Giving Thanks Despite a Difficult Year

I had big expectations for 2020. In recent years, I’ve selected a word to help me focus and stay on track. This year, my word was “vision” in keeping with the underlying theme 20-20. When I chose that word, I never dreamed it would take such effort to maintain positive, clear vision amid distraction, devastation, […]

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5 Tips to Combat Discouragement

In the first few months of the COVID pandemic, I didn’t know anyone who had contracted the virus. Now, I know many, including family members. I’m not sure any of us expected the pandemic to drag on this long. It’s hard not to become discouraged by the time frame and wonder if our lives will […]

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5 Keys to Lasting Relationships

This week, my husband and I celebrated 40 years of marriage. When my parents reached their 40th anniversary, we had been married a little over six years. At that point, I could hardly fathom  all the highs and lows of that much time together, but decided to pay more attention to what made their relationship […]

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Adjusting and Adapting to Change

This week, we learn the results of one of the most contentious elections in our country’s history. No matter who wins national, state, and local elections, changes will occur. Some people will embrace those changes. Others will view them with discouragement, distrust, and feelings of defeat. Constant change is prevalent in many areas of life. […]

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Experiencing Peace Amid Uncertainty

Recently, I had a conversation with a man who immigrated legally to the United States with his family. When asked why they came to this country, he replied, “Freedom. Religious freedom.” He went on to say that he is extremely concerned about the upcoming election, fearing those with a socialist agenda will come to power. […]

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Small Steps, Big Results

Not long ago, I saw a post on social media asking people to tell what prevents them from exercising. Some cited health issues. Others stated they don’t exercise because they are averse to sweating. Still others listed time limitations, low energy levels, laziness, and distant proximity to exercise facilities. Lack of discipline was a reason […]

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Closing a Life Chapter

2020 This week marks the end of a long chapter of my life as I finalize the sale of my childhood home. My father built the house in 1951 and it has remained in the family for almost 70 years. As I write this, I struggle to sort my emotions and thoughts. Closing a life […]

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Gaining Wisdom and Understanding

When I was a child, we attended all the high school football games, at home and away. My father played football when he was in high school, continued to support the program, and enjoyed the games. However, football held no interest for me. I usually took a book and read, although shutting out the noise […]

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Finding Balance in Life’s Hard Things

Have you noticed that when you face difficult situations they seem to come in multiples? We hardly ever get to do one hard thing at a time. Often, challenges stack atop each other, demanding immediate attention and vying for priority. Following are ways to find balance in life’s hard things: Learn Multi-Level Thinking I was […]

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