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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

#TuesdayTreasures: Special Guest Post by Melanie Purifoy!

Good Morning Friends,

Today it is my great pleasure to introduce you to a very special friend of mine. Melanie and I met about ten years ago when we worked together to produce her book, One Touch: A Woman's Journey to Wholeness. Over the span of time, Melanie's life underwent many changes and like a lot of folks, the book rested on her hard drive and in the back of her mind.

Today, One Touch is available for your reading pleasure! I'll share more about the book in a little bit, but first Melanie shares with us something she treasures.....Relationships...

As I contemplate the topic of what I truly treasure, many things come to mind with a brief explosive element of excitement. As a cancer survivor, I feel I should humbly and gratefully say "life". However, my life is truly joyous because of my relationships. The one constant is my life has been the exploring, building, and healthy maintenance with the people in my life. I have studied boundaries and forgiveness. I have worked on my own codependency. And I have learned the importance of patience, compassion, and understanding.

I treasure my friendships, family, mentors, and students. And in each individual case I have come to understand that working to have the healthiest relationship possible is always my gift to myself. I become enlightened in new ways and my perspective shifts into a multi-dimensional view of the world and the people in it.

There was a time when I managed a large number of people in a Fortune 500 company. My strength was influencing people to get jobs completed and deadlines met. I was highly effective at this and prided myself on my ability to take a troubled project and turn it into a finished, fully functioning environment in a matter of a few short weeks. I would fly back home feeling proud and accomplished. However, I could not have told you one thing about any of those people's lives that I had just spent numerous hours with all working together to complete a goal. And once the feeling of pride and accomplishment dissolved, I felt lonely.
Today I treasure the brief visits with my busy children, the phone calls with my aging mother who lives over 800 miles away, and the quiet evenings my husband and I spend as empty-nesters. I cherish my visits with my grandson and share little pearls of insight about God, forgiveness, and loving one's self. He is a wise, old soul for such a young man.

I feel very proud that I have passed down the importance of relationship building to each one of my four children. They too cherish their relationships while maintaining healthy boundaries that nourish their souls.

My interaction with others strengthens my connection to God and enhances my personal relationship with Christ. I value the life lessons that have brought me here. And I will continue to always cherish the people in my life as precious treasures.
Melanie Purifoy draws from her own experience as a two-time cancer survivor bringing to life the character of Rebekah, the bleeding woman healed by Jesus in the New Testament. After being diagnosed with invasive cancer she began a one-day-at-a-time healing path to recovery. Her miracle brought into focus that healing one’s body, mind, and spirit can only be attributed to God’s grace and her willingness to reach out for the gifts He had bestowed upon her.

After training and becoming a certified Heal Your Life coach, a course developed from the methods and philosophy of Louise Hay, Melanie founded Conscious Creations, a support network for cancer survivors, their families, and physicians. Using the principles of forgiveness and acceptance as the basis of her teaching, Melanie conducts workshops and life coaching. One Touch A Woman's Journey to Wholeness is a result of her compassionate insight into the lives of minor characters of the Bible and can be found at Amazon (Kindle) and Smashwords.

Well, I'm sure we can all relate to Melanie treasuring the relationships in her life. Check back Thursday when she shares some thoughts with us on Transparency vs Invisible.

Until then, take care & God Bless!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

#SaturdaySpotlight: Susie Hobson & Loving God With All Your Heart

Good Morning!

Looks like Fall is officially here since our first really cool front has passed through, dropping temperatures into the 60's at night and low to mid 80's during the day. With the changing of seasons, I'm reminded of the song, Every Season by Nicole Nordeman (listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dwpdZdvCl8) and of God's unchanging love. So it is perfect that we have in the spotlight, Susie Hobson with her book, Loving God With All Your Heart brought to us by PrimeStar Publicity....

Are you satisfied with your daily life? Do you run more on empty than full? Do you always feel like there is more out there for you? This book will take you deeper into your heart s desire for a real relationship with God, a powerful relationship that will transform your whole life! Susie Hobson reminds us that the love we all long for begins and ends with a life that is surrendered to Jesus. From her real experience she offers practical application of communing with God through His Word to inspire and encourage a closer walk, resulting in empowerment for faithful living. Susie gives a clear path to the fulfillment of the greatest desire of man s heart God s unfailing love as the foundation for wisdom and serving God in our homes and community. This book should fill a real need among families who long for a Biblical order in the home. Susie s testimony is absorbing.

Loving God with All Your Heart: Keeping the Greatest Commandment in Everyday Life by author Susie Hobson speaks to the deepest, albeit most misunderstood longing of the human heart: the desire to be in an intimate relationship with the Almighty.  A companion, Journal is  also available.

Loving God with All Your Heart can be purchased directly from Nordskog Publishing and at Amazon

Susie Hobson has a B.A. in Special Education and an M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Alabama University, and carried a hearing-impaired and vision-impaired caseload for 16 years. She retired for more time with family and to write as God has called her. She and her husband Rich have two daughters, Whitney and Amelia, live in Montgomery, and attend Lakeview Baptist Church.

Sounds lovely.

Hope you enjoyed the spotlight! Check back weekly for Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlights.

Until next time.....Take care, God Bless and remember.....Live fully~laugh often~love deeply~forgive freely & you will create magic wherever you go

Something to think about!
Inspirational With An Edge!


Thursday, October 1, 2015

#ThursdayThoughts: Present Peace & Joy

Good Morning and Welcome to the first Thursday Thoughts of October 2015!

I'm sure you get tired of me saying this, but.... Where has this year gone?!

Seems impossible to be in October already. Alas, time marches on and as a rule, we march on with it.

The question is, do we do so enjoying peace in the present moment or with fear, worry and regret?

While talking with my daughter the other day I told her a simple truth I am still learning....

The more we practice peace, the more peaceful we and the circumstances around us become....

We tend to get ruffled less quickly and we bounce back more easily.

I believe this same principle applies to experiencing joy in the present moment.

I know, I know, easier said than done.

Or is it?

Here are a few ideas to help you (and myself) strive for and hopefully, (eventually) walk in present joy and peace....

*Stop often throughout your day and ask yourself: What Am I Thinking?
It is a proven fact that our thoughts have (or create) an energy frequency which can result in positive or negative feelings and emotions. If you find yourself worrying about the future or reminiscing and regretting something in the past, you are robbing yourself of present peace and joy. If you make a habit of asking yourself often "what am I thinking" you can then refocus your thoughts in a more positive, peaceful, happy direction.

Now you may wonder how to go about doing this especially if you work outside of your home. How about every time the phone rings, between customers, or tasks? Set a timer if you have to but make a habit of pulling your thoughts into the present moment and meditating (even for a few seconds) on peace and joy.

*Set aside specific time(s) to pray, meditate and practice gratitude.
Practicing gratitude is one of the easiest, quickest and most powerful ways to shift your emotions from negative to positive which results in peace and joy. Again this does not have to be a huge chore or large amount of time. Keep your gratitude journal with you and write one or two things throughout the day.

*Listen to uplifting music or programs.
Turn off the news! If you feel you must be informed, listen to noontime news. Spiritual leaders suggest you spend the first few minutes/hours of the morning and the last before bed in a positive environment. Listening to the news does not generate much of anything positive. Need the weather? Turn on the television or radio within a few minutes of the weather broadcast then turn it off or, like a dear friend of mine says...walk outside.

These are just a few ideas on how to generate and stay in present peace and joy. Establishing these practices may take time but don't give up! And remember....

Something to think about!

Inspirational With An Edge!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

#TuesdayTreasure: Special Guest Post by Beth K Vogt!

Good Morning from Nacogdoches, TX!

I drove up yesterday to spend a few days with my son who is the Spirit Coordinator/Dance Coach for Stephen F Austin State University. He's busier than I am, LOL!

But never too busy for a special guest to share with us something she treasures....

The Treasure of Home

“There’s no place like home…”

In the movie The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy whispers this phrase to herself as she taps together three times the heels of those magical ruby slippers. She repeats the phrase when she returns from the Land of Oz saying, “Oh, Auntie Em – there’s no place like home!”

That fictional Kansas farm girl was right. There is no place like home.

And yet, home – returning home, being home, finding home – can be a complicated process.

You’ve probably also heard the phrase, “You can’t go home again.” It comes from the title of a novel by Thomas Wolfe, and in part, the book deals with how the passing of time prevents the author from going home again.
Not being able to go home again – that struggle is true for a lot of people. Sometimes they’ve been uprooted so many times – like the heroine in my novel, Crazy Little Thing Called Love – there is no “home” to point to. Maybe home disintegrated because of divorce or death. Or maybe their childhood home was a place of pain. Why would they want to go back?

Right now, I have to accept that I can’t go home again. Unforeseen circumstances have separated me from my family of origin. I never imagined this heart-pummeling heartache. I have to trust that God knows what’s going on right this moment – and that He also knows how things might change for the better in the future.

I am thankful that, even as I face the unwanted reality barring me from that one sense of home, He has provided me home here and now – with my husband and our family.

This home is where I belong. There’s no need for pretense or defense. This is where the comfy clothes go on and masks are to be left outside. 

I bought this wooden sign a couple of years ago. It hangs on a wall in my home in the midst of family photos. It describes home best:

In this home …
We do second chances.
We do grace.
We do fun.
We do mistakes.
We do I’m sorrys.
We do loud really well.
We do hugs.
We do family.

There is no other place like this home in my life. No matter where I go, coming home is the best part of any trip. Walking through the front door, I whisper, “I’m home.”

And all is well.

Beth K. Vogt is a non-fiction author who said she’d never write fiction, the wife of an Air Force physician who said she’d never marry anyone in the military and a mom of four who said she’d never have kids. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “never.” A 2015 RITA® Finalist and a 2015 and 2014 Carol Award finalist, her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Books of 2014. She lives in Colorado with her husband, Rob, and their youngest daughter.

For more information about Beth, visit her website, become a fan on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.

Crazy Little Thing Called Love can be purchased at Amazon for Kindle, in Hardcover and Paperback.

Sounds like the perfect read and so appropriate since I am not at home right now LOL!

Here's wishing YOU a Blessed day!

Check back often for Thursday Thoughts, Saturday Spotlights and more Tuesday Treasures.


Saturday, September 26, 2015

#SaturdaySpotlight: Judy Carlson & The White Knight, the Lost Kingdom and the Sea Princess

Good Morning and Welcome to the last Saturday Spotlight in September 2015!

Seriously, where has this year gone?

Do you ever wish we could get back some of those days?

Me too...

But since we can't, let's enjoy this week's spotlight brought to us by PrimeStar Publicity and Nordskog Publishing!

Judy Nelson Carlson grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, and thus began her love affair with winter and a strong attachment to her Scandinavian roots.

She received her B.A. in English from Trinity International University. Judy and her husband Tim have six children and twenty-two grandchildren and they reside with their daughter Liz in the Missouri Ozarks.

Prince Lael must prove his strength and loyalty when challenged by an insidious enemy. The tragic loss of loved ones will only fortify his resolve to fight for the freedom of the lost kingdom. Clara and Ian, two kids from Minnesota, will join the adventure to free a captive Sea Princess, battle evil, and overcome lurking temptations. They will meet the legendary White Knight and along the way gain wisdom, love, and friendships.

A deathly pall hung over the palace and the city of Ajar as the threatening presence of the insidious Black Guard escalated.

“Hurry!” called the Queen to her maidservant, “Come quickly, Dianna!”

“Yes, Your Majesty!”

“The trunk is in my wardrobe closet. Count Amas has ordered two of his trusted men to secure it for me. They will take it to the cottage of the nursemaid Elnora and secret it there. We only hope they can avoid discovery.”

“Yes, madam,” the girl answered in a trembling voice. “Disguise it with this linen cloth, Dianna, and lay flowers upon it. If noticed at all, a covered table will arouse less suspicion than a royal trunk.” The Queen of the Eastern Islands paused and lowered her head for a moment. Then glancing up at the servant girl, she said, “If evil befalls both Lady Elnora and me, reveal the trunk’s whereabouts only to a trusted friend. Perhaps my son Loren still has breath somewhere in this dim world and will come thither to claim it one day.”

Well, if you like CS Lewis, you may very well enjoy The White Knight, the Lost Kingdom, and the Sea Princess.

The book can be purchased directly from the Publisher and on Amazon!

Thanks for visiting Friends!

Stay tuned next week for more Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and of course, Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time....
Take care & God Bless.