Habit vs. Addiction and the God-Sized Hole in Your Heart

  We are creatures of habit. And we LOVE our creature comforts. You know, those things that make us feel warm and fuzzy, cozy…give us a sense of well-being. Things that make us feel like everything is going to be okay. And for the most part, they’re not a problem. BUT…you knew it was coming…BUT Satan knows our weaknesses and insecurities. He knows how to use our creature comforts against us. And when those comforts become habits, we are in {Read More}

Thought #3: Stuff is just stuff

This lesson has been a hard lesson for me to learn. We moved into a new house in April of 2007. A big, clean, empty house. Our forever house. To fill with children and grandchildren…and of course the Vaughan Zoo. So how is it that a mere five years later you’d think we’d lived in this house through at least three generations? But the closets and drawers are full, and my hubby’s business is storage warehouses, so naturally we have {Read More}

Tips to a Happier You in 2012~Laughter really is the best medicine

  With winter approaching, many people are affected by seasonal affective disorder and fight the wintertime blues. Since my busy life has made it difficult for me to post lately, I thought I’d repost my series of practical tips to get those happy hormones in your brain working to create a happier you this winter. Enjoy! As a pharmacist, a patient, and a child of God who’s had to be “parented” quite a lot over the last eight years, I {Read More}

Learning Through Change…and Patience

There are some new adventures in the Vaughan household these days. Our vacation of Beachy Goodness was just what we needed before the wave of change took place.  So here’s a mixed-up post to go with my mixed-up life. Forgive my rambling. It’s the state of my brain right now.   Miranda just graduated from high school.  Even though she will be doing the thirteenth year program her first year and going to Greenville Tech, she and her best friend are {Read More}

Tips to a Happier You in 2012~Be careful little ears what you hear

Summer months are lazy months. Kids are home from school and all they want to do is sleep late and then when they finally do get out of bed, they plop down on the sofa to television. And I fall right into the trap with them! Especially if there’s housework to be done. Procrastination is often my adversary.  When I start feeling like a sloth…                               {Read More}

Make-a-change Monday~Simplify

I’m a “want-it-right-now” kinda girl. Patience is not one of my virtues. Obviously over the seven years I was sick, God was well aware of my lack of patience and was trying to teach me a thing or two.  And I’ve learned my lesson. The hard way. Making changes that produce great results don’t come easy. No matter how many times I throw away all the junk in my pantry promising myself that I will feed me and my family {Read More}

Make-a-change Monday~Marriage Menders

To keep your marriage brimming, With love in the loving cup, Whenever you’re wrong, admit it, Whenever you’re right, shut up. ~Ogden Nash, Marriage Lines: Notes of a Student Husband Such a simple poem, but so hard to do! No one can get under our skin quite like the one we live with every day, wake up with every morning, go to bed with every night, pay bills with…you know. And Satan loves to keep us too busy to really {Read More}

Tips to a Happier You in 2012~Made to Crave

Here are a few things I know about taste and mood:  It makes us happy to eat something sweet…a comfort food. If we eat a healthy diet, we feel better and are therefore happier. A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.  We feel happier—more satisfied—when our stomachs are full.  And last but not least… Food is often about relationships. Relationships between us and God, us and friends, and us and our own soul. There have been tons of {Read More}

Make-a-change Monday~Count Your Blessings

I’m beginning to think I’ve never placed enough value on actually counting my blessings. I know I’m blessed. I’ve had a very comfortable life overall—yes I struggled for those awful seven years, but I now see that as a blessing too! It’s the small blessings in the every day that I take for granted.  The prescription verse today tells us whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father. I’ve had some gentle reminders lately that {Read More}

Make-a-change Monday~Freedom to Fly

I’ve written a few blog posts recently about freedom. With Memorial Day just behind us and July 4th ahead, we see much in the news about the freedom of our country. I’m thankful every day for the soldiers who fight for our country’s freedom. But for each of us personally, what good is the freedom of our country if we aren’t free within ourselves?  Freedom is a big word.  Personal freedom is like a hot air balloon. There are so {Read More}

Tips to a Happer You in 2012~When life gives you lemons, sniff them!

“Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles  and all the years you have lived.” – Helen Keller God gave us five senses—hearing, sight, taste, touch, and smell. All of these senses send direct messages to our brains. Consider the information given by the Social Issues Research Center on the subject of fragrance and emotion:  The association of fragrance and emotion is not an invention of poets or perfume-makers. Our olfactory receptors are directly connected to {Read More}

Make-a-change Monday~My Neighbor, the Farmer

I love the convenience of the grocery store. One stop shopping, everything in one place. I  try to buy organic when I can, shopping at Whole Foods or Earth Fare, but I do my share of Wal-Mart shopping as well.  Well, my family and I went on a “Farm Tour” this weekend. That’s a sentence I never thought I’d say. Here in the Upstate, there are about 30 farms within easy driving distance that all participated in a tour to make {Read More}

A Little Time for Learning and Celebrating

Okay my friends; I’m taking the advice of Matthew here… I leave for the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference on Sunday. When I went last year, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. This year, I’m a little more prepared on what to expect, but I have my work cut out for me!  This last year of blogging and writing has been a year of learning. I feel a little like I’ve gone back to college! {Read More}

Make-a-change Monday~It only takes twenty seconds…

Make-a-change Mondays is all about making small changes to become the person I want to be…or more importantly, the person God wants me to be.  The greatest of all journeys begins with a single step.  A few months ago the {make-a-change Monday} challenge was to Just Do It. In that post I talked about writing a book and how it took small steps—changes a little at a time. I’m know I’m on a great journey, but yes, I’m still working {Read More}