A Word of Encouragement

International Day of Happiness

So, today is the International Day of Happiness. What is happiness anyway? The Miriam-Webster Dictionary defines happiness as: 1 obsolete : good fortune : prosperity all happiness bechance to thee —William Shakespeare 2a : a state of well-being and contentment : joy b : a pleasurable or satisfying experience  I wish you every happiness in life. The thing about happiness is that it depends on your circumstance. You are only… Continue reading International Day of Happiness


Dear Friends, from Bettie G

1 – The Daily Life of a Fibro Warrior As promised, here is the first letter written by one of my dear fibro friends, Bettie Gilbert. I am sharing these letters to help you better understand what fibromyalgia is doing to us. I met Bettie through blogging. We were both writing about our chronic pain and we… Continue reading Dear Friends, from Bettie G

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Letter from Mandy – First Signs of Fibro

Letters to Friends #2 – First Signs of Fibro Dear Sis, Thanks for checking on me the other day. You asked about my first signs of Fibro. As you know, I had disembarkment disorder after our cruise to the Bahamas in February 2011 (which has never gone away), follow by neck pain and then I was… Continue reading Letter from Mandy – First Signs of Fibro

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Five Minutes with Mandy – Surrender & Watch God Work

Surrender and Watch Troubles on Every Side Have you ever been up against troubles that seem to be coming from every side? It seems as though you get one thing solved and another problem rises up against you? God’s Word tells us to “Surrender and Watch.” In today’s world, I think most of us are there,… Continue reading Five Minutes with Mandy – Surrender & Watch God Work

A Word of Encouragement

Why, O Lord?

{I’m writing today with Kate Motaung and the Five Minute Friday crew on the prompt, Why? Psalm 44:23-26 (NIV) 23 Awake, Lord! Why do you sleep?     Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever. 24 Why do you hide your face     and forget our misery and oppression? 25 We are brought down to the dust;     our bodies cling to the ground. 26 Rise… Continue reading Why, O Lord?

Book Reviews

Sacred Marriage – For a Better Marriage Relationship And More

I heard a radio interview the other day with Gary Thomas, the author of Sacred Marriage, and it really caught my attention. What especially drew me in was the subtitle, “What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy?”. I had to purchase the book to get “the rest of… Continue reading Sacred Marriage – For a Better Marriage Relationship And More

My Spiritual Walk

Fighting to Believe in Who I Am

Good, Good Father At the IF:Gathering 2016, we sang Chris Tomlin’s Good, Good Father. I had never heard the song before. I liked it. It seemed a good way to start. By the end, it was personal. You see … I have always struggled with who I am. My name means worthy of love, but I… Continue reading Fighting to Believe in Who I Am

A Word of Encouragement

A Letter To My Young Single Friends

This time of year, it is tough to be single. Everywhere you look there are Valentines. Every store is trying to sell you flowers, candy, cards, and gifts. Everything seems to be geared to the couple. So what’s a single person to do? My challenge to you is to take advantage of your singleness. Trust… Continue reading A Letter To My Young Single Friends

Five Minutes With Mandy

Back In Moses’ Sandals Again

Back in Moses’ Sandals I find myself time after time back in Moses’ sandals again. But Moses pleaded with the Lord, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.”   Here he was… Continue reading Back In Moses’ Sandals Again

A Word of Encouragement

Behold! My One Word for 2018

 He said to me, “Son of man, watch and listen. Pay close attention to everything I show you. You have been brought here so I can show you many things. Then you will return… and tell them everything you have seen.” Ezekial 40:4 (NLT)   Behold! My “One” Word As a child, I was notoriously… Continue reading Behold! My One Word for 2018