The “Fresh New” and the “Valuable Old”

The end of another year blends into the beginning of a new one by the simple passing of days. It’s the same process that happens all year long, but when those few days end one thing and begin another, they are noteworthy.

There are some things in the “old” that need to be shed. Cut away. Dropped off. However, there are also some things in the “old” that are critical to hang onto.

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Gratitude. What Exactly Is It?

I found myself defining gratitude a bit differently this year. In past seasons of life, I’d always defined it as being thankful. Over time, I came to say it is an attitude – of gratitude. This year, however, I added new bits to the definition. I began embracing deeper elements that only come in trials and great difficulties, the kind that are somehow important to your well-being as you suffer. Read More …


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When Life Slips By: The Daily Grind and Stress of Living Through a Crisis

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Life is an amazing privilege. But let’s face it: life is also really hard! Especially when you are troubleshooting your way through an unexpected crisis.

Crisis crashes into your world and turns it upside-down. It changes everything, not respecting your time or schedule. They become side issues. Nor does it care about your needs. They slip into a back seat for a while. Crisis just happens! Getting through it is the goal. Getting through it well is the hope. Read More …


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The Single Best Way to Use Your Free Will and Get Control of Your Life.

How is your “will” these days? By will, I mean your power center.

What is a “power center?” Most people think of their will only in the context of “willpower.” An example that quickly comes to mind is – having willpower to be on a diet-exercise program. That is a limited use of the word. If you look up “will” in the dictionary, definitions include, determination, motivation, drive, resolve, backbone, spirit, self-control, in addition to willpower. Those words describe a power house, a center of power. Did you know you have one of those?

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What Do You Do When Life Completely “Up-Ends” You? 3 Great Resources!

Whether from your own choices, someone else’s choices, or just the fallen world, most people end up completely turned upside-down sometime in their life. Very few people escape this tragic experience. Perhaps you are there now.

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You have options! You have resources.

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