Happy Easter to you!

So Easter is here! And what’s it about, anyway???

Well, most have heard God loves us, but did you know He longs to connect with us, too? But since the human race needs to deal with this thing called sin, we need to take care of that first . . . And how is that done???

Well, it’s first knowing what sin is, which is going our own way . . . And since that gets us in trouble at times, some think God’s mad at us, when He’s totally not!

Anyway, some think it’s about being good enough, when there’s no way we’ll ever be! But it’s receiving Christ in our hearts who died for our sins and rose from the dead . . . That’s how we take care of this ‘sin thing’ and how that connection starts. Just think, connecting with the Creator of the entire universe and having a relationship with Him!

So to answer that question . . . Easter’s when we celebrate Christ being risen from the dead and about God’s love for us, too! And once we receive Him, it’s knowing we’ll spend eternity in heaven with Him, too! So if you haven’t done that already, I invite you to do so, as what could be greater than that?!

So Happy Easter to you! And enjoy those sweet bunnies and fun-colored eggs, too!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

It’s all about LOVE!!! A day of sweet happenings with those you love and maybe flowers, fun gifts, and yummy candy, too:)

And don’t forget, there’s nothing like God’s love for you, too . . . Just think, the Creator of the universe created you and me and loves us so much!

Ephesians 3:18 says His love is deep and immeasurable for you!

So remember that this Valentine’s Day, and have a sweet love-filled day!

 

 

 

Happy New Year!

Hi there, tween girls!

So a new year is HERE . . . Yay! It’s 2021! What a year it has been! And what’s yet to come???

What I do know is in spite of what’s happened we can always trust God . . . 

I love what He says in Jeremiah 29:11 . . . “For I know the plans I have for you . . . plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Wow . . . now isn’t that great?! That’s something to celebrate!

What are your hopes for 2021??? What dreams has He put in your heart? Just listen within . . . Those dreams are from Him!

So Happy 2021 to you, and let the new year begin!!!

 

 

Merry Christmas to You!

Hey, tween girls!

So Christmas is here! I love the Christmas season . . . Don’t you? I love how cozy it is filled with love, joy, and peace . . . wrapping special presents for those we love, putting shiny decorations on the tree, baking yummy cookies, sitting by a crackling fire watching snowflakes fall down . . . But what’s most awesome about this season as we celebrate Jesus’ birth, is knowing God gives us peace.

John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Now how wonderful is that???

So when you’re handing out presents and opening them, too, don’t forget that our greatest gift is our Prince of Peace, Jesus.

Happy BD, Jesus! And Merry Christmas to all of you!

 

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving to You!

Thanksgiving is here! So what are you thankful for?

How about making a list?

I’d love to share mine . . .

  • That God is my Creator and Heavenly Father and LOVES me so much!
  • He knows me in and out
  • He’s always with me and for me and knows what I need
  • That I can talk to Him about ANYTHING at ANY time
  • That He’s faithful and fun!
  • For God’s gorgeous creation . . . mountains, oceans, forests, trees
  • For family and friends
  • That God never changes in this ever-changing world
  • That He’ll never leave me and gives me sweet peace
  • That no matter what’s happening in my life, He works all things together for good, and the same is true for YOU!

God’s love, joy, and peace to you, and Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

God’s Got This!

Hey, tween girls!

So how are things going? And what’s been happening? Fall’s sure in the air . . . !!

I LOVE the fall season . . . How about you??? I love the crisp air and the leaves changing to bright colors and falling from the trees . . .

A new season, new school year . . . There’s just something fun and fresh about that!

In spite of that, I’m guessing you’re uncertain about the pandemic and all. Maybe you’ve gotten used to doing the new ways of school, or maybe not! Or maybe there’ve been other ‘not fun’ things going on . . . Not getting with friends like you used to or doing things you love to do . . . Things are just different, that’s for sure!

But one thing is certain . . . We can always trust God. No matter what’s happening. He never changes. He’s always there. And what’s totally awesome is He works everything out for your good!

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” I love that truth!

In my book, The Heart to Dance, Alexis is heartbroken to not make her last audition. What if it happens again? But with help from her grandmother, Numsie, she learns to trust God. And you can do the same, too!

So whenever you’re going through a rough time, remember to lean not on your own understanding . . . Just lean back and trust God . . . God’s got this! Now what could be better than that?!

I invite you to pick up a copy of my book:)

HeartDream Chat – What have you been trusting God for? And how did it turn out?

 

 

 

4th of July Freedom and Freedom in Christ

So the 4th is here! . . . the day our country declared freedom from England way back when . . . Yay! And we’ve been celebrating since!

There’s nothing like freedom, right? Free to be who you are . . . who God created you to be?

Did you know you can be free in Christ? Free from every worry and fear, from sickness and disease, fear of the future and all that’s been happening in our world? All it takes is trusting God with your life, and once you do that, He’ll do that for you!

John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” I love that God tells us to not be afraid . . . no matter what’s happening. And wow . . . isn’t that great??!!

So what are your plans for the 4th of July? A picnic, bar-b-que, or a day at the lake? Whatever you’re doing, you’re sure to have fun! And while you’re out watching every firework go off, how about casting every worry and fear onto Him, and once you’ve done that, you’ll be left with God’s peace 🙂

So a Happy Happy 4th to you, and God’s peace to you, too!

HeartDream Chat – How was your 4th? I’d love to hear . . . 🙂

Summer Dreams Plan B

Hey, tween girls!

So how’s it been going with this pandemic going on??? It’s sure changed things a bit, with home-school for all, family lock-downs, and no time with friends . . . Wouldn’t you agree?

Now that summer’s here, maybe your family vacation’s been called off, or no summer camp or fun days at the pool . . . The good news is things are easing up, so looks like you’ll soon be able to get with your friends, just smaller groups . . . still keeping those hands clean, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying farther apart, right?

But are you still disappointed it’s changed your summer plans or those you’ve dreamed up in months past? If so, how about coming up with ‘Summer Dreams Plan B’?

How about sitting under your favorite shade tree and making a list? Here are some ideas for you . . .

  • Bar-b-ques
  • Picnics
  • Summer sleep-overs
  • Movie nights
  • Doing karaoke and singing favorite songs
  • Cooking up yummy treats or fun summer salads
  • Fun family hikes
  • Riding your bike
  • Journaling your thoughts and feelings
  • Writing fun stories
  • Reading cool books
  • Teaching your dog new tricks
  • Creating new dance moves
  • Sitting in a fun, cozy spot, dreaming BIG dreams!

Psalm 118:24 says, “This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” So even when our world’s going through rough times, God wants us to enjoy what He’s given us and to be happy in Him. So how about getting going on that list, and let the summer fun begin!!!

HeartDream Chat – What all did you come up with? I’d love to hear!

 

 

 

4th of July Freedom and Free to be You!

Does anything feel better than being who you are? Feeling free to be you? The you who you truly are?!fireworks 2

The 4th of July is a day about freedom . . . the day our country declared independence from Great Britain, being no longer under its control. Since the king’s laws were unfair, the people wanted freedom to govern themselves. And even though it took a while, they finally became free!

What’s so awesome is we can be free, too . . . from worry, fear, what others think of us, just to name a few . . . But for all that to happen, we need to receive Christ into our hearts and trust Him as our Savior and Lord. Maybe you’ve already done that, and if so, that is great! But if you haven’t just yet, just know that He wants to set you free from sin, or going your own way, since that separates you from Him. And once you ask Him into your heart, you’ll be at the start of an amazing adventure. Just imagine . . . a relationship with the Creator of the universe and your Heavenly Father. And what’s amazing is when you turn your life over to Him, you totally become free! . . . free to be who you love to be . . . to be uniquely you . . . the you who you truly are!

So how does that work? Well, only God who created you and the entire universe could work that all out! The more I surrender, the more me I become! I can be free from fear or worry, knowing He knows what’s best for me and what I truly desire. And the same is true for you!

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

So how will you celebrate the 4th with your family and friends? A picnic? Baseball? Bar-b-que? Of course, fireworks, too! When you take a moment to remember what this day’s all about, don’t forget to celebrate your freedom in Christ and freedom to be you!

HeartDream Chat – What are your plans for the 4th of July?  Tell how it feels to be free . . .

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Those Hot Summer Days . . .

Been loving summer? Having tons of fun? Been a bit hot and need to cool off?

When I was little we’d run through the sprinkler. It was the really cool thing back then. And the coolest thing to keep cool.

Or we’d take trips to Dairy Queen. The choices were chocolate or vanilla. You’ve sure got it made!shutterstock_116126008

But my favorite memory was when my dad took all of us, late at night, to A & W for root beer. That’s when the AC had gone out at home, and we got to ride in the car in our PJ’s with the windows rolled down taking in the late night summer air. We sure thought that was great!

So what do you do when those summer days are hot and the sweat’s dripping down?

Do you sip on something cool? Chomp on ice cream? Dive in a pool or lake?

Whatever it is, I’m sure it’s refreshing.

And you know what? That’s the way it’s with God . . . when we feel hot, in trouble, in ‘hot water’ . . . when we need a way out, a way to cool off. Whether it’s friends, parents, or just simply life. Remember, He wants you to come to Him. He’s got the answer for what you’re dealing with, and He will cool you and refresh you when you listen to Him.

Jeremiah 31:25 says, “I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” I love that verse!

So when things are hot and you need to cool off, turn to Him, run to Him, and let Him cool and refresh you . . . just like you do on a hot summer day.

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HeartDream Chat – How do you keep cool in the summer? How has God refreshed you?