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This morning...

So we all need encouragement and here is the place for that. Every week I will write a new blog with quotes, scriptures, sayings and really anything that can encourage you in your walk with God. Enjoy and be blessed! 

Holding his hand. May 2

 I went to a theme park with my friend and a few young kids from her family. It was such a nice time!

We went on more of a "grown-up" ride where you had to put on special 3D glasses and “ride a creature” while looking at a screen, immersed in the flips and jumps, flying up and around, and zipping through the trees and surrounded by these monsters in flight...it can be quite intense!

I was sitting with the youngest little girl and she looked afraid, like she wanted to get off the ride. But we were already in mid-"flight" so I gently turned to her and said, "Here. Hold my hand. We'll get through this together."

And she made it through the ride holding my hand and I was very proud of her!

I can see God stretching out his hand whenever we feel afraid and we need him.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Isaiah 41:10

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you." ~ Psalm 56:3

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” ~ Psalm 23:4

So next time you feel afraid, just reach out into the loving embrace of your Savior. He is always nearby to hold your hand to help get you through any of life’s challenges.

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Holy Cow! April 25

 Good Golly! Do you remember Batman: The Movie, the 1966 superhero film from the television series? It was BONKers!

I love the concept because it was such a simple and idealistic image of Good versus Evil. Batman and Robin are in pursuit of these fantastical villains who are set on the destruction of mankind.

In one scene, a robot-shark attacks Batman! Holy Sardine! Good thing Batman carries a can of shark-repellent Batspray handy!

And in once scene Batman and Robin's helicopter spins out of control! Oh Boy! Good thing there is nearby foam to break their fall!

And when a man steals their car....Wow! A nearby motorcycle is available for the heroes to use!

Holy Marathon! It seems there is always a way out and always a way of escape!

I feel like this is what a Believer's life should look like. When we are facing troubles, we just have to look around at the resources God will give. We don't have to fear knowing that God will provide the tools we need, the answers we seek and the assistance we crave. Out of His love for us, He will rescue us from robot-sharks, from laughing Jokers and even enemies in disguise.

It says in Psalm 46:1-3: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

So, trust God to get you out of the trouble you are facing! And know that he is working at taking out your enemies and making sure you walk away victorious.

Holy Long John Silver! Isn't God awesome?? We don't need a bat signal. We just need Jesus Christ. Our Hero!

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Test of Time. April 18

 I have this 'Happy Valentine's Day' balloon that is still floating in our living room...from last year!

That's right...for more than 365 days, this balloon has been wishing us a Happy Valentine's Day every time we walk through the door!

Just 2 months ago, my husband gave me a handful of balloons for the 2021 Valentine’s celebration, but the majority of them have deflated...leaving the powerful - 2020 Celebration balloon to remain standing.

I want to talk about Still Standing through it all.

I want to talk about resilience.

I want to talk about lasting while those around us…. deflate.

Here are some verses to encourage you:

Isaiah 40:29, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”

Psalm 31:24, “Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”

Isaiah 26:3,“You will keep in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”

2 Corinthians 1:20 " For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God."

John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid."

I will encourage you to stand on God's Promises and do not let the breakdown of everyday life deflate your spirit. Be that special one who resists the enemy, stands strong and refuses to quit.

And for those who have walked through some dark days and still cling to their God…well, you are an inspiration!

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Acres of Diamonds. April 11

 I want to encourage you today to tend to your own garden. And learn to appreciate what you have. Sometimes, even if you feel like you don't have all the resources you need...make the best of everything and use the tools and connections and opportunities you have right where you are.

I want to share a few passages from Jentezen Franklin's book "Acres of Diamonds":

"Stand firm where you are. Keep digging where you are. If God has called you to a certain place that looks like a dust bowl, stay put and say, "I'm not leaving. This is the place." If others are unkind, stay faithful. If you feel all alone, keep trusting. If it does not seem that the promise is coming, keep believing."

“Wise people learn to value what God gives them. They stay rooted. They get disciplined. They stay planted. They remain where God has called them until He tells them to move. Wise people see opportunity where there is devastation. Life in the midst of a drought. Dreams in place of brokenness. The wise person values what he or she has. Don't overlook the potential of where you are. When you are in the land God has called you to, everything you dream of is right there, if you would just sow into it."

I hope you can find the diamonds all around you….right where you are standing!

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Stay With Me. April 4

 Recently, my husband and I visited a popular theme park in Central Florida and it was crazy busy!

I remember reaching out my hand and telling my husband, “Stay with me! Keep close to me! Let's stay close to one another.”

Why did I say that?

Because there were so many things grabbing for our attention. If it wasn't the character Meet and Greets waving us down, it was the parades and the floats and the signs and sounds yanking us this way and that…..There were so many people in our way and the distractions, the temptations! I would stop to look at something while Travis didn’t realize I had stopped and walked on. Travis would take pictures around the corner and I would have to go looking for him. We were missing communication with all the craziness happening around us.

And I had to remind Travis that we can see all of the theme park, but we just need to explore together.

Life can be like that sometimes.

I would encourage you to stick close to your spouse and to not let the distractions of this world keep your attention off your loved one. Don't get lost from each other. The flashing lights and the headline marquees and the illusions of fun are nothing without the other. So, grab your spouse’s hand and vow to not go anywhere in this life without the other.

It's more fun for me to explore each day with my husband right by my side.

If you need prayer about anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Unexpected Blessings. March 28

 I remember when I worked at a theme park.

If a guest came up to me bitter and rude and mean, I would not feel inspired to make their day or bless them. I would shut down my emotions and become unresponsive to his attitude. His negativity would turn me off and I wouldn’t want to continue to engage in his griping session or his pity party.

But for those guests who came up to me...maybe even offer me a little gift...thanked me for what I did...and just made me feel special...I have an entire tool box of blessings I can make for those guests. What do they want? A fast pass to a ride? A free ice cream bar? A photo with a Character Meet and Greet. I can make it happen!!

I can envision God reacting the same way to us.

When we approach God with a negative attitude, blaming him for our misery or grumbling about our day...I can see him becoming unresponsive and hurt by our words.

But when we approach him in a loving way...where we appreciate what he has done in our lives...and how we are so thankful...and offer him up gifts of worship and praise....he takes notice and feels inspired to bless us as he opens the door to Heaven.

Yes, I know God's not a person and he doesn't respond as a person does (thank you Jesus!) but to get to God's heart is by praise, thanksgiving and loving-kindness towards our Father. He has done so much for us. Let's always check our attitude when we approach God and learn to enjoy our every day life.

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you.

Pruning. March 21

 For Valentine's Day, my husband bought me a large bouquet of roses.

Along with the roses, inside the bouquet was several large green leaves and baby’s breath and other such greenery inside the vase.

As my roses began to grow and stretch, there wasn't enough room in the vase and I had to prune away some of the bouquet to make room for the developing blossoms.

I got rid of the baby’s breath and the extra greenery first. Though these were living items that didn't deserve to be thrown in the trash, they ultimately didn't serve any purpose to my roses.

Throughout the following days, I would toss any roses that were drooping or wilting, cutting stems and cutting back leaves on the roses.

Why was I doing all this?

Because I wanted to preserve to the best of my ability to precious beauty still in the vase. The strong and lasting roses needed space and fresh water and sunlight. And I had to make the decision to get rid of any distractions so that these roses could grow.

What is distracting you? What do you need to take out of your life so that you can grow? What can you remove so that you have more space? What is making you wilt - remove that. What is hindering you from moving forward - just toss it in the trash. Keep your eye on the prize and unapologetically get rid of those things in your life that no longer serve to your purpose.

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you.

Better for the Best. March 14

 I was watching the CBS show, "Let's Make a Deal" with game show host Wayne Brady.

For those who are not familiar with the show, contestants need to choose a door or play a game to win a prize. Their choices could result in great prizes like jewelry, a free trip or even a car....but if they choose the wrong choice...they will get ZONK'ed and lose everything.

At the end of the show, the contestant with the most winnings will ask if they want to engage in the BIG DEAL of the day. That means they trade their current winnings for something even better if they so choose.

I want to talk about trading the GOOD for the BETTER, the BETTER for the BEST!

I know what you are thinking...you would rather hold on that something that you know is stable, is reliable, is working. But holding on ….when you know it's not the best for you to have…. only harms you in the long run and can ruin your overall happiness.

Take a risk on life. Sure, you'll get a few ZONK's along the way, but you could win treasure beyond your imagination.

Are you at a job you can't stand? Do you have someone in your life who steals your peace? Are you attending a church that doesn't feed you spiritually? Are you cramped in your one-bedroom apartment and need to make a change?

Transition out of the GOOD into something BETTER. And let that door slowly reveal a good - better - best opportunity ahead!

if you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Restoration. March 7

I believe that God is restoring us to new wonders and new heights. That we are picking up the pieces from 2020 and that this new year is going to be a year of restoration, of healing, of deliverance and of prayers being answered!

I looked up in the Scriptures what the numbers mean for this year and:




Here are a few Bible verses on Restoration and may these be the Promises we stand on in 2021!

"but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." - Isaiah 40:31

"After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before." - Job 42:10

"And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast." - 1 Peter 5:10

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" - 2 Corinthians 5:17

"Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honor and comfort me once more." - Psalm 71:20-21

If you need prayer, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Blue Flower. Feb. 28

 I have this beautiful blue rose that rests in a bubble of water; it forever blooms and never dies. It sits by my bedside and I love my blue rose. Because  it is in little water bubble, the rose blossom is magnified and highlighted and the stem seems nonexistent at the bottom.

Now, I know what you are going to say. Clearly, someone dyed this rose to be cobalt blue. Real roses aren't naturally that color. And it's man-made because if it were a real flower, it wouldn't last, look like that or always be in bloom.

So why should I love such a man-made, clearly fake color, a rose pretending to be a rose?

This blue flower gives me hope. Every morning, when I wake up, I see it. It tells me that today...everyday...brings the beauty of promise, the mystery of magic and the enchantment of wonder.

This blue rose, always in bloom, encourages me to believe in the impossible. And that today, amazing things can happen!

Wake up on purpose. Something good today is calling out your name! I believe this! 

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you.

In Time. Feb. 21

 I am reading through my 2011 Journal. In the journal, younger Sunshine mentions she wants a certain job and I tell that 10 year younger version of me that I will get that job in just 3 more years. Just be patient.

In 2011, younger Sunshine talks about the future with her boyfriend (who I am currently married to) and she speaks about problems only relevant to that year. I read this trying to tell my younger version that it's going to be okay! Time passes and soon things will change for the better.

So I am going to experiment with something and pretend that it's 2031 and I am reading through my 2021 journal.. what would I say to myself now?

I would say to myself not to worry right now. This is a temporary situation you are going through and you'll be out of this troublesome time soon enough.

I would say to get some sleep and relax. In just a few weeks, in a few months, in a few years, you'll find yourself in a different and better season. And what you are praying for today will come true in the near future.

I would sympathize at what I am crying about now, saying out loud that the enemies I am facing today will not be my enemies tomorrow. I would shout that God is faithful and here in the future, He has showed up, He has provided for me, He has gone above and beyond to make me happy.

And that I don't need to over-think, over-analyze or try to plan. Your steps are secure; no reason to be confused or discouraged. Because 10 years from now, you'll be a better you in a better life and the storm is finally over. Everything is going to be okay.

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

All things New. Feb. 14

 I am officially back from my 21day haitus with God. It was a great time of intercession, of new changes and standing on the Promises from the Word.

And I wanted to share something that I do every single week. Specifically every Sunday. My husband calls it "Towel Day."

Every Sunday, I replace the old towels with new towels. I toss out all the items from the past week and replace it with the new. I refresh the toiletries. I have a mini-spa day where I put on a clay mask, leave on repair hair conditioner, use cucumber slices to restore the bags under my eyes.

Why am I boring you with all this?

Because it's important to remember that you need to:

A) Prepare: Maybe you are waiting on something to manifest in your life. You are waiting for God's promises and for your prayers to be answered. Instead of sitting around and waiting...prepare for the blessings. Get rid of the old to make room for the new.

B) Get Excited! God is moving. Get your hair done and get yourself beautified. The favor is just ahead. The blessings are just ahead. And you need to feel your best to step into this new season in your life.

You never know what one day, one week and one Towel Day may bring - so do all you can to make room for the new.

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Marriage. Jan. 17

I want to talk about Marriage. 

What is Marriage?

I believe it's when the husband chooses to put 100% into pleasing his wife and the wife gives 100% into pleasing her husband then they are both 200% happier. 

Here are  a few love-quotes that will inspire your marriage!

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” – Dr. Seuss

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” – Maya Angelou

“Once upon a time, there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.” ― Nicole Krauss, The History of Love

“There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.” ― Martin Luther

“A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.” ― Andre Maurois

Travis and I are taking the next 21 days to seek God, pray and draw closer to Him. I will not be writing any weekly blog posts during that time. We are accepting prayer requests so if you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

God's help. Jan. 11

 I want to encourage you that the resources you need, the solutions you crave and the answers you seek are all around you!

Here are some bible verses to get you through the week.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Romans 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Psalm 54:4 Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life.

Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

I pray that you will discover God's resources and divine connections that will available to you today! And expect answers, provision, solutions and good changes coming your way - as soon as today!

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Sow for a harvest. Jan. 3

 Let me guess. It's been a bit of a dry season in your life?

Well, in my personal opinion, I would advise you to "sow your way out." Let me explain.

Are you wanting more of a financial breakthrough in your life? I would encourage you to tithe or give offerings or financial seeds and expect a return.

Are you feeling lonely and without friends. Sow seeds of encouragement, love, support and watch how others gravitate towards you.

Do you need some personal encouragement in your own life? Then spread a little joy to others and see how much your spirits lift as well.

Are you feeling depressed or anxious? Spread some cheer to someone's day - take the focus off yourself - and sow seeds of kindness.

If you want things to change in your own life, make a difference in someone else's and watch how God blesses your efforts and shows up to turn your seeds of love into a Harvest of blessings.

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Reality shows. Dec. 27

 I always wondered about reality shows. Do those  people on the screen truly represent what they claim to be on TV? I mean, when the lights go down and the cameramen leave for the day, does something switch inside of them and they go from nice to mean? Or vise versa? Are they just playing a role for the cameras? And how will we ever know who they truly are?

We can only judge by what we see and what we hear. But that's not the entire truth.

I want to bring up a point: The true you is how you act "when the cameras aren't looking."

That celebrity-version of you. You know, the one you put on at work when you have to deal with customers or guests with exemplary customer service. Or the role you play at social events when you pretend around people that you are the best host or the most organized leader at functions and meetings. You come in through the door with your best foot forward and your plastered smile on and you become a different version of you "on stage."

But when you are at home and the make-up is off, the designer shoes are on the floor, the straight hair you took hours to flat-iron now twirled in a bun...what you do then, what you say then, how you act then is the authentic you.

I would advise to be as authentic to your public life as you are with your personal life. You don't want to be living a double-life. That's when people realize the fake-ness and...well, turn the channel.

Be authentically you and be the best version of you whether you are on the sidelines of life or in front of the spotlight. You are still valuable, you are still worthy and you are still beautiful whether you are on the stage or off the stage. Always remember that!

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you.

Sword thrower. Dec. 13

 Is there someone in your life that is just horrible? I mean, downright...rotten? Someone that brings out the worst in you? This person could be your co-worker, your family member or an ex-friend. Whoever this person is, keep your distance!

I was reading through the book "A Tale of Three Kings" by Gene Edwards and I wanted to share this exciting revelation: do not throw back spears.

The book talks about King Saul and David who worked under him. And King Saul threw spears at David, tried to kill him, hunted him down like a dog. And David always left the battle in the Lord's hands.

David: "Better (Saul) kill me than I learn his ways. Better he kill me than I become as he is. I shall not practice the ways that cause kings to go mad. I will not throw spears, nor will I allow hatred to grow in my heart. I will not avenge. Not now. Not ever!" - pg. 37

David's Friend: "Thank you...not for what you have done, but for what you have not done. Thank you for not throwing spears, for not rebelling against kings, for not exposing a man in authority when he was so very vulnerable, for not dividing a kingdom. And thank you for suffering, for being willing to lose everything. Thank you for giving God a free hand to end, and even destroy, your kingdom- if it pleases him. Thank you for being an example to us all." - 80-81

"The passing of time (and the behavior of your leader while that time passes) reveals a great deal about your leader. And the passing of time, and the way you react to that leader reveals a great deal about you." - page 46

Watch your heart's condition around your enemies. And do not practice the ways that cause kings to go mad.

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

I see you. Dec. 6

I was watching Dancing with the Stars and one of the judges, Derek Hough, will say over and over again when a dancer impresses him, "I see you."

When I'm at work and a patient walks in for his appointment, I immediately look at the list of names on the computer and when I check him in, I'll say "I see you."

And one day I was driving to work and I saw the most amazing sunrise and I said to the Lord in my car, "I see you God! You're beautiful."

But sometimes, we need to know that GOD SEES US. I need you to know that you are important to Heaven. That He sees you.

God sees every little thing you do for the Kingdom. He knows that you just finished praying for your friend. That you gave out your tithe check when you really didn't have the money to give. He takes notes on how you encourage others, how you bless without expectation and how you offer kindness and patience and love.

Things may not be moving favorably in your life. And maybe you are wondering if God sees you. Or if He even cares.

I want to remind you that He is closer to you than you realize. And He is thoroughly invested in your life. So keep spreading joy. Keep advancing the Kingdom by your good works. Keep the faith even while things are difficult. Because God sees you. And He'll reward. Expect good things to be coming to you in due time.

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Stuffed. Nov. 29

 So in this season of thanksgiving, I wanted to challenge you to look at something else to "chew on."

If you have a genuine love for others, there's no need to gossip.

If you have a spirit of humility, there's no reason to be critical.

If you live to please your spouse, there is no temptation to seek pleasure elsewhere.

If you put God first, there is nothing to  worry about.

If you trust in Him, there is no reason to be anxious.

If you stand on His Promises, there is no need to be insecure about the future.

If you pray for others, there is no reason to fret about the lives of others.

If you fully believe in God's Word, there's no reason to wonder about your salvation.

If you are secure in Jesus, there is no room for nightmares.

If you believe that God is on your side, it makes no sense to feel danger.

If you are living in your purpose, there is no reason to be jealous of others. 

If you are standing in faith, there should be no room for negativity.

If you are waiting on God, there should always be a spirit of expectation and not discouragement.

If you know God is a good God, then you know that only good things are ahead for you.

If you accept God's peace, there is no room for strife.

If you understand God's will, then there is no reason to be frustrated.

I challenge you to let loose of the things that are weighing you down and to pick up God's peace, God's love, God's joy and God's goodness today!

And if you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Too hard on myself. Nov. 22

 This is for those who are too hard on themselves.

I want you to take a deep breath. Now exhale.

Nothing is not as bad as it seems.

You are doing a great job, even if you don't feel like it.

I am proud of you, even if you think there's nothing to be proud of.

I need you to do something for me. Think back to 3 months ago. 3 years ago. Or even longer. Do you remember where you came from? Do you remember how bad it was and how you left that person or that lifestyle or that job? And everything got better? Don't you remember the bravery, the resilience, the strength you showed during those painfully difficult times.

And if you can get through it then...you can get through it now.

I believe in you.

So stop fighting on yourself. And stop being negative. And certainly stop telling yourself that you are no good or that don't deserve better.

You deserve better!

Take it one day at a time. Keep your sights focused on the road ahead. Feel the wind on your skin. Let the sunshine radiate in front of you. And hold on and be steadfast.

There is beauty in tomorrow. There is beauty in today.

Don't be so hard on yourself. You're going to be just fine.

I love you. I support you. I'm praying for you. And I believe in you.

If you need prayer for anything, let me know I would love to pray for you!

Story of a catfish Part 2. Nov. 8

 On Nov. 1st, I shared with you a true story of how I rescued a stray catfish that had found itself on our sidewalk.

The next day, I went out running and saw another catfish by the sidewalk. Only this one was not alive.

And so many questions came to my mind:

Did I miss this one?

Was this fish near the other catfish that I rescued?

How could I have not seen this one?

I would have done something if I had known...

My heart went out to this poor guy. I was thinking about the first stray catfish...the one I rescued. The one who was hopping up and down, making it clear that it needed help.

And I stared at this other catfish who remained still on the sidewalk. And I questioned to this one now baking in the sun: "Did you ask for help? I could have helped you if I had known..."

Don't be like this catfish. I would encourage you today to reach out for help. Talk to someone. If you feel overwhelmed, stressed out, doubtful and afraid...find a friend, a family member or a loved one who you can talk to. We all need help. We are all going through difficulties. Make sure people know that you need some attention! We need each other to get through this unsteady time.

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you.

Story of a Catfish. Nov. 1

 True Story.

It was 11:30pm and Travis calls me, saying he sees a catfish jumping up and down on the sidewalk near our house.

---> The catfish was clearly showing that he needed help. Are you reaching out for help with the things that are suffocating you?

I rush to the spot with a bucket and try to pour water on the catfish which he gulps up instantly.

---> Don't wait until you are alone and desperate to become immersed in God's Word. Soak in the Living Waters of the Truth that can sustain you even in your time of need.

I scooped up that catfish and ran to the nearest pond to throw him in to safety. -

--> The catfish was strong and as he clung to hope, he trusted me to bring him to the water. Stay strong and trust that God is bringing you to safety.

Let's be like my catfish friend and expect help to come, that blessings will appear if we remain strong. Be communicative about your needs during this time of unparalleled difficulty. Take a moment and reflect. Let's all trust that God will lead us to safety.

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you.

The Burden and the Joy. Oct. 25

 Throughout my 5+ years of being a professional author, over  17+ professionals and artists have been hired  as contributors for my books.

The artists, language translators and audio book producers were financially paid for their contributions. And the ones who wrote the Foreword for my novels were given complimentary books and goodies as a Thank You for their introductions to my work.

And I have used 48+ real life people as characters on the pages of my 9 novels.

And it is a JOY to have others work for me!

They bring so much creative content to my work. These skilled professionals add an additional spark to the text. And I am so appreciative of all this local talent!

But let me tell you about the BURDEN to have others work for me!

I might have to push back deadlines because I am waiting on others to finish their assigned tasks. I may not have the same vision as the contributor and may have separate thoughts on the book's direction. And I have to give up a piece of my budget to sign on contributors for my books.

Everything that is worth pursuing comes with a few negatives. And you have to decide for yourself if moving forward - with the hassle, the joy, the stress, the excitement - is worth it to you.

You have to see the positive and appreciate the supporters and the contributors to your success. Without my fans, my readers, my followers and my team...I wouldn't be the Author I am today! And no matter what, I love you all!

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

One More Life. Oct. 20

It's good to be "back"! Travis and I had a refreshing time away and God certainly answered our prayers and moved in our lives as well as the lives of others.

So I was re-watching the hilarious 2017 version of Jumanji.

And Dr. Bravestone just lost a life, being eaten by big wild cats. He falls back down into the jungle with one remaining life tattoo on his arm.

And suddenly he's not so brave.

He pulls Franklin "Mouse" Finbar off to the side. "Can I talk to you for a second?" Bravestone pleads.

And Bravestone talks to Finbar, just the two of them together, away from the crowd...explaining his fears, his doubts and his insecurities about moving forward.

Do you have someone you can pull aside when you need some encouragement in life?

I promise you, none of us are as brave or as confident as we seem. Inside of all of us is a frightened little child just desperate for hope and needing attention, crying out for relief.

It's important to talk to someone if you are feeling...not quite right.

Be like Bravestone and admit that you need help. Talk about for your feelings and your fears. Sometimes the releasement of being truthful to yourself and others is the first step to healing. Don't wait until you are on your last life. Be courageous enough to express what you need and pull someone aside today. We need to hear how you are...truthfully and honestly.

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Opposition. September 21

Do you ever feel opposition when you try to help someone else?

I remember visiting the Johanssen House over my Christmas holiday. The Johanssen House was decked out in sparkling lights, acres of festive statues and fake snow falling. The House encouraged the community to stop by, take pictures and dance to merriment tunes under the mistletoe. This House was surely a Holiday treat for me, my husband and for the families parking their cars in the neighborhood to enjoy the accoutrements of the season.

Well, not everyone was feeling the Christmas spirit.

Neighborhood violations went up against the Johanssen House for causing a noise disturbance and for improper usage of the parking situation as others would commute for miles just to see the spectacular lights. Fines went out against the Johanssen House for an over-exccessive use of lights up and down their residence. And the neighbors were against the Johanssen House's popularity, drawing in nightly crowds to this otherwise quiet neighborhood.

The Johanssen House was a blessing to so many but was being fought against by those who didn't understand the value and meaning to the fully decorated area.

Next time you face some opposition, be like the Johanssens and keep your lights shining bright. It makes a difference for those who need to need to capture the beauty of the season.

I will be taking a 21-day hiatus away with God, praying and interceding for others as well as seeking the Almighty for guidance and direction. I will not be writing my weekly blog posts but will start back up again mid-October.

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you.

Blessing. Sept. 14

 Have you ever had something that at first, didn't seem like a blessing.

It seemed like a bad thing, a liability in your life.

I know of a woman who bought a dog that she wasn't getting along with at first. The dog was too rumbustious and constantly needing attention and she was just not ready to commit to another puppy in the house. The dog would get into everything: tearing up clothes, furniture and ripping up things on the cabinet. This was a high-energy dog.

The woman nearly regretted purchasing this puppy.

Then a little time later, tragedy struck her life. And she needed a constant companion to emotionally support her through life's challenges. And that puppy - who was a nuisance before - came to her aid. The dog detected this woman's distress and became loyal to his owner. The woman would hold the dog at night and cry. The dog was there for her and stayed by her side.

And a forever bond grew.

Don't be so quick to toss aside every little annoyance in your life - be it a friend, a co-worker, a family member or even a new furry addition to your life. You'll be surprised what a God-send they truly are!

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Next One. Sept. 7

I work in Marketing as a side job and I was reading an article about sales, dealing with the public and closing deals. And the author of the article made sure to point out that the word NO means:

N.O. = Next One

I thought that was so profound, not just in my job, but in life.

When I face rejection with a publisher, it's the Next One who will sign me a contract.

When I feel like my friends are nowhere to be found, it's the Next One who will be a source of encouragement in my life.

When I am unable to book sales or find new clients at my job, it's the Next One who will be thrilled and receptive to what I have to say.

Don't take someone saying "No" too harshly. It's just means the Next One is right around the corner, and the Next One is going to say "Yes"!

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!