2002 I started a support group of women at the
school where I taught. I called the concept for
the group: “Precious Gems.”
Within this group were many women, like myself,
who were struggling to lose or maintain weight
and needed encouragement and inspiration. Our
weight management efforts were rewarded on a
weekly basis by the collection of small glass
gems. The gems also signified that each member
of the group was, indeed, a precious gem...
regardless of dress size!
For various reasons, regular group meetings were
difficult to schedule, but the idea for
"Precious Gems" had been conceived in my mind and
I began to see its potential as an empowerment
concept in other areas of our lives. I believe
that through God’s grace, Enthusiasm, Momentum
and Self-esteem (GEMS), all things are possible.
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As another busy day unfolds,
may I remember to look up...
If even for a moment,
may my eyes
search the sky for your signature.
It's written everywhere -
in the wisp of a cloud
in the brilliance of the sun
in the bold declaration
of a shooting star.
Today, please let my mind
be at peace,
secure in the knowledge
that a Hand greater than my own
is daily issuing promissory notes,
stamped with Your ﬂourish of grace,
and sent by airmail
to my outstretched arms.
- by Sharon Sinclair
You Can Do
A dear friend related recently
a charming tale of former days,
when her work as a fledgling teacher
garnered rather dubious praise.
She had drawn her best bunny rabbit
on the chalkboard for all to view,
when a Grade Two student inquired,
“Is that the gooder you can do?”
Such a candid observation
from a youngster’s innocent heart
delighted the child within me
and caused some musings to start...
Perhaps we should ask ourselves
if our actions have met the test;
Could the critic who lives within us
be assured we have done our best?
It’s so easy to be half-hearted
and procrastinate in our ways,
without seizing each fleeting moment
being grateful for all our days.
Let us live our lives to the
Let us say when the day is done,
“I have put forth my greatest effort
and worked with a spirit of fun.”
Then one day when our journey is
and we stand in God’s heavenly view,
We can answer with child-like
“I did the gooder I could do.”
- by Sharon Sinclair
(inspired by Fairhopian friends Ruth
and Ed LaMonte and brought into
existence through the encouragement
of Sally and Glenn Stephenson)
My two Margarets