Monthly Archives: May 2012

Shining Moments

When faced with a huge task it’s important to focus on each small step forward.

I went back to school when I was 45 and my daughter was a year old.

I loved teaching first grade.

The best of years. Teaching my bright-eyed six and seven year old.

Every day an adventure.

But I knew there was something more God wanted me to do.

After much prayer I began working on a master’s degree in counseling

Juggling a teaching career, masters work and raising my little one was difficult.

Two nights a week after teaching a full day

    I traveled 45 miles to Charlottesville.

The routine was always the same.

Grab my purse and bag loaded with papers and work to be done,

   drive south

   stop at MacDonald’s for one small cup of coffee and  large fries

take my class

  and then drive home through the silent darkness

 arriving about 11 o’clock.

I’d quietly open the door so as not to awaken my little girl who was sleeping upstairs.

My dear faithful sitter would whisper a few words

    Catching me up on the last few hours

    And then slip out the door and into her car.

I would place my belongings on the table

   Glance quickly through the mail

    and the tiptoe up the stairs.

Walking into her room

   My heart would beat excitedly

     My joy- this precious little baby girl.

And I would bend over the crib l

  listening to her soft breathing

  whispering a prayer of thanks

Suddenly her head would pop up

  I would step back

  And she would look around as if to say

 “Where are you, Mommy?

    I know you’re here somewhere.”

Then her eyes would meet mine

      And she would quickly sit up and stand by the side of the crib.

All my tiredness would instantly fade away

     The long day, the assignments needing to be done

I would reach out my arms and she would come to me

    Giggling and bouncing happily

Lifting her out of the crib

  I could smell the scent of baby powder and clean softness

And we would dance

    Yes dance around the darkened bedroom


A glorious shining moment in the midst of a very long day.

Although those days have long since passed.

we still dance

    twirling with gladness and joy

    celebrating life

    dancing now with two.

Enjoy the dance. Hold onto the moments.

Let them fill your soul with joy overflowing.

His plan is to bless you as you journey with Him.

Fountains of blessing

   Joyous moments.






Shining Moments

“As a man thinketh so is he.” Proverbs 23:7

Think upon problems, difficulties and disappointments

   and your spirits droop.

Think upon happy moments, what is good and you discover your mood lifts.

My days are often spent serving as a counselor and life coach

with entering the hearts of hurting people.

How do you do it? I am often asked.

The answer is simple and also complex.

My personality tends to be sunny and upbeat.

    God’s gifting for the call.

But I also am intentional about what I read

           what I watch

            and what I think about.

Focusing on the shining moments all around helps to filter out the negativity

      and richly supply me with plenty of things for which to be thankful.

Tim Janis, wonderful musician and composer,

    continues to bless us with uplifting music that touches the heart.

You can listen to more at his website at


We met a few years ago when he put on a concert in Culpeper,Virginia.

I’ll never forget the thrill of hearing the sounds of his music

     filling the sanctuary with unforgettable melodies of peace and love.

Sounds that inspire hope and faith.


Recently he shared a video

  that brought smiles all around as we listened to it.

Lullaby is sure to touch your heart as it did mine

   helping us all remember the innocent and the good.

        Precious wonders that are all around.


Don’t you just love the ending?

I can see why this happy video will touch the hearts of thousands of children

in the hospitals moving them into a peaceful slumber.


Thank you, Tim Janis.


May your day, my friends,  be filled with shining moments all around.




Shining Moments

I was with a few ladies recently and the conversation turned to women who had greatly influenced our lives. Immediately a picture came to my mind.

I was a young child at the time.

It was evening and I was

 looking for my mother. So I went to my parents’ bedroom

 and quietly pushed open the cracked door.

There kneeling beside the bed was my dear mother.

 Head bowed. Hands clasped.

I looked for a few seconds and then sensing that she was not to be disturbed

   I slowly pulled the door closed and went back to my room.

A quiet image of a life surrendered to God.

I was to see my mother kneeling beside her bed

     on other occasions as I grew to womanhood.

It was always hard for her because of the polio but that was how she wanted to pray.

Through good times and hard.

Times of plenty and times of want.

Prayer was an essential part of her life.


A shining moment in an ordinary day.


Prayer, that vital communication between a soul and God,

    is essential to living a life of peace, purpose and passion.

Taking the time

     Making the time

         To spend with Him.

              Drawing near so that He will draw near to you. (James 4:8)

Humbling ourselves

    And coming into His Presence with open hands and heart

      Expecting to receive.

And knowing that you will never be turned away.

No busy signals or automated voice messages.


Kneeling was more common years ago it seems

  But I still find it helps my intimate conversations with God.

Empty I come

    But always rise filled.

That memory inspires me today to continue to pour my heart out

     to the Lord.

Come into His Presence with thanksgiving in your heart

    and give Him praise.

One certainly need not kneel to be heard, to experience the joys of communion

    with the King of Kings.

But it’s a shining moment as I remember that precious example

      of prayer from so long ago.