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Salut! (Hi!) I’m Shirley

I am so glad that you are here.  Grab your favorite hot beverage, settle into a cozy chair and stay awhile! 

May 28 2020

When His Blessings Don’t Meet My Expectations

Not every act of obedience brings the expected reward. Although true, this statement creates some dissonance with my ...

May 14 2020

When We Face Ourselves

Real transformation requires real honesty. If you want to move forward — get real with yourself.- Bryant McGill ...

May 7 2020

Facing Our Fears

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in ...

April 30 2020

When Your Attitude Stinks

Your attitude is like the aroma of your heart. If your attitude stinks, it means your heart’s not ...

April 23 2020

When Believers Doubt

Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what ...

April 16 2020

Planning in a Season of Uncertainty

The longing for certainty ... is in every human mind. But certainty is generally illusion.- Oliver Wendell Holmes ...

April 9 2020

Celebrating Easter in the Midst of the Coronavirus

As I write these words, my country prepares to face the peak of the Coronavirus Crisis, even as ...

April 2 2020

Finding Peace in the Midst of Evil

Only when we stand in awe of God will we find it unnecessary to be in awe of ...

March 26 2020

When We Feel Shaken

The struggle you're in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow. Don't give up. - Robert ...

March 19 2020

He Still Calls Us By Name

Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.-Dale ...

March 12 2020

Making Time for What Matters Most

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. - Henry David Thoreau When ...

February 29 2020

Turning Enemies Into Friends

The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend. -Abraham Lincoln Recently, I experienced ...

February 20 2020

What Can Dolphins Teach Us About Jesus?

Among the sea-fishes many stories are told about the dolphin, indicative of his gentle and kindly nature…. It ...

February 13 2020

Responding with Righteousness to Unmet Expectations

Recently, my husband asked me to clarify my expectations for Valentine’s Day.  Expectations can be tricky. We learned ...

January 30 2020

New Day, New Mercies, New Hope

Imagine if we treated each new dawn of each new day with the same reverence and joy as ...

January 16 2020

New Wine, New Wineskins

Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want ...

January 9 2020

New Year, New Beginnings

The best time for new beginnings is now. - Unknown The beginning of a new year always creates ...

January 2 2020

Every Road Leads Somewhere

If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there. -Lewis Carroll This quote, ...

December 26 2019

Jesus: Eloquent Translator of Truth

Eloquence is the power to translate a truth into language perfectly intelligible to the person to whom you ...

December 19 2019

Jesus: Empathetic Friend

I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person.- Walt Whitman ...

December 12 2019

Jesus: Discerning Arbitrator

Discernment is not knowing the difference between right and wrong. It is knowing the difference between right and ...

December 5 2019

Jesus: Loving Savior

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”- Lao Tzu   ...

November 30 2019

Jesus: Celebrator of Life

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. - Oprah ...

November 24 2019

Jesus: Rabbi (Teacher)

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.- Henry B. Adams Before truly studying ...

November 14 2019

Jesus: Sovereign Creator

I love Christmas. I love it because somewhere someone will ask the Christmas questions: What’s the big deal ...

November 7 2019

Second Chances

Every moment of your life is a second chance.- Rick Price Years ago I heard a story about ...

October 25 2019

Moments

Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments.- Rose Kennedy Everywhere I look, I see autumn in ...

October 17 2019

Refined by Fire

Real gold fears no fire. -Randy Alcorn In my area of the country, fall appeared almost overnight. As ...

October 3 2019

Boundaries

In life, as in football, you won't go far unless you know where the goalposts are.-Arnold H. Glasow ...

September 26 2019

Pressing Pause (Again)

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." -George Santayana My heart plummeted as I ...

September 19 2019

Sincerity or Hypocrisy?

Sincerity makes the very least person to be of more value than the most talented hypocrite. -Charles Spurgeon ...

September 5 2019

The Power of Yet

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. -Confucius   Standing ...

August 31 2019

Transparency

 Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway.- Mother Teresa Recent events led me to ...

August 24 2019

Productive Struggle

The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle.-Pierre de Coubertin. I wanted to be ...

August 9 2019

Triggers

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle “I’m actually ...

August 1 2019

Rest

Slow down, you move too fast- Paul Simon Not quite two minutes long, this song, Feelin' Groovy, resides ...

July 11 2019

Personalities

I’m a big personality. I walk into a room, big and tall and loud. – Adele Sometimes I ...

June 27 2019

Lists

“We are what we think about all day long.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson While not necessarily a neat freak, ...

June 13 2019

Constant Change

“Change is the only constant in life.” Heraclitus “I just wish we would hear something, “ my husband ...

May 9 2019

Ordinary People

God uses ordinary people like you and me to star in extraordinary “God stories”-real-life narratives of purpose and ...

April 25 2019

French Connection

How far we travel in life matters far less than those we meet along the way. - Mark ...

April 25 2019

Translation of Mohamed Sebouai’s Testimony

Mohamed speaks of growing up in a Muslim family in the region of Kabylie in Algeria. Because his ...

April 11 2019

Clutter

  Clutter is anything that gets between you and the life you want to be living. -Peter Walsh ...

March 21 2019

Pause

“It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?” ...

February 12 2019

Progress

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Frederick Douglass Groundhog’s Day in the desert was unusually ...

December 13 2018

A Hallmark Christmas

Just before the holiday season began, my daughter tagged me in a FB meme. In essence, the meme ...

November 14 2018

Positively Joyful

“We just need to get you Tiggerized.” -Tigger (speaking to Eeyore) From childhood, I identify with the character ...

September 27 2018

Laugh or Cry?

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. -Victor Hugo “I didn’t know whether to laugh ...

September 13 2018

Defining Moments

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. -Aristotle Ever have a ...

August 30 2018

Blink!

“In the blink of an eye, something happens by chance-when you least expect it-sets you on a course ...

August 9 2018

Balanced Equations

In 1557, Robert Recorde, a Welsh physician and mathematician, invented the equals sign, written with two parallel lines ...

July 10 2018

God-Driven Decisions

I am often asked, “How do you know if you are following God’s will?” But the truer question ...

April 26 2018

Walking with Weakness: The Devotion

That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. ...

April 26 2018

Walking with Weakness: Back Story

Today, a devotional I wrote for a contest was published on the Proverbs 31 website. Winning that contest ...

February 16 2018

Pressing On Toward The Goal

Have you ever whole-heartedly committed to a project, only to later wonder, “What was I thinking?” For me ...

January 3 2018

Contagious Connections

My last post was all about my love of Christmas. And every word in that post is true. ...

January 3 2018

I Am A Rock

Paul Simon A winter's day In a deep and dark December I am alone Gazing from my window ...

January 3 2018

No Man Is An Island

  John Donne No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the ...

December 3 2017

Candy Canes and Gingerbread Men

‘Tis the season once again. I love Christmas and I always have. Honestly there is just so much ...

December 3 2017

The Road Not Taken

The Road Not Taken Robert Frost, 1874 – 1963 Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry ...
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The inspiration for my blog title comes from the poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost. In many ways, this poem captures the essence of my life’s journey.

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