Random thoughts

My hearts desire: Everyday I want to do something that will leave finger prints of love behind. Everyday.

What I know for sure: God will ALWAYS tell you the truth.

No man can be your God. Only God can be your God.

Courage is being scared to death to share your story but writing it anyway. 

Love is so beautiful but love from God is so-o much better than anything you're going to find on this planet. So much better ... 

It's never too early and it's never too late to think about the kind of legacy you want to leave behind.

I don't believe in luck. I believe in the power of God, the grace of God, the will of God and His favor and the principle of seed, time and harvest. 

Failure is not determined by what you lost. When you lose, it's an opportunity to keep on keeping on, to push through, to set your eyes on the prize. Be wise. Aim high. Nothing is impossible if you align your desires with Gods desires for you. Absolutely nothing.

We should honor people with our words while they're still alive. When they're gone, it will be too late. 

Creative spirits never "really" retire. They may take sabbaticals here and there but they always return to do what they love. 

You are the apple of God's eye. Nothing you have done or could ever do will ever make Him stop loving you. Ever. His love for you is unconditional.

People may write you off but God will NEVER write you off. God is for you and He will never leave you or forsake you. That's a promise!

Wise friends will always encourage you to look up and to trust God. They will love you, listen to you, encourage you and pray for you. 

Worrying doesn't cause things to change, faith does. Trust God alone! He is your Provider and a giver of good gifts to His children. 

Forty years of life have helped me come to realize that I want to live the rest of my life appreciating every waking moment as much as possible. I realize it's not always possible but every day I've learned is a gift from God filled with beautiful and sacred moments. I want to recognize and acknowledge these extraordinary and sometimes quite simple moments and whisper quiet thank you's to God Almighty for allowing me to witness and experience such beauty. To be alive in every sense of that word is no small gift. I am thankful indeed. 

Sometimes when we're going through difficulty, we need to remember that we must be patient in our afflictions. Beloved, if you're experiencing a storm, a difficult season, give God time. He makes ALL things beautiful in His time. (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Don't grow weary and don't lose hope. Don't give up. Keep praying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. He knows your heart. He knows your desires. He know your every wish and your every dream. He knows you. He see's you and He hears you. It's not over. It's not over until God says it's over. So if He hasn't whispered that it's over. Be patient. Hang tight. Keep praying. Keep believing. He's working things out. (Romans 8:28) So don't give up. Give God time!

Call me a dreamer but I think we can love people back to life. It's the God in us that will draw people to God so God can heal them.

God can do anything through anyone at any time. He has a long history of choosing and working through ordinary people to do extraordinary work. Don't ever think that He won't or can't choose you to do something extraordinary.

Sometimes a girl just needs to get on her treadmill, power walk, run and praise Jesus. It's amazing how good you feel after that. If I could bottle how I feel after a killer workout, I'm pretty sure I could sell it and make millions. 

If tears were letters, they could write so many of my stories, both the happy ones and the sad ones. 

I'm convinced that many people don't "really" realize or know how much God loves them, that His love is completely and totally unconditional. When they "get" this revelation, it will cause them to weep in deep gratitude. They will cry from the deepest recesses of their soul. This is my prayer for them: That God will reveal His love to them in a very personal way, that they will receive it, believe it and live out. Yes, that is my prayer ... 

Gods love awakens obedience and obedience flows from love. Love awakens obedience because God is love and He loves us unconditionally. When you get that revelation, when you understand how much God loves you, you will naturally want to obey, honor and love God. Jesus said, "If you love Me, you will obey Me." When we love, obedience is a natural occurrence. It's His loving kindness that draws us to Him, that causes us to repent and creates within us a natural desire to obey Him.

Nothing catches God by surprise. He knows all things and see's all things and He still loves you anyway. Now isn't that amazing? That's unconditional love my friends. Nobody and I mean nobody will ever love you like God loves you. 

God is more than capable of changing things "suddenly" in really good ways without warning. When it happens, relish the blessing, praise Him and give Him the glory. Until your sudden moment happens, keep believing, keep hoping and keep trusting Him. 

Always hope "fully" with ALL your heart. Trust whole-heartedly. Believe God and His promises. Beloved, God is always right on time. He's a promise keeper.

Mark this on your heart today: Nobody will ever love you more than God. And no matter what happens, God's love for you will NEVER change. His love for you is unconditional and unchangeable. And that's a promise!

I don't have everything I want but everything I need, I have and for that I'm grateful. 

Sometimes the best thing you can do for someone is listen to their heart, hold their hand and remind them that they are loved. 

Sometimes we have to remember that we have to give God time. Don't give up. Keep trusting Him. He's working on your success story. 

Every painful trial has a precious pearl in it, a personal blessing. Look for the pearl!

You learn alot about God in the midst of your storm, your struggle, and your pain. I would have never understood who God was and is if it wasn't for the time I spent in the valley. Our storms, I've learned make us stronger and are not intended to break us down. 

Dear God: I can only imagine what it will feel like to meet You and stand in Your presence and bask in Your glory. Some days we imagine and other days, life feels so rich that we don't want to think about leaving because our hearts are filled with such gratitude for the now and the present: beautiful, sacred and lovely moments. Thank you for blessing us today and for what awaits us. My cup runneth over ...

Dear God: Thank you for always loving me and for NEVER giving up on me. Thank you for your grace and your mercy and for your faithfulness. Thank you ... that you ALWAYS take me back and you never, ever stop loving me. My cup runneth over ...

You want to know what and who I think Is amazing? God! He Is, Oh my gosh, AMAZING! 

Even if and when you can't sense God's presence in your storm, keep rowing. He see's you. Keep on keeping on. He's faithful. Don't quit!

Dear son: That thing we talked about last night, that's God's grace on your life and the result of mighty prayer warriors who have been praying for you. It has nothing to do with luck. (9/20/12)

While you can't control when storms arise, you "can" control "who" you run to when the storms of life hit you. Run to God beloved. He is faithful.

If I had nine words left to say today, I would say: "God loves you SO much and so do I!"

Sharing our stories with others and sharing how God transforms us, is important work. When God teaches us, nurtures us, nourishes us, and heals us, it reveals God's goodness and when we share those stories, it represents the work that God calls us to do. So tell your story because it's important. 

A woman will always follow a man she can trust and a man will always follow a woman he can trust. 

Dear God: It's been incredibly delightful and amazing getting to know you. Thank you for life, my life, my story and for being my hero. I love you!

Sometimes we have to let go of dreams that we've been holding on to to make room for the dreams that God wants to deposit into our hearts. 

God blesses us so we can be a blessing to others. Let's thank Him for our blessings and for equipping us to make a difference. That's life!

All goodness comes from God because only God is good. Any goodness we produce is a God thing. Always give Him the glory, for He is worthy of our praise. Anything else is self-righteousness. 

I don't have everything in life but everything that I have and everyone in my life, I love and I appreciate. I love my life because life is beautiful and because God gave me a second chance to keep living. He has blessed me with the ability to see and appreciate the beauty that surrounds me. And sometimes life is just wildly delicious and how can you not love those moments or seasons in your life??? I'm so thankful. I love my life. 

When people are in pain, their hearts yearn to know two things for sure.  First, that they are loved and secondly, that everything is going to be alright. 

I've learned that the world is much smaller than I realized and the people in it are much more beautiful than I once thought.

If God wrote you a letter today, I think it would sound a lot like this: My beloved child: Please stop fighting a fight that has already been won. You've been redeemed dear one. I set you free. Now bask in that freedom and let your beautiful light shine. I love you.  Love, God

Whatever I do, whatever I say, however I think, whatever I have, if I don't have love, I'm bankrupt, absolutely bankrupt. Love is everything because God is love my friends. Sin El no respiro!
Have you ever loved someone so much, you wanted to bite them? Well that's exactly how I feel about God. I love Him so much; I just want to bite Him.

Dear Jesus, lover of my soul: Forever I will love You. Forever I will live with gratitude. Forever will I be grateful for Your sacrificial love and for Your AMAZING grace. Forever will I exalt Your name and give You all the praise and all the glory and all the honor. You rock my world. Thank you Jesus. 

Everyone has something to contribute to the world. Don't let your fears or your insecurities or the naysayers keep you from your destiny. 

I believe that cooking a meal for someone is one of the best ways and one of the many ways you can demonstrate love. It fosters community, conversation, and connectedness. It also communicates that you care.

Love always. Always love. And never stop.

Live with the knowledge that life is short and make your days count.

I'm a lover of all things beautiful: things, spaces, places, details, grace, moments, people and life!

Fall in love every single day: with your first cup of coffee, the sun, yourself, your creator, your partner, life itself. Whatever it is, who ever it is, love because love is grand.

Heart to heart: When you get serious with God, God will get serious with you. 

Holy means set apart. Holy living allows you to live God's best for your life. 

You were created by a holy God for greatness so don't just accept whatever comes your way. You were born to be a champion dear one, a great champion. So live like one. Breathe like one. Love like one.  

I love that God meets us in the questions, the many questions we have and honors our seeking. I super love that! 

God: You are my life and Your word is my story. 

God's love for you is never ordinary. It's extraordinary. 

I love, love, love, love, love that God writes our story with grace, amazing grace!

What I know for sure: Jesus is the hero in my story.

God is my tear dryer, my heart healer and my soul keeper. 

Your light and your love oh LORD, makes me fall in love all over again.

I love, love. I love what it produces, what it attracts, how it heals and how it empowers. Yes, I love, love. 

Everybody has the capacity to make a difference, and it's never too late to do good. 

Real beauty is internal first and only visible when we allow it to be manifested externally by the way we think and speak, live and love. 

What we have is today. We have now. We have this moment. And moments count.

Forty years on planet earth has taught me that we are most beautiful when we choose to let our light shine. 

We were created for growth, to grow. If we're not growing emotionally or spiritually, it's not because we're defective in some way, it's the formula. Seek new methodologies to grow to create the change you want to see in your life.

Writing for me is as necessary as breathing. It's a process of discovery. The more I write, the more I discover. Discovery is necessary work. 

If we're not adding value, then what exactly are we doing? 

It's almost impossible to disregard a great question. Great questions are often provocative and ponderous and lead to self-discovery whether we answer them out loud or quietly to ourselves. 

There's an art to living well and it has everything to do with learning when to let go and learning when to hold on. 

A person who has little faith waivers but he who has great faith focuses on God and His greatness. 

Although I love writing and appreciate all forms of creative writing, I can't deny that I love art and music and dancing. I have a fond appreciation for people who create because art in itself is healing. It's healing for the one who creates and its healing for the one who receives. 

One of my goals in life is to document the important moments in my life not only through my writing, but with photography as well. That's what I want to leave behind as my gift to my loved ones.  

Words have the power to change a life. Mine. Yours. Ours. 

Always do your best and always give your best. You'll never regret it. 

Love is about undressing your heart and allowing the other person to really see you.

A great smile includes eyes that light up. That's what makes a great smile a great moment. 

A good morning starts with a strong cup of coffee and a spirit of thankfulness.
God allows specific people, at specific times, for specific reasons into our lives. Nobody comes into our lives without some kind of purpose. Some stay, others don't. But no matter the outcome, there's always purpose and the experience can teach us much if we let it. We all benefit when we observe, pay attention, analyze, learn and grow from our experiences. 

We all hold the power to love, to exercise faith and to keep hope alive. 

God's love for you never changes. Never. It's vast and lovely, extraordinary and amazing. May His love draw you near today. 

When we put our gifts and our talents to use to truly bless others, God smiles really big and blesses us with opportunities to keep going, to make a difference, to share love, to share joy. 

Even if you can't do everything, refuse to do nothing. Do something. Do anything, but make it matter and do it with joy.

Love, dream, believe and never, ever be afraid to let your light shine. 

God's love for you is never ordinary. It's extraordinary! 

Dare to imagine the life you dream. No matter how big or small, dreams are healthy and necessary to life. Write them down. Talk about them. Think about them and pray about them. More importantly, believe in them because who you become is what you believe.

One of my favorite past times is indulging in flights of fancy. I believe that God blessed us with imaginations for a reason. Some of the greatest things in life came to be because people invested time dreaming about what others perceived as impossible. Dare to dream. Let your imagination soar and relish the experience.               

Play when you can, work when you must. 

How we live our lives and how we'll be remembered is represented by the dash (-) between our birth date and our end date. As I think about my dash, I'm inspired to live my life with purpose and to love well. The dash between those two dates represents our legacy. Let us all love well. 

We can laugh or we can cry. I always choose laughter and I cry when necessary. I don't believe in hushing anyone's tears. Not mine. Not yours. Not any ones. Tears are necessary. They're necessary to the person and they're necessary to the soul. So cry if you must but laugh when you can because life my dear is still grand and worth living. 

I put alot of emphasis on how I love and treat people. The reason for this is simple. It's not because I'm a people pleaser but because people matter. If we measure success by worldly possessions or status, we achieve little and miss our purpose in life. Real success and a rich life are measured by the relationships we have. 

I have learned that the present moment is a gift, a gift indeed. It's in the present that one can appreciate the most, dream the most, and of course love the most. Today ... I will make the most of my present moments. 

Delivering more than I promise and giving more than I intended always makes me feel really good inside. This nourishes my soul. 

The beautiful things in life that we treasure are not things at all. What we treasure, what we hold on to, what we remember are moments, sacred, indelible, beautiful moments that are felt deep within our hearts and with our spirit. 

We can never recreate in its complete totality a magical event or moment that took place in our life, but we can live in the spirit of that moment and relish the memory. 

My life experiences, my joy, my pain, my struggles, the things I wrestle with, my dreams, my hopes, what I'm learning ... these are things that inspire me to write.      

We make mistakes, we try to fix them, we learn from them and we move on. We must move on. 

Contrary to what some people believe, I believe God see's everything. 

God's ways are not always our way but it's always the right way. 

When I learn I grow and when I grow, I'm better. 

Questions are not scary. What's scary is not asking them. 

Sometimes the real tough lessons take a lifetime to learn. Don't let that discourage you. As long as we have breath in us, the teaching goes on and the lessons are learned. Never stop learning. Never stop growing. 

Some hurts run much deeper than others and take longer to heal. The bad news is that pain hurts. The good news is that you will eventually heal. 

In life you're going to encounter times when you're going to need some help. When it's offered, take it. When you need it, ask. 

I can't imagine life without God, community and prayer. 

I'm thankful for necessary endings. Some of my experiences and habits in life needed to end so that I could become the "me" I am today.

Sometimes we find happiness in the most unexpected people, the most unexpected places and in the most unexpected moments. I love when that happens!

What I know for sure: When my time on earth is up, I'm going to live forever and ever in God's Kingdom, as His Princess.

God knows ALL things, actual and possible for ALL people. Trust Him to bring and keep the right people into your life. He see's you and hears your prayers. Stay encouraged. He has your best interest at heart. 

Significance is about giving, giving of your time, your love, your touch and your gifts (talents). Be a person of significance. 

There are a thousand different ways to show love to someone you care about. Whatever you choose and however you choose, choose well and always, always, choose love. Be demonstrative with your love because love is more than a noun. It's also a verb and requires action. 

Love comforts like sunshine after the rain. At the end of the day, at the end of our life, what matters most is love because God is love and we're all called to love. We were made by love, with love, for love and to love.  Love well my friends. Love well.

Truth be told: I'm just crazy about love.

Sometimes a feel better kiss and a little chocolate is exactly what a girl needs.

A rainy day makes for a great pajama day filled with reading, reflection and writing.

I know one thing for sure deep in my heart. The only thing that mattered had come to be. In this life, I was loved by you. You chose me, You loved me, You died for me and You never, ever left me. 

You are more than the choices you have made. And you are more than the sum of your past mistakes. You are more! You are more! You are a person of value simply because you exist.

Your past does not define you. Mark that on your heart. 

When you invest in being a friend, you will find a friend.

Your friends will always love you for exactly who you are. 

When life falls apart, we need our friends to help us put life back together again.

Someone once asked me if I really loved God. My response: With all my heart. 

I obey Him because I love Him and I love Him because I trust Him and I trust Him because He is faithful and a Promise Keeper.

Live, Love, Forgive, Let Go, Apologize, Be Kind, Be Patient, Believe, Rejoice, Praise, Heal, Hug, Dream, Write, Reach Out, Keep Learning, Grow, Stretch, Be Still, Sing, Pray, Play, Laugh, Connect, Work, Rest, Serve, Lead, Follow, Be Faithful, Be Fruitful, Have Faith, and Always, Always, Remain Hopeful. 

Dear Howard (that's what I call God these days), When I prayed and asked to be hot, I didn't mean hot-flashes. Next time, I'll be more specific. :o)

Pain has an interesting way of awakening us. It always brings awareness. Don't be afraid to wake up. ~ Ruthie

It's easy to want to give in and quit when life feels hard, dark and unfair but it takes real courage to be an overcomer. The only way out of anything is "through." So be courageous and do the hard work to get "through." Remember, you are NEVER alone. God is ALWAYS with you. 

When the truth is: I miss you, what do you do? Do you speak up or remain silent? ~ A wondering heart

When you love what you have, life feels right. 

Always choose goodness, follow peace and spread joy. 

Read something today that feeds your soul. 

Always be true to who you really are. 

I refuse to be governed by fear. 

Try softer, try gentle, try grace. 

Living is fun and wildly delicious. 

Happy are the adaptable. 

Always choose goodness. 

In the end, love wins. It always wins. 

Life is still grand.

It's never too late to do something meaningful. 

I'm convinced that the quote: "Less is more" originated from a woman in menopause experiencing a hot flash. Yep, I'm pretty certain of that.