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Simplifying Your Life

~ Today another great resource similar to those in Nanci’s book Fresh Hope … Cleveland: Resources to Help You Navigate through Unsettled Times.

A simple life has a different meaning and a different value for every person. For me, it means eliminating all but the essential, eschewing chaos for peace, and spending your time doing what’s important to you. It means getting rid of many of the things you do so you can spend time with people you love and do the things you love. It means getting rid of the clutter so you are left with only that which gives you value.

~ Leo Babauta


It’s the start of a new year. Maybe you’ve thought about simplifying your life. I know I have! Today I share with you some key points from Joyce Meyer’s book, 100 Ways to Simplify Your Life. Try them. They’ll make your life better so what’s left will be those things that you truly value!

Ways to Simplify Your Life in the Practical Sense:

  • Establish boundaries
  • Learn how to say “no”
  • Choose your battles
  • Believe the BEST of others
  • Be Positive
  • Plan Ahead
  • Wise up before you burn out
  • Get rid of junk mail ~ Clear out the clutter
  • Be easy to get along with
  • Tackle each day as it comes

Ways to Simplify Your Life Spiritually:

  • Keep God first
  • Get your mind off yourself
  • Don’t worry about tomorrow
  • Be merciful
  • Trust God to change you
  • Be thankful
  • Be faithful
  • Keep prayer simple
  • Pray about everything

Make it a great day and keep warm Cleveland!

God Bless You!


January 21, 2014 at 7:33 pm Leave a comment

Embrace These 3 Elements in the New Year

~ More great resources just like the ones you’ll find in Nanci’s book Fresh Hope … Cleveland: Resources to Help You Navigate through Unsettled Times.

As you move into the new year, your life will be better —  richer and fuller if you learn to value and apply these three simple yet important elements:

  • Connect with Others ~ Socializing fends off isolation which is especially important during the cold winter months. Did you know that being with others will also help you live longer? It’s true. Read about the value of socializing in the book The Blue Zones.  (I have this book listed in my book.) The folks that live in these “Blue Zones” are over 100 years of age! You’ll be amazed at what they can do!
  • Exercise ~ Taking a walk, running, swimming, playing racquetball etc. all reduce blood pressure and stress. Exercise also increases your metabolism which will help you to lose weight! You’ll also sleep better as a result of working out!
  • Focus on the good already present in your life ~ Having a positive focus will help you enjoy your life more. One of the best things about being positive is it’s a powerful magnet that will help you attract some great opportunities and friends!

Stay Safe Tonight on New Year’s Eve!

Wishing You a Very Happy and Healthy New Year!

God Bless You!


December 31, 2013 at 4:41 pm Leave a comment

Love is More Than Just a Feeling ~ The Green Bean Club ~ Part 5

~ Hi! I don’t usually post things on Saturdays. But since Christmas Eve and Christmas are in a few days, I wanted to share this message with you that I wrote a few years ago. I won’t post anything on Christmas Eve (Tuesday my usual day to post new messages) because I’m hoping you’ll be in church, with family, or driving/flying to be with those you love. If not, make some new friends fast!

Don’t miss the message of The Green Bean Club, the title of today’s post because it may well affect how you spend your holiday this year! NOTE: The Green Bean Club can happen on any day or any holiday. It does not have to be limited to Christmas! Keep an open mind and you’ll discover that LOVE is More Than Just a Feeling too!

Throughout this new series I’ve been talking about LOVE. Therefore, in this CHRISTmas season remember the LOVE that Christ had for you. His birth, life, and resurrection, are more than examples that Love is More Than Just a Feeling. If you ask Christ into your heart (see Relationship with God tab on this blog), His love makes it possible for you to live beyond yourself, your insecurities, and your limitations. Christ came that you might have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10).

Merry Christmas! Enjoy the message of The Green Bean Club! Please let me know if you joined the club this Christmas. You can post a response here 24/7.

God Bless You!



This post is dedicated to my sweet nieces in Seattle – Devon, Shannon, and Brenna. It’s through them that I learned of The Green Bean Club.

What’s The Green Bean Club? Okay, did the title of this post get your attention? I hope so. The idea came from something my sister used to tell her kids during dinner. She’d tell them it’s the Green Bean Club. And all they had to do to join was eat their green beans! And of course, they always ate them because the Green Bean Club sounded really fun and they wanted to be in the club!

It’s Secret … Well, this Christmas no matter what age you are, you can be in the Green Bean Club too. That’s because the real secret to the club’s success was that we took something nutritious like ordinary green beans and made them fun and desirable all wrapped up together with a great big sense of belonging. And BELONGING is really the key word here. Everybody needs to belong somewhere. So you see this post really isn’t about a club that rewards you for eating your green beans: it’s about families.

How You Can Be Part of The Green Bean Club This Christmas? Families make us who we are by nurturing, encouraging, and directing us. They also help mold our personality and character. But besides all that, a family is the place where we experience holiday traditions with food, decorations, music, and perhaps your funny Aunt Clara. Remember she’s the  one  who always bakes ten pies and brings her cute little Schnauzer. In a perfect world a family is the place where you’re accepted and loved in spite of everything. But even though it’s Christmas, not everyone has a family to visit and share in the simple wonder of belonging that is so much a part of this joyous holiday.

What Can You Do This Holiday? So here’s what I think you should take away from The Green Bean Club at Christmas: make a special point to see if any of your friends, co-workers, and neighbors will be alone this Christmas. It won’t take much but a moment of your time to reach out and care. If they don’t have plans, set another place at the table and invite them. Now we’re talking Green Bean Club!

December 21, 2013 at 5:11 pm Leave a comment

Love is More Than Just a Feeling ~ Part 4

~ Come on out of the cold and enjoy a cup of java. Then discover a very important resource for your life. I’ve talked about this in my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.  Hope you get all your Christmas shopping done.  Here’s more about that important resource for your life!

God Bless You! ~ Nanci

Welcome to Part 4 of the series — Love Is More Than Just a Feeling.

In this series I’ve been talking about something we all want and look for – for our lives. Yes, it’s love. The sense that we matter and have a purpose — that we feel accepted and cared for in life is what everyone wants and needs. But we look for it sometimes as the song goes, in all the wrong places. We can look for it in relationships, career, money, prestige, fame, education, or through adventure or doing good to others. But the plain fact is, these things don’t bring satisfaction and many of them are dead ends in themselves. There is only one lasting type of love that can nurture us and make us whole: God. God is love. There are numerous versions of the Bible. However, The Message Bible on many occasions sums up things best of all.

Read This Out Loud

Chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it. Colossians 3:12 -14 ~ The Message

December 10, 2013 at 7:04 pm Leave a comment

Love is More Than Just a Feeling ~ Part 3

~ More resources to help you just like in my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Welcome to Part 3 of the series — Love Is More Than Just a Feeling.  Make it a great day! God Bless You!  Nanci

So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.

Love cares more for others than for self.

Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.

Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head,

Doesn’t force itself on others,

Isn’t always “me first,”

Doesn’t fly off the handle,

Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,

Doesn’t revel when others grovel,

Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,

Puts up with anything,

Trusts God always,

Always looks for the best,

Never looks back,

But keeps going to the end.

I Corinthians 13: 4-7 ~ The Message Bible

December 3, 2013 at 5:04 pm Leave a comment

Love is More Than Just a Feeling ~ Part 2

~ More resources to help you just like in my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Welcome to Part 2 of the series — Love Is More Than Just a Feeling.

A friend of our family died on my birthday a few weeks ago.  I know the whole entire clan (family) as my mom would say. The gentleman that died was 88 years of age. I’ve known him since I was four or five years of age. His son made a wonderful statement about his father.  He said his father taught him how to love correctly. What I got from that was he set a good example for his four children about what love is and how that looks and operates in everyday life.

Loving Correctly

When I think of loving correctly as my friend said of his dad, I put that message in writer’s terms — my terms since that’s what I do. LOVE is a verb. Verbs show action and that’s how love should be – full of help, care, hugs, calls — making, cooking, taking, guiding, complimenting, encouraging, or being there just because. Love is about giving of yourself. And when you do, you’ll find your own life as you lovingly give yours away. So my question is: What are you doing for others today? Are you putting your LOVE into action? Are you Loving Correctly?

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. I Corinthians 13: 4 -7 ~ New Living Translation

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

God Bless You!


November 26, 2013 at 6:02 pm Leave a comment

Love is More Than Just a Feeling ~ Part 1

~ More resources to help you just like in my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

This is Part I of my new series. I hope you’ll come by each week and learn why Love is More Than Just a Feeling.

God Bless You!



November, I was told the other day, is National Adoption Month. Nothing can replace the LOVE and care of a family.

LOVE at It’s Best

Adoptive families embrace the concept around which this whole series revolves. It’s all about the bigger picture of something — something so much larger than ourselves. It’s all about LOVE.

To take tiny people into your home that you don’t even know, spend time and money to give them a good home and provide for them when they can’t repay you is indeed LOVE. To nurture someone and give of yourself –is LOVE at it’s very best. To be quite honest, raising children is a selfless act no matter if they are biologically your own or adopted. But if you adopt a child, that’s even more special. I heard a story about a family that adopted a young boy. One day he and his sister got into a little spat. The sister shouted at her brother, you were adopted! He told her, well, mom and dad had to take you when you came. But I was picked out special!

Why Are Families Important?

Families make us who we are by nurturing, encouraging, and directing us. They also help mold our personality and character. A family is the place too where memories are made and each one of us experiences holiday traditions with food, decorations, music, and perhaps your funny Aunt Clara. Remember she’s the one who always bakes ten pies at Christmas or Thanksgiving, brings her cute little Schnauzer, drives a VW bug – and she’s attractive but still not married! That sounds like somebody I know!

A family is the place where you’re supposed to be accepted and loved in spite of everything. A family will never perfect but certainly for those who adopt, the objective is to provide a loving home environment. The adoptive family as well as the adoptee are placed within the family unit after evaluation and a home study. Both the family and the child(ren) are carefully placed to make sure it’s a good fit. It can be a satisfying relationship for both the family and a well-deserving child that needs a home – because they both need each other. But the glue that cements the entire relationship together is LOVE.

There was a great article in USA Today (September 12, 2013). It indicated that adoption numbers were rising for kids in foster care. A great quote from the article shared this, “It’s important to work on family success, not just child placement, expert says.”

Forever Home Adoptions ~ new adoption agency

If you are thinking about adoption, I know of a new agency that would love to answer any questions you may have. Contact them via Facebook at Forever Home Adoptions or at

“If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I could only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.” I Corinthians 13: 1-3 ~ New Living Translation

November 19, 2013 at 12:09 pm Leave a comment

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