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It's okay to grieve

Struggling to Be Thankful

Thanksgiving will soon be over, and you can breathe a sigh of relief. One holiday almost done, one more to go. This season brings out the worst in you: anger, depression, loneliness, bitterness. Your mind fills with the thoughts of what could have been, what should have been. If only . . . If you are in a fresh crisis, grieve. I want to make it clear that this post is not for those who are in the midst of a crisis. If you are coming out of a fresh loss, if tragedy turned your world upside down this year — give yourself grace. You do not need to have it all together with your happy face firmly planted for all to see this December. Instead, I'm talking to the person who thinks they have nothing to be grateful for. The person who faces a rough life, feels betrayed by a loved one, or stands between a rock and a hard place. The one stuck in a world of negative emotions because life hasn't been good or fair. While I empathize with your hard places and disappointments, I want to lovingly remind you of truth.
3 steps to freedom

3 Steps to Freedom (#3 is My Favorite)

[Don't miss this week's giveaway!] Freedom. On Monday, the United States celebrated its 240th birthday. Two hundred and forty years of standing on our own two feet, as it were. Of figuring out what that means. Of discerning where the balance lies between the freedom to do as you please and the responsibility that infers. Because all freedom confers responsibility. Oh, I know. Most of us like to talk about freedom, but we'd also prefer to stay away from the responsibility aspect of it. It's nice to talk about the freedom of speech or religion or security within our homes. It's hard to talk about the damage our words can cause. It's sometimes uncomfortable to practice peace with faiths very different from our own. And it's difficult to know when you should break through a door -- whether that door is physical, mental, or emotional -- to reach the person within. Preparing to face a giant First Samuel 17 tells of the time that a giant of a man stood before King Saul and his men. "This day I defy the armies of Israel," he said. "Give me a man and let us fight each other."
Memorial Day

How Will You Remember Memorial Day 2016?

Mrs. Barnett, this is Sgt. Smith calling to inform you that there has been an incident regarding men within your husband’s unit. We want to assure you that your husband is fine. On April 25, we regret to say that Richard Herrema was killed in action while serving his country.
The Secret to Winning Big

The Secret of Winning Big

Money isn’t the most important thing in life, but it’s reasonably close to oxygen on the ‘gotta have it’ scale.  ~Zig Ziglar

Money is important. And it’s desirable—proven by the mass purchase of tickets for the January powerball lottery. News reports covered such critical topics as which Hollywood stars bought Zig Ziglar quotetickets, and the science behind picking winning numbers. And then they had to report on the winners and their plans for the money, of course.

I get that it was a record amount of money; I get that it was a lot of money. But I also read in CNN Money that the odds of winning were 1 in 292,000,000. Two hundred and ninety-two million, y’all!

Do you realize you are more almost four times more likely to die from an asteroid strike?… Want to read more?

Help please

A Favor … and a Gift

I have a good problem: a lot of readers! Thank you! I appreciate each and every one who takes the time to read what I write, as well as the many reviews, comments, social media shares, and emails that you take the time for.
Tea & a book!

Novel Tea & a Free Book

The weather is cooling down and the drinks are warming up. Blue jeans and cute boots are being pulled from closets. Autumn is upon us, and what better way to celebrate the changing of seasons than a quick giveaway! Interested? You've only got to wait a little over a week to find out if you've won.
Warriors Bride FINALIST

Big News! An Award and a New Release

Wow! That's my most descriptive word for last week. I kept spontaneously breaking out in Snoopy dances around my house because the news I received was that big. And I'm excited to share it all with you!
Reintegration

Another Book Releases!

Exciting news! Reintegration, the second book in the Beyond Warrior’s Bride series, is NOW AVAILABLE!

ReintegrationThe first book in this series, Your Extended Family, is available here for Kindle and here for Nook. It talks about dealing with family members outside your marriage and children, like your parents and siblings. Whether you live geographically close to them or on the other side of the world, it has some great tips for establishing good boundaries. I also offer some ideas for dealing with loneliness and medical appointments if you live far away from family.

In this second book, Reintegration, Kathy joins me to talk about setting up your family for success before, during, and after deployments. We discuss the mindset of the deploying member, and how you can best prepare for homecoming.… Want to read more?

More than we can handle

More Than I Can Handle

How many of you grew up hearing that God won't give you more than you can handle? I did! Even Mother Teresa said, "I know God won't give me anything I can't handle. I just wish God wouldn't trust me so much." Is this concept really biblical?
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Book Giveaway!

Remember Winnie the Pooh? I love the characters from Hundred Aker Wood and find a lot of great quotes in the pages of A.A. Milne's books. For example, Winnie the Pooh said, “Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.”