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We Are Acting As Agents

We all know what the opposite of an "agent mentality" is right? Yes, the victim! Hello my friend, I hope you are doing well today. We're doing our best to maintain our balance amid uncertainty, aren't we? I've spoken with several of you, and you are doing so well! I...

We Exert Our Faith

This part of the Mothers Standing Strong series is crucial! You might say that exerting faith can be the deciding factor in our ability to stand at all! Hello my friend, thank you for being here! Because we are constantly choosing between feeling faithful or fearful,...

We Know What We Are Here To Do

Good day to you, I hope you are well! Today's Mothers Standing Strong topic is refocusing on what matters most; in fact, on our greatest purpose in life. Photo by Michael Beener on Unsplash Psalms 37:11 "But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight...

We Know Who We Are

Hello Friend! I hope this post finds you well. This is the first installment in a series of posts: Mothers Standing Strong. I feel to speak to this topic because this is a time when families need leadership! And that means that as mothers and fathers, we need to be...

Mothers Standing Strong

Good morning my friend! I hope this finds you well. Please join me for a week of inspiration here on the Lioness blog! (And if you haven't gotten notifications lately, please backtrack to last week's posts for some timely ideas and a good recipe!) This week we will...

Nurture Me Mom

I just participated in a webinar created and hosted by personal branding specialist, Christina Frei, and her company, Marketing For Humans. (www.christinafrei.com) It was inspiring for me to learn more and talk through, her five Innate Marketing Genius types:...

Real Love, Real Neighbors

"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." Fred Rogers https://youtu.be/R7cSyBV6adI I loved Mr. Rogers when I was a child! Probably because I felt that he...

Small & Simple

Good morning my friend. I hope this day, cold and rainy though it is in my neck-of-the-woods, will be happy and productive for you and yours! I have a very simple thought to share, one that you may already be implementing, but if not, I think it's worth a mention. It...

A Helping Hand From The Real Love Guy!

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/FMfcgxwHMPkCgvJrbNgGfWrBhdHZcBrR "Loving Parents LIVE" is the new program Dr. Greg Baer is hosting every weekday on Facebook LIVE, at 11:00 am standard time. I was so pleased to see that this is happening, starting tomorrow! He...

A Simple Crock-Pot Dinner

Putting dinner together in the morning when you are fresh and getting things done, can make the afternoon so much more pleasant right? Start this meal with your favorite meatloaf mixture pressed in the bottom of the pan. Add veggies. And more veggies. And more...

Living in Faith

Good morning my friend! I hope your outlook for this week is positive. I was feeling a little trepidation myself this morning about the unknowns of this "social distancing" situation. And of course about some of the ramifications I do know about. Gratefully, as I...

Time to be Clean!

Photo by Nel on Unsplash I hope this beautiful Sabbath morning finds you with hope and faith in your heart. {I imagine that we are each having our own unique challenges in this unusual time!} I wonder what perspective shifts we will have and what insights we will gain...

Learning From the Best

A few years ago, I was recovering from back surgery. It was a grueling process and after a few months of recovery, I was still struggling. So it was wonderful that an elderly lady in our town invited me to come and swim with her a few mornings each week in the small...

Being Still

In times such as these, we will do well to crank up the frequency and intensity of our declarations! I am strong! I am loved! I am flexible and creative! Photo by Ernest Brillo on Unsplash Keeping positive, present tense declarations running in our minds not only...

Breaking Into Joy

Hello my Sisters! Kudos to you Lionesses in coaching and seminar! You are moving forward in a big way! Check-in's are happening! New, positive paradigms are being understood. Happier thoughts are being accepted. New habits are being formed. Goals are being met. New...

Kale Apple Salad

This salad this is a delight! If you try it, "I hope you wike it!" (as my little cherub granddaughter would say.) 2 bunches of kale, washed, dried and stemmed2 apples, cored and diced1 medium red onion, very thinly sliced Vinaigrette 1/2 cup lemon juice1 tablespoon...

You Are

Photo by Monika Grabkowska on Unsplash You are a fighter. You are a winner. You are a believer. You are a lover. You are a bright, bright light. You are a bouncer-back. You are a beautiful, feminine power. You are creative! You are brave. You are kind. You are loved,...

Driving Through Life

Your hands are on the wheel and they are never still. They move the wheel ever so slightly, making small course corrections to keep your vehicle between the lines. So it is at the wheel of your mind. Photo by Tessa Simpson on Unsplash A curve toward...

Be Here

"You don't change the world by looking at it. You change it by the way you choose to live in it. Look up. The sky lies wide open." The Aeronauts The mission of Lioness at the Door is to uplift, strengthen and encourage women of all ages to magnify health, hope and...

My Wish For You

Photo by Ben White on Unsplash Merry Christmas to you and yours! I have a simple wish for you: It is that you will be able to feel the love and joy that are around you now. Even if everything isn't perfect. Even if things are undone. Even if money is tight. As a young...

Choose a Love Rich Life

Have you been challenged to consider the things that are truly worthy of your time and attention? I think it's a grand idea! We can be busy and involved but not necessarily doing what matters most. If we choose to spend our time on things that seem all important, but...

His Peace

You know that Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27 And I've been wondering lately, what peace does the world give? Besides the...

By Definition

"Real Love is caring about the happiness of another person without any expectation for what we might receive in return....Real Love is, "I care how you feel." Conditional love is, "I like how you make me feel." "When we unconditionally care about our children's...

Find Real Love For Yourself

"If your parents failed to give you enough Real Love, don't blame them. Just use that understanding to motivate you to take the steps to find Real Love and share it with your children." Dr. Greg Baer {I really need the things I am learning about Real Love, so I'm...

Loving Them

"In school most of us study subjects like geometry and history--despite the fact that we rarely use them in real life--but few of us are trained to help a child to become a responsible, loving, and happy human being, a skill most of us are required to employ every day...

Smell the Cinnamon

Smell the Cinnamon

Hi, I hope you are doing well! I really enjoy creating recipes- sometimes getting things right and enjoying every bite, and other times crashing and burning and giving mistakes to the chickens to eat! Along with having something fun to eat, it's equally nice to make...

A State of Being: Kind

Remember the saying, "kindness begins with me?" Maybe we should amend that. Kindness begins with me being kind to myself; then I can be truly kind to others. Today, I challenge you to speak the truth to yourself using your powerful declarations! Word such as: "I am...

You Are Loved!

Here's a simple but power-packed question for you to consider: What if you knew, deep in your bones, that you are fully and unconditionally loved, right now? In other words, what if you knew you didn't have to prove yourself in order to be loved? Or to prove all of...

Lemony Muffins!

Lemony Muffins!

I love the fresh flavor of lemon! If you do too, I think you'll love the recipe I've been working on this month. Mouth watering, cleansing, clean lemon! I started with white beans because I wanted these muffins to be high in protein and free of highly refined flours....

Less Anger, Less Regret

Hello! I hope you are breathing and taking December in stride. {I'm working on the stride part!} I've been inspired lately by many things! Today, I'd like to share two principles I think fit together quite nicely. The first, is an insight from an article I read...

Thank Heaven

Hello friend. Today, after a few weeks watching a challenging situation with a child, the proverbial dam broke and there were emotions to work through. I listened and quietly did my best to explain some of the confusing and painful events he's encountered. His heart...

Sunshine in Your Soul

Good day! I hope you are well. Just a short note today to encourage you to use your words. Have you ever prompted a toddler to abandon their infant communication patterns by using the new words they have acquired instead of crying to let you know what they need? In...

Change and Growth

Hello my friend! I hope this finds you well. Today I want to shout out to Lioness Seminar 2019-2020 ladies! You did such an amazing job this past month! We met Saturday and reported on our assignments. I was blown away with the amount of effort and energy expended to...

What is the Point?

Hello there, I hope you are well this fine day! Today has been a log-jam of thoughts about the big, big picture: Thoughts about the why of all our nurturing efforts. Thoughts about the consequences of our neglect; neglect of ourselves and the people we love and the...

Real Love #1

Hello! I hope you are well today! Just a quick post on the first principle of Real Love, as written by Greg Baer in Real Love in Parenting. First and foremost, our kids need to feel loved. That's it. Think about what makes you feel loved... Is it being heard and...

What is Real Love?

This year I was introduced to the work of Greg Baer, author of Real Love and multiple other books written on the same subject but with differing applications. For instance, he has written a Real Love book for marriage and one for parenting. One for Real Love in the...

Focus on Progress

Recently, we attended a beautiful celebration for the wedding of our nephew and his sparkly bride. Afterward, this left-over arrangement ended up at our house. I enjoyed it so much because I don't know that I've ever seen hydrangea in this delicate blush color. I...

Lighten Your Load

Hello! I hope you are feeling well this beautiful, sunny day! In seminar we are working through the second step in the 7 Steps to Family Wellness. It is called "Lighten Your Load!" and it's about becoming aware of the emotional noise that may be hiding in our home...

Grounded and Settled

There's so much of an entitlement attitude hanging around isn't there? We hear it in every news cast and see it on every billboard. It's the stuff that marketing these days is made of. {"You deserve it all...right now!"} We witness this form of pride in law suits,...

Mother Power

Would you like to be more influential in your children's lives? I recently heard an older gentleman praising his wife of many years. {I even jotted down his last sentence because it was so profound I couldn't stand it!} Speaking of their family, he said, "She takes...

I Love Real Food!

Hi there, I hope you're well today! I was recently reading through this new cookbook I purchased. Yes! There is a cookbook to compliment French Women Don't Get Fat! I just discovered it myself! If you haven't yet discovered French Women Don't Get Fat, it's a...

Mind, Might & Strength

Oh, the bliss of a sunny, autumn afternoon! I hope you are well today my friend. As we discussed in seminar this week, making the shift to healthier eating habits requires concerted effort over a period of time. We get so used to imagining the look and taste of our...

Granola Girl

Granola Girl

Hello Sweetness, I hope this day found you well! It's fall here and the air is crisp and the light is softening and slanting and it makes for such a beautiful, nostalgic time! What foods do you pair with autumn? Peach or apple pie? Butternut soup? Why not make some...

Your Infinite Capacity

Do you ever wonder if you have what it takes to make it through the challenges you are facing today? If so, you're not alone! I have the following quote hanging by my kitchen sink. It reminds me of a dream I had when we were in the middle of raising our children; our...

Slow Down

If I were to sing something to you myself today, this would be it. Because I have a pretty good idea that you could use a little break! How do you know when it's time to relax? Well, when you find that you are judging yourself harshly. That's a big red flag. Or when...

Hold On!

"What you've got to do is finish what you have begun.I don't know just how, but it's no over 'til you've won. When you see the storm is comin',see the light'ning part the skies,it's too late to run, there's terror in your eyes,what you do then is remember this old...

7 Steps to Family Wellness

Life can be messy and complicated. There are constant ups and downs. Kids get sick. Plans get changed. Photo by Paul Hanaoka on Unsplash Jobs change. The weather changes. Well, really, most everything changes and we do our best to stay afloat! But more...

“Helping Kids Flourish”

Hello, just wanted to let you know about a fun event coming up! I'm excited to be participating in an interactive and powerful seminar for parents! There will be four different presenters, each teaching and sharing various techniques, skills, information and...

Still and Deep

Do you ever have days when you feel that you are coming apart at the seams? As if you have been so stretched and so challenged with all you have to attend to that your thoughts feel disjointed and you feel almost fractured, mind, body and soul? If or when you ever...

Pineapple and Ginger Sticky Rice

Pineapple and Ginger Sticky Rice

I just came across this old post and had to share again! I haven't made this rice in awhile and I thought it might be just what we need on a cold winter day!--- Oh my sisters! I'm excited to share this new recipe I created with you. If you like sticky rice desserts, I...

Lioness Self-Coaching

In the current business world, there are coaching gurus who offer their version of a paved road to success as an entrepreneur. After listening to these many, mostly very successful business people, I think their messages boil down to one thing: In order to be...

Practice Waiting

There isn't much in this world that encourages patience, is there? And yet, the work we do in families is a series of long term investments, many, if not most, with late returns! It's perplexing some days to wonder if your seven-year-old will ever learn to sit quietly...

Lioness Self-Talk

It's been a full day. So full that after dinner was made, served and eaten, I was seriously thinking about putting my feet up and reading a chapter in one of my current books. {David McCullough's 1776 and Cassandra's Sister-Growing Up Jane Austen, by Veronica Bennett,...

Now That’s Sweet!

I'm writing today to fulfill a request to offer some information and experience about different natural sweetener alternatives. I hope you'll find it helpful! First of all, I've been the proverbial canary in the mine most of my life. Sugar has always made me sick. Not...

You’re Doing Beautifully!

Hello my friend, how does this day find you? Challenged? Fighting the good fight? Are you feeling like you have things all figured out, like you have the world by the tail or this mothering thing down pat? {No? I haven't arrived at that mystical place either!} Maybe...

Our Thoughts: The Ultimate Battlefield

We're all fighting a battle at the door of our minds. No matter what our circumstances, no matter the day, we're choosing how to think about whatever is happening, what thoughts to let in, what thoughts to reject. Sometimes we feel frustrated or angry or unloved...and...

Finding the Double Win

In family life, we have to remember, that it's the little stuff that makes all the difference! The baby steps we take, right now, can mean the difference between health or misery tomorrow! Like our thinking for instance- We have equations in our minds all the time....

Coco Balls: Power Packed Protein & Chocolate

Coco Balls: Power Packed Protein & Chocolate

Hello, I hope this post finds you well! Here's a little dessert or snack recipe that is packed with protein, healthy fats and is oh, so yummy! (My friend Jenny inspired me with her wonderful nut clusters recipe.) After trying several variations, I landed on this beefy...

How Do I Love Thee?

I love my husband, with "the breath, smiles and tears of my life!" That said, a big part of our relationship, has been learning to understand what each of us wants out of our relationship and out of life in general, and in coming to understand the many ways that we...

New German Pancakes

New German Pancakes

For nearly ten years, I've been hoping for a wheat-less German pancake recipe that actually tastes like German pancakes! The attempts I've made previously haven't been anything to crow about. But, a few weeks ago, my daughter wrote to say that she'd made a good batch...

“Mrs. Henry Gillespie”

I have an embossing stamp that used to be my Granny's. It reads, "Mrs. Henry Gillespie" along with her return address. Can you imagine having your identity listed in that way? Interesting isn't it, how many things have changed in such a short period of time! For...

Who You Are

Are you ready for a little profundity?? In a discussion recently, I heard a very deep thinker say, Photo by Jon Phillips on Unsplash "I'm always changing to be who I've always been." {Stanford Yonkers} Swish that around and see how it settles! To me, it is soul...

We Need You!

Ever get tired of feeling like you don't measure up or that you're the only one who didn't get the memo about life or that somehow you just don't fit in? The great irony is that everyone feels like that sometimes! But the truth is: You do measure up. You aren't the...

Giving From Gratitude

There are so many things we learn in our scriptural texts that have far greater reaching outcomes than we can imagine. Only with practice and experience and a lot of living do we get glimpses of the layers of meaning that are there for our benefit! One such principle...

Clean & Fresh

Isn't it comforting to step out of a bath or shower and dry off with a soft, fluffy, sweet-smelling towel? And isn't it awful when the towel you just washed and dried smells sour, even though you used a good detergent and put it promptly into the dryer, and maybe even...

Just You

Whether you are young or old; Rich or poor; Your presence in your family is what they value most. And isn't it funny that it's the little, seemingly insignificant things you do that make the biggest impact? Dancing in the kitchen with Grandma after dinner. Toast with...

Visualize It!

I can't believe how much visualization helps! Have you done that before? Well, we all have used this tool when we worry. Only it's actually a misuse of the tool, right? We can see in our minds eye how something is will or is going wrong, how someone is thinking about...

Positive or Poisonous?

Good day my friend! I hope this day finds you well. I've been thinking a lot lately about the idea of perfecting, or in other words, the process of becoming our whole and complete selves-- contrasted with the faulty notion we sometimes buy into, that we will know...

Boldness, Not Overbearance

30 years ago, while I was in the hospital waiting for labor inducing drugs to take effect, I started reading a book about an American Indian tribe. {Happy birthday Brad and thanks for the book Vicki!} Specifically significant to me was a chapter about a young Indian...

In Preparation

We are always faced with change! Some we like and welcome, like as a balm for our relief. Some we feel blind-sided by because we didn't see it coming, or because it impacts our lives in some way we may not feel ready to navigate. But most often, whether we know it or...

Keep The Faith

After being inspired, deciding to implement that inspiration, and beginning some new behavior, there is a space of time before you actually see the results. It's the growing time. And sometimes we get impatient and want proof right now that we are on the right track,...

Home Again!

Hello my friends! I'm happy to be back at the keyboard after a little construction work has been happening on the Lioness site! {It was perfect timing since I've been on a little vacation too.} I hope you'll take a minute to look around here and see the changes that...

His Brain; Her Brain

I used to think that women were capable multi-tasker's. That we could swoop into a room and accomplish ten things at a time! And, as if we were using a magic wand, we could see the results of our powers in quick succession. Wow! Photo by Peter...

Right as Rain

There is purpose in rain. Though it can be cold. And inconvenient. And seem to ruin the best-laid picnic plans. Photo by Jon Ly on Unsplash There is purpose in the cold, inconvenient, plan-changing events in our lives. We just have to move through the experience and...

True Motives

What motivates you? Really, deep down? Maybe I could ask, what gives you the most satisfaction? I can think of several big events in my life that have represented a lot of effort, sometimes years of work to get to that culminating, celebratory moment. And they were...

Take Hold!

Part of the "growing up" that we are all trying to do, is learning to move our minds in the direction we need them to go. Case in point: When you have a big day ahead of you, is your automatic or untrained way of thinking, to move into stress and fear and anxiety? Or...

The Cream of the Cream

I was thinking about you today. And the more I thought, the more it sunk home to me how wonderful you are! You are the best of the best. You are hard-working and loyal. Photo by Andrae Ricketts on Unsplash You are kind, gentle, respectful and FIRM. You are willing to...

What They Really Need

When our children were small, we opted not to have t.v. reception. It was always interesting to me to see the difference in our kids when we were staying for a short time anyplace there was a lot of t.v. watching. All of a sudden, they were preoccupied with what they...

Make Pudding Not Proof

Kind of like saying, make love not war! Only, we don't really plan to create war when we think we have to prove ourselves to others. But that thinking does create contention, by inevitably, creating competitive situations with everyone around us. Today though, I'd...

Peace

To quote my daughter, "There is peace in decision." And it's true isn't it? Photo by Arnel Hasanovic on Unsplash When I find places for things that have been sitting around without a home; when I make a plan with a friend; when I decide what I'm cooking for the week;...

Walk On

The longer I live, the more convinced I am that at least 75% of our success will be attributed to the fact that we kept moving. Not that we just kept busy, necessarily. But more that we kept moving through experiences, instead of getting stuck in them. Do you...

Gathering Light

Photo by frank mckenna on Unsplash Keep trying. Keep moving. Keep asking. Keep deciding. Keep rowing. Keep loving. Keep growing. Keep shedding. Keep learning. Keep evolving. Keep praying. Keep soaring. Hope is smiling brightly before you. Close your eyes and see her...

Nurturing Civility

Civility: politeness, courtesy, respect, mannerliness, graciousness, consideration, gentility. Think of what can be lost when a family doesn't practice civility at home -opportunities to connect; to work as a team; to support one another; to learn patience and...

“Finish It Flaversham!”

Ha! This is one of our family's most frequent movie quotes. Do you recognize it? It was hissed at the clock maker, Hiram Flaversham, by the evil Professor Ratigan. Do you remember that part of The Great Mouse Detective? Photo by Arno Smit on Unsplash...

Consider This

I was reminded this week of something I believe about you. You may not agree, or you may feel that the evidence of your life as it is today may suggest otherwise, but here it is: I believe you were prepared for the joys and challenges you are experiencing right now....

Think Process

Do you ever get out of patience because it seems as though you are teaching and learning, but you don't know if you or your children are making any progress? Teaching and learning are kind of like growing out a bad haircut. It takes 1000 times longer than you want it...

Perspective

I'm excited to share an article with you that a dear friend recently shared with me. {Thank you Ann!} She reports that it was written at least 40 years ago and has no byline except, Anonymous. Knowing that this was written before many of you were born, I offer a few...

The Gathering

I love baskets. There are so many things you can organize and carry and make beautiful with them! And it seems that we women are drawn to the process of collecting and storing whether it be food for a family or fabric for a new project. Photo by Annie...

Small Means

It never ceases to amaze me how misaligned our beliefs can become. Do we sometimes think that our life won't really have meaning until we accomplish some big and public thing? Or that what we do in family life each day somehow pales in comparison to what we or others...

Letting Go

When we trust in God's timing we can: Photo by Yuriy Kovalev on Unsplash Back off. Live in the present. Rest when we're tired. Accept and embrace what we're experiencing today. Recognize our need for learning and accept our humanness. Tread lightly. Take time to study...

Potato Leek Soup

Potato Leek Soup

I love leeks. They have a very rich but mild onion flavor. I worked on this recipe yesterday and was pleased with the result so I thought I'd share. If you decide to try it, I hope you'll enjoy! Prepare the leeks first. What I didn't show in this picture is something...

Scrumptious Salad

Scrumptious Salad

This salad was a hit! We used a mix of greens, topped with: Fuji apple, dicedFresh blueberriesRed onion, finely slicedSproutsCucumbers, peeled and dicedPoppyseed dressing We usually have a bowl of greens, that have been washed and torn into bite-sized pieces and are...

Expectations Be Banished!

Do you ever ride the roller coaster of "failed" expectations? Such as when a holiday comes and you have some special hopes in mind, things that your spouse might do to celebrate an occasion or to show you that they care? And then maybe that day comes and those hopes,...

Ah-choo!

Anyone working on getting rid of a cold or the flu at your house? I hope not, but if so, here's a simple idea for making lemon juice ice cubes and a soothing tea of lemon, ginger and honey. When you find lemons for a good price, stock up and juice them all at once....

Day 30- Victory!

I'm so proud of you! I'm so proud of us! Photo by Florian Klauer on Unsplash Wow, we made it to day 30! Huuuurah!!! So now I ask, what did you learn about yourself during this process? Have you spent more time building your reserves? Have you improved...

Day 29- Write a New Story

The story that is being told in our heads can determine whether we truly care for ourselves or not. And how easy or difficult self-care will be. If it's a negative or stagnant story, it may be draining our energy and resources. If it's a story of forward motion, of...

Day 28- Pay The Price

I have a friend who is struggling mightily to find purpose and meaning in existence, and to discover anything that will trump their thoughts of anxiety and worry in day to day life. It's a massive struggle and, it's also challenging to watch! Mostly because there is a...

Day 27- Practice Contentment

"Paradise is where I am." Voltaire Photo by Joel Holland on Unsplash What is contentment? Is it all beauty and no rush? Is it order and growing? Is it possible? Is it quiet or loud? Is it peaceful? Is it now? To care for yourself, I hope you might consider creating a...

Day 26- Peace Like a River

Life can be pretty challenging. And finding peace sometimes seems illusive! Photo by Matthew Smith on Unsplash But...it is always there, waiting for you to opt in! To care for yourself, whenever you feel harried or haggard, happy or hungry, you can step quietly into a...

Day 25- Self-care, Self-talk

Hello Ladies! I hope you are feeling better and better as this 30 Day Challenge progresses! We're nearing the finish line! Today, I re-publish this post from 2014. {Where did that time go?} But first I'd like to say that I appreciate your comments. I hope you will...

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