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I can't get over how much we look alike in this picture!   The smile....the eyes... Precious!
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Sawubona

In certain areas of South Africa, the Zulu people greet each other with "Sawubona." Unlike our traditional shallow greeting of  "hello" this word means "I see you.
It means I see the real you.  The person God created you to be.  It's an affirmation that you do indeed exist and that we are equal to one another.  It means I respect you and do not judge you or have preconceived ideas about you.  It means I understand you.
Wow! How powerful is that?! 
Life giving. Affirmation of your worth. Encouraging. Hopeful. Freeing.
To answer this greeting you would say "Ngikhona" and this means "I am here to be seen."
Honestly, that's what we all really yearn for....to be seen....to be heard...to be understood...to be loved completely.
So in saying "Ngikhona" you are saying "I am fully present with you. I am willing to be transparent with you. No masks. This is the real me. I will speak truth."
Doesn't this sound lik…

Book Review

What an inspiring and encouraging read! Seven very ordinary people and the stories of how God met them in extraordinary ways!
This little book packs a powerful punch! Because my time is so limited I would just read one story each day. It would lift my mood and motivate me to keep my eyes focused on the One Who Changes Lives! 
I've always loved Jim Cymbala's writing. I've read several of his books over the years but by far, this one of his was my favorite!
I encourage you to check it out. 

Please note: I received a free book for my unbiased review. 

Finally!!!!!!!!

It's here! It's here!



This is the second book in the Ransomed Series. This series focuses on orphans worldwide and the unique and challenging obstacles they must overcome. Join Kamola as she travels to Russia to meet her new son, Artur. While there, she learns a terrible truth she can not ignore. How can this be happening in the 21st Century?
Buy it here: Redeemed Book


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Where it all started.....



Buy it here: Ransomed Book

 Ten year old Kamola's parents are both dead, leaving her to fend for herself on the dangerous streets of Calcutta, India. One afternoon, Kamola, weak from hunger and heat, passes out in the middle of the street. Nearby, Pastor Joe, who runs the Hands of God Orphanage, watches as passerby simply ignore her or step over her without a backward glance. He gathers the emaciated Kamola into his arms and takes her to the orphanage. There she gains back her strength and her trust in humanity.
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Precious Scars....

How can any scar be precious? Scars reveal that we endured pain, that life was hard.
In Japan, they have the most beautiful art form. It's called Kintsugi and it actually translates as "Golden Repair."
I've become slightly obsessed with this. Let me explain...
Kintsugi is the Japanese Art that teaches that broken objects are not something to hide but instead, to display so everyone can see.
So I'm sure I'm not the only one that has a pitcher with a super glued handle, tea cups that have been broken at the hands of little children, again and again. Yes, they have been put back together in one piece but I certainly would not pull these items out when company visits. Instead, I'd pull out the dishes that are perfect.....no chips, no super glued pieces, no hairline cracks from age.  Kind of like how I live life, how about you?
Track with me here....are you afraid of others seeing the "Real" you? You know, that side of you that gets angered easily, has no…

In the Middle of the Mess

Book Trailer
Sheila Walsh has been a favorite speaker and author of mine for years. At the Women of Faith events I attended she was the speaker I most wanted to hear from. She was always transparent and real. I "connected" with her and her stories. Every one of her books I've gleaned so much wisdom and encouragement from.....but this one....this one wrecked me....in a good way! She shares her story of depression, suicide, brokenness. So many paragraphs found me shaking my head in agreement. My book is highlighted and there's writing in the margins. She meets us broken people right where we are and encourages us to look to Christ because He is there and He will strengthen us in our messes. It is a book that   I will refer back to often. I keep it right on my desk so I can grab it as needed but also to remind me that this broken life can and is beautiful! 
I was given a copy of this book to give an unbiased review. I was not compensated for my opinion.

Stay Safe.....

I love that I am often contacted about sharing things here on my blog. Someone from Fred Beans Ford reached out to me this week and asked if I would be willing to share an infographic on staying safe during Trick or Treating. I'm happy to share!

Fred Beans Ford
It's so cool that this company picks a different topic each month and does an infographic on it to raise awareness.  Thanks Steve and Fred Beans Ford for your dedication to helping the community!