blessing, Excellence, Faith, hope, joy

Christmas Lights

Christmas. The song says, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” The trees, the decorations, the music, the parties, the excitement on precious little faces, and the presents! For many, the anticipation of the end of the season is more exciting. The season instead brings times of sadness, loneliness, hurt, or painful memories. Or… Continue reading Christmas Lights

Excellence, Faith, joy

Love Songs

Welcome to Faith Connections Friday! Happy Valentines's Week! This week we celebrate Valentine’s Day—a day full of love. Flowers, chocolates, cards, romantic comedies, and maybe a few weddings. And weddings include love songs. Speaking of weddings, my son and his new bride danced to SafetySuit’s “Never Stop,” at their wedding reception. My husband insisted they… Continue reading Love Songs

Character, Creativity, Excellence, Family, Freedom, joy, love, Music, Purpose

The Perfect Dance

Thank you for anxiously awaiting the posting of this blog! I am sure you were counting the hours to find out the outcome of the wedding of the century! The ceremony beyond gorgeous. The ministers (one of which was Dad) eloquent. The bride stunning and beautiful, and the groom dashing and handsome. There was laughter,… Continue reading The Perfect Dance

Boldness, Character, Creativity, Discipline, Excellence, Faith, Freedom, joy, love, Music, Purpose

Unexplainable Joy

Joy is inner, unexplainable, delightful peace. It’s quiet. It’s calming. It’s resting. It’s uplifting. Joy is a gift from God. It is fruit of the Spirit. Joy is recognizing the blessings of God and finding delight. As we proclaim our thankfulness to God for the gifts He so willingly and abundantly bestows upon His children,… Continue reading Unexplainable Joy

Creativity, Excellence, Family, Freedom, Friendship, Influence, joy, love

EnJOY the Belly Laughs!

Welcome to Connections2Excellence! A little light today, as I wanted us to take a few minutes and start our day with laughter! Thank you for joining us! Joy. It’s the feeling of getting tickled because something was so funny you couldn’t help but laugh until you cried. It’s the hilarious belly laughter of a child.… Continue reading EnJOY the Belly Laughs!

Creativity, Discipline, Excellence, Freedom, Music, Purpose

Bridges and the Arts

Welcome to Connections2Excellence! We have been a series on connecting bridges to excellence. Today, let's consider other types of bridges instead of physical structures. The arts allow one to bridge to creativity and expression--creative arts, visual arts, and performing arts, among others. Creativity is demonstrated through pottery, ceramics, needlework, sculpting, painting, drawing, or woodworking. Unique… Continue reading Bridges and the Arts

Boldness, Character, Discipline, Excellence, Faith, Freedom, goal, Influence, Prayer, Purpose, Vision

Setting Our Face

Thank you for joining us today! Welcome--it's Faith Connections Friday! Is there a vision or a purpose you are eagerly awaiting to achieve? Attending an event? Giving a special gift? Meeting a goal? We are eagerly approaching Easter. The festivities surrounding this holiday come with activities for families to enjoy outdoors, new clothing, and lots… Continue reading Setting Our Face

Excellence, Family, Freedom, Friendship, Influence, Purpose

A Celebration of Light

It is finally that time--we are approaching the holiday season. The delight. The joy. The festivities. One of my most memorable highlights is visiting historic Williamsburg when they celebrate the season with the Grand Illumination. They have all the trimmings to get in the spirit of the season. The smells, the clothes, the music, the… Continue reading A Celebration of Light

Excellence, Faith, Prayer

Faith Connection: Our Delightful Defender and Deliverer

Several of my previous blogs have focused on delight and joy.  As you can probably imagine, I recognize God as my delight.  He is my joy.  A couple of the reasons He is my delight:  He is my Defender and my Deliverer. As Defender, He goes before me.  He fights the battles for me.  One… Continue reading Faith Connection: Our Delightful Defender and Deliverer

Boldness, Character, Discipline, Excellence, Faith, Influence, Purpose

Bravely Bold Purpose (Part 4: “D”)

Living bravely bold.  We can display brave boldness in our motives, our beliefs, and our passions.  As we connect excellence to living bravely bold, we use the acrostic B-O-L-D.  We live a life of excellence and determination through our character, our speech, our focus, and our joy. B - Be-Attitudes (purposefully misspelled), taken from Beatitudes… Continue reading Bravely Bold Purpose (Part 4: “D”)