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The Story is in the Struggle and it’s Telling!

The Story. Is in the struggle. It’s telling. It’s captivating.  People stop and will allow themselves to be taken in by a compelling story. I know.. I’ve been listening to your heart and mine, hearing the stories. For months, people have been sharing their amazing stories centered around forgiveness, inspiring me, assuring me to stay on track writing my Forgiveness book. Hearing all these beautiful stories has been a heart-expanding, mind-blowing experience.Thank you for sharing your stories with me!  Each…

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Leave Room for Discovery — There’s Learning in that Space

“Always” and “Never” sound like pre-conceived notions, don’t they? Using them sets-up whatever you’re about to say or write [if attempting persuasion] for a condition of predictability. Not everything is predictable. The unexpected happens. It’s not always business as usual. For this reason, counting on preconceived notions is inherently risky. While obviously projections based on past history and behavioral expectations can sometimes be (somewhat) reliable, depending upon them entirely blinds everyone’s sight to possibilities of what could be potential outcomes.…

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St Francis of Assisi Peace Prayer and Forgiveness

St Francis of Assisi’s Peace Prayer fairly well covers the topic of forgiveness, our shared human need for grace, and to extend it to others. Considering the words comprising this, it seems to be offered as a genuine plea for grace and peace, citing examples of much of what often plagues the human soul. Studying his prayer carefully, you will see it serves as a model for setting things right in life. Usually when we come to a point where…

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Revenge and Forgiveness

Revenge and Forgiveness – Revenge is a short-term hate tactic, never a solution to any problem. It is the polar opposite of forgiveness. It solves nothing, creates more discord, possibly widening any chasm that might otherwise be bridged by extending grace. Yet, we see this occurring somewhere in the world nearly everyday, don’t we? “All who see me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads.” ~ Psalm 22:7  In this reading, we are reminded of Jesus’ mockery as a part of the…

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Blatant Case for Forgiveness

Today I started my morning with this scripture: “All who see me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads.” ~ Psalm 22:7 Throughout Lent, and especially as we draw closer to Easter, we are reminded of Jesus’ mockery as a part of the suffering inflicted upon Him by: Judas, chief priests and scribes, Herod, Pilate and his guards. Horrid indignities, treated as worthless and despicable, ridiculed, taunted — this was even before he was crucified! Never was there a more blatant…

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Writing About Forgiveness

The response to my current book project on Forgiveness has been heart-expanding and mind-blowing! So many have shared their incredible stories and encouragement with me. In the process, I’m exceedingly appreciative of all of the ongoing assurances showing how desperately this book is needed. On this amazing writing journey, some days’ events and serendipitous encounters seemed like huge billboards plastered everywhere along the road. Unavoidable, they served to remind me of the extreme importance of this book, realizing potential positive…

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Authentic Trust

Fortune cookie messages are fun to read, aren’t they? Sometimes we pause, wondering what the creator meant. Often they cause us to contemplate what the future holds, or maybe consider how the few words on this little slip of paper may relate, written by someone somewhere who doesn’t even know us.  Has this ever happened to you? Recently, my fortune cookie message held words that served as a meaningful affirmation. It arrived at the right time, to remind me of…

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Live Happy-Be Healthy: Add Humor to Every Day

I probably don’t have to remind you these are contentious times we’re living in, do I? Yet, the quest for happiness has been around as long as mankind has been in existence. It seems this search to fill that void is never-ending, as attempts are made to acquire that secret something that continues to elude.   Did you know there is a connection between health and humor? If you’re not exercising that funnybone of yours, you may be missing out…

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Beautiful Gift Delivered by an Angel

There are Angels Among Us We were sure she’d live to be 100 years old. It wasn’t long. She remained vibrant, clear-minded, armed with a spirit and spunk that let you know she’s got this — no problem. Our last visit with her convinced us, with certainty. Her amazing schedule of gatherings, luncheons, meetings and activities belied her age. Far more active than folks even 20 years younger, we were thrilled to know she was still living an incredibly engaging,…

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Kindness Changes Everything

Kindness makes all the difference. Christmastime brings with it traditions, surprises, special gatherings and beautiful blessings… About 22 years ago, a group of ladies gathered to give an abused woman a gift shower to help her in settling into a new, safer life. Every year since then, I’ve received a Christmas card and update from this sweet lady. Her life hasn’t been easy, but she shares with me how this year  was for her, assuring me that she’s getting on…

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