“To see myself as beautiful as God sees me.”  It’s a little twist on words, isn’t it?  I like to say this short prayer as part of my morning daily prayers.  I have tried for years to obtain beauty, never quite meeting mine or others expectations.  And then it occurred to me.  God sees His children as beautiful; He created us in His Image; and God saw all that He had made and it was very good.  We are a masterpiece, God’s Masterpiece!  If I could only retrain my thinking to see myself as God sees me ~ with tender, loving, compassionate, caring thoughts, with no harm ~ wow, what a difference that would make! Quite simply said… negative thoughts do not come from God.  […]
I like to pack lightly – a selection of feel-good music, flip flops, running shoes, and of course, my books.  I don’t need much else when going to the sea.  It is a time to shed the layers of clothes, worries, and the to-do lists of our busy lives, and to realize just how little we do need instead of how much.  Rather than accumulating the latest of things, it is a time to let go of some things. My road trip down to the sea follows the same pattern.  As I leave the big city behind, my body begins to relax a little as I drive through the pleasant, flat farmlands of South Georgia, passing nothing but signs for pecans, peaches, and boiled peanuts.  I always turn on the radio about now, partly […]
A small, intricate shelf sits just inside the front door of my house.  I call it my teacup shelf.  It is a narrow shelf with five levels, and filled with all sorts of varied teacups I have collected or received over the years.  Some of them are old, some new, some are sentimental, and some are just for fun.  Most of the teacups resemble a familiar English rose pattern found in almost any roadside antique store.  None would seem too priceless, except for maybe one.  And that is where my story begins. Prominently displayed in the center of the top shelf is a fragile and chipped teacup.  It is not of the normal teacup fanfare.  The light grey cup looks almost translucent when held up to the light.  It is made from a thin bone china and has an Asian-themed dragon carved around the outside […]

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Sue McCusker is a writer, teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life and hope she sees around her every day. She has written for Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and teaches the story of God in women's Bible study. Her passion is connecting technology with faith to produce good.