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On Becoming Fearless


Many years ago a dear friend from church slipped this quote into my hand.  She had handwritten it on a three by five card that lies on the desk in front of me today.

I can't tell you how many times I have read and reread this quote.  Nor can I state the number of times I have moved it from mirror to bulletin board to refrigerator to desk and back again!

I have struggled for years to understand it's meaning. For some reason I just couldn't apply it to my life.  (The "things that make you go Hmmm....")

One day the precious script sifted through my mind down into my heart and I realized it's meaning... for me:

These last few years of my life have been far less than what I hoped and even expected. 

I've been filled with shame, ridicule, humiliation, loss and regret and pain in my mind, body, heart and spirit that had been unimaginable.


Through it all I have learned much.  I have grown.  I've made progress towards healing in areas of my life I never thought possible.

If you've read my blog over the years you know my writing has changed quite a bit and that I've started and stopped many times for varying lengths of time.

I believe God has been calling me to be real - REALLY REAL - because in Him I have nothing to be ashamed of.

I'm a sinner, saved by the grace of Jesus Christ.  I am a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ and I still sin (unfortunately).  I sin because I'm human.  I'm also forgiven because I've asked Christ to forgive me and I believe He has.

I'm sick with chronic illnesses that I cannot control nor be healed from (unless God performs a miracle).

This post is to come forward as an advocate for Sexual Abuse Survivors (yes, I am one), for Warriors learning to live with Chronic Illnesses (both mental and physical (yes, I am a Warrior, too).  I want to share what I learn, encourage those that are struggling and keep chronicling the ups and downs on the roller coaster of life.

I am learning to place my trust in God in ALL things and to turn to Him in every single life situation - just like I would talk with an earthly best friend.

I'd love prayers for me in my endeavors as I continue on in the calling I believe has been placed on my life.  The enemy continues to fight me and I continue to battle with the armor of Christ.

I also plan to intermingle images, photography and other thoughts like I used to.

Please feel free to let me know if the quote above speaks to you.

And, if you have thoughts or questions about my forthcoming Advocacy, I'd love for you to drop me a note.

Blessings to you and may your day be filled with much hope, great love and astounding beauty....


Comfort Cuppa of Love

Sadness has been overwhelming these days.

I lost my Pawbaby, Doogie in January of this year.  His sweet heart had grown too big and his lungs filled with fluid that had him struggling for breath within mere minutes.   

It was and is a shock.

I miss him.  Greatly.

And, as his Grammy says, "That little dog left a really big hole in our hearts."


My mom, man-friend and sister-friend have been so supportive and I can't tell you how much that has meant to me. 

Anyone who has loved a companion animal knows they are much more than just pets.  They are family members.  And, mine was truly my PAWBABY.

He rescued me much more than I rescued him.  And, I'd do it all over again, too.

My man-friend was bent on easing my grief so he got me out for some Click time.

We ended up at a non-chain coffee shop that was/is beyond delightful.

The Barista, upon seeing my Clicking antics came over and asked if I'd like something even prettier to take pictures of.  I jumped for joy when she brought me this beautiful "Comfort Cuppa of Love."

I thanked her profusely and told her that she made my day brighter due to the grief I was feeling.

She then brought me an unexpected and very lovely Espresso drink followed by another staff member with a plate of gorgeous food.

They brought me props!  To take Clicks of!  Just to help me feel better!

I was a complete stranger.  Just a customer walking in off the street. And the kindness they showed was such a gift (from God).  

Strangers paying kindness forward to other strangers.

My heart still swoons at the beauty of the treats as well as the beauty within the hearts of the staff.

I pray God blesses them beyond measure and they are repaid in a special way unique to each of them at just the right time.

I hope you have a very happy and Click filled day!

PS:  I signed up to take Kim Klassen's The Studio Online course this year.

The first assignment was "Cuppa."   I thought this Comfort Cuppa of Love was a perfect way to document such amazing kindness.