On Eagle’s Wings….

Things are quickly coming to a close for me at Hawthorn University. I recently finished my final course. Now, as I approach my final exam and ultimately begin writing my thesis, I decided to take a break from my usual daily and weekly posts. I’d like to honor this point in my life with some songs that inspire me. I chose songs which may seem unusual to you, but which remind me of where I am and where I need to go.

I Can See Clearly Now By: Anne Murray

Times Of Your Life By: Paul Anka

Unstoppable By: Rascal Flatts

On Eagle’s Wings By: Michael Joncas

Closing thoughts

The final song, ON EAGLE’S WINGS, is a Catholic hymn. It was always a favorite of mine as a teen attending a Catholic high school. As I fear the future, the unknown, It reminds me to trust the process, to trust in God. It reminds me that God carries us through the difficult and challenging times in our life. If I trust my intuition, pray, meditate and really listen to what he has to say, with my heart, the future won’t be so scary.

I’ll be away from my blog for the next 3 weeks.

I wanted to let you know that this will be my one and only post this week and for the next three weeks. Do to the seriousness of my upcoming test, I decided to step away from my blog and devote all my time to preparing for my exam.



This will take your breath away… Mandy Harvey’s Golden Buzzer Moment

I literally just watched this on Facebook, and knew I had to share it. This is so inspiring and motivational. Below is Mandy Harvey on America’s Got Talent. Mandy lost her hearing when she was 18 years old. She tells the story of the day she realized she couldn’t hear at all any more, and how she decided not to give up on her musical dream.

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“I want to do more with my life than just give up.” ~ Mandy Harvey

Watch this video below, for an amazing story of determination and a refusal to fail. Sometimes God just leads us to the perfect thing we need. I was just feeling bad about my weight loss this week for my Fit by 50 challenge, wondering if this is all worth it. I had a rough weekend and gained a few pounds. You see, in order for me to lose 1 pound from last Thursday, I actually have to lose 4 pounds!!  I was berating myself for starting this whole thing in the hole! Did I fail before I even really got things going? THEN, I saw this video. It literally took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes. It inspired me to just keep on plugging away. After all, I still have 49 weeks to make this up! Like Mandy, I want to do more with my life than just give up.

If you needed some inspiration or motivation today,


So, here’s Mandy

with her story


her original song …



Kindness Counts: The Gift of Music

Good afternoon everyone! Today’s Kindness Counts post is a bit special, as I am announcing the 2 winners of my CELEBRATING 2000 FOLLOWERS giveaway. I’ll get to them in a bit, but first, let’s talk about kindness counts for today.

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Do you find times where you want to express to someone just how important they are to you? You want to give them a gift, but aren’t sure just how or what to give them. Maybe today’s kind act will help inspire you.

**Kindness Counts Act

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**Kindess Counts Quote


**Orly’s reflections: (1)

Communicating wasn’t my student Diane’s strong suit. As a teacher it was my favorite pastime to see the beauty within my students so that they could eventually see it in themselves. It’s why I became a teacher. But with each student the method of communication can be quite different. She wasn’t able to express her thoughts and emotions verbally, and so music became Diane’s voice. 

Middle school was filled with hardship for her, but watching her grow into the person I knew she could be gave me the greatest pleasure. She gifted me with a CD expressing, through songs, how grateful she was to know that she could confide in me, knowing that as much as she may have tried to push me away I was there if she needed someone. As the day of eighth-grade graduation approached, I prepared myself to let go knowing that it was time for her to move on to the next chapter of her life. All I could hope for was that the lessons she had learned in my classroom would stay in her heart and help her stay the course. Whenever I pop that CD in, the memories fill my heart and I’m transported back to my classroom with the knowledge that I did leave an impression. Sometimes reassurance is all we need.

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My thoughts:

Music, for me, is about the words, more than the tune. I have a list of songs, ranging from christian, to country to pop to hard rock to 60’s folk music (my personal favorite) that I absolutely LOVE for the message in the lyrics.

As humans, we often can’t communicate with each other due to language barriers, but there’s one thing everyone understands, and that’s music. It unites us, inspires us, and makes us feel good, all the way to our soul.

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here are the 2 winners of my


 (The winners below were randomly selected by gleam.io.)

I’ll be highlighting each of their blogs this coming Thursday, so be on the lookout for that. The winners have been notified and are anxiously awaiting their packages.

Inspired by the kind act for today, I’ve put together a short playlist of songs for each of the winners, as my gift and thank you to them.

So, without further adieu, here are the 2 winners:

Winner #1

Joann Maxwell

Fearless in Jesus




Joann, here’s my playlist for you. I hope you find the songs as inspiring as I do. Songs 3 and 4 on the list are my personal favorite church hymns. They were played at my infant son’s funeral on February 4, 1995.

Enjoy, and thank you for following me and being such an amazing friend.:

  1. Anyway – Martina McBride
  2. You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
  3. On Eagles Wings – Michael Joncas
  4. Be Not Afraid – John Michael Talbot
  5. Angels Among Us – Alabama – Here’s that video!

Winner #2

Christy Birmingham

When Women Inspire




Christy, here’s my playlist for you. I hope you enjoy these songs. The words of these songs truly move me and inspire me, much as the inspiring words of your blog.

Enjoy, and thank you for following me. I’m so happy to have made a new friend in you. :

  1.  Roar- Katy Perry
  2.  Stronger – Kelly Clarkson
  3. Brave – Sara Bareilles
  4. The Voice Within – Christina Aguilera
  5.  I was here -Beyonce – Here’s that video!


My Kindness Counts posts are based on the book Kindness Boomerang: How to Save the World (and Yourself) Through 365 Daily Acts by Orly Wahba. The book contains 365 random acts of kindness, a quote for each and Orly’s reflections on each act. While I won’t be sharing every one, I pick the ones I feel will have the greatest impact. **

  1. Wahba, Orly. Kindness Boomerang: How to Save the World (and Yourself) Through 365 Daily Acts (p. 232). Flatiron Books. Kindle Edition.