Rethinking Priorities Within

When the New Year rolled around a few weeks ago, I admit... I was not very eager to create a list of self-made promises and good intentions. Other than coming up with my ONE WORD for this year (ABIDE), I have carried on as usual with my 'not-so-very-ordinary-life'. Until yesterday, that is. Oh sure, I (like … Continue reading Rethinking Priorities Within

Welling-up Within

I recall hearing someone say, "pay attention to what makes you cry."  Apparently, it's a good way to understand the passions of your heart as well as your purpose. So, if this post makes you cry, it's not my fault (smile). It just may be an indication that the God who created you for his purpose … Continue reading Welling-up Within

Life-Transitions and All Things New

Has your life-journey, like mine, been accentuated by a series of major life-transitions? If so, how are you doing navigating your way through the ups and downs, the highs and lows, the ebbs and flows that go hand-in-hand with the winds of change? With almost 34 years of marriage behind me, and more than a few … Continue reading Life-Transitions and All Things New

A Prayer for Bloggers

A Prayer for Bloggers (by Ann Voskamp, author of One Thousand Gifts <a href=";) I am no longer my own blogger, but Yours. Refine me with each post how You will, rank me how You will. Put me to service, put me to suffering. Let me be a follower — instead of seeking followers Let … Continue reading A Prayer for Bloggers

Waiting Within

Seasons of personal and career transition can provoke feelings of fear and insecurity,  or hope and excitement.   How about you?  Are you restlessly or patiently waiting for God to unfold his plan your life?  Let me ask the question this way...  Is your within life freaking out or holding steady as you navigate your way through seasons … Continue reading Waiting Within

An ‘Olympian’ Named Cliff (Within and Without)

As you may or may not have noticed... I've pushed the writing 'pause' button on my blog as of late. I had already written the majority of this post and actually used the "P" word. So I find it VERY interesting when yesterday (Sunday - 7/29/12) my pastor challenged us NOT to push the "pause" … Continue reading An ‘Olympian’ Named Cliff (Within and Without)

The Mother Within

The mother within me is full of gratitude and joy today! Can you tell? This past weekend, and yesterday in particular, was a wonderful time filled with 'motherly' and 'grandmotherly' activity, celebrating the amazing gift of motherhood (whether in person or by Skype or phone) with my eight adult kids and their sweet families. LtoR: … Continue reading The Mother Within

The Fog Within

This past Saturday morning I got up much earlier (4:30am) than I normally do to do some reading. The weather was pleasant - so I took my coffee-n-book party (with myself) out to the patio - and found my entire 1/2 acre backyard filled with fog.  As I read, and sipped, and prayed, and enjoyed the … Continue reading The Fog Within

The Disciple Within

I've been listening to Andy Stanley's series on 'Christian' and want to just say, he has provided the big "C" (Church) with an excellent teaching of a word found only THREE times in the New Testament - and ironically NOT the word disciples/ followers of Jesus used to define themselves. It was a word that … Continue reading The Disciple Within

The “Roar” Within

For the most part, I am known to be a civil, mild-mannered, warm and friendly, kind of person. However, on more than a few occasions, in order to defend those I love, the protective instincts WITHIN me have taken over in the form of a fierce and passionate "ROAR". I grew up with a father … Continue reading The “Roar” Within

Transformation Within

So...I'm realizing in my early 50's that throughout my entire life, I have been someone who thrives on trans-form-ation. Call me a hopeless romantic, a visionary, an INFP, an Idealist, or whatever, I tend to see things, organizations, and individuals not as they are, but "what they can become." At various stages of my life … Continue reading Transformation Within

Confessions of: A Writer in Transition

'Offer' - my 'one-word' for 2012 offer |ˈôfər, ˈäfər| verb: to present (something) for (someone) noun: an expression of readiness to do or give something Although I have made numerous attempts this past month to 'offer' meaningful words of encouragement to this, my on-line community, I must confess... I have allowed my writing life to … Continue reading Confessions of: A Writer in Transition