Focus On Love – Daily Encounters With the God of Love

Focus On Love – Daily Encounters With the God of Love

“We don’t deserve our next breath or forgiveness either, but God loves to give lavish blessings.” ~ Ryan Callahan, in Focus On Love A month after the Christmas season, it should still be fresh in our memories that God’s love came down to Earth as a baby and lived among us. And in a few months, we’ll celebrate another event where that love went to a cross, paid the penalty for us, and then defeated

Focus On Love – Surrounded By Love (or Not)

Focus On Love – Surrounded By Love (or Not)

A round of giggles echoed down the hall followed by the quieter tones of Cheryl’s voice and the tromping of running feet before the children burst into the room and headed straight for the tree. ~A Christmas morning snippet from Focus On Love There’s nothing quite like the recent Holidays to remind us of the people that mean the most to us. Yet those same gatherings can trigger painful memories or spotlight our loneliness. Why?

Focus On Love – Doing What We Were Created To Do

Focus On Love – Doing What We Were Created To Do

One week into the New Year and (so far) I’m on track with my goals for 2018. If you’ve also survived that first week, let’s pause a moment to celebrate…and then, let’s get real. There are 51 more weeks to go and countless opportunities to get off track or lose our focus on what matters most. However, if we’re doing what we were created to do, the road ahead gets easier. Like I mentioned last

A New Year Filled With New Goals But A Singular Focus

A New Year Filled With New Goals But A Singular Focus

Happy New Year! After turning the page on the calendar and opening the new day timer, I’m taking a moment to simply savor the new year with 365 blank days ahead. Days just waiting to be filled with new projects, adventures, and the accomplishment of micro-goals. Places to see. People to meet. Lessons to be learned. Okay, moment over. It’s time to roll up my sleeves and get to work. Except, every goal-setting business consultant

Focus On Love: Cover Reveal Time!

Focus On Love: Cover Reveal Time!

The countdown has begun and soon you will be seeing the Focus On Love cover all over social media. But today, I’m super excited to share it here on my blog and give you a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes cover creation process. First, let’s just take a few moments to soak in all that adorable, romantic cuteness. Ahhh. But who are these people? And why are they smiling? Glad you asked. I suppose I should

Celebrating the Big and Little Wins (Plus a Giveaway)

Celebrating the Big and Little Wins (Plus a Giveaway)

Some days are meant for throwing a party and celebrating little wins. Today is one of them. It’s been a long year so far with many ups and downs…and my goal list for the year only has a couple things checked off. But if you’ve spent any time around me and my blog, you’ve probably picked up that I’m a natural optimist. It’s going to be okay and I’ve got hope that the tiny steps

Thy Word Have I Hid…Just Not Exactly

Thy Word Have I Hid…Just Not Exactly

Once upon a time, I excelled at Bible “sword drill” and Scripture memory challenges. As a pastor’s kid and general all-around overachiever, I could fan the pages of my well-read Bible and start reading a certain passage faster than most. And if there was a verse to be learned by next week, I had it memorized by sundown. After all, as the Psalmist wrote, “Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin

Christmas Came Early This Year

Christmas Came Early This Year

Every year, I find myself struggling to get my to-do list accomplished so I can finally sit down, relax, and enjoy the season. In the scramble to finish this year’s projects and brave the stores for those remaining perfect gift ideas, it’s sometimes hard to remember the blessings. But Christmas came early for me this year and I’m excited to share the highlights. (In other good news, my house is already decorated, the traditional cheese

Crossing the Finish Line

Crossing the Finish Line

  Turtle power really works. In case you’re wondering, about four weeks ago, I blogged about being behind on word count and waiting for time to sprint and romp happily through the last half of a story when such time was hard to come by. Turtle power became my way to reach the dream of crossing the finish line. So even though it was summer time and I could sleep in or start my day