In this Month of Love–Love Yourself

I was in a dark place. My marriage had failed. The separation and divorce tattered my son’s self-esteem. My writing had stalled and I had horrible nightmares. I was the most worthless person I knew (second only to my ex). Self-love was selfish, or so I thought. I wish someone had told child me, “love yourself.” It took years of therapy and self-examination to learn that self-love isn’t selfish. I was lucky. I could afford therapy and by the luck of the draw, I found some good therapists. Back then I had one thing going for me, I was determined. Determined to be the best mom I could be for my son, I knew I had to work on me. The Struggle It was a terrible struggle. Feelings of worthlessness, self-loathing, mistrust, and shame filled me with negativity. I hid most of those feelings from the people around me. That good old Puritan work ethic flowed through me. I plowed through the work day, the housework, and the Monday through Friday life stuff. Every other weekend my son went to his father’s house and I crumpled into a tearful, self-loathing mess. I feared I was going crazy. My therapist made […]

8 Inspirational Quotes About Patience

We aren’t born patient. In fact, patience doesn’t come easily to most of us. Is that a fluke, a flaw in God’s plan? Or is it part of the design?  Perhaps, that’s the point. What if it’s not perfect patience one must acquire? Practicing patience might be all we need to do. Maybe, like me, you need some inspirational quotes about patience to remind you why the practice is worth it. (Saw the video? Skip to here.) Unable to view the video? Here are the quotations: Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in mind. ~David G. Allen Patience is not passive, on the contrary, it is concentrated strength.~Bruce Lee Have patience. All things become difficult before they become easy.~Saadi It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with the problems longer.~Albert Einstein All great achievements require time.~Maya Angelou Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.~Napoleon Hill Maybe that’s why life is so precious. No rewind or fast forward…just patience and faith.~Christina Marrero Every dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to […]

Inspiration from Fire and Brimstone and Redemption--the history of the Great Awakening

Inspiration from Fire and Brimstone and Redemption.

I come from a family with deep roots in conservative religion and found inspiration from fire and brimstone and redemption. Where did I find that inspiration? American Christianity has a history of periodic revivals of conservative religious fervor called the Great Awakening. During each of these periods of Awakening, there were widespread revivals led by evangelicals The phrase “Great Awakening” refers to all the periods collectively. The term Awakening refers to the awakening of interest in religion. REVIVALS Revivals were a series of religious gatherings. They lasted from three days to a week or more. Meetings would happen in the same location at the same time every day or evening. At these meetings, the evangelist preached of fire and brimstone and redemption. In the American South revivals were commonly held in tents through the summer months. In the northern states, halls and auditoriums were rented. Some areas and denominations continue to hold annual tent revivals to this day. Thousands attended these revivals. The evangelists produced a profound sense of conviction and redemption among believers. The Fellowship in my novel, My Soul to Keep, was created with this history in mind. WHEN Historians agree that there were three Awakenings. The First […]