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Life is Fleeting

As young adults we often regain a measure of our senses and realize that our parents did sacrifice a lot for our sorry butts and actually do have some wisdom to offer. We mature and become parents, relying on the ones who raised us to give help, encour… . . . → Read More: Life is Fleeting

10 Ways to Prepare for and Handle Hard Times

I’m sharing the junk that’s hit the fan in our lives so you’ll see you’re not alone. Yeah, I’m hoping you’re in a peaceful season of life with rainbows and unicorns passing through each day. But if so… it won’t last forever.

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Nancy Alcorn

When someone hurts you, the enemy wants you to believe that forgiveness doesn’t make sense, that it’s dangerous, idealistic, and unfair. When I was a new believer it wasn’t even on my radar to forgive. I was happy about my relationship with God but there were still people I was mad at.

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“People Scare Me” Confessions of an Introvert

One of my issues is that I can escalate quickly from nice to –well- not so nice when people don’t give me answers that make sense. And that happens often with customer service dealings. I’m a total failure at keeping my cool. Don’t poke the bear. I don’t like being the bear, so I avoid taking care of things that require confrontation.

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Stop! Thief! Is Your Joy Being Robbed?

When thieves broke in and messed up our lives a bit that Christmas, we saw them for what they were and made changes to prevent a repeat visit. Family and friends stood beside us and helped us get back on track.
Just be reminded that there are thieves lying in wait for each of us but with a little self-awareness we can avoid being robbed. Don’t let meaningless distractions steal what matters most.

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Re-Remembering Memorial Day

We get caught up in politics and policies, forgetting about all those brilliant folks who have stepped valiantly into harm’s way because they believed in freedom. You don’t have to agree with the tenets or decisions of war…you certainly don’t have to love the politicians who make them. Just remember and appreciate those who died to secure the liberties we become complacent about.

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Holding on to Courage

I want them to hear my voice and feel me loving on them as they take their last breath. Holding on to courage. The post Holding on to Courage appeared first on Diane Markins. Continue reading Holding on to Courage . . . → Read More: Holding on to Courage

Why It’s Impossible to Always be Nice

It’s easy to be good for Grandma, or anyone who makes your life easier and better. It’s a lot tougher to “be good” during the course of another hectic day. But I think a little attention and prayer of preparedness to start the day can make a big difference.

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Working with a Giving Attitude

“Whether we are the elephant pooper-scoopers at the circus for minimum wage, volunteering Saturday nights at a homeless shelter or a surgeon removing a brain tumor…it’s all work we do for Him.”

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Marnie Swedberg

She went on to tell me how things had totally turned around after our meeting. Her husband, who’d been a drunk on the couch for months, had gotten up, found a job, and was participating in the family again. She gushed gratitude as she ran off toward her next appointment.

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Stop Prayer-Shaming

Atheists are free to not believe and have my blessing to not pray (…see what I did there?). I won’t shove my doctrine down their throats, or ridicule them for not adhering to mine. So how about giving us the same treatment. Stop prayer-shaming and joking about something that the majority of American hold very dear.

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Surprises are for Suckers

The day you had planned just unraveled because of a surprise. If you’re like me, you don’t like having to scramble to recapture order and control. Predictable is peaceful. God says we should simply expect the unexpected and trust His power in us to keep moving, surviving and doing what we were called to do. Surprises are for suckers.

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Character Close-up

As I reluctantly peruse my character close-up, the list of “issues” is far longer. I would say impatience tops it off. God uses the strangest things to help me practice and improve in this area. Traffic, non-English speaking tech supporters, door-to-door salesmen and long lines at the grocery store are ideal training grounds.

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Balancing Boldness

I have learned that there are many varied ways of viewing the world and that most often, it’s not my job to assist people in their perspectives. I’ve also learned that I have to respect boundaries and authority. My daughter is an adult and she has caught on to this much faster than I did, thankfully.

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Bold Move on the Dance Floor

I was at a high school dance (Do they even have high sc […]

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Changing with the Seasons of Life

Some people struggle in dealing with change more than others. The first thing that might help is to accept that nothing (and no one) remains the same. Diane Markins The post Changing with the Seasons of Life appeared first on Diane Markins. Continue re… . . . → Read More: Changing with the Seasons of Life

Risk, Courage and Wisdom

I’m in favor of taking wise risks… remember the name of my radio show and blog? Bold Living. For me that is the result when you add Courage + Wisdom.

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“Spotting” a Leopard; In Pursuit of Your Dreams

He meandered through the jungle, coming in and out of sight as we kept pace. There didn’t seem to be fear in him as much as a wise wariness as he continued on his course, never flinching or running. Wordless and breathless, we watched him until the light faded.

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Let Your (Kids’) Talent and Gifts Shine

When God blesses us uniquely and then issues a lovely invitation to use that gift, but we toss it aside or procrastinate, He must be terribly disappointed.

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Getting Unstuck – Jamie George

Unfortunately, in my willingness to sacrifice for others I am not being a steward of myself. And if truly honest, not really sacrificing. I am doing the EASIER and LAZY thing. Serving myself takes a great deal of effort.

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