From an Obsessive Optimist in the Eye of A Hurricane.

life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; It's about learning to dance in the rain.

Full of Hands

When my daughter was small and I would want to take her hand while crossing the parking lot or street, she would clasp her two hands tightly together and say, “ I can’t Mom, I am FULL of hands!” When Ananias was approached by the Holy Spirit to go and lay his hands on Saul, it seems he had the same reaction. Acts 9:13-14 in The Message says, “Ananias protested, “Master, you can’t be serious. Everybody’s talking about this man and the terrible things he’s been doing, his reign of terror against your people in Jerusalem! And now he’s shown up here with papers from the Chief Priest that give him license to do the same to us.”

There are many, many amazing things about Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus. The one amazing thing I want to focus on is that God asked Ananias to assist with his hands. Ananias laid his hands on Saul and Saul became Paul and regained his sight.

Saul had already met with Jesus. Jesus had told him, “Now you have met me, but this is not complete. I will tell you later what to do.” Saul is blind, not eating or drinking, his whole world turned upside down. The Jesus Saul had determined in his own mind to be an imposter, had spoken to him from beyond the grave. Instead of sight, Saul had received blindness.

Ananias is not mentioned anywhere else in scripture. Ananias was not an apostle, although early church historians indicated that he might have been one of the 70 disciples mentioned in Luke 10. God asked Ananias to use his hands, and Ananias did. In Acts 9:17-19, The Message, “So Ananias went and found the house, placed his hands on blind Saul, and said, “Brother Saul, the Master sent me, the same Jesus you saw on your way here. He sent me so you could see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” No sooner were the words out of his mouth than something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes—he could see again! He got to his feet, was baptized, and sat down with them to a hearty meal.”

Ananias, a simple disciple, mentioned no where else in scripture, places his hands on Saul. His hands changed Saul’s life and many other lives, including yours and mine. Saul as Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 4:7, Amplified, “However, we possess this precious treasure [the divine Light of the Gospel] in [frail, human] vessels of earth, that the grandeur and exceeding greatness of the power may be shown to be from God and not from ourselves.”


  • We must be a disciple, a follower of Jesus. Acts 9:10
  • We must hear from the Lord. Acts 9:11
  • We do not need to be “important” Acts 9:10
  • We must unclasp our hands. Acts 9:17
  • God has important work for our hands. Acts 9:18, Matt. 9:37


Matthew 9:37 says the harvest is plentiful and the laborers are few. I challenge you to pray this week for work for your hands. The Holy Spirit will speak to you and instruct you in work for your hands to do. You will challenge yourself to unclasp your hands and do the work that the Holy Spirit gives you.

I believe  every problem, obstacle,dilemma, predicament, quandary, or trouble that comes our way contains the seed of our future success!! Together, you and I will be able to find that seed of success, water and grow it. Join me for free and let us see what will happen. I covet your comments and would love for you to subscribe today.

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What Is Your Excuse?

Inertia is the tendency of a body to maintain its state of rest or uniform motion unless acted upon by an external force,

direct quote from Wikipedia.  After last year I feel I move from the speed of slow to the speed of very, very slow and slower.  This has become my excuse for not getting things done.  After all, the turtle would have never won the race if he had not  bothered to enter.  The turtle had my excuse, he was too slow.

I almost skipped this postaweek post as life came between me and this commitment.  This morning I was given three quotes and a video.  All of them pointed to the fact that I was making excuses.  This is really easy to do in the eye of a hurricane.  I do not want to be good at excuses, I want to be good at being myself. See quotes below.

I have never know a man that is good at making excuses, that is good at anything else. Benjamin Franklin

An excuse is just the skin of a reason stuffed with a lie. Billy Sunday

99% of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. George Washington Carver

I  made 3 commitments for the New Year and I have already failed to live up to them this past week.  I could give you some very good reasons (excuses, anyone!).  I determine to live my life in a way that will grow the seeds of my success.  So where do I go from here?

But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus  Philippians 3: 13-14 NIV

I am going to do this one thing, I am not going to focus on what I failed to do last week, I am not going to focus on what speed I can do things at, I am not going to focus on the consequences of the hurricane; I am going to focus on the race and growing the seeds of my success.

This is my prayer.  I received this video in an email and I am sharing it with you.  I hope you are as uplifted and blessed as I was.  This little girl has also lived in the eye of the hurricane.  She lost her mother several years ago to cancer.  The inertia of grief did not stop her.  It is obvious that her focus is not on her loss, but what she can give.

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I will not be mired in the inertia of illness or the side effects of the cancer treatments.  I will  not be  mired in the inertia of my past week’s failures to keep my commitments.  I believe that you have the ability to keep me accountable.  All comments are cherished.

I believe every problem, obstacle,dilemma, predicament, quandary, or trouble that comes our way contains the seed of our future success!! Together, you and I will be able to find that seed of success, water and grow it.  Join me for free and let us see what will happen.  I covet your comments and would love for you to subscribe today.

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Pink Your Profile, Your World In Rose-Colored Glasses

 My Mom always said to see people through the rose-colored glasses of love.  When there are 7 sisters and brothers living in close quarters,  it is very easy to focus on each other’s faults.  Mom wanted her children to focus on our her highest value, that we were to love one another.  Even when we were older and had made mistakes, both my mom and my dad always focused on their love for us, not the mistakes we had made.   

 October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  In the past, that fact barely touched me as I lived my busy life. Last October,  I was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer and today I pinked my profile picture on Facebook.  S. C.  Johnson has an application  at!/rightathome?v=app_130977060285053  where you too can pink your profile picture and S. C. Johnson will donate $1.00 to breast cancer research.  Breast Cancer Awareness Month has a higher value after a year of chemo, surgery, radiation.  My pink profile picture reminded me of my Mom,who also had cancer, pancreatic cancer and lost that fight in 2003.  My pink profile picture reminded me of her rose-colored glasses. 

In being busy, the close quarters,  the mistakes, the quandaries, the problems, the hurricanes, the dilemmas,  do we put on our rose-colored glasses and see the people in our life,  in their highest value, love?   As we pink their profile picture, as we place our highest value on people, we begin to see  “seeds of success” .  

 My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.  1 John 3:18- 20  The Message.

There was a wealthy man with two sons.  He placed the highest value on both sons.  The youngest son was rebellious and unhappy.  He demanded his inheritance from his father.  The father did not react to this rebellion but acted on the father’s highest value, love and gave the son the inheritance, knowing that the money would be misspent.  

The rebellious son went into a far country, thinking the father would not know what he was doing and misspent the money.  The son ended up penniless, friendless and in a hog pen.  In this condition, he found that he could see his father’s value, which he could not see before.  

Focusing on his father’s value, the son returned home to repent and ask to be a servant, to serve his father.  His father did not recriminate, or say, ” I told you so.”  He greeted his son with his highest value, love.  He ran to greet him and gave the son a homecoming party. 

This father pinked his son’s profile.  He focused on his highest value, love.  This is a story Jesus told and can be found in Luke 15:11-32.  John says in 1 John 3:18-20, as we love the other people in our lives, we  live in God’s reality, in God’s promises.  

For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.  Jeremiah 29:11  Amplified

Whatever dilemma, predicament, trouble or mistake you are now facing;  if it is your mistake, like the prodigal son, or your dilemma caused by someone else, like the father, if you can place the highest value of love on people, if you can pink their profile, you will find the seed of your success.

In many ways I let my parents down.  When I was younger, I was the rebellious daughter, and I wanted what was not mine, to do with as I pleased.  However, when I went home to see my parents, they always dropped whatever they were doing and made time for me.  One of the last times I spent with my parents, together; my mom called me shortly after I left.  My Mom said my Dad had said to her, as I drove down the driveway, “Don’t you miss her already.”   They absolutely pinked my profile.  Although both of my parents are now with the Lord, this is a seed of my success.

I believe every problem, obstacle,dilemma, predicament, quandary, or trouble that comes our way contains the seed of our future success!!  Together, you and I will be able to find that seed of success, water and grow it.  Join me for free and let us see what will happen.  I covet your comments and would love for you to subscribe today.

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Whatever The Name of Your Hurricane – It’s OK

Hurricane Katrina forever changed New Orleans, and you.  I do not know one person who did not at least give a couple of dollars to the Katrina fund.  Hurricane Katrina has forever changed Texas, where I live, because many of her victims came and stayed here in Texas.  9/11 forever changed New York and you.  You will never go through or to an airport the same way because of 9/11. 

Whatever hurricane you are facing, by whatever name, it will forever change you and everyone around you.  That is OK.  You may be saying I do not want this problem, situation, quandary.  I did not ask for it.  I do not deserve it.  As long as your hurricane is not OK with you, the changes will be negative.  The minute you say this problem, situation, quandary is OK is the minute you will begin to see the seed of success. 

Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18  THE MESSAGE

There was a man who had 11 brothers.  Ten of the brothers hated him.  The brothers devised a plan to get rid of this man by selling him as a slave.  He arrived in a country far from his birth and was put on a slave block, naked to be sold, again to the highest bidder.  This was OK with him.  How do I know that, because there is a statement at this point in the story,  Joseph was a very prosperous man.  

Would it be stated about you, that you were very prosperous, if you had been betrayed by your own family, sold and were on the block, naked to be sold again to the highest bidder.   The definition of prosperous from Webster’s dictionary is : auspicious, favorable, marked by success or economic well-being, flourishing.   To have this sentence written about you in these unfavorable circumstances would require you to be OK with betrayal, exposure and loss of freedom.

Joseph is sold to a good man, who notices his good attitude and puts him in charge of his entire household.  There is someone else who notices Joseph and it is not his good attitude, but his good looks that attracts the owner’s wife.  The owner’s wife attempts to seduce Joseph when her husband is out-of-town.  Joseph resists her advances.  Is he rewarded?  No, when his owner returns, the wife tells him that Joseph attempted to rape her and Joseph is put in jail.  

In jail for something he did not do, Joseph is OK.  Joseph is OK because he tries to be helpful to his fellow inmates.  If you were incarcerated for something you did not do, would you be helpful?  

One of the inmates he helped, remembers his help and Joseph is called to help the king.  Joseph is not arrogant or bitter, he is OK, because first he has a bath and shaves.   He says if God will help him, he will help the king.  Joseph is able to help the king and the king is so impressed with his good attitude that he puts him in charge of his kingdom.

Many years later the 10 brothers show up in front of Joseph, to ask him a favor.  When they discover who they are asking the favor from, they are afraid.  Joseph, who is OK with the hurricane that has been perpetrated against him, advises them not to be afraid and tells them how what they intended for evil, God used for good.  The very evil perpetuated against Joseph was OK, it was the seed of his success, which he would share with them.

In light of this story, which you can find in Genesis 37- 47, are you OK with the hurricane that you are presently experiencing.   Ten entire chapters of the Bible are devoted to this story. 

Once you are OK with this negative situation, whether it is your fault or someone else’s, then you can begin to receive the answer and see the seed of your success.

I wish I could make this more complicated or difficult.  It is only when we are OK and begin to thank God for this circumstance, that any answer emerges.

Here is the list of what I am OK with;

1.  The diagnosis of Inflammatory Breast Cancer

2. The loss of my job, because I was out 4 months for treatment.

3. Our current financial disaster because of the costs for the cancer treatment and that I am no longer employed.

4. The neuropathy in my hands and feet as a side effect from the cancer treatment.

5. The numbness and sharp pain in my right arm as a side effect from the cancer treatment.

I am in remission, I have  many reasons to be thankful.  These five very negative circumstances can be the seed of my success.  I have to find it within myself (and with the help of my Lord) to be OK with these negative circumstances so that I can see the seed of my success.  My desire is that I will be known as flourishing, and marked by success as I pass through this hurricane called Cancer.

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.  Philippians 4:6-7  THE MESSAGE

I would love to have comments from you.  Make a list of your “seeds of success”,  try this revolutionary idea out, comment, then come back and let me know how it worked for you.  



Grizzly Bear Faith and YOUR $300.00 Dollar Part

What do you believe in?  Someone asked me that question and I said I believe in God, in love and in prayer.  This person asked if I believe in grizzly bears.  I have seen pictures of grizzly bears, some jumping on a trampoline, one trying to drive a car!  I have never personally encountered a grizzly bear, but I believe I believe in them.  This person asked if I were walking in a park in Alaska and a grizzly bear started chasing me, would I believe in grizzly bears.  If a grizzly bear was chasing me, I WOULD BELIEVE IN GRIZZLY BEARS.  This person stated, if you believed in God, in love and in prayer with the same conviction that you would believe in the grizzly bear chasing you;  your life would be completely different and there would be NO UNANSWERED PRAYERS in your life.

Jesus said to them, Because of the littleness of your faith that is, your lack of firmly relying trust.  For truly I say to you, if you have faith that is living,  like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to yonder place, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.

But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting. Matt. 17:20-21

What does Grizzly Bear Faith look like?  Paul said in Romans 4:18-25, ” We call Abraham “father” not because he got God’s attention by living like a saint, but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody. Isn’t that what we’ve always read in Scripture, God saying to Abraham, “I set you up as father of many peoples”? Abraham was first named “father” and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing. When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do. And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples. God himself said to him, “You’re going to have a big family, Abraham!”

 Abraham didn’t focus on his own impotence and say, “It’s hopeless. This hundred-year-old body could never father a child.” Nor did he survey Sarah’s decades of infertility and give up. He didn’t tiptoe around God’s promise asking cautiously skeptical questions. He plunged into the promise and came up strong, ready for God, sure that God would make good on what he had said. That’s why it is said, “Abraham was declared fit before God by trusting God to set him right.”

As Abraham is called the “Father of Faith”, we sometimes mistakenly think that is because of his “righteousness”.  I am going to relate a story about faith and as I relate the story I ask you to really meditate on the scripture above.  I would really like your opinion on this idea of Grizzly Bear Faith!

In 2003 my mother died of pancreatic cancer, and 2 weeks before my mother died our 8 year old Lllaso Apso died of female problems.  I am not equating the loss of my mother with the loss of our dog, but I want to give you the context of loss when this story occurred. 

We had returned to Texas from my mother’s funeral and we had been back about a week.  My husband had a short-term contract at an independent grocery chain to assist with a festival.  He had been unemployed for 4 months.  My husband’s lack of full-time employment was another loss we were dealing with at this time. 

In the parking lot of the grocery store my husband was working in, a man had pulled into the parking lot and in the back-end of his pick up truck he had 10 very large 6 week old puppies he was giving away.  My nine-year old daughter crawls right up into the bed of the pickup and begins petting all of the puppies. We MUST have one, they are free.  By the time her dad is free to make the monumental and forgone decision to allow her to have one of these free puppies, only two are left.  My daughter chooses the one in her lap, a black sturdy boy with mastiff markings on his face, similar to a Rottweiler.

My daughter names him Santiago.  He is almost too big for her to carry, at 6 weeks.  I knew he would grow to be a very big dog and it would be necessary for him to be well trained.  I began training him immediately and by 10 weeks he was completely house broken, could sit, lie and shake hands.  His mother was a Catahoula Leopard Dog/Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, especially bred for hunting.  She had gotten out and had these accidental puppies.  Santiago, although a mongrel, was very smart.

Santiago at 10 weeks became very sick.  He threw up all day, and had an accident, which caused him great distress.  After one day of this, I told my husband that he needed to see the vet.  I could see he was getting weaker hour by hour.  My husband, who did not have a job, gave me $300.00 he had been saving for an emergency.  $300.00 seemed a lot of money to me, but if you have ever taken a sick dog to the vet, you already know – this was not enough money.

My daughter, Santiago and I went to the vet as soon as the office was open the next morning.  By this time Santiago could barely sit up.  The vet comes in to see him and Santiago staggers into a sitting position and offers the vet his paw to shake.  The vet looks Santiago over and tells us that he has parvovirus and hookworms and that at most he has a 40% chance of survival.  My daughter begin to wail. 

The veterinarian says he will require $1500.00 up front and it could cost as much as $2500.00.  My daughter begins to bawl harder.  My daughter was there when her dad gave me the $300.00 emergency money and when he told me that was all I could spend on Santiago.  I am speechless.  Santiago is still shakily trying to shake paws with the vet.  Recovering my voice, I tell the vet about the $300.00 emergency money, that my husband is unemployed, that my daughter lost her grandmother and her dog in the last month.  I played all of my cards.   The vet said he had to check on something and he would be back.  He was gone for what seemed to me a very long time.  My daughter continued to weep, Santiago was now offering his paw to me and I was praying hard.

The vet comes back into the office and ask me, “How hard are you willing to work?”  I am still speechless.  He then says that he will keep Santiago overnight and hydrate him with an IV.  I would need to pick him up the next morning.  The vet will give me all the medications and the schedule.  It will cost me $300.00.  Even if we left him at the vet and he was given the medications by the vet, the vet gave him less than a 50% chance, so there are no guarantees. 

The next morning I picked Santiago up, all the medications and a schedule for the medications, for giving water and food.  It was very involved and required me to do something for Santiago every two hours for two weeks.  The vets office called me once a day.  I kept the schedule, gave the medications, fed him water with an eye dropper, prayed over him and anointed him with oil. 

When we took Santiago to the vet at 12 weeks for his puppy shots, the vet burst into tears.  He said. “I never expected to see this dog again, alive.  

Grizzly Bear Faith requires a $300.00 part.  This $300.00 part will not be enough to accomplish anything and you will know it, but it will be the thing you can do and it will cost you.  Abraham had a $300.00 part.  It says in Hebrews 11:8-10, By an act of faith, Abraham said yes to God’s call to travel to an unknown place that would become his home. When he left he had no idea where he was going. By an act of faith he lived in the country promised him, lived as a stranger camping in tents. Isaac and Jacob did the same, living under the same promise. Abraham did it by keeping his eye on an unseen city with real, eternal foundations—the City designed and built by God. 

Leaving Ur, and his blood relatives was Abraham’s $300.00 part, not enough to accomplish the promise and it cost him.  In Math 17:21, Jesus again mentions the $300.00 part, prayer and fasting.  Not enough to accomplish the feat of casting out the demon, apart from God, but a cost to the disciples.

Do you have unanswered prayer in your life?  What is your $300.00 part?  I believe this is what James is talking about in chapter 3:18, “Not so fast. You can no more show me your works apart from your faith than I can show you my faith apart from my works. Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove.”