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Q: Need Roadside Assistance?

Encouragement, Faith

A: Call 511

In the U.S. and Canada 5-1-1 is a non-emergency roadside assistance, road weather and traffic information telephone hot-line.

Jesus is my 511

What the heck does that mean?

Whenever I need encouragement, I know can count on Him! I am on a journey, and often hit bumps in the road! Don’t we all?

A long time time ago I got a little card (as a gift from a friend) that had my name on one side, with the origin of my name, meaning, etc; and on the other side it had: 1 Thessalonians 5:11 . I kept that card stuck to my bathroom mirror for many years (about 15) until it started to disintegrate. It didn’t take long to memorize that verse and eventually I forgot the little card was there.  The card has been long gone now and I find myself referring back to that verse a lot! I find myself thinking, “Jesus is my 511”.

But, truth is, what has helped me more than anything is abiding by this verse (1 Thessalonians 5:11) “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” This was in a letter Paul wrote to the new Thessalonian believers who had so many questions for him. When you get a chance, read the whole chapter. It still applies to new believers now and will refresh and encourage seasoned believers. It’s really quite beautiful in my opinion.

When I encourage someone else, it takes my focus off of myself. Building others up is what God wants us to do. And it feels so good. So, when I am having a rough time with something, it helps me to focus on how I can encourage somebody else in that regard. In turn, it encourages me too. Sometimes, I think, we get so caught up in our own minds, about all the nonsense in our lives, we forget others.

I’m still working on the act of being encouraging to others. I think many of us shy away from reaching out, because it puts us in a vulnerable spot. What if we are rejected? What if we are misunderstood? What about the responsibility of possibly making an impact on some one else’s life? Yikes! Lot’s of “What ifs…”

“When God puts love and compassion in your heart toward someone, He’s offering you an opportunity to make a difference in that person’s life. You must learn to follow that love. Don’t ignore it. Act on it. Somebody needs what you have.” – Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now

For me, that goes hand in hand with being vulnerable. Vulnerability is something I’m trying to embrace. It’s so hard sometimes!

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” – Brene Brown, Daring Greatly

Wasn’t Jesus rejected and misunderstood? Didn’t He take full responsibility in His role for us, because of His great love for us?

For now, sometimes I can only muster up a hug or smile when I see someone in need. I’m working on stepping out of my shy little comfort zone. I definitely want greater clarity in my purpose. I hope you will walk this journey with me.

3 Exercises that Changed My Life

Encouragement, Faith, Staying Healthy

You’ve heard it before… Everybody is different.

Let me rephrase that. Every body is different. Just like some of us like mushrooms and some of us don’t. Why is that? Because we’re different. We have different tastes, styles and quirks. We are supposed to be different. If we weren’t different, we’d be emotionless zombies like something out of a Twilight Zone episode (oops, did I just show my age?). When it comes to weight loss, I suppose that’s why there are a millions of different diets and exercise programs to buy. It’s sad to think about the desperation of millions of people that support the health and fitness industry. But isn’t it true that we all just need one thing to work for us? Just one.

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Agreement #4

Faith, Staying Healthy, Success

We make agreements with ourselves that create limitation and unhappiness in our lives. This is part four of my blog posts about The four agreements, by don Miguel Ruiz. The other three agreements seems so cliché compared to this one…
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Agreement #3

Faith, Staying Healthy, Success

We make agreements with ourselves that create limitation and unhappiness in our lives. This is part three of my blog posts about The four agreements, by don Miguel Ruiz. Stop thinking everything is about you. It’s not.

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Agreement #2

Faith, Staying Healthy, Success

We make agreements with ourselves that create limitation and unhappiness in our lives. This is part two of my blog posts about The four agreements, by don Miguel Ruiz. I know you’ve heard this before. Don’t assume, it makes an ASS out of U and ME. Well, it’s true. So don’t do it.  Continue Reading

Make a Gratitude Jar

Faith, Just for Fun, Staying Healthy

The first year my husband and I dated we started a “Gratitude Jar”. We placed little notes in it all year long. On these notes, we wrote things we were grateful for, as well as little notes to each other and occasions we wanted to remember. On New year’s eve of that year, we opened our jar and read everything together. It was so much fun! It was especially fun one year because my husband secretly had

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Why a Blog?

About, Faith

In the past, writing has been my quiet, personal, creative outlet. I wrote lots of poems as a teenager, during those rough hormonal years. I wrote my how-to book about bottle slumping and turned it into an eBook. My eBook was finished and available in 2006, and it felt so good! I enjoyed helping people so much! I still enjoy it.


Then life got so busy; keeping up with my family, my e-book readers, and working part-time, so I stopped writing. I missed it. I longed for it. I used bottle slumping as my creative outlet, dabbled in paper crafts, and made an art of posting on Instagram and Facebook. It helped, but I still have so much to share! I personally believe that as we share our experiences and challenges we help others who are having the same issues. None of us are alone. You can bet there is somebody out there having the same trials as you, the same joys. We are in this life together.


We All Need to Just Breathe

I kept thinking I didn’t have time to write, or a purpose for what I had to share. But, I was wrong. I need to write. Writing is my meditation. Did you know, studies show that writing actually relieves anxiety? It’s like having a person to talk to who completely understands and doesn’t judge. Writing helps me organize my thoughts and give me time to examine the reasons for my worry or anxiety. When I’m done, I feel accomplished and somewhat empowered.  Then I can breathe… and remember God is in control.


Writing is how I show my love and passion. It’s a great way to stay healthy in mind and spirit. I write because I love. That’s it, plain and simple. I love my family, I love to eat, I love to be (or at least attempt to be) organized, I love to strive for good health, I love to share, I love to teach, I love to help, I love to learn, I love to be sarcastic, and truthfully the list goes on. So, basically I blog because I love. Saying/Writing this makes me smile.