Be The Change 2021

Be The Change 2021

The rear view mirror of 2020 changed us all–how we live our day to day lives, our empathy, our compassion, our business arenas and structure.  As we progress into 2021, I lean on words of wisdom from very wise people noted below.  Join us in 2021 and Be The Change.

John Maxwell

“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.”

C.S. Lewis

“There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”


He’s My Friend.

1 Jesus is all the world to me, My life, my joy, my all; He is my strength from day to day, Without Him I would fall: When I am sad, to Him I go, No other one can cheer me so; When I am sad, He makes me glad, He’s my friend. (1904)

The Master of the Wind

‘My boat of life Sails on a troubled sea Èver there’s a wind in my sail. But I have a friend Who watches over me When the breeze turns into a gale. ☆I know the Master of the wind I know the Maker of the rain He can calm the storm And make the sun… Read more »

Blessings in the New Year

A special prayer for the New Year. May God in His unceasing love fill your heart with peace. May His wisdom always help to guide your way and His light shine on your path. May His healing touch bring you good health and comfort in grief or in sorrow. May love fill your home with… Read more »


Storms. None of us are exempt–we all go through them. The heavy ones, when the rains and winds are relentless, our resolve is weak and just when we think we can’t sustain any more.. ‘He will cover you with His feathers and under His wings, you will find refuge.’ Psalm 91:3 My absolute favorite song… Read more »

He Will Carry You

In the early quiet stillness of this morning, some words of comfort I hope for us all. ‘There is no problem so big, God cannot solve it. There is no mountain so tall, He cannot move it. There is no storm so dark, God cannot calm it. There is no sorrow so deep, God cannot… Read more »

Be Still and Know

Uncertain times we live in – but what I know for sure this morning. 1. God loves you right now just as you are, wherever you are and whatever you are going through. 2. You are not alone. God is with you. 3. God is for you–and not against you–and He will work out ALL… Read more »

Celebrate Jesus

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle. But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight— “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!” Loaded up and headed out for the last ‘ride’ of the Night… Read more »

New Star Shining

‘There was a new star shining in the sky up above By His light that winter night they found peace and perfect love If we want to find it, I know we always will ‘Cause that new star is shining for us still.’ Wishing you all the Peace and Joy of that new star shining… Read more »

Just do what you can…

‘If Christmas is hard, If you’ve lost someone dear. Just look in your heart, And you’ll know they’re still here. The star in the sky, The light falling snow. The robin outside, It seems like they know. If this is a time, When you’re struggling through. Just do what you can, For what matters, is… Read more »

Dropping the Conditions

One of the earliest childhood recitations many of us were taught in our early years was for annual Christmas pageants (and yes, it was like herding cats but we dressed in our regal bed sheet or grandpa’s old robe and in our loudest voices we’d begin – ‘What can I give Him, poor as I… Read more »

Cherish that Wonderful Name

‘No other name can save or heal No other name can cleanse and feel That emptiness within your heart No other name but Jesus. When all have come and gone That name will still live on So magnify it loud and strong The precious name of Jesus. Cherish that beautiful name, cherish that wonderful name… Read more »

Merry Christmas!

From all of our associates and collaborative partners @ Carolina Creative wishing you and your family a wonderfully Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

The Reason for the Season

A warm and grateful look back tonight to Christmas I remember most as a child were from our Roanoke years. Days of packing hundreds of fruit and candy paper sack bags for the community and shut-ins; the Holiday Christmas Nativity ‘Pageant’ @ the Community Center annually directed by the extraordinary Sara Jane (Dickard) Rice; Dad’s… Read more »

Breath of Heaven

Breath of heaven Hold me together Be forever near me Breath of heaven Breath of heaven Lighten my darkness Pour over me your holiness For you are holy Breath of heaven

The Greatest Gift of All

A lowly stable. A wooden manger. An exhausted new mother. A terrified first-time father. A faithfully fearful passage. Following the guidance of an angel. By the light of an unmistakable star. A baby’s bed made of hay. An imperfectly beautiful night that granted each and every one of us the greatest, most undeserving Gift of… Read more »

Prayers for KY

Remembering our friends and all families and communities affected by the heart wrenching tornados in KY. ‘No more lives torn apart That wars would never start And time would heal all hearts. And everyone would have a friend And right would always win And love would never end. This is my grown up Christmas list.’

His Mercies are New

His mercies are new, Like the first snow of morning, it is fresh and ready to embrace us. No One offers this beautiful, unconditional Love— like Jesus. ‘Morning by morning new mercies I see. ALL I have needed Thine hand has provided…’ #GreatisThyFaithfulness

Need a little CHRISTmas

‘For we’ve grown a little leaner, grown a little colder Grown a little sadder, grown a little older And we need a little angel sitting on our shoulder Need a little CHRISTmas now. For we need a little music, need a little laughter Need a little singing ringing through the rafter. And we need a… Read more »

My Life is in Your Hands

Some early Wednesday morning inspiration @ West Court from Brooklyn Tab. ‘No matter what may come my way (today), My life is in Your hands.’ My Life Is in Your Hands • “I know that I can make it, I know that I can stand. No matter what may come my way, My life is… Read more »

Trust That He Has

God isn’t asking you to figure it all out. He’s asking you to trust that He has.

Wonder What God Wants for Christmas

‘Old man playin’ Santa Claus Blew into town with old Jack Frost Now he’s handing out candy canes and smiles for free. People scurry with their list Rushing around to buy those gifts that will End up wrapped up underneath that tree. I’m sitting at this red light looking at a manger scene Watching snowflakes… Read more »

Never Alone

‘But the will of God won’t lead you Where the grace of God can’t keep you You will NEVER be out of His care. Remember that the Lord’s already there. Wherever you are, wherever you’re going. God is RIGHT THERE beside you Seeing and knowing. Wherever you go He already knows What lies ahead and… Read more »


“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” – Melody Beattie, American writer (1948-Present)

Psalm 62

Wrapping up a busy month end here @ West Court–wow, it’s actually now December 1 November absolutely FLEW by in a blink. Mother’s Study Bible opened tonight to Psalm 62 and praying for many before bed. ‘He only is my Rock, and my Shepherd, my Fortress. I SHALL NOT BE SHAKEN…’ Our Refuge is our… Read more »

To God Be the Glory

‘How can I say thanks For the things You have done for me? Things so undeserved Yet You gave to prove Your love for me The voices of a million angels Could not express my gratitude All that I am and ever hope to be I owe it all to Thee. To God be the… Read more »

Best Day of My Life

Just an extraordinary narrative seeing Heaven written through the eyes of a child–‘Best Day of My Life”.   ‘Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. My eyes saw things I had never seen before and my ears heard sounds I had never heard. I saw gardens so perfect that nothing was wilted… Read more »

I Give You Thanks

Brooklyn Tab Live on full volume @ West Court. ‘I am so Blessed; my soul is at rest; O Lord I give You thanks.’ ‘Thank you Lord for the strength You give Simply carry on thru life’s toils and tests; The worst and best You never left me alone You’ll always ride beside me and… Read more »

Blest Be The Tie That Binds

Blessed be the tie that binds Our hearts in Christian love; The fellowship of kindred minds Is like that to that above.’ Have a wonderfully blessed safe and Happy Thanksgiving Friends. Love you all. #gratefulthankfulblessed


‘Through the dry and barren places Through life’s dense and maddening mazes Through the pain and through the glory Through will always tell the story Of the God whose power and mercy Will not fail to take us through.’- Gaither

Since Jesus Passed By

A rare Monday evening brief respite @ the Piano. A Gaither classic–very well lyrically written for my life path–maybe yours as well. Prayers for many tonight. Rest well, Friends. ‘All my yesterdays are buried In the deepest of the sea That old load of guilt I carried It’s all gone, praise God I’m free. Looking… Read more »


Very proud of one of our upcoming Holiday ‘Thank You’ projects this year for our local Law Enforcement Community–just a small token of our gratitude from our Carolina Creative Collaborative Family and a daily reminder of our prayers for you each and every day. #BacktheBlue

Keep Praying

Some hope and encouragement today. Admittedly, when we are really struggling–especially in times of grief, anxiety and worry–even when all we have left is a whisper, KEEP PRAYING. God is listening. God hears us. God loves us. #keeppraying

I am Grateful

A Prayer for Thanksgiving Week. ‘I want to start every day with gratitude. Everything I have is a gift from You and I don’t express that gratitude often enough. Help me to be grateful. Thank you for who You are. Thank You for being good, holy, and just. Thank You for your kindness, forgiveness, love,… Read more »

Attitude of Gratitude

‘Our hearts are full with gratitude For work and rest and daily food For neighbors kind and faithful friends The gift of which our lives depend We even thank You for the pain It’s through the losses that we gain A clear perspective, better view Of our dependency on You We hold all things with… Read more »

Jesus Will Still Be There

Wrapping up a busy Thursday night here @ West Court. A few thoughts and powerful lyrics from Point of Grace. ‘When it looks like you’ve lost it all and you haven’t got a prayer, JESUS WILL STILL BE THERE.’ Prayers for many tonight – love you all. On our hardest of days When we feel… Read more »

Stand Firm

“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” – Abraham Lincoln, American President (1809 – 1865)

Creative Inspiration

Creative inspiration this afternoon @ West Court with Brooklyn Tab Live on surround. ‘Long as I live and troubles rise–I’ll hasten to His throne.’ #ILoveTheLord ‘I love the Lord, who heard my cry and pitied ev’ry groan. Long as I live and troubles rise, I’ll hasten to His throne…. You are the source of my… Read more »

Canvas of our Creator

On a quiet, brisk Fall Carolina Sunday Morning – a perfect ‘place’ to pause and reflect on life and what’s important – the canvas of our Creator is masterful and vibrant. Have a blessed day everyone. ‘I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold I’d rather be His than have riches untold. I’d rather have… Read more »

Living in Love

‘I love living in love with Jesus. I love knowing that He loves me. He makes the sun shine in my heart When the way is dim. Oh, how I love living in love with Him!’ – Rachel McCutcheon   Today and everyday just humbly living in love with Jesus. I cannot fathom my life… Read more »

Loving my Jesus

Wrapping up @ West Court with Casting Crowns on surround–‘Loving my Jesus, Showing my Scars…’ Praying for many tonight who are hurting, grieving and in pain. Rest well, Friends. ‘I was a wandering soul Traveling a well worn road A sinner so far from home No second chance in sight. I heard You call my… Read more »

Friend of a Wounded Heart

‘Once like a leaf in the wind Looking for a friend, where could you turn? You spoke the words of a prayer and you found Him there Arms open wide, love in His eyes. Jesus, He meets you where you are Jesus, He heals your secret scars All the love you’re longing for Is Jesus,… Read more »

Pray On

One of my favorite Babbie Mason lyrics for this morning. ‘When your questions go unanswered And your prayers may seem in vain; They don’t seem to make a difference They don’t seem to make a change. Just rest assured God knows your needs And He hears each time you pray Your prayers are reaching Heaven… Read more »

Thankful for the Ride

Sharing from an inspiring Carol Goldsmith Clarke post earlier today. ‘..thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.’ And I thank you for your part in my journey. Love you all. #gratefulthankfulblessed ” Life is just like an old time rail journey…delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas… Read more »

Nothing Compares to the Promise

Hillsong Worship on surround wrapping up a Tuesday @ West Court–one of my favorite P&W anthems. Hope it will resonate with you as well. ‘Nothing compares to the Promise I have in You…’ Rest well Friends.   ‘My comfort, my shelter Tower of refuge and strength. Let every breath, all that I am Never cease… Read more »

God will make a way

Classic Don Moen Praise & Worship on surround this morning @ West Court–these lyrics are always a favorite. Hope it resonates with you this morning as well. Have a great Monday and beginning to November! ‘God will make a way Where there seems to be no way He works in ways we cannot see He… Read more »

Praise is the switch

‘Praise is the switch that turns on the light of joy in our lives even when it’s “dark” outside. And the resulting “light” causes others to see the glory of God in our lives. I will sing to the Lord, for He has been good to me. Psalm 13:6 – Anne Graham Lotz ‘In darkness,… Read more »

I do it anyway.

Wrapping up a wonderful birthday and rainy work day here at West Court; ‘my’ Martina Live on surround to close it out. Today’s blessings were beyond anything I deserve or think. I love you all. ‘You can spend your whole life building Something from nothin’ One storm can come and blow it all away. Build… Read more »

Flying Lessons

Well, it’s midnight. Hello ’64’, my new/old Friend. It is through the storms in life that we learn who we are, what we stand for, and then, how to fly. Flying lessons STILL every day — 23,000+ days & 63+ years in the rear view mirror of my life journey. I am so eternally grateful… Read more »


“Worry is like a rocking chair; it keeps you busy but does not bring you farther.” —Corrie ten Boom He is working it all out. — Philippians 2:13

Grace Church Downtown

My ‘neighbors’ in The Neighborhood. Actually share basement utility space with the church–and back stairs from the ‘tomb’ right into the sanctuary. For those history buffs – in the early years before FBC Greenville built their new campus – my ‘space’ was the basement rec and fellowship hall. The early morning and dusk views of… Read more »

He will Carry You

‘Do you ever find yourself asking God where He’s been? Ever get up outta bed saying I can’t do this again; Have you ever been afraid of what tomorrow’s gonna bring? And you’re facing it alone At least that’s what you think. I can tell you after going through that valley Even though I couldn’t… Read more »

God’s Amazing Grace

“Grace means there is nothing we can do to make God love us more. And grace means there is nothing we can do to make God love us less. Grace means that God already loves us as much as an infinite God can possibly love.” ― Philip Yancey, ‘What’s So Amazing About Grace?’

Cherish is a verb.

Cherish is a verb. Always.

The Story

Closing out @ West Court tonight with one of my favorite and timeless classic ‘redbook’ hymns of the church. And no one does it better than our friend Johnny Baker / The Melodyaires – our brotherhood goes back to the early 70’s (@TAB and played piano on weekends for The Gospeltones (the pre-Melodyaires years) –… Read more »

A Thankful Tuesday

A Thankful Tuesday. My absolute favorite early morning is a sunrise @ Pretty Place. Always feel closer to God there…peace seems within reach, One day soon, our praise is going to be complete. Totally complete. We will be able lift our hands and sing to Him all the songs we wanted to sing. When troubles… Read more »

One Glimpse

‘It will be worth it all when we see Jesus! Life’s trials will seem so small when we see Christ. One glimpse of his dear face, all sorrow will erase. So, bravely run the race till we see Christ.’ #OneGlimpse

Our Worst Chapters

Isn’t it just like God to take our worst chapters – and make them His best miracles. Stay strong, Friends. #justlikeGod

He’ll Bring Us Through

Thoughts for this beautiful Thursday fall morning in The Neighborhood with some favorite lyrics from The Collingsworth Family ‘Best Of’ on surround @ West Court before ZOOM client calls. Be encouraged today–no matter what we are facing today–He WILL bring us through. ‘When my world is shaking, And I face the fear of the unknown;… Read more »

Unmerited Favor

Because of Jesus, we get what we don’t deserve. That’s GRACE! Unmerited. Undeserved. Amazing GRACE. A favorite Debra Talley classic on repeat tonight @WestCourt – hope it will bless you as well.   ‘Now the Father looked behind all the failures I had made, He didn’t seem to notice all those times that I had… Read more »

Thank You

“Thank You” seems inadequate to our local healthcare heroes at Hospitals, Doctors Offices, Rehab & Nursing Homes, EMS, Home Care Providers and Ambulance Services. You are appreciated. You go beyond your call of ‘duty’. You are AWESOME.


‘When I saw what lay before me, Lord, I cried what will you do? I thought He would just remove it. But He gently led me through Without fire there’s no refining, without pain no relief, Without flood there’s no rescue, without testing no belief. Through the fire, through the flood, through the water, through… Read more »

But God

But, He remains— “both tender and kind, not easily angered, immense in love, and never, never quits.” Psalm 86 But God is the Strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26 #ButGod

I Met the Master

One of my favorite Mosie Lister lyrics – Best of Booth Brothers on surround wrapping up the work day here @ West Court. Rest well, Friends. #MetTheMaster ‘For all things were changed When He found me; A new day broke through All around me. For I met the Master Now I belong to Him.’

The Very Same God

I stake my life on this: I KNOW that my REDEEMER LIVES.   ‘The very same God That spins things in orbit Runs to the weary The worn and the weak. And the same gentle hands That hold me when I’m broken They conquer death to bring me victory. Now I know my Redeemer lives…’… Read more »

God on the Mountain

‘Life is easy, when you’re up on the mountain And you’ve got peace of mind, like you’ve never known. But things change, when you’re down in the valley. Don’t lose faith, for you’re never alone. For the God on the mountain, is the God in the valley. When things go wrong, He’ll make them right…. Read more »

A Thankful Thursday

A Thankful Thursday. ‘I’ve heard it said That people come into our lives for a reason Bringing something we must learn. And we are led To those who help us most to grow If we let them And we help them in return…. … Like a handprint on my heart And now whatever way our… Read more »

New Every Morning

22 It is through the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness. – Lamentations 3:22-23

We are Loved

One of the beloved Gaither lyrics that feels it was written for me and my life journey – maybe for you as well. ‘I said if You knew You wouldn’t want me My scars are hidden by the face I wear He said my child My scars go deeper and It was love for you… Read more »

Standing on the Promises

In the midst of all life may throw at us today–all the uncertainties, fears, anxieties, struggles or just feeling overwhelmed , we can stand on the promises of the One who loves us most. Be encouraged today, Friends. Together this day ‘Standing on the Promises of God’. Love you all.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

Wrapping up @ West Court with a prayer of blessing this night for each of you. ‘The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace. ‘- Numbers 6:24-26 Amen.

Hold On

Brokenness is temporary, Redemption is eternal. Hold on.

The Heartbeat of all that I do

Sometimes music speaks what you feel inside. Tonight, vintage Avalon on repeat @ during these last few work hours @ West Court.   ‘I couldn’t face my life tomorrow Without Your hope in my heart I know I can’t live a day without You. Lord, there’s no night and there’s no morning Without Your loving… Read more »

In Your Presence

‘When I’m overwhelmed and helpless I look to you, my Lord You’re my strength to face tomorrow My peace forever more. You’re the source of every mercy The grace that brings me through While I’m here in your presence, Lord with you. Touch my heart. Make me new. – Brooklyn Tabernacle

He Makes No Mistake

A Ron Hamilton classic that has spanned decades closing out the work day @ West Court; ‘God never moves without purpose or plan When trying His servant and molding a man. Give thanks to the LORD though your testing seems long; In darkness He giveth a song. O Rejoice in the LORD He makes no… Read more »

Shout to the Lord

Wrapping up the work day here @ West Court Piano this night – singing Praise for good reports of beloved friends and clients battling COVID still on vents but gaining numbers and lung capacity and positiveness from doctors which we will take any day every day. So tonight, I ‘sing for joy at the work… Read more »

He Know My Name

‘And He knows my name Every step that I take Every move that I make Every tear that I cry. He knows my name When I’m overwhelmed by the pain And can’t see the light of day I know I’ll be just fine. ‘Cause He knows my name.’ #Isaiah43

Through It All

Tonight –Vintage Andrae Crouch circa 1971. ‘I thank God for the mountains, and I thank Him for the valleys, I thank Him for the storms He brought me through. For if I’d never had a problem, I wouldn’t know God could solve them, I’d never know what faith in God could do. Through it all,… Read more »

It must be Game Day

It was the night before Game Day and all through the house, TrevorDog and Bojangles, Game Day Crew @ 9AM – it must be the most Wonderful Time of the Year! #ALLIN

When God Ran

‘The day I left home I knew I’d broken his heart And I wondered then if things could ever be the same. Then one night I remembered His love for me And down that dusty road ahead I could see It was the only time It was the only time I ever saw Him run…. Read more »

Our World Needs Us

‘May we all bring in the midst of the haze of the darkness– Kindness Gentleness Awareness Unconditional Love Waiting to revive, restore and encourage. Place them in our eyes. Put them in our words. Plant them in our hearts.’ -kt   Our world needs us.

Pray For Our Troops

Praying for the families at home who received the visit that every military family dreads. Praying for our brave men and women still on the ground doing everything they can to help in an untenable situation. Praying for those waiting to be airlifted out to a better life. Praying for our brothers and sisters marked… Read more »

A ‘sail-adjusting’ Wednesday A rectifying, a re-gauging–often re-navigating. A redirection to calmer waters. What direction for today, Lord? What do You want me to see and hear? Where can I best serve You today? Strong, steadily powerful truths into our undependable emotions.   ‘I know the Master of the Wind. I know the Maker of… Read more »

Name Above All Names

A little Chris Tomlin blessin’ the neighbors tonight wrapping up a busy work day here @ West Court–just praising Jesus, our Messiah for His blessings of today. Praying for many Friends tonight in need of a miracle…claiming it tonight. Love you all. ‘Jesus Messiah Name above all names Blessed Redeemer Emmanuel. The Rescue for sinners… Read more »

Stay on That Road

A Monday Road Map. Walking by faith and not by sight… Navigating Life’s roads one day at a time. Holding onto His Hand of Hope. Resting in the presence of His peace. Listening to the words of His promises. Muting all the noise and distractions. Trusting Him through all the storms and detours. It’s the… Read more »

Day by Day

A Trusting Thursday with lyrics from a beloved hymn written in 1865. ‘…gives unto each day what He deems best.’ ‘Day by day and with each passing moment, Strength I find to meet my trials here; Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment, I’ve no cause for worry or for fear. He whose heart is kind… Read more »

Through the Fire

‘He never promised that the cross would not get heavy And the hill would not be hard to climb. He never offered a victory without fighting. He said help would always come in time.’ Through the Fire. (Gerald Crabb)   Promises Kept. #Godisfaithful

The LORD is Thy Keeper

The LORD Is Thy Keeper Psalm 121 1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. 3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: He that keepeth thee will not slumber. 4 Behold, He that… Read more »

That One Earthly Reason

An early morning worship with a Dottie Rambo classic. Have a blessed safe and vigilant Sunday everyone. ‘I was the reason, that one earthly reason; I was the guilty, He was the sacrifice; I was the taker, He was the giver, Dying while I go free, That one earthly reason was me.’

For a Beloved Friend

For a beloved Friend. “Do not be surprised…” I read it so many times in the scriptures— and yet admittedly, I am. I know you are, too. I pray for “a peace be still” for you and your loved ones, a grace to move through the days and His love to hold you and keep… Read more »

Red Rocks – Casting Crowns

Sharing from friends @ Red Rocks Amphitheater in CO–at Casting Crowns concert. Yep that’s rain. Looks like an amazing concert worship experience – if you are ever in proximity to go to an event there or a Casting Crowns concert at ANY venue–it is an absolutely extraordinary experience.   Wrapping up for this thankful Thursday… Read more »

Changed by Love

Isn’t it good to know that God’s mercy is bigger than any of our mistakes? Saved by Grace. Changed by Love.   “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations‬ ‭3:22-23‬ ‭   #neweverymorning

My Favorite Places

My Favorite Places: The Chatlos Memorial Chapel @ The Cove. Steeple stands 87 ft.; Prayer room is very special. My #2 Favorite Place to visit; #1 is Sunrise at Pretty Place.

Dark Skies

Closing out Tuesday night @ West Court. If the sky over you seems dark tonight remember this, “The devil can blow up a storm and put it between us and the face of God, but God is still smiling.” AW Tozer Prayers for many…rest well Friends.

Some Monday Motivation

Some Monday motivation…have a blessed day Friends.   ‘Show a little bit of love and kindness Never go around with hatred’s blindness Take a little time to reach for joy and wear a happy face. Sing a little bit when the days are dreary Give a little help to a friend that’s weary That’s the… Read more »

The Old Rugged Cross

A grateful early Sunday Night P&W @West Court. If ever a song lyric reflected the path of my life as a young adult and my testimony of redemption, it is this song. One of Bill & Gloria’s best…   ‘Twas a life filled with aimless desperation Without hope walked the shell of a man; Then… Read more »

God is Here

Wrapping up the work week this Friday night here @ West Court. Prayers if you can for my NC travels to Hendersonville tomorrow and back to Mills River on Sunday for funerals/celebration of life services of friends and client families. Some encouragement for Friends going through some difficult paths this very night–If you feel you’ve… Read more »

Heart Prints

How many heart prints will you leave today?

An Early Rise

An early rise this Thursday morning–after a few hours of rest–woke up WIDE awake here in the wee hours @WestCourt; so many Friends on my heart; yesterday (Wed) just in my friends/family/client Circle SIX (6) new positive COVID tests that I was made aware of and FOUR (4) of these are in the hospital; TWO… Read more »


Wrapping up a packed Wednesday here @West Court. Bless you, Jesus, for the grace You gave these last hours of this day and as I head into the next, Thank You for Your faithfulness and kindness each and every day. ‘We will have all of eternity to celebrate the victories, but only a few hours… Read more »

A Walking with Wisdom Wednesday

A Walking with Wisdom Wednesday. “Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God’s handwriting ~ a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I Have Hope

‘Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.’ Lamentations 3 New every morning…Have a blessed Tuesday Friends.


Music was born in my heart 63+ years ago; music was in my soul from the first song Mother taught me; music was in my ‘ear’ and my hands the very first time I crawled up on a piano bench as a toddler. Music was my way as a child to communicate what I felt… Read more »

Ten Thousand Years

Think about it Friends. Ten Thousand Years. 120,000 months, 3,650,000 days–and we’ll only be getting started. ‘When we’ve been there ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun, We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise Than when we first begun.’ Amazing Grace indeed. #WillBeHomeSoon

A Daily Battle

Some days are like a daily battle, and some days we feel as though we’ve lost. There is a voice inside us baiting us and whispering, “Nobody sees, and nobody cares.” But Friends, God sees us. And He is with us. He is waiting for us to come to Him so He can lift up… Read more »

His Perfect Peace

“I leave the gift of peace with you… My peace. not the kind of fragile peace given by the world— but, My perfect peace.” —Jesus   As you read His words… my Sunday night prayer is that His perfect peace will rest upon our hearts. Rest well, Friends..

Taking our Hand off the Wheel

Wrapping up a busy work week Friday ( Saturday morning) here @ WestCourt. A lot of River St. traffic tonight (whizzing by my street side windows along River St. and the trolley just made a noisy last stop of the night–yep, I do have a downtown trolley stop right on my corner. Some interesting folk… Read more »


As a favor to a friend earlier today, I participated as a guest ‘expert’ in a small business webinar for her clients–she called it ‘Grass Roots Marketing’–guess I was the GOAT grazing. 🙂 Anyway–was asked the question about my faith–and if I was afraid that because I do talk about it often and transparently over… Read more »

A Treasured Relection

A treasured reflection tonight back into my early childhood years @ Roanoke and Dad’s Revivals. There were those special rare moments that Mother would share a song in her testimony–but she would always join and hold hands with Dad and I on this beloved hymn gathered around the piano – my first family ‘trio’ tenor… Read more »

A Retrospective Sunday Night

A retrospective Sunday night–my earliest memories of this song dates back to circa 1964-65 – Dacusville Elementary PTA Talent Show – no mic- started at the piano then center stage acapella for the finale, I sang my heart out that night; and distinctly remember how good it felt seeing my late arriving Dad out of… Read more »

The Goodness of God

Encouragement for tonight, tomorrow, and every day; believe in the goodness of God described in Psalm 84: “…the Lord God is a sun and shield; He bestows favor and honor; no good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” Amen. And Amen. Rest well, Friends.

A Tuesday Thought

A Tuesday Thought. Remember to be warmth and light – speaking words that rebuild the torn down places in the hearts of others. ‘They don’t need a judge, they need a friend.’. #kindnesswins

Gratefully Blessed

Life doesn’t get easier, your wings just get stronger. Yesterday was quite humbling for me–last night I reflected back on this unexpected blessing that God allowed me to be an advocate, engaging other giving hearts in a specific time and place to show His love. I am fully aware that it could have been me… Read more »

Unexpected Blessings

Wanted to share an unexpected blessing from earlier today @ Walgreens/Easley. I went to pick up some prescriptions; arrived with a long line at the drive through, so diverted to walk in. Another long line inside–ugh!! Deep breath. I glanced over to the waiting area–a senior saint and her disabled son; she was holding his… Read more »

Work Day Inspiration @WestCourt

Inspiration for my work day and a Friday Blessin’ for my neighbors. Dottie Rambo classics in full surround sound @ West Court. I shall forever lift my eyes to Calvary To view the cross where Jesus died for me And how marvelous the grace that caught my falling soul He looked beyond my faults and… Read more »

If Anybody Knows

‘If anybody knows about the love of Jesus I do, yes, I do.’ A Thankful Thursday–loving us amazingly above that we deserve. Stay safe in your travels today, Friends. #gratefulthankfulblessed

Sunrise at Boneyard Beach

Sunrise at Boneyard Beach–and a reflective message. Surrounded by scars, past regrets, ‘driftwood’ of hurt or disappointment, pain, or worry of one day always awakens to a sunrise. And just like the tree–our limbs may sag and we may be leaning but…. Morning comes. And we are still standing. #LeaningOnJesus

Jesus Will Still Be There

Prayers for friends in FLA Gulf Coast early this morning and all affected by Elsa’s landfall. Back to 1993, one of my favorite Point of Grace releases…encouragement for wounded hearts for a Wednesday morning. ‘Things change, plans fail You look for love on a grander scale Storms rise, hopes fade And you place your bets… Read more »

One Nation, Under God

Closing out a busy work week here @ West Court a little early than usual (OK–don’t faint ) with a prayer. Have a wonderfully safe, happy 4th weekend with your family and friends. May the spirit and inspiration of our Forefathers re-ignite hope within all of us–One Nation, Under God. Love you all. ‘Lord, grant… Read more »

A Tuesday Reminder

A Tuesday reminder from one of my favorite places – the Chapel prayer room @ The Cove. What do you need to trust the Lord with today?

The Best I Have

“Pour out the best you have..”- Oswald Chambers   The Best I have is Jesus. The Best days are when He takes front and center, Less of me. More of Him. #SeekersofHisHeart

Mercy Has Changed Me

A Thankful for His Mercy Thursday. ‘When I was too weak to stand He took me by the hand; And when fear controlled my days I grew strong in His embrace. Mercy has changed me In ways I never dreamed I’d all but given up But Mercy taught me to believe. Now I’m living, finally… Read more »

Purpose Driven Life

A Purpose Driven Life inspired thought for all of us wrapping up the day here @ West Court. God will use our entire lifetime to prepare us for our role(s) in eternity.

Love Always Wins.

A lot of folks tell me I get too ‘close’ to my ever broadening Circle–business coaches and advisors tell me I get too emotionally invested with my clients and ‘its just business’. I hope I am always the first to applaud success, celebrate milestones, genuinely care unconditionally but also grieve losses–especially over the past few… Read more »

Captain Dan

I came across a ‘treasure trove’ of video footage from C. Dan’s monthly video updates in 2007-2008 that we produced–in the middle of the real estate market crisis, these messages were targeted to encourage and motivate his CDJ Brokers/Agents/Staff in only the way ‘Captain Dan’ could. Not so ironically, many references to ‘this storm will… Read more »

Pretty Place

Nothing beats a sunrise at Pretty Place. #thankfulgratefulandblessed

Sunday Morning Praise

Sunday Morning Praise ‘I’m undone by the mercy of Jesus I’m undone by the goodness of the Lord. I’m restored and made right He got a hold of my life I’ve got Jesus How could I want more.’- Selah #thankfulgratefulandblessed

In Christ Alone

‘In Christ alone my hope is found He is my light, my strength, my song. This Cornerstone, this solid Ground Firm through the fiercest drought and storm. What heights of love, what depths of peace When fears are stilled, when strivings cease. My Comforter, my All in All Here in the love of Christ I… Read more »

He Will Abide

‘There are days of disappointment Times we’re tested, times we’re tried. When we’re weary with the journey There’s a Savior by our side And He will abide, He will abide Through the rain and rising times. Until every tear is dried He will abide, He will abide’ -Collingsworth

All is Well

A Sunday Night Promise for us all – GOD IS STILL GOD. HIS STRENGTH WILL NEVER FAIL.   -When your world is crashing in, and you don’t know what to do; You can call on God, He will see you through, There is no way we can lose Knowing we can trust Him in all… Read more »

Just Keep Trusting

Throwback Thursday to the summer of 1971, a 14 year old PK (well, actually 13 1/2) first learned this chorus while being a summer camp counselor (Cabin #1) and camp pianist @ Camp Joy / Highland Park Baptist Church / Chattanooga, TN for the summer; when I got back to SC, Dad was called to… Read more »

My Shepherd

Closing out the day here @West Court – “The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to His name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley,… Read more »

When God Ran

A Forgiven Friday. Have a blessed day everyone! ‘And then He ran to me He took me in his arms Held my head to his chest Said my son’s come home again Lifted my face Wiped the tears from my eyes With forgiveness in his voice He said Son do you know I still love… Read more »

More than Sufficient

‘His grace is more than sufficient Even when your heart aches Even though you’re to blame. His heart is big enough to love you So run back to Him today.’ #unmeritedfavor

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Please join me in making it a priority to check on family, friends, and associates. You will never know what someone is privately going through. #BeTheDifference

Heaven’s Rays

Some call them “Heaven Rays.” Some call them “God Rays.” Today we call them ‘Mom Rays’–vivid rays of radiant light beaming down–our Moms and Grandmas that have went on before us, simply shining down on us today. May the warmth of their light shine across our faces and upon our hearts with hope and with… Read more »

Thankful Throwback Thursday

Thankful Throwback Thursday – May 2014. #thankfulgratefulblessed

You Still Are

‘Even if this season isn’t going as planned, Lord and if it’s not at all what we hoped, and if “we’re* not yet quite what we hoped, and if life’s not unfolding to our Plan A and if it’s not even close to Plan B and if the diagnosis is not great and if the… Read more »

A Mother’s Love

A MOTHER’S LOVE Thank you for watching over me All of the sleepless nights you lay awake. Thank you for knowing when to hold me close When to let me go. Thank you for every stepping stone And for the path that always leads me home. I thank you for the time you took To… Read more »

Sunday Afternoon Perspective

Sunday Afternoon Perspective… ‘How could I boast on anything I’ve ever seen or done; How could I dare to claim as mine the victories God has won. Where would I be had God not brought me gently to this place. I’m here to say I’m nothing but a sinner saved by grace. I’m just a… Read more »

What A Day

First song Mother taught me to sing–in my Dad’s early Revival years before Roanoke if He was preaching locally while Mother was still recovering from the surgeries and cobalt cancer treatments–but she would get me all ‘spit and shined’ and I would climb into the car with him every single night, sit patiently on the… Read more »


‘Through the dry and barren places; Through life’s dense and maddening mazes. Through the pain and through the glory; Through will always tell the story; Of the God whose power and mercy Will not fail to take us through.’ – Gaither A Promise for all of us this Last Friday of the Last Day of… Read more »

Every Hour

“I need thee, O I need thee; Every hour I need thee! O bless me now, my Savior, I come to thee.” Wrapping up a Monday here @ West Court with this classic hymn–prayers for many tonight; and a night of peaceful rest for all.

She Taught Me How To Fly

You provided for me an unconditional love that provides courage and comfort all at once. My wings were built from your heart and are entwined with your enlivening strength. And when you told me I could fly, it was impossible to doubt, because I have seen all that grows from being wrapped in your light…. Read more »

Life is an Echo

Wrapping up a Thursday/now Friday AM work day here in The Neighborhood. Thoughts for our Friday – Life is an Echo – What we send out comes back. Let’s send out goodness and kindness today. Our world needs us.


Being thankful for our strength–someone just may need to borrow today. Prayers for many this morning. Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone.

Immeasurable Impact

Never, ever underestimate the impact we all can have on a life of a child. Our mission is simple–the impact is quite immeasurable. #loveourkids


I owe God everything. I was asked by a business magazine publication recently during a feature interview upcoming in May–about who had influenced me most in business and in life.  Living Life lessons from my extraordinary Mom & Dad; My business influence early on was our beloved C. Dan Joyner.  But my ultimate influence–I owe… Read more »


Wrapping up with motivation for our Friday morning–prayers for so many tonight. Headed out to ‘sit a spell’ with splendid night views of my favorite Grace Downtown steeple before bed. Have a terrific Friday and weekend everyone! My 2nd Pfizer vaccine @ Walgreens on Sunday. ‘When the mist rises and the winds quieten, There in… Read more »

Through Thick & Thin

Wrapping up a blessed Wednesday here @ West Court–a quiet walk down to the Reedy before bed this quiet peaceful night in The Neighborhood. A few hours begins a very Thankful Through Thick & Thin Thursday for my Life Friends.. From my early years at the Looper homestead, schooling at Dacusville, Dad’s pastorates at Midway,… Read more »


“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, American philosopher (1803 – 1882)

Reflections on the Reedy

Night lights & reflections on the Reedy–Some nights the layers of light from the River St. bridge are quite special. Wrapping up a terrific Tuesday here @ West Court. Some nights the layers of light from the River St. bridge are quite special. Great seeing our valued friends Southland Properties here earlier today–reviewing new creative… Read more »

His Strength is Perfect

‘No great success to show No glory of my own Yet in my weakness He is there to let me know His strength is perfect when our strength is gone He’ll carry us when we can’t carry on Raised in His power, the weak become strong His strength is perfect, His strength is perfect.’ –… Read more »

Easter 2021

Wrapping up a busy Good Friday here in The Neighborhood @ West Court. A bare cross. An empty tomb. A Risen Savior! A Coming King! Reflecting upon one of my favorite songs & artist from the 70’s – Dallas Holm. Enjoy a safe, wonderful weekend with your families and have a blessed Easter everyone! God… Read more »


The Greatest Man in history, had no servants, yet they called him Master. He had no degree, yet they called him Teacher. He had no medicines, yet they called him Healer. He had no army, yet kings feared Him. He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world. He committed no crime, yet they… Read more »

Celebrating 21 Years

7,670 DAYS. 184,080 HOURS. 11,044, 800 MINUTES. 662,688,000 SECONDS.   At today’s end, our first 21 years in business makes it mark in time. Looking back, it seems like a blink – admittedly some days brought some anxiety 🙂 but WHAT AN AMAZING RIDE! God is Amazing. Not only did He bless me with this… Read more »


Once in a while the right people come into your life and never leave. They are the people that celebrate you on your brightest days, but also comfort you on your darkest nights. These people are more than just friends – they are our SQUAD – we hold onto them, protect them and love them… Read more »


STORMS. 11 PM–Still hearing some ‘thunder boomers’ here in The Neighborhood–the Reedy will be thundering in the morning–I am staying put and will stroll down to the River St. bridge in the morning. Wrapping up a long but productive work day here @ West Court – several projects launching by 3/31 and early April –… Read more »

Circa 1971

Circa 1971–hard to fathom that is now 50 years ago. My early teen years – 8 track worn out. ‘Put your hand in the hand of the man who stilled the water; Put your hand in the hand of the man who calmed the sea. Take a look at yourself and you can look at… Read more »

Having Enough

A Thought for our Tuesday dating back awhile “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” – Epicurus, Greek philosopher (341 BC – 270 BC)

Just a Spark

Sometimes life is just hard, but hard does not mean impossible. There will be times when we will break, but it does not mean we are broken. It is in those times we find our inner strength and let it light the fire in us. Remember that we do not need a giant flame to… Read more »

Happy Trails Thursday

Colors in The Neighborhood so vibrant before the recently cloudy days–even the skyline shows out. And the progress on the new Grand Bohemian is remarkable! A busy day ahead here @ West Court–stay safe and vigilant today–look like the severe weather may be targeting our friends in the Midlands. A challenge for us today –… Read more »

Beannaithe faoi dhó.

When I count my blessings this early Scotch-Irish morning in The Neighborhood @ West Court, I count you twice. Beannaithe faoi dhó.

Master of the Wind

A 1984 Hemphills classic vinyl on the victrola this rainy Tuesday morning…   ‘My boat of life sails on a troubled sea Whenever there’s a wind in my sails. But I have a Friend who watches over me When the breeze turns into a gale.   I know the Master of the wind I know… Read more »

Through It All

I thank God for the mountains, and I thank Him for the valleys, I thank Him for the storms He brought me through. For if I’d never had a problem, I wouldn’t know God could solve them, I’d never know what faith in God could do. Through it all, I’ve learned….

Jesus Led Me All the Way

One of my favorite Fanny Crosby lyrics written back in 1875 to a tune written by a Baptist minister, Dr. Robert Lowry–sharing from my ‘Sunday Afternoon Hymns with my Piano’ early yesterday evening here @ West Court. ‘This my song for endless ages, Jesus led me all the way..’ All the way my Savior leads… Read more »

Running Away from Home

Ever just wanted to run away? I remember as a kiddo I always wanted to go with my Dad–he was serving as pastor of a small church; visited hospitals and shut ins during the day + preached every funeral + ran revivals during the week all over SC / NC / TN / KY —… Read more »

God Was Working

Some parting Thoughts this Tuesday night. OK. I don’t have all this figured out. All I know is He does. Luke 12:25-26 says, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very thing, why do you worry about the rest?” The beloved Corrie Ten Boom… Read more »

Burdens Lifted

‘Troubled soul, the Savior can see Every heartache and tear. Burdens are lifted at Calvary Jesus is very near. Burdens are lifted at Calvary Calvary, Calvary. Burdens are lifted at Calvary Jesus is very near.’ /John Moore (1952) He sees us this morning–every heartache, every tear. Praying for many carrying some very heavy burdens today…. Read more »

Thoughts for Today

THANKFUL FOR TODAY – LIFE IS A GIFT. Today before you say an unkind word -Think of someone who cant speak. Before you complain about the taste of your food – Think of someone who has nothing to eat. Today before you complain about life – Think of the loss of someone who went too… Read more »

The Prayer

‘I pray You’ll be our eyes And watch us where we go And help us to be wise In times when we don’t know Let this be our prayer When we lose our way Lead us to a place Guide us with Your grace To a place where we’ll be safe.’ Wrapping up a Saturday… Read more »

He Cares for Me

A rainy Friday afternoon work break here @ West Court @ the piano. One of my favorite classics–I can’t imagine in my lifetime the number of soloists I accompanied in my Dad’s churches in my early years. Not having to read music playing always with my ear–I could follow soloists and groups by mouth movement(s)…… Read more »

Hopes of the Helpless

“Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them. You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed, so mere people can no longer terrify them.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭10:17-18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

True Friendships

A Twice Thankful Thursday for loyal, true and faithful friendships. God has blessed me beyond measure with each of you. Sometimes there are stormy moments when friends more than just walk with you, they become angels that carry you and protect you with their wings. Love you all. “There is nothing on this earth more… Read more »

Sometimes It Takes a Mountain

‘..Your love is so much stronger Than whatever troubles me. Sometimes it takes a mountain To trust You and believe.’ – Gaither

70 Years

Before wrapping up for night here @ West Court, I wanted to take an opportunity to honor what will be Mom & Dad’s 70th Anniversary early next week. You all know the story–the $10 budget that covered Mom’s corsage, the Preacher who married them and the celebratory dinner @ The Clock–I am sure they could… Read more »

A Simple Prayer

A simple prayer for all of us this Friday for Strength for Today. May you always have the courage to face your obstacles and mountains in front of you and discover your strength through them. The Master hears us. Unwavering Faith in our God. Following your heart. Listening to your soul. Trusting in yourself. Hope… Read more »

A Thankful Thursday

A Thankful Thursday. One of my favorite Squire Parsons lyrics – best known for his timeless Sweet Beulah Land–The Greatest of All Miracles.. Today, so very humbly and eternally grateful because I KNOW WHAT JESUS DID FOR ME. I’ve walked the road of the Prodigal more than a few times the early decades of my… Read more »

Day by Day

Yesterday on a rainy, quiet Sunday afternoon, I found myself in a familiar place of comfort and solace–just my piano and I and a Church Hymnal–page to page enveloping myself in the old Hymns. Admittedly, those days that my ‘tank’ nears empty–I know you have had those as well–when you feel emotionally and spiritually you… Read more »

Blessed on Both Sides

To love and be loved is being blessed on both sides. ‘The greatest of these is love. ‘ I Cor 13:13 Happy Valentine’s Day 2021 Friends – Love you all.

Pray Big

He loves you and He is listening. “Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!” Psalm 116:2 Praying specifically today for Friends who are grieving, hurting, and feeling alone. Remember, no matter what battle you’re facing right now you are not alone. Claim with me today… “For God… Read more »

Prayer For Today

Comfort on difficult days. Smiles when sadness intrudes. Rainbows to follow the clouds. Sunsets to warm your heart. Beauty for your eyes to see. Friendships to brighten your soul. Faith so that you can believe.

Today is a Gift

Today is a gift. Life is a gift. Today and everyday, I am thankful. #lifeisagift

All We Need

‘All that I need is All that You are. Help me believe that it’s true. All that I need is All that You are.. Help me to trust in You.’ Remind me (us) today that EVERYTHING we need is found in You. #LovingJesus #AllThatINeed

Master of the Wind

Closing out a Monday here at West Court; classic Hemphills vinyl on the victrola and one of my favorites. ‘My boat of life sails upon the stormy sea Ever the wind’s in my sails. But I have a Friend who watches over me When the breeze turns into a gale. I know the Master of… Read more »

Chains are Falling

‘O to grace, how great a debtor Jesus saves, Jesus saves. All the saints who shout together Jesus saves, Jesus saves. Rising up so vast and strong Lifting up salvation’s song; The redeemed will sing forever Jesus saves.   Freedom’s calling, chains are falling Hope is dawning bright and true Day is breaking, night is… Read more »

New Every Morning

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases His tender mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning And great is Thy faithfulness, O Lord; Great is Thy faithfulness.


‘When I saw what lay before me “Lord,” I cried, “What will You do?” I though He would just remove it But He gently led me through; ‘Cause without fire there’s no refining Without pain no relief Without flood there’s no rescue Without testing no belief. Through the fire, through the blood Through the water,… Read more »