MANIFESTO | 2015

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Love to live  |  Live to learn  |  Learn to love  |  Live loved  |  Lie down  |  Get up  |  Live loved  |  Let go!  |  Learn to live loved  |   Lose control  |  Let God lead  |  Let GOD be God  |  Be yourself  |  Forgive yourself  |  Forgive others  |  Laugh  … Continue reading

GRACE: the Game Changer

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I’m not much of an athlete, or one for competitive sports in general. I don’t mind athletic activities or sports that are just for fun (no points) like swimming, hiking, cycling, scuba diving. When and if I exercise (you know, like on purpose) I prefer the stretching and balancing kind; think yoga, Pilates or big … Continue reading

Writer’s Block, Procrastination & Vulnerability: An Introduction

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My parents and I sat together enjoying the warm Florida breeze wafting in through the open windows and sharing our thoughts with each other about life, meaning, our passions (namely, writing) and purpose (specifically, sharing our stories), and our different yet intersecting journeys.  Yes, we actually talk like that in my family. Then while I sat, … Continue reading

Beach Day

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Bright blue beach umbrellas.  Hot sand between my toes, walking toward the welcoming water.  Dark wash jeans rolled up, wide cuff just above ankles transform into shorts just above knees; flip-flop sandals slip into each back pocket. Bent over the dancing shallow water searching for seashells. Surf boards.  Sparkling water.  Sand pipers in the shallows. I’m pulled into … Continue reading

Saturday Morning Sunshine

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“I love the aroma of freshly ground coffee beans.  It smells like novels waiting to be written; the promise of a paragraph paused mid sentence or sip.” These are the words that fall from my lips as I

POETRY | Dream Girl

I once knew a girl in every way beautiful Brimming with so much passion and potential Bright green eyes deep full of meaning and sparkle She showed her happiness with a dimple When she smiled full of pleasure   She was so beautiful, this girl I remember Bursting with laughter and good humor Quick witted … Continue reading

WORTHY QUOTE | Una-Melina: Grace

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Grace is a GIFT from God. It is not earned. It is a gift that we must humbly, willingly, vulnerably receive to fully appreciate. Like a flower unfolding or a fist uncurling with palms open upward, open to receiving something greater It is the unmerited favor of a good and loving God that surprises us when … Continue reading

Why I Don’t Like Labels

I don’t like labels, of any variety.  I peel them off water bottles and cut them off my sweaters.  When I write, I turn my pen so I don’t see the imprinted brand; reading those words distracts me from the words I’m trying to write.  They irritate me in so many ways.  In clothing they … Continue reading

On Blogging: Giving Thanks!

I began blogging only a little over a year ago.  Why exactly I thought this was something I could or should do I still don’t really know.  I have been writing for nearly 30 years if you include all my clothbound journals filled with youthful dreams, travel logs and the written record of the many variations of … Continue reading

POETRY | Worship and Passion

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Fullness of freedom Worship and passion Flavor fulfillment  Rejoice in the stillness Taste and see… God is good Speak to our heart With Your beauty and art Common complacency Sing! Soulful celebration Intimate electric incarnation Better than our imagination Draw close, closer and closest In our desire to be possessed By our Desire (at its … Continue reading

POETRY | To Be Free

To Be Free Indeed poem

Prophetic perplexity and probability Constantly chasing me Set me free Poetic justification and frustration Landscaped living and breathing To be free I’m hemmed in and stitched still Prayerfully pleading To be set free Waxworks and wisdom Conflicting within me To be free Lord lead me closer Feeding my hunger Fully free Wisdom walking and speaking Spirit Fasten … Continue reading

WORTHY QUOTE | Steve McVey: Our Father’s Love

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“Our God is the Protective Father, the Compassionate Mother, the Consummate Lover and the Intimate Friend. In fact, He personifies the best qualities of every human relationship. You are His child and His children can never be beyond the reach of His love. Jonah proved, you can’t outrun God’s love. Lot bore witness that you … Continue reading

POETRY | Dream

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Delight in the Lord (and) He will give to you Your desires (of) Heart and Mind and More (than) Sands on the seashore More (than) You could ever think to Ask (for) Tomorrow to borrow (from) Today       To travel Through the Open Door   In due time You will flower In ripe season You will sing In quiet steps You … Continue reading

Pondering the Pensees by Blaise Pascal

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Blaise Pascal was a 17th century philosopher and mathematician who lived from 1623-1662 and died at the relatively young age of 39.  As a home educator who allows her children the freedom to learn at home I was intrigued to discover that Pascal was also educated entirely at home with his father.  Some of his … Continue reading

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