Living in Community…Despite My Issues

I don’t need new friends.

I don’t want new friends.

I don’t even want to think about new friends.

I know, I am extrovert. I love people, and I get some of my best energy from those around me.

I’m also an only child.

I got used to being alone as a child.

I got used to doing things my way and being independent pretty early in life.

When I found my tribe, I was happy.

At the age of 45, that tribe is filled with absolutely amazing people.

They are totally amazing. From the college friends to sorority sisters to the people I befriended at the college where I began working at decades ago.

Again, they are amazing. All of them. And in all honesty, I don’t stay in touch with all of them as I should.

So on top of all of that, I don’t want to add to that group of already amazing people.

I don’t need new friends.

I don’t want new friends.

I don’t even want to think about new friends.

But God.

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The One Who is Always Happy

We all have that friend. Or we’ve given birth to that child.

You know her…or him.

The encourager. The one who send motivational text messages and prayers each morning. The one who will call and say, “You came across my mind…is there anything I can pray on your behalf this week?”

The one who always smiles, listens, and does not judge.

The one who has a magnificent “glass-half-full” view of life.

The one who has energy so infectious, it can be uplifting and overwhelming at the same time.

The one who probably uses a lot of emojis, Bitmojis, or GIPHY images.

The one who without-a-doubt has your back. Is your ride or die. Will go 0-100 in a matter of seconds for you and your family. Continue reading

One Word for 2018: Obedience

Welcome to 2018! Many of us are making resolutions, setting goals, and reflecting on the past 12 months. One thing that I do every year is idenify a word (or a phrase) and scripture that I will focus on throughout the year. I’ve been doing this for the past five years or so, and these have been my words:

2017 – Miracles

2016 – Vulnerable

2015 – People Over Things

2014 – Unfiltered

2013 – Be Inspired

When 2016 ended, I couldn’t have been more happy. I thought that was one of the absolutely worst years of my life. I wrote about it several times, and one thing I can say about 2017 is that it was much better. Last summer, I realized something that caused me to explore more about my own life more. 2017 was much better than 2016 because I became closer to the voice of God. I listened more. I communicated with Him more. And I learned (at times the hard way) that I needed to obey Him more. Continue reading