3 Reasons to Adjust Your Perspective

In recent weeks, I’ve seen several online videos on social media, or engaged in a meeting or teaching session via zoom. Sometimes, the presenter had the camera positioned in such a manner that the perspective wasn’t especially flattering. You’re probably familiar with what I’m referring to. You know, those selfie videos in which the person […]

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3 Steps for 2020 Vision Enhancement

Do you have a clear vision for 2020? Are you hoping to see change and growth? Do you have big goals, dreams, and plans, or are you easing slowly into the year, regrouping and waiting for a revelation? Personally, I’m taking some time to honestly assess, looking at things I didn’t accomplish last year, and […]

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10 Things to Consider Giving Up This Year

The new year is like a blank canvas awaiting first brush strokes. You have options about how to fill that canvas—the preparation, colors, shading, and picture type. Will you choose a self-portrait with clarity and depth, or one that is a jumble of Picasso-esque forms? To gain perspective, glance back at last year’s portrait. Are […]

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Unlikely Birthplace, Ultimate Outcome

Beneath a bejeweled sky, a baby’s cry pierced the night. Animal sounds and smells hovered in the air as a young mother placed her newborn on fabric strips spread across a hay-filled feed trough. God’s son entered the world inauspiciously, in a dirty stable, an unsuitable location for any human birth, especially the birth of […]

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Handling Holiday Grief

The holidays bring joyous festivities, hustle and bustle, and time with family, but for many, grief is also present. Some grieve the loss of loved ones. Others experience the nostalgia of childhood holiday memories or gatherings that no longer happen. Still others grieve ongoing relationship challenges or difficult memories of unpleasant holidays past. This year, […]

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4 Foundational Elements of Creativity

German organist and composer George Frideric Handel lived in England for most of his life and had a career writing music for celebrations, musical productions, and worship. One of Handel’s most famous works is Messiah, a long oratorio about the life of Christ that includes orchestra, chorus, and solos. Perhaps the most familiar song from […]

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Roll with It – Embracing Plan B

Have you noticed that things don’t always go as planned? Our Thanksgiving plans were upended by two precious grandbabies with high fevers. Upon hearing this news, I heard my daddy’s voice in my head, as I often do, saying, “You’ve got to learn to roll with the punches.” My father spent some years boxing while […]

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Getting a Grasp on Gratitude

Have you ever wished you had something so much, and been so focused on attaining it, you were miserable? Many times, we can’t be thankful for what we have because we’re so focused on what we’re lacking. And sometimes, when we want something we don’t have and can’t seem to get, we’re not only sad, […]

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Choosing a Positive Attitude

Do you know those who seem to focus on all that is negative? It’s exhausting to be around them, isn’t it? Many years ago, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale wrote a book titled The Power of Positive Thinking. It became an international bestseller. The book puts forth the idea that if you change your thinking it […]

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Building on Firm Foundations

My husband and I visited the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina last weekend. Although we have been many times before, I am always amazed by house—the size and scope, building materials, architectural elements, and the massive foundation. Construction of the house took six years and involved roughly a thousand workers, including local crews and […]

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