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

Wrap Up the Year and Tie a Bow On It

Wrap Up the Year and Tie a Bow On It

I don’t know about you, but this past year has been a crazy roller-coaster ride. Perhaps that’s why last January I felt God calling me so strongly to simply “Abide” in order to navigate the coming adventures. Like I blogged about to start the year, I wanted to stay connected to the source of Life. Not just to get filled up when circumstances and stress drained the energy from my very bones, but also so

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

The Perfect Gift is Closer Than You Think

The Perfect Gift is Closer Than You Think

The countdown is on with three weeks to go until Christmas. Which makes this my personal “crunch” week to make sure my decorating, initial baking, and shopping is done. Of course, as a perpetual planner, I’d rather check everything off my list ahead of time so I’m able to simply soak in the season as the days go by. (Not to mention, the college boy only gets eight days off before having to report back

All Good Things Come From Above

All Good Things Come From Above

After an extra-long weekend filled with turkey, pie, football (on television), basketball (college game streamed on my laptop), very little shopping, and some teenaged Birthday celebrating, I’m more than ready for our regular routines again. However, ’tis the season when the blessings…and the stress…overflow. Why? Because my to-do list between Thanksgiving and Christmas also includes two Birthday celebrations and some annual guardianship paperwork in addition to the usual shopping, wrapping, decorating, and baking leading up

Things I’m Thankful For

Things I’m Thankful For

In honor of Thanksgiving Day later this week, I’m sharing my “Things To Be Thankful For” list with all of you. (And in the interest of full disclosure, a few of these were stolen, um, borrowed from some of the newsletter contest responses I received earlier this month.) Of course, I’ll probably keep adding more to this list every day, but it’s always good to get a jump start in order to put my heart