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Gifts of Gratitude – an invitation


ImageI’ve been in the practice of starting my day and ending my day with gratitude. It’s a simple practice … one that helps me to start with an upbeat, positive note, as well as drift into dreamland with thoughts of blessings. Because I believe that the world needs more and more examples of both the big and little things that bring us joy, I’ve created a new FB page called: GIFTS of GRATITUDE. It’s a place for us to simply share and celebrate that which we are grateful for. No selling. No politics or religion. No criticism or drama. Simply gratitude. Feel free to check it out and join!

With gratefulness for all who read my blog … may be count our blessings together!

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Small town life on the world-wide web


online communityI have found myself a bit surprised over the years to realize that the world-wide web is both vast and daunting, as well as small and inviting. It has elements of a huge city and at the same time, characteristics of a small town.

The blossoming of all the social networking pages like Facebook and this blog has connected me to people in the virtual community that I would have zero chance to meet and mingle with in the physical community. Here I have readers from 113 countries to-date that read and communicate with me. I have friends who I’ve met from FB – some of the groups like “I Love My Margie Home” as well as private groups of people I know in Cincinnati. I have connected with long-lost relatives, reconnected with grade school and high school friends. I have celebrated faith and family, and giggled with moments of humor. Each of these types of venues and virtual connections actually fill a space in my heart.

I have found inspiration, compassion, prayer connections, encouragement, challenging and thoughtful conversation, played games and so much more. Do you feel the small town feel in your walk through the world wide web? Do you find yourself calling physical strangers your virtual friends?

I feel blessed today because of my connections. Be blessed too!

I wanna see man’s divinity to man


One of the toughest lessons I have tried to teach my children (and, frankly to remind myself) is to act/react based on who I am and NOT based on who the other person is being. That means that my morals will rule, not theirs. My intended respect for the other is still intact, no matter how badly they behave toward me. Wow, not an easy thing to do but it is one that I think is so important, especially in these days when people can bully and badger without even being in the same room because of technology. Here’s a poem I keep in my kitchen to help me remember …

I have to admit, I’m appalled at some of the behavior I’ve seen from some people who I thought I knew. Have you noticed the nastiness on Facebook and other social media? No wonder the kids these days laugh at (i.e., ignore) their parents’ teachings because they say one thing and do another. Here’s a few:

> I’ve seen truly kind and compassionate Christians spew forth hateful words with righteous indignation because they want to force their beliefs on someone else. Not like that ever works, right?! And it surely doesn’t make a non-Christian want to be anything like them.

> I’ve seen people curse, damn to hell, and otherwise verbally assault politicians and their supporters. Yes, there’s a lot to be concerned about and some fundamental differences on what is right, but frankly, from my vantage point, there’s not a politician I truly trust in the end anyway. Follow the money people! But the verbal assaults don’t actually accomplish anything other than to show your true nature in the face of opposing points of view.

> I’ve winced at how badly people cross the line in order to “root” for their favorite team. Teasing is fine. A little smack-talk is alright. But threats and badgering is so not okay! But I’ve seen it and it makes my blood boil. It certainly erodes my respect for people who put a game at that level of importance and condone quite evil behaviors.

> I continue to notice that so many people operate in a “you have to lose, in order for me to win” attitude. That infuriated me in my marriage and continues to infuriate me now. Why can’t we find the place where we both win? Why does making anyone lose (face, dignity, safety, etc.) make the winner look or feel better? I just don’t get it!

Anyway, I’m sticking to my poem. I’m forgiving anyway. I’m giving my best and being kind anyway because it hurts my heart to see man’s inhumanity to man.

I pray for the day that I can see man’s divinity to man instead. I pray ….

Virtual Friends


I’m feeling especially blessed these days.  I always treasure my family and friends … now I’m learning to truly value my “virtual” friends as well.  In the beginning when I started blogging and using Facebook and Twitter I really thought this was a big black hole that I would be talking to myself in.  And in the beginning I was cautious – one friend here or there.  Then those friends were suggesting friends and connections.  Over time I have found that God is in those connections.  I’ve met other authors, book promoters, Christians and like-minded people from all over the place. I find that my hands are open to both give and receive in this venue and, as always, God is generous beyond measure to fill my hands with new friends and connections.

Be blessed – all of my family and friends, no matter where you are from or how I’ve met you!

Opportunities – Mighty Inspiration


This book, MIGHTY INSPIRATION, Love Letters from God, has offered me many number of new opportunities.  My life is filled in a different way as I learn about author subjects and resources, networking and marketing.  Who knew that just a year ago I’d be sitting here as a published author with fans on my FB fan page:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/We-Live-Positive/198800249416?ref=nf and readers spreading the word about my books and website:  http://www.mightyinspiration.com/.  I’ve had many talk radio interviews in various states and on national radio.  The word is spreading and I feel so fortunate for all the opportunities!

I have a new opportunity starting up as Judi Wheeldon includes me in her work called “I Read Your Book”.  She will be reading my book and blogging about it for 7 days.  I’m anxious to hear the insights of another Christian as they let in the words of God as they were given to me.  I’m excited that more and more people will hear the message and be blessed.

So, make sure you check out Judi’s blog:  http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000229837296&ref=nf.  And to sweeten the deal, Judi will be giving a signed copy of the book to one of her readers.  Be sure to comment on her blog so you’re included in the opportunity.

Be blessed!