Category Archives: Acceptance

What is Grace?


Grace is . . .
                           a caring look
                                                        quiet moments                         a tender touch
         being accepted                             tranquil snowfalls                                                                                                                                special people                                                                                                                                     renewal and rest                    sunsets                      time                                                                                                                             a warm blanket                                    abiding kindness                                                                  faith           long hugs                          sudden smiles                         IMG_0411(2)                                        helping hands                               laughter                                                             prayer                                                                                                                                         strength and guts                    children singing                                                                 unexpected good                           mistakes forgotten                              sins forgiven                                       caring words               a happy sigh                               compassion                                                                  open arms                            a Savior given                                                                                                                                                Christmas morning                                     God’s joy and embrace

Christmas Blessings!

-Dr. Sandy

©All rights reserved, 2014, Dr. Sandy Nelson,

Do you feel motivated and appreciated after receiving criticism?


There’s no such thing as constructive criticism. Constructive criticism is an oxymoron—a contradiction. 

When we are criticizing someone, we are assessing that person’s actions and then judging it as right or wrong, good or bad. Who are we to judge? It is only our opinion. I am IMG_0430not referring to moral rights and wrongs or the acts of criminals. I am referring to the everyday critical remarks that seem to flow all too effortlessly from our mouths about someone else’s preferences that do not match ours.

Criticizing is not a good use of our time. Time is too short and valuable to spend it condemning someone else’s preferences.

Today, refuse to criticize anyone, including yourself. You will find the outcome amazingly positive. The voice of the human rights movement, Odetta Holmes, said, “The better we feel about ourselves, the fewer times we have to knock somebody else down to feel tall.” –Dr. Sandy