Actively Waiting

The lights are red in every lane.  No one is moving.  There is no choice but to wait.  We’d prefer to keep hitting green lights, to keep moving forward and get where we want to go.

But it’s not all about us.  There are other people, in other lanes, getting their green lights while we sit at a red light.  There is a practical plan with traffic lights; we understand the pattern that promises our lane will get a turn to go.IMG_20180410_121253108

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Hospital Care Package

This post is in honor of one of my nephews who turns 7 today!  He is a smart, funny, energetic boy, and also a miracle!  He was diagnosed with infantile leukemia before he was one, and spent most of the next year in the hospital – while his parents juggled how to be there with him, and also care for his two older brothers.  They celebrated half-birthdays and didn’t take a day for granted.  What an amazing couple!.  He now lives the life of a normal school-age kid!  I want to remember this answered prayer and give thanks.  Today is a gift from God to celebrate!20140501_165633

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Live and Love Out of Your Strengths

Our strengths are what we can most naturally live and love well out of.  We each have different talents that help us live well.  There are many ways we can love the people in our lives well.  When we know our natural style for living and loving, we can be intentional and more effective in our own unique way.

Each of these pictures represents one of the Top 5 Strengths Themes that I live and love out of.  My themes are Responsibility, Empathy, Discipline, Connectedness, and Positivity.  Can you guess which picture goes with which theme?  (See answers at the end of this post!)

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Introducing CliftonStrengths

God has shaped each of us uniquely with talents – things that we tend to do well.  Our talents are patterns of thought, feeling, and behavior that come naturally to us.  We each have a variety of talents that we can use in different ways.  And this causes each of us to see and respond to life differently.   

For example, here’s a picture of the edge of our neighborhood where I often take walks.  Now, imagine yourself in this picture taking a walk.  Let me ask you a question …IMG_20180411_120147830

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Homeless Care Package {Love is Humble}

I’ll never forget Maria.  I pulled into the Wal-Mart parking lot on my usual errands.  A family standing with a sign at the back of the parking lot caught my eye.  The man held a cardboard sign, with his wife and two little girls.  My heart started beating faster and I knew I needed to go talk with them. 20170625_162534 Continue reading “Homeless Care Package {Love is Humble}”