Tag: life

  • Journey Through Lent – My Prayer to the World

    I come before You, O Lord, not to ask for fulfillment of my personal, selfish desires, but to be a seeker of Your wisdom and a follower of Your faith. I come before You, O Lord, not to ask for Your wrath upon my enemies, but to ask for Your help in letting go of […]

  • Passion, Love, Memories Speak Across Time – How Vincent Van Gogh’s Life Inspires

    Passion, Love, Memories Speak Across Time – How Vincent Van Gogh’s Life Inspires

    Yesterday’s room next door–that feeling of being in a room, separated by a simple wall that might as well be a chasm, from the room right next door, only that room belongs to yesterday. The echoes of voices, the dim music, words on yellowed paper, dried paint, a brush of a kiss, the faded picture […]

  • What’s Holding You Back from Your Dreams?

    What’s Holding You Back from Your Dreams?

    Everyone has dreams, and I don’t mean the kind you have at night when your mind slips into an unconscious state. When you’re asked what your dreams are, what do you say? Do you freeze up, unable to articulate your dreams because you claim you aren’t sure? I’m not a betting person, but I’m willing […]

  • No Regrets in Life

    No Regrets in Life

    You’ve heard it said before: have no regrets. You’ve probably also found yourself alone with your maddening thoughts, maddening both as in crazy and provoking anger. Your lovely mind has this magical ability to conjure out of nowhere every past fault, failure, and fracture. But such thoughts do have a hiding place. They lurk in […]

  • Why Perseverance Matters

    Why Perseverance Matters

    It’s a new year. While the topic of this blog may have the feel of a resolution, I believe we can choose to start a new habit anytime. But really, what better time to speak about perseverance? The gym is packed with people who will fade away before the month is over. I will still […]

  • All These Things I Believe

      God calls us Home, Each in His own time, And that is why life is precious. Do not fill your days with worry and fear, But rather, be grateful for the life given you. Mourn lost loved ones, But rest safely in the comfort of knowing they are with their Lord. Do not bemoan […]

  • Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude

    Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude

    Ugh, do I have to wake up? Waking up is vastly overrated.  The pillows, the blankets, the soft curve of the mattress against my body, these are calling my name, beckoning me like a lullaby. But if I’m honest with myself, I’m lucky today.  I actually didn’t wake before my alarm on my phone.  My […]

  • “As long as we can love each other, and remember the feeling of love we had, we can die without ever really going away. All the love you created is still there. All the memories are still there. You live on – in the hearts of everyone you have touched and nurtured while you were […]

  • Character Friday – Meet Arianna Banks

    Every Friday, I will feature a character from one of my books, both published and unpublished.  The character will be presented as if he/she is writing about themselves in a journal entry. My name is Arianna Banks.  I was born July 23, 1992 in Cleveland, Ohio.  Most of my life, I haven’t stuck with anything […]

  • Seeking Contentment in Life

    I am putting this up front as a disclaimer: I’m 36 years old and certainly don’t feel like “I’ve figured life out” yet. In fact, I think if we ever reach the point where we think we’ve figured “it” all out, that’s when we’re in trouble, for in that moment, we’ve stopped learning. We can […]