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Motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar once said, “F-E-A-R has two meanings: ‘forget everything and run’, or, ‘face everything and rise’.” Can anyone take a wild guess at which choice I’m most inclined to choose?

(Crickets chirping).

You know the feeling. When you really want to do something, but then again—you kinda sorta don’t.

It’s like being challenged to jump off a cliff into a sparkling sea of refreshing water. Standing at the edge overlooking unknown elements, you partly hope a stiff wind would just catapult you forward, while another part of you would give your left eye to have a railing to cling to.

Change. Is. Hard. And might I add, scary.

In life, change is inevitable. Relationships change. Jobs change. Circumstances . . . change.

Sometimes we find ourselves planted at the edge of that cliff. We stretch out our arms to the side with one foot dangling forward, knowing full well any challenges and potential rewards will come, only by temporary, certain imbalance. Not to mention a bucket load of unknowns.

Have you been there? Yeah, me too.

An occasional breeze tickles our feet, beckoning us forward and yet . . . we remain frozen. Sigh. Why is that?

Speaking for myself, I often allow fear to get the best of me. I’m growing to discover however, that fear is not simply a desire to avoid something new or unknown. Perhaps fear is a means to protect myself from the possible pain of failure. Hmmm. I’m learning it’s not always who I am that holds me back, but rather, who I think I’m not.

Can you relate?

Our mindset, my friend, can profoundly impact how you and I weather obstacles, and will determine whether we merely “go” through change, or grow through change.

“What you are afraid to do is a clear indication of the next thing you need to do.”  — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Change is often necessary. Events, circumstances, or people force unavoidable alterations in our course of direction. Despite how scary it may be; however, a bit of magic often lies amid new beginnings. In the end, it is the chances we don’t take that we’ll find ourselves regretting the most.

So, what say you put your hand in mind and take a deep breath with me.

Sometimes . . . you just gotta jump!

Lessons Learned From A Hurricane

As I rest my aching body at my desk, watching an agitated squirrel flick his bushy tail against the oak tree outside my window, I reflect on how different my life was a mere 72 hours ago—actually, the past week. And, I’ve learned a few important lessons.

Hurricane Irma was coming. She was roaring forth with a vengeance, announcing herself as a category five storm, with her sights specifically set on making a direct, targeted hit on my city. Continue reading

Silence Speaks

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I lay awake in the dark, acutely aware of the reverberating chirp of crickets in the woods outside my window. The repetitive, croaking rhythm of frogs seems an obnoxious volume. A cat’s meow escapes from up in the trees. Leaves rustle as a nearby raccoon shuffles along the ground.

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A Change of Scenery

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“Go on a road trip,” they said. “It’ll be fun,” they said. Well, I did. And it was. In a moment mixed with part insanity, part curiosity, and part courage, I agreed to go on a road trip with my husband last week.

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Thoughts for the Week

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Do you have any idea how much God loves you? Do you? I mean, really? If truth be known, I bet we don’t always think about this too much. Sure, we know God sacrificed His own son to show us the depth of His love, however, the sheer magnitude of this love sometimes escapes us. For me, at least, it’s just plain difficult to imagine a love that powerful.

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New Resolve

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What’ll it be? Your New Year’s resolution. Lose weight? Get organized? Spend less? Save more? Enjoy life? Stay healthy? Learn something exciting? Quit smoking? (Quit something?), Fall in love? Get closer to God? Be less stressed? Spend more time with family? This list goes on, and on–and on.

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