Good Soldiers

On this Veterans’ Day, I pledge to be a good soldier. Not in the armed forces, which I celebrate today, and each time I remember the sacrifices made by my grandfather and all the brave men and women who have served and still serve our country. To all of them, I say, “Thank you!” However, […]

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Start Small

There is a saying— We can discover many things about ourselves when we take our time. Rushing to get to the finish line only means we are running to start a new race. Which makes us tired just thinking about it. Right? Scripture says — Let’s do something small each day (unpack a box, take […]

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Jesus is still King ❤️

“A throne will be established in lovingkindness, And One will sit on it in faithfulness in the tent (dynasty, family) of David; Judging and seeking justice And being prompt to do righteousness.” Isaiah 16:5 AMP But is He the King of your heart? 👑 Our presidents are not our Lord or our Savior, but hopefully, […]

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Black Health Really Does Matter

For a woman who has spent most of the last decade battling and recovering from a chronic illness, I count it nothing short of a miracle that God would give me the opportunity to write an article on health. So, when you have a little more than a minute, I hope you will read Black […]

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Friendships are Essential to Survival: Build Strong Social Ties

Did you know it is a proven fact that good friendships could save your life or at least extend it? This doesn’t mean you should start creating a list of your friend’s blood types in the event you need a transplant. While that might add a few strong thumps to the ole ticker, sociologists have […]

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A Step Closer to Healthier Skin

God answers prayers! A month or so ago I simply prayed for a new physician who would understand my skin—and it’s issues as a result of the infections that numbed my nerves and challenges my ability to walk and do other physical activities. Anyway, I met her today! She’s wonderful and I know it after […]

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What Women Should Know About Breast Cancer

Hey Ladies, Mark your calendars for this empowering health event. Dr. Rosemary is one of the most knowledgeable and caring physicians I’ve ever had (and I’ve had plenty). 😉💕💚

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The Best Way to Vote if You are a Christian – How To Vote? Part II

I recently read an article on how Christians should vote. The report cites Pastor Tony Evans, who stated in his book on the matter that “Every voting choice you exercise ought to be for the candidate, platform, party, or policy that will best represent the values of the kingdom of God.” Perhaps this is why […]

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A Day in a Life

…just as the sun sets for one, the night is still young for another.

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🇺🇸 Prayers for our President

Praying for the President, the First Lady, and the first family takes precedent over The Funnies on this Friday. (Sickness is no laughing matter). I wish them and all involved a speedy recovery from COVID-19. And may God continue to bless America, in Jesus’s name. 🙏🏽

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The Next Female Supreme Court Justice

Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a fine choice for the Supreme Court thus far. Besides her academic brilliance, I appreciated her statements about filling the late Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat. In her acceptance speech after President Trump’s nomination, she referred to her respect for the “long and deep friendship” between Justices Scalia and Ginsburg […]

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Blessed to Bless

Do you really want to be Happy? Would you like to be Prosperous? Do you want to be Favored by the God of all creation? If so, you like me, want to live blessed. And I’d like to tell you how if you are willing to travel with me back to the beginning.  In the […]

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❤️ Love is Here to Stay

It’s very clear, my love for timeless love songs will never go away. How about you? Check out the new addition to the playlist on the right and enjoy the afternoon groove. Peace & Love. My favorite version of “Love is Here to Stay” is by jazz greats, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, released in […]

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Point Up 👆🏿

Whenever tempers flare and folks starting hurling insults and judgments at one another, my aunt likes to say, “When you point the finger at someone, remember that three fingers are pointing back at you.”  Her point puts a pause if not a period to most arguments. The sage advice she so eloquently shares is actually […]

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Loving September

Can you feel the love of September wrapping around you like a soft snug sweater? Let’s celebrate my favorite month and the first month of the year to usher in autumnal bliss. Check out the lyrics below to Earth, Wind and Fire’s “September” and sing along with the Youtube link to the right. And for […]

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Shining Lights Signup for Fall

A NEW semester begins on 9/13 but we’ve never missed a week this year so feel free to join NOW! Sign up at MBCOcala/next-steps/small-groups With admiration and respect for the work you do for your loved one, this group is for you according to 1 Peter 5:7. #careforthecaregiver #shininglights #mbcocala #smallgroup

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Strong Enough

You are not strong enough to carry your burdens. But I am…

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My first visit back to the doctor’s office

If you know someone who is rocking it on their job, despite our new normal, please let me know. I’d love to celebrate these ministry workers with you. Really yours. 🦋 REALLYLEAH.COM

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How To Vote?

I hope so, and if not, I hope you will take the time to do so, although I realize casting a vote is difficult for some people, especially first-time and apathetic voters. You may be asking practical questions like: How do I choose when the political process is polluted with false narratives and people who […]

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Really Healthy Update

This page has been updated in the menu bar under Interests. Visit Really Healthy. Posted on Facebook 11/1/20. Shared her on 11/3/20. The doctors all say the damage to the nerves in my feet is permanent, but they also said my sister wouldn’t live past the age of three, nor walk or talk or feed […]

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For feelings, I’m currently feelin’

When it’s raining on the outside and inside, I tap into the Source of my joy which often leads me to a song that will change even the most toxic of atmospheres. Today’s choice is Koryn Hawthorne’s “Won’t He Do It” for such a time as this one. Won’t He Do It (partial lyrics) Ain’t […]

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Get it out. Write it down. Breathe.

One of the world’s most famous books of all time was a journal written by a young girl named Anne Frank, who for two years hid with her family from the Nazis in an Amsterdam attic. Anne is said to have received the journal for her 13th birthday and began journaling inside her diary on […]

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In memory of being lame

Have you ever been running and fell?  “David said to Mephibosheth, “Don’t be afraid. I will be kind to you because of your father Jonathan. I will give back to you all the land of your grandfather Saul. And you will always be able to eat at my table.” 2 Samuel 9:7 ERV In the […]

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I Try Too Hard

I give TOO much of myself, my time, my talent, my energy to things that produce too little.

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THE FUNNIES 4.0

THE FUNNIES… This is our spoonful of sugar for whatever ails you. LOL!

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GRADUATION PLANS ANNOUNCED in Ocala, Marion County, FL.

For the Class of 2020 2PM, MAY 7, 2020 MARION COUNTY – Following consensus from the School Board of Marion County, here are graduation plans for the Class of 2020 in Marion County public high schools. All graduations will take place in school football stadiums and tentatively follow this schedule and stipulations: ·      June 12 – MTI at Booster […]

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Happy Mother’s Day

To the everyday she-roes who hold down the toughest job of all, dear Momma’s enjoy the celebration today and throughout the week! You deserve it. 💐 Happy Mother’s Day 2020

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THE FUNNIES 3.5

THE FUNNIES… This is our spoonful of sugar for whatever ails you. LOL!

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THE FUNNIES 3.0

THE FUNNIES… This is our spoonful of sugar for whatever ails you. LOL!

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Stress-Free Resources 2.0

If you’re feeling Alone, Unsure, or Unsteady. There are resources to help you right where you are. There is no condemnation in being real about the way you feel. Listings from oldest to newest.

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Don’t Discount Prayer

I could not believe it when I saw Franklin Graham this morning on a primetime station. I believe it was ABC during Good Morning America. Anyway, within 30 seconds Franklin briefly shared his testimony and how Jesus changed his life. Then he invited viewers to call for prayer. It was a welcome surprise in a […]

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THE FUNNIES 2.0

THE FUNNIES… This is our spoonful of sugar for whatever ails you. LOL!

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CARE FOR THE “EDUCATED” CAREGIVER

Please review the link for the full report, overflowing with information to assist caregivers within school systems. We know personally that this separation from normalcy is affecting many of our most valuable professionals — those who care for our children’s academic success.

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the funnies

THE FUNNIES… This is our spoonful of sugar for whatever ails you. LOL!

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What a Winning Week

For Christians, the past week was akin to football fan’s Super Bowl. The main difference is we Christians never have to question who wins!

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Stress-Free Resources

If you’re feeling
Alone
Unsure
& Unsteady

There are resources to help you right where you stand. There is no condemnation in being real about the way you feel.

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Be a Light Traveler

He is calling you and me to do new things in the darkness and none of His instructions command us to quit.

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🔆 Happy First Day of Spring

“The sun seemed full of plans, less bored with the world than it had been, less aloof.” – from William Steig’s Abel’s Island. Spring is like the first look at an eternal sunrise. Reminding us that we still have a lot to be thankful for. May your heart be warmed by its presence, 🌸ReallyLeah

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Forget Not

“Bless and affectionately praise the LORD, O my soul, And do not forget any of His benefits;” Psalms‬ ‭103:2‬ ‭AMP‬‬ Dear ReallyLeah friends, Like you I’ve been affected (not infected) by this virus whether I like it or not. The sources for toilet paper and food have been way low, and church was canceled but […]

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No Hidden Legend

No HIdden Legend. Katherine Johnson’s body was laid to rest yesterday after services at Hampton University. As we celebrate women throughout the month of March (and hopefully every month), I salute Katherine’s fearless contribution to NASA and the future of the United States space program! She is indeed a hero to our country and all STEM girls.

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Shine On

Many times, our dark places are about perspective in comparison to others. Someone may have woken up with an ache here or pain there but someone else may have just received a terminal diagnosis. Someone may have a child who wet the bed this morning while another man or woman deals with a child or a parent who wets the bed every morning.

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Watch Your Words

Do you remember your parents telling you that? I do. Believe it or not I occasionally had a smart mouth and this was the warning I’d receive before other nonverbal, physical actions were taken.

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Time to Celebrate Black Historians

Black History is American History! I have a dream…that one day we won’t need these identifiers and proper respect will be given to the blood, sweat, tears, and years Blacks have given to make America as good as it is. Until then…happy Black History Month.

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Time to Shine!

Primary Caregivers: It’s time to SHINE! Shining Lights Community Life Group for Primary Caregivers starts up for the 2020 next Thursday, February 6. Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Place: Meadowbrook Church Ocala Register: https://bit.ly/38X4MGf

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Simply Worthy

Take this message to heart if you’re a woman who’s doing all the right things and still waiting for the right man. Proverbs 31:10-31 has some encouragement for your present and your future. Remember ladies, you are worthy of the wait. Compromise is easy but patience is better. Really, Leah

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Gentlemen’s Agreement

…if you are passionate about human rights please find an opportunity to google and watch it with your family and friends..,

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Stress Less

Caregiving can be stressful! Do yourself a favor and get connected. Here are two opportunities for you to do so with regularity:

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Thank God! You came.

Has Christmas in December become to commercial? Does it really matter?

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Oh, Honey

Something short and sweet for you 💕

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A Place for Cheer

If you need some cheer in your life, a treat, a gift for someone, or a simple attitude adjustment

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Library of Resources

Shining Lights community group in conjunction with Rizing Starz, Inc. a 501c3 organization is developing an info bank and library of resources for parents and caregivers of people with special needs

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Chosen

When your day doesn’t turn out as planned, consider that you are chosen for something special and free to pursue it.

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Table for one?

In my christian singles small group there are two of us who really enjoy the dining out experience. The rest are not so comfortable with the idea. So is it normal now that it’s trending – even for married people now? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVEGZiNTBlY&feature=share What do you think? Have you ever dined alone? And what was your […]

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Toughen Up on Sickness and Disease

Tough times don’t last. Tough people do. I know that to be true. But when we are weak or in a health battle sometimes we forget.

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Blessed to bless

Be a blessing. Get in the know … learn how you can lead a support group for caregivers.

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My Painfree Testimony

July 27, 2015 was the date I first admitted to a physician that something was wrong. The pain in my ankles and feet was unbearable. My bruised legs were hard enough to look at, but the pain didn’t just tingle it felt like tiny needles pricking at my skin over and over again. “Well, you […]

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We’re Back!

We’re Back & We’re Better and Shining Brighter than ever! Join Shining Lights before 9/8/19.

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Real Resources #3.

Greetings, RL Readers! Here’s a new resource you can use while you’re still in your jammies: If you’ve read a few of my blogs, by now, you already understand that I enjoy supporting other authors, bloggers, and educational websites. And so happens I met another wonderful person, a registered nurse, named Sue, last Friday who […]

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More Than a Boss

For the first part of my life, I was indeed selfish. I thought this was how I was supposed to act: all about me becoming all I could be. A “boss.” Can you relate?

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Where are the Men?

This poem is riveting – to a single person. Powerfully, relevant, and so I had to share it with you. Please tell us what you think or simply answer the question…

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Really, Inkspirational

I’m so grateful for this opportunity to share the Good News with other writers.

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At All Times, Shine

You can still shine even when there’s darkness all around you…taking the high road when someone takes the low one

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On Anghelica’s Fourth of July 2019

Introducing Anghelica, the novel’s title character, and her outlook on today’s festivities. The Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit […]

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A Thanksgiving Thought

Yesterday I was reading in my bed, and I stopped on this passage of scripture that reads, “What can I offer the Lord for all He has done for me?” At first thought, my answer was an equivocal, “nothing.” I am a mere human. I can’t offer anything to the Creator of the universe. Yet […]

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