It’s Not How You Start, But How You Finish!

Hope DespairRecently, I visited a local church with my sister. During the sermon, the pastor, who is a former professional football player, recalled a time he fumbled the football during a critical moment of the game. After the fumble, he felt defeated knowing he let his teammates and coach down.

To his surprise, as he walked to the sidelines, his coach greeted him with words of encouragement. He said, “Forget about the fumble. If you keep thinking about the fumble, you will fumble again. There will be many more opportunities for you to make a play, so don’t get stuck in the moment.” Continue reading

Not A Moment Too Soon!

The Urbane FlowerI have never hosted a guest blogger on The Jolly Moments until today.  I am really excited to introduce to you all, Heather G., the creator of TheUrbaneFlower.com.  Heather created her blog after being prompted to tell her story. Instead, she created the platform to encourage other women to share the goodness of God in their lives, in faith, so that we all could encourage one another. You can follow Heather on Facebook and Twitter @TheUrbaneFlower. I pray you all are blessed by what she shared below.


“When I moved to Columbus, GA, (known as the Valley) in 2008, I thought it was like a scene from the Andy Griffin show… you know, Mayberry. It had the feel of an old established country town. I settled in pretty easily (continuing my career as a Social Worker, meeting new friends, etc.), but I was in for a rude awakening. Continue reading

Intentional Love: Displaying Selfless Love in a Selfish World

Intentional LoveMany people consider February to represent the month of love. For so many people Valentine’s Day may be the only time they receive love and gifts. For others, this holiday will come and go and no one will acknowledge them.

It is natural to want to receive gifts and love, and as a woman, I totally get it. However, today I want to challenge you to look at this holiday and month from a different perspective. Continue reading

Finish Strong

Finish StrongThis past weekend I decided to flip through some old journals and quickly noticed a recurring theme throughout. Almost every year I wrote about a particular dream that God placed on my heart years ago as a teenager.

As I read journal after journal, I realized here I am at the start of a new year and I have yet to accomplish that dream.    

Interestingly enough, I encouraged others in the past to face their fears and move forward, but failed to follow my advice. Continue reading

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The Greatest Gift

1  Corinthians 13I attended an intimate event last night so beautiful, I just had to share.

The invitation itself indicated this would be something unique. The host did not request anything, except our presence at her event.  She specifically requested no one bring a gift.

The host treated her guests to a four-course meal at an upscale restaurant.  We received the best of everything. Continue reading

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He Loves Me Anyway

But you love me anywayToday potentially could have ended in a bad way.

Although I did not like what happened, I had peace throughout the day because I know that no matter what, God loves me.

On days like this, I thank God that I am secure in His love for me.  I believe that someone needs a reminder that YOU ARE LOVED. Continue reading

The Heart of the Matter

What God Knows QuoteIn recent months, I have had a difficult time dealing with a certain person.

My inability, and lack of desire, to interact with this person began to cause an issue with a person I am at peace with.

Finally, after many harsh words spoken, a lot of confusion and tears, I had to realize that all this time this situation was never about the other person.

It was always about me. Continue reading

It Takes a Village

Steve Job Quotes“The ones who think they are crazy enough to change the world, are the ones who do.” Steve Jobs

I recently learned of a tragic event involving two young boys. A 9-year-old boy was playing at the neighborhood playground with his brothers, when a 12-year-old boy approached them. The 12-year-old boy, without warning, stabbed the 9-year-old boy, who later died from his injuries.

After the stabbing, the 12-year-old calmly went to a neighbor’s house called the police and confessed. He waited patiently for the police and when they arrived, he turned himself in and said, “I want to die. I’m tired of life.” Continue reading

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Silent Courage

SILENT COURAGE It has been awhile since I posted anything. Two days after my last post, a family member died unexpectedly.

In those moments immediately following her death, one thing I forgot is that “hurting people, hurt people.” Therefore, instead of having a disciplined response to the anger and drama directed at me by someone who was clearly hurting, I reacted. Continue reading

What Are You Waiting For: The Time Is Now

What Are You Waiting For_Time Is NowWe can always find a reason why not to embark upon something that has been tugging at us.

We say we are waiting for the “perfect” moment or “perfect” timing to make the move.

But, what is the “perfect” moment? When is the “perfect” time?

Are you waiting for the “perfect” day, the “perfect” spouse, the “perfect” job, the “perfect” weight, or the “perfect” amount of money in your bank account? Continue reading