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That’ll Leave a Mark

Think again! If you feel a burning desire to climb a tall mountain: Do it! Find your bliss! Just as long as while you are trekking up, you do it with integrity and after you reach the summit, you acknowledge that it was only with God’s grace. Tell me what you did this week that left a mark.

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Honorable Role Models in Scarce Supply

We’ve all learned to not EVER rely on stars (in music, film or sports) as role models for our little ones. Most are pretty lousy examples even for adults. They all seem to believe their own PR and that their pay checks and popularity give them golden privileges to say and do anything that crosses their minds. It doesn’t matter who’s watching or who will be imitating them.

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Redecorating for the Seasons of Life

Does your house fit your life, purpose and personality? Have you had the same wall colors and flooring since Miami Vice was airing weekly? Were your curtains made in 1985? Do your chairs feel custom-made for your butt? (That’s not a good thing!)
Perhaps it’s time to freshen up your surroundings and make them more functional for your current life stage.

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10 Ways to Adjust to an Empty Nest

Then my husband and I came home from dinner to an empty house. (She even took her obnoxious cat!) There is a void we never imagined. With some of the furniture gone as well, there is a bit of echo. To be honest we both felt a little weepy. The post 10… . . . → Read More: 10 Ways to Adjust to an Empty Nest

Just Like Roses

When you envision a rose, most people don’t think of words like hardy, tough or resilient. But guess what folks…they are all those things. I do love my roses. I have a row of 12 bushes lining a short wall in my front yard. My desk is in front of a window looking out at […]

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Be Who You Are

I consider myself to be fairly savvy and intuitive, but because I would never intentionally lie or make promises I didn’t intend to keep, it’s pretty hard for me to believe others will. When they do, I’m left with my mouth gaping open and my heart a little dented. Be Who You Are.

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Avoiding Financial Stupidity

While standing on the balcony of a nice hotel recently […]

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Need for Purpose Starts Early and Never Ends

Kids get bored and adults of all ages can feel a little lost or depressed when their lives don’t include purposeful pursuits; accomplishing something of value. Diane Markins

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Your Next Big Purpose

Tent-Maker is an Honorable Profession The Apostle Paul […]

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Therapy Dogs are “Jesus In Furs”

She also has been a frequent guest at Provision Assisted Living and Memory Care. Molly and I also visit MEPS to be with the men and women entering military service and their families in cooperation with the USO. Last summer Molly was involved with Camp Progress and was a hit among the mentally challenged children.

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To Re-ignite Purpose, Reconnect with the Purpose Giver

Fulfilling your purpose doesn’t rely on reinventing yourself, it depends upon reconnecting with your Creator. Moses didn’t likely say, “Maybe I should get a tattoo or dye my beard; then the people will want to follow me. I just need to reinvent myself.” I doubt that David said, “Maybe if I get a drum and a little more base in the background, these songs would be more popular.”

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Who’s Loving the Leader?

Leadership requires a specific skill set. It can be a heavy load. Question: Who’s loving the leader? Who’s loving on you? Take this quiz to see if your leadership is lacking because you aren’t leading yourself in the right direction. Diane Markins

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Doing Someone Else’s Job

Contentment can be challenging when you’re doing someone else’s job. If you could have a do-over, how would you answer this question: What do you want to be when you grow up? Is there a way you can incorporate some of the best facets of that job into your life now?

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Who are You? What are You Doing about it?

Who are you? The Who posed this question in their song […]

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The New AWANA Transforms Kids and Families

Many Christians are familiar with Awana children’s mini […]

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Boundaries for Teen Girls

I always learn so much more from other people’s m […]

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Facing Life’s Challenges with Faith, Friends and More

People instinctively know if they’re being schmoozed and it’s always unattractive. The question then is how to offer praise genuinely when someone is glaringly lacking from every visible vantage point.

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Happiness App

I’m tired of being “deformed” by adult society. I want to enjoy each moment without being distracted by what’s coming next and three steps after that, or fearing what people might think of me.

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Healing Power of Animals

I’m not a tattoo kind of girl, but if I were, this is the phrase I need written across the palm of my hand. Maybe that way I’d see it all the time and remember that no amount of thinking can change anything, because it’s my over-thinking that tends to get between me and God.

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Stretch, Drink and Eat for Health

Yoga is a holistic approach not only to complete fitness but also a means to get you to a deep place of meditation where you can focus the mind on spending time with Christ. The postures, breath work, and direction of the mind allow students to reap th… . . . → Read More: Stretch, Drink and Eat for Health