Thursday, March 1, 2018

The March 2018 issue of RUBY magazine is available

Friday, February 16, 2018

Lent: 40 Days of Renewal- Day 3:Feelings of Unworthiness

I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 NIV

For Lent this year, I am following Pastor Phil Ressler's 40 Things to Give up for Lent: The List. I think it is vital to my mind to make emotional sacrifices during the 40 days of Lent. It is easy to give up tangible things, but to give up the negative emotional that are weighing heavy on your mind is more difficult.  Number 3 on the list is feelings of unworthiness.

Feelings of Unworthiness – You are fearfully and wonderfully made by your creator. 

On the third day of Lent, I am giving up feelings of unworthiness. We all have felt unworthy. It easy to let the voice of Satan get inside our head and make us feel unworthy, like we are not good enough to serve the Lord.  In my book  From Ashes of Pity into Beauty of Purpose  I talk about feeling unworthy. It's a trap Satan sets for us. He wants to catch at our most vulnerable moment and destroy our self- esteem. I know because I have been there. After my abortion, I felt unworthy of the Lord's love. After my divorce, I felt unworthy of God's encouragement. After my daughter died, I felt unworthy of the Lord's strength.

Today, I am giving up my feelings of unworthiness because HE loves me! God sacrificed His Son because He loves me enough to die for my sins. Don't let Satan trap you in the pit of pity. Remember, you are worthy in the sight of God.

For You, O Lord, are good, and ready to forgive and You are abundant in mercy and 
loving-kindness to all those who call upon You. Psalm 86:3  ASV 

For Lent, throw away doubt and fear. Replace your negative emotions with hope and encouragement. Make the sacrifice to stop feeling unworthy. God will rescue from Satan's trap.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Lent: 40 Days of Renewal- Day 2: Your Comfort Zone

I think, ‘My bed will comfort me, and sleep will ease my misery,’ Job 7:13 NLT

Yesterday was the first day of Lent and I wasn't sure what I wanted to give up or sacrifice in my life because Jesus sacrificed for my sins, then I ran across a Facebook post with a link to Pastor Phil Ressler's 40 Things to Give up for Lent: The List. The list is nontraditional things to give up during the 40 day period of Lent and number # 2 on the list is Your Comfort Zone.

"Your Comfort Zone – It’s outside our comfort zones where new discoveries are made."

Today is the second day of Lent and I am giving up my comfort zone.  When my daughter passed away almost five years ago, I wrapped myself in a cocoon of comfort. I created a comfort zone and retreated to my bedroom and within myself. I was at a point in my life where nothing could comfort me except the safety of my bedroom. I didn't want to be around people, I only wanted to hide under the covers and never come out.

Most of us are guilty of wrapping ourselves in a cocoon of comfort. Why do we create comfort zones? There is no right or wrong answer, but what we do to break out of our comfort zone determines how we live.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4 NIV

We all have a comfort zone where we retreat and won't let anyone in. Although my comfort zone is no longer my bedroom, I still have one. It has become a crutch and instead of relying on God to be my staff in difficult times, I wrap myself in a cocoon of comfort inside my office. Instead of breaking away from my comfort zone after my daughter's death, I created another one.

For Lent, I have to give up my comfort zone and discover who I really am. I have to allow peace and joy inside my heart and soul. I cannot stay inside the warmth of my cocoon any longer or I will not grow.

Are you living inside a comfort zone? It is time to step outside and discover a new you. Break out of your cocoon and live.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Lent: 40 Days of Renewal- Day 1 Fear of Failure

'Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.' Isaiah 41:10

For the next 40 days of Lent, I am going to focus on the things in my life that are holding back my joy and peace. Phil Ressler has written 40 Things to Give up for Lent: The List and #1 is Fear of Failure.

"Fear of Failure – You don’t succeed without experiencing failure. Just make sure you fail forward."

In my life this is my worst obstacle. I have always been an overachiever and perfectionist because I fear failure. I tend to worry about what people will think about me or if I am good enough. I need to understand failure is part of life and sometimes it is okay to fail. Fear is an obstacle Satan manifested to keep people from enjoying their lives. Today I am giving up my fear of failure. What is your obstacle?

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. 

Romans 12:2 NIV

Monday, January 29, 2018

Speaking Engagement at Grief Group

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Gratitude Giveaway Hop 11.15-30

November is a time to be grateful the little things. It is a time to be grateful for friends and family. It is also a time to be grateful for my readers and followers. This Thanksgiving I am joining the Gratitude Giveaway to show how grateful I am for YOU! I am giving one lucky reader an autograph copy of my book From Ashes of Pity into Beauty of Purpose along with a gratitude journal.
All you have to do is enter on the Rafflecopter. Be sure to other the other great blogger gratitude giveaways. Thank you!

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3rd Annual Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop

Merry Christmas! I cannot believe Christmas is right around the corner and as I prepare to start my Christmas shopping, I am always trying to find the perfect stocking stuffer. If that's your dilemma this Christmas season, don't fret... 

The 3rd Annual Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop is in full swing and you can stop by all the great bloggers to win awesome prizes. The Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop is hosted by The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island and runs from November 15th through 29th.

I'm giving one lucky reader an autograph copy of my book From Ashes of Pity into Beauty of Purpose and a Live, Laugh, Love Journal.  All you need to do is enter on the Rafflecopter.

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Friday, November 3, 2017


On November 4th, 1977, my life changed forever. At the age of sixteen, I was forced to have an abortion. This was not a decision I wanted for myself or unborn baby. Over the next forty years I have lived with the guilt, pain, and anger of what happened to my, to my unborn baby. Out of my grief was born the purpose the Lord had for me.

In the book From Ashes of Pity into Beauty of Purpose, I briefly share my story and journey to help other hurting women. To celebrate the chains that once bound me to pity, I am giving one reader a gift basket filled with goodies to help in the journey of purpose.

One reader will receive an autograph copy of my bookOrganic Bible Verse Tea Sampler, Box of 20 Tea BagsFloral Inspirations Mug Gift Set, Be Still and Know, Spiral Bound Journal, and Chunkie Pen; Faith, Hope, Love in a nice  Journey with God Collapsible Storage Box.

Just enter on the Rafflecopter. US only. No PO Boxes please. Ends 12/04/17

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Thursday, August 3, 2017


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

It's Promo and Giveaway Time! Promo Boost From Ashes of Pity into Beauty of Purpose August 3-5 & Gift Basket Giveaway

It's Promo and Giveaway Time!


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