Approval and Burnout – Mistakes and Mercy – Monday June 22 Devotions

It’s hard to believe summer has arrived, especially since May was warmer here in Maine overall than June has been so far. In fact, these first two days of official summer on the calendar have been in the 60s and rainy.


BUT…I’m almost 6 weeks post-surgery, and I can now carefully use my right hand again for typing (except for my right thumb, but I’ve retrained myself to use my left thumb for the space bar).


AND I’m slowly returning to a modified “normal” schedule, but I have to take it easy since I still have a few weeks of recovery ahead of me.  This quote is really fitting!



So here we go, back to blogging with daily devotional shares! :-)




“Those who are addicted to approval frequently get ‘burned out.’ For them, there always exists the danger of attempting too much. They so desperately want to please that they do everything they feel is expected of them and then some.


Sometimes they say yes just because they cannot say no, not because they think their actions are the will of God. They burn out for lack of discernment or because of unwarranted guilt. And then, their anger builds.


We become angry when we feel all used up and pulled in every direction. Burnout makes us angry, because we recognize deep down inside that it is not normal.


We become angry with the people pressuring us, when in reality we are allowing ourselves to be pressured. To avoid pressure from others and from ourselves, we must take control of our lives under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.


What in your life do you need to ‘do something about’?


Pray: Lord, pressure comes from every side, and it seems impossible to keep up. Help me to take control of my commitments and eliminate what is not of You. Amen.”


–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”



“Sadly, many people today continue to fall back into the mistakes and patterns of their past. They keep going around the same mountain, time and time again, having to learn the same lesson multiple times. Wisdom is learning from your mistakes and moving on.


Thank God for His mercy and the opportunity to begin again no matter how many times we have made mistakes in the past. We don’t have to live our lives in the prison of regret, guilt, and failure because we have made some mistakes. Jesus came to open prison doors and set captives free (see Isaiah 61:1).”


–Joyce Meyer in “You Can Begin Again”


-1- I’m no stranger to burnout–and the prayer in the first devotional could definitely fit me! This time of “taking time off” has helped me reflect on a lot of important parts of my life.


-2- Love this one, especially at the beginning of this new season. It’s comforting to know we can move on and not linger in the past.



So what are YOUR thoughts?


Do you struggle with wanting approval from others? How about burnout?


Do you find it easy to let go of the past and not repeat mistakes, so you can move forward in your life?


Remember that you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day on my page, Daily Scripture Readings. AND you have an opportunity to put compassion into action–whether through praying, sharing the linked causes, and/or donating. Also, please let me know if you know of or have a legitimate cause that I could add to this page.



Sunday, June 21 – Happy Father’s Day and First Day of Summer!

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there – and to the moms who are filling the dad role for a variety of reasons! This is my 13th Father’s Day without my beloved Dad who passed away in 2002 and it’s still a difficult holiday for my siblings and me.

In Loving Memory of My Dad.

In Loving Memory of My Dad.


Also, Happy First Day of Summer! How’s the weather in your part of the world? Here it was kind of chilly (60s) and raining most of the day, so no cook-out!


Anyway, 20 days later…I’m back!!! I had to take some real time off from typing so my thumb could significantly heal and reduce the swelling I had all through the base of my thumb and my wrist. Now, about 5 1/2 weeks post-surgery, I’m doing better.


Now with the sutures out, a smaller brace, and doing exercises daily, I can actually carefully use my right hand to type for brief periods of time.  Still can’t use my right thumb, though, so I had to retrain myself to use my left thumb for the space bar.


5 Weeks Post-Surgery

5 Weeks Post-Surgery


So this is my “getting back into blogging” post, with plans to resume my regular blogging schedule and format tomorrow (6/22). For those who aren’t familiar or who may have forgotten, that means daily scripture and devotional shares, with occasional special posts.


Hope to “see” you back here as we swing into summer!


How have you been this month? How was your Father’s Day?



Monday June 1– New Day New Month to Get to Know Me

Happy June 1st (yesterday–I didn’t get a chance to post last night)! How is your weather? Our beginning of June feels more like April, while May felt like June or early July. I thought since I’m still “Lefty” as my hubby is now calling me, typing one-handed, I might share some older posts. The first day of a new month seems like a good time to re-introduce myself, especially since I’m interacting with some new blogging groups and have some new readers.



SO…here are 30 things about me you may or may not know.

1. I am 57 years old and blessed to be alive, because I almost died in 1985 before my 27th birthday!

2. I grew up in Gilford, New Hampshire.

3. I lived within walking distance of Lake Winnipesaukee.

4. I climbed Mt. Washington – three times! (…in my MUCH younger, healthier days!)

5. I also rode on the Mt. Washington – the cruise ship – a few times.

6. I have been married three times:  a few months to my son’s abusive father, nearly 20 years to my three daughters’ father – and just over 9 years to the love of my life, Dave.

7. Dave and I met through online dating about 12 1/2 years ago; after a few months of dating, I moved from New Hampshire up to Maine.

8. Dave and I have eight “fur babies” –  one hound mix puppy, one black lab/whippet puppy, one Maine coon cat, and five feral kittens who showed up in our back yard in the fall of 2009 – and we never could part with any of them!

9. I am a lifelong learner – still taking courses and pursuing degrees!

10. I have three degrees, earned in 1980, 2007, and 2008.

11. My first degree was a B.A. degree in Psychology, from Nyack College, Nyack, New York, in 1980.

12. My second degree was an A.A.S. degree in Education, in a speech therapy concentration (SLPA), from KVCC in Fairfield, Maine, in 2007.

13. My third degree was an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology, from AIU Online, in 2008.

14. I am currently in the dissertation phase of my fully online doctorate (Ed.D.) degree in a dual concentration of Educational Technology and E-Learning, at Northcentral University; prospective graduation date is 2016.

15. I have unfortunately lost both of my parents to cancer; my Dad in 2002 to lymphoma and my Mom in 2011 to lung cancer, after surviving (or so we thought) breast cancer. I also lost my 12 1/2 y.o. canine companion, Kita (black lab), on 12-18-2012.

16. My adult kids, ages 25 to 33,  all either attended college, or graduated from college, and are involved in careers (proud Mom here, four times over!)

17. My youngest daughter got married in 2011, and she and my son-in-law have blessed us with two beautiful granddaughters Chloe Lyvia (about 2 1/2 years old) and Ava Marie (about 9 months old)! My middle daughter got married at a beautiful destination wedding in Punta Cana in 2013.

18. My two youngest daughters live in New Hampshire and my oldest daughter lives in Colorado, where she re-located last year for her job.

19. My son and his wife live in New Mexico, where he also attended college for a business degree.

20. My middle daughter is a nurse (RN); she graduated in May 2010 and passed the NCLEX first time through the next month.

21. My youngest daughter graduated with an associate degree for dietetic technician.

22. My oldest daughter has four degrees, including two associate degrees, a bachelor’s degree, and a master’s degree in organic dairy nutrition.

23. In my “spare” time (yeah, right), I love to quilt, sew, and do various crafts.

24. In addition to freelance writing, I run a home-based business called K-Lee’s Kreations.

25. I have been freelancing “officially” for about eight years and now have over 3,200 published articles online and have written one book so far, Fatherly Reflections. I’ve also co-authored a second book and have helped develop about 15 courses.

26. I grew up within about a half hour of Loudon, NH – home of the NH Motor Speedway (NHMS) – but wasn’t a NASCAR fan at the time!

27. I am NOW a NASCAR fan – since I met Dave – and went to my first race in September 2012!

28. I was much more familiar with Motorcycle Weekend/Week, than NASCAR, all the years I lived in NH.

29. My hair started turning gray (white/silver) at about age 29 – so yeah, I had been coloring it for MANY years, but now that I’m a grandmother, I let it go to its natural color.

30. I was a traveling speech therapist for about a year – averaging about 350 miles/week – until I “came home” to work in early 2008.


Thanks for learning more about me!


Would you dare to share 30 random things about YOU in a blog post?  :-)