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I am the Sum Total

Several years ago, I was driving one of my daughters to a cross country meet a few hours away from home. Always careful of what I say on race day so as not to ‘jinx’ her, we sat quietly for most of the trip. Finally, curiosity got the best of me, so I broke the silence with this question. ‘How do you think you’ll do today?’ Her answer was most interesting. ‘Mom,’ she replied, ‘When I woke up this morning, I looked into the mirror and said to myself, ‘You’re gonna win!’

And she did.

I have often wondered how that race would have played out if she would have had a different confession that morning. What if she looked at herself and said ‘You look terrible.’ or ‘There are other girls racing today that are so much faster than you. Just give up.’

Joel Osteen, one of America’s foremost Christian influencers said this ‘I am the sum total of everything I have been confessing through the years.’

While I do not buy into a name-it-and-claim-it religion, I do believe that our words have power. Just as God created everything that exists with the spoken word, so do our words shape and mold our own existence. Imagine, our little tongue has the power to set the course of a lifetime! No matter what our circumstances might be, we have the option to speak about them in a life-giving, hope-filled way, or to offer words that produce hopelessness and discouragement.

I don’t know about you, but Joel’s statement feels like an ‘ouch’ to my soul. I know I can do better with my words. After all, there is only one race for me and I plan to win!

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A Tribute to My Mom (in law)

The past few weeks have been a roller coaster of emotion and a whirl wind of activity but through the conversations, the memories, and the days of laughter and tears, two distinct and wonderful truths have come crystal clear in my mind.

1) God knows how to give good gifts to his children.
2) Carol has joined a great crowd of spectators in heaven cheering her family on.

Carol was a gift to me. A very good gift to me. Over the recent days, a flood of understanding has swept over my heart revealing the height, and depth, the breadth and width of love, compassion and blessing this gift of ‘Carol’ has been in my life. To recant the reasons would take a lifetime. So I’ll sum it up by saying this, I feel like I am one of the two luckiest girls on earth to be called Carols’ daughter-in-law! God has given me a tremendously good gift! The gift of ‘Carol’ has changed my life for good.

Carol’s passion was her family. She was especially crazy about her fifteen grandchildren. She spent countless hours watching volleyball, basketball, skating, hockey, soccer and ringette games, races at various tracks all over the country, drama productions and musical presentations. Even if it meant she had to go to Africa to be with a few of her grands, she was there. Now, though we may not see her face or hear her voice, she is still the family’s biggest cheerleader, with a front row seat in heaven! She would want us to live strong, to make good choices, be kind to all people and accomplish our dreams. She was very proud of her family. We are her dream come true.

I miss my dear sweet mom-in-law so much already. She will be with me like a handprint on my heart. But no matter how my story ends, I know she has re-written mine by being my friend. I am truly blessed!

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Run for the Cure

On Sunday, Oct 3rd, Jenessa, Madison and I will ‘Run for the Cure’. Here’s why.

On Friday, Sept 10th, 2010, my mother-in-law, Carol, passed away after a 12 year battle with breast cancer. She was a brave lady, choosing to live well to her very last breath. I learned a lot from her and miss her greatly. As life would have it, on the morning of Carol’s funeral, my own mother was at the Tom Baker Cancer Clinic discussing (with Carol’s former doctor) treatment options for breast cancer that was discovered in her body a few weeks earlier.

As a woman, who has three daughters, three sisters, three sister-in-laws, eleven nieces, numerous cousins, auntie’s and girlfriends……I’d like to see more hopeful results and even a cure for this disease that continues to affect so many!