It has now been seven years since I started this blog. How quickly time goes by! We are many members but we are one in the body of Christ. Therefore you do not journey alone! Hopefully through this site you will be encouraged by the fact that many things you are going through in your own walk, others are going through (or have gone through) as well. Sometimes we think we are "going through things alone." But we are not. God said that "He would Never Leave Nor Forsake Us." (Hebrews 13:5) and that "There is Nothing New Under The Sun." (Ecclesiastes 1:9). No man is an island. It's easy to forget that. May the words in this blog help you to think, encourage you in whatever spiritual state you are in and may the Lord use them to help us to grow in Him! He is the Author and Finisher of our faith!

I don’t want any readers to think that I am “promoting” being a prodigal. I definitely am not. But what I am hoping to do – is to encourage those of us who either have had or are currently experiencing a hard time in our walk to be honest about it. Personal conviction is a powerful thing, especially if you truly love the Lord. I think that sometimes the Body of Christ critiques and judges to the point where the person who is at the other end of that pointing finger feels ostracized, alienated and alone. I don't think that that is what Jesus intended. When I read through my Bible - I see a firm yet gentle restoration that Jesus ministered to those around Him. Look at John 21:15-19. When Peter who was at an all time low point in his walk - he was firmly, yet lovingly restored by Jesus. He didn't tear him down, or yell or make him feel any worse then he already did. He spoke to him lovingly and gently - and in doing so, Peter was able to repent and minister in a much more powerful, humble and confident way and it became one of the largest ministries ever.

Please note that I am only a vessel, my calling - to write. I dedicate this blog to the Lord and ask that He use it to reach out and touch whoever needs a special, loving, personal touch from Him. My hope is that the Holy Spirit allows you to see Him through the words (and not me). We go through things so that we can extend our right hand of fellowship behind us to assist and help someone else. Our Bible is the same today, as it was yesterday as it will be tomorrow. (I am far from perfect and do not profess to have all the answers...) but the good news is - Our Heavenly Father does! His love, forgiveness, grace and mercy is real!Nothing you are experiencing in your walk comes as a surprise to Him! May He be glorified through this blog and may God bless you at whatever stage in your walk you are in!~

I am a Breast Cancer Survivor

I am a Breast Cancer Survivor
I was diagnosed with early stage triple negative breast cancer on June 24th, 2010 - I have been cancer free for 7 years now. It was only a chapter in my life - NOT my life, but the impact is one that has changed my life forever. Its important for women to know that 80% of the breast cancer diagnosis come from women who don't have a history of it in their family (My family didn't). Early detection is the key. For more information please click on the pink ribbon above. It could save your life.


March 25, 2015

Spring! A Time of Promise and Renewal!

Spring has always been my most favorite time of year… It’s a time of fresh beginnings; a new start. A time when we can re-evaluate our priorities, our lives and do our own "emotional Spring cleaning." Are you unhappy? Do you feel like your life has become stale and stagnant? Perhaps it’s time to make changes. Re-prioritize your life. Out with the old in with the new! Formulate a new perspective! Sit down and create a bucket list of things you want to do or places you want to travel. What would lift your spirits? How about recreating yourself? Formulate a new workout plan? Maybe go out and get a makeover to make you feel fresh and new? Take a class on something you've always wanted to learn! What can you do to feel good about yourself? Think about it, formulate a plan and go with it! You may be surprised at how good the changes you decide to make change the way you feel.

There are things in life that we can change or continue to wallow in. I never liked that word, "wallow." (I'm scrunching up my nose in distaste as I write it). Are you feeling stuck in the mud of a situation? Come on! Gather up the strength to pull yourself out! You are stronger than you think you are! If you determine that you are worth the change, you will gather up the energy and strength to do just that! If you can't - call a friend, someone who can encourage you and give you their strength! There is no shame in asking for help. Most importantly of all, you've got a Heavenly Father who is just a conversation away. There have been times when I have simply cried out, "God!!!! I neeeeeeeed You!!!! Help me!!!" And you can bet, even if you can't see it or feel it - there is help going on behind the scenes. All you have to do is change your mind and sometimes that is the hardest step of all. Everyone has met someone with an "Eeyore" mentality. You know who Eeyore is? He is the sad, depressed donkey in the Winnie the Pooh stories written by A.A. Milne

“Why me? Oh well… I guess that’s just the way life is… Ho hum…”

What Eeyore has needed is a good quick kick in the pants to get him motivated!  If you think about it, everything really comes down to perspective.  The Bible even says:

“For as a man thinks within himself; so he is.” (Proverbs 23:7)

Change is not always easy, but if you think about it – nothing worth anything ever is.  Isn’t it ironic that sometimes it seems easier to give someone else advice than to take it yourself? If you were sitting next to yourself – what would you say? What advice would you give?  Sometimes we are harder on ourselves than we are on anyone else. Maybe it’s time you gave yourself a break? Think about working towards an attainable goal – break it down into bits and pieces; maybe even give yourself different dates and reward yourself at each point for what you have accomplished.  For example, two years ago I decided I wanted to learn to run.  Me, Ms. Theater person, Ms. Never-Have-Been-Involved-In-Sports EVER.  Just the mere thought of running exhausted me.  I knew that if I was going to obtain that goal, I would have to find a plan that would go slowly and work me up to running.  I decided to purchase the “Couch to 5K” program for my iphone.  It started out by slow walking sped it up to speed walking to intermittent jogs to running.  By the time I was running I was surprised at how quickly I had switched over a course of weeks to actually becoming a runner!  It was not an overnight thing, it happened slowly over a period of time.  I finished the program and switched over to “5K to 10K” which has been a lot harder, but I’ve been up for the challenge and when the going gets tough (and it does) I work through it.  Now I should mention that my running is on a treadmill, inside.  I ran into quite a few problems this winter with being able to get out to the gym due to the tremendous amounts of snow we got this winter in Massachusetts.  I was not able to get to the gym as often as I had in the Fall, which set me back a bit.  Instead of beating myself up over this, I have decided to be kind and patient with myself (as I would be for someone else) and allow myself time to get up to the speed I was at previously, even though it is more effort because my expectations for myself are higher.  There were times when I could have thrown my hands up in the air and said, “Forget this!”  But instead, I keep pushing myself and strive to move forward.  My future plan? Once I feel ready, I want to transition myself from running on the treadmill to running outside, which is a whole different feeling.  My own experience has been that it is harder to run outside than in.  But eventually I will graduate from the treadmill, run outside and maybe eventually participate in a 5K race, not to race someone else but to challenge myself with the goal that I can do it.

It’s Spring, a time of renewal.  A fresh start, a new beginning – just like those promising buds that are on the trees, how are you going to welcome the Spring season? It’s time for a change, you are well worth it and you'll be glad you did.

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