Intentional Living: God Gave Us Senses for a Reason

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Sometimes, I wish I could simultaneously view all the lands and people in the world. I wonder what a satellite/panoramic view of earth would really look like. As I ponder the typical lifestyle in a modern world (at least, in America) I feel saddened. I immediately think I probably would not really like to see [ keep reading ]

Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time comparing myself to others. Its something I’ve struggled with my entire life. I blame my competitive nature. I was raised in sports and competition. Growing up, I was seldom alone and always with cousins and friends. Playing ball was [ keep reading ]

Cultivate Confidence and Eliminate Negative Self-Talk

Confidence. Idiots have too much of it and genuinely awesome people have too little of it. To many, the stereotypical confident person is an extroverted individual who possesses a natural magnetism. Charismatic extroverts seemingly ooze confidence, while timid introverts tip-toe their way through life without it. Interestingly, some of the most extroverted people I’ve ever [ keep reading ]

Fasting Helps Strengthen Mind, Body and Spirit

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My mother has always been a tremendous promoter of temperance. She raised her children to maintain self-control in all aspects of their lives. She taught that too much of anything is typically never healthy. Especially regarding our diets, we were allowed to eat whatever we wanted, in moderation. As an adult, I have learned that [ keep reading ]

We Don’t Deserve Dogs

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” – Roger Caras Dogs are the greatest. I love dogs and couldn’t imagine life without my pupper. It’s not always been this way. My love for canines is relatively new. In fact, just a few short years ago I was adamantly against owning [ keep reading ]

How to Beat Fatigue by Doing Nothing

How to beat fatigue, woman sleeping

If you run into someone you know in a parking lot, you likely wave and ask how he or she doing. Chances are, some part of the answer will include the phrase “so busy.” Busyness is tough to escape in modern life. If you’re feeling fatigued, it might have something to do with how busy [ keep reading ]

The Line between Acceptance and Tolerance

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Rodney King’s infamous words ring just as true today as they did decades ago, “Can we all just get along?”. He voiced a frustration he suffered first-hand and gave many of us something to ponder. Nearly 20 years later, I consider what it means for those of us residing on Planet Earth. Are we a [ keep reading ]

Grieving a Sudden Death: Coping with the Loss of a Friend

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Nothing can adequately prepare you for grieving a sudden death. You may not think you take life or the people in your life for granted. Learning that one of your friends has died makes you realize how tremendously fragile life truly is. Perhaps you recently corresponded with that friend. Knowing he or she died a [ keep reading ]

Feeling Overwhelmed? Just Do the Next Thing

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Have you ever felt the weight of the Cross after receiving abundant blessings in life? Have you ever had so much to be thankful for but felt completely stressed and overwhelmed at the same time? If so, you’re definitely not alone in your struggle. Feeling overwhelmed doesn’t always happen because terrible crises have occurred. Sometimes, [ keep reading ]

An Attitude of Gratitude: How to Break the Habit of Complaining

We’ve all got that one friend or family member who has a problem for every solution. You know, the critic who can suck the air out of the room with their constant negativity. Who likes being around a complainer? These days, complaining has become so commonplace that most people don’t even notice they’re doing it. [ keep reading ]

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