Monday, February 23, 2015

Review:The YOU Plan: A Christian Woman's Guide for a Happy, Healthy Life After Divorce By Connie Wetzell and Michelle Borquez

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Although, I am semi-happily  married for almost 29 years, I was once a divorced woman and wished I have a book like  The YOU Plan.  I chose to review this book not because I am divorced, but to make me stronger and wiser so I do not make the same mistakes. In reading this book, I discovered two things: divorce happens and one cannot play the blame game.

If you are thinking about divorce or are divorced whether 1 day or 1 year, this book will change your life and help YOU understand and navigate through what is happening to YOU.

Connie Wetzell and Michelle Borquez  tell it like it is without sugar coating the realities of divorce because they have been there-done it.


Book Review-Clout by Jenni Catron

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I have to be honest, my people skills sucked! That is until I read Jenni Catron's book Clout. Clout is a Christian driver book about how to discover and unleash your God-given influence. Catron breaks the book up into two different sections, guiding you through sets of principles.

Clout is one of those self-help books you'll want to read over and over and is at the top of my list for encouragement and discovery of who I really am and how I can obtain God-given influence.

We all have Clout, but how we discover it and how we unleash it, depends on us and you will find the ways in Jenni Catron's book Clout.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

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 two 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 18, 2015

A Video Tribute to My Daughter Ashley Michelle Burdeaux September 11,1985- May 27, 2013


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