March Lessons Learned and Relearned

Lessons Learned and Relearned in March 1. I learned in March that our first grandchild will be a grandson! Pedro has already talked about tiny motorcycles and gear, not to mention mountain bikes for tykes. The ultrasounds always make me ponder that the Creator of the universe knows ME and every… Read more“March Lessons Learned and Relearned”

How to Mentor Even if You’re an Introvert

My phone rang during class and I checked the number before stepping outside to answer it. “Yes?” “I have Maria here in the office with me,” the principal said, “and she wants to know if you’d be her mentor.” “Um, I guess so,” I answered inelegantly. “What does that involve?”… Read more“How to Mentor Even if You’re an Introvert”

Evading the Scourge of Junk Email

It started slowly at first. An annoying junk mail email announcing killer prices on Lasik surgery. An unbelievable offer for a fifty-dollar bonus from Macy’s (if I just completed a survey where I gave up all my personal information). I did what the experts advised. I dutifully clicked on the… Read more“Evading the Scourge of Junk Email”

Why You Need to Read the ‘You’re Already Amazing LifeGrowth Guide’

God always lines things up in ways that I never expect. For example, I recently applied to participate in two launch teams for authors I respect—Holley Gerth and her You’re Already Amazing LifeGrowth Guide and Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy’s Living Forward book. Due to our small town post office’s… Read more“Why You Need to Read the ‘You’re Already Amazing LifeGrowth Guide’”

How to be a Mentor and Not a Meddler

Patches of snow in the shade belied the balmy temperatures and blue skies as we unloaded the bus and trailer at the trailhead parking lot in Sedona. Ten students had signed up for a mountain-biking adventure on Super Bowl Sunday, and the veteran riders quickly organized themselves to unload bicycles… Read more“How to be a Mentor and Not a Meddler”

Snow Angel Blessings

What happens when we confuse blessings with prosperity? The cold stung my nose so I quickly tugged my balaclava up over my nose as I headed out the door for morning supervision duty. The fresh inch of snow covered up a wicked layer of ice, so I abandoned the sidewalk… Read more“Snow Angel Blessings”

Have You Had a Heavenly Head Slap Lately?

My husband and I enjoy watching NCIS on Netflix. We find it especially amusing when Gibbs, the main character, gives one of his obstreperous underlings (usually Anthony DiNozzo) the occasional head slap as a wake up call to get back on task or cease childish behavior. The head slaps aren’t… Read more“Have You Had a Heavenly Head Slap Lately?”

Meet the Ultimate Blood Donor

This month our country celebrates those who donate blood during National Blood Donor Month. This got me thinking about my experiences with blood donation. I donate blood when I can—but often the techs turn me away. After registering and going through the health history and mini-physical, the tech does a… Read more“Meet the Ultimate Blood Donor”

God Makes Up for the Years the Locust Have Eaten

1. The biggest lesson I learned in December has to do with that verse about locusts from Joel 2:25— “I’ll make up for the years of the locust, the great locust devastation— Locusts savage, locusts deadly, fierce locusts, locusts of doom, That great locust invasion I sent your way.” 2015… Read more“God Makes Up for the Years the Locust Have Eaten”

The Need to be Prepared Robs You of the Delight of Doing

The boys burst out of church and ran wildly towards the cafeteria, skidding to a stop on the slush-covered sidewalks and whirling in wonder as the fluffy flakes of snow drifted gently to the ground. The thermometer hovered around 28 degrees, and the morning’s weather had alternated between heavy winds… Read more“The Need to be Prepared Robs You of the Delight of Doing”