Inspirational Stories

With Age Comes Wisdom Well not Always

Color Your Life Any Color You WantI usually find myself saying that with age comes wisdom. It makes perfect sense when you consider all of the life experiences we have to learn from. Well, that saying was just blown away by a five-year-old! 


Robert and I took a road trip to meet the gentleman that has helped me with all of my websites and technical knowledge. It was a real joy to meet him and his wife in person. I had been working with him for three years through e-mails and phone conversations. As part of our trip, we visited Robert’s son and two grandchildren.


Our visit was filled with fun activities like a trip to the zoo, botanical garden, history Museum, playing on playgrounds and coloring in coloring books.


Helen is five years old and was my coloring partner.

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Purpose in Life – Are We There Yet?

Finding Purpose in Life - Are We There Yet?

Sometimes we need to pause and admire how far we have come in finding purpose in life.


Finding purpose in life is like taking a road trip.  Have you ever taken a long road trip as a child or with young children? The line always comes up after a while on the journey – Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet? It usually comes in multiple repetitions too!

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How are you Living your Life in the Dash?

How are you living your life?


We all start out with a birthday, have a dash in the middle and finish with an end date. How are you living your life in the dash?


My best friend’s father just passed away after a painful period where Alzheimer’s had taken its final toll. I may have met my friend’s father briefly at some point, during our thirty plus year friendship, but I didn’t know him.


I attended his memorial service and one by one members of his family and close friends shared their fondest memories. By society’s standards, Howard was just an ordinary guy. But listening to the love felt for him was quite the opposite. Howie, as he was affectionately called, was quite extra-ordinary. Continue reading

The Law of Attraction and the Christian Faith Part I

There’s been a lot of buzz within the last decade about The Law of Attraction. Classes, books, workshops, even a movie have been created to teach people how to harness this law.  The Law of Attraction states that what you put your attention on you can manifest into being. By asking and believing you are supposed to receive. The outcome can be good or bad, by the way, depending what you truly believe consciously and unconsciously. But… Continue reading

Modern Day Good Samaritan – A Random Act of Kindness

There always seems to be depressing headlines in the news, but I heard a story this week about some good news. It’s the story of a modern day Good Samaritan (the original, in case you wanted to look it up, is in the book of Luke 10:30-37). The story comes from my mother, and it was too good not to share.

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Learning How to Love Thanks to My Labrador Retriever, Wilson

Time really flies. It will be one year next month that we added Wilson, the yellow lab, to our family. When we adopted him, he was about to turn two years old. We were the fourth family he had been with in a period of 20 months.

Now, I’ve never owned a Labrador. My last dog, and best friend, was Duffy, a Golden Retriever. I quickly found out that the breeds are entirely different. While both are known to be chewers, Duffy at least had some restraint. Wilson, on the other hand ate anything! In a very short period of time we lost a Handel’s Messiah score, the cover to one of my favorite journals, the cover to one of my favorite books, an I-Pod, two pair of eye glasses…. Need I go on? Continue reading

God’s Greetings Cards – “His Eye is on the Sparrow”

Spring for me holds a new promise of life, hope and new beginnings.  It’s become my favorite time of the year.


I have come through some very difficult times and springtime seems to be a time when many issues have been resolved. Every time without exception, God has provided. But God not only provided for all of my needs, He also sent me greeting cards in the process.


One such time was in the spring. I had just moved to a small, rental house during a very painful divorce. I was also unemployed and down to my last nickel. As God so often does, at the eleventh hour and fifty-ninth minute (God seems to work like that…) He provided a wonderful dream job when all of my money had run out.


Living in my little rental house, I did a lot of soul searching and healing.  There is a favorite song from my childhood that I used to sing at church and still sing when I am being thoughtful and wanting to feel God’s presence.  The song title is “His Eye is on the Sparrow” and the lyrics are –  Why should I feel discouraged / Why should the shadows come / Why should my heart feel lonely / And long for heaven and home / Continue reading

God’s Power Steering – Don’t Let Go of the Wheel – Just Keep Moving

I have to admit that I struggle as I get older with realizing the concept of having less time than in my youth. There are so many things that I want to do. Because I have hit the over half-way mark in my life, I feel a sense of urgency in wanting everything NOW!

The Psalmist says, “Be still and know that I am God.” And James says, “Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only,… Continue reading

Write Down Family Stories Before they are Lost Forever

Every December I let the hustle and bustle of the season steal my joy. Not this year! I am celebrating Christmas every day with a new idea. This idea is to capture family stories.

Jackie Recording Stu Trottmann Jr.for GCMWe are in the process of losing an entire generation. There are so many rich stories that have been told but never documented. Once that person is gone, the stories will go with them never to be told again.

A huge bonus I received by marrying Robert was gaining my father-in-law, Stuart R. Trottmann, Jr.  Stu, as I affectionately call him, is now 92 years old. Six years ago when we met, Stu had told us lots of stories. Robert told me that none of his stories were written down so I decided to interview Stu and record the stories. Robert came with me.

As with everything Stu puts his mind to in his life, he was prepared to talk. Boy was he prepared!

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