Friday, March 13, 2015

Pay Attention to Yourself

The great philosopher Yogi Berra said, "You can observe a lot just by watching." What a good reminder of how important it is to handle yourself well. Oh I think Yogi played a little baseball too :)

Monday, March 9, 2015

It's Always Something

You know as well as I do, when it rains it pours when it comes to the circumstances of life. The car battery dies and you miss the warranty by 3,000 miles. Rent's due and things are tight. The dog is sick and the kids have the flu. 

My remind to self: stay calm, focus on the relationships they are most important and don't sweat the small stuff...it's all small stuff! I got this.

Friday, March 6, 2015

The Words We Speak

I've been doing a study over the past several days about how we use our words and the impact they have on others. The tongue is a very powerful instrument.

The tongue has the power to DIRECT. We can help others and teach them by the words we say. Our words can benefit them and they can become better and more effective because we had a conversation or took the time to instruct another person.

The tongue has the power to DESTROY. Our words can quickly and easily become hurtful and painful. We become tired, arrogant, or self-centered and the next thing you know we are saying things that are destructive and painful. Benjamin Franklin said, "A slip of the foot and you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over".

The tongue has the power to DELIGHT. We can choose an attitude of grace and goodness. We can make someone feel valued and special. We can make their day with just a few kind words. We can set ourselves aside for a moment and consider someone more important than ourselves and make their day as we pass by.

Yes words really do matter. They matter to those we are closest to and love with all our hearts. I think those we are closet to we tend to hurt the most because they get the real us. They get us when we are tired, frustrated, anxious, and upset. Lets choose our words wisely, be gracious and choose goodness to saturate the words.

Proverb 15:4              A gentle tongue is a tree of life.

Proverb 18:21            Death and life are in the power of the tongue.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

50 Shades of Blue & Black and Gold & White


It's amazing how quickly fads come and go! Just a couple of weeks ago the 50 Shades movie was the talk around water coolers and on FB. Then just last week it was a crazy dress that I definitely saw as Gold and white. These are two good reminds that we need to be consistent and stay centered on our priorities. Recognize a lot of things will scream for our attention and invite us to say more than we know to the point we sound like fools. Know your priorities.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Becoming More

Are you finding the right people to bring into your circle. Friends who encourage and inspire you to be more than you are because they love you and see such great worth in you?
Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” Be intentional about those who have the greatest influence upon your life.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Others Matter

Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft said, "As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others". This has come to be true for me. Over the years I have most enjoyed those who gave me empowerment and freedom to accomplish a lot of special things. In the mist of seeking to achieve goals and chase dreams I've always hoped and prayed that people felt cared for and valued by me as we worked together. Nothing is more important than relationships: Strive to thrive in the relationships you have. Achieving goals is good, completing plans is good, making things happen is necessary, but people matter most.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Waves of Grace

We have all been challenged by the hardships of life to one degree or another. We have fought through the tough times only to get to the other side to realize God has been sending waves of His grace to sustain us. We realize it hasn't been our own strength that has brought us through, its been His strength...so thankful. Today is a new and beautiful day....so rejoice!