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Let it move you

Out on my walk this morning, this was the first song on my play list. Hearing it caused me to feel exhilarated!… in touch with the divine. 

Put your ear buds in, close your eyes, and let it move you. Move from one stagnant thought to an energized one, move from pain and discontent to gratitude. If you can hear this song or feel the vibrations of it. Let it move you. 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=87m27H4OgsM

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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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It’s a good day to start fresh

imageIt’s a good day to start fresh on “whatever”. The month of August is a transitional month. Mornings and evenings feel like fall in many places, students are preparing  for school and parents too. Change is totally in the air. So why not ride the momentum by applying this energy for transition to your life where it fits. Maybe you don’t have kids going to school, but you’ve meant to take a class in something that interests you. How about that home makeover project you’ve been thinking about? You could start small and make a change. Are you a creative? Did you start that latest project? What about your relationships, are they working? Can you effect a change in them for the better?  Take small steps, or crawl, just please don’t sit idle. Afterall, who should steer the handle bars of your life?


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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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About perspective

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 I heard something on the radio this week while driving, so I stopped and told Siri to make a note. You know, iPhone Siri, the digital helper who can answer all your questions, or at least what she interprets you’re asking 🙂 It’s great to have her when my journal isn’t in hand to record fleeting aha moments. This nugget I’m about to share is one such moment. It was at the end of a group of women sharing their thoughts on some material they  all read, when a gentle mature female voice said:

“Two women look through prison bars, one saw mud, and one saw stars.”  

It struck me how powerful our personal perspectives are. The lens through which we see life is as personal and varied as our fingerprints. Colored by our personalities and experiences, we commonly see life through introspective lenses. The question is does our personal viewfinder serve us well?

Download my book, One A Day Nuggets For Success as a tool for expanding your perspective.



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About Valentine’s Day

Try not to create a climate of “have to” around you. Allow that special someone to be and to do what genuinely comes from their heart. Their expression of care for you may not be presented according to your wishes, but learn from it.

Learn:
1. How to offer your partner what you’d like to receive.
2. Who you’re connected to and how they express themselves.
3. What really works for you and how to communicate that effectively for desired results.

Make it a good day. ❤️ #Counsel4Living

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Lean toward the light

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Regular conversations with unhealthy people can make you feel bad. Consider interacting with someone who brings light to dark spaces. You know who that is, when you talk to them or even think of them you feel better. Lean toward the light today. If you don’t have any light-bearing friends, download my devotional for a paradigm shift.