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Monday, May 22, 2017

When being busy becomes an idol

Being a purpose junkie is very busy work. So much to do. So little time. How can I make the most of every minute? I was rereading my favorite self-help book, The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. I drank in the wisdom of its simplicity.   “What’s your some day goal?” Gary Keller asks, “What is The One Thing...

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

1 thing to try when you feel trapped.

There are crisp mornings when a dense sheet of fog fosters stillness in me. Then it lifts and reveals the day. That kind of fog is okay. But not the mental kind. Not the emotional kind. Not the kind of fog that hides Hope and Goodness and Progress. Not the kind of fog that keeps me stuck in boredom, bad habits, negative seeing,...

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Weight accumulates on more than just our bodies.

“Did I look like this before?” Hoping for a better angle, I titled my head sideways as I stopped in front of the long mirror near our bedroom closet. I stared at my legs and wondered, “Did these exercise pants make my legs look like tree trunks last year or have I packed on some winter weight?” I dismissed the question quickly, pretty sure I knew...

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Are you called to walk the path less traveled?

The problem. I sat cross legged in the floor of our rental house in Nashville and tried not to cry. Maybe the wine was making me weepy. Or maybe it was the fact that I felt like quitting again. A dull ache had been gnawing at the corners of my confidence longer than I cared to get clear about. I’d failed to hit...

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

I refuse to be Hate’s host.

Blogcast: Listen to the audio version of the blog here.   I was on the phone with the nurse for the second time in an hour. I was panicked. Maybe she knew it… or maybe she was panicked too. “Take him to the ER,” she said with conviction. My son had a temperature of 104. His stomach had violently sent the Tylenol right back...

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Friday, February 10, 2017

The surest way to get where you want to go.

Listen to the “blogcast” here. A lot of pain and frustration rises from two specific places. 1) Knowing what we want to do, yet believing we are not capable of doing it. 2) Not knowing what we want to do and believing we are not capable of figuring it out. We often focus on “knowing” or “not knowing” and miss the bigger problem of believing “we are...

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

The best kept secret to “having it all.”

Listen to the audio version of this post here. I’ve turned some sort of imaginary corner. Imaginary because I can’t see it and have no marked day that it happened. But something has happened nonetheless. I hadn’t planned on writing about it because it’s difficult to describe. But that’s a writer’s job. To put into, as few and concise words as...

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

You can’t believe everything you hear.

You know that thing you’ve always heard is true about you? Maybe it’s not.   My son started 6th grade at a very unique school in the fall. They follow the college model. Students attend class two days a week to get instruction, receive assignments, and take tests. They work at home the other three days to follow up their learning. It gives a...

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Back to Life as usual. Or is it?

Christmas break is officially over and it’s life as usual. Or is it? We had a happy holiday. Family. Food. A trip away. No set schedule. All is mostly well. Except that… I didn’t know how much I was dreading “life as usual” until last night. I woke up to a wet kiss on the cheek at 12:30 a.m. My son stood over and...

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Screw goal setting. I’m doing this instead.

I didn’t know why I was so upset, then it hit me… My son and I were headed to a friend’s home for a visit. She had received some alarming results on a cat scan a few days before Thanksgiving. We were praying and standing firm that additional reports would be positive. But this was a time of waiting. Of not...

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