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Shining Moments

Want to have more energy

and a renewed sense of purpose?

Want to accomplish more and discover more focus?

Pay attention to what energizes you.

Yes, notice the things in your life that stir your soul and arouse your passion.

From the time that I first can remember, I have always enjoyed children.

Their precious innocence,

their life

their comfortablity with simply being themselves.

It was a natural fit that I gravitated to a career in education

later becoming a first grade teacher. Being with children fills my cup.

How about you?

You’ve been created with a sense of purpose.

You have that one of a kind uniqueness. Yes, there is nobody just like you.

What energizes you?

Discovering that and moving towards what energizes you will transform your life.

On the other hand

what drains your energy?

Does noise?

Certain situations?

For instance, figures weary me.

Although while in high school my Math scores were high

I found myself drained,

Yes, totally whipped after doing math problems.

Someone once said, “You could be a Math teacher.”

No, no, no,

I immediately thought practically running from the idea.

That would have been the hardest career for me

as I would have been wilted every day.

It didn’t take me long to figure that one out.

Discovering our purpose is the key to living

and paying attention to what  energizes you

and what drains your energies will lead you to your passion.

“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion.

For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.”  Bishop T.D. Jakes

So how about you?

What energies you?




Shining Moments

Although I have considered from time to time

     discontinuing this blog

   I long to give you a glimpse today of someone who knew what it was to live

       within the shining moments

        brightly creating thousands of moments for others.

Yes, Emily Ann Black was a one of a kind.

Our relationship began more than 20 years ago when she wrote me

    Having seen an article of mine published in Decision Magazine.

I wrote back

    somewhat amused that she lived in Fredonia

         the community where I had gone to college.

Her letters kept coming

    filled with encouragement and little bits of news.

She bubbled about her quiet life

    talked about the colored leaves falling on those old slate sidewalks

    that I used to walk back and forth to class.

She was interested in people

   and I became one more for her to care about.

She had never read a book or a blog about living a satisfied life

  or how to develop a life of purpose, peace and passion.

No, she didn’t need to.

Emily Ann was a lover

   of her Lord and

     all her family and friends.

She gave herself away in so many ways.

A note here

   A phone call there

     Always interested in what I was doing.

 She did not preach it

   she practiced the art of living

  one day at a time.

Then a few years ago her health began to decline.

I heard the pain in her voice when we’d talk

   but she never complained.

Always thankful.

But I knew that fall was turning to winter.

She continued to remember birthdays

   mine, my daughters and even asked about my dog Savanna

 and even though our lives were separated by many miles

   and we had never met

 she was such a very special friend.

So when I discovered early this morning that she was gone

 my heart drooped with sadness and grief.

My life will be different without her.

But then I think of all those many shining moments we shared.

The sound of her sweet voice on my answering machine.

The curve of her handwriting on each note she sent.

The joyous laughter and sweet friendship over the years

 I realize that she lived out

   life at its best. She discovered it.

Yes, she was a shining example of a life well lived.

She not only experienced many shining moments wherever she went

   but she created them for others.


do you long for a life that shines with brightness?

do you long to really make a difference in others lives?

Don’t wait another day. Contact me.

You can not only experience shining moments but you can learn the art of living them.

It can’t get any better than that.



Shining Moments

Every day is a new adventure.

    Every day is filled with fresh possibilities.

It’s all too easy to sit in the easy chair and settle for less in life, don’t you think?

Coming home from a wonderful vacation left us with not only suitcases to unpack

    and lots of clothes to wash

     but also a need for a refocusing.

You can’t live off of the joys of yesterday.

No life is meant to be lived forward

   brightened by the shining moments of yesterdays

   but energized

         by the light of His Presence in the now.

I read it again and again in scripture

  ‘Get up’   to the lame beggar (John 5:6)

   Get up’   to the beloved Dorcas who had died  (Acts 9:40)

   Get up    to Aeneas who had been paralyzed and bedridden for 8 years (Acts 9:34)


There is work to be done today.

There are people that need our touch today.

There are things to do that only you can do.

       Things that only I can do.

We must be focused on what is at hand

   moment by moment

   day by day.

Seize the day. Embrace all the moments to love deeply and give yourself away.

Life is fleeting; the moments are passing.

At the park on Saturday I looked around at all the beauty

    I breathed in the crisp, fall-like air

    I listened to the sounds of birds and leaves rustling in the breeze

  and once more I rejoiced.

God’s gifts are for every day.

He showers His Love all around us in countless ways.

All too often though we are too busy to notice

  but when we slow our pace and open our eyes we are amazed.


That’s was just how I felt when I saw this heron at the park on Saturday.

Beautiful to behold.

So unexpected at our local park

   but there just the same. Looking quite pleased with himself.

Today has its own gifts.

  All around on every side.

A  tender child

  A dear friend

     The nuzzling of a beloved dog

          And the song of a bird sweetly singing through the day.

Gather your gifts while you can.

   Always praising the Giver of all.

Get up, my friends.

Get up.