Hard Work, Humble Beginnings

By Samantha McKenzie Make a list of every job you’ve held. Then post it on your refrigerator for your friends and family to see. If you have children in the home, make sure the list is big enough for them to read as well. If you’re bold enough, post it on your social media page….

Seek and Ye Shall Find

By Dawn Onley “For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7) Whatever you think of yourself becomes a self-fulfilling truth. Whatever you are searching for, you will find. Peace. Contentment. Happiness. Joy. Love. Whatever it is, the Bible says ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will…

Be Your Own CEO

By Samantha McKenzie You are a Chief Executive Officer. This is the title of the top administrator in an organization whose primary role is to manage and maximize the value of the corporation. The CEO, as its most often referred to, works collaboratively with a board of directors to create a vision, set goals and build a…

‘We are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For’

By Dawn Onley We humans have a basic desire to feel validated. It’s an inclination that goes back to when we were children, vying for our parents’ attention, particularly if we felt we had to compete with other siblings for that precious time. Recently, I saw it firsthand in my son and God daughter, who…

Being Eternally Grateful

By Samantha McKenzie Many of us understand the basic tenets of being grateful. I am always thankful when people lend me a helpful hand, or offer up some exceptional advice. I am very grateful that God answers my prayers. I appreciate every act of kindness I receive from others. I must confess, however, that my…

8 Ways to Show Our Earth Some Love

By Dawn Onley This Sunday is Earth Day. A happy childhood memory for me was the apple tree in my grandparents’ backyard. I treasured the times that I got to help pick the apples because I knew before long I would be smacking my lips on some apple pie, stewed apples, applesauce, apple fritters, you…

What it Takes to Get Your Work Done

By Samantha McKenzie There’s a formula in physics that states, force multiplied by distance equals work. For something to be labeled “work,” it has to have both of these factors. Simply put, we have to DO something, and that something has to MOVE from one point to another. Merely participating in lots of activities and looking…

Live a Little, Laugh a Lot

By Samantha McKenzie It’s perfectly okay to break out of a routine. Actually, it’s highly encouraged. Don’t get me wrong, routines have their rightful place in our lives. They help us stay organized. They ensure that all of our chores are completed. But most of all, they provide a safe haven and security blanket for…

Water the Flowers, Not the Weeds

“Weeds need to be pulled and removed from the garden or else they could choke the flowers to death. The same with life.” – Dawn Onley By Dawn Onley If there’s one sure thing that I’ve learned in my 48 years of living, it’s this: Whatever we water will grow. Obviously, it applies to vegetation…

Today’s Hope for All of Us

“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”    …

Don’t Bury Your Dreams

“Within us all there lies a broken dream, ‘our inconsolable secret,’ as C.S. Lewis calls it, that is so precious to us we protect it with a thousand defenses. “The secret which hurts so much,” Lewis says, “that you take your revenge on it by calling it names like Nostalgia and Romanticism and Adolescence.” We…