That’s the way we’re wired and it’s no mistake because all those things are according to God’s model for romance and marriage. But in order to achieve this picture-perfect design, there is one major requirement: Two people who are willing to hold up their end of the equation. Many women don’t get that. They want the fabulous leading man but don’t see that instead of being the leading lady, they’re the lazy, sarcastic, self-absorbed side-kick. Or maybe they have good hearts but aren’t really putting in the time and energy it takes to keep their end of the teeter totter off the ground.
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If you realize your focus is being pulled from what’s honestly significant to things that don’t have lasting value or add to your contentment, maybe it’s time to make some changes.
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Beginning a new year is a great time to look at life as it is and consider some possibilities of how it could be. It’s easy to put this off and wait until later…but sometimes it seems that much of our life is spent waiting. In a small sense we wait in line for a vanilla latte, we wait for our car to fill up with gas, we wait for the cable guy to show up (between 8 and 12…ha! usually it’s 12:10).
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Better Parents Make a Better World Not even one of us has had ideal parents. Neither have we been perfect parents. There is room for improvement and it’s never too late, according to author Rick Johnson. His new book, Overcoming Toxic Parenting, helps readers identify what toxic parenting looks like, how they may have been […]
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People can be stubborn too…sometimes for prudent reasons and sometimes for ego or purely for pleasure. The next time you encounter a person who seems impossibly obstinate, examine what their motives are. Perhaps there is fear, insecurity or sincere c… . . . → Read More: Is Obstinance Slowing You Down?
Does your prayer time seem a little lack-luster on occasion? I know mine does. God wants to hear from us. He expects us to show up and delights in the minutes we give solely to him. But once in a while it starts to feel a bit contrived and obligatory….. . . . → Read More: Let God Speak!
When doing strenuous exercise it is wise to keep your head above your heart so that your brain is getting plenty of oxygen-rich blood flow. I find that principle applies to many other areas of life as well. If we make major decisions primarily guided b… . . . → Read More: Doubting God
Sadly for one family, a woman died on this same Thanksgiving Day. She was an organ donor and a precise match for May, but where was he? The transplant team couldn’t reach him after repeated calls and pages. They tried calling other Mays in the Phoenix … . . . → Read More: Thanksgiving Story
Many people say that their family is the most important thing in their lives. But in reality they live as though their job or their own personal pleasures are far more important. Investing in your marriage and family takes lots of time and tremendous effort. But the result is so rewarding and fulfilling.
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Don’t be a Debbie Doubter. No, that’s not a typo, although both apply. Doubting is a downer. Pump the brakes and put a stop to self-doubt and God-doubt. Ok, you might not be feeling it right this very second, but you’ve been in that place before and you’ll probably revisit sometime in the near future. […]
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What are you aiming to get or longing for in your life? Are you pursing it on the Righteous Road or are you on the Temptation Trail? Just remember, you’ll likely get there either way, but the outcome and fulfillment may be dramatically different.
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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
One of my favorite TV shows is The Dog Whisperer. I’m constantly amazed (just as the clients on the program are) at how this small man, Cesar Milan, can turn snarling beasts into cuddly puppies. How he can make dogs change their behavior and be redeemed.
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None of them can be authentic right now. Every syllable is being recorded and analyzed to be used as ammunition. Nothing like your own words to tell a negative story, so their words are carefully selected and delivered like Christmas presents. I just w… . . . → Read More: Fed up with Politics
Most importantly, model and teach your children this lesson. Don’t give them a new toy the minute the old one breaks or becomes boring. Avoid replacing their cell phone because it doesn’t have all the latest features. Help them understand that THINGS have value because they are the result of hard work.
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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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About a dozen women ranging in age from late 20s to early 80s showed up at a Bible study I’m co-facilitating. The study is about simplifying your life and learning to declutter your world. When I chose the terrific book (Becoming a Woman of Simplicity by Cynthia Heald) I was kinda thinking we’d focus on trying to […]
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My friend Kim Knight lost her husband unexpectedly and, after getting back up from being knocked flat, she wrote this book to help others who are dealing with the challenges of being a widow(er). Check out this little post and excerpt. I bet you know someone who can use this! I’m excited to share my […]
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Please don’t pretend you can’t relate. I know only a teensy few women that are 100% comfortable with themselves, in every circumstance and with any person. If you’re one of them: Slow. Clap. Hooray for you because you’ve figured it out. Or maybe you haven’t, but you’ve just got me fooled?
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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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