Being at Peace with your Purposes

We live in a culture driven by the desire for success as calculated by popularity and wealth. These messages form our value systems as they stream through television and computer screens. While some climb up to the top of the dog pile and wave the flag of success, most people labor in jobs they hate …

The Ironic Side of Destiny

I cannot stop thinking about the strange and mysterious nature of destiny.  I often envision something years before its fulfillment. Then I push and strive to make it materialize. Unfortunately, my grasping seems to only go so far before it ends up in disappointment. I go for the cake and end up gnawing on the wax candle. Once …

“Poor Me Pie!” Another recipe to live by…

How about another recipe? This one is for all of us who are feeling sorry for ourselves for whatever reason; however, I especially dedicate it to all of us educators bracing for pay cuts.         Before you read any further, here is a disclaimer included in the first recipe post: All recipes must be read with a southern drawl …

The Blogger’s High

Have you ever wondered why we bloggers spend countless hours writing, photo editing, posting, and commenting? I have. Blogging is self-expression and inspiration at its best; an enjoyable banquet of giving and receiving. This blogging has definitely become an addiction for me and I'm not ashamed to admit this dirty little secret! How can I …

52 Misconceptions of a blogger who doesn’t “really count!”

Last night I spent a significant amount of time visiting the blogs of "40 bloggers who really count," as featured on "Times Online."        The WordPress dashboard link, "Congratulations to Our 'Bloggers Who Really Count,' caught my eye and I just had to find out what these blogs had that earned them this status. As I read through the …

51 Fabulous Trust

"We trust because of His abilities, not ours!"    I almost titled this post "Doubt" due to a recent dip of discouragement; but then I came across the above quote scribbled in my journal from one of those "awaken in the night" writing moments. While half asleep, I had titled the quote "Fabulous Trust" so today I write about trust instead.    …

The Invitation

I believe that at unexpected times, an invitation for something very special comes our way. However, we can fail to see the unveiling if we are not careful. This is especially true for us busy teachers rushing around our classrooms.      Recently, I received an invitation from one of my literacy students. This young woman is especially precious to me. She began …

48 Contrast

We live life more fully by embracing contrast: spring, winter, life, death, creativity, career. Flowers radiate glory one day and wilt the next. Their exquisite beauty contrasts with their shriveled forms. This brevity makes me ponder my own worth.     If God would create such magnificent specimens whose lifespan is so short, would He not design my life with a …

The Difficult Side of Destiny

There is a difficult side of destiny. This is the shadowy place untouched by the sunshine of happy thoughts and positive results. This is where the moss of life adheres and extracts every ounce of mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual strength. I prefer the other side of destiny that faces right into the sunshine. Light streams through …

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