thinkingEvery year on New Year’s Eve, I write down thoughts in my journal. This 2014 year is no different.

I’ve observed so much life loss around the globe due to plane crashes, school and police shootings, terrorism attacks, racial division, and fatal illnesses like Ebola. I’ve become more aware of my surroundings, more attuned to the happenings of what’s been going on around me. It has forced me to ask myself how I can teach my kids right from wrong and keep them on the righteous path, so they will continue to prosper even in a world where morals and values are fleeting.

I’ve prayed and gotten down on my knees more this year than ever in my life. Not just for myself and my family, but for others in pain, suffering loss, or just in need of comfort. Prayer has been my muse and my shield of armor.

The release of my debut Christian Romance, Love’s Perfect Surrender, was a huge undertaking for me as a writer. A risk in putting my work and words for others to judge and criticize. I thank those who have supported me in my writing endeavor. We are here not to live perfectly, but to love with surrender and without expectation.

I’m most thankful for another year of life, good health, being surrounded by family, and an opportunity to write words that hopefully can inspire others.

As I look ahead to 2015, let me leave you with this word that’s been a whisper in my ear:

Flourish. In everything and with everyone.

Happy New Year!!

Until next time…

Be well. Be safe. Be happy.