Wow! It’s 2019!!

Wow!! It’s 2019!!

This has been one of the fastest and wildest years ever!!  But I ALWAYS make time to read!  LOL!
How about you?  I started listing all the books I read in 2017.  I wish I had thought to do this years and years ago.  It would have been interesting to have a record.  Anyway, Here’s a list of the books I read in 2018, or at least the ones I remembered to jot down!  I wish I’d written a short review on each as I read them….. hmm… maybe in 2019?!  

These are listed in order read, not by how much I liked or recommend them.  

*1.  The Go-Giver –  Bob Burg & John  David Mann
2.  Show Your Work! - Austin Kleon
3.  Steal Like an Artist - Austin Kleon
*4.  Pursuing Justice, the Call to Live & Die for Bigger Things - Ken Wytsma
5.  The Creative Habit - Twyla Tharp
*6.  Expectation Corner - Emily Steele Elliott
7.  70 Resolutions  - Jonathan Edwards
*8.  Waiting on God - Andrew Murray
*9.  Wings Like Eagles - Andrew Murrray
*10. The Culture Code - Daniel Coyle
11. First They Killed My Father - Loung Ung
12.  Destined to Win - Kris Vallotton
13.  Tortured for Christ - Pastor Richard Wurmrand
14.  Glory Invasion, Walking Under an Open Heaven - David Herzog
15.  Business Boutique - Christy Wright
16.  Mysteries of the Glory - David Herzog
17.  How to Be Here: A Guide to Creating a Life Worth Living - Rob Bell
18.  Called to Create - Jordan Raynor
19.  The Compound Effect - Darren Hardy
20.  Praying from the Heavenly Realms - Kevin L. Zadai
21.  Breaking the Stronghold of Food - Michael L. Brown w/Nancy Brown
22.  Doing & Being - Barnet Baine
23.  Where There’s Hope - Elizabeth Smart
24.  The Three Battlegrounds - Francis Frangipane
25.  Singing the Scriptures - Julie Meyer
*26.  The Way of Love - Ted Dekker
27.  The 49th Mystic - Ted Dekker
28.  Not for Sale - David Batstone
29.  Willpower Doesn’t Work - Benjamin Hardy
30.  Beginning Magic Money - Holly Alexander
31.  Magic Money Advanced #2 - Holly Alexander
32.  Magic Money Mastery #3 - Holly Alexander
33.  Manifest Presence of God - Walter Beuttler
*34.  Switch On Your Brain - Dr. Caroline Leaf
35.  The Perfect You - Dr. Caroline Leaf
36.  The Secrets of the Notebook - Eve Haas
*37.  The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd
*38.  Prophetic Wisdom - Graham Cooke
39.  The Prophetic Voice of God - Lana Vawser
40.  Awakening Pure Worship - Jeff Deyo
41.  The Way of Life - Bill Johnson
42.  A Beautiful Kind of Broken - Luke Holter
43.  The Right to Write - Julia Cameron
44.  Secrets of the Seer - Jamie Galloway
45.  All the Pretty Things - Edie Wadsworth
*46.  Approaching the Heart of Prophecy - Graham Cooke
47.  Come Thirsty - Max Lucado
48.  Joy of Hygge - Johnny Jackson
*49.  Praying Hyde - Captain E. G. Carre

Shoot!  I wish I’d known I was one book from 50, I would have squeezed in one more!  LOL!!
I enjoyed reading all of these books, but some of my very very favorites that spoke especially to me this year are starred, though I gleaned some wonderful things from each book read.

  My grandson, Eli, asked me what my favorite book was.  I had a really hard time answering.  I’ve always loved to read.  Fiction?  Non-Fiction?  Art?  

Please share your book list or your favorites for 2018 in the comments below.  I’d love to hear from you and get some leads on books to read for 2019!

BLESSINGS FOR 2019, May you find time to read!  🙂


Discover Your “One Word” for 2017




I so loved the “One Word” Retreat last year at Selah Among the Hills.  We had such a good time hearing from God for our “One Word” for 2016 and time together using mixed-media to express that Word. My Word was “FLY.”

I looked at this Word often throughout the year and it certainly was a year of “Flying” and freedom into the things/dreams God has put on my heart.(ie. Mission trip to Thailand and Singapore with Randy Clark/Global Awakening to the Revive Asia Conference, 3 weeks in Les Cayes, Haiti with Catherine Roux , loving kids in the village feeding program, the hospital, and teaching 25 street boys some new skills to help create sustainable income.  We are also moving forward with the Healing Rooms to have the first Thursday of the month open to the public for prayer and mobile teams to go out to pray for others on the other Thursdays.  I also have continued to use art with the residents at Camelot Nursing Home.)

So what is your One Word for 2017?  I found a book that uses this concept.  It is “One Word that Will Change Your Life.”

” Each year resolutions are rarely kept and goals are often easily forgotten but One Word sticks.  By living a single word that is meant for you, you’ll find renewed purpose and meaning throughout the year and achieve laserlike focus and power for your life.  ONE WORD FOR ONE YEAR.”

The Process is 3 steps:
1.  Prepare Your Heart - Look In.  Disengage from the hectic pace of life.  Unplug.  Stop.  Get Quiet.  Ask “What do I need?” “What’s in my way?”  “What needs to go?”

2.  Discover Your Word - Look Up.  Plug in to God.  Seek God.  Listen.  Ask Him - “What do you want to do in me and through me?”  He will reveal youR word to you.  Get a “God” word.

3.  Live Your Word - Look Out.  Apply your Word to every area of life.  Take Action.  Live your Word with purpose and passion every day in 2017!  This one Word can have spiritual, physical, emotional, relational, mental, and financial impact!

Read the book.  Visit

And join me on a cyber retreat - “One Word 2017”!! Stay tuned for the details!

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“The Happiness Equation” by Neil Pasricha

So here it is, the end of December 2016!

 Are you thinking about 2017 and changes you would like to make etc.?!

Here are 7 Simple Reminders to “Train Yourself” to be Happy

1.  THREE WALKS - The more physically active we are, the greater our general feelings of excitement and enthusiasm. Just 30 minutes of brisk walking 3 x a week!

2.  THE 20 MINUTE REPLAY - Writing for 20 minutes about a positive experience dramatically improves happiness because you relive the experience as you are writing it and relive it every time you read it. Your brain sends you back.  You can do this to improve relationships as well. It can help us to remember the things we like about people and experiences in our lives.

3.  RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS – Scientists have even documented the increase of well-being from doing kindness acts.  (Though we have even greater motivation from God to show His love to people.)

4.  A COMPLETE UNPLUG – “The richest, happiest and most productive lives are characterized by the ability to fully engage in the challenge at hand, but also to disengage periodically and seek renewal.” Jim Loehr & Tony Schwartz (The Power of Full Engagement)  Seek to have a complete downtime after work to recharge for the next day.  Turn off your phone after dinner. Take  “no internet” vacations.  (Check out “Selah Among the Hills” for a peaceful get-away.

5.  HIT FLOW – “…being completely involved in an activity for its own sake.  Everything falls away.  Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one.  Your whole being is involved and you are using your skills to the utmost.”  Creativity really facilitates this activity.  Check out my website Intuitive Painting/ Releasing Creativity Workshops to schedule a fun mixed-media art experience for you and your friends!

6.  2-MINUTE MEDITATION – Besides the Biblical encouragement and the spiritual benefit of meditating on scripture and spending time in God’s Presence, research reveals that brain scans of people before and after meditation show that parts of the brain associated with compassion and self-awareness grew while parts associated with stress shrank!  Meditation can “permanently rewire” your brain to raise levels of happiness.  It sounds like science has once again discovered the truth of God’s Word. Romans 12:1-2 tells us to renew our minds with the Word of God.

7.  5 GRATITUDES – If you can be happy with simple things, then it will be simple to be happy.  Be grateful for 5 things a week.  You will be happier and healthier.  ( I am sure we can find more than 5 things a day! LOL!)
There is a link between how happy you are and how long you live!  Let us let the JOY of the LORD be our strength!!

 May you truly have a Happy New Year!
 May God guide you into a blessed and prosperous new year! 



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