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Blog, Family, Leadership

Good Medicine for Leaders

Studies show that leaders who lead with positive emotions have workgroups with a more positive mood, enhanced job satisfaction, greater engagement and improved performance. In fact one study at Mayo Clinic revealed that positive emotions could lengthen one’s life span by 10 years. Optimism early in life also predicted good health later in life. Interestingly enough, studies also reveal that praise and positive reinforcement are rare in  ...

Blog, Faith, Family, Life

Capturing A Moment

What I love about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever and impossible to reproduce. Looking at a photograph often reminds me of the really important things in life – that each day is another chance for me to make everyday count. That each day I can cherish every moment with loved ones, live life with no regrets and thank God for all of the experiences He has allowed me to live out and learn from. Too  ...

Blog, Faith, Family

Blessings

I’ve been thinking about all the things I have to be thankful for this year. At the top of my list is is how God answered many prayers for the safety of my son-in-law, Tim, who spent the last few years serving our country – and 18 of those months were spent in Afghanistan. When we welcomed Tim home back in October, we were thankful he was home for good. So thankful he is back with his family and that God has provided him a good  ...

Blog, Family, Leadership, Life

Facing Your Fears

We were excited for a few days of relaxation at the lake, but when I noticed a huge snake crawling over the porch as we were unloading the car – relaxing was the farthest thing from my mind. Let me just say I am scared to death of snakes! I wanted to scream. Then I began to try and convince myself the snake was only passing through our yard and would continue down the row of cabins to haunt someone else. Much to my disappointment  ...

Blog, Family, LifeQuest Church

Memory Deposits

It’s surprising how much of memory is built around things unnoticed at the time. The crazy thing is you never know when you are making a memory until you look back and suddenly you realize the impact it made on your life. Holidays spent at my parents house…the familiar smells of turkey in the oven, the samplings of coconut cream, chocolate, strawberry, pecan and apple pies (You see my Mom had to make everyone’s favorites), taking  ...

Blog, Faith, Family

Pleasant Places

As I write this today, I realize that there is no perfect family. I am also well aware that to have been brought up in a loving family is not necessarily the norm these days. I am not sure why I was blessed with parents who loved me and introduced me to Jesus at an early age. I can’t explain why God chose to bless me with a wonderful godly husband, terrific kids and as I like to call them ‘perfect’ grandchildren. Psalm 16  ...

Family

Grandkids ROCK!

Reflecting today on the family that I love so much – I thank God every day for a godly husband who loves me and for the awesome family He has blessed me with! My kids are absolutely wonderful – I am so proud of each one of them and who they have become! I feel blessed beyond words with my 3 ‘perfect’ grandchildren and am sooo excited that a 4th one is on the way! My prayer today is found in Psalm 16:6 “The lines have fallen for me in  ...