In times of challenge and fear, it is good to know that God cares for each of us.





God cares for you and me.

His desire is to set us free

From our sin, the hurt, the pain

So that we may become new and whole again.

His love is unconditional and true,

And, no matter what we say, think, or do,

He loves us still, despite our flaws

That nailed His only Son to the cross.

Remember His love, the sacrifice

He made to rescue us the perishing

From a life of shame.

God cares for you, for me.

He alone can set us free!

13 Years of Persistence and Personal Growth

“Perseverance requires passion and a sincere belief that you deserve what ever it is you are trying to accomplish.”


In last month’s blog post, you were encouraged to persevere for maximum personal growth and development, and you were given strategies to help you succeed.
As a result of working with a close friend for the past thirteen (13) years to help her finish the requirements for her B.A. degree (I helped her with the papers she had to write), I learned that perseverance requires passion and a sincere belief that you deserve what ever it is you are trying to accomplish.

My friend persisted, during good and bad times, to move toward her goal, a college degree in Elementary Education; on Monday, August 8th, she submitted her last paper in her last class, and you can imagine how happy she was, as well as how happy I was for her.

Over the past thirteen (13) years, my friend has had some major challenges: several relatives died, and she lost her job, but she got married, adopted a lovely daughter,and she always moved toward her goal by taking a course or two here and there when she could afford to do so,and now, years later, because of her persistence, she is ready to receive that coveted “sheepskin” for which she has worked so hard.

I applaud my friend for her drive and persistence, and I also applaud you who have accomplished your goals as a result of your perseverance.
Do what my friend is going to do: Celebrate; reward yourself  for completing your goal; do not focus on how long it took.
Take time to relax, then get started on the next adventure which should be considerably easier now that you have a major success to your credit.

What to do next?

1. Celebrate with family and friends who supported you throughout the challenge;

2. Do something “real special” for yourself to savor the moment;

3. Give feedback on this blog by telling me how long it took you to reach a major goal and how you now feel as a result of having reached it.

Freedom is Never Free!


Freedom is never free!

Countless lives were sacrificed

For your, and my liberty.

Voices of fathers, brothers, uncles,

Friends and lovers too

Are now silenced forever

So that we, I, you

May be free to live

In city, town, or village.

North, South, East,West.

Each decides where to stake a claim.

This right was earned by those whose names

Are written on walls, scrolls, and paper.

All made the ultimate sacrifice;

Each must be remembered

For the role played in gaining

Our freedom by

Relinquishing their own!

Freedom is never free!






This poem is written for and dedicated to all of  the fallen soldiers across the wars, and for loved ones left behind to mourn them. It is further dedicated to those brave fighting men and women who were spared, but whose lives are forever changed in some way as a result of their involvement.

Persevere for Maximum Personal Growth and Development

It takes perseverance to remove the warts in our lives, and to achieve maximum personal growth, we must not only acknowledge the existence of warts, but we must also be willing to work on them daily until their unhealthy effects become negligible.


Each one of us has an area(s) in our lives that needs improving if we are to move forward in our personal growth and development efforts. The work becomes easier as we identify the area(s) and begin the work needed to correct it.
It takes perseverance to remove the warts in our lives, and to achieve maximum personal growth, we must not only acknowledge the existence of warts, but we must also be willing to work on them consistently until their unhealthy effects become negligible.

I know: None of us likes the idea of slapping ourselves around, in a manner of speaking, but we must become our most effective critics so that we can continue to ‘raise the bar’ on our personal growth and development.

This challenge cannot be done alone; we must actively seek the help and encouragement, as well as feedback, from those who have vested interests in our lives and successes.
So, how do we get them on board? That’s done by sharing plans and ideas with them and by letting them know how much you need them to help you succeed.
Don’t be shy or defensive; get your supporters on board early and share your concerns with them.
As you share with them and begin the work needed, you will start to see the results you desire, and that too will help you to retain your momentum.

Celebrate every accomplished goal, along the way, no matter how minor or insignificant it appears on the surface.
Perseverance will help you reach your goal(s)more quickly because it helps to build momentum and confidence, and once these two kick in, success is imminent, as long as you persevere.


Let me know your thoughts on this blog. Post a comment in the space provided.

June-Men’s Health Month, the Perfect Time to Get Our Men More Focused on Self-Help

June is men’s health month, and it is the ideal time to help our men focus on self-help efforts that promote their general health.


You probably know already that each month of the year has been designated as a month to highlight a specific focus or area. Most months have several areas on which to focus during its time in the spotlight.
Take the month of March for example; it is recognized as Women’s History month,but it is also National Nutrition month,as well as Brain Injury Awareness month, among other things.
Each May, the focus is mental health which affects all areas of our lives,but physical fitness and sports are also spot lighted.

The overall purpose of highlighting specific things monthly, I believe, is to keep the focus on anything that will help us to become more informed and proactive.
It is no wonder then, that June is men’s health month, and it is an ideal time to help our men focus on those self-help efforts that promote their general health.

Not surprisingly, men have many health issues that need attention during the month of June and thereafter.

According to one source, “The Leading Causes of Death in Males, U.S., 2004,” the seven (7) top causes of death among men are: Heart Disease,27.2%; Cancer, 24.3%; Unintentional Injuries, 6.1%; Stroke, 5.0%; Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease, 5.0%; Diabetes, 3.0%; Influenza/Pneumonia, 2.3%.
Following closely are: Suicide, 2.2%; Kidney Disease, 1.7%, and Alzheimer’s Disease, 1.6%.

The numbers are sobering, and they should help us to see the serious problem our men face. We should also understand that we, each of us, must do what we can to help our men, now and later to reduce the numbers.
Now is an excellent time to turn the focus onto men’s health, and it is also a good idea to keep the momentum going until the numbers of serious death-causing illnesses have have been reduced dramatically.

June, men’s health month, is the perfect opportunity and time (30 days) for each of us to help  raise awareness of the many health issues that are so common to the men in our lives.


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