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Getting through tough times ~ Good Friday style

~ More on Nanci’s new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Life can sometimes feel like a rollercoaster. We enjoy some good years and then suddenly without warning we are down in the valley of uncertainty facing financial issues, martial stickiness, illness, and more. It seems sometimes several things happen all at once like our dear friend Job in the Old Testament. You would think too, that we’d be better able to cope with the ups and downs of life. Unfortunately, at times, coping can be very difficult.

Good Friday

It probably was a very cold and sad Friday when Jesus went to the cross. So why do we call it “Good Friday?” What was so good about it? Author and Christian teacher, Joyce Meyer, says she often likes to look at how we go through our own hard times. “I think we also go through our own private crucifixion and resurrection on a regular sort of basis. Often I say, Friday always comes before Sunday.”

The message of Good Friday speaks as loudly today as it did back in the time of Christ. Back then, Good Friday was not a “good” thing. However, what it ultimately produced was a REALLY GOOD THING! And so it is in life, we must suffer, feel pain, keep working. and not give up just like Jesus did. Because the end result is one that will bring great joy ~ as in the resurrection.

How Does the Good Friday Concept Work in Our Daily Lives?

It’s simple. In our daily lives, we need to believe that when we go through tough times, the result will be good. But more than that, we need to believe that God will work it our for good.  Thanks to Joyce Meyer for her insight.

Still, getting though tough times can be much more difficult too, when you don’t know how long you’ll have to cope with the situation. So what do you do? My advice is to speak all the postive words you can, count your blessings, and have a good attitude. This is what I did through my many difficulties as I started with breast cancer into an eight-year Job experience. But more than anything, trust God.

I’ll leave you with this thought:

You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through. ~ Rosalynn Carter ( ~ accessed October 27, 2011)

God Bless You!


October 28, 2011 at 11:06 am Leave a comment

Pink Glove Dance Video ~ honoring breast cancer awareness

~ More on Nanci’s new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I’m a 8-year breast cancer suvivor today!

In honor of this, please be sensitive and caring to those with cancer or our dear cancer survivors and their family members. Support them with your hugs, help, encouragement, and prayers. You may also want to share this wonderful video with them and your friends.

Watch the orginal Pink Dance Video ~ click the link below which will take you directly to my October 5, 2010, blog post where you can watch the video.


Get up and DANCE and ENJOY this great video. It will lift your spirits whether you are in treatment now, a cancer survivor, or anyone else who supports a cancer patient or survivor.

This is indeed “Fresh Hope” for you today.

Here’s the story behind the video… from Portland, Oregon (link below)
Our daughter-in-law, Emily (MacInnes) Somers, created, directed, and choreographed this in Portland last year for her Medline glove division as a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness. This was all her idea to help promote their new pink gloves.

I don’t know how she got so many employees, doctors, and patients to participate, but it started to really catch on and they all had a lot of fun doing it.

When the video gets 1 million hits, Medline will be making a huge contribution to the hospital, as well as offering free mammograms for the community. Please check it out. It’s an easy and great way to donate to a wonderful cause, and who hasn’t been touched by breast cancer (or some other type of cancer)?

~ Ann Somers


I’ll see you back here on Friday for the next part of the message of “Getting through Tough Times ~ Good Friday style.”

God Bless You!


October 25, 2011 at 2:27 pm Leave a comment

Getting through tough times ~ Overview

~ More about Nanci’s new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

When tough times come, and they will for each one of us, how do you deal with the issues in your life?

I bring to you a very interesting perspective all about getting through tough times. As most of you know, my book deals with the very same issue. Recently I came across a wonderful article from Christian author and speaker, Joyce Meyer. In the article Joyce uses several elements of the Christian faith and parallels them with things in our own lives. Besides all that, I’ll also add my own perspective on tough times too. I’ve had many.

So what’s the best recipe for getting through your challenges and landing successfully on the other side?

In the next few weeks I’ll explore a few of these angles ~:

1. Good Friday: What was so good about it?

2. The Cruxification: “Father, let this cup pass from me.” ~ Growing in Hard Times

3. Two sides of the Cross: There’s always two sides to everything.

4. The Grave: Waiting for the Good Ending

5. The Resurrection: Making it Through the Tough Times

I’d Love to Hear From You: If you have something you’d like to share about how you got through your tough times, post a message here. I’ll be the only one to see it until it’s approved. You never know, what you have to say could help someone else!

NOTE: Soon I’ll post (if possible) the Breast Cancer Video so you can DANCE and CELEBRATE with cancer survivors and current patients!

I’ll leave you with this thought:

Tough times never last. Tough people do! ~ Rev. Robert Schuller

God Bless You!


October 18, 2011 at 6:56 pm Leave a comment

Did you know? Cancer secrets from the experts

~ More about Nanci J. Gravill’s new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

~ October is Breast Cancer Awareness month ~

You have cancer cells in your body everyday. Problems arise when one of those cells mutates. As a breast cancer survivor I know the importance of regular self-exams, eating healthy, exercise, and getting enough rest.

To help you limit your cancer risks, here are some cancer secrets from the experts.

1. Eat two slices of Gouda Cheese a day (other hard cheese too like Jarlsberg). Hard cheeses have helpful bacterial and Vitamin K2. If you are concerned about eating cheese, the Vitamin K2 in these cheeses actually protects your heart. (this is the tip from a cancer researcher).

2. Exercise and Maintain a Healthy Body Weight.

If you are unable to exercise 45 – 60 minutes three times a week, then consider moderate exercise for 30 minutes three times a week instead.

3. Limit pan-fried and grilled meats. This cancer secret was mentioned by an oncologist and breast cancer survivor. Ways to minimize the effects of grilled meat incude: pre-cooking the meat so it doesn’t need to be on the grill very long and slow cooking your meat.

Nitrates ~ limit these foods as well ….

Also limit cold cuts and things like bacon, smoked meats, bologna, salami, and  pastrami. These are processed meats — not real foods or good foods! These meats have NITRATES in them. Nitrates are a preservative which the body cannot digest and eliminate as waste. These meats are also have a high fat content. Therefore, if you eat these meats regularly you could be setting yourself up for problems.

I did a report on nitrates in meat in high school and know how dangerous they are. The best foods to eat are those in their nature state — fruits, vegetables, fish, chicken, nuts — and yogurt.

Visit Dr. Oz’s website for more information ~ The above secrets where viewed on Dr. Oz’s show ~ August 31, 2011.

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!


October 11, 2011 at 10:55 am Leave a comment

Did you know? Home Heating Program

~ More on Nanci J. Gravill’s new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

I initially wrote this back in August. However, I think it’s very fitting to share this again. I’m sure most people weren’t thinking about getting a discount on their winter heating bills at that time.

The subject of my post today concerns keeping you warm in the winter months through the Home Heating Program (HEAP).

If you haven’t already, it is time to do your paperwork in order to receive assistance with your home heating needs. The sooner you submit your application the better.

Most Cuyahoga County libraries have applications. I checked at my library. For more information on income guidelines and how the process works contact the Ohio Department of Development at 1-800-282-0880 or online at

God Bless You!


October 4, 2011 at 6:49 pm Leave a comment


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