• A Better Me

    I strive to find a better me,
    a person just and true.
    I want to live and not just be,
    to be decent through and through.

    I need to be a stronger me,
    both in body and in soul.
    It's not a whim, it needs to be,
    for me to feel whole.

    I will be that better me,
    and that better me will stay.
    I will be better, they'll see,
    it's time to seize the day!
    Jojoba Mansell

    The article "Are You Blind to Your Hidden Faults? " can be read by clicking the picture to your left.

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Crushed Under the Weight

The gym trainer noticed him — he was at the treadmill, humped over.  The thought that the man might be having a heart-attack raced through the trainer’s mind.  He quickly walked over and asked if he was okay.  As the man lifted his head, the corporate trainer could see tear-filled  eyes.  The trainer immediately knew, the man … Continue reading

Have You Taken Inventory of You in 2015?

We’re at the brink of welcoming a new year — 2016.    Every year I ask myself, where has the year gone which causes me to reflect on the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Now is a good time to take a personal inventory.  Look back over the year and ask yourself:  Did I … Continue reading

Are You Troubled? Speak to the Darkness

I went to visit a new shop in our local area, not realizing, that God was sending me out on a God assignment. Arriving, I stepped into the shop and saw no one.  I walked around looking at the beautiful fabric hanging on the racks and other decorative items spread out in vignettes throughout the room.  Suddenly, I … Continue reading

Are You too Strong to Receive God’s Blessing?

The story of Jacob wrestling with God has always fascinated me.    Jacob grew up in a dysfunctional family and his parents’ influence proved negative in a bad way.  His trouble began when his mother desiring her youngest son obtain the blessing promised by God had Jacob’s father orally confer the blessing on him through deceitful means.    The … Continue reading

Stand Your Ground

My son has recently had the things of life coming at him so fast that he feels like he has been hit by a dump truck.   Have you ever felt that way?  You’re getting ready to head out do life as usual, open the door only to see all this stuff that’s been dumped at your … Continue reading

Jack’s Worn Out Heart

As I hurriedly zipped along the road headed home, I noticed a new shop tucked away in the corner of the block.  I love checking out new shops, but I had a 45- minute drive ahead of me so I told myself to put it on my to do list for later.    Suddenly, I heard the Holy Spirit tell me … Continue reading

What Are You Like in Your Heart?

The small repair shop didn’t look like much, it was rather sparse and dark.  I entered looking for someone named Cody.  The man that greeted me said he would get him.  Within a couple of minutes a young man, dressed in dark gothic clothing with spiked rainbow colored hair, chains hanging off his spiked belt, greeted me.   I thought oh my, … Continue reading

When Doing the Hard Thing, is the Right Thing

At the end of February, I received a  phone call that would affect the lives of not only our family but another as well.  Suddenly, our family was placed in a position to make a difficult decision.  It was a hard thing, a hard place to be but we had to do the right thing.  The decision was hard because several lives were going to be … Continue reading

Feeling Lost in the Shadow?

I was cleaning out some files when I came across an email sent to me by a young woman who had worked for me.   She was thanking me for sharing my personal story with her and another employee.   In that same email she shared her story describing a young life full of rejection, darkness, trouble, loneliness and loss.   … Continue reading

Dream Up!

I love when the clock awakens us to a new year.  It is exciting and I have a bold expectation that God will do some tremendous things in my life.  Why do I feel that way?  Because for each day that I wake up, it’s a reminder from God that my story isn’t finished yet. So … Continue reading

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