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"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." ~ John Quincy Adams

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Christian Values in the Workplace By Coreen Trost

I’m a small-town girl with Christian values and high morals.  Ok, not a young girl, as a matter of fact, my children are all grown, and I no longer live in a small-town, but that’s where my story begins. I always considered myself a Christian mom while raising my sons with the values that were not only taught at home but in the church that we attended weekly as a family. 
The church I’m referring to was back in my hometown, the same one I attended as a young person and learned the values I still have today.  This church was where I taught Sunday School and all three of my boys were confirmed as Christians after attending 3 years of confirmation classes. While they were growing up and learning right from wrong, both at home and in school, this church assisted me in reinforcing those Christian values. 
What are Christian values?  Historically, the term Christian values refer to the teaching of Jesus and taught by Christians throughout religion history. A Christian, which I consider myself, is a person who believes in God and tries to follow the Christian teachings of Jesus.  I say ‘tries’ because no one on this Earth is perfect; we all make mistakes and even fail at times. 
Christian values to me are something we should all strive for in our everyday life.  These include hope, righteousness, love, being kind to one another, having compassion and empathy for those in need, and putting God first.  Evidence of someone having, or not having these values come from our deeds and actions.  These deeds, actions, and treatment of others are not only in one’s personal life, but in our businesses and community involvement.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that of the good people.”  --Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Asperger Syndrome short survey

Asperger Syndrome family and friends, please take my survey. Asperger Syndrome Survey:
This voluntary survey is for a Communication Research Methods course I am taking at Creighton University. The purpose of this survey is to collect observation data from those who know someone with Asperger Syndrome. The results will be used in my final class paper. Please complete the survey questions honestly, including the demographic questions. All responses are anonymous and will be held in confidence. Thank you to those who participate! Your insight is much appreciated!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

God, what is the plan?

"God's plan for  your life far exceeds the circumstances of your day."
I'm sure all of us, at one time or another, have wondered what God's plan for our life is.  I know I have many times.  I've been through a lot, yet I've always come through each situation stronger and wiser.  Still, I constantly wonder what God's ultimate Plan for my life is.

I know we're not suppose to question God's plan, which is hard for me at times.  I get impatient while waiting for his timing.  I loss faith when people I care about are in sad, stressful or tragic situations.  

We're to have faith and believe that God knows what's best, accept his timing and pray for strength.  It sure would be easier if we knew where he will eventually lead us or what our lives will be like later on.

What I do know, or believe without fail, is that God doesn't want us to be in hard situations forever.  He wants us to learn the lessons we need to grow, for our greater good, which will lead us to the ultimate goal of God and that is to be caring, compassionate and above all Happy.  
"Be willing to leave everything behind in order to pursue God's plan for you."
I've been in situations more than once, where I had to leave everything behind to pursue God's plan for my self, as while as my youngest son.  None of those times were easy, however I can honestly look back without regrets, fully seeing now the better plans God had for us.

Those memories give me hope during difficult situations and restore my faith that God once again has a plan. A plan bigger and better than what I can think of myself.  So I'm praying for guidance and strength to help me through once again.  Believing with all my heart, that things will work out better than I can even imagine in my dreams.

 Praying that all my friends, current and past.  Believing there is a plan and a better tomorrow for us all.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Random Thoughts... with no one person in mind.

"Random thoughts are received with no context for it, no per-conceived notions or bias." ~unknown

Just so you know... there are times
... when all you can do is blog. :-)

Just so you know... I blogged less
... I lost my inspiration/muse for a time.

Just so you know... I believe my blog
... gives strength and hope to many.

Just so you know... I often write
... when someone is on my heart.

Just so you know... my Intuition & Heart
... are what I follow the most.

Just so you know... I always pray
... for those on my heart.

Just so you know... coincidences
... are really signs from God.

Just so you know... I believe
... the signs are his directions. 

Just so you know... I know
... some ignore the signs until it's too late.

Just so you know... I wonder
... where their family and friends are.

Just so you know... I wish they would help
... break the cycle of drama and manipulation.

Just so you know... enabling
... doesn't help anyone in the long run.

Just so you know... finding peace
... is what everyone needs to be happy.

Just so you know... sometimes you need distance
... so you can see think clearly.

Just so you know... I worry
... because it will only get worse.

Just so you know... I've been there
... so I truly understand.

Just so you know... I'd reach out
... but I was warned not to.

Just so you know... reaching out I'm told
... isn't always the right thing to do... or is it just not the right time.
“You can’t always stay in your corner waiting for others to come to you.  Sometimes you have to reach out to them first and let them know someone cares.”

Friday, July 11, 2014

If there's someone...

"Coincidences are God's way of remaining anonymous."~Albert Einstein  

If there is someone...

Have you ever known someone whom you can't get off your mind.  No matter how hard you've tried. :-)

There are reminders of them when you lease expect it.  You may see them from a distance or run into them in the most surprising places.  You may be somewhere where your worlds are overlapping, and even meet people that are far less then 6 degrees of separation.   The universe putting people and situations together making connections... that it's hard for me to believe they are coincidences.
"The universe is always sending us signs and messages through coincidences.  Look around and Believe."
Then if I found out through mutual connections or friends, that things weren't going well for them, I would wonder what it was that God wanted me to do.  I always feel I find out these things and keep being reminded of them, because I'm suppose to do something.  It used to drive me crazy knowing they weren't making decisions that are best for them or going the wrong direction.  

Many times people make major life decisions out of guilt or fear, instead of what their hearts are telling them.  Sometimes our heads rationalize our actions and ignore where are hearts are trying to lead them.

Often we ask God in prayer 'What is the plan?"  Forgetting that he gives us 'signs' or answers, all the time.  With 'not so chance' encounters, mutual friends, dreams, intuition and hearts that feel... even hurt.  Ignoring our intuition, hearts, and coincidences that are really signs or guidance, will never lead any of us to the path that God wants us to take or the eventual plan that he has for us.   

God does have a plan for each of us, however he gave us free will so it is up to us on whether we 'listen' to the 'signs' and fulfill that plan.   So if someone is on your mind and don't know what God wants you to do.  Pray for them... with all your heart.  That really is how God moves!
"The universe is always speaking to us... Sending us little messages, causing coincidences and sereudipities, reminding us to stop, to look around, to believe in something else, something more."~Nancy Thayer

In your lifetime you will find...

In your lifetime you will find...

The most precious possession that ever comes to a person in this world is a another's heart.  There are many who may say they love you... but only a few people are truly capable of unconditional love and fewer still can show it.  These are the ones  that God has places in our life's path that are who we should have in our life to feel fulfilled and happy.  Those that help us be the best we can be and are good for us..  It's up to us to realize who they are.... before they've moved on and you realize later in life... who they were.

Follow your heart and not your guilt or fear.  The path that leads to true love and happiness.  That is the path that God wants for all of us... his children.


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