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A Few Things I Am Learning

My family and I are in a season of transition.  We’ve taken some time to step back and rest before the next step.  Here’s a few things I’m learning in this restful season of life: It’s TOUGH to R E S T:  It’s tough to find rest and enjoy rest in this busy, over-achieving, noisy

Feed Them and They Will Come (Part 2)

When our kids were little I enticed the neighborhood kids to play in our yard - that way I could keep an eye on what was going on.  All I had to do was put out a bowl of Dorito’s and some sweet tea and the neighborhood kids would come. That memory passed through my mind as

Feed Them and They Will Come

We arrived at my parent’s mountain house early in the evening. A doe and her two fawns were there to greet us. My dad, being the nature lover that he is, headed straight to the pail of corn as we unpacked groceries and began to set up house for the week. In just a few

We All Need a Lifeguard

I'm a firm believer in taking time to celebrate the gifts and abilities of each other. So I'm excited this week to share a devotional from my dear friend Patty Totten. Patty is the real deal. I love her heart for God, her family and women. For several years Patty has been faithfully leading a walk class, incorporating

Behind the Scenes

There’s been a buzz in the air for months now.  Jackson Heights (the band in which my husband is a part) is a few weeks away from kicking off this years’ tour. I’m so proud of my husband, our son who has joined the group, and the rest of the band. They are a great example

Navigating through Transition

A transition is, “the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another”. We all go through seasons of transition – graduation, marriage, births, deaths, relocations, job changes, etc.  Throughout life we will experience many transitions. The question is: how do we navigate through the transitions? If we are not careful,

The Importance of Living an Intentional Life

It's easy to follow the motto, "Do as I say, not as I do".  But the best way to live is more like, "Follow me as I follow Christ".  Click HERE to view the video blog about living an intentional life. The link is also available at: https://youtu.be/OBNkkleRpe0 Hugs, Marie    

Why I Am an Optimist

A sweet perk to speaking in Pennsylvania is spending a few days with my family. I love catching up with family – including aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews – and lifelong friends. But coffee in the morning with my mom and dad is always my favorite thing to do. My mom and dad have already

What Are You Thinking?

Do you know there is never a moment when you are not thinking? Even when you’re sleeping, you’re thinking. Not only are we always thinking, but most of our thoughts are negative. Statistics say an average person spends 87 percent of her time on negative thoughts. In our human nature, we don’t think good thoughts.

What To Do While You Wait

Have you ever waited and waited to hear from God?  The last two weeks I’ve blogged about prayer. I’ve gotten some great feedback. Many of you have set your alarm for noon to pray and are praying and seeing God work on your behalf. On Sunday Night, June 5th, a group of ladies prayed over