Why You Should Never Check Your Phone in the Morning

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We all do it. You’re lying in bed all warm and cozy, snoozing away, immersed in a dream, when your alarm suddenly jolts you back to reality.  Most likely, your phone is your alarm. As you grab your phone and shut off the alarm, you notice 3 missed texts. And there’s a little red notification [ keep reading ]

Hospice care: When life’s end draws near

hospice care, statue of woman kissing forehead of deceased

It’s so hard to believe that June 27, 2020, will be the ninth anniversary of my father’s death. My dad  endured great suffering in the final years of his life. I typically am not one to ask favors of God although I did so concerning my dad. I prayed that God would grant me the [ keep reading ]

Lent and fasting: What are you giving up?

fasting, woman with ash cross

I have to smile when people tell me they have “discovered” fasting. Like it was ever lost? Fasting is an ancient practice dating back to Moses or perhaps earlier. It is nothing new. Many people practice it regularly for their spiritual health more than their physical health. In fact, fasting is on the minds of [ keep reading ]

Joy stealers: Don’t let them drag you down

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Pretend you have an electronic meter strapped to your body that registers your level of joy at any given moment. With 10 being supremely joyful and one being the opposite extreme, where would your meter be right now? Do people describe you as a joyful person? Did you used to be but are not at [ keep reading ]

Leaving your fishing net behind to follow Jesus

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Have you heard stories of people who shock their friends and families by walking away from fame and fortune? Men who give up family inheritances to help the poor and homeless in their communities? Women who sacrifice promising, lucrative careers as performers, entrepreneurs, and engineers to serve the Lord in religious orders? Young people who [ keep reading ]

Secrets to a happy marriage: Kiss, a lot!

secrets to happy marriage, elderly couple

Are you in the middle of your having-babies-raising-a-family-building-a-career phase in life? If so, you might think it difficult to imagine being married more than 50 years.  After all, you’re just trying to make it through this day, right? You no doubt have high hopes, however, for finishing the journey right alongside the one with whom [ keep reading ]

Keto diet: Possible dangers and unpopular opinion

keto diet, woman eating

As someone who recently navigated the trials and challenges of menopause, quick weight loss ideas greatly interest me. (Sorry, ladies, but all the horror stories you hear about sudden onset of visceral fat during menopause are true.) It has been difficult for me to resist the temptations of converting my eating lifestyle to keto. The [ keep reading ]

My Father’s Humor Prepared Me for His Death

My Dad died about two and a half months ago. He was 89 years old. Though I love my Dad dearly and miss him every single day, somehow, I’m a bit surprised – and even a little ashamed – that the loss of him hasn’t completely gutted me. I’ve worried that I’m not grieving him [ keep reading ]

Hoping to be more organized in 2020?

organized, woman writing in planner

How many nights a week do you crawl into bed exhausted from spinning your tires and feeling like you could have accomplished so much more if you could be more organized, if only you had more time? Of course, everyone has the same number of hours in a day. You might be surprised to realize [ keep reading ]

Parenting tips: Don’t underestimate the impact you have

parenting tips, mom and daughter hugging

At 55, I often struggle with myriad, self-analytical questions. Have I been faithful to God’s call? Do I share The Good News with others? Will I live to see my great grand-children? Does anything I say or do make a difference in my children’s lives? Am I failing as a mother? I’m not sure why, [ keep reading ]

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