The First Step

Faith is taking that first step

2 R Better Than 1

Today is the day that we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy. Please join me in honoring him by sharing his words of wisdom in the comments. He shared his life with us and left an indelible mark on our hearts and in our minds. I’m reminded today to continue taking steps toward my destiny — even if they’re baby steps.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.  ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

What is it that you’re afraid to pursue or you’re waiting for the right time to start? We find so many excuses to delay our efforts. How about brainstorming reasons why you should start that project today. Give yourself 60 seconds to think of all the reasons why you should do what’s been on your heart and in your mind for as long as you can remember.  Then, think about this:…

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What’s In A Name, Anyway? Turns Out, A Great Deal! #NoNameCalling

Name calling is a big deal. Especially when it comes from the leader of the USA. Great blog great perspective

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What is in a name, anyway? I held a real estate open house in the East End on Saturday, and to my surprise, I had two ladies with the name Ginger. Two in one day! Disclaimer: neither lady looked like Ginger from Gilligan’s Island FYI.

But, what a great a name, right?

Later in the day, I gave that more thought. What is in a name? Surely you have heard that phrase (hopefully) and if not, you get to read it now.

What is in a name?

We are all born and given a name right away (usually). We grow up with this name and maybe if you are like me, a sibling comes along that just cannot pronounce your name. So, you get a nickname until one fine day, your brother finally pronounces your name correctly and your nickname is no longer. Back then, I was devastated. Haha! Believe…

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Count Your Blessings 1-9-18

Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence.~ by Og Mandino

Every creature is a glistening, glittering mirror of divinity.~ Hildegard of Bingen

Your Season is Coming

My season is coming. In fact I declare it’s already here.

Holy Spirit, You are welcomed here.

How many of you have looked around in your life and it seems everybody around you is getting blessed but you? The enemy will make sure you see everybody your age having what you want. They’ve written books, they’re graduated, they’re making more money than you, they have your dream job, etc. You look around and the enemy will have you thinking that God is blessing them and not blessing you. Have you ever thought for a second that maybe it’s because what you’re carrying is so impactful to the world that what you’re carrying isn’t just a little dog, but it’s an elephant. It’s taking time for God begin to blossom you and use you. God is paying attention to you in those seasons that look like you aren’t going anywhere. How do you react whenever you are watching yourself go through a break up and people around you are…

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Patience 1-5-18

Patience is a hard discipline. It is not just waiting until something happens over which we have no control: the arrival of the bus, the end of the rain, the return of a friend, the resolution of a conflict. Patience is not a waiting passivity until someone else does something.

Patience asks us to live the moment to the fullest, to be completely present to the moment, to taste the here and now, to be where we are. When we are impatient we try to get away from where we are. We behave as if the real thing will happen tomorrow, later and somewhere else. Let’s be patient and trust that the treasure we look for is hidden in the ground on which we stand.

By Henri Nouwen

It’s Your Job To Set Your Tone 1-4-18

“It is your job to set your own tone.

So what you do is, you look for something that’s

easy for you to feel good about.

The aspect of your life that is going well,

there are always some of those.

And as you give your attention to that, you let that be

your reason for establishing your tone.

And as you set your tone relative to that,

now the universe accepts that as your tone

relative to all things, you see.

So all you have to do is find the feeling of well-being relative to any aspect of your life and stay there on it long enough that the universe can begin to respond to it…

And then things just get better and better and better and better. “

Abraham Hicks

Lend A Helping Hand 1-2-18

My mother and I had doctors appts today in Wenatchee. Afterwards we ran to Walmart. I don’t even remember why we went there however what I do remember is an incident that happened after we left. I can’t stop thinking about this.

After we left Walmart I saw a homeless man standing on the street corner by the signal light leaving Walmart. He had a sign that said “I’m homeless. Anything will help”.

For some reason rather than proceeding towards the signal light, I pulled in to this hamburger joint that’s near Walmart on the corner where this man was standing. My mother asked me what I was doing. I said “I’m going to buy that man lunch.” My mother asked “what man?” I said “the homeless man on the corner.”

It was tight wad Tuesday at the hamburger joint. I went through the drive-thru and ordered a cheeseburger, fries and Pepsi. After I got the order I drove towards the man. I called out to him. He walked towards my car and I handed him his drink and bag full of food. He said “I’ll sure take that Maam. Thank you. It will be my first meal today”. It was 2:00. He was so filled with gratitude. My heart went out to him. It was so cold today. I couldn’t imagine being homeless cold and hungry. I don’t know why I was inclined to do this today however I do believe that voice in my head prompting me to help that man was from god. I’m glad I did.

I’m sharing this story not for accolades rather to encourage everyone to lend a hand to those in need. It’s easy to walk away when you see someone on a street corner holding a sign. It’s easy to ignore them but really, is that the right thing to do? I try and put myself in their shoes. What if that was you? I often say “in a New York minute everything can change”. What I mean by that is “god giveth, god taketh away. I spend a whole $6.49 today. For some, that’s a lot. For me $6.49 is nothing if I can help someone in need.

Father Mario told a story once of a homeless man sitting in front of a bank asking for money. People walked in and out of the bank. Not one person helped him. They ignored him. Finally a young man walked out of the bank and lend the homeless man a helping hand. When he did, the homeless man stood up. As it turned out the man wasn’t homeless at all. Rather, he was Jesus. Father Mario asked the question “would you walk away if it was Jesus?” My answer has always been no which is why I try my best to not walk away. I’d hate to miss the chance to help someone only to find out the person I was helping was Jesus.

Next time you see someone in need, lend a helping hand. There are so many people suffering. One little act of kindness will go a long way and heck, who knows. The person you help might stand up and be Jesus.