In the face of life's challenges, it often feels like we must choose between two stark options—change or die. While this phrase may sound dramatic, it underscores a fundamental truth about personal growth and success. Our ability to adapt and evolve often determines whether we thrive or merely survive. Understanding the Growth Mindset A growth mindset is the belief that our abilities and personal growth are developed through dedication, hard work, and a positive attitude. Unlike a fixed mindset, which assumes our traits are innate and unchangeable, a growth mindset sees every failure as a learning opportunity and every challenge as a...

Life can be smooth sailing until a crisis hits and we find ourselves in a spin, desperately trying to regain control. These moments, however, steeped in challenge and unpredictability, can also be the breeding ground for transformational growth. In this blog post, we explore how to reframe crisis into opportunities for creative possibilities through faith and trust in God's plan. Catapulting through Crisis: A Personal Story My world turned upside down the day my husband Rich announced his diagnosis of terminal bone marrow cancer. In an instant, the bubble of our perceived security burst, and we were plunged into the depths of...

Dr. Robyn Wilkerson As I sit within the stark, yet strangely comforting walls of the ICU hospital isolation unit at the University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center Stem Cell Transplant hospital, the concept of waiti​ng takes on a new dimension. It's a forced pause, a liminal space filled with anxiety, hope, and profound introspection. For two weeks, my husband, Richard, and I have made his hospital room our temporary abode as he undergoes chemotherapy and a Stem Cell Transplant for bone marrow cancer. Waiting has become our constant companion. Waiting for treatment to begin. Waiting for his body's reaction to the potent...

I love November and especially Thanksgiving. One of the reasons I love this time of year is the reminder it gives all of us to slow down, remember our blessings, and thank God for everything He’s given us. Did you know Thanksgiving started as a celebration of a good harvest and provision? Those who first came from Europe to the United States would have starved during the long, cold winters without a good harvest. Additional provision came from their growing relationship with the Native Americans, who provided furs, additional food, and the knowledge the settlers needed to survive the winters. God provides...

Happiness leads to success in every area of your life—work, health, relationships, creativity, and energy. This isn’t just something I know. Positive psychology researchers did a meta-analysis (a study of other research) of more than 200 studies of 275,000 people worldwide with amazing results.1 Happy people tend to be more helpful, creative, prosocial, charitable, altruistic, and healthier. Happy people live longer. Happy people are more likely to marry and tend to stay married longer. Happy people have more close friends and casual friends, and they earn more money. Happiness and life satisfaction are available to the young and the old, women and men,...

When you are in your final minutes of life looking back, what do you want to see? I want to see: A woman who gave it all she had. A woman who loved God absolutely. A wife and mother who nurtured and supported and LOVED. That I followed the path God laid out for me. That I reflected God’s love and purpose to everyone I met and everyone I loved.   I had a good start. My parents were loving. They loved God, each other, and their family. We had a happy life. My dad (happy Father’s Day, Dad!) was a warm, affirming...

Justice has Been Served A verdict has been delivered in one of the most watched trails of this decade. I’ve waited along with the rest of our country as evidence was piled on evidence, leaving little doubt that an unarmed man was willfully and painfully killed by another man, an authority figure, who knew better. Here’s what I know. Violence is part of our world, and it shouldn’t be. Racism is systemic and ugly and it shouldn’t exist. In any form. What should exist is an overpowering love for our fellow humans. That is what Jesus called us to do with our...

Do you remember the story of Esther? It kind of has the feel of a fairy tale, doesn’t it? And like most fairy tales, it contains the Divine secrets of transformation inside the life and death story. God used the most unlikely girl to save His people from genocide. She could overcome life’s challenges because of His blessing and guidance. Today, I want to encourage you with her story. Just as in Esther’s story, (1) your fate will be like that of the rest of the crowd, (2) God can and will replace you with someone else, (3) you could lose...

You can’t hide your attitude. It is the chief part of you that the world sees. And it alters not only their perception of you but also your perception of yourself. The state of your spirit and mind influences your choices and determines your words and your actions. Attitude is tangible, friend. It’s real, and it matters. We may not control all of our life circumstances, but we can control our attitudes and how we react to our situations. I’m not sure about you, but the Covid-19 pandemic has forced me to do some attitude reevaluation. Sometimes several times a day....

I like to think there’s a sea in all of us. Your internal mental world, which we can correlate to an ocean, is the deep, wonderfully rich composite of you, filled with your thoughts, feelings, memories, dreams, hopes, and desires. However, it can also be filled with storms of inadequacy, insecurity, regrets, fears, disappointment, and hopelessness. We’ve all felt this inner sea crash in on us, threatening to drown our future. So how do we prevent these negatives from becoming our reality? We change your lives, one thought at a time. “Commit your works to the Lord [submit and trust them to...