A Reason Why

“Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God’s hand for that person. Don’t tell your neighbor “Maybe some other time” or “Try me tomorrow” when the money’s right there in your pocket.” (Proverbs 3:27-28 MSG)   Recently, I had a conversation with someone who questioned why I would travel half way…

Life Work as Art

“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” ~ Henry David Thoreau Sometimes when I feel overwhelmed by life, I pause to work with my plants. Digging around in the dirt, pruning, fertilizing, and just looking at how they are growing seems to help me relax and refocus. Watching the life cycle of plants,…

Quit Talking Begin Doing

Today, I had the joy of visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida with my family. My grandson, Noah, is obsessed with animals. We saw some of his favorites: zebras, hippos, crocodiles, gorillas, and monkeys. I hadn’t been to a Disney World park in many years and I was in awe. Animal Kingdom is amazing.…

Sustainable Compassion

“So never lose an opportunity of urging a practical beginning, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the mustard-seed germinates and roots itself.” ~ Florence Nightingale, English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing. Over the last 16 years, I have been involved in developing and implementing social…

My “I AM HER” Essentials

Trinity Church’s Girlfriends 2016 Conference is right around the corner. This year, the conference theme is “I AM HER”. I would define this theme’s woman as the woman being described in Proverbs 31:25. “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” ~ Proverbs 31:25 NIV Although I am…

Placed In The Garden

“Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made.” ~ Genesis 2:8 (NLT) I woke up early this morning and decided to walk outside to take pictures. The first day of vacation is always hard for me. I wake up early, feeling like…

Giving the Gift of Sustainability

“Vision without action is just a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.” ~ Joel A. Barker I have been involved in developing and implementing social service programs for the last sixteen years. In faith-based settings, these types of programs are categorized as “compassion ministries”. Typically in…