Past the Picket Fence

MarvaePurpose4 Comments

Illustration of a quaint white house with a picket fence

There was a time when I imagined myself arriving in life and living in a house with a white picket fence. Life would be neat and tidy because my hard efforts would have paid off. Life would be good. So far, that day has not come. I have been blessed in many ways and I love my house, but life is rarely neat and tidy. Even more importantly, I have realized that a “neat and tidy” life is not the goal. The goal is a life that glorifies God. A life where He shines in the midst of my chaos! … Read More

Stuck!

MarvaeOverwhelmed, Stuck6 Comments

Illustration of a car buried in the snow

You don’t have to live in the Atlanta area to know that last week’s storm created a lot of drama! A measly three inches of snow turned ice stranded thousands of motorists on the interstates overnight. More than a hundred people were injured. Many abandoned their cars in pursuit of food, water and warmth, turning the freeways into parking lots. Parents were unable to pick up their children, forcing schools to become shelters. And in the midst of the craziness, the weather mess also created the chance for many to reach out and help those in need while others whooped … Read More

Your Life: Passive or on Purpose?

MarvaePurpose4 Comments

Photo of water cascading over rocks

Over the years I have had the delight of teaching children of all ages, and my favorite age to work with are the preschoolers. Preschoolers approach life in a way that is innocent, inspiring, and humorous. Preschoolers dream big. They embrace possibilities. They have not yet encountered the world that dashes dreams and hampers confidence. I think it is just one of the many characteristics that God treasures in children! When you ask a preschooler what they want to be when they grow up, they boldly share that they want to go to the moon or be a garbage man. … Read More

The Anchor Advantage

MarvaeValues2 Comments

Photo of a boat anchor hanging over water

Winter has been cold here in Georgia, making a California girl like me long for summer. It makes me appreciate the gloriously sun-filled days last summer and the time I was able to spend boating. Being on the water is delightful whether you are putt-putting around or seeing how fast you can go. The most pleasant moments on a boat for me are those spent anchored in a peaceful bay and indulging in delicious food and deep conversation with people I treasure. I am not an expert in boating, but I do know that peaceful moments on a boat are … Read More

A Blank Canvas

MarvaeFocus, Goals2 Comments

Image of a blank canvas resting on an easle

There is a certain thrill in making a blank canvas come to life. The process of playing with colors and textures and transforming a blank page into something wonderful is exciting. It doesn’t matter if I paint alone or attend a class with friends where an artist guides me through the process, it brings me joy. That’s the bright side! There is also the flip side, where the blank canvas stares back at me and I am at a complete loss as to where to begin and what to create. It is always that first dab of paint on the … Read More

Change Your Life With Just One Word

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Framed image that reads "Proactive: Initiating rather than reacting...'response-able.'"

With the end of 2013 creeping up on us, it is time to begin to think about changes you would like to make in the new year. About 45% of the population will make New Year’s resolutions, but according to statistics put out by Journal of Clinical Psychology last December, only 8% of the people will keep them. How can you successfully create the desired change in your life and leadership? Not by making New Year’s resolutions! What if there was a way to create change in your life that was simple and yet had profound implications? That’s what I … Read More

Adoption

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Photo of an adult holding a baby's hand

Over the years my husband and I have had the privilege of supporting friends and family in the process of adoption. There are two things that stand out to me about the adoption process. First, no two adoption scenarios are the same. Second, the process is arduous and not for the faint of heart. More than twenty years ago, friends of ours adopted three children, over several years, from two different birth moms. With their middle son everything seemed to be fine until the birth mother decided she wanted her son back. In some states birth moms have the right … Read More

Strong Leadership – It Takes Three!

MarvaeCoaching, Leadership2 Comments

Bradley and Marvae on their wedding day

My husband and I did some non-traditional things in our wedding. For those who know us well, this is not surprising! My favorite out-of-the-ordinary thing we did was braiding three cords together as the pastor read Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 which says: Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, … Read More