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It Was Like… Magic

Magic-Chispa Magazine-Maggie Sabatier-Smith

“It was like… magic.” How many of us remember that line from the movie Sleepless in Seattle? In the movie Sam Baldwin (Hanks) describes it like this, “It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together, and I knew it. I knew…

Generosity—It’s a Lifestyle

Prison Ministry-Chispa Magazine

Generosity. It comes from the heart and compels us to take action. The more we use it, the greater it becomes to the point where it’s just a lifestyle choice. For some it’s easy to be generous with others yet they forget to be generous with themselves. God is so very generous to us—why not…

Five Ways To Avoid An Accident At Work

Avoid Accidents at Work-Chispa Magazine

Unfortunately, accidents in the workplace do happen but the good news is that they can often also be avoided. It’s important to put your safety in your own hands and take precautions that are going to help you dodge any unwanted situations. It’s in your best interest as an employee to learn ways for how…

When Your Love Tank is Empty

Love Tank is Empty-Chispa Magazine-Maggie Sabatier-Smith

Valentine’s Day has been here and gone. Tradition called for the perfect romantic experience. In preparation you binged-watched Hallmark movies. Both you and your partner did your part to make that happen… the card, the flowers, the chocolates, and the dinner. Yes, it would be the perfect day. Today you look back and wonder why perfect didn’t…

Stuck On Stupid

Don't be Stuck on Stupid-Choose Joy-Chispa Magazine-Kuan-Yin Timothee

‘Stuck on stupid’ is a phrase I’ve heard and used. So many times we get “used to” a set of circumstances and behaviors without wise input, and the end result ends up being… stupid. According to Merrimack-Webster, stupid is slow of mind: obtuse; given to unintelligent decisions or acts: acting in an unintelligent or careless manner,…

Running on Empty

Running On Empty-Chispa Magazine-Maggie Sabatier-Smith

How far can you drive your vehicle on empty? My husband would cringe at that question. His response would be, “Why would you let it run that low?” A fair question. I have no answers, at least not any that would explain it. Quite frankly, I just don’t think about it. This is not new…

Fine. I’m Just Fine.

Fine-Maggie Sabatier-Smith-Chispa Magazine

Are you living a “fine” life? Yesterday in church, this happened multiple times… “How are you doing?”  Me: “I’m fine.” A couple of folks dug deeper and asked, “Really?” Me: “Yes really—I’m fine.” “What’s wrong with being fine?” you might ask. Fine is certainly better than messy or challenging or disappointing. True, but I wonder…

What Are You Not Saying?

What Are You Not Saying-Maggie Sabatier-Smith-Chispa Magazine

As a spiritual mom, I’ve been writing about friendship over the last couple of weeks. While I thought I was done with the topic, today the words “What are you not saying?” are percolating in my spirit. I’m wondering how many friendships—relationships—end more because of what was not said rather than what was said. “The…