“Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee & just as hard to sleep after.”

  • helping others

    Helping Others

    Helping Others If you’ve ever been to my home, you know how I love to light candles. The flicker of a single flame creates a sense of calm that I find ever so inviting. From…

  • Remembering 911

    Remembering 911

    Remembering 911. “First came the boom―the loud, deep, unapologetic bellow that seemed to erupt from the very core of the earth. Eerily, the majestic high-rise slowly…

  • Still Streamlining

    Streamlining Life

    Streamlining Life In January of this year, I chose the word streamline as my word for the year. I’m in my ninth month (hmm…just like pregnancy) and am trying to be…

  • What's the Big Hurry?

    Slowing Down

    “Life is all about timing… the unreachable becomes reachable, the unavailable become available, the unattainable…attainable. Have the patience, wait it out.…

  • The Work of Love

    The Work of Love

    “With respect to love we speak continually about perfection and the perfect person. With respect to love Christianity also speaks continually about perfection and the perfect…

  • A Blue Mind Ambassador

    A Blue Mind Ambassador

    A Blue Mind Ambassador Wanna Be! How have I not heard of Wallace J. Nichols, PhD? I love his new book and his new initiative: 100 Days of Blue. This is one morning I am grateful…

  • When Solitude Collides with Speed

    When Solitude Collides with Speed

    When Solitude and Speed Collide This morning as I sat in the waiting room of my doctor, I felt two worlds collide: the world of solitude I just left (OBX) and the world of speed…

  • The Art of Letting Go

    The Art of Letting Go

    The Art of Letting Go It’s that time of year. Every time it rolls around, my heart remembers and I start praying. Help each and every parent I know, God, to master the art…

  • The Way of Love

    The Way of Love

    *Please note this post is longer than “ought to be,” so I ask you to bear with me. The Way of Love Never in a million, trillion years would I have thought Gift from…

  • Loving Others

    Love Others as You Love Yourself

    Part Two: Love Others as You Love Yourself I am madly in love. Yes, with my husband of thirty years + my three adult children, but I am also madly in love with the wind + waves of…

  • Time Alone

    Love Others as You Love Yourself

    “For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but…

  • The Art of Shedding

    The Art of Shedding

    The Art of Shedding “One learns first of all in beach living the art of shedding; how little one can get along with, not how much. Physical shedding to begin with, which…

  • The Waiting Game

    The Waiting Game.

    “Waiting on God is so powerful that the enemy will do everything in his power to dissuade you from maintaining your watch. He will tell you that you’re insane to keep waiting…

  • Wait and See

    Wait and See

    “Humor is a spontaneous, wonderful bit of an outburst that just comes. It’s unbridled, its unplanned, it’s full of surprises.” ― Erma Bombeck Wait and See I…

  • Waiting in the Wings

    Waiting in the Wings

    Waiting in the Wings If you were watching the World Cup on Sunday, you saw what the soccer world calls a wondergoal. In the 113th minute, late substitute Mario Götze receives a…

  • Waiting in Expectation

    Welcome to the Weekend: Expectation

    Living in Expectation If you’ve been following along with us this past week I shared how a recent medical diagnosis, Achalasia, has really stunned my little world. Instead…

  • The Waiting Room

    The Waiting Room

    Isaiah 40:31, “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”…

  • Asking Why

    Asking Why, Part Two

    “‘Why do you pray?’ he asked. ‘Why do I pray? Well, why did I live? Why did I breathe?’ Every question possessed a power that was lost in the…

  • Asking Why

    Asking Why, Part One

    “And in the course of those evenings, I became convinced that Moishe the Beadle would help me enter eternity, into that time when question and answer would become…

  • A Really Empty Nest

    Letting Go, Again and Again

    “If John Lennon was right that life is what happens when you’re making other plans, parenthood is what happens when everything is flipped over and spilling everywhere and…

  • Unhurried Time with God

    Unhurried Time with God

    From the Archives, but ever so relevant as we are in our “Summer Soulstice!” As I write this from the future…having already lived through this blog, I see how…

  • The Art of Writing

    The Empty Nest

    Revisiting the Archives (August 2008) Today. What a great word that simply means, “On or in the course of this present day.” On or in the course of this present day,…

  • the negative committee

    The Negative Committee

    “Tell the negative committee that meets inside your head to sit down and shut up.” -Ann Bradford  Oh Ann Bradford, how did you know? This morning the sun was shining.…

  • The Art of Letting Go

    Learning to Trust in God

    *Today I thought I’d share something that I’m revisiting–trusting in God. When asked to guest post for Advancing Native Mission’s iWomen Online Bible…

  • Life Shift

    Life Shift

    "God has severely disrupted my ruts. Sometimes, God moves in a whirlwind. He stirs us up in order to move us out."

  • Accepting Love

    Accepting Love

    Accepting Love Today, I’ve got accepting love on my mind. Why? Two reasons: I truly believe in order to overcome insecurity, we have to be able to receive/accept love. In…

  • A Weekend Prayer

    A Weekend Prayer

    A Weekend Prayer Ah! The week’s end. We’ve done a great deal of “tuning up” this week, so take the weekend to breathe in the beauty that surrounds you.…

  • Inside Insecurity

    Overcome Insecurity

    “The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind the scenes with everyone else’s highlight reels.” -Pastor Steve Furtick Note: Every …

  • Passion Defines Purpose

    Passion Defines Purpose

    Passion Defines Purpose Yesterday we opened a window on a complex subject, “What do we want?” It’s a deep question with an ocean of possible answers, right? I…

  • I love the movies

    Love 365: I love the movies.

    I love movies. Once again, I became lost in the sparkles, the glamour, the gowns, the fabrics, the patterns, and the glitz. I confess, “once a sparkly costume girl, always…

  • Love 365

    Love 365

    4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take…

  • Valentine's Day is the Day to Love

    Valentine’s Day is the Day to Love

    “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one,…

  • The Golden Rule

    The Golden Rule

    A Great Question for Today: Do I live by “The Golden Rule?” Matthew 7:12, NLT, The Golden Rule “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the…

  • Prayer, The Greatest Conversation

    Prayer: The Greatest Conversation

      Millions and millions and millions of dollars were spent on and during the Super Bowl. It is a national event. I both love it and hate it all at the same time. The former…

  • When Authors Speak

    When Authors Speak

    “All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and…

  • The Art of Letting Go

    Saying Goodbye to 2013: I’m Not Really Sad to See You Go!

    “It’s the emptiest and yet the fullest of all human messages: ‘Good-bye.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, Bluebeard Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what’s…

  • Live a Remarkable Life

    Live a Remarkable Life

    Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift. -Albert Einstein The Joy of Unfolding One of my absolute favorite words is “unfold” and this…

  • gloaming

    Opening the Door to 54: Basking in the Gloam

    “The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we…

  • Travel Light

    The Afternoon Knows: It is Time for Some Unpacking (Part II)

    “To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of…

  • The Afternoon Knows

    The Afternoon Knows: It’s Okay to Fall Apart

    “The afternoon knows what the morning never thought of.” -Robert Frost “Fall apart” is something I don’t like to do. Saying “I need…

  • Time for New Clothes

    52 Weeks, 52 Changes: Time for New Clothes

    From the Archives of September 2012 “I had no idea of the character. But the moment I was dressed, the clothes and the make-up made me feel the person he was. I began to…

  • Swimming without the aid of should-wings

    Swimming without the aid of should-wings.

    Swimming without the aid of should-wings. I found it. Words to express what my heart is feeling. Thank you, Heather Sellers, for writing Chapter after Chapter: Discover the…

  • Prayer, The Greatest Conversation

    30 Lessons in 30 Days: Be Authentic

    Dreams are like stars…you may never touch them, but if you follow them they will lead you to your destiny. Women and Happiness As I sit here trying to put words on paper, I…

    Fresh Start Friday Launch

    Free Giveaway of the Day!

    “Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.” ― Samuel Johnson Free Giveaway of the Day Savoring every last second of Summer Soulstice…

    When Women Gather

    Women of Faith

      From the Archives Exactly four years ago today, I published this short piece. Today, I remember it with such intense fondness. Each women played such…

    Celebrating Heriosm

    Celebrating Heroism

      “Heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary.” ― Gerard Way Celebrating Heroism. When was the last time you felt heroic? Or, when you felt…

    Welcome to the Weekend with Author Janell Rardon

    A New Nest

    “A tree that allows birds to nest in it should never complain about its shred leaves.” ― Vikrant Parsai A New Nest! The doorbell rings. “Hey,…