• HEART & HOUSE

    HEART AND HOUSE

    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt



    The house follows the heart ... and I have made mine ready.
    This morning I rose early, enjoyed a long cup of coffee, and sat quietly in front of my tree.
    Reflection and thankfulness filled me:
    +I have been protected and preserved for the glory of God.
    +I have experienced a chastening, cherished, reconciling side of God difficult to comprehend and more difficult yet to articulate.
    +I have been reconciled to God in a fathomless act of divine love.
    +I have been forgiven and freed by God and my justification is complete in Him.
    +My heart has been made tender and soft by the Almighty and I have experienced more of Him.
    My life is not as it should be ...
    It is better.

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    I have received from Christ more than I deserve.
    I have experienced more of Christ and there's still more on reserve.
    It's a wonder, this sacred mystery called the Gospel.
    Christ in me ... the hope of glory.
    Come and rest with me.
    Quietly sit by me.
    Receive grace in house and heart.
    Be thankful with me.
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    "Be still and know that I am God ..."
    Psalm 46:10

  • NEVER EVER EVER

    NEVER EVER EVER
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Positive people are empowering people.
    They see the best, speak to the best, and work to “be” their best … and they help others do the same.
    Are you that person?
    Do others want to be around you because of your optimism and ability to sport success?
    Positive people defeat negativity through positive activity and they never, ever, ever give up. 
    Pay attention to what your mind is thinking and what your mouth is saying, my friend.
    You’ll find them to be self-fulfilling prophesies.
    Today’s word empowerment, in the form of a poem, never fails to inspire me.
    I hope “yours truly” and Edward Guest speak a message to the same.
    Positive thinking is critical to success.
    Believe. Believe. Believe.
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    Before Lindberg’s flight, there were thousands who set up the cry, “Flying Fool.”
    There always have been, and there always will be, people who prophecy failure. Our admiration goes out to the person who, in spite of scoffers, sets about his task and sticks to it until he has seen it through.

    IT COULDN’T BE DONE
    By: Edward Guest (Poet – 1900’s)

    Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
    But he with a chuckle replied,
    That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one,
    Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
    So he buckled right in with a trace of a grin,
    On his face. If he worried he hid it.
    He started to sing, as he tackled the thing,
    That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

    Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
    At least no one ever has done it.”
    But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
    And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
    With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
    Without any doubting or quiddit,
    He started to sing as he tackled the thing,
    That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

     There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
    There are thousands to prophecy failure;
    There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
    The dangers that wait to assail you.
    But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
    Just take off your coat and go to it;
    Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing,
    That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.
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  • POSHMARK MOMENT

    POSHMARK MOMENT

    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    More of my Poshmark journey:
    This morning I rose early at approximately 4:30 AM.
    I took a frigid shower, made myself presentable, tended to a thousand little household chores, and immersed myself in reading and meditation. While I was at it ... the sun transmitted her warm, golden rays on me and I gently moved myself into her sunbaked lap, which happened to be a blanketed nest on our soft gray couch.
    She assisted me in slivered lights through my living rooom blinds and warmed me wonderfully.
    Delicious beautiful sun.
    It was so good to see her.
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    You must know that I began my Poshmark journey only days ago when the weather was moisture-laden, damp, and dreary. Sunlight was non-existent and dismal lighting conditions were mine to work with. I wasn't thrilled with the photos I took for my initial Poshmark "shoot"  but neither did I allow a lack of sunlight to prevent me from beginning my journey.
    Now I find myself days ahead and moving with significant lessons in place that I didn't have when I started ... and this lesson is good for me and applicable to all arenas of life:
    Perfect weather conditions and perfect scenarios rarely accompany new beginnings.
    Instead ... we need to start where we are and do our best with what we have in the moment that we're given.
    We need to take the plunge and just go for it!
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    It's time for me to run and take advantage of the sun.
     I've got photos to take and more lessons to learn about life, living, and Poshmark.
    I'll keep you posted and in the meantime, I challenge you to begin the thing you've been putting off and make this moment a "Poshmark moment" of your own.
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    This lovely sweater dress will be for sale later today in my personal closet.
    Poshmark: Darrelyn's Closet
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  • POSH POSH

    POSH POSH

    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    "DARRELYN'S CLOSET"
    Posh, posh ... O my gosh!
    I just started an account on Poshmark.
    Poshmark, for those of you unfamiliar with the name, is an online consignment "platform" which offers new and used clothing (and a host of other things,) at exceptional and affordable prices. If you're a "deals, steals, and bargains" person, Poshmark is for you. Comparable to Amazon, Ebay, and Etsy, Poshmark is somewhat the same but affords the seller with more options, opportunities, and earning potential than its competitors.
    The younger generation hails and references Poshmark as the most effective way to promote and personally market and consign items. Indeed, it was our daughter Jessica (25)  who steered and encouraged an exploration and adventure on Poshmark.
    Just a few weeks later and with a dozen tutorials behind me, I'm now in possession of my own personal closet and learning new tips, tricks, and strategies about online consignment, marketing, and trade.
    It's impossible to convey my appreciation for the education received thus far and entirely free of any cost or charge.
    It's extraordinary!
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     Here's a look at my "closet" stats:
    13 Listings. 128 Shares. 556 Followers. 472 Following.

    For a closet that opened just 4 days ago, I'm pleased with the early numbers and initial progress.
    At present and supporting my enthusiasm is a bed piled high and deep with beautiful clothes and a thousand details, descriptions, and photo possibilities bouncing around in my head awaiting enlistment and accompaniment.
    These things take time but in the meantime, my brain feels like buckshot and is moving faster than usual in wild and wonderful directions, faster than a speeding bullet, and with potential for tagging a full rack and sporting lucrative success on my closet wall.
    I'm pumped and poshed.
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    Goal Setting:
    I've got some tangible goals in place for this upcoming week and have decided to list them for "goal setting sake" and in order for you to consider creating some of your own!
    *Note the power in creating specified goals for the purpose of realizing tangible outcomes. There's great power in this strategy!
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    Here's a look at personal, well-defined, and timed goals:
    FIVE POSHMARK GOALS
    DEADLINE: DECEMBER 6TH, FRIDAY

    55+ Listings. 256 Shares. 1000 Followers. 800 Following.
    *Since "Listings" take the most time and are the most significant feature, this number matters the most to me and will be the one I pay most attention to.
    If I haven't got "listings" I haven't got anything, and progress here is paramount to the rest of my goals being properly realized and attained.
     If I should fail to execute these goals by December 6th, I retain the right and option to apply the year 2020 to the deadline. Ha.
    This would definitely not be humorous to anyone but you.
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    Until December 6th and with "Words" in-between ... may we find ourselves learning, exploring, and discovering new "Posh" country together.
    Get Poshing and prevail!

  • PERK UP

    PERK UP
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    If you're willing to do some crazy things,
    you'll be rewarded with some extraordinary and crazy perks.
    Let's take "showering" for example.
    If your primary reason for showering in the morning is to wake gently, make yourself clean, and feel great for the day ... then you're in the majority and missing out on the "perks" provided to the minority.
    Change your mindset, and you'll change your practice, and be bettered in the process.
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    Consider ...
    What if your primary reason for showering was replaced with forcible reasons that included the following benefits:
    Mental alertness. Skill sharpening. Clarity. Energy. Combatting difficulties. Increased metabolism. Physical refreshment and rejuvenation. Stimulation. Immunity supplementation. Discipline. Confidence.
    Would you be willing to adjust your mindset and faucet in order to enjoy these perks?
    I think you'd be crazy not to ...
    but that's just me.
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    I'm a big believer in performing crazy tasks and doing crazy things in order to experience life-changing and rewarding perks, and then challenging others to do the same.
    +I'll take a frigid shower if I believe it supports clarity and growth, and secures me with brain power.
    +I'll take a frigid shower if I'm convinced that I'll experience outstanding emotional, mental, and physical benefits.
    +I'll take a frigid shower if I know that temporary discomfort leads to strength of clarity and ushers in a day more meaningfully and mindfully spent.
    The rewards of turning the tap to a frigid temp are simply too immense and intense to me not to take the plunge and go for the cold.
    There's gold in the cold ... and I've discovered it.
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    Here's a challenge:
    Take a frigid shower for the next 21 days and record the rewards provided you.
    Challenge yourself on whether the perks don't sufficiently outweigh the discomforts when you're done.
    Train your brain to go after more than comfort and enjoy the long-term perks awaiting you. No time like the present. Begin in the next shower and a concrete turn of the tap.
    And then ...
    Apply more uncomfortable and new steps to your old routines until they're part of your new routine and a healthier and more defined "you" in the New Year.
    Breathe in.
    Breathe out.
    Redefine the Brrrrr and translate it into Brrrreathtaking new habits.
    Change your mindset and you change your life practice.
    Brrring it on!
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    Begin early in the day ...
    and do one new thing that betters you.

  • SIMPLY THANKFUL

    SIMPLY THANKFUL
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    For things I would have wanted not,
    Yet things I would not change;
    For much that’s come into my life,
    And much that’s rearranged.

    For lessons learned and trials sent,
    For heartache and for pain;
    For mountains hard to navigate,
    For new and straight terrain.

    For holy hands that hold my own,
    And One who knows my way;
    For transformation taking place,
    And mercy every day.

    For pure and undefiled love,
    And nothing left to chance;
    For sifting every detail of my life,
    Through holy hands.

     For things I would have wanted not,
    Yet things I would not change;
    I’m thankful, simply thankful,
    For the much … that’s rearranged.
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  • MOXIE

    MOXIE 

    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    A large, brightly colored van passed me up recently, while out on a speedwalk, with the word MOXIE written across it. And of course I loved the word at once just as word lovers do. One taste of the two syllable word on my lips and passing through my mind was enough to whet my appetite and transform it into a thousand new words and create a thousand new ideas with it.
    Word acrobats ... let's have at it, I said.
    MOXIE
    Movement. Momentum. Motivation. Maximum. Meaningful. Measures.
     Outstanding. Optimistic. Open. Organization. Optimum. Order. Outfit. Optics.
    EXtraordinary. EXceptional. EXclamatory. EXciteable.
    Imaginative. Intentional. Intense.
    Energizing. Enthusiastic. Entertaining. Emerging. Enthralled.
    My head wanted to burst and my pace quickened according to the degree of "word intensity" I felt.
    It was exceptional.
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    How much Moxie do "you" have?
    +Are you a truckload with a trailor attachment included?
    +Are you almost depleted and appearing as the dot on the poke of an "I"?
    +Are you somewhere in the middle?
    +Are you fizzy or without fizz?
    Do you have the delicious and energizing traits of Moxie spilling out all over you because you love life, are filled with zeal, and see a thousand possibilities?
    Are you optimistically open to what lies ahead with an expectancy of success?
    Do you dare to go for it?
    Gosh ... but I do hope so.
    I want so much for you, my friend!
    I want you to experience maximum Moxie and extraordinary movement in your life.
    Because ...
    Big Moxie amounts lead to big opportunities and big dreams realized.
     And "big" things tend to be Moxified and Maxified delicious.
    Moxie individuals are motivating, stimulating, and contagious.
    Be one ... or get next to one.
    Begin your own Moxie Movement.
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    Her energy was the most beautiful thing about her.
    She spilled herself out unmanageably on everybody she came into contact with.
    Eccentrically uncontained and almost explosive.
    She was simply ...
    Her very own person.

    Filled with Moxie.

  • THE RIGHT TIME

    THE RIGHT TIME
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

     Don’t waste energy in a past that has no future.
    Reflect on the lessons you learned but resist the urge to remain a captive in its cell.
    God has a work for you to do … a new work. He will empower you to accomplish it as you put your trust in Him.
    Let go of yesterday,
    remember that God is sovereign over it.
    He will utilize it for your good and for His glory at just the right time.
    Trust Him for it.
    Wait for it.
    A new work is coming.
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    “Being confident of this very thing; that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
    Philippians 1:6

  • JUMP IN!

    JUMP IN!
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Doing something you've never done can be scary, exhilarating, exhausting, and energizing all at once.
    Let's work some kinks out of the system by studying a few scenarios and absorbing a few lessons from others.
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    Carl graduated with a degree in Nursing.
    Health scenarios invigorated and challenged him, as did the patients he worked with, but the longer Carl worked in care facilities (and he worked in many,) the less he enjoyed his work. New technology tasks were being assigned to an already exhausted work schedule and more rules were being applied on account of new insurance protocols.
    Carl contemplated leaving the health field altogether when a fitness friend casually mentioned that the gym he worked out in was looking for a sport trainer with a nursing background.
    Carl's interest was piqued.
    He applied and was hired for the job even though he felt himself lacking in many athletic areas. The new job turned out to be a positive boon in Carl's life:
    Activity became a newly enforced part of Carl's new personal and vocational life. He found movement a "silent trigger" that motivated him internally and surprised him externally. Becoming a sport trainer brought out the best in Carl and Carl brought out the best in others, physically and literally. He can't imagine himself doing anything else these days.
    Carl's advice: 
    +Dare to venture outside the lines of your comfort zone. Try a line of work that agrees with some of your strengths and assets but provokes and calls out more in the process.
    +Take a look at the job field and see whether there aren't interesting and new vocations to which you might apply your abilities while developing and exploring more.
    The sense of being overwhelmed is often supplanted with exhilaration, challenge, and freedom and a whole new learning experience.
    Dare to try and learn to fly.
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     Val enjoyed a weighty love affair with books and writing all of her life but worked as a nurse aid by vocation. Words captivated, writing energized, and learning motivated her ... but she had no formal education.
     Nobody was more surprised than Val to receive a phone call one day from an "English major" friend requesting her presence at a large and prestigious literary event. While attending the event and as providence would have it, one of the literary judges suffered a stroke and Val was suddenly asked to replace him. Overwhelmed and excited all at once, Val agreed. It became the turning point of a new literary career.
    Val's advice:
    +Many of life's greatest opportunities present themselves in unexpected ways and at unexpected times. Jump in with both feet! You may never get the opportunity again.
    +Always view a new opportunity as a "learning" opportunity and you'll appreciate and welcome it so much more.
    Val believes that even if she had done poorly as a literary judge, she still would have come away with growth and a sense of confidence in seeing what "others" perceived in her. It was an unforgettable and life-altering moment for her.
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    Whether you get bumped in or jump in to a new opportunity ... relish the enjoyment of being somewhere new and reflect on what it does for you.
    Work out your "fraidy cat kinks" in concrete ways and be willing to exercise some new muscle in the process. Humility might be a big part of the learning process ... it generally is. Get familair with it and you'll be guaranteed countless new opportunities that others aren't willing to explore and experience.
    What do you have to lose and, better yet, what do you have to gain?
    You don't know until you try and you won't grow until you try.
    It's a win-win either way ...
    JUMP IN WITH BOTH FEET!
    I'll meet you at the splash.
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  • HIS VOICE

    HIS VOICE
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Oh heart so bruised and sorely worn,
    A comfort blows your way;
    The Savior knows and mends the heart,
    Desiring to obey.

    He breathes a breath and all is new,
    Where heartache should arise;
    A healing balm is placed upon,
    The soul … that sanctifies.

    O for the grace that freely flows,
    In this I will rejoice:
    No man, no plan can circumvent,
    My Savior’s precious voice.

    Though heart should grieve I will believe,
    God takes our deepest pain;
    And joy shall come and rivers flow,
    And fill the tender plain.
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    “I will open rivers in desolate heights, and fountains in the midst of valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.”
    Isaiah 41:18

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