I don’t know about you but I think battling negative thoughts could be a full time job sometimes!  Watch Jen’s latest video for a fun and practical way to help stop negativity and insecurity from stealing your peace – and joy!


How to Change a Mindset (in under 300 words)

So last week I was standing in the kitchen preparing dinner for a friend and me.  All is cooked, it smells great, table is being laid, and we are ready for some masterchef-style eating.

Okay – short-order cook.

As I reach into the cupboard to grab two plates, I turn my head as I pull them out …. and subsequently knock over the tower of bowls I had just retrieved from the dishwasher.

As if in slow motion I see the bowls one by one leaping to their deaths, screaming, clawing backwards for the counter, eyes pleading for help, yet all this in vain as they sadly end their lives crashed into a thousand pieces on my kitchen floor.


My friend came running to see what happened.  I stare.

And without thinking I declare confidently and with a smile: ‘I have three’.

Yes, thankfully, I have three.

A trio of bowls were spared and able to walk away with only a chip on their shoulder (I had to do it).

Often in life we can see the tragedy and miss the blessing.  It is not difficult to spot the pain, but it’s a challenge to find the pearl.

Which are you seeing today?

Everything which has gone wrong or the possibility of what could go right?

I encourage you to choose the latter and intentionally live in thankfulness.  It’s a much more exciting way to live if nothing else.  And by doing so you will begin living from victory, not defeat.

The children’s song was right — count your blessings one by one ….

Or maybe that should be, three by three …


**What have you learned helps you live an intentional life of thankfulness?  Please click on Read in Browser and leave a comment.  I’d love to hear from you!

When Silence Screams

Have you ever sat in a room completely silent, yet heard the voices of a thousand souls?

Recently I sat in a church nearly 200 years old, taking in the silence and feeling part of a song carrying centuries of hard-lived verses.

There was a plaque on the wall dedicated to a 91-year old woman and it said, in part, ‘this tablet is raised at the head of her pew’.  I felt like I was trespassing Mary Ann Arnold by sitting there, as if she was looking down from heaven and judging whether or not I was worthy to be in ‘her pew’.

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Five Questions to Ask in the Desert

When the familiar abruptly rejects us, the desert willingly receives us.


What do you do when you don’t know what to do?

How many times in our lives have we found ourselves at a dead-end: a wall of rock behind, a cliff in front, and a bended, narrow path either side?

Do I stand and wait?  Choose right/left and see where it takes me?  Jump?!

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