We picture an encouraging person as a feel good huggie person, and they often are. Sometimes, in addition to offering encouraging words, they offer words of wisdom. They offer direction that pushes us, much like a mother bird pushing her babies out of the nest. I think that’s a good analogy for my relationship with Dr. L. Dale Potratz, my Bible teacher from Christ Unlimited Bible Institute. Continue reading
When you think of an encouraging person, you usually think of someone who is warm and fuzzy. We all need those kinds of people in our lives. We also need another kind of encourager – those who encourage us to do more. They push us out of our comfort zone and push us to do more than we think we can. They don’t mince words, they tell us exactly like it is because they know that’s their job. It is like steel sharpening steel. They make us better. Dr. Al Metsker was just such a person. Continue reading
Have you ever had that feeling where you just don’t belong? I had that pretty much through high school. It wasn’t that I didn’t have friends. I did. It was just that they always had other friends who were their best friends. I didn’t really have that one or two bffs. I existed on the edge of other people’s lives. I didn’t expect it to be different when I went to college, but it was.
We all need someone who shares joy with us; someone who encourages us. This past week one of those people in my life had a very important birthday. Continue reading
This has been my Facebook cover photo for a little over a year now. People have commented about my large family. Although I grew up as an only child, this is my family of the heart. They have been and continue to be so special to our lives. They have truly been there for our family in so many ways. Continue reading
Aunt Kathryn, as she was known to our family, passed away this past June. When I think back to my memories of her, I think of all the things she taught me. They are words that everyone wants to pass on to their family – words like responsibility, hard work, perseverance and encouragement. She lived out these words every day. Continue reading
I recently read a blog posted to a friend’s Facebook page. Thanks Annette Meyers. It really described how I used to feel all of the time. I wanted so badly to belong, to be included, to be known. Instead I felt invisible and forgotten. Continue reading
My friends Jeff and Vicki’s mom was different from most of the other parents I knew. She always welcomed me in her home. She kind of took me in as another one of her kids. Continue reading
We all have special teachers in our lives who push us, encourage us and are there for us. I had several special teachers in Middle and High School in Kearney, MO – Pat Kuhlman, Mr. Meador, Mr. Abbott, Mrs. Rigdon, Glenda Vanness, Mrs. Ivy and more. They instilled a love of learning in me. They held me accountable. They pushed me to go where I didn’t think I could. They all have a special place in my heart.
There was one teacher who has always stood out in my mind as extra special. Her name is Faye Ervin. Continue reading