The Value of Laughter

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Why did the goose cross the road? Because it was the chicken’s day off! Okay, so maybe that joke was lame, but if you didn’t laugh, I bet it at least made you want to smile.  Laughter promotes satisfaction with our lives. The Bible tells us a merry heart is like good medicine (Proverbs 17:22). Science has proven that when people laugh, endorphins  are released in the brain, similar to when we exercise. Many studies show that consistent laughter has health benefits. We literally feel better when we laugh!  I learned the value of laughter from my mother. She was one of those people who had an infectious laugh. When something tickled her, there was no stopping the stream of laughter. And the funniest part was that she usually cracked herself up, and that would start the rest of us chuckling. 3 Benefits of Laughter:  1) Laughter bonds people together. I have many fond memories of my siblings and I gathered together listening to Mama tell stories or jokes. She took twice as long as anyone else because she kept laughing, which made it more memorable for us.   Laughter breaks down barriers. It makes people open up, let their … Read More

Nervousness

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Within each person there are approximately 90,000 miles of a nerve system all strung together. That’s an amazing fact as well as an unfathomable picture for my brain to comprehend. If you think about this long enough, you’d realize that’s 3 ½ times the circumference of the earth. Crazy, right??? So that said, is it any wonder we tend to be nervous and anxious creatures? I often find myself becoming nervous about something as simple as whether there’s enough seasoning on the chicken so my husband will like it; or something as large as if my children will be kept safe while driving from one location to another. Of course one level of nervousness/anxiousness is much more intense than the other but nonetheless it ripples through my body and consumes at least part of my consciousness. I can physically recognize the chemical reaction  in the muscles at the back of my neck, my fingers tend to fist up, my breathing becomes shallow and rapid, my brain is obsessed…..this all over seasoning??? Seriously, who does that……..well, all of us! So many times, as multitasking women, we find ourselves anxious or nervous about multiple things. What we fail to recognize is the … Read More

How AWESOME is our God!

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“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place…” Psalm 8:3-4 I’m sure many of us have looked up into the sky and marveled at how great and wonderful our God is! What beautiful pictures he paints for us each and every day! What glorious little glowing lights he allows us to see each night! “Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them by name, by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing.” Isaiah 40:26 My two oldest children are learning about space in school right now. It is a topic of conversation often on the car ride to or from school and at the dinner table. My husband is also a space fanatic and I have loved stars since I learned the constellations in 4th grade, so it’s a hot topic with all of us! We have checked out many really cool apps, watched some of our videos we have regarding the universe, looked through some amazing books and just shared the joy of this topic as … Read More

Late Monday’s….

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So…were there any who may have wondered where I was today?  Or, perhaps you just wondered when the post for today was going to show up…? Well, either way, I will tell you – I was between “here” and “there” ~ and so wrapped up in the “there” that I could not break away no matter how much the “here” weighed upon me. No excuses, just real stuff in real time without the pre-arranged, exact-o control, and go ahead of yourself planning preparedness for………………Monday’s post. I spent the weekend in Kenai.  With my family. My husband. My daughter. My son-in-law. My BABY BENJAMIN !!!!  He was on my lap as many times and for as long as I could get him to stay. It was wonderful.  As I write this, I keep trying to figure out how I “SHOULD FEEL.”  About what?  The weekend? The missed work?  The late Monday post?  What?  Hmmm.  I will tell you how I DO feel… I feel renewed.  I feel loved.  I feel SO thankful for the memories made and the number of times a baby boy called me “Nonnnn – ie.”  I kissed his face. I kissed his neck.  I kissed the palms … Read More

Does Our Choice of Entertainment Really Matter?

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Is there any truth to the term “garbage in equals garbage out”? You bet! When believers “backslide”, it’s a slow fade, and it typically starts with where we’re spending our time. We have to be intentional with each moment in our day, and that includes our choice of entertainment. The things of this world may sometimes feel harmless, but in large doses they are detrimental. A rule we try to stick to in our house is participating in more “Christian” entertainment than secular. We try to keep our exposure to godly influences higher than that of worldly influences. We get enough of that junk outside the house (a great reason to be in church often!) Our homes should be a sanctuary, a place where our families feel safe and loved. We must not let our entertainment steal that away from us! Take a moment to ponder how you spend your free time: 1) Do you choose music that uplifts? While secular music has its place (I listen to tons of love songs when I’m writing my novels!), we are better served by keeping it to a minimum if we want to stay connected with our God. Christian music, along with … Read More

We Are Here Again ~ It’s Monday

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Last Monday to this Monday – how’s it going?  It was a quick jump from one to the other, was it not? Nevertheless, I ask myself the only really important question that exists between those two points in time – “How’s my walk with Jesus? Did I talk to Him; did I spend time with Him?” After all, I did choose Him; well He chose me; drew me; convicted me; saved me…and I did mean to make Him a priority… I did listen to some Christian music in my car.  I went to church on Wednesday and twice on Sunday.  Good, good.  I read some stuff other people wrote about Him.  I even “liked” some FB posts and “shared” a couple of posts that “spoke” to me… However…”In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…” (John1:1).“The Word came and dwelt among us…” (John 1:14) The Word.  Jesus and The Word are One in the same.  “The Word” is Who created the world – and the world was created by The Word.  In John 17:17, Jesus says “thy Word is Truth.”  In John 14:6, He said “….I AM the Way, the Truth…” The Truth … Read More

It’s Monday.

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It is Monday morning and half the planet faces the beginning of another week. It’s time to leave the weekend and roll into the routine that will undoubtedly frame the next five days. Most of us feel a bit of an “ugh” at the required shifting of gears. It’s Monday morning. I want it to be a “good” week.  But I lack the “positive attitude” that everybody says I should have.  All those mental hoops to jump through – honestly I do not have the energy or the will power to convince myself that I am where I want to be (unless where I am is on a beach in Hawaii – which is, unfortunately NOT where I am). Well, in all the years I have lived (and I have lived a few), I have never found an answer to the dilemma of feeling defeated before you even start.  Except for Jesus. Jesus is beautiful and worthy. Jesus is kind and loving. Jesus knows me and wants me to know Him – more. Jesus is The Only One who never tires of my quirky-ness.  He understands me better than I understand myself and He has taken the time to order my steps.  He wants … Read More

Be Real

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I’m BEYOND excited to be a writing contributor for this blog! I hope the ways God is working in my life that I share will encourage you all on your walk with Him. ‘Being Real’ sounds pretty easy, right? Well I honestly hadn’t really thought much about how difficult this truly has been for me in my life until I was preparing a short message for a recent women’s gathering at my church. I have been a person of honesty, integrity, etc. but I wasn’t being completely ‘real’ with myself about some things God was presenting in my path and even worse, I wasn’t being real with Him. Thankfully, the Lord helped me work through the process of getting real with myself and ultimately being real in my relationship with Him and following in the path He was leading. When some people think of moving into a ministry position it might give them anxiety. I am not that person. I have always been drawn to leadership positions with not much hesitation. The Lord had called me into women’s ministry and I jumped in with both feet. Little did I know, He had a BIG plan that I wasn’t prepared for. … Read More

The Power in Jesus’ Name

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 Jesus. As a woman of God, does this word cause a stirring to your soul? Does it bring tingles to your arms? A smile to your lips? Or peace to your heart? “There is power in the name of Jesus.” We’ve all heard that phrase at some point in our lives, probably multiple times. But do we really get it? When I was a child, I heard a minister talk about the power of speaking Jesus’ name out loud, and he said something that made the hair on my neck stand tall. Now more than twenty years later, I haven’t been able to get those words out of my head: “When you say the name of Jesus, you say a mouthful. Because at the sound of that name every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is LORD!“ Kinda puts current struggles into perspective when you really meditate on it. Whatever tough situation I’m going through seems to melt away when I think about the greatness of my God. The Bible says that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess. That rude person who cut in front of me on the highway. That ungrateful customer … Read More