Friday, January 6, 2012

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Monday, November 21, 2011

How Simple Life is ...

I read a quote today that is so familiar and yet it stops me every time I read it. I share it here for you and hope it blesses you too.

"When you understand that what most people really, really want is simply to feel good about themselves, and when you realize that with just a few well-chosen words you can help virtually anyone on the planet instantly achieve this, you begin to realize just how simple life is, how powerful you are, and that love is the key." ~ Mike Dooley

Sunday, January 16, 2011

I'm Back ....

Wow, it's been a long time since I wrote on this blog and it amazes me just how long it's been. Life has thrown a few curves my way, as happens with us all. So, as we start the new year I am renewing my efforts to communicate and concentrate on my "ministry" of inspiration, encouragement and change.

I'll be online again soon. In the meantime - I'm praying for you so please pray for me. And be blessed!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Review: "You're Not Going Crazy, You're Just Waking Up"

I read a great book entitled YOU'RE NOT GOING CRAZY, YOU'RE JUST WAKING UP by Michael Mirdad, and I wanted to share it.

The book is about the 5 stages of a Soul Transformation. It's an easy read and not too long (about 90 pages) but I found it to be impactful from the first chapter. For anyone, or I guess everyone, who has gone through a crisis in their lives that caused change and transformation, this book provides a framework for understanding the different stages and help to plan for them again, as life is ever changing. Michael talks about all change being inevitable but that there are two ways to go through it - the easy way and the hard way.

The entire book felt so familiar to me because I could recognize the stages of my own transformation as he described it. I was impressed that he was able to capture the truth and the learning from my personal journey by describing the universal journey.

I truly enjoyed the book, and the peppering of relevant quotes from notable religious and wise humans that we all recognize.

If you want to understand the process of your transformation - I recommend this book. If you want to prepare for the next one - I recommend it even more.

Enjoy and be blessed!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

When you give to or do something for another person you set into motion the flow of giving in the world. Your impact multiplies and swirls in every direction because giving is not a static energy. Give, change the world, and be blessed!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Strive to be great at what you are good at instead of average at what you are bad at. In otherwords - use your true power and talents to the best of your ability and you can affect your life and the world. Be blessed!

Monday, July 26, 2010

"Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want." ~ Margaret Young

Sunday, July 25, 2010

I am thrilled to realize in spite of the world's trajedies, heartaches & conflict, there lives and thrives in this world a great joy. It is love of God, self, neighbor, creature & earth. It is the passion in us that keeps us striving for good. And the compassion inside of us that helps us continue to lend a hand to those in need. It is God inside of us working to change what is not God-like. We are blessed!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Whatever you wish there was more of, be that.

Whatever you want your relationships and friendships to be, be that.

Whatever you want the world to be, be that.

If you want there to be less fear and more love in the world, start with yourself.

If you want there to be less stress, anxiety, depression and tension in the world, start with yourself.

If you want the world to be a more peaceful place, fairer, more generous and compassionate, start with yourself. ~ Anthony Robbins

Monday, July 19, 2010

Are you encouraged or inspired by your own dreams? If not, speak louder, dream bigger, believe stronger, act more. Be blessed!

Friday, July 16, 2010

"Where there is faith ... there is hope. Where there is hope ... there is possibility. Where there is possibility ... there is victory. Never stop believing!" ~ Mighty Inspiration

Thursday, July 15, 2010

This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, Love to complete your life.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

"It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is." ~ Hermann Hesse

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Follow your heart. You heart is your key connection to your soul's purpose. Be blessed!

Monday, July 12, 2010

On days when you feel stuck - MIX IT UP! Give something away, clear a cluttered corner, move the furniture or try a new recipe. Do something you've never done (or not in a long time). See how the change in focus changes the energy. In all things be blessed!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Search your heart for the answers you need. God still speaks to us - we just need to learn how to listen. Follow a hunch, go after a nudge, listen to you heartbeat faster as you get closer to your truth. You too can do this. Be blessed!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

We the people ... salute the flag for it is the symbol of the freedom of all men and women bestowed by God and fought for by our forefathers and current patriots. God bless America and let freedom ring! Happy 4th of July!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

If you can't do it all - do what you can. If you can't save them all - save who you can. If you can't reach them all - reach who you can. Do what is in your power to do and be blessed!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Yesterday I attended the funeral of a nun who taught at my HS. She was there for 40+ years and was a dear, sweet woman full of life, love and spirit. Even at 91 she still made her way there every day to talk, listen, & cheer on faculty, students & athletes. She was the epitomy of a loving woman of faith. While she chose a life that set her apart she was by her demeanor and loving ways, a part of every family that came through the school. She was a delightful little pixie of a woman who managed to earn the respect and love of more people than most "giants" of our society. She was an icon. May each of us strive to be a fraction of the loving influence that Sr. Michaleen was. RIP Sr. Mike - you are loved!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Celebrate the blessing of finding something (or someone) who was lost! Be blessed!

Friday, June 25, 2010

You have the power to change the world because you have the power to change yourself. Bring your best self and you make all the difference. Be blessed!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Difference He Made
By Randy Poole

Amidst the morning mist of the swift returning tide
I set out on my daily run, my walkman on my side.
Lost within my private world apart from cares and woes
I ran along the moistened shore, the sand between my toes.

In the distance, I saw a boy, as busy as can be.
He was running, stooping, picking up, and tossing in the sea.
Just what he threw, I couldn't tell, I looked as I drew near.
It seemed to be a rock or shell - as I approached him I could hear:

"Back you go, where you belong. You are safe now hurry home.
Your family's waiting for you little starfish, hurry on!"
It seemed the evening tide had washed the starfish on the shore,
And the swift receding water left a thousand there or more.

And this self-appointed saviour, was trying one-by-one
To toss them back into the sea, against the racing sun.
I saw his plight was hopeless, that most of them would die.
I called out from my private world, "Hey Kid, why even try?"

"Must be at least a thousand here, strewn along the beach,
And even if you had the time, most you'll never reach.
You really think it makes a difference, to waste your time this way?"
And then I paused and waited, just to hear what he would say.

He stooped and took another, and looked me in the eye.
"It makes a difference to this one sir, this starfish will not die!"
With that, he tossed the little life, back where there was hope.
He stooped to take another. I could tell this was no joke.

The words that he spoke to me cut like a surgeon's knife.
Where I saw only numbers, he saw only life.
He didn't see the multitude of starfish on the sand.
He only saw the little life he held there in his hand.

He didn't stop to argue, to prove that he was right.
He just kept tossing starfish in the sea with all his might.
So I too stooped, and I picked up, and I tossed into the sea,
And I thought, just what a difference, that this boy has made in me.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

God is sufficient for all of our needs - whether emotional, spiritual, physical or financial. We need as much faith as we do action to get through the toughest of times, as well as the victories. Be blessed!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

"God determines who walks into your's up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay, and who you refuse to let go." ~ Anonymous

Monday, June 21, 2010

Give without reservation. If you open your hand just a little you will be able to receive just a little. If you open your hands and arms wide, you'll be able to receive an arm full. Be blessed!
"Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you." ~ Augustine of Hippo

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day to the fathers and (and single mothers) out there. May you and your families be blessed!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Even when things don't go as we plan - they always go as they are supposed to. Keep the faith and be blessed!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Separate yourself from all that is creating doubt and question about your worth. You are worthy, not because you somehow "earn" it but because God, who created you as a masterpiece, says that you are worthy! Be blessed!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

In the still moments of the night or the whisper of dawn - those are the times when our spirit is most open to the nudging and voice of God. Listen and be blessed!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

"Nobody can prevent you from choosing to be exceptional." ~ Mark Sanborn
In this moment, someone in your life is watching - amazed by your talents, cheering you on, loving you without abandon. Be blessed!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Sometimes to clear the pain in life you need personal awareness, forgiveness, and the help of those who love you. You have all you need if you look for it. Be blessed!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Check out my new video trailer for my book, MIGHTY INSPIRATION, Love Letters from God. Be blessed!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

"You weren’t an accident. You weren’t mass produced. You aren’t an assembly line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on the earth by the Master Craftsman." ~ Max Lucado
"Life is like a coin....You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once." ~ Lillian Dickson

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Usually opportunity doesn't come in a shiny "package" that catches our eye or captures our imagination. But you will find it in the unmet needs of others, in the challenge that keeps coming around, in the task that looks too big. Opportunities are earned or thrust upon us at inconvenient times. And that timing is al...ways perfect. Take the opportunity before you and be blessed!

Monday, June 7, 2010

We must be the voice for those who cannot speak. We must hold the hope for those who cannot find their own. We must live the faith for those whose struggle to build it. Be blessed!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it." ~ Lou Holtz

Friday, June 4, 2010

There comes that moment in every challenge when the tide turns. Something shifts and you begin the uphill climb. It's a sweet moment - look for it so you don't miss it. Be blessed!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

"Long shots do come in and hard work, dedication and perseverance will overcome almost any prejudice and open almost any door." ~ John H. Johnson

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Every day, every challenges and every success give you clues to your true gifts and purpose. Be blessed!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Be still and know that I am God .... thank you Lord, I'm listening! Be blessed!

Monday, May 31, 2010

God Bless America and all who serve! Be blessed!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Its memorial weekend & time to honor all who defend our freedom. Love & thanks to my grandpas - Juel Bernard & James M Miller - WWII vets, my brother Jimmy - Marine survivor of Bierut & all friends/family who have served. Tell us, which service person can we help you honor this weekend? Be blessed!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

"I am always amazed that when I go as far as I can possibly see, I can then see further."
- Michael Bloxton

Thursday, May 27, 2010

This Memorial Day weekend let us pray for, honor and appreciate all those who have fought to defend our freedom. Let us reach out a hand of peace and reconciliation to our fellow man/woman in a gesture that honors what they were fighting for. Let us be peacemakers and peacekeepers. Be blessed!
“The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.” ~ Ralph W. Sockman

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

We all know the golden rule - Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. But do you know the platinum rule - Do unto others as they would want you to do unto them. Think about it and be blessed!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6
Words have tremendous power but they can only do 1 of 2 things - create or destroy. How are you using your words today? Create and be blessed!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Be bold, daring and unafraid. Be a leader and explorer. Be a mentor and a friend. Be yourself and be blessed!
Never forget - you are the Sculptor NOT the sculpture. Behave like a creator because you create your own life. Be blessed!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

If you don't have a dream that takes your breath away or gives you goosebumps - then what are you waiting for? Real living involves adventure, risk, faith and action. Be blessed!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

"The greatest gift you can give to yourself and to the progress of your dreams and desires is the choice to no longer carry the offenses that others have made against you. You can lay it down." ~ Barbara B Miller - MIGHTY INSPIRATION

Friday, May 21, 2010

The People in the Window

When I was a little girl I was always known to be a daydreamer.  It was my escape from the world and reality that I would rather not be living in.  One of my frequent daydreams has actually remained with me through the years.  It's a classic one we all know. I'm the girl out on the street or in the car or bus.  The weather outside is raging and it's either raining or snowing.  You know - the kind of weather that makes you feel cold to the bone no matter what the season is. 

And then you see them.  Smiling people sitting in the little diner enjoying the warmth of the cozy atmosphere.  Or maybe they are home and their loved ones are gathered around for a meal or party.  You see them laughing and sense that you can almost hear them as well.  They might be looking over their shopping treasures, playing a game, or just sitting with heads close together sharing a secret or reminiscing.  In those moments it always seems dark outside and so warm and welcoming as you look in their window bathed in light.  If you try hard enough you can nearly smell the coffee or hear the crackle of a fireplace that is central to the scene.  You can pick out the details of their appearance - the warm scarf around the neck or the twinkle of their earrings as they nod their head in conversation.  I cherish those daydreamy scenes because they evoke a sense of sentimental nostalgia.  They plant the seed of desire for the cozy company of friends and family close in proximity to the starkness outside but light years away from the ache of loneliness or the shiver of  the cold.

So that brings me to today.  I was pleasantly surprised by a chance opportunity to have lunch with my college aged daughter.  We don't often get to steal away those moments to pause and catch up.  As we were sitting in the little local coffee shop that is our favorite, it got really dark and started to pour down rain outside.  It was not the gentle sprinkles of late spring but the hard driving rain of a quick storm.  We were sitting at the tall cafe table in the alcove surrounded by the 3 big picture windows. As I looked up to glance out at the rain I saw the cars slowing at the stop light.  There she was - a girl passing by in a car just looking back at me.  In that moment it struck me as only daydreams that come true really can - we were the people in the window! 

It gave me pause and I took a mental snapshot of that moment.  I was in a cute, cozy little restaurant with my favorite girl.  We were laughing and chatting and enjoying both the atmosphere and each other's company.  We had things to share and giggle about as we enjoyed the sweet taste of the flavor-spiked coffee and hot chocolate that we so enjoy there. 

I know I will cherish this day for a long time.  In our spontaneous, brief moment over lunch we got to be the daydream.  We got to be the people in the window.  I feel blessed!

Be blessed too!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I love this song and Lee Dewyze blew it out of the house! It actually gave me goose bumps. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Do you know what your ministry to the world is? Rock it and be blessed!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Do not suffer alone. God always sends us out "2 by 2" so that we do not have to carry the burdens of life alone and we have someone to celebrate the victories with. Lean on your friends and be blessed!
Celebrate all that we have in common for it gives us community. Celebrate all that we have in differences for it gives us opportunities for greater impact and more gifts in the world. Be blessed!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Never give up! You don't want to quit 5 minutes before the miracle shows up. Be blessed!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

You are the answer to someone's prayer. Be blessed!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Let your faith overcome your fear. Speak your victory over your troubles. Be strong in the face of the unknown and you will have all the support that you need. Be blessed!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

I was a guestblogger for Paula Phillips and she did a great review of my book. Follow this link and scroll down a wee bit to check it out: Be blessed!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

"Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the fire of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared." - The Buddha

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Seek and you shall find. That works for good and for bad. Whatever you look for in yourself, in others, in the world, in your opportunities ... you will find. Seek the good and be blessed!
Check out this wonderful review of my book, MIGHTY INSPIRATION, Love Letters from God. Be blessed!
"God and the universe are conspiring on my behalf". ~ Unknown

Monday, May 10, 2010


Today I had a conversation with a friend about "interdependency". 

You hear alot about co-dependency which really is an ineffective, disempowering way for us to go about life.  But interdependency is so much different. 

Interdependency is about trust, accountability, and support.  When we are interdependent we must trust that the other person will keep their commitments and do their part of the equation.  We must hold ourselves and each other accountable for our areas of expertise and our promises to bring that to the task at hand.  And lastly we must agree to be a support to each other when it's time for an "all hands on deck" call for help.  It is powerful and empowering to know that we can build upon each others' strength to fulfill the need at hand.  That is interdependency.  That's how relationships, friendships, marriages, families, communities and companies actually work in a healthy and forward-moving fashion. 

Does this line up with your truth?  Are you living in a co-dependent or interdependent fashion?

Sunday, May 9, 2010

I've had a birth mother to bring me life, an adoptive mother to give me a life, grandmothers, a godmother, aunts and lovely women to show me a mother's love. I honor them all. As a mother myself - I am blessed. Be blessed too!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

You do not need to "prove" righteousness to anyone. You do not need to "convince" someone else to believe. Simply show them truth in your actions. Be blessed!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Truth and love are always an inspiration! Be blessed!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Mighty Inspiration, Love Letters from God

There are so many women like me, over 40, going through life changes.  This seems to be the time when we search for any spiritual direction as to who we are and what we are here to accomplish.  We start to wonder if we are having a crisis of identity or a spiritual awakening.  Who we were just a few years ago - wife and mother, just doesn't exist for us today or in our near future. 

Are you in that place?  Are you wondering what God has to say about this spiritual shift in your existence? He is the author of all truth and He lovingly provides revelation and answers.  To see what spiritual message from God is available for you, check out my book, MIGHTY INSPIRATION, Love Letters from God.

Be blessed!
Barbara Bernard Miller

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Book Review of MIGHTY INSPIRATION, Love Letters from God

I received such a lovely book review by Barbara Robinson today and would love to share it with you.  Check out her blog at:

Be blessed!

Possibilities of Spring

There is something about spring that makes me want to plant things.  I can't explain it as I am not one for gardening or tending the yard at any other time of year.  I usually think nature is a wonderous thing as long as I just have to "look" at it.  But transformational seasons of Fall (my favorite) and Spring are just, well ... different.  Spring's air still has a crisp feel to it when the wind gets wipping up.  I love that because it brings the sent of lilacs rushing at me.  The tiny leaves and buds and flowering trees give me a sense of hope and wonder.  One would think I would have outgrown such emotions as I'm not a "spring chicken" contemplating the world.  But I am definitely a spring fan!

So, I sit and swing; plot and plan; shop and dig and bask in the possibilities of Spring.

Be blessed!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Until Now!

I had a wonderful conversation this weekend that really made me stop and pause. I'm still taking it all in actually but the 2 words she gave me are tiny in "stature" but huge in significance. Until Now!

Do you see the power in this? No matter what my complaints about my life, my body, my self esteem, my troubles, my .... whatever, can all be punctuated with the words, "until now". Until now, that was my story, or that was my reality. Until now I had limits (mostly self-imposed). Until now I struggled. Until now I didn't see the big picture. Until now.

With that ending of the sentence, I can begin a new way. Now, and going forward I can envision and declare a new way to be and feel and act and react. I am forever grateful for the positive, loving permission to change that "until now" affords me. Thank you Cynthia Segal. Your words and wisdom are powerful and empowering.

"Until now" is changing my life! Will you allow it to change yours too?

Be blessed!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Faith or Religion

It's Easter week - holy of holy days and the time of year that is split between the sorrow of Passion and the elation of the Resurrection.  This is the week that always makes me pause and reflect on what my faith is all about. 

So many people intermix the terms "religion" and "faith".  But in my mind and life they are very different. 

My faith is my relationship with God.  My faith is that state of being where I know who and what I am.  It's my awareness of my identity as a Christian. It's that space in my life where I talk to God the Father as my Daddy, Jesus the Son as my best friend, and the Holy Spirit as my true and faithful guide.  I don't know who I would be or how I would survive this life without my faith.  I have always lived my life steadfast in my faith.  It is who I am.

My religion is my community.  It is the place I go to worship and praise.  Religion is where man (and woman) wrestle with and interpret the rules of engagement with life, each other, morals, society, and sometimes God.  I must admit, I have not always been steadfast in my religion.  I have spent days in my youth questioning the purpose of such an institution, particularly when I would see those who practice it in church, turn right around and disregard it in the street or in their homes.  My religion is where I go and what I do.  It is not who I am.

So, this Easter, as with all others, I am pleased to reflect and ponder on the greatest sacrifice and gift - the life of Christ, laid down for mine.  I am looking forward to living my faith in my house of religion.  May you find your peace and faith in the house of religion in your life.

Be blessed with the knowledge that you are loved, you are freed and you are saved in Christ Jesus.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Heartprints - A man and his mission that touched my heart

If you know me or know my book, MIGHTY INSPIRATION, Love Letters from God, you know that I am powerfully moved by God's message of love, hope and encouragement for us.  God's desire for us to use our gifts and talents to change the world has inspired me to introduce you to a man and an organization that you likely haven't heard about but which has come to capture my heart.

Have you ever met someone for a brief time and just simply and awesomely been inspired? That has happened to me recently when I met Brian Siegel, founder of Heartprints.  His story is compelling as he has come through true hardship as his family went through transitions.  He was raised with his sister by a single mother who was a social worker. He knew the art and power of giving through her example. She also taught him faith and perseverence. In the midst of his growing years he was also the recipient of community help when the family was without a home and needed to humbly ask for assistance.  In spite of the hardships and the humilities that he passed through, Brian is a winner.  He worked hard in school and in sports and was able to rise up from his meager beginnings and earn a scholarship to get his college degree from the University of Cincinnati and his masters from Xavier University here in Cincinnati.

He has never forgotten his childhood or his mother's teachings.  He has been a giver and a volunteer for so long that it is part of his very nature and being.  Now, in spite of the fate of our times and being layed off from work himself, he works tirelessly to grow and develop his own charitable work.  He is the founder of Heartprints, which truly is the handiwork of his passion.  He is involved locally in mentoring, outreach and job search assistance.  He has made connections worldwide so that his giving nature can impact people around the globe.  His start-up 501(c)(3) non-profit initiative is growing and expanding.  Every time I speak with him I am renewed in my belief that his heart and his mission will indeed impact countless lives.

I'm honored to have crossed paths with this soft-spoken, generous human being. I'm proud to say that I want and will help support his efforts. I am delighted to volunteer my time, talent, and treaure to support his efforts both here at home and around the world.

I invite you to find out more about Brian, his mission and his organization. I pray that you also will be inspired and will be drawn to help this man make a difference in our world.

Be blessed!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Divine Connections

Since I wrote my book, MIGHTY INSPIRATION, Love Letters from God, I have noticed some things that were likely always true but never recognized.  One of those things is the abundance of connections that are made available to me. Now, I notice that when I identify a question, issue, problem or quandry - I simply ask for the right connection.  And usually within hours but always within days, the answer or person who can help me appears.

My friend laughs that she can "conjure" people up just by speaking about them.  It's kind of the same thing.  And eerily - she DOES conjure people up. hahaha  It's like the times when you think of someone and they suddenly write or call.  Or you dream about someone and they show up.  I used to think these were pure coincidences but now ... well I don't believe in coincidences.  We are all, always attracting to us that which we think of and declare.

So, next time you needs something - ask for the connection and see what happens.  It's fun once you start to pay attention.

Be blessed!

Saturday, February 27, 2010


It seems these days there are so many people in need of prayers.  There are the people of Haiti, many friends with illnesses, cancers, and diseases, abused and displaced people, orphans and unemployed, and many more.  Now - Chile with this huge 8.8 earthquake and the surrounding countries under Tsunami alert.  I sit here in middle America knowing that what I have to give seems so little and yet it is still critical to give.  I can give money, volunteer for charities, donate food and clothing and even blood.  These things I do and yet it seems so ineffective. 

All I have beyond the physical is my faith. It is with great longing that I offer up these people and more to the hands of God for help, peace and blessing.  I know my prayers do not go unnoticed or unanswered ... and so I pray.  Will you join me?

Be blessed!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Virtual Friends

I'm feeling especially blessed these days.  I always treasure my family and friends ... now I'm learning to truly value my "virtual" friends as well.  In the beginning when I started blogging and using Facebook and Twitter I really thought this was a big black hole that I would be talking to myself in.  And in the beginning I was cautious - one friend here or there.  Then those friends were suggesting friends and connections.  Over time I have found that God is in those connections.  I've met other authors, book promoters, Christians and like-minded people from all over the place. I find that my hands are open to both give and receive in this venue and, as always, God is generous beyond measure to fill my hands with new friends and connections.

Be blessed - all of my family and friends, no matter where you are from or how I've met you!

Friday, January 29, 2010

I'm Inspired!

I am so inspired by people who are not famous celebrities and yet they take their "ordinary" lives and do great things with them.  I've recently heard of and/or met people who are adopting children that other's have turned away, or are volunteering great amounts of time or money in spite of working two jobs to support their family, or diligently tending to the sick or elderly, or they've created a charity because they see need in front of their face that they can't live with.  I'm in awe at how much of their spirit they are sharing in the world.

In my book, MIGHTY INSPIRATION, Love Letters from God, the foundational message is all about identifying and using our gifts.  We have the ability to use the spirit inside of us to change our world - one person, one small act of kindness at a time.  I'm still discovering my gifts - and the best part is ... there is no wrong answer.  If my heart is leading me in any direction, it really is the best direction for me at this moment in time.  So, this month I'm adding two new community activities/charities to my plate. I do this not so that I feel better about myself but because I want to find a way to make a difference.  I want my heart and hands to join with others to create a world I'm dreaming of.

I hope that you are discovering your gifts and forging bravely into action as you stir up your passions!

Be blessed!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Today I learned a new lesson about blessings and connections.

I was meeting with a new friend from one of my social networking sites to get a bit of advice.  Wow did I ever get a good God surprise!  After just a few moments I knew this meeting was divinely orchestrated.  Not only was I blown away by the connections this person had and so naturally navigated, but I was awestruck and inspired by his vision for his young non-profit organization.  He has so many pieces already coming together to make this a true reality, branching out into mentoring, job finding assistance, and charitable community outreach.  I was duly impressed.

And to top off the blessing, I was honored when he asked me to join the board of directors for his charity!  I thought I was coming to learn about networking.  I did. And I left being blessed with yet another connection that links my passion for inspiring, encouraging and helping people with the work I can do in the world.

Thanks Brian!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Humanity for Haiti

I am so saddened by the news that comes out of Haiti.  Whether it's about the poverty of the nation, the horrors of the aftermath of the earthquake, or the images and stories of the dead, dying, or barely surviving, I cannot watch the devastation of that nation without a profound sadness settling over me.

There is no way to understand why this happened and yet we will all search for the answers.  There have always been natural disasters on the earth that affected widespread groups of humanity. And, because of this I know that there will always be more.  For those that are gone, I believe they are safely and beautifully in the arms of God. Their journey in this world has ended only to begin their eternal communion with their Creator.

What does that leave for us? It leaves the opportunity to make an impact for those that remain. Our world's attention is drawn to this nation in a way that is opposite of how we so effectively ignored it before. We as a collective humanity can pour out our attention, our compassion, our assistance and our inborn generosity to actually change and rebuild the poorest country in our hemisphere. We can, if only we will, change the future of this nation for good in a way that we have never been willing to do before.

My wish is that humanity will reach out to other dire nations in the world like Haiti in times before natural destruction and not just after them.  I am watching and hoping that we all do what we can - whether it's money, goods, services, prayers, teaching, healing, etc. We are facing a chance to be a part of the rescuing and rebuilding of a neighbor. May God assist us in our work and may we succeed in using our gifts to make a difference, this time and the next.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


This book, MIGHTY INSPIRATION, Love Letters from God, has offered me many number of new opportunities.  My life is filled in a different way as I learn about author subjects and resources, networking and marketing.  Who knew that just a year ago I'd be sitting here as a published author with fans on my FB fan page: and readers spreading the word about my books and website:  I've had many talk radio interviews in various states and on national radio.  The word is spreading and I feel so fortunate for all the opportunities!

I have a new opportunity starting up as Judi Wheeldon includes me in her work called "I Read Your Book".  She will be reading my book and blogging about it for 7 days.  I'm anxious to hear the insights of another Christian as they let in the words of God as they were given to me.  I'm excited that more and more people will hear the message and be blessed.

So, make sure you check out Judi's blog:  And to sweeten the deal, Judi will be giving a signed copy of the book to one of her readers.  Be sure to comment on her blog so you're included in the opportunity.

Be blessed!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Snow Days

There's something about a snow day that makes me feel like a child again.  Not sure if it's the big fluffy flakes that turn to crystal on the window panes or the feelilng like everything is pure and new again.  Today I could see nothing but white as I looked out my window and it put me in a very nostalgic mood. 

I know the neighborhood kids were grateful for a romp and sled ride.  I even saw a dog running and playing, trying to catch a snowflake or too and it made me laugh outloud.  How good it feels to laugh outloud, even when I'm alone.

So, I grabbed me a big mug of hot chocolate, added in the overflowing pre-requisite load of marshmallows and just looked at the bright splendor of it.  Taking a few minutes just to marvel at the beauty of nature was a wonderful break in my day.  Clears the mind and the soul.

For those of you living in warmer climates - yes I long to join you there. But today, with the beauty that I see, I know I won't long for the summer just yet.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Counting Angels

I am so amazed every day by the number of angels that flit (and walk) into my life.  It doesn't matter if it's a special day or an ordinary Tuesday, I seem to be surrounded by them. 

Do you notice the angels in your life? Here's just a few I ran into today:

* The guy who let me into the correct lane during jam packed traffic so I wouldn't miss my exit or my appointment.
* My friend who helped me pick up my papers when they went scattering on the floor.
* The acquaintance who popped in on my facebook to see how life was for me today.
* My oral surgeon who saved me from losing a couple of teeth.
* My boss who was more worried about my safety in driving to work than in whether I got there on time.
* My neighbor who always uses his snowblower on my sidewalk without telling me - I still don't know which one it is.
* A stranger who offered to help me with some technical problems just because he knew how.
* My puppy who adores me (even though I didn't share my supper with her).
* My aunt who is so proud of me that she buys and hands out my book just because she can.
* My colleague who knew I was out so she set up my meeting for me without hesitation or being asked.
* The postal worker who kept his window open past closing because he saw me approaching the door with packages.
* My friend who prayed for me and sent me a lovely email just because she was thinking of me.

My list could go on but I just thought I'd share since I was sitting here counting my angels.  Be blessed!


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Christmas Letter from Jesus

I saw this posted on a friend's FB status and had to repost.  It puts so much into perspective!  Read, enjoy and be blessed!

Dear Children,

It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking My name out of the season. Maybe you've forgotten that I wasn't actually born during this time of the year and that it was some of your predecessors who decided to celebrate My birthday on what was actually a time of pagan festival, although I do appreciate being remembered anytime.

How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own. I don't care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate My birth, just GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

Now, having said that let Me go on. If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn't allow a scene depicting My birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santas and snowmen and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn. If all My followers did that there wouldn't be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be many of them all around town.

Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree, instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who made all trees. You can remember Me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish: I actually spoke of that one in a teaching, explaining who I am in relation to you and what each of our tasks were. If you have forgotten that one, look up John 15: 1 - 8.

If you want to give Me a present in remembrance of My birth here is my wish list. Choose something from it:

1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way My birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. I know, they tell Me all the time.

2. Visit someone in a nursing home. Not just during Christmas time, but all through the year. You don't have to know them personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.

3. Instead of writing George complaining about the wording on the cards his staff sent out this year, why don't you write and tell him that you'll be praying for him and his family this year. Then follow up. It will be nice hearing from you again.

4. Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can't afford and they don't need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of My birth, and why I came to live with you down here. Hold them in your arms and remind that I love them.

5. Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.

6. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless? Since you don't know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile; it could make the difference.

7. Instead of nit picking about what the retailer in your town calls the holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm smile and a kind word. Even if they aren't allowed to wish you a 'Merry Christmas' that doesn't keep you from wishing them one.

8. If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary- especially one who takes My love and Good News to those who have never heard My name.

9. Here's a good one. There are individuals and whole families in your town who not only will have no 'Christmas' tree, but neither will they have any presents to give or receive. If you don't know them, buy some food and a few gifts and give them to the Salvation Army or some other charity which believes in Me and they will make the delivery for you.

10. Finally, if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty to Me, then behave like a Christian. Don't do things in secret that you wouldn't do in My presence. Let people know by your actions and words that you are one of mine.

Don't forget; I am God and can take care of Myself. Just love Me and do what I have told you to do. I'll take care of all the rest. Check out the list above and get to work; time is short. I'll help you, but the ball is now in your court. And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those whom you love and remember:


Thursday, November 12, 2009


I have always been curious about my purpose in life.  I'm sure you have too.  But sometimes I got overwhelmed with the daily routines, the small and large hurts in life, and even the celebrations.  I got into ruts and habits that swept away my days and nights.  I made no progress on my quest to know just who I am and why on earth that I'm on the earth. 

Now that my life is much quieter, what with being an empty nester, I have time to ponder this.  That's the typical ebb and flow of life I guess.  That's what the quiet times of "middle age" affords us. 

So, I've been pondering.  Nope, I haven't found the grand answer of all answers but I have found some clues.  When I look back over my life from youth through parenthood I can see my "threads." I can see what caused me to lose my "voice" and follow someone else.  I can see the times when I was distracted by the shiny object off in the distance.  Sometimes it was the glitter of hope and sometimes just a piece of glass that was meaningless.  I can see the bright spots where my faith and passion shined through and I was carried away with excitement and purpose.

For me, there's always been an element of messenger to those bright spots.  I may not have been the hero but I could tell the story of the hero.  I may not have been the savior but I could teach about the Savior.  I may not have been the star but I can point the way to the star.  There is peace in this - knowing what my place is.  So - I can now breath and know my gift (at least it's one of the major ones). 

What is your gift?  What's that thing you do that excites you and centers you all at the same time?  Do you know?  Is your life quiet enough for you to explore?  Just wondering ....

Saturday, September 5, 2009


This week I had a converstion with a friend about the science of healing.  Most people think of healing as that in the physical - requiring biology, medicine, and technology.  What we often forget about is the other aspects of healing.  Healing of hearts, minds, emotions, spirit, friendships, relationships and soul.  There is a "science" to each of these healings but they aren't about the physical sciences you learn about in school.

For example - I have recently become the owner of a puppy which has it's challenges and it's rewards.  One of the unexpected outcomes was the ability to receiving healing from this puppy.  It's such a synergistic relationship.  She relies on me for food, water, exercise, time, and those essentials.  But I have come to rely on her for the healing of my energy after a day of work or problem solving.  Yes, there's the obvious unconditional love that we all know about.  I mean a deeper healing.  When we find ourselves staring deeply into the eyes of another creature or person there's an energy exchange that is healing.  Oh, this sounds kind of silly when I read it on the screen but it's real and I'm just becoming aware more and more lately about energy exchange and what it feels like and what it looks like.  I already know about what this is like with other people but was surprised to feel it from an animal. 

So ... now I'm on a journey to learn about healing energies.  Join me?

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Dreaming ... lately I've been finding myself doing much more dreaming. Not the kind when you go to sleep and you never know if you are going to have a good one or a bad one. I mean the kind of dreaming when you get to create the future you want to have. Day dreaming. Over the past several years I've been doing alot of research, reading, learning, and listening about this concept of creating our own reality. I've come to believe in it on many levels. Sure you hear about the law of attraction as it relates to money because that's what we often think about wanting to attract. (It works by the way.) But I've also learned that the law of attraction is much deeper than that. I attract like minded people and the experiences I fret about or focus on. But I also attract spiritual awakening and emotional healing. Part of that is about setting the intention to be open and receiving it. I've learned how to do that. Part of it is in the willingness to open my hands and heart wide enough to loosen the grips on the barriers I set. Whether that is a long held belief or an assumption about what others think about my own ability or what I think about what's possible - I have to be aware of letting it go.

As the cliche goes, the more I know the more I know I don't know. Same here. I don't know how it all works. I don't know what other barriers I haven't bumped into yet that need to be released. I don't yet know how big my dreams can go. But I keep on dreaming. I start posing questions to myself, like, "If money wasn't an issue I'd ...." or "If I could achieve my biggest success I'd ..." or "If anyone could walk into my world I'd pick ..." These kinds of day dreams are different than the one's I used to have where I would day dream about tripping, or getting lost, or having a disagreement, or having just enough to get by ... or not.

So I ask you - are you dreaming? What kinds of dreams do you have? Are they big enough? Wildly fantasic enough? Are they ambitious enough? Are they motivational enough?

Come dream with me!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Good-bye Icons

There's a sadness in the world this summer. There are so many celebrity deaths that everywhere I go I hear people talking about them. It seems we always hear of famous people dying in sets of 3. That seems to be the way we categorize it and the way we are aware of it. There seems to be something extra sad about this summer though - multiple sets of 3 in very close timing. Big names - really big names like Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, Walter Kronkite. These are the names of my childhood. These are the iconic people I remember watching and admiring for their talent at the top of their game. I related to them in some way, or looked at them as the ultimate "possibility". Their names are lingering in the air. Their talent still shining in our collective consciousness.

What is it about losing icons that makes such an intense universal impact? Why are we still talking and hearing and reading about them? It's not like we knew these people intimately. We may think we knew all about them but all we knew was what someone else wrote or assumed or the little glimpse of them showing their talent. We don't really know them at all! They weren't family. They weren't friends. They weren't even acquaintances. What are they really? Role models - maybe some. Idols - likely yes to many. But it has to be more than those superficial connections that keep us hanging on to them. I wonder why it's so difficult for us to say rest in peace and let them go.

For me, it's hard to think of someone close to my age being gone. Someone who's face I recognize at a mere glimpse and who's voice I know by heart. It's like a part of my childhood is "poof" ... gone. It's a certain reminder of my own mortality. And it makes me wonder at the level of impact I've had. Have I done enough? Am I just coasting through life with my small circle of influence? Do I even have a legacy that people will remember? Maybe that's part of the impact. Losing people from the face of the earth that have clearly impacted so many makes us wonder about our own impact. I have work to do. I have people to love, encourage, teach, learn from, and inspire.

So, for now I say to Ed, Farrah, Michael, Billy, Walter and all the others. Go swiftly into the embrace of God. Rest in Him! We will remember you as we carry on!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


I recently sent my foreign exchange student back home after being with me and my daughter for a full school year. The experience was something I've wanted to do since I was in high school day dreaming about jetting off around the world on adventures. So this past year I decided to take advantage of my daughter's final year of high school and make this happen.

Our student was a lovely girl from Norway. From the very beginning she seemed to fit our family well - she liked similar shows and activities as my daughter. She wanted to dabble in American sports and she signed up for several sports throughout the year. She worked hard in the beginning to get a handle on the US school system, and a Catholic private school at that (nope, she wasn't Catholic, and she wasn't religious in any form). Things got off to a great start.

We hit some snags but that's to be expected along the way. I'm not sure if it was cultural or just the personality of our student but she didn't bond with us in the tight way I had heard other students do with their families. At times I felt like she was simply on a 10 month vacation and sometimes I felt we were in her way because of our conservative beliefs and behaviors. We're not monks of course but we certainly couldn't compete with the California lifestyle I later found out she wished to have on her exchange.

At the end of the day I have no regrets. I'm glad to have done it. I'm glad to have provided this experience for my daughter and for our exchange student. But I'm also left wondering. I ponder whether the lack of bonding meant little to no influence in the life of this girl. She was polite and genial (well, for the most part). But I can't put a finger on whether or not my dream to have her here had much impact on her at all. I wonder if our faith and what she learned about our culture has changed her heart or her behaviors in any way. I wonder whether she went home wiping her brow, glad to have gotten through it. I wonder if I will ever see her again. 10 months is a long time to give emotionally, financially, and spiritually. I feel a connection to her as a mom in a way that I'm pretty sure she doesn't reciprocate. So I wonder and ponder and muse at the level of influence we had on her. I wish for her all the dreams of her young life. I hope that she remembers us and her time here fondly. I hope that a glimpse into our life plants a seed of faith for another day. I wish her love and happiness. And I miss her.

Thursday, May 14, 2009


There are days that come where we all seem to just wander around unable to define who we are and what we are here to do. Have you ever noticed that people tend to drift during times of "in between crisis" and "in between celebrations"? Why is it that our lives are all about circumstances dictating our moods or our thoughts or our actions? Shouldn't it be the other way around? Shouldn't it be that passion and commitment and decision drive our attitudes and actions?

I'm learning about this concept and trying to put into motion the changes based on what I choose. If life is about choices then that should include the choice of action, reaction, emotion, and mood. Yep ... still learning. Yep ... still practicing.

I do notice that the times when my life seems to be really rocking along in a good and powerful way I feel that I am in charge. I don't feel swept away by emotion in those moments. I feel like I am the cause of those emotions. I don't feel like I'm drifting but rather that I'm driving.

So, today, as the weather is gloomy and full of "liquid sunshine" I choose to continue to deliberate with myself about my level of control over what I think and what I feel. I choose to leave the drifting feeling on the sideline and get into the game of life again.

What do you think?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Who Do You Inspire?

In my work as a Human Resources Manager for a large corporation I tend to meet alot of people. A whole lot. When I add in the work I do as a Myers-Briggs certified trainer, I meet a bunch more. Every once in a while I meet someone who absolutely, hands-down inspires me. It's electric and enchanting when it happens!

I've been thinking about what it is that touches me so much about these people and I think I finally figured it out - because they are all about making the lives of others better. Simple isn't it. They don't even do it in big, grand or sweeping ways - they do it in everyday life. They are easy to talk to. They are genuine in their concern for those that don't even usually have a voice in the matter. They are humble and kind. They aren't donating wings of hospitals. (Don't get me wrong - that's pretty spectacular!) But the people that truly inspire me are the ones that make me happy to be me and happy to know them. Which is pretty much the basis for love - love grows when we are happy to be ourselves with someone else.

Simple ... simple ... simple.

I wonder, just wonder, if I am ever the person who inspires another. Do I measure myself against the right success criteria? Do I make them happy to be who they are when they are with me? Am I self-aware enough to notice?

If you want to see someone who I think is inspiring by venturing to spread smiles, peace and happiness in these difficult and worrisome times - check out Paul Wesselman and his uRock campaign. And then, check out this video on youTube:


Monday, April 20, 2009


I am amazed at the blessings of friendship I have received over the years. As a child growing up in an orphanage (age 3-8) I thought making friends was the scariest thing because none of them ever lasted. Grade school and high school brought a smattering of friends but alas none of them seemed to stick either. I often thought I was destined to be one of those people who was always looking in from the outside. Sad but don't feel sorry for me - I just needed time to grow up and "see" what I really have.

What I've learned is that I don't have to define friendship the old way. I have true, lasting, wonderful friends that I have kept through moves around the world and across town. I approach life differently now. And when I talk to those friends either by email, phone, letter, Christmas card, or Facebook I find that my bond with them hasn't changed. That's because now I define friendship not by the day-to-day intertwining of our lives (although that's a blessing when I have it as well), but rather as a heart-twining that time and space doesn't have the ability to affect.

I love my friends and I truly thank God each day that they have been an integral part of my life. So for today, here's a shout out to my long-distance and short-distance friends. I love you all - and yes, you know who you are!

May today be blessed and tomorrow be better!
Hugs all around,

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Remember Who You Are

Do you ever sometimes forget who you are? Not your name. Not your family. But your faith - do you forget that you are chosen because God created you and He loves you? Sometimes I think it is so easy to forget just who we are.

I think about this as I approach problems and questions. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in seeing the problem that I forget the next step - looking for the solutions. If we always stay stuck in that space of identifying, naming, categorizing, analyzing, giving name to our problems it becomes bigger and stronger in our mind. Take for instance finances. I used to think so much about what the next bill is, when it's due, how much or little I have in the bank to cover it, etc. I never actually moved passed the stage of being in awe of the size of the problem. I never actually remembered that who I am is a child of God. I have the protection of the Creator of the Universe behind me. I have the creative power that He rendered to me at birth, in His likeness. I just need to look for opportunities to use it!

Sometimes the solution is in renaming and reclaiming my power. Be it over destructive habits (in this example, spending or not saving). I sometimes forget that this life is about creating and about possibilities. The possibility to see things from a different angle. The possibility to count my blessings instead of my sorrows. Yes, it's a lofty ideal if it's just that - an ideal. But when I put it into practice - when I really and truly look for and count my blessings, big and small, it overwhelms me how truly loved I am. All problems seem to regain their proper perspective and new ideas and new solutions come into my consciousness. Not because the problem went away but because I remembered who I am and who my source is. There is nothing that can overcome me if I have my eyes, my heart, and my gratitude on the Lord.

So, friends - remember who you are and look for the grand possibilities that exist in this world to overcome.

Be blessed!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Feed your spirit for Easter!

I was just listening to my favorite Christian radio station online and realized that this is probably one of my favorite ways to "feed my spirit". There is something about music that changes my connection to my emotions. It can mellow me out or it can fire me up in a 3 minute time frame. I never really thought about Christian music until I lived in a little town called Connersville, IN about 16 years ago. I'm not much of a country girl so the atmosphere was just ok. But I found in that little town a group of believers. We had weekly Bible study at a friend's home and the house was always filled with the sounds of music - good, uplifting, Christian music. It started my love for this type of music. I listened to it all the time. Then when I came back to Cincinnati and life got busy and my kids turned to teens I listened to what they were listening to. I enjoyed some of it, was shocked by much of it. I certainly provided my "2 cents" worth of opinion on it and banned quite a few things. What a waste of music!

Last year when I had an incredibly spiritual experience and captured it in my book, MIGHTY INSPIRATION: Love Letters from God, I felt my heart shift back toward what feeds my spirit. Now, it's virtually all I listen to. I'm thankful to have this station in my town. They sing me to and from work and fill my life with reminders of what is great and how we can all make a difference in this world. What a blessing.

So, for this Easter, as you go about your day enjoying the eggs, the candy, the kids, the beauty of spring I wish for you a blessing of music to feed your spirit!

May God bless you!

Friday, April 10, 2009

MIGHTY INSPIRATION, Love Letters from God

Today is a great day! My book, MIGHTY INSPIRATION, Love Letters from God is now published and released!

A year ago when I started to hear God's words stir in my heart I never imagined that I could actually write a book or that the book would be published. I had heard and felt God in my life before and it always provided peace or challenge for me in the moment. But this was different! Way different! God's words were so strong inside of me that I had to capture them in writing. He led me on a journey of self discovering and broadening my vision for my purpose on this earth. And he challenged me to help others find their purpose and their gifts for this world. We are all here to make choices - big and small choices that will move the world to a better place. God has a message for all of us. See what he said to me.

Peace and love to all!


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