Rise Above

A mantra can be a powerful reminder of what we truly desire or want to be. One little mantra our family uses has taken on new meaning recently: “rise above”. It’s a simple reminder no matter what or who is causing a problem in our lives, we rise above. We often use it when someone …

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Favorite Books of 2021

What activity transports us to new places, creates new memories, educates and entertains our minds, and encourages our spirit? It’s reading of course! We could say the same about movies or music, but there is something about a good book to engage our imagination, inspire our intellect, and/or refresh our soul. In the past year, …

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How to Encourage God’s Way

Encouragement comes in many forms: a gentle word, a heartfelt talk or gesture, or even tough grace as a friend calls helping us stay accountable. I’ve often taken a blunter approach and don’t always encourage God’s way. Like it or not, I frequently tell people what to do. Sometimes it’s helpful and needed; other times, …

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Faith means understanding we won’t always understand

Discussing loss, unfair situations, and why bad things happen to good people, I recently shared with a friend: “I’ve come to understand I won’t always understand.” Our other friend then added “that’s where faith comes in”. Exactly. Faith means understanding we won’t always understand. God didn’t promise us life would be easy. Actually, Jesus tells …

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How to Refocus a Worried Mind

A scattered or worried mind impedes us whenever or wherever it wants. It’s difficult to refocus a worried mind when thoughts swirl, jump, and invade. The what-ifs, worst case scenarios, whys, and why nots slowly or suddenly overtake our mind and impair our actions. It doesn’t matter when or what: sleep, work, being present, or …

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