No thank you.” “I quit.” “I love you.” “I hate you.” “I’m leaving.” “You’re welcome.” “You’re hired.” “Sold!” “It’s Yours!”

Oh yes, words alone carry significant weight. What words are driving your life and thoughts today? 


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Still celebrating

Thirty years ago this June I walked across the stage at Michigan State University with my first degree. Now, this month my daughter graduated from the same institution and the same college, Communication Arts and Sciences. We didn’t plan this!… Really, we did not.

It’s amazing to me how life unfolds, how what we deposit in our kids plays out. What sacrificial parenting can yield, that is way bigger than any office project. I stayed home with my daughter for years. Tucked my monogrammed briefcase in the closet, endured the misunderstanding looks of my colleagues, and raised my daughter. No other moms in my neighborhood were home at the time. It was lonely and really challenging, a lot. With one less income in our home, we had to tighten our belts to stick to our decision for me to stay at home with our daughter. Both my mom and my husband’s mother lived nearby and could have cared for our daughter while we both worked if we wanted them to, but we decided to be primarily responsible for the day-to-day care of our own child.

I wanted to go to graduate school six months after giving birth. That was my grand plan, but God had a better idea. How about I sit still awhile, putting my plans on the back burner, and pour most of what I knew into my offspring? She was reading by three years old. We went to every museum, park and zoo in our area. We strolled arboretums, went sledding and flew kites. When she went outside I went outside. On the bike, in the wagon and on to preschool… I was there. Through swimming classes, gymnastics, tennis lessons, and advanced summer learning programs. I was the driver, the sideline cheerleader, the tear wiper and the conflict advocate. Through Christian elementary school ( I was released then to pursue grad school ) and high school, dad and I sat in the bleachers through volleyball, cheerleading and traveling marching band. We had a lot of fun watching our daughter grow.

Now, with three graduations under our belt, we are in a bit of a parenting cool down. I’m sure many parents can relate to this. We are so thankful to the Lord for His plan unfolding in our daughter’s life. We are still celebrating her accomplishment and God’s faithfulness.

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True overflow 

Today’s reading 2 Peter 1:1-7imageMake it a great day 🙂

 

 


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Your best

Have you done your very best? As a parent, as a wife or husband, in service or ministry? Have you done your best? Then let it be enough. Your best is enough. The Lord is not looking for perfection from you, He is that. Have you aligned yourself with His will for your life and done your best…. Up to the minute? Then relax, its harvest time!

Now, if you haven’t done your best, and the consequences are all around you, ask God to forgive you. Ask the “others” involved to forgive you as well, and get moving in the right direction for your life today. #Counsel4Living IMG_1244

 


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You don’t have to

You don’t have to ever go to church, or like anyone who calls themselves a christian, or care for any religious person. Just be sure to get in touch with your creator, and ask Him why he created you.

Today is a good day to find out.

“So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27 #Bible

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