Hidden Art Lasts A Lifetime

When I was in 8th grade my dad caved in to my mom’s insistence that we have a piano. Not a castoff or old upright, but brand new Kimball console. You might not think that’s strange, but as I watched the men from our church unload the monstrosity from the truck, I was as mystified as any 13 year old girl could be. As soon as it was settled in the living room I had to ask. “Who’s going to play it?” You have to understand that we lived in …

Read more

“To thine own self be true.” What happens when you are willing to do that?

Shakespeare said, “To thine own self be true.” What happens when you are willing to do that? I’m not sure why this memory came back to me today, but about six years ago we went out riding with our motorcycle friends on a long, leisurely, calm, dry ride to dinner.  Now flip what I just described 180 degrees and you will know what the trip home was like. It was none of the above. The moment we stopped on the driveway in front of the garage I jumped off the …

Read more

Lost in Adventure

Do you feel a little lost after a time of adventure, excitement, fun with family and friends? You know, like the holiday that was just yesterday but is already a memory. Do you feel a little lost because the weekend passed and nothing special happened? Or maybe because something is broken and you don’t know how to fix it. Do you feel a little lost because you face an uncertain future? I think about this alot when I let the enemy of my soul sit on my shoulder and whisper …

Read more

Finishing Well or Just Finishing

What a celebration and rejoicing in heaven! Billy Graham, hero of the faith is home. In his honor, I’m republishing this post which I first wrote because of his life testimony. Happy Birthday, Billy Graham. A hero of the Christian faith turned 98 on November 7th. Billy Graham has lived in the public eye since he was in his twenties, stayed true to his faith in Jesus Christ and has never been involved in immorality or been the object of scandal. When I was 11 years old my friends who …

Read more

Go Toward the Light

Today your age doesn’t matter. This is Christmas and whether you’re 3 or 103 there is something special for you. Whether because of memories of the past or making memories.with moments of today, this is a day of connections. An estimated 100.5 million Americans were expected to drive or fly more than 50 miles from home for the holidays. I didn’t make that up. I got it off the Internet so it has to be true. Right? Well – OK – not always true when it comes from the Internet, …

Read more

Sometimes it's hard to be thankful . . .

I’m not thankful. There it is. Not thankful. I’m not thankful that in the beginning when God created Earth that he let sin and depravity in. But I am thankful that God gave up his only Son Jesus to die on the cross and be the remedy for sin. John 3:16 I’m not thankful for the abuse and sadness in the world, but I’m thankful for all the kindness of many individuals who come together and passionately combat all that is abuse in support of the victims. I’m not thankful …

Read more

Awful or Awesome?

Yesterday at the end of a full and productive week, I was eager for the weekend. You know. Put work on the shelf, get into a book, take a long walk, watch a Hallmark movie. After hours of concentrated work with substantial progress I had that winning feeling. An hour later, I was overcome. The project that every ounce of energy had been poured into has to be reworked, and now instead of three weeks, I have one. There’s a big difference between being overcome and being an overcomer. Looking …

Read more

The Gold We Hold in Our Hearts

Make new friends, but keep the old, some are silver, others gold.  I look at that poem and realize the truth in that old Proverb.  I’ve bent the words just a touch because whether my friends are new or old (er – friends I’ve known while I’ve grown old), their value is much higher than today’s going rate for silver – at $17.00/ounce, or the gold spot price of $1275.50/ounce. Every friend is a gift, the Gold Standard – a gift of compassion, a gift of encouragement, a gift of …

Read more

Start-up Guide for Online Writers – course review

? Kate Motaung sent an email out to students who have taken this course, Start-up Guide for Online Writers.  Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 20, 2017, the price of this course goes up to $29.99.  However, it’s still on sale today for $19.99.  If you are considering investing in your writing self, this is a good day to take the plunge and make a commitment to YOU. Nothing good happens without commitment. Right? Here’s the link from Kate’s email. https://learning.fistbumpmedia.com/course/startup-guide-online-writers/?ref=3  If you miss the deadline, it’s OK. The resources you will find in …

Read more

Refining Grace