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Moments That Warm My Heart

“Good morning, Miss Brani.”

My heart beat with joy

and instantly I was carried back years and years ago

to a time when I sat at my desk and greeted my first graders each school day.

Smiles and laughter.  Giggles and a chorus of voices.

Moments that I will treasure forever.  Ten thousand special moments.

What I wouldn’t give to be able to experience that again.


But this is what is so amazing.

Today as a coach I am able to work with people who live anywhere

Both here in the U.S. and even overseas.

I am equipped and available to help folks dealing with a variety of challenges.

People who are longing to grow and move forward in their lives.

So if you happen to be one of my former students

or not

please feel free to contact me about coaching.

I’d love to hear from you.


When You Can’t See Anything

It was an overcast November day as I remember it

that somehow matched my mood

so many years ago.

Nothing seemed to be happening

and that longing in my heart

to have my own sweetly smelling little baby

refused to be quieted.

It seemed that wherever I turned women were having children

or playing with children

or carrying children. Sigh.

And although I had surrendered that longing to the Lord Who knows all

many, many  times in the past

somehow on this day

it hurt more than ever.

“Lord, do you see?

Do you care?

Are you listening?”

Silence wrapped itself around my aching heart

and drew me into its loving arms.

“I see

I know

I care,” my dear child.

“Behind the scenes I work for those who love me.”

I smile as I reflect back on that time –

that stretch of long years when I waited

without seeing any indication of answer to my prayer.

Today, I mother two beautiful daughters and my life is full.

But the lesson is etched on my heart with love

and today I give thanks again.

For every ordinary day when nothing seemed to be happening

and every moment of learning to trust when I could not see anything.

Waiting can be so difficult.

Waiting and having no idea of the outcome.

Waiting that leads to greater trust because of a growing love for the Shepherd.

Waiting that tenderly whispers

Will you give me all of your hopes and dreams

and just trust me?

Waiting that draws us to surrender is a sacred journey.

Have you found it to be so?

Give Him all your hopes and dreams

All those broken pieces

and He will show you the Way

that is so much better than you could possibly have imagined.

Are you waiting for something today?

My heart understands so well your longings.

He will never fail you.


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Love Across The Storm


I’ve often looked out my window

and watched the rains pour

covering the earth with much needed moisture

for all the flowers to grow.

And my heart has sung songs of rejoicing

just thinking of the colorful blooms and fragrant flowers.

But when troubles abound and burdens are heavy

do I often think about the blessings to follow?

Sadly, I don’t.

But I’m beginning to see

that this is exactly what I need to do.

Yes, as those trials bear heavy on my weary soul

and it’s difficult to keep putting one foot in front of the other

and the rains of problems and difficulties increase

and the stormy challenges grow.

It is then that we must remember to think past the storm

and remember the flowers of blessings

To think beyond the burden to the fragrant graces that will surely come.

The Father blows His love across the storms in our lives

always bringing forth beauty and blessing to those who trust in Him.

How about you?

Do you see the possibilities?

The fruit?

The fragrant graces?

Look beyond the present problem

and see the fruit.

Join me, won’t you, in looking beyond the storm.

See His Love across the storm.

It makes all the difference.