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The transforming power of a grateful heart

I wasn’t exactly mad, but neither was I thrilled with my friend’s suggestion. It was my first Thanksgiving overseas. I was homesick for my family, missing all the holiday traditions I dearly loved, and horribly sick with all-day sickness. (I refuse to call...

A little accountability goes a long way

Near the end of September, I determined October 1st would be New Year’s Day for me. Depending on how you look at it, I’m either extremely late, or a few months early. Let’s go with early. 🙂 So I set myself some goals. There were a few writing goals,...

Three practical ways to enrich your prayers of praise

I wonder if God ever feels like a fast-food worker at a drive-up window. “Hi there, God. Let’s see, I’ll take a large order of blessings, some good health, a job promotion, and hmmm…I do feel like dessert today. Let’s make it a 2-scoop...

Sharing the gift of authentic hope

I was nervous. So nervous that the butterflies were fluttering, my laugh was a bit forced, and my insides were just short of churning. It was the morning of my first Tough Mudder race. As I stood waiting for the mud run to begin, the thoughts in my brain tumbled...

If you want something, don’t give it away

  It happens all the time in my daycare. (I know the phrase all the time is usually an exaggeration, but come visit me for a day and you’ll see I speak the truth.) 🙂 Two children will be playing (mostly) happily with each other, when one will hand the other...