Category Archives: Development

41 days

In 41 days I will celebrate my 60th birthday.

Along the way I am reminded of the many blessings God has bestowed on my life from the very beginning.

God knew me from before I was born and loved me even then. When I am troubled and feel alone I am reminded of His love, mercy, and grace. These were gifts to me from the beginning.

Too often we overlook the blessings right in front of us: the sunrise, a smile, an encouraging word, a beautiful scenery. We look past these to the chaos that surrounds us.

Today I celebrate God’s love, mercy, and grace which He prepared for me long before my birth.

Thank you Lord.

43 days to 60

I am celebrating as I countdown to my 60th birthday.

I feel empowered when I hear the phrase “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.”

Our minds are so powerful.

What you focus on is where you will go. What am I focusing on? That my life may reflect Jesus in all that I do. While I often fail, it is my goal. Every day I desire to reflect Him.

If I focus on my failures, I will never move forward. Otherwise the “think I cannot” wins.

And I won’t let it. Today, I think I can. And like the Little Engine That Could, I will succeed.

Where are your thoughts leading you today?

Journal Prompt – Week 12

This week’s journal prompt hopes to bring a smile to your face.

Journal Prompt – Week 11

Have you been working through the weekly journal prompts? It is not too late to start. You can jump in any time. If you missed a prompt, no problem. Skip that week or go back. It’s up to you. And remember,

This is just a prompt to lead you to personal reflection. If this prompt isn’t what you want to focus on, then journal whatever God has brought to your mind.

This week’s journal prompt is:

51 Days to 60

I don’t know where the time went, but in 51 days I will be 60 years old! Me and Barbie – almost twins 🙂

Looking back over my life I see a collage of events: some happy, some sad, some lonely, some exciting. All those events have led me to the person I am today.

There are times I want to linger on the mistakes of life and have a pity party. I have learned to step past that moment. Every decision I made was made with the information I had at the time. They say ‘hindsight is 20/20’ and that is true. I can look back and say what I shoulda, coulda, woulda done. That is a terrible thing to do to myself. I have details now I didn’t have then. And if I had them, I was in a different place of processing that information.

Shoulda, coulda, and woulda (and their variants) are not allowed in my vocabulary. I did such and such, now let the consequences and celebrations happen as I prepare to take the next step.

I live in the now. The past is gone. It helped to mold me, but it cannot hold me. Today is another day. And soon I will celebrate another year. It took a long time to accept ‘me’ but now I do – most of the time. God accepts me as I am, even knowing all the details I never shared with anyone. His grace has led me to this day, and will lead me through the upcoming days.

I am blessed by God – and no shoulda, coulda, woulda can change that.

Today I celebrate me. What are you celebrating today?

Defeating the Lies of Negative Self-Talk

You are the person you talk to the most. How do you talk to yourself?

If your negative self-talk is ruling over you, join me tonight for a free webinar “Defeating the Lies of Negative Self-Talk”.

You will walk away with some tips and ideas to start to gain control over the negative words and replace them with God’s truth.

Are you ready to take the first steps?

Journal Prompt – Week 10

This week’s journal prompt has us writing a letter to our past self? What will you say? Dear Past Self,

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Defeating the Lies of Negative Self-Talk

What do you say to yourself when you look in the mirror?

When you make a mistake?

Are those words self-defeating, or encouraging?

I recently caught myself after I heard someone declare “I do not like to hear you talk about my friend like that”.

I worked hard to look at the lies of my self-talk, replacing them with the truth. I started to look at myself the way God sees me.

It wasn’t necessarily fun. It truly wasn’t easy. But it certainly was worth it.

Join me for a FREE Webinar titled “Defeating the Lies of Negative Self-Talk”.  Yes, you CAN gain control of negative self-talk and face down the lies.

In this 45 minutes presentation, I will guide you through (1) seeing with a new perspective to recognize the negative self-talk (2) finding unknown possibilities as you consider the talk as lies then you will (3) personalize and image speaking truth to the lies so that you can proceed and change the self-talk.

Don’t listen to that negative voice telling you that you cannot change, sign up today

You will walk away with tools to get you started. If you choose, you may accept an offer to follow up in a way you can dig deeper with these and Defeat the Lies of Self-Talk.

Join me on March 4th, and take your first steps to March Forth into Truthful Self-Talk. Sign up at via Eventbrite – the link to this online event will be sent to you via email.

Journal Prompt – Week 7

What would you do differently if you could do one thing over?