Text:  I do believe, help me overcome my unbelief.  Mark 9:21-24 with background of white flowers and green

Always believe in the dreams you have, for they hold the potential to shape your reality and ignite the fires of possibility within you. They are the sparks of inspiration that guide us towards something greater, a destination yet unknown.

One thought, One day, One moment, One chance

The alarm sounds for the day to begin and you lift your head to begin with …

One thought: I can’t avoid a bad day if that is what is ahead today. This thought brings more thoughts to the day. Neither can I expect a perfect day with all the things that could come my way. So how am I to prepare for today?

One day: Should we look at just one day at a time for now? This is not how we have always done it, but they say not to say that with a big frown! It is the change we need to show. What is the change we need to make? I simply do not know.

One moment: It seems essential to know who won. But does it matter to everyone? If I am right, if others are right, winning is not always fun. Winning is when we together get what is important done! It is when all is right with us, and we shine as bright as the sun.

One chance: I always have one chance to make a great choice as I lead the way. It is in my heart to strengthen me by lifting others with what I do and say. Choose to make every thought, day, and moment to help others feel good and safe every day. It is the Two Rule philosophy way!

In my previous post, Planting the Garden of Leadership, I provided information about comparing a garden to leadership.

Nurturing and Nutrition 

Gardens grow when we can provide the care and nutrients it needs. The same is required for those we serve as leaders. We need to work on this daily, just as we need to do with our gardens. We have to think about our staff as being in the hot sun all day long. Our gardens need water, and our staff needs H20 (Help, Hope, and Optimism). Please provide them with daily opportunities to celebrate wins, someone to be visible to see, open doors to come to talk to someone, and for the environment to be okay with not being okay and free to ask for help.

Growth will come with all the right elements provided to all of the parts of the garden. Guard your thoughts, make the most of the day, include all you can in every moment, and take chances to help others. Leadership is so much, but so rewarding when we can see the garden created which so many admire, receive the best nourishment and are eager to help keep it growing!

One of my favorite authors to inspire, motivate and deepen your thoughts.

My friend Janet sent me a message through a card with an additional note on the inside. I told her I was going to share the message with others as we all need to know this as we face the week ahead.

Hold onto this message for each day you face, the storms ahead, and the moments you think you can’t, but you can.

Do you have an idea? Maybe you have a dream? Is there a goal you are working on achieving?

Share it, make it happen, get out, and do it! Today is the day to tell someone what your idea is, what you have been dreaming about, and the goal you are working on achieving.

Let me say this: It may not happen today, tomorrow, or this year. You will experience some challenges along the way, meet some extraordinary people and go through some doubts at times. Even with everything you go through and learn along the way, it will happen one day if you keep working on it!

If you can dream it, you can achieve it! If you believe, dare, and do, your dreams will come true! When in doubt, all you need is a little hope and some pixie dust! Just think about Walt Disney and Tinkerbell”

Always fill up each day with motivation and positives!

The whole body . . . grows and builds itself up in love. Ephesians 4:16

Ephesians 4:4–16 is a great reference to read to connect with this post.

My youngest grandson is with me Monday - Thursday as a preschool student. He is the youngest student I have had regular and the smallest version of students I have had in upper grades. He is very strong-willed, and we work through many things.

As part of our schedule, he has recess time built into the program, so I give him choices daily on what he would like to do. The weather is still cold and does not allow us to go outside yet. We usually play a game together, or he will build something with Legos. However, he has chosen a movie to watch a few times. One of the movies he selected was The Croods.

The Croods is an animated caveman family, and they believe that the only way to survive is if the family “pack” stays together. They talk about the fears of discovering something “new” and the dangers of the world outside their cave.

When their cave is destroyed, they need to move on to find a different place for safety, and a new person is brought into their lives. They begin to learn, accept and understand through other interactions to embrace all of the situations to live life.

The Croods involves two movies now, and both are filled with understanding relationships and embracing change and differences. My grandson laughs and enjoys these movies a great deal. He will be facing a new place next year, Kindergarten and making new relationships. His educational journey in public school will begin.

Relationships can be risky in our lives—-people can and do hurt us. I think it is important to always talk about relationships and how to work to make them better. Having positive relationships takes work. My husband and I began dating in high school at the age of 16. I was engaged at 19, married at 20 and expecting our first child who was born when I was 21 years old. We will be married 38 years this year. We will both tell you, it took a great deal of work.

We were never to be alone in our journey through life. Each of us has a place, a purpose, and a reason. It is not always clear to us what it is, but it will be one day if you have not found it. We help each other by building up in love rather than tearing down. Surround yourself with those who stand, support, and believe in the way you do. When you have a support system like this, you learn from each other, mature and equip yourself to serve others.

Build up in love and find your relationships with those who build up the same way.


Nothing is better than loving what you do and the people you are able to do it with each day! Make a point to start each day with finding the joy as a team. Gather around and share your joy as you drink up a cup full of love!

Lighten the Load

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

As individuals who are a part of the church, believers in Jesus can support others in times of need. Relationships are not based on the length of time in knowing others before you can feel their needs profoundly and personally. We listen, empathize, lend a helping hand where we can, pray, and rely on the strength of God.

The world's weight can, at times, feel as though it is resting on your shoulders. As you listen to the troubles, hear the leaders' dialogue, and handle all the stressors, you look for ways to see hope.

When storm clouds shadow the light of the day, this is when we find joy in the midst. Clouds are pushed aside when we can join together in helping to lighten the load of others. Alone we can not, together we can, but with the combination of all with the strength of God all things are possible.

Today, begin by checking with those you have in your corner of the world to help support their needs. Many times it is having a listening ear, someone to empathize with their situation, and others may need more. Do what you can where you are, and you will find when you provide support for others, you see the comfort you need as well.

Pray, lighten the load, and know the strength you need is not that far away.

"I only have 2 rules!"
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