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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.


Take A Step Towards Happiness Today

new blogEarly this morning I laced my running shoes and took to the roads.

The wind blew hair freely and

I began to think

and pray as my feet hit the hard pavement.

One step after another

back and forth

an ordinary day and an ordinary run.

But all of a sudden as I rounded the bend

my eyes fell on a small colorful flag in front of someone’s lawn.

I stopped running and walked over to the flag.

There was something that pulled me to see what it said.


Like words from above the words sank into my heart.

Enjoy- yes, enjoy.

Drink deeply of those things that mean so much.

Ladybugs and butterflies,

Laughter in the walls of our home.

Stars that twinkle overhead and m&m moments.

It is all too easy to be overwhelmed by the tasks and decisions of the day.

We all have them.

Life can get so complicated, can’t it?

But in the midst of all of that

there are those little things.

The smile of a baby,

a card from a friend

the call from a loved one

and that sip of cold iced tea.

All blessed gifts from above that smooth the way and encourage the weary pilgrim.


I love that word because it reminds me to savor the moments

rather than just letting them slip by unnoticed.

Ponder the good.

Hold tight to the quickly passing ‘now’.


Little things –

little people,

little actions

pay close attention to the small things.

I find it all too easy to be so focused on what I am doing and need to get done

that I miss the important.

The rising of the sun on a new day

The fragrance of the blooming lilac

That slight hint of a smile on one whose been battered by life’s trials but is beginning to feel hope.

Hold fast to the little things.

As I began to run again I knew that I had been given my focus for the day.

Let go of the complicated and big.

Step back from the constant doing, doing, doing


Seems like I remember One saying long ago,

“Seek first the kingdom of God and His Righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33)

ENJOY, my friend

Yes, join me won’t you in enjoying the little things today.



Looking For Peace In A World Filled With Trouble

In a world that pulsates with troubles and trials

is there any peace to be found?

Or somehow has peace – the essence of true peace – disappeared?

I remember like yesterday the day that I received that phone call

telling me that my mom had had a stroke.

For the next five years her life and the lives of those close to her

became a round of doctors, medications and therapy.

I discovered peace in treasuring each moment

knowing that God was in charge of everything

and resting in His Promises for strength.

‘My grace is sufficient for you. My power is made perfect in weakness.’ (II Cor. 12:9)

In my office a small plaque hangs with these words called The Serenity Prayer.

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;

courage to change the things I can;

and the wisdom to know the difference. *

Much of life simply happens.

Sickness and loss, disappointments and trials.

But God is in the midst of all we experience. He whispers to us ‘Peace be still.’

He woos us to rest on Him; to not carry the burden by ourselves.

The diamond of peace sparkles through the rubble

as we learn to come unto Him

and give Him those difficult, painful situations.

Peace shines brightly as our fingers are gently loosened from the heavy weights of life

and His Love is embraced.

Yes, my heart whispers again today,

He knows it all

and He is our Peace.

Freely offered for all who receive Him.

We don’t need to worry about tomorrow.

No, He will be our peace tomorrow too.

Holding us tenderly

Supporting us on all sides

He is all that we need.

Today may you glimpse even more clearly

His Peace.



Brightly shining peace.

And may His Peace be yours as you receive His Gift that will never leave you.

All those troublesome situations that we experience

from day to day

serve as opportunities for us to see

and to know

and to share with others


His Peace.


* R.Niebuhr