Holiday 30% discount for paperback/audiobooks on Amazon – ends today 12/1!

Thinking Out Loud

Released & Accidental Sabbatical paperback versions are available with a 30% discount today!

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2 More Cards in the Hope Box

I was reminded twice yesterday that He is God and I am not.

“Sometimes the most amazing thing about prayer is that God answers our prayers by giving us what we would want if we really knew what we need.” ~ Pete Wilson


“If right now you are in a situation where it seems like God is turning down your prayers, you are lacking some information. Jesus always gives you what you would have prayed for if you knew everything that He knows.” ~ Tim Keller

 Have you created a Hope Box?

What truths have you stored in it?


Share Hope

Will you help me share hope with someone who is out of work?

It is challenging to market my own books, because I wrote them to encourage and help people, not to make money. I wish I could afford to just give this book, Accidental Sabbatical, to anyone without a job to share hope.

This week, a friend suggested that perhaps I could sell more if I change the word ‘God’ to ‘higher power’. But I’m not just writing about some vague higher power in the world. I am writing about the Almighty God who is THE higher power. And if that means limiting the market, I’m okay with that. I don’t proselytize or preach; I simply share hope.

My challenge during this Accidental Sabbatical has been to maintain hope and faith and God has provided hope, peace, and provision. For this time, He has given me a part to play in His story, and I pray that the book shares that hope and brings glory to Him.

Today, 10/31, is the final day to get a 99 cent Kindle version of my book, Accidental Sabbatical, and you can buy it here on Amazon:

Will you share hope with someone today?


Thursday Re-View — Life Re-Imagined

Exactly the conversation I have had with two friends this week. So many of us on an Accidental Sabbatical… re-imagining our lives. Brilliant post, Theresa.
I focus on hope and take it a day at a time, continually looking for the ‘best use of me’.
My book, Accidental Sabbatical, is available for 99 cents until tomorrow:

Soul Gatherings

Now what?

That question – in a nutshell – occupies a fair amount of my time now that I’m “not working.”

People who know me, know me as I once described in one of my posts. In my adult life, I’ve been many things: daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, aunt, wife, ex-wife, mother. Optometrist, Licensed Professional Counselor, writer, teacher, advisor. Friend, adversary, student, mentor, volunteer, colleague, supervisor, supervisee, boss, advocate, committee member, office holder, perfectionist, overachiever. Catalyst, irritant, critic. Tourist, retreatant, co-journeyer, listener, speaker. Avid reader. Supplicant to Saints Francis, Jude, Therese, Teresa and Michael the Archangel. [Human Being? Human Doing? Human Becoming?]

Now that modern medicine has us not only living longer, but living healthier lives, what to do with this life re-imagined?

Two comments I hear (too) often that bother me to no end:

1) Where do you work? (Nowhere???)

2) How do you like being retired?…

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Five Minute Friday: DARE

Speaking to myself:

I dare you to trust in Him.

I dare you to be bold and walk into the fear.

I dare you to look above the negative and see only positive.

I typically don’t make decisions based on emotion, and I believe daring someone to do something is just that. But that isn’t necessarily negative.

Courage is an emotion.

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, the verb dare means:

‘:to have enough courage or confidence to do something: to not be too afraid…

:to do something that is difficult or that people are usually afraid to do.

:to tell someone to do something especially as a way of showing courage.’

So again I say to myself: have courage, even if it is difficult and you’re afraid. I dare you.

What will you dare yourself to do today?


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What Does Your Resume Say About Your Age?

Marc Miller shares some great ideas in this article posted on LinkedIn:

 “Five Things On Your Resume That Make You Sound Old”.

Ageism is a fact of life and these tips will help combat it.

To add to his list, here are a couple more ideas that are not necessarily new, but are worth a reminder:

Do NOT include the phrase: * References Available Upon Request *. It is understood.

Begin with a “Summary” paragraph, not “Objective”.

Outline your past “Results”, not necessarily your “Duties”.

Do you have any other tips to share?


The Bend in the Road

My Spiritual Breakfast

I just want to share with all of you a reminder that God is always with us and gives us the encouragement that we need to keep walking in faith. You see, I posted just this picture that I found with the poem by Helen Steiner Rice last night with Jeremiah 29:11, a verse that I have to hold onto every day. Then this morning, October 6, as I read my devotional, “Jesus Calling”, these words just jumped out at me…

“Be willing to follow wherever I lead. Follow me wholeheartedly with glad anticipation quickening your pace. Follow though you don’t know what is ahead. I know and that is enough. Some of My richest blessings are just around the bend: out of sight but nevertheless, very real. To receive these gifts, you must walk by faith, not by sight…”

So I add these words to my posting to give…

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