Category Archives: perseverance

Lazarus, Light Bulbs and Trust

Excerpt from Day 3 of Heart Hugs for Single Moms Do you ever wonder what is your part in each day and what is God’s? I have. Often. In fact, when I became a single mother years ago, that was a big … Continue reading

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Believing Makes It So

Even though I’m a card-carrying member of AARP, I still ponder the wisdom my maternal grandmother, Mama Farley, possessed. The world undoubtedly saw her as a simple Appalachian mountain woman, but her strength and understanding of life rippled out to … Continue reading

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Thank you, Doris Schumacher

Has someone ever changed your life with just a few words? Years ago, that happened to me. In fact, a three-minute conversation gave me the vision to get an education. The summer before I entered seventh grade, I met Doris … Continue reading

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Don’t Wait for Roses

Single women, do you sigh over red roses in the flower shop? Do you long for that perfect man to ring your doorbell and say, “Hi. The Lord sent me” and hand you a bouquet? If so, please allow me … Continue reading

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“Don’t Quit Now!”

Ever have days when your to-do list is too long? Or feel as though personal creativity is a memory? That’s where I was a while ago with my latest deadline. But this time before I gave up—-or reached for the … Continue reading

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Time for Action

Have you ever needed to make a change? If so, I understand. Years ago, I waited for God to give me a new job. I wanted my two-minute prayer to be followed by a phone call with a wonderful offer. … Continue reading

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“Believin’ Makes It So”

Even though my hair is silver, and I’m a card-carrying member of AARP, I still ponder the wisdom my maternal grandmother, Mama Farley, possessed. The world undoubtedly saw her as a simple Appalachian mountain woman, but her strength and understanding … Continue reading

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I Need Cheerleaders, Not Pushers

What’s your schedule like today? Do you feel as though you are running as fast as you can? Me, too! And over the years, I’ve learned if I’m running as fast as I can, and someone gives me a push, … Continue reading

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Life-Changing Words

As I ponder my life, I often think of what folks have said to me. Sadly, I wish I could forget some scenes. But one memory makes me smile. Why? Because a few kind words when I was 12 gave … Continue reading

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