JOY

  Joy   We may not know joy if we haven’t experienced some pain.  However, I don’t know anyone who hasn’t lived through some pain.  It’s the joy that rejuvenates us. Joy allows us the knowledge that with God’s help  nothing can happen to us...

New Beginnings

  New Beginnings       Each day can be a new beginning if we decide to make it one.  All it takes is an    adjustment to our attitude and a desire to think positive thoughts. I’ve written before many times about the two primary...

Words

     Words    Words have the power to hurt or the power to bless!     I read on Facebook about a mother who wanted to impress upon her child how hard it is to take back words once they are spoken.  Her daughter was beginning middle...

Caregivers

Caregivers   It’s been nine years since Doug’s (my husband) passing and sometimes it feels like nine years and sometimes it feels like it was yesterday.  A song, a movie or something someone says will trigger memories.  Grief is not on any...

Love, Peace and Harmony

  Love, Peace and Harmony       Love, peace and harmony are beautiful words and bring warm feelings when we think of them. But how often do we get to experience them?  With all the turmoil in the world, not very often!  I used to be in...

Trust

                Trust       My Dad had a tendency to trust everyone he met and ended up hurt or disappointed many times because of it.  With my mom, on the other hand, trust had to be earned.  When I worked with addicts in...

Patience

  Patience       When my husband and I first married he did not have a clue what being patient meant.  He would have told you this himself.  We were in line at the grocery store one day and he was switching from one foot to the other...

Stained-glass Windows

    Stained-glass Windows       Elisabeth Kubler-Ross wrote, “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light...

Boundaries

  Boundaries       Have you ever walked up to someone and they took a step back? That’s because you invaded their physical boundary. We have physical, emotional and even spiritual boundaries. The problem is that most of us don’t let the...

Worry

  Worry   Worries are just thoughts.  Thoughts that drain us of energy - physical energy,  emotional energy  and spiritual energy. So why do we waste all that valuable energy? My mother was the queen of worry. She used to call me and tell me...

Gratitude

      Gratitude   Nothing fills our spirit like gratitude!  We are all so good at becoming victims. Victims live in fear and seldom escape. They feel the whole world is against them and that nothing will ever change. They will have to...

What Does Your Inner Life Look Like?

    What Does Your Inner Life Look Like?       I believe that in our outer life, we strive to look perfect.  It’s just human nature to want acceptance and maybe our ego also plays a part in it, but what does your inner life look...

Loving Relationships

    Loving Relationships       A mother brought her 16 year old daughter to my office one day and asked to speak with me in private. She and I went into my office, sat down and she looked at me and started to cry. She said that she...

Happiness

    Happiness       I remember when I was around 10 years old, my daddy saying to me “only you can make you happy baby!”  I didn’t fully understand what he meant, but I  have thought about it many times growing up.  When I started...

Forgiveness

    Forgiveness       To me, forgiveness is love from the highest spiritual part of us. Is it possible, that any of us did not want forgiveness for something we’ve done in our lifetime? Could it be that any of us have been that...

Love Never Ends

    Love Never Ends        I’ve said many times, love has no measure or limitations. It’s not something that we can ever run out of. When someone passes away, the love for them doesn’t end.  Another year has gone by since Doug’s (my...

Masks

    Masks    I am sure you’ve heard the expression, “I wear many hats”, meaning I carry out many roles – mother, wife, teacher, etc. But do you also wear many masks? I had someone ask (who was getting ready to meet my parents), “How should...

Pointing Fingers

  Pointing Fingers       It is said, when you point a finger at someone, you have three pointing back at you! In other words, what you don’t like in that person, you probably have three fold in yourself.  That is a hard pill to swallow,...

Respect

    Respect       I was praying this morning for peace on earth when I thought to myself, what is missing in this world?  Respect was the first thing that popped into my mind.  Respect is not taught like it was when I was growing...

Expectations

  Expectations       Why do we have such great expectations of other people? When we have expectations of others without communicating what they are, we are always disappointed.  I was talking to a friend the other day and she was...

Fall

    Fall       What I love about the mountains is the fact that we have four distinct seasons and fall is one of my favorites.  The wonderful colors the leaves are turning, beautiful shades from bright yellow to glowing golden and...

Women In My Life

      Women in My Life       I have been fortunate enough to have some wonderful women in my life. Number one was my mother.  She taught me what unconditional love is. Her love never wavered, was never limited or measured. She...

Elaine

    Elaine       It had been 30 years…30 years! She was three years old the last time he saw her.   Doug (my husband) and I were spending Christmas 2005 with his brother when the phone rang 3 days before Christ’s Birthday and...

Listen to the Children

      Listen to the Children       I believe that children are little miracles! They are gifts from God to us. Some come through us and some find us through adoption, but they are still gifts.  They are little bundles of love and...

Wholeness

  Wholeness       What does being whole mean?  Does it mean to be complete? What does it take to be complete? Does it mean freedom, oneness with God, total inner peace? Does it mean total acceptance of our reality, total surrender (to...