TEAMWORK the Secret to Thriving in the Workplace

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”  – Andrew Carnegie Each one of us, at some point in our lives, will have to work with a person or a group […]

Enlarging Our Spiritual Gardens

One of the most rewarding times for a praying grandmother is to have a spiritual conversation with a grandchild. A couple of weeks ago, I found myself in the midst of one of those conversations with my seventeen year old granddaughter, Devon. I asked Devon to close her eyes and tell me, “How does your […]


A faint, golden hue in the eastern sky signals the approaching arrival of dawn. Gradually, sunshine sprinkles the grass, flowers, and trees, causing nature to be bejeweled with soft dew that sparkles and gleams. Early morning is one of nature’s most splendid moments. The soft blanket of dew brings daily refreshment to the earth. It […]

Maya Angelou

Thriving in the Desert: How to Flourish During Frustrating Times

Can you relate to a season in life in which you’re merely surviving, rather than thriving? Contrary to what you might think, I’ve learned through the years that those are often the times that God wants to draw us close.  My friend, Kris, was weary from all that she and her husband Robert had experienced […]

The Dangers in Your Kitchen

As a child, I was notorious for bringing home injured birds, stray dogs or cats, and any other animal in need of help. My parents would always tell me jokingly, “If you keep bringing home these animals, you’re going to have to become a veterinarian to support your habit.” I knew that was my calling […]

Touched by Grace

When I was a little girl, I knew God was amazing. As I looked at marvels like the myriad colors and shapes of the Grand Canyon or the beautiful intricacies of nature (such as each snowflake having a unique pattern) I was touched and knew that God must be wonderful to design and create these […]

Sense-sational Art

God’s grace allows us to do and be so much in His kingdom. For example, grace enables me to be a daughter, a mother, a wife, an artist, and an art teacher—five major roles all demanding my attention and time. In moments of exhaustion at the end of a day, when weariness takes hold, I […]

Flourish Like the Palm

Flourish Like the Palm “The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree, he will grow like a cedar in Lebanon” (Ps. 92:12). It was another day in the life of the Israelites in the desert. They were hot, tired, and grouchy. They had quite a habit of murmuring and complaining against Moses and God when things didn’t […]

Isaiah 35:1 (NIV)