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Shining Moments

Another day.

   A gift I’ve been given

       to invest in ways that will matter.

A visit here.

A greeting there.

A touch of care in a world that becomes more impersonal with time.

Open my eyes, I pray, to see

    to really see the needs all around me.

It is  all too easy to look and not see.

To be so focused on my own agenda

   rather than noticing the heavy burden another is bearing.

Children all around excited about school beginning

Teachers anticipating that first day

    needing understanding

    looking for support.

I feel their hearts. Many years as a first grade teacher has made me sensitive

   to the needs of teachers, students and parents.

Coaching is another  way

   to reach out to people

   to teach skills that will make all the difference

      from having just another year

       to having a ‘wow’ year.

Spread the word

   let me know.

Another day.

   A gift we have been given.

Don’t settle for less.

No, reach for the stars.

Give it your all.

And remember

   You can be much more than you think you can!!!

Darkness Reveals The Light


We are surrounded on every side by light. The truth of this statement was revealed to me most vividly a few years ago. Let me tell you how it happened.

It was a difficult time. Not only was my dear mom failing in health but life’s burdens were unusually heavy. I desperately needed a break, just to get away from everything for awhile.

“How would you like to go to the mountains?” I asked my daughters on the spur of the moment.

Their faces broke into wide grins and excitedly we all began throwing things into the car. A few overnight things. Well, you never know, we thought.

It was a sparkling October day as we drove up the Blue Ridge Parkway. I felt lighter enjoying the sound of laughter and giggles in the car.  It didn’t take long to get to Skyland, our favorite place. The colorful leaves were at their peak and the scent of autumn was everywhere.

We first took a hike and then grabbed a bite of food before we prepared to return home. At the last moment though, I impulsively stopped at the reservation office, just to see if any rooms happened to be available. No one was more surprised than I too discover that there was one room. For just that night.

I couldn’t pass it up. Nothing like this had ever happened before.

“Yeah!” we all shouted as I skipped out of the office with the key in hand.

Our rustic room was lovely with a balcony looking out on the valley below. We felt liked we were in heaven.

That evening we all sat together watching the sun set and admiring the vivid colors.

Darker and darker it grew and our eyes were gripped by the beauty surrounding us.

And then I saw it.

One little light shining in the valley below. And then another and another.

As the darkness grew I watched as more and more twinkling little lights appeared. Hundreds of them. Everywhere.  Familiar words came to my mind.

“You are the light of the world.” (Matt. 5:14)

“In this world you will have trouble.” (John 16:33)

“Be of good cheer.” (John 16:33)

We sat transfixed for a long time by those beautiful twinkling lights that night.

Hope. Cheer. Encouragement. Comfort.

“I had no idea there were that many lights down there,” I heard a quiet voice say.

No, I thought. My view from the valley was different. I needed to come up higher to see.

 It was when the darkness grew that the lights became evident.

We are surrounded by Light.


Held by the Light of the World.

Encouraged and supported by special ones.

Held by the Prince of Peace Who sees and knows and cares.

But when the darkness comes,

 and it will from time to time,

the lights shine even brighter.

You see what you might not have been able to see before.

You are never alone.

No matter how dark it becomes.

He surrounds you with His Robe of Light.

Never forget. His Light shines for you.





Dare To Believe


Failure is not fatal. Do you believe that? It’s the courage to continue that is the most important. Winston Churchill said that and his words remind us today of the power of what we believe.

No matter what we say, our beliefs are revealed by our actions.

“You can do it,” he cheered me “but it wasn’t until I chose to ride the horse that I learned that I really could do it.”

I had to take a step. It was my choice.

Although lots of voices told me tales of success and also stories of mishaps, I had to choose to believe that I could learn to ride a horse.

Yes, and I can still feel the wonder of the hair in my face as I eventually learned to not only ride with confidence but also jump.


What do you believe today?

“Is anything to hard for the Lord?” (Gen.18:14)

What’s preventing you from moving forward in your life?

Fears, doubts, tapes from the past, discouragement in the present.

Whatever it is, maybe its time to reconsider it.

Look at it this way, if you knew that you could be successful, would you?

The way you answer that is so telling.

There are so many things that I have done, that I never thought I’d be able to do

Adoption, single parenting, changing careers, riding horses, getting published, giving a speech. Oh, the list could go on and on.

But I chose to believe in a Power beyond myself.

What about you?

Place your hand in His and get ready to experience the Impossible.

Get out the saddle, fill out the form, write the book, take that photo, join the exercise group, and call a coach. Say Yes, to what you can do. Trust Him for the rest.