Reasons to Leave a Godly Legacy

My upcoming eBook Short, Leaving a Godly Legacy Journaling for the Generations will be out in March! Since it isn’t March yet, here is an excerpt from Part 2. Thank you for following my blog. Please share with your friends. Blessings!

Charles Swindoll, an evangelical Christian pastor and author, says there are two reasons for leaving a legacy. Reason one is forgetfulness and reason two is, “It’s not about us, it’s about God working through us for His glory.”
Reason one… forgetfulness.

It’s important to start NOW. You aren’t getting any younger!

James Dobson, an evangelist, Christian pastor and author says, “About the time your face clears up (acne) your mind gets fuzzy.”

  • Human Forgetfulness

God wants us to remember the good, the bad and the ugly. Swindoll says, “Human forgetfulness is compounded in times of transition, especially times accompanied by crisis or conflict, but it’s just at those times that we need to remember.”

When I started writing seriously in 2005, I began with Chicken Soup for the Soul. This anthology gives a lot of information as to the type of stories they want for the many different titles they offer. I chose to write a story for their New Mom’s Soul book.

While studying their categories of where my story could possibly go, I began to realize that my memory wasn’t as good as it used to be. Panic soon set in and I thought, “Oh! I don’t want to forget all the cute, adorable things that my kids said.” I began keeping a journal.

My journal allowed my mind to flow through the previous day’s activities. Journaling was a mundane process at first, but after a while I found myself paying closer attention to my kids and all the things they said. Thus, began my consistent journaling.

Recently I came across author Michael Hyatt’s journaling template. His template walks you through journaling about yesterday and today’s upcoming activities. This is only one of many examples of journaling and the forms your journaling can take.

  • It’s not about us.

Reason two… “It’s not about us, it’s about God working through us for His glory.” (Swindoll) What a humbling statement, “It’s not about us.” This is very true and to the point. Nothing in the world is about us. This is an understood declaration for Christians. We need to be humble. Becoming humble will help you realize that all amazing and unexpected things are from God. It’s our responsibility to share these things with others (not just immediate family). What takes place in our lives might help others to experience the same goodness from God. Leaving your legacy for future generations will help ensure the retelling and reliving by each new generation to come.


I’m so exciting that this eBook Short is almost ready! I’ll be in touch. May God bless your day. 

What I learned from Jake Elliott (@jake_elliott22)

What I learned from Jake Elliott (@jake_elliott22) —The One-Minute Rule

PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 24: Jake Elliott #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles is carried off the field by teammates Kamu Grugier-Hill #54 and Mychal Kendricks #95 on September 24, 2017 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)


Philippians 3:13 – “This one thing I do; forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead…”








I love football and I especially love following Memphis Tigers football. This season, Memphis has a new kicker since Jake Elliott graduated and went to kick for the Philadelphia Eagles. Elliott’s stats while at Memphis are impressive. He holds Memphis all-time kicking records for points kicked, holds school record for longest field goal with a 56-yarder at University of South Florida in 2013, just to mention a few. On Sunday, September 24th I told my husband, “I want to watch Jake Elliott today, who is Philadelphia playing?”

We started watching the Eagles-Giants game, but I fell asleep, after all it was Sunday afternoon. My husband woke me up with the play back of Jake’s 61-yard field goal, with .01 second remaining. The game was tied at 24 and Jake came through for the Eagles just like he used to do for the Tigers! “What?!, show me that again.” The Philadelphia Eagles won against the New York Giants 27 to 24 because of Jakes 61-yard field goal. (@eagles)

The interview Jake did for the press after the game was just as amazing as his 61-yard field goal in my opinion. Why? When asked, “how did you mentally come back from missing the 51-yard field goal in the second half?” Jake responded, “I approach every miss the same way and every make the same way. I have a one to two-minute rule.… miss a kick you have one minute to get over it and if you make a kick you have one minute to enjoy it.”

My daughter is on the bowling team this year for her high school. As with all sports, athletes can have great days when everything clicks as well as bad days when nothing goes right. Sophia recently did bad while bowling. I shared Philippians 3:13 with her, “This one thing I do; forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead…”

I’m sending my daughter an email at school everyday for encouragement. Recently I shared with her Jake Elliott’s rule and told her, “There is no reason to spend too much time being upset or too much time celebrating with all things in our lives. If we make a mistake, the important thing is to evaluate the situation and ask ourselves, “what could I have done differently to be successful?”

Thank you, Jake, for sharing your one-minute rule with the world. It proves that my hobby of watching football isn’t just a waste of time. I’m adopting your one-minute rule into my life today and I hope all my readers will consider it as well.

**Authors note- Hello Jake– I want you to know that we (#TigersAthletics, #GoTigersGo) are thinking about you and praying for a speedy recovery. (concussion protocol after Nov. 19th’s game). 

Wisdom & Insight

Wisdom & Insight

Proverbs 4: 7 “The beginning of Wisdom is this: get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.”
Proverbs 4: 20-21 “My child, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them in within your heart.”

The above scriptures are saying that if you seek God for his wisdom, by praying for his guidance for your daily living, keep his words on your heart and in the forefront of your mind, then God will bless you with his insight. And for me to feel his insight I feel his presence.

As Christians, we all feel God’s presence in different ways. For me, I describe God’s presence in my life as being “strangely warmed.”

When I feel his touch on my shoulder from behind…. I’m strangely warmed and comforted knowing he will be there to hold me up if I fall.

When I feel him gently take my elbow and tug me sideways….I’m strangely warmed and comforted knowing he is right beside me going through the good and the bad with me.

And I’m strangely warmed and comforted when I gaze forward and feel him in front of me, leading and guiding my path. If I keep my eyes straight on him, I won’t get off the path he has for my life.

How do you feel Gods presence in your life?

Biblical Miracles – how that relates to leaving a godly legacy

Leaving a Godly Legacy – Journaling for Future Generations is my upcoming eBook short releasing soon!  Here is an excerpt from the book.

What do Biblical miracles have to do with leaving a legacy? (Part 1)
Biblical miracles contain three key components, according to Christian blogger Natasha Crain.

1. Miracles are supernatural.

That goes without saying, you may think. But consider Jesus’ feeding of 5000 men (plus an uncounted number of women and children) with only five small loaves of bread and two small fish. This miracle is recorded in all four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Consider the account of the sick woman who, in faith, touched Jesus’ garment when He was being jostled by a large crowd of people. He knew instinctively that her touch was different and that healing power had gone out from Him and into her.

2. Miracles prove God’s power and that Jesus is His Son.

Jesus used miracles to give evidence that He was in fact God in the flesh. His resurrection from the dead after His crucifixion is the ultimate miracle of course, but before His own resurrection, He even raised others from the dead.

3. Miracles are historical facts.

The events are well documented, usually by numerous witnesses. Again, consider His resurrection. The Bible notes that after Jesus’ resurrection He spent 40 days with His disciples and even appeared to over 500 people at one time.

John 20:30-31 sums up Jesus’ legacy this way: “Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.”

Any “miracles” in your family history? From the supernatural to the mundane, it’s all important to pass along. I would love to hear your personal godly stories that are helping to shape your families’ legacy.


Godly Legacy – What is that?

Have you ever thought about your personal godly legacy? Are you concerned with your younger family members not knowing enough about your grandparent’s and great grandparent’s legacy to carry it forward?

Are you interested about how God has worked in your family in the past years? Are you wondering how your godly information will be passed on to future generations?

If you have answered “yes” to any of my above questions, then we are thinking alike.

“When you remember me, it means you have carried something of who I am with you, that I have left some mark of who I am on who you are. It means that you can summon me back to your mind even though countless years and miles may stand between us. It means that if we meet again, you will know me. It means that even after I die, you can still see my face and hear my voice and speak to me in your heart.” Frederick Buechner American writer and theologian. (1926- )

This quote says it all for me. It’s part of my reasoning behind writing an eBook short, Leaving a Godly Legacy, Journaling for Future Generations. This eBook Short will be released soon!!

Here is an excerpt from the book.

Letters from my mother are small treasures to me. She makes it a point to send a hand-written note thanking my family for Christmas, birthday and Mother’s Day gifts. My mom is my inspiration. I’ve started writing my children letters from time to time after her example.

I’m keeping the cards from my mom and my letters to my children for a great reason…Legacy. It’s a small but significant part of our family’s legacy. When my children have their own children, the small jester of hand-written notes might be a thing of the past. My mother gave me a letter that her mother, my grandmother, had written to her days after I was born.

This letter is not only a glimpse at how life was in 1968, but also part of my legacy. I’m able to show 3 generations of letter writing to my family.

Recently I sent my cousin a handwritten note. I referred to the great memories we’ve shared. My cousin Facebook messaged me thanking me for the thoughtful jester. My cousin and her husband were one of the many (over 770 houses) who lost cottages in Gatlinburg, Tennessee due to the fires during Thanksgiving of 2016. “Your card came at such a good time,” she wrote. “I’m still working on the inventory of all that was in the cottage, it’s all so hard and so sad. Thank you.”

It’s sad to think of all that was lost in all the homes, structures and cottages in Gatlinburg. I can only empathize with all those involved. My prayer is for all to be restored in their memories so they can share verbally and by writing down for those to come.

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Technology Addiction with Children

Meet Susan and her son Adam… Adam is 24 years old and lives with her and plays League of Legends video game 9 hours a day. Adam has a part time job at Papa John’s. Susan has watched her son become an introvert over the past 6 years.

Do you think Susan’s dream for Adam when he was younger was to be living at home at age 24, working part time and consumed by a video game? Of course not.

With the school year coming to a close for children, I wanted to give a warning. As you start the summer with your kids, no matter what the age, I strongly encourage you to pray and stand firm in your rules regarding technology use in your house.

I speak from experience. I speak from a place of regret.  Regret that I didn’t stand firm in my household.  It’s difficult; even more difficult if you have a child with ADD, ADHD or Asperger’s.

Recently I read Cyber Junkie: Escape the Gaming and Internet Trap,” by Kevin Roberts.  The first part of the book is Roberts giving an overall view of his own personal addiction and the path he took to get there. The last half of the book he explains the difficult process he had climbing out of his gaming addiction along with a step-by-step recovery guide for parents.  There is a section on resources for parents also at the end of the book.

There are 20 signs of cyber addiction Roberts shares and I want to share with you. If you aren’t already noticing if your child spends too much time on their cellphone, computer or gaming system, then you need to be aware that this can become a true addiction.

Warning signs of cyber addiction

  1. Time Warp: Inability to determine time spent on cyber activities
  2. Lying about cyber activities
  3. Changes in sleep patterns
  4. Craving cyber activities
  5. Withdrawing from friends and family
  6. Losing interest in other hobbies
  7. Internet use for more than 2 hours a day 4 days a week
  8. Poor performance at school or work
  9. Physical ailments: back ache, carpal tunnel syndrome, stiff neck , nerve pain, and eye strain
  10. Inability to see the negative consequences of cyber activities
  11. Buying things within a game that cost real money to gain skills only useful to that game
  12. Eating meals at the computer
  13. Glorifying cyber activities
  14. Emotional disturbances when electronic devices are taken away
  15. Mood swings
  16. Withdraw systems: headaches, light headedness
  17. Continuing cyber activities despite many negative consequences
  18. Persistent inability to cut down on cyber activity
  19. Ever increasing amounts of time spent on cyber activity
  20. Obsessing about cyber activity when not online

Number 19 is what concerns me since kids are out of school for the summer with lots of free time.  As a parent I understand that you are busy and there are things that have to get done. All technology helps parents in times of need to entertain. Have you noticed more and more kids in shopping carts with iPhones and iPads, and at dinner tables in restaurants? Sometimes parents put kids in front of electronics in order to get work done around the house. I UNDERSTAND!

If your child or children have four or more of the above warning signs, for more than three months, this should trigger an alarm. Like any addiction, if you leave the cyber addiction untreated to fester it can destroy a person’s life. It’s our job as parents to be aware. It’s one thing to talk to your kids about cyber limits, but then you must help them plan for the rest of their day; because they’ll get bored and boredom leads back to electronics.

Spend quality time with your kids.  This summer make memories through experiences rather than allowing them to have unlimited time with the Internet.  If you don’t start setting limits for technology now, your life might look like Susan’s in the future.

At the time of this writing I found at least 12 other books on internet addiction for teens.

Roberts has a “Tech Cleanse “ article on his blog. Check it out.

I’m interested in hearing your story. Please feel free to comment below.

Who needs encouragement? ME!

Who needs encouragement? ME!

All scripture referenced are from the English Stander Version of the Bible. 

Why do people need encouragement? Jesus instructed in John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”  Jesus encourages us by saying (and I paraphrase) in me you will have peace, world is full of trials, but please take heart, I have overcome the world.

When encouragement is absent, people feel unloved, unimportant, useless, forgotten, and the list goes on.  Hebrews 3:13 says, “But encourage one another every day, as long as it is called today….”

What below best describes you right now?

  • I desire encouragement daily, I’m upset without it.
  • I prefer to be the encourager versus the one encouraged.
  • I pray daily for God to show me those who need encouragement.
  • I rely on the scriptures when I need encouragement.

There is no right or wrong answer; you could be one or all four, or none.

Read Joshua 1:1-9.

Joshua faced some challenges. He lost Moses and God is telling him he is charged with taking the Israelites through the Jordan River. Do you think he was fearful? If it were me, I’d be fearful!

God told Joshua to get up and move on, Moses was gone. Even with the difficult task coming, taking the Ark of the Covenant through the Jordan River, God reminded Joshua that the land was already given to Israel and no one would take it. “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.” Joshua 1:5. God reminded Joshua, I was with Moses, I will be with you. I’m not going anywhere.

Aren’t we like Joshua? We need strength and courage just like he did.

“Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. …”  “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:,6, 7, 9.

Don’t we have what Joshua had? 1) Confidence in God’s calling on our lives; 2) the wisdom of God’s word found in the Bible; 3) the promise of God’s presence in our lives.

Do you want to encourage others? Here’s how:

  • Pray for God to show you who needs encouragement.
  • Start today. Practice encouraging others and make it a daily habit. (It takes 21 days to make a habit, good or bad.)

While teaching a line dance class recently, I noticed a handicapped young man who was trying to take the class. It was apparent that the class was more than he could handle.  His caregiver always sat outside the door watching. I had not been able to talk to him or his caregiver because he leaves before class is over.

The Holy Spirit nudged me to reach out and see how I could help.  I’ve been emailing with his caregiver and offering encouragement and video links to the dances so he can practice at home. Soon I hope to work with this young man before class to teach him the basic steps as well as offer encouragement.

Who can you encourage today?



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