Toss The Plates

Toss The Plates

I love getting up early. It’s the part of the day that I have the most control over. The phone hasn’t started ringing and no text notifications are going off. It’s just me, my breakfast and my morning devotional time. Breakfast is simple–a piece of whole grain toast with a slight dab of preserves and…

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Shake The Dust

Shake The Dust

It was an important picture. After all, it was going on the cover of my first book. So the top I chose to wear had to represent me as an author. I had learned from French Chic Expert, Marie-Anne Lecoeur, that French women–whose fashion I greatly admire–keep it simple with a touch of something unique.…

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Are You Watered Or Watered Down?

Are You Watered Or Watered Down?

Recently I had a few things slip into my life that were unpleasant. And, to be honest, I knew how they got through the cracks. I had not been quite as fervent, tenacious, intense and watchful, as I typically am. Why? Busyness, distractions and unexpected things pulled at my time leaving me a bit depleted.…

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The Trauma Roller Coaster

The Trauma Roller Coaster

Have you ever read a social media post that starts out something like this… “To the person who just stole my purse in the Kroger parking lot.” Or “To the person who just cut me off on I-4 and almost made me wreck my car.” First of all, let’s get real. The person who stole…

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If Life Was A Cupcake

If Life Was A Cupcake

I read a true story today about a woman who went to a foreign country for the first time.  She loved the hotel pool and garden area, but the moment she stepped out onto the street she was overwhelmed with the many rickshaw vendors crying out for her attention.  She quickly retreated inside the safety…

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An Orderly Life is a Happy Life

An Orderly Life is a Happy Life

Many years ago, after transferring my grocery bags into the trunk of my car I noticed the trash I had left in the cart. Deep down inside of me I heard these words, “Clean up your mess.” I picked up my trash and put it in a bag to dispose of when I got home.…

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Block The Toxic

Block The Toxic

I don’t know why, at times, I’ve allowed a toxic person to remain in my life, and at the same time thought God would actually bring healthy people into my circle. That’s just not how things work. God does not operate with “mixtures”. It was 2 a.m., and I don’t even remember getting out of…

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Are You Going On Vacation Or Getting Married?

Are You Going On Vacation Or Getting Married?

The first time I went to Florida on vacation, I had no idea a place like that even existed. Growing up in Ohio, I was used to pine trees, not palm trees. Riding a bike in December? Unheard of! Running up and down the beach chasing crabs instead of lightening bugs. As Jasmine from the…

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Some Theology Stinketh

Some Theology Stinketh

When I was a teenager there was a boy at school who had a crush on me. I did not reciprocate those feelings. He got a group of guys together one Saturday night and used over 100 rolls of toilet paper to “decorate” our house. But they also took limburger cheese and smeared it across…

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