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Looking for the Light: Good Health


Last night I heard a very healthy message at my favorite grocery store, Heinen’s. Jordan Rubin spoke and promoted his new line of products, Get Real Nutrition.

Jordan Rubin is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and certified nutrition consultant. At 41 years of age Rubin is regarded by many as the most respected and beloved natural health expert in America. His personal account of his battle and triumph over Crohn’s disease has resonated with millions around the world and is one of the most dramatic natural health stories ever told. He’s a successful entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, international motivational speaker and television personality (TCT). And …. I might add, he’s also an organic farmer with lots of rolling acres in southern Missouri and papa to six kids of which five are adopted. As a follower of Christ his message of health and wellness is one of HOPE.

Jordan will be at Heinen’s downtown Cleveland location today; 900 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115. Call for a reservation as seating is limited ~ (216) 302-3020.


Make it a great day today!

God Bless You!



March 30, 2016 at 9:02 am Leave a comment

LOOKING for the Light: 10 Qualities to Look for in a Friend

Life is so much better with a FRIEND!

Life is so much better with a FRIEND!


I was blessed by hearing this great discussion on Moody Radio on Wednesday afternoon July 22. A pastor was discussing friendship. He spoke about having a deep, meaningful friendship, Special “F” friends is what he called them.

The pastor laid out 10 qualities to look for in a friend – expressed in question form. Here they are!


1. Who do you turn to for WISDOM – someone that you respect and who knows what the Bible says?

2. Who COMES ALONG SIDE YOU and DOESN’T HAVE TO BE ASKED WHEN YOU NEED HELP because they know you instinctively?

3. Who CORRECTS you when you need it?

4. Who PUSHES you to THINK and GROW?

5. Who LISTENS to your HOPES and DREAMS?

6. Who is QUICK TO FORGIVE if you’ve behaved poorly (and we all do)?

7. Who is able to LAUGH and HAVE FUN with you?


9. Who remains your FRIEND despite DIFFERENCES OF OPINION?


~I hope you found this as helpful as I did ~

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!


July 28, 2015 at 4:44 pm Leave a comment

LOOKING for the Light: Significance


Here’s an important message I came across the other day. It has something valuable to say to each one of us – especially if you are feeling rather small today.

(Read Psalm 134)

I think of other servants of the Lord today – pastors and their families who serve in small churches in small places. They’re often discouraged, tempted to lose heart, doing their best, serving unnoticed and unrewarded. They wonder if anyone cares what they’re doing; if anyone ever thinks of them, prays for them, or considers them a part of their lives.

I would say to them — and to anyone who is feeling lonely or insignificant: Though your place is small, it is a holy place. The one who made and moves heaven and earth is at work in and through you. “Lift up your hands” and praise Him.

(From David Roper’s devotional  June 28, 2015 — Our Daily Bread.)

Make it a great week!

Happy 4th of July!

God Bless You!


June 30, 2015 at 6:27 pm Leave a comment

LOOKING for the Light: Some Wisdom

Today I’m sharing a great quote from my book, “Fresh Hope … Cleveland.” It will bring some wisdom to your life! Enjoy!

Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering. ~ Author Unknown

March 28, 2015 at 6:30 pm Leave a comment

More Wisdom: Gratitude

~ As you know, my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland, is all about RESOURCES. In Part 3 – I recommended 16 books that would be great resources for you. Here’s a little bit more about another book (a great resource) written by a writer/pastor. The WISDOM I am sharing today is all about GRATITIDE.

Make it a great day and have a safe and happy 4th of July!

God Bless You!





To the credit of Jesus they were healed. … Their spines began to straighten, skin began to clear, and smiles began to return. The mass of misery became a leaping, jumping, celebrating chorus of health.

… What did your wife say? How did the kids respond? How does it feel to be healed? Jesus waited for the ten men to return and say thanks. But only one of them came back.

Even Jesus was astonished. You’d think that neither fire nor hail could have kept them from falling at Jesus’ feet. Where were the other nine? It’s easy to speculate.

Some were too busy to be thankful … Too busy, too cautious, too self-centered, too arrogant … to close to home? If this story is any indication, nine out of ten people suffer from ingratitude. Epidemic proportions. Why?

Author Max Lucado, puts it this way (paraphrased, some word for word):

Flying home from the Midwest one night, a snow storm delayed his arrival in Dallas. He raced to the gate in hopes of catching the final flight of the night for San Antonio. To Mr. Lucado’s surprise, there were still seats available. Even more surprising was the fact that he was put in First Class.

He boarded the plane and nestled down in the wide seat with extra legroom.

Color me thankful. Not every passenger was as appreciative as I was. A fellow across the aisle was angry because he only had only one pillow. With the attendants scrambling to lock doors and prepare for the delayed departure, he was complaining about insufficient service. “I paid extra to fly first class.” He said. I am accustomed to better attention. I want another pillow!”

On the other side of the aisle, yours truly smiled like a guy who had won the lottery without buying a ticket. One passenger grumbled; the other was grateful. The difference? The crank paid his way into first class. My seat was a gift.

On which side of the aisle do you find yourself?

If you feel the world owes you something, brace yourself for a life of sour hours. You’ll never get reimbursed. The sky will never be blue enough; the steak won’t be cooked enough; the universe won’t be good enough to deserve a human being like you … “A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.”

The grateful heart on the other hand, sees each day as a gift. Thankful people focus less on the pillows they lack and more on the privileges they have … the grateful heart is like a magnet sweeping over the day, collecting reasons for gratitude. A zillion diamonds sparkle against the velvet of your sky every night. Thank you, God.

Read the first chapter of Max Lucado’s book, You’ll Get through This: Help and Hope for Your Turbulent Times.

July 1, 2014 at 4:44 pm Leave a comment

More Wisdom: The In-Between Times

~ Happy Summer!


As you know, my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland, is all about RESOURCES. In Part 3 – I recommended 16 books that would be great resources for you. Here’s a little bit more about another book (a great resource) that’s wonderful especially if you are going through some difficulties. And who isn’t?! Below I’ve also shared a link to a video from a TV series that will inspire you too!

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!



A situation starts — that’s the beginning. Resolution comes quickly sometimes but many times it comes after many, many months on what I call the in-between times. We all have them. The times we sit and wait on the answers.

Below is some text from a great book You’ll Get through This by Max Lucado. I’m sure you’ll want to read more after reading this. Enjoy!  ~ Nanci

Joseph emerged from his prison cell bragging on God. Jail time didn’t devastate his faith; it deepened it.

And you? You aren’t in prison, but you may be infertile or inactive or in limbo or in between jobs or in search of health, help, a house, or a spouse. Are you in God’s waiting room? If so, here is what you need to know: while you wait, God works.

“My Father is always at work,” Jesus said (John 5:17 NIV). God never twiddles his thumbs. He never stops He takes no vacations. He rested on the seventh day of creation but got back to work on the eighth and hasn’t stopped since. Just because you are idle, don’t assume God is.

Read the first chapter of Max Lucado’s book, You’ll Get through This: Help and Hope for Your Turbulent Times.

At the end of this 20-minute video is a wonderfully inspiring story about Danny Cahill from the TV show The Biggest Looser. Watch:

June 24, 2014 at 5:04 pm Leave a comment

More Wisdom: You Have to Do the Hard Things

~ Here’s some MORE WISDOM for you today much like the things you’ll find in my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

More Wisdom … just for you!

Have a great weekend!

God Bless You!


You have to do the hard things

-You have to make the call you’re afraid to make.
-You have to get up earlier than you want to get up.
-You have to give more than you get in return right away.
-You have to care more about others than they care about you.
-You have to fight when you are already injured, bloody, and sore.
-You have to feel unsure and insecure when playing it safe seems smarter.
-You have to lead when no one else is following you yet.
-You have to invest in yourself even though no one else is.
-You have to look like a fool while you’re looking for answers you don’t have.
-You have to grind out the details when it’s easier to shrug them off.
-You have to deliver results when making excuses is an option.
-You have to search for your own explanations even when you’re told to accept the “facts.”
-You have to make mistakes and look like an idiot.
-You have to try and fail and try again.
-You have to run faster even though you’re out of breath.
-You have to be kind to people who have been cruel to you.
-You have to meet deadlines that are unreasonable and deliver results that are unparalleled.
-You have to be accountable for your actions even when things go wrong.
-You have to keep moving towards where you want to be no matter what’s in front of you.

You have to do the hard things –the things that no one else is doing — the things that scare you. The things that make you wonder how much longer you can hold on.

Those are the things that define you. Those are the things that make the difference between living a life of mediocrity or outrageous success.

The hard things are the easiest things to avoid — to excuse away — to pretend like they don’t apply to you.

The simple truth about how ordinary people accomplish outrageous feats of success is that they do the hard things that smarter, wealthier, more qualified people don’t have the courage — or desperation — to do.

Do the hard things. You might be surprised at how amazing you really are.

June 19, 2014 at 10:28 pm Leave a comment

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