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The something I have to share is the new back cover copy for my new book, “Take a Seat  on this Park Bench.” Still much to do on the book. It will probably be ready this May — I’m hoping! The text is below.

Make it a great weekend!

God Bless You!



Hanging out with friends, that’s cool. Yet in this busy and chaotic world another much more trusted friend is calling you. You may have forgotten Him. But He has not forgotten you. Now is the time friend to learn about God and experience Him in a real and authentic way.

Have you ever wanted to have just a few quality minutes to sit by yourself and reflect on your day or things that you’re passionate about? Well, here’s a way to get your wish and more. Nanci’s new book Take a Seat on This Park Bench is a unique devotional book which shares a collection of essays. The book is divided into four different sections sharing messages of strength, encouragement, well-being, and personal development. Devotional pages for reflection appear after each essay and in the back of the book. They provide you with ways to nourish your soul through reading, writing, meditating on scripture, and praying. Through the pages of the book, hang out with this trustworthy friend — God. You’ll not only learn about Him, but you’ll find He’s a God who loves you and longs for you to draw near to Him.

Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.

James 4:8a – English Standard Version (ESV)


February 1, 2019 at 6:00 pm Leave a comment

More Wisdom ~ Inner Beauty

~ More about my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland

A simple message today ~ but these pictures are worth a thousand words.


Inside every person flows a river of beauty.

About 20 years ago someone told me this about myself. I thought it was a wonderful thing to say about someone. I was deeply moved.

Each of the 12 rivers below has its own beauty ~ people have their own beauty too. Have you noticed that? If you look beyond the imperfections and see the hidden beauty in a person, you’ll see them as God’s sees them. Everyone has worth, value, and beauty ~ you just have to take a moment to find it.

God Bless You!



River Thjorsa — Iceland

Location ~ unknown

River in Hawaii ~ USA


Location ~ Heaven on Earth

Akerselva River, Norway


Lappland ~ Norway






Beiar River, Norway

Idaho ~ USA

Salmon River, Idaho ~ USA

Kennebec River, Maine ~ USA





May 13, 2014 at 4:02 pm Leave a comment

Love is More Than Just a Feeling ~ Part 7

~ Here’s something similar to what you’ll find in the second part of my book, Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Today, more from the series Love is More Than Just a Feeling.

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!



I saw this posted on Facebook about a week ago. and since we are talking about THE most important four-letter word ever — I thought I’d share this with you today.

If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive ~ Mother Theresa

Is there someone you need to forgive in this new year?

February 4, 2014 at 5:17 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

Love is More Than Just a Feeling ~ Introduction

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


How can a simple concept like LOVE can be so power and helpful for your life?

In this new series “Love is More than Just a Feeling,” I will explore all sorts of things related to LOVE. Why? Because LOVE is more than just a feeling. It’s a way of behaving and a way of looking at others that are the same or much different that you are. But it’s also a powerful way to live your life every day.

LOVE is one of the nutrients you need in life for a peaceful soul. In this new series, LOVE is More Than Just a Feeling, learn about:

  • LOVE and Care for Children ~ National Adoption Month (next week)
  • Aspects of LOVE: forgiveness, trust, truth, and blessing others
  • Learn more about LOVE and it’s healing properties
  • Read the LOVING words of a son after his father’s death (Nov. 26)
  • Enjoy readings about LOVE from the Message Bible
  • Learn the types of LOVE (from Greek language): Agape, Phila, Eros
  • Find LOVE that fills and satisfies
  • Believe/Receive CHRISTmas LOVE and what that means for you today
  • Discover your LOVE Language + the LOVE language of those you love
  • Explore: LOVE is about everything that you are
  • Take the LOVE challenge
  • More!

I hope you come by and visit each post in the series because you just may find out there’s more to LOVE than you thought — Love is More Than Just a Feeling!

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!


November 12, 2013 at 2:30 pm Leave a comment

Billy Graham’s 95th Birthday Message ~ Nov 7 & 8

Billy Graham’s 95th Birthday Message

My Hope with Billy Graham
A special program is being televised in a few days entitled MY HOPE.  Billy Graham will be celebrating his 95th birthday in November and is celebrating in a special way by giving what is most likely a final message which he has been preparing for some time.  He hopes that Christians will invite non-believers into their home as they view the program and then share their own salvation message with them.

The program will be televised as follows:

November 7th @ 8:00pm Trinity Broadcast Network

November 7th @ 10:00pm Fox Cable News

November 8th @ 7:00pm Channel 5

For more info, Google: Billy Graham message

November 5, 2013 at 6:20 pm Leave a comment

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