Shine ON***



Has it ever occurred to you that the way we try to motivate or encourage another person may (sometimes) actually be negative? Or attracting negativity into our lives? What am I saying?  Think about it,  sometimes when we approach someone to discuss an issue, we think we are being positive, but if we look at our conversation we may find we are actually speaking more negative words than positive ones.  A lot of the time we concentrate on the negative, what that person is doing wrong. So if we are discussing the negative to get them to be positive…… what are the chances we will all get bogged down in the negativity?

What I am trying to say is this……

I want YOU to know that no matter what is happening in your life YOU have the strength to get through it! Not only will you get through it, you will come out stronger for having gone through it!  I have heard it said you have to breakdown to breakthrough. Maybe we should consider whatever challenges we are facing moments of growth!

Don’t give up.  Don’t fill your day with worry (Phil 4:6 comes to mind) make room in your thoughts for a “knowing” that you are stronger than you think and will be OK!  Feel strengthened today! And feel supported. I’m sending you prayers that you will realize your strength and that you will SHINE on!


See what I did there? I just stopped and encouraged. No negativity…..challenges; yes, we all have them!  But our lives are filled with challenges and always will be. We are strong! We are capable!


What kind of day are you choosing to have?

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” ~ Philippians 4:6

It is a beautiful day here in Central Indiana! The sun has risen high in the cold, cold, Midwest sky! It is currently 10 * with a high of 16* expected! My toes and fingers are numb from more days (recently) of sub-zero temps than anything else! I can’t deny it is cold! I love the cold! But even I have to admit this is getting to be a little hard to take! Although it is bone achingly frigid… is also beautiful! The snow fell pretty good 2 days ago, we are now at around 51-55″ of snow fall in the last month, I think we may have received a couple of those inches in Dec, but most in the last month. 2014 is, so far, a very unusual year for us Mid-westerners!

So having said all this……I guess I could be having a so-so day. Especially when you add in the fact that I am at work today and so far I have had ZERO calls! I’m a Realtor and when I do “floor” I need buyers and sellers to call me….or walk in! And so far…nada! Hate when that happens. But so far this year I have had zero calls when I’m on floor.  So, I guess I could be kind of down, but what would be the point of that? I always remind myself that it is up to me how I react to every situation! That in itself makes me pretty happy! What better gift to give yourself than the freedom to choose?

Yes, I know at times it can be a very hard thing to do, especially when things are not going our way, or even worse; when those we love are hurt in some way. Yes at those times it can be hard to choose for happiness or gratefulness; but choose it we can and we should. It is better to look for the happy joyful things in life, than to wallow in the sadness that can be our life if we let it.

Is it always easy? No…but it is always a choice that is available to us, that we can make. And for that I am grateful and I am happy.  I know it has been said, by me as well as many others, many times before …..but this reminder is something I need to write occasionally; so that I do not forget.

And maybe….just maybe…. you need to read it every once in a while too!