Encouragement

The Bread of Life

Meet Charlie. His wings are too short to fly far, so when the other geese take flight for warmer weather, he hangs around Lake Martin for fall and winter seasons. Alone. When I first met Charlie, he was being bullied by a flock of geese. I threw out bread, but Charlie couldn’t pick it up as fast as the others because he is missing his lower beak. Because he has no lower beak, his tongue hangs out, making him look odd. To his fellow geese, Charlie is the real deal ugly duckling. But he is beautiful to me. After seasons

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At Least You Have Pants

At Least You Have Pants

Priorities, priorities. I don’t always have mine in order. Once the construction of our new covered porch was complete, all obligations and responsibilities went out the window. I had spent weeks thrift store shopping for unique treasures to hang and cozy furniture to arrange. The hammering was over, the tools put away, the debris was cleared, and the workers were gone. My time had come. While I needed to be preparing for a presentation I was to give at an out of town lady’s luncheon and packing for the overnight stay, all I could think about was organizing and decorating

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A Stinky State

My friend Marlo and I led a conference together in a state I will not name. We found out we are like oil and water when it comes to our responses to situations. Marlo goes with the flow, looks at the positive side of things, and remains cheerful in the midst of not-so-ideal circumstances. Me? Let’s just say I don’t. Tired from the long flight, I was critical of the town the minute we stepped off the plane. It was my first visit to this particular state and I was not impressed. I have encountered chicken houses, paper mills, and

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The Porch, the Storm and the Doggie Door

The Porch, the Storm and the Doggie Door

After spending way too much time smoothing my naturally curly hair to silky straight, carefully blending three different eye shadows, and trying on four different sun dresses, I was finally ready for our dinner out. It had been a long, hectic week. Dinner at a lively restaurant with great friends and fabulous food was exactly what my husband and I needed. Before meeting our friends for dinner, we decided to stop by Abbey’s house to note ideas for our new porch. Abbey’s house features the porch of all porches, my favorite porch ever. So naturally, I want my porch to

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When God’s Answer to Prayer is not What You Wanted

When God's Answer to Prayer is not What You Wanted

After posting my last blog Prayers that Prevail, someone asked the question, “So, how would you respond to someone who prays for a loved one dying of cancer or for their marriage to be restored, and it doesn’t happen?” This is such a great question, one that probably crossed the mind of many people as they read the blog. So, I decided to write a follow up regarding my personal experience with this question in hopes it might be of encouragement. To someone who has prayed for a loved one dying of cancer to be healed or for their marriage

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