Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Oprah's Wisdom

I've been home for the past couple of days. A normally hectic schedule was brought to a screeching hault after the doctor diagnosed me with bronchitis and the flu.

I was scheduled to be in Jacksonville today in meetings. At 4pm I would have traveled home like usual and missed the final airing of the Oprah Winfrey Show. Instead I sat on my couch glued to the television, only moving during commercials, so that I could listen to her parting words.

Today was an opportunity to hear her "love letter" to her audience. She shared some key lessons learned from the past 25 years. I will share a few of them with you:

  1. Everyone has a calling

  • You were birthed with a purpose. Use your life to serve the world.

2. The power of validation

  • Each person wants to know they are heard and valued.

3. Know the voice of God

  • Wait and listen for his whispers

4. Become a safe harbor

  • Let others know that they can depend on you to be their "safe place".

5. There are no coincidences

  • Only God's divine order

It was by no coincidence that I was home today and was afforded an opportunity to hear, along with millions, the beautiful lessons that Oprah learned by listening to the voices of over 30,000 guests in the past quarter of a century.

At the beginning of the week, we asked that you show kindness. During the show today, Oprah stated "you have the power to change someone's life".

Right where you are.

No matter what your job title, economic status or family history.

Take a little time and let us know how you've changed lives this week with one act of kindness. (Posted by Renee)

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

"The Boy on the Yellow Bus"

My sister and I love to read! We don’t always find the time to sit down in a quiet corner and immerse ourselves in a good book but we try and make the effort. It’s amazing how an author has a way of transporting you to another place through the use of words.

From time to time we will share with you some of the books we are currently reading. Since I am the mother of a toddler, today I am going to suggest a great children’s book.

Crystal Bowman is one of our favorite children’s authors. My kids are currently enjoying her recent release “The Boy on the Yellow Bus”. Before I even opened the book, one of the first features I noticed was the beautiful illustrations on the front cover. It vividly displayed a little boy walking up to his school bus. All the way through the book, children of all races are displayed in the pages of the story.

We enjoyed reading how one simple action sparked a chain reaction of kindness. You are taken on a journey where kindness helps to overcome fear, embarrassing situations, mean school mates, and childhood hunger. Biblical principles are shared on how to handle circumstances that might occur in a child’s school day.

After reading the book, I thought about how we could apply these principles in our adult lives. It’s simple, be kind. The last page of the book reads,

You can do important things

no matter what your size

And when you’re kind to others

you’re a hero in God’s eyes.

Today is the beginning of the last week in May. Almost one half of the year is gone.

Start your week by showing kindness…..


From simple gestures like saying thanks to anyone you see in military uniform to baking cookies for your neighborhood fire house, it will make a tremendous difference in someone’s life.

God tells us in the Bible

That we should help and share.

It only takes a little time

To show someone we care.

Share your lunch, pay for someone’s groceries, say “I’m sorry”, or just give out hugs throughout the day, however you decide,

just be inspired to be kind! (Posted by Renee)

Sunday, May 15, 2011


Life As A Kid
I'm going to count to 10 while you go hide. 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10, "Ready or not, here I come." Do you remember that game-hide and go seek?  This was one of my favorite games as a little girl. It is amazing how even babies get a kick out of hiding. They hide behind their chubby little palms and squeal with laughter when they hear the words, "peek-a-boo."

Life As An Adult
Now, fast forward to life as an adult. We spend our life hiding from the numerous hurts and pain we have experienced in our life. As women, we hide behind makeup, shopping and alcohol. We hide behind control because we don't want to be vulnerable to the ones we love. Men hide behind being "busy" at work because they don't want to go home to the screaming kids and nagging wife. We hide behind food because we don't want to deal with the loneliness in our hearts.

Our society has become disengaged.  We walk through stores, schools, soccer fields and even church glued to our cellphones (I almost ran into a pole trying to answer an email on my blackberry).  How sad to think but we are also hiding from our own loved ones?  It's astonishing to see families out to dinner and everyone is attached to a device-Ninetendo, cell phone, iPod, iPad,etc. Some people even chose restaurants that have big screen tv so they can see the latest playoff game.

What about YOU?  What are you hiding from?

The Good News
We don't have to hide anymore. We can be free to live an authentic life. My heart becomes unsettled when I see people killing themselves to "be" like someone else. We were not created to be imitators. Psalm 139 declares that we are unique and complex.  God saw us before we were born. He created us as a beautiful masterpiece.
Start this week by confessing aloud, "I am a beautiful masterpiece".  Be inspired not to hide anymore.  Love yourself, and accept yourself just as God has. (Posted by Roslyn)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Inspiring Advice from Mom

Happy Mother's Day!

Roslyn and I grew up in a home filled with love, friends, and an undeniable love of Christ. We were made to attend church, bible study, and Sunday school.  Learning scriptures was a weekly occurrence along with limited television time, daily chores, and no dates or make up until we were sixteen years old.
Our mother was the foundation of our home.  Eating out was a luxury that we experienced only from time to time because mom made sure our meals were home cooked even though she worked hard as an elementary school teacher.
She inspires us in ways she will never know.  Not only did we thrive by her poignant words of wisdom, she created an environment where others would cling to her.  Our childhood home became a central hub for kids to come by, play and stay for a quick snack or a cool drink in the summer heat.

Although I can’t share all of her advice, here are my top two:
(1)    Never let anything come between you as sisters.
·         She instilled within us a love of family.  We understood the importance of supporting each other.

(2)    I am not your friend….I am your mother.  If by chance we become friends on this journey, count yourself blessed.”
·         This is the BEST advice my mom could have ever given. She recognized that her responsibility as mother came first.  As babies and children, we needed a provider, diaper changer, chef, and teacher.  Friendship was only an added bonus IF and when it came.
I find myself sharing these same words with my daughter just as my mom shared them with me.  Our children need so much more than a friend could ever provide.
I am elated to say that my sister and I are truly friends with our mother.  We laugh, cry, and pray together just as any girlfriends would.  Today mom we salute you!  Leave us a comment and let us know your mom's best advice.  (Posted by Renee)

Monday, May 2, 2011


 I love this time of year when so many people are graduating.  My oldest son will complete his last year in elementary school and will soon step into the hall ways of middle school-YIKES, every mother's nightmare.
Graduation time is filled with great expectation and positive energy.  The whole world and all it has to offer is ahead of you.  The graduation ceremonies are a huge step of leaving the past behind and walking towards a new future.  This feeling of moving forward  is usually faced with anxiety and uncertainty.  You are unsure of what the future holds but you have graduated to a new place.

I believe that
graduation should not happen only to those who are in school.  One of the biggest mistakes we can make is to think that learning stops when we leave the educational process.  We must forever be challenged to learn and grow.  Many of us are living "stagnant" lives because we won't utilize the creative and productive force inside each of us.  Some of us need to elevate our thinking. 

"I am learning all the time.  The tombstone will be my diploma."  ~Eartha Kitt

What will YOU chose to learn today? As I sit and write this blog my husband is celebrating his 40th birthday.  I remember my father always said, "You don't start living until you reach the age of 40".  Start living and learning!  Don't allow past failures to hinder the great expectation of a bright future no matter your age.

I leave you with the famous words of Dr. Suess:

    You have brains in your head.
     You have feet in your shoes.
     You can steer yourself
     any direction you choose.
     You're on your own.
     And you know what you know.
YOU are the one who'll decide where to go.

     Will you
     Yes, you will indeed!
     (98 and
3/4 percent guaranteed.)

-Excerpts taken from "
Oh the Places You'll Go!" (Posted by Roslyn)