Encouragement, Inspirational, Spiritual Growth

The Augustness of August—Part I

August. Hot, hazy, humid here in Pennsylvania. But it’s a great month. I was born in August. My birthday is this week. Here’s a hint as to how old I am… #AugustnessofAugust #donnalhsmith

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Encouragement, Inspirational, Spiritual Growth, Writing

God’s Special Effects — Part I

Shooting stars, Aurora Borealis, super moons, blood moons, blue moons. These are some of God’s “special effects.” Those things that are unusual. Things we don’t see every day. They are also things we can’t manufacture. Signs in the sky are just part of God’s Special Effects. Click to Tweet #GodsSpecialEffects #amwriting

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Encouragement, Inspirational, Spiritual Growth

New Beginnings and Established Blessings––Part I

I hope you had a very Happy New Year celebration. It’s always quiet at our house on New Year’s Eve. We do different things, watch a little television, maybe get on computer…it’s low key for my hubby and me. #newbeginnings2018 #amwriting #establishedblessings2018

I talked a bit about last year, and what a difference a year makes. I want to expand on that––especially if you are where I was emotionally a year ago. By taking a look back, I can move forward with great joy. I’ve been contemplating all this for weeks now…the difference a year makes. Click to Tweet

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Encouragement, Inspirational, Spiritual Growth

How to Make a Difference Right Where You Are –– Part II

What’s this little guy feeling?

Sometimes, it will appear that you’re not making a difference in someone’s life. You’ve tried to tell them what they should do, how they should do it, and the results they’ll get. Guess what? That may not work so well. What do you do, then?

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Emotion, Encouragement, Inspirational, Spiritual Growth

How to Make a Difference Right Where You Are –– Part I

Is he discouraged?

For many years of my life, I felt I never made a difference in this world. I’ve actually fallen off the world a few times, just to see if anyone noticed. They didn’t. Or if they did, they didn’t contact me. I’m learning to make a difference in my own small way, right where I’m at.

How am I doing this? Relationship. It’s all about the relationships you have, and the ones God brings you. In the past, I’ve tried different ways to go about having friends and how I dealt with family. I was very shy most of my life and my interaction with others was quite limited. That may have been why I felt I didn’t make a difference.

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Emotion, Encouragement, Inspirational, Spiritual Growth

Best of Times, Worst of Times

I feel like I’m in the middle of my own personal Tale of Two Cities. Only it’s not two cities, it’s the incredibly good and the very difficult. I can’t remember a year I’ve had like this one. On one hand, some amazingly good things have happened. I’ve shared a lot of that with you on this blog. I’ve also shared some of the difficulty. #amwriting #bestworstoftimes

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heroes and villains, Inspirational, Writing

Eclipse Fever

Eclipse Shadows on my front porch

I love to watch special events in the heavens when I can, so I watched the solar eclipse on Monday through my pinhole and three pairs of sunglasses. I didn’t watch more than a second or two, just enough to see where it was and how much of the sun was blocked. My vision was not affected. #eclipse2017

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