Fully Loaded

Are you prepared?  Battles of the soul.  Every day holds challenges.                  Battles                   Choices                 Challenges                                   Sometimes the trials are simple; a cranky relative, slow cashier, congested traffic…. Other days are a bit more complex; a bad report from the doctor, someone attacks our character, plans fall through, dreams die… Not long ago, a visiting pastor…

Lessons Learned from a Black Eye

Ever had a shiner?! It’s not like a scraped knee. You can’t really cover it up – unless you don’t mind looking like an overdone clown. Makeup doesn’t really mask it and if you use concealer it’s just a matter of hours before the black and blue shine thru and reveal to all that you’re…

What is Failure?

How do you define “Failure?” Often we judge failure wrongly. How do you judge failure? Our definition of failure begins with our definition of success. So, how do you define success?  Yesterday these questions echoed through my mind. A cacophony of arguments ensued.  Success is achieving a goal. Failure is the opposite, obviously! Defeat is…

What are You Doing Today?

Here I sit. The day is dawning and I have a full Saturday ahead of me. I wonder… How can I make a difference? Last week I was honored to go on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic with my employer and the Starkey Hearing Foundation. We spent 4 days fitting children and adults…

The Blind Leading the Blind

Not long ago I accompanied my husband on a business trip where we attended a national conference for associates in his position. Basically it’s the same trip we take every year and we enjoy renewing friendships and catching up with those we aren’t able to see very often throughout the year. This year I was…

Keeping EVERYBODY Happy

It’s really quite easy to make a friend: Show someone that you genuinely care about them. We all have an inherent need to be loved. And most of us enjoy the company of others; some more than others… Conversely, we rarely do well when we are at odds with someone, especially when it’s someone we…

The Train Ticket

As I answered the phone and heard the tone of his voice I knew it wasn’t good… “Mommmm.” It hit a familiar cord. My mind raced. Lord please, not a car accident. No, it couldn’t be, he had left hours ago to go to my sister’s house to dogsit. What could it be? “Hey buddy,…