If we are to respect our earthly parents, how much more should we be expected to respect and honor our heavenly Father?  What better way to do that than to shine – for Him?

You don’t have to be off the wall and dye your hair purple to stand out in kingdom work. I mean, if you want to, go for it. It’s not necessary and not mandatory. God can do amazing things through ordinary people because that’s what He uses – plain, run-of-the-mill people. Christians do not stand out in a crowd and we don’t wear capes or fly around the city setting trains back on tracks. We just pray and wait for God to open doors for us to walk through. When the time is right, we go. We shine because He is the light that shines through us. That’s how it works.

If you know God, you know that the good works you do here are never going to be enough. Nothing we do will “get” us any higher in God’s eyes. It’s ONLY through faith in Jesus’ sacrifice on Calvary that “gets” us anywhere. On my works I can’t get to the parking lot – know what I’m sayin’???

Any “good” that is in us is a direct reaction to the goodness He gives. It’s not our “bend” to be good. In fact, it goes against everything natural to be good. We love because HE loved us first. It’s God that is good and true and perfect and faithful. Us? Hmm… not so much.

Shine today – but not that fake “put a smile on your face and grit your teeth” sort of shine (that’s annoying). Pray and ask God to shine through you. Be who you are – in HIM. That is what makes people wonder what you’ve got – and want it – and want to know Christ!

Do the best work you can do for Christ. When you pray and God opens a door, window or sunroof – go – move – DO what you’re supposed to do with the love and joy and peace in your heart that tells you that your Savior has your back and He won’t let you fall. SHINE – for HIS glory!!! ❤




THE FRIDAY BEFORE DAD'S DAYGod can use anything to inspire a blog post! Yesterday I was reading through my news feed on facebook and noticed a post about how in days gone by, people who are left-handed were thought to be evil. I honestly did not know that. I knew that life for a southpaw was more difficult because let’s face it – it is a right-handed person’s world. Daddy used to tell me that it took him twice as long to learn how to use scissors – because when he was a kid there was no such thing as scissors for left-handed people. I remember thinking that was very mean and cruel. Daddy also told me that in school they tried to get him to do things with his right hand. He just refused to conform. Yep – that’s my dad! Left-handed and darned proud of it!

Evil, huh? Wow. That seems extreme to me. How could anyone think someone was evil just because they favor their left hand? That’s crazy.

Here are the real facts:

  • 10% of people are left-handed according to a report by Scientific American.
  • Geniuses are more likely to be left-handed – 20% of the top scoring SAT takers are left-handed.
  • 31% of Major League Baseball pitchers are left-handed.
  • Of the last 5 Presidents, 3 were lefties – Obama, Clinton and Bush Sr.
  • All lefties: Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Barak Obama, Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Leonardo da Vinci

I’m proud to say that my dad was a lefty and even though he did not go beyond the Eighth Grade in school, he pursued so many avenues in life! He went to school and earned a license to sell real estate. He took courses at night to learn specialized carpentry skills and made a very good living as a finish carpenter. In that way he combined his art with cabinetry. He made a living doing what he enjoyed most. He loved art and wood was his medium.

I love you and miss you like crazy daddy!




What do Winston Churchill and type 1 diabetics have in common?  Combat against an enemy.  Churchill’s enemy was, of course the Nazis – but the enemy of type 1 diabetics is blood sugar.

I’ve met some truly amazing people in the Diabetic Online Community (DOC), and one of them is Richard Vaughn.  He’s agreed to share his story today.

I was diagnosed in 1945, a few days after my 6th birthday. After 67 years of type 1 diabetes, I have very good diabetes health. Still no diabetes related complications, except some mild nerve damage. I hope that the research being done on long-term type 1 diabetics, in Boston, will help explain my success story.

I don’t have any “secret”. I do the same things that many type 1 friends have done, but my routine seems to have worked better for me than it has for so many others. The research in Boston is attempting to find why us long-term, healthy type 1 diabetics have been so successful. The participants in the study are Joslin medalists, all of whom have had type 1 diabetes for at least 50 years. I participated in that research in 2009. The research is ongoing, and began in 2005. There have been almost 800 participants thus far. More than 100 medalists will be meeting in Boston this year, on May 10 and 11. There will be an update given on the type 1 study. I can’t wait to see what they have found!

The truly amazing thing about Richard is that he has managed his Type 1 Diabetes quite well and has absolutely no complications!  I must say this intrigues and inspires me.  I need to know what he does differently! 

One of the first characteristics I notice and admire about Richard is his optimism!  Every time we chat he has such an upbeat attitude and is so positive about everything – even Diabetes!  He’s encouraged me to keep going several times when I’ve just wanted to throw my hands up and surrender.  If there is one thing that he is not…  it’s a quitter!

He reminds me of the fact that he was diagnosed as a young child and does not remember much before his diagnosis.  I, on the other hand, was diagnosed at 21 years of age.  I remember thinking, “Oh great – now my life won’t ever be fun again!”  I was wrong – life is fine.  I just need to adopt a better attitude about it!

Richard offers all of us in the Diabetic Online Community (DOC) much-needed  help and support.  He keeps us all encouraged to keep going.  I really appreciate all of the assistance he has given me. He was born in 1939.  Insulin had only been around for a little over 20 years!  In his upbeat and uplifting book, “Beating The Odds:  64 Years of Diabetes Health” (available at, he outlines the challenges of managing diabetes using only urinalysis and a rather inaccurate nutritional guide that dictated sugar control as opposed to carbohydrate control. 

It’s a great book and definitely on my “you gotta read this” list!  Click on the link in the right margin to order the book.  It’s paperback and costs $12.50. 

We glean so much wit and wisdom from this retired college professor from upstate New York.  I must admit, most days I just chat with Richard to get a good laugh.  There are times I need the wisdom he offers, but I can always use a good laugh! 

When I was chatting with him about this post, I asked if he had a blog.  He said yes he does, but said he wasn’t very good at blogging.  I wrote back with a big LOL because it cracks me up when someone says they can’t blog – but they can write a book!  Wow.  He’s actually the second author to say that to me.  Maybe that’s why I can’t write a book – because I can blog.

I know I’m not alone in wishing Richard continued success in his journey with Type 1 Diabetes.  He is truly a blessing and a source of encouragement for all of us.  

I want to leave this bit of advice with Richard and all diabetics:

Keep calm and carry on.  – Winston Churchill

Thank you for all you do, Richard!  Well done!!!  🙂