Deanna’s Motivational Minutes
When life finds you drooping, continue to water your spirit.
Words and acts of loving kindness are small bouquets in the day. And with God, there are so many possibilities! Inspire. Encourage. Bring about meaningful change.
I’m a writer and speaker who’s also a Seahawk fan. As we huddle up for this weekend’s game, Seattle-ites can’t help but remember the “one that didn’t work out for us” as Coach Carroll would say in a 2015 post-game eulogy. Quarterback Russell Wilson would follow up with “one inch too far.” Yep, that was the game we lost to a goal line interception—against the Patriots. Yep, those guys.
The past few weeks and months have been challenging with recent deaths among our older members at church. Yes, three long-time, very special members. Saying goodbye is hard.
Celebrating relationships not imagined, not expected!
At times I’ve been in the wrong place at the wrong time! You and I are uniquely gifted with unique opportunities to serve God and His people. And should we get off track, we have a God of love and faithfulness Who is always there to help us get back on track!
After filming eight videos, here’s what I know for sure. It’s not just about the editing, the blush, and the length!
This is Part 2 of a Motivational Minute in which I remember high school. I talked about wanting to be taller, smarter, and more engaging. What I didn’t say? I really just wanted to be skinnier. At a formative time I used a number on the scale to measure my self worth, a struggle to this very day.
I just wanted to be taller, smarter, more engaging, more accomplished, not realizing my missteps would make me stronger, my challenges would make me wiser, and my faith would get me through it all.
I need to walk every day. It’s a time to disconnect. It’s a time to walk and talk with God.
How can we support and encourage young mothers in their unique and blessed journey?
Sitting in the middle of women of faith, women who delight in supporting other women, I was unable to say out loud what I wanted and what I needed in the moment.
King David said we should make a joyful noise to the Lord, that we should serve the Lord with gladness, that we should come into His presence with great joy. May you find yourself among God’s people in God’s church this day! Our God is worthy of our praise!
There is not a photo on FB that I haven’t edited, cropped, changed in some way. The videos, too. That’s hard for me to say, because I still struggle with that perfectionist thing.
My husband is not only a believer, but he walks the talk. In a word, he trusts. He is unwavering in his belief that God will be there for him, for his family, for those around him. He trusts in God’s timing, God’s way of doing life, God’s will to be done ~ lessons I’m still working on!
We all “colour” this world, paraphrasing a great Chicago hit. Where is God taking you today? How is your light shining before others?
Our family was bless my extended family who surrounded us with love and encouragement, support and guidance.
Too many times I’ve used Sunday mornings, not only to worship, but to get answers, make arrangements, follow up on To-Do’s, making it all about Deanna, not all about God.
I like my days to unfold evenly. I’d rather life didn’t get too hot or too cold. And if things do warm up a bit, I’d like to know that I can return to a climate-controlled life quickly, very quickly. Unrealistic, isn’t it?
I don’t care who you voted for. I don’t care where you stand on the issues. But I do care about our ability to talk about important subjects, our ability to think through difficult issues, issues with no easy answers.
The disasters we see on the nightly news can overwhelm us. But we all have “two fish and five loaves of bread,” small lunches that God can use to bless many.
How do you stay encouraged? How do you turn off that little voice in your head that challenges what you do? And why you’re doing it?
On Saturdays I get together with a small group of women for coffee. For an hour ~ a mere 60 minutes ~ we solve the world’s problems. We laugh til our sides hurt; we talk through challenges.
Many, many, many of us in the Seattle area are Seattle Seahawk fans. We’re everywhere. We’re 12’s! Jesus had twelve men also!
Before my father died, he reminded me that Mom had asked me to write a book. At the time the boys were in college, and the notion of writing was unfathomable. Writers write books. By the time my boys were adults, I’d run out of excuses. I was also at that age when I could pause and reflect.
Fruit of My Spirit: Reframing Life in God’s Grace was my first publishing endeavor. My second was Signs in Life: Finding Direction in Our Travels with God. Both are collections of stories that tell of God’s love and faithfulness. Both tell of His remarkable grace and mercy.
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