Make-a-change Monday~Prayer & Circumstance

Have you ever heard God speak?  If God called you on the phone, would you recognize his voice?  I remember as a teenager trying to figure out if God was telling me to do something, or if it was just made up in my head. It can be very confusing to know God’s voice as opposed to the “voices in your head” if you don’t talk to him—and listen to him—enough.  Many people ask, “Why pray if God already know {Read More}

The Eternal Prize

I know, I know. I said I was taking a break til next Saturday. But I guess the over-achiever-talks-to-much-excited-little-girl me just couldn’t do it.  Last week I went to the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference. The name in itself is quite a mouthful to say, but it fits the conference well. For one thing, it’s on a mountain. And believe me, we were all climbing a mountain all week. Physically. Mentally. Emotionally. From the moment we checked in, there {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}

Make-a-change Monday~Shift Your Paradigm

Do you know what a “paradigm shift” is? It must be a fairly important concept to understand. When I looked up the word “paradigm” in the dictionary to give you a definition, I actually found “paradigm shift” in the dictionary. I expected to find “paradigm,” but not “paradigm shift.”  paradigm shift noun a fundamental change in approach or underlying assumptions. I believe the term probably became worthy of a space in the dictionary when The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey was published.  {Read More}

God and Google

I must admit it. I’ve been sucked into the World Wide Web. I’m fascinated at all of the information on the Internet! Just think about it.  •   Just on Google Maps alone, actual people have taken the time to put all of that information in so that we can find our way.  •   Since I’ve been writing, the Internet has become my university of learning. If I have a question, I just type it into my Google search engine and {Read More}

Tips to a happier you in 2012~Acceptance in Christ (You are not what you eat)

Last Monday, March 12, I posted about making a change to be healthier by eating foods that increase your body pH. I referred to several health “bandwagons” I jumped on in my search to cure myself while I was sick. It was conversations about that post that prompted me to write today’s tip to a happier you. I was so easily convinced that each and every supplement, juice, and diet I tried was THE one to make me better. And {Read More}

The Secret to a fulfilled life with purpose

I had an article published at “Inspire A Fire” this week on the addiction part of my story. If you’ve read my story page on here you know my story is full of gut wrenching moments, but the addiction part seems to gain much attention; maybe because I’m a pharmacist, maybe because I’m a Christian, or maybe just because it’s the juiciest part of the story. It makes no difference to me, as long as someone is brought closer to Christ through it.  One {Read More}

Tips to a happier you in 2012~Have Faith

From the moment I had my first seizure, I tried to hold on to this verse.  Having peace in God in the midst of my world of seizures, addiction, and depression required much faith. Faith is belief in something that cannot be seen. Having faith is a decision based on life experiences, which are different for everyone.  I became a Christian when I was seven years old. I went to church, did Bible studies, and said my prayers. But something {Read More}

Are you on OVERLOAD?

As usual, our pastor, Perry, was speaking directly to me this morning…in more ways than one. I am, as we all are, on overload. I was strangely thankful that I didn’t get to sit beside David this morning in our service because my side would be bruised from all of the elbowing. My toes, however, are flat from Perry stepping all over them. But as I listened to Perry preach this morning, I was amazed that every point he made {Read More}

Tips to a Happier You in 2012~Laughter Aerobics

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 have learned many practical solutions to insomnia, depression, anxiety, and addiction. I’ve also learned that these four issues often go hand in hand, and are directly related to the chemicals in our brain. The pharmacist in me sought a medical solution–pills. And as most of you know, pills just made things worse. Throughout this year, I’m going to share {Read More}

Get ready for 2012!

Today’s prescription verse is the first verse of the first chapter of the Gospel of John. In the beginning was the word… As we think about beginning a new year, we always contemplate resolutions for the upcoming year. A friend of mine shared this blog with me by Tami Heim from Writing these verses on your heart (or on sticky notes as I like to do) will ensure a great beginning to 2012, so I wanted to share them with {Read More}

Baby Jesus and the manager

Jesus and the Manager Don’t you just hate typos? Or the auto-correct on your phone? At least on the computer you can use the backspace button. But what about when you get something printed and then find the typo? I know someone who sent Christmas cards with the intention of printing “Baby Jesus and the manger,” but instead printed, “Baby Jesus and the manager.” Wonder how many people noticed? That typo got me to thinking… How often do we notice {Read More}

Are you easily intimidated?

Have you ever felt intimidated—inferior somehow to those around you? I spent my teen and young adult years as the youngest in every crowd. My birthday is in August, so I was the youngest in my class. I dated and married someone 4&1/2 years older than me, so I was the youngest among our friends. (When we dated his friends used to tease him about going up to ride tricycles with Celeste.) I graduated high school a year early and {Read More}

Narcotics~Let Me Introduce You

A “friend of a friend” wrote this poem and was kind enough to allow me to post it, though he wishes to remain anonymous. In my last post, I commented that you cannot truly understand drug addiction until you’ve been there. No matter how or why someone ends up addicted to drugs, prescription or otherwise, they lose any thought of control in their life. As I explained in a recent post, Help…I’m in Pain!, narcotics actually change the chemistry of our {Read More}