Do you feel discouraged, deceived, or depressed?

Do you worry that you’ll never overcome the challenges and heartaches in your life?

Do you struggle to forgive yourself and those who hurt you?

I understand. I experienced those same feelings and struggles. However, I moved from broken to beautiful, and you can too. Through my blog, the free resources, and my future podcast, my goal is to help you move from broken to beautiful.

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Practical steps and encouragement to help you move from pain, brokenness and defeat to peace, joy, and freedom.

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Practical lessons to help you leave destructive patterns of thought and behavior to move forward in your life.

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How Can Birds Contribute to Your Peace?

How can birds contribute to your peace? Have you ever asked yourself this question? I have and know that birds contributed to my peace.

When I moved into my home, more than ten years ago, I bought a shepherd’s hook with two hooks for bird feeders. I placed that hook in front of the dining room window. Soon the male and female cardinals found their way to one of my feeders.

To my delight, different woodpeckers, the Carolina wren, the chickadee, the tufted tit mouse, and the blue jay also feasted at the feeder. The gold finches discovered the upside-down feeder with thistle just for them.

As I paid bills, wrote chapters for a book, or short presentations, I would look out the window at the birds. They seemed content no matter what kind of bird seed I placed in the feeders. They serenaded me and entertained me.

When they perched on the shepherd’s hook, they looked peaceful. I thought, Why can’t I take breaks throughout the day and meditate? Why can’t I be the person I am and not compare myself to others? Why can’t I see my value and the contributions I can make? 

Because I took the time to answer those questions, the birds contributed to my peace. When I invited other writers to spend a day in my home to write, they wanted to sit by the dining room window. They mentioned that the birds calmed them down and stirred up their creativity.

Sixteen years ago, I went through aggressive cancer treatment. After the diagnosis, I lost my peace. I was scared, but I sat at the dining room table and watched the birds.

God used the birds to remind me of Matthew 6:26–27: “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

I thought about those two verses and once again, the birds contributed to my peace. If you can’t afford a shepherd’s hook or bird seed, that’s okay. Take a walk in your neighborhood or at a park. Watch the birds as they fly from tree to tree. Notice how they perch and listen as they sing. Be ready to let the birds contribute to your peace.

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I Shook My Fist in the Face of God

Sometimes we are so broken we can barely breathe, and shake our fist under the nose of our Creator. I did, when I accused God of hoodwinking me into giving up my baby for adoption. For the next twenty years, while I married the sweetest man on earth, and God filled my empty arms with… Continue Reading

Do You Know Someone Has Drawn You with Unfailing Kindness?

Unfailing kindness. Do you know someone has drawn you with that type of kindness? You may not feel that way, but feelings or emotions do not change the facts. You may be single or single again through widowhood or divorce, and yet, someone has drawn you with unfailing kindness. No matter what your marital status… Continue Reading

How Do You Benefit When You Promote Peace at Home?

How do you benefit when you promote peace at home? When you insist that family members not scream, not curse, nor roll their eyes in disgust at one another, you promote not only peace at home but also respect for one another. When you set a standard of no name calling, no belittling, and no… Continue Reading