For now at least, Cancer Lady is a big part of the way people see me. (If I lose my hair, this title will be a truly visible one. I keep wondering, Will I be bald for Christmas?) For those who follow Christ, our identity is in Him. We need to remember to see others and ourselves the way He does.
About Diane Markins
Host of Bold Living with Diane Markins on KPXQ1360.com in Phoenix. Her latest book, Women in High Def, Boldly Living Your Purposes with Vibrant Clarity is a best seller on Amazon's Kindle. Diane writes and speaks in a gritty "high def, authentic style" about issues that impact daily living. She aspires to reflect the love of God as a wife, mom, businesswoman, speaker and writer. Married to her high school sweetheart in 1979, Diane is also the mother of two grown kids, a daughter-in-law, three grandbabies. Her life is also shared with two dogs and a cat. Family fun, travel and outdoor activities capture her free time.
Entries by Diane Markins
You might just say that I’m a Christmas junkie. My parents got me hooked as a toddler and my addiction never subsided. Growing up, our little home was decorated to the fullest extent of its capacity with shiny, colorful ornaments. The anticipation for The Big Day was perpetuated by my mom, who loved Christmas as much as any little kid.
Regardless of the ever-changing onslaught of living, we can decide to think and say things that reflect gratitude. Gratitude regardless of circumstances.
Unfortunately we don’t have the training and discipline lawyers do. Most of us let an issue go and grow before we address it. Then we have bad feelings backing up the “issue” giving it a twist. Instead of a useful argument we launch an attack. While the goals may vary from being right to punishment, they are far from helpful.
But if I’m truly honest, the most difficult and boldest choice for me is to simply be still and rest. Author Joan C. Webb reminds us that feeling guilty and not being productive only adds to the exhaustion and burnout we may be facing. And author Keri W. Kent writes about the importance of taking Sabbath rest.
All the things that used to define acts of friendship can be yours without any true connection. #theresanappforthat
It’s easy to be good for Grandma, or anyone who makes your life easier and better. It’s a lot tougher to “be good” during the course of another hectic day. But I think a little attention and prayer of preparedness to start the day can make a big difference.
Naked once again, except for that awesome patient gown, I sit waiting for my gynecologist. He walks in and we exchange a few friendly comments before he sits on a stool in front of me. He keeps chatting about his recent vacation while he’s seeing stuff that I don’t even want to think about him seeing.
No wonder there are so many people leaving the church and saying they “hate organized religion.”
I believe in following my arrow in the direction of Jesus. If your church doesn’t teach love and acceptance…
There is nothing new about the spirit realm. It’s been a part of the Bible since the words were written. We know that there are unseen activities going on around us. The devil and his minion demons exist. They are up to no-good all the time. The mission: “to kill, steal and destroy like a roaring lion.” That sounds about as scary as any horror movie, especially when applied to your own life and loved ones, right? But there’s more…
Recent Blog Posts
- Cancer Lady is My New IdentityDecember 11, 2017 - 6:00 am
- Christmas Frame of MindDecember 4, 2017 - 6:00 am
- Gratitude Regardless of CircumstancesNovember 20, 2017 - 5:00 am
- Arguing Can Be Relationship Power ToolNovember 6, 2017 - 6:00 am
- Rest is a Bold ChoiceOctober 30, 2017 - 6:00 am
- Be an Uber FriendOctober 24, 2017 - 6:18 am
- Why It’s Impossible to Always be NiceOctober 9, 2017 - 6:00 am