Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! It’s a great day to listen to Irish tunes and day-dream about strolling glen to Irish green glen hoping to hear the pipes “a-piping”.

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A Word for 2019

If you could pick one word to focus on in 2019, what would it be? A few years back our Pastor gave a New Year challenge encouraging us to consider one word to focus on for the entire year. I had felt the Lord spurring me to trust Him more in unchartered areas of my...

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People Are Watching

Do you ever get the feeling you’re being watched? Brad and I love to “people watch”. Downtown is a great for this place because there’s always something going on and plenty of people.

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Cake in Heaven?

For as much time as we have on earth in comparison to the time we will have in Heaven, isn’t it curious how little time we spend considering Heaven this side of eternity?

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Unusual Encounter

This post is in response to a post I read this morning from Joel, a blogger I recently started following. Joel’s post was about an exceptional encounter he had.

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Adoption & A Heart for Korea

In our work as Senior Relocation Specialists we meet a variety of some pretty amazing people. Each client impacts us in a different way, revealing something special that causes us to once again fall in love with what we do and the people we serve.

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Challenge No. 1 of 50 Hold A Snake

I turned 50 in December with the full determination to embrace life fully, not holding anything back. When my daughter asked me what I wanted, I told her, “I’d love to have 50 challenges to complete this next year.”

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Eleven 32

Today is a very special day. Today our home church The Harvest in Allen, Texas announced its’ new name.

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Baby Shoes?!

I have a large closet that doubles as my hideaway office.  It’s quiet and secluded.  This is one place I go to get away with God; free from distractions. I was enjoying being alone with Him when I asked, “God, of all my shoes, which ones are your favorite?” I know…...

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How We Hear God

Yes. I believe we can hear from God! What about you?  You probably hear Him more than you realize. Sometimes we hear the Lord and don’t recognize it’s Him.

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A Reason to Sing

A Reason To Sing I wrote this months ago during an especially tough season. I’ve been walking thru a dry and lonely season. Tonight we went to a worship service. I felt wooden. I sang the words, but it was forced. I knew the worship song, and I sang despite the empty...

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What Does Your Stuff Say About You?

What does your stuff say about you? Our possessions do not define who we are, but they can tell a lot about us. I love working with people because each person has a different story. As a family transition specialist, I meet interesting people. I have to admit, I love...

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How Do You ‘Get a Grip’ in the Face of Tragedy?

How Do You ‘Get a Grip’ in the Face of Tragedy? You know the term and may have even used it. Maybe you were about to throw in the towel on a dream and a friend challenged you, “Really Shelly? -Get a grip- Where’s your faith?”  Sometimes all we need is to just take a...

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Are You Put To the Test?

WarNinG!  Going into business with your spouse may put your marriage to the test. After 28 years of marriage, Brad and I sold our house, most of our belongings, bought a franchise business and moved from Texas to Colorado. We made it thru some really tough challenges...

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In Due Season

  In due season ...in due time?!  Ahh! 'Wait' is such a "four letter word"! Maybe you can you relate? I have to cool my jets though when I hear something like what Joshua Harris (Author "I Kissed Dating Goodbye") says, "The right thing at the wrong time is the...

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One thing.

One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord And to meditate in His temple. For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret...

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See The Mountain

I drive around the city, looking in the rear view mirror; the side mirror; and the front window. I want to SEE the mountain. I’m never disappointed. It’s always there: Pike’s Peak. I can’t seem to catch enough sight of the majestic snow-capped mountain. Pike’s Peak is...

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On Our Knees

Tonight I was shutting off the light and drawing the curtain so I could open the window. There was a cool breeze and it felt nice to have fresh air gently filling the room. As I opened the window I noticed another window across the way from my own. The...

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Leap the Wall!

"By my God I can leap over a wall." Psalm18:29. That sounds great, but when you're facing a wall of brick and mortar it's far more natural to think you should turn and go another way. Leap over a wall? Seriously -who does that? What walls do you face? Is it a...

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Good Friday; notes in the journey

It’s Good Friday. God woke me up this morning sometime after 1am. Yesterday marked month out from when we’d be packing up the furniture and starting our move to Colorado. We still don’t know exactly where we will live. My stomach knotted at what our realtor conveyed...

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This Is Happening!

This is happening! Our realtors planted the sign in the yard last night. Next week our house goes on the market and we’re one step further in this journey with the Lord, ending one amazing season to enter another. This morning Brad and I talked about what needs to be...

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To Be Like Mrs D, An Exceptional Woman

The other day I told my husband, "I want to be like Mrs. D." She's an exceptional woman. Mrs. D is a widow we moved this week. She was at the house when we packed her up. She was present but out of the way of our busy-ness. “I’m going to be right here if you...

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"A Day Without Laughter Is A Day Wasted"

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.”; wise words from Charlie Chaplin. Sometimes you just gotta laugh to see things clearly. Today was a good day to do both. My job involves helping retired people relocate and managing their estate sales. It’s great because I...

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More Than Clothes

She glanced in the mirror admiring the dress. It is pretty. It would never make it to a clearance rack. It was not the kind of thing she could hope to buy unless it showed up in a second hand store. This is what I see window shopping. Hesitation crept in thoughts....

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Pause

Pause is defined by Your Dictionary as a temporary stop or rest. As a verb, pause means to stop, for a brief period of time. A few years back, my husband Brad and I did a ropes course with a group of friends.  We started with a name game, as several folks didn’t...

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Change and Transitions

Whether you are going thru a time of change or just coming out of one, change is inevitable. Change challenges us to leave the comfort and security of the familiar. Have you prayed for change? Are you waiting for change? Are you in the middle of change? Are you in a...

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Mother’s Day -or any day

What will you do for your mom this Mother's Day? I remember an especially dark season of my life over 20 years ago when Mother’s day came and went several times without calling or even sending so much as a card to my mom. I wanted nothing to do with my past or the...

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Courage

“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.”  - C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

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Costume Party That Wasn’t

I remember the day I dressed up for a party that wasn’t a costume party; on purpose.  It was back in the early years when we lived in Huntington Beach, California.  My husband, Brad, worked at a computer account in downtown LA, and I was a young stay home...

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More Like David

I want to be more like King David of the old testament.  Known as the man after God's own heart, David kept God at the center of his vision in everything he did.  He was a man more concerned with his relationship to God then any post...

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Step into Your Dream

Are you a risk taker?  Do you like to venture out without a plan or agenda? Not me.  I like security.  I want to know what the plan is.  Even as a runner, I want to know what route to take, how far I will be going and what the conditions are. I've...

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Attitudes and Impact

The other day an intern asked if I could talk to the lady waiting in the reception area.  “She needs to talk to someone about gas money.”  I was short on time, in the middle of a project.  This was not convenient. Frequently, we have people come in...

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He winnows your path

"You scrutinize (winnow) my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways."  Psalm 139:3 Winnow.  1:  to separate chaff from grain by fanning 2:  to separate desirable and undesirable elements   Ever feel like there's...

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God Takes You Back

Today was my long run day.  I run with my iPod off the first half of the run so I can listen to what the Lord may be speaking to me.  About half way, I turn music on to break up the run.  I didn’t hear anything so I ran in silence.  I rounded a...

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Beautiful Mess

My life, a beautiful mess: written last fall, but that's ok.  My life is STILL a beautiful mess. Saturday we took our son to the airport after a great 5 day visit.  I hate goodbyes. They make me want to cry. Sunday I was responsible for portions of a big...

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Carpe diem, seize the day!

Carpe diem, seize the day!  Whatever day you are in, whatever season; make the most of it.  You can't go back and get a redo! I just ran 8 miles today.  That’s nothing to brag about, but this morning my alarm woke me from an especially...

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Grow

Living things GROW.  Today I took time to really ask myself "Am I growing?".  This led to more questions. As a parent am I becoming wiser?  Am I purposely looking for ways to better nurture my kids at their particular stages of life?  Do I...

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On path with the Lord

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 your path straight  Proverb 3:5-6 Are you on the right path?   Are there any areas of your life that...

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Prayer and Fasting

If your 2014 goals and resolutions include starting something new and growing closer to God, consider how that will be accomplished.  We intend to make more time for prayer, but our schedules are so full.  I actually calendar...

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relationships

relationships, a photo by jenny downing on Flickr. This photo says so much! What if you saw the way God sees you in the way this father sees his child?

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Creation

In creation and all it's complexities, each person is uniquely different as a snowflake.  If man in all our vast knowledge has yet to master the creation of living beings outside of original design, how preposterous to consider that such...

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Not too busy this Christmas

There's not enough hours in the day to DO all that we are called to do.  Our schedules are packed and who doesn't look forward to days off where we can just catch up. We're so busy with LIFE that it's easy to loose perspective on life.  As soon as we get one...

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The Heavenly Man

  Last night we had a sleepover for our youngest daughter's Sweet 16 Birthday.  I stopped counting girls after 18 arrived.  My husband was on a job in a nearby city, and wouldn't be home till well after midnight. The girls got settled...

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It’s A Dog’s Life

It’s a Dog’s Life, Puppy Point 1 This is Piper, 5 months; Jack, 8 weeks, and Riley, 5 years; two labs and an Aussie. There’s such a distinct difference between retrievers and shepherds. We didn’t realized just how obvious this was until we had both in the same home....

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Don’t Stop!

Sat. 10/26/13 To do a marathon, you need to spend time putting in mileage BEFORE your actual race.  Each week includes regular runs plus a progressively further long run.  Yesterday was my long run day.  I hadn't even gotten to my halfway...

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What if…

This whole writing and blogging thing drives me crazy.  Every day I have something to write, but I’m always blowing it off, rationalizing that nobody cares what I have to say and I’m not much of a writer and I have no TIME. I am continually compelled to write,...

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Who are you running with?

If life is a marathon and you consider yourself IN the race, then who are you running with? The first time I entered a race with someone as a team, it was with my son Jake when he was only two.  He cried the whole 50 yards of the Diaper Dash.  Years later we...

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God takes you back, always

Today was my long run day.  I run with my iPod off the first half of the run so I can listen to what the Lord may be speaking to me.  About half way, I turn music on to break up the run. I didn’t hear anything so I ran in silence enjoying His presence. ...

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Smile

“Look people in the eyes, smile and say something nice.”  We used to tell our kids that all the time when they were little, teaching them to see PEOPLE, not just strangers as we went about daily business.  I was thinking about that on my run this morning....

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Jesus Squeezes

Ever wonder how Jesus would approach you if He walked into the room right now? I was thinking about this recently on an exceptionally draining day.  I was hungry for a hug.  I wouldn’t see my husband for hours and all I could think about was a big, wrap your...

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Together IS Better

Recently, our Pastors have been sharing how Together is Better in community. Community means our children have a place to call home beyond the doors of our houses. Community pulls us together in tough times and moves us to action with ...

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Never too late!

Ever feel like you missed your big opportunities or lost dreams somewhere along the way?  Does it seem like everyone ELSE is in the race, on course, and you haven't even made it to START?  I know how you feel!! I ran a race several years back that...

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Giving Changes Perspective

You know those days when everything seems to be working against you?  I was having one the other day.  I was entertaining the thought of purchasing tickets for our family to fly to Jamaica so we could "disappear" for a month. As I...

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Why I Love to Run

I love to run. I fell in love with running in the 4th grade, at a time when my self esteem had shattered. I was "slow" in school.  I was slow to read and comprehension was a challenge.  New math concepts perplexed me.  I had to go to...

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Dads & Daughters

The other day I called my Dad to wish him a Happy Birthday.  It was the perfect opportunity to tell him what had been burning in my chest for a while. I shared with my Dad about the time long ago when he and mom had were working out the details of their...

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On Moms

Mother's day I reflected back to an especially dark season of my life over 20 years ago.  Mother’s day came and went several times without sending so much as a card or making a call to my mom. Having grown up like many others, with messed up families, I wanted...

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World War Z

My daughters recently took me to see World War Z. We had a great time sitting on the edge of our seats the entire movie.  Similar to I am Legend, it presented a plausible (though exaggerated) scenario in which a life altering virus spread worldwide. Later,...

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