Take A Chance

Life is all about taking chances


As I wake up this morning, I look around at my life with a smile on my face and realize how much it has changed in the last year.  Simply put… because I stepped out in faith and took chances.

To say that my life is perfect without challenges would be a false statement.  My life is full of things that cause me stress daily.  It’s been an every-day-changing process and change for me is hard to accept.  (I’m a creature of habit) But equally sharing in my life are things that bring warmth, joy and passion to my heart.  Things and people that I did not know existed 6 months ago are now a huge wonderful part of my world.  Complimenting the already existing joys that God has given me.

We sometimes become stagnant and complacent with what has been de...

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When I recently logged onto Facebook, a good friend had posted this picture on my page.  She said it reminder her of me.  “Well.. alrighty then” was my response.  How else do you respond to being called a “fun-filled little lollipop triple dipped in psycho”?  :)  How funny!  And most importantly… what a compliment!  Yes, a compliment to know that I bring a little laughter into the world of those around me. God gives us laughter so why are we afraid to use it?  Life is hard for each and every one of us.  Some, more than others and quite frankly, I can fully understand why some do not laugh.  I probably wouldn’t if I were in their shoes as well.  But, in my shoes, no matter what life throws my way… laughter is the drug of my choice...

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Seasons Of Our Lives

Seasons Of Our Lives


To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;  A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;  A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;  A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;  A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;  A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

(Ecclesiastes 3:1-4)

This is one of my favorite scriptures...

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Stand By Me


“No matter who you are,

No matter where you go in life,

you’re gonna need somebody to stand by you…”

The video “Stand By Me” that is located on the left of this page or at the bottom of this post, was sent to me by a beautiful friend, Chris Meyer.  Chris is my professional photographer but more importantly, my friend, my sister, my kindred spirit.  Her work amazes me.  The things she can do with that camera is a true art of work.  Thank you for this video Chris.  It came at a perfect time.

As I continue on with my Pray Believe Love journey, God is teaching me so much.  Why did I not do this earlier?  Some of these teaching times are dark-face-in-the-floor moments, but thankfully, joy comes in the morning if we keep our eyes on him...

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Dance In The Dark


Sometimes the things that bring the most brightness to us may come at night.  In the dark.  Under the stars.  We tend to always look for answers to our life questions in the daylight.  We don’t always realize that when a good darkness surrounds us, God is still there.  We tend to only seek him if that darkness comes from a bad situation.  As I walked the beach last night in the dark, I was more aware than I’ve ever been that sometimes dark is good.  If you stop, and just listen to what is around you, you can find those things that speak to your heart...

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Today’s Dads


Today is Father’s Day.  This day for me, is meant to honor those who have not fathered children but who have truly been a ‘dad’ to them.  As the saying goes.. anyone can be a father but it takes someone special to be a dad.  How true this is.  But, thinking & looking over the dads of today, I do not envy them.

Before I go any further with my thoughts, let me remind you that these are MY thoughts.  I write each blog from my heart with what God has place inside of me.  Before you send me hate mail… understand that I am in NO way promoting dead-beat dads.  I am however giving a pat on the back to those dads who do deserve it. So, open your minds and hearts for just a minute. 

When you hear of dads today, the majority of the talk you hear is about dead-beat dads...

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“When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches. For You have been my help, And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.  My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me.”  ~ Psalms 63: 6-8

For several years, it seems that God likes to wake me in the early hours of the morning. (as in the 3am-4am hour) With just thoughts, a song, or a scripture.  Sometimes revealing to me things he desires me to know.  He knows at that hour, in the still of the morning,  he has my full attention. Normally I can go right back to sleep.  In the past couple of months, he has been waking me with the song “I Smile” by Kirk Franklin. But not this morning.  This morning it’s “Free” by Zac Brown Band...

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Christmas In June

Guest Review by Karla Hanns

“A Simple Christmas Wish”


By Melody Carlson

Melody Carlson writes the BEST of the BEST Christmas fiction!!! I haven’t read one yet that disappointed me and this one, in particular, was a true winner!!! Her previous novels, “The Christmas Dog”, “The Christmas Bus” and “The Christmas Pony”, were all wonderful, heartwarming tales, but this one just outdid them all, in my opinion. First of all, I love Amish fiction and this book did have an Amish trend to it, secondly, I am always attracted to the subject of adoption, and this tale just happened to deal with both!!
Rachel Milligan was an independent woman, single with a good job...
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HOT NEW RELEASE ~ Life Regained

I’m so excited to tell you about my new Book release with co-author Sarah Price.  A Hot New Release for your summer reading.  As you know, the Amish life inspires me.  Many read about them but don’t have the honor of experiencing their culture first hand.  We “romanticize” their life when in actuality, they are no different than us in that they have problems.  Because of some experiences in my life over the last couple of years, I felt the desire to write this story.  I have a couple of Amish women whose friendship I cherish.  They are my extended family.  There are times when our world falls apart.  In those instances, we must seek God to direct our paths.  By following him, he places “friends” in our lives to help us, as he did for Elizabeth in Life Regained...

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Pentecost Sunday


 Pentecost Sunday is 50 days after Easter…  for 2014, that is today, June 8, 2014, Sunday

June 8, 2008 was on a Sunday.  It turned out to be a very important day in my life.  One in which God spoke to me deeply and blessed me richly.  It was not the day that I laid my life at the altar, nor was it one that I was baptized in the Holy Spirit.  It was a day that he gave me a blessing.  That particular Sunday was not Pentecost Sunday as it is today, 6 years later.  June 8 has different meanings for everyone.  This year for me, it’s one of renewing. A revival for my soul.   I don’t exactly know what today will bring but I have faith that it will be just as wonderful as it was for those 3000 people who gave their life to God on that very first Pentecostal day.

My church, Christ...

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