The Reach for Help

            My husband and I enjoyed getting away with our three sons to an isolated beach spot.  My husband drove our Ford van, called the blue monster onto the packed sand. Once parked, my sons ran to the ocean, and my husband fished in the Gulf. After I prepared their lunch, I heard Brian, the youngest shout, “Mom, come join us!”  I sprinted toward those waves and before I knew it, the water was over my head. Brian yelled, “Reach for my hand, Mom, let me help...

Have You Ever Been Lost?

I loved driving 350 miles to visit my sons in Houston. With each visit, no matter how simple the instructions, I would get lost. After numerous years of life happenings, hurricanes of trials, and tribulations weighing me down, I became depleted from the storm of life. Drained mentally and emotionally, I could not find my way, I lost my hope, voice, and dreams. When stress takes over, we must retreat to advance. The quiet road to the rediscovery of oneself is the...

Starting Over

 In the recent past, I engaged in a conversation with a good friend about life.  During this discussion, my friend stated to me, “I don’t want to start over”.  Shortly after our chat, I reflected on the countless times that I too did not want to start over.  I recalled that I was willing to force myself to stay in dead-end situations and circumstances due to fear of the unknown future.   I found myself willing to remain with a complacent mindset, a complacent job...

Distractions

Have you ever been distracted while you were attempting to complete a task? Maybe you were cooking dinner, and you answered the telephone, leaving the meal on the burner, which caused the food to singe? Or, perhaps you were trying to complete a task at work, and your boss directed you to immediately complete a different task? These moments in life are what we consider to be distractions.  A distraction is something designed to avert your attention from completing...

Listen

Have you ever heard a voice that wasn’t audible but it was speaking in your mind? You can hear it giving you instructions. Maybe you sensed a strong urgent to go in another direction or say something to someone. Some people have experienced an audible voice speaking to them when no one was around. We ignore the voice in our mind because the louder voice that yells “I know what’s best for me” over-shadows the quiet speaking voice. Many of us ask the question “how...

More Precious Than Rubies

There was a time in my life when I would buy the most expensive shoes, clothes, pocket books, and cars.  I would find myself wanting the “finer things” in life because it would somehow make me feel valued.  Not only did I apply this concept to material things, I would also apply this concept to relationships and dating.  However, after going through multiple failed relationships, I began to question myself and asked God “Where did I go wrong”?  It was at that...