A Word of Encouragement

FMF: Loyal Friends

To my loyal friends, old and new; I am so excited to let you know that my website is in the midst of a huge renovation. Actually, more than a renovation. My friend Michele Bruxvoort, who has written here several times, and I have decided to join forces and create a brand new website. After… Continue reading FMF: Loyal Friends

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?

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 · For Those in Ministry

Coming Alongside: Blessed to be a Blessing

I just finished reading Table Mentoring: A Simple Guide for Coming Alongside by Sue Moore Donaldson. I’ve had a desire to come alongside others for years now. (And have actually been doing it) But I really didn’t feel like I knew what I was doing. This little book gave me assurance that I was doing… Continue reading Coming Alongside: Blessed to be a Blessing

A Word of Encouragement · Quotes & Poems

Do It Anyway

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway. If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Honesty and frankness make you… Continue reading Do It Anyway

A Word of Encouragement

How to Be an A+ Student

Psalm 119:10-16 I have tried hard to find you—don’t let me wander from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. I praise you, O Lord; teach me your decrees. I have recited aloud all the regulations you have given us. I have rejoiced in your laws… Continue reading How to Be an A+ Student

A Word of Encouragement · Random Thoughts

Excerpt From Waiting & Trusting ~ Speak Life

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29-30 (NLT) A Godly Woman I’m inspired by a godly woman from our church, Delores. A year or so before my illness, she… Continue reading Excerpt From Waiting & Trusting ~ Speak Life

A Word of Encouragement

What Did You Expect in 2016?

“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” – A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens Or maybe we had Great Expectations What did you Expect for 2016?  Did you get what you expected?  “But forget all that—     it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I… Continue reading What Did You Expect in 2016?

A Word of Encouragement · Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia: Get Your Life Back

“I want my life back!” We’ve all said it.  I remember all too well that first year of extreme pain when I could hardly move without  having contracting pain in my back. I’m thankful for the steroids that helped me get beyond that; however, I am still trying to free myself from the addictive steroids and I… Continue reading Fibromyalgia: Get Your Life Back