Motivational Minutes

Deanna’s Motivational Minutes

A Cautionary Tale about the Timing of Our Words

A Cautionary Tale about the Timing of Our Words

I’ve learned that timing’s very, very important—whether I’m at the dentist or scrolling my newsfeed. Social media has given us wonderful opportunities to connect as God’s people. Social media can also highlight differences, promote divisions. This episode of “Morning WOLK with God” is a cautionary tale about our words and the timing of our words. Yes, there is a time for everything.

Letting God Be God

Letting God Be God

Are you able to let God be God? Too often I refuse to let God be God. Too often I discount God’s will, His way, and His when, thinking I know best. Stuck in traffic last week, I told myself that I was just using God’s openings–those gaps between cars–to make up time, to speed ahead–but it wasn’t true. I thought I knew best.

Again–those delightful driving antics that connect to bigger, more important lessons in life!

Life’s Non-Negotiables

Life’s Non-Negotiables

Do you have any non-negotiables in your day? I’ve tried to be careful about have-to’s. For me, they can quickly lead to the planning of a pity party. But this year, I’ve got three non-negotiables that have been bright moments in my day, times to celebrate the possibilities, moments of inspiration, reflection, and gratitude. They’ve been opportunities to get closer to God. Perhaps you have non-negotiables, too…

Morning WOLK with God: Shining His Light

Morning WOLK with God: Shining His Light

This is often that special time of year when we ring in the new year and put away the Christmas decorations. But even after the lights come down, God’s light continues on—not in the light of things, but in His light in us. God’s Love, Joy, Peace, and Hope are a part of each one of us. And that means we show up differently—whether we’re on a virtual call or in an emergency room. Yes, even in an emergency room!

Morning WOLK with God: The Ins and Outs of God’s Loving Kindness

Morning WOLK with God: The Ins and Outs of God’s Loving Kindness

Here’s a link to yesterday’s “Morning WOLK with God” where I talk about the Ins and Outs of God’s Loving Faithfulness. The video is inside Fave Lifestyles Women’s Group. You may need to join the group to view.
At Fave we get to do life together. Fave provides a community and tips for inspired living. I come along and share antics and vulnerabilities, praying they’ll connect to God’s much bigger, more important lessons in life. Praying!

Finding Joy in the Moment

Finding Joy in the Moment

Too often I’m not treasuring the moment. It’s easy to look past “now” to what’s next. The writing assignments that need to be completed, the calls that need to be returned, the plans that need to be made. At other times, I can find myself worrying about yesterday, words said, words left unsaid, steps taken, steps not taken. All are important, but sometimes we just need to be and to be in the moment.

Super Bowl Inspiration!

Super Bowl Inspiration!

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.

Saying Goodbye

Saying Goodbye

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.

A Lesson in Trust

A Lesson in Trust

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!

Sunday Praise

Sunday Praise

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.

About Deanna

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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