I'm ready to "March into spring." The daffodils and crocus are poking thru the ground, promising to bloom soon. I love this time of year when the earth thaws and the birds return to sing our morning greeting and the land comes back to life with spring flowers.
Easter season is here, reminding me of the new life we gained from the resurrection of our Savior. The land freshens with new life, reminding me that winter seasons are only temporary — physically and emotionally.
I hope the newness and revitalization that occurs this time of year stirs a new beginning in your heart. Whether that beginning is a spiritual beginning, a physical change or an attitude adjustment, now is the time to commit to it.
This month tell me about the changes you are making in your life and in your heart. If you are planning your own personal spring awakening, tell me how you plan to make positive changes and follow thru with it.
Tell me what you love about your life. Even if you are not in the best place right now, tell me one thing you can hold onto that brings you joy.
Tell me about your Passover traditions and Easter traditions. How do you celebrate this special time of year and what are you looking forward to?
I can't wait to hear from you this month. Share your thoughts, your traditions and more, and let me find a song to keep you going strong. You can call me at 1-888-633-5452 or email me at D@Delilah.com today.
It’s time to kiss drab, dark winter evenings goodbye! Daylight Saving Time begins on March 10, which means sunset will continue to move later and later, giving us some time to play outdoors a little longer.
I know we lose an hour of sleep but for me, the extra daylight is so worth it. If you’re feeling a bit sluggish in the days following the time change and from losing that precious hour of sleep, I suggest a few tips to help you perk up sooner than later:
Take an evening walk. Regardless of your normal workout routine, go enjoy some of that extra daylight. Having something to appreciate (such as more daylight) will help re-energize you.
You may lose an hour of sleep, but you can still gain better sleep. Wash the sheets the night of the change, darken the room, sip some chamomile tea, listen to soothing music…do things to help relax your body and mind so you can sleep more soundly.
Consider what you want to do with the extra daylight. Thinking positive about how you’re going to use the extra daylight may help to perk you up.
Don’t eat too late. Having a heavy meal in your tummy so late may interfere with a good night’s sleep. Give yourself time to digest dinner before heading off to bed.
Give yourself time to wind down before bedtime. Dim the lights, turn off computer screens and bright lights. Tune into my show and put yourself in a relaxed state of being so you can head off to bed ready for a good night’s sleep.
It’s chilly outside but tonight I plan on warming things up indoors with your favorite songs on the radio. Whether you’re listening to my show on your local radio station or tuning into iHeartRadio, I really appreciate you joining me each night.
All the people who produce my show work really hard to make great radio and it’s because they truly believe, like me, we have a mission of spreading love and hope thru the airwaves. It feels really good to do something you enjoy and feel like you’re making a difference in lives of other people. And the really neat thing is that everyone on my staff is so different from each other! I mean, really very different, from different backgrounds and different walks of life.
I love the fact that the people in my circle are so diverse. I love that no two are alike. Did you ever cut out snowflakes when you were a kid? It was always so fun cutting them up and seeing how each one unfolded to become its unique design. Isn’t it amazing that out of the gazillions of real snowflakes that fall every year, no two are alike?
And how about fingerprints and palm prints? No two have ever been found to be the same. If God can be that creative with a teeny tiny little snowflake, how much more unique is your soul? How much more special and different and unique is your heart, your soul, your mind, that which makes you you.
If you ever question your worth, stop. Don’t ever question if you’re special, because you are. How boring this world would be if every person looked, talked, dressed and thought the same way. You can bet my show wouldn’t be nearly as exciting if every love song said the same thing and every person had the same story. Be grateful for who you are because you are uniquely and wonderfully made.
The Valentine love letters are pouring in and you guys are pouring it on thick! I love, love, love that people (especially you men) are taking the time to write some really wonderful things about your sweetheart to honor them for Valentine’s Day. I wish I could share all of them, and believe me, I will continue to share more on the air, so tune in, but for now, enjoy this one from Michael…
I first met Cherie in high school many years ago. She was this unbelievably cute little freshman, and I was a senior “jock.” She sat one row over, two seats back. All of five feet tall, with the prettiest brown eyes I have ever seen. We dated on and off over the next five years. Then I asked her to marry me in late fall of her senior year. When we went to our pastor, he told us we had a 10% chance of making it work. Not only were we as opposite as any two people I have yet to meet (and still are), we were three months pregnant. He married us a few months later.
In the years that followed, there was many times Cherie thought I had only married her for the obvious reasons. In hindsight, as wrong as she was, she probably had good reasons to think this. I had never known a person to love me like she did, and wasn't very good at dealing with that. As the years passed, I not only learned how to be a better husband, and father, but realized how in love with my wife I had become.
Our son has since graduated college, gotten married, become a military police soldier, loves God, his family and his country, and became a very good man. His mother and I could not be more proud. With this said, I have always wanted my wife, as well as everyone else, to know that I did in fact love her, and intended to do so forever, when I asked her to marry me back then. At the time I was just 21 years old, and I may have not really known how long forever would be. Now, I just don’t want forever to end. I would do it all over again today. Matthew
I hope Michael’s wife gets to read these sweet words that were written for her. See, now wouldn’t you just love to read a letter like this about you? That’s exactly why you should do it for someone else. Just a thought!
Have you ever received a “tongue lashing” from someone – a really harsh scolding? Maybe you got a tongue lashing for being a misbehaved child. Maybe you were scolded at work for a project that went south. The tongue is such a strong instrument of power. It wields the power to lift up and unite and create joy. It also wields the power to cause pain and suffering.
Do you build people up or do you tear them down with your words? There is a very old book that says, “The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.” It’s true. Have you ever wanted to take something back right after you said it? Have you ever thoughtlessly judged or antagonized someone only to feel worse yourself? Have you ever spread gossip only to feel guilty for doing it, or worse, have it come back to bite you? Have you ever used harsh language only to find your child repeat it later on?
Can you recall a time when you were hurt by someone’s words? Maybe you’ve forgiven them by now, yet you can still recall the feeling of pain it caused you. Words can be forgiven but they can also be scarring, so be careful how you use that tongue of yours. What you say may not so quickly be forgotten, even if it’s forgiven.
Use your words to build people up, build confidence in people. Use your words to heal someone’s heart. Use your words to show love and encouragement. Instead of criticism, give constructive feedback. Sometimes it’s just how you present the information to someone that makes all the difference.
How will you use that powerful tool between your teeth? Next time you find yourself rushed to anger, take a breath and choose your words wisely. I have a hard time with this, and I often speak before I think, but it’s something I’m working on all the time. Hopefully you’ll join me in this effort. Just a thought.
After the holidays and all that shopping and all those gifts, it’s easy to feel like you just have too much clutter in your life. Too much stuff to pack away and not enough room for it all. January is a great month clean up, clear out and make some room! Start clean and fresh with some of these tips…
Put out a box and give yourself (and your family) a month to fill it with stuff you come across that you no longer use or need. Stash it all in the box and by month’s end, donate it!
Clean in places you rarely pay attention to, like for me, the cupboard beneath the sink. It’s where I stash grocery bags, garbage bags and then some. It could use a clean sweep!
Clean out your computer. Old emails, old photos and old files. Clean them up or organize them into folders so you can see your desktop easier.
Clean out your phone. Delete old contacts you never call and old apps you never use.
Take inventory of your medicine cabinet and check expiration dates on bottles you have rarely used this year.
When was the last time you crawled to the deepest, darkest corner of your refrigerator to see what’s in the mystery food container? It’s time my friend…
Clean your car. It’s like a magnet for random papers, crumbs and dust. It’s time to clean it out and polish it up!
Get a calendar and get organized! Whether it’s an online calendar or a wall calendar with kittens on it, make it a goal to put down your obligations and vacations so you keep on top of your schedule better in 2013.
Clear out your mind. Tonight, join me on the radio and take some time to simply enjoy the songs and stories on my show. Let me help soothe off the rough edges of your week and help you clear the clutter in your head after a long day.