6 Steps to Facing Confrontation

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Confrontation can leave you feeling negative and uncomfortable, however, not all disputes need to be negative. Friction builds heat and when aptly used, it warms and soothes. Avoiding confrontation is like sitting in a cold bath of water and never getting out. The steps to facing your offender without breaking your bonds with them don’t guarantee a positive outcome, however, … Read More

Get to Know Others …by asking powerful questions

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Remember when you were a kid and asked all kinds of questions? How do plants grow? What makes the grass green? Why does it get cold? Back then you were a question-asking machine, full of curiosity and wonder! The world around you was an amazing place, and you wanted to know everything about it. We all have this natural quest … Read More

What Does Your Hashtag Say?

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My nephew died a few weeks ago. He was only 16 years old. His name went viral. Why? Because he affected so many people with an attitude of happiness. As you watch videos of him, you can see in his eyes that he loved life. He made a choice. He had hard things happen to him just like the rest … Read More

Going For The BIG YES

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I’m standing in my closet, searching for the BIG YES as I take a look at my “stuff.” Since our last move, I’ve given away many items that have worn out their worth. Plus, I feel much lighter since I’ve sent most of my children’s treasures to them. As Greg McKeown points out in his book Essentialism, I want to separate … Read More

Forgiveness is For You

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Corrie ten Boom shared publicly about the gift of forgiveness and healing when she told of her story in the concentration camp during World War II. Although her sister had died, Corrie lived to share her message.    Then one day….   A former Nazi guard, who had been part of Corrie’s terrible confinement, approached her after one of her … Read More

The Secret of Powerful People

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My husband greeted a young, handsome 8-year-old boy in his office. He and his older brother were there with their mom, having a checkup on their teeth. My husband, the dentist, noticed a spot of green on the young man’s cheek. He asked him about it, and he candidly replied, “Oh, that must have been the green drink I had … Read More

Reaching Your Potential

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I love to swim. When I was young, we had a blow-up pool in our back yard that we filled with water to keep ourselves cool. Many times we rode our bikes to the local high school for swimming lessons in the morning, free swim in the afternoon, and swim team in the evening.     One of my favorite … Read More

7 Steps to Disorganized Organization

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Although you may think that some people were born organized, the truth is that we all have to work at it. It’s okay to admit that there are times when you’ve misplaced something critically important. It’s also okay to become a little better organized so that you’re not continually asking others to find your missing items. It gets old.  Many … Read More

Runaway Fingers Get Caught Stealing Frozen Cookies

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As I lick the icing off my fingers, I can hear my mother’s voice inside my head, “Now wash your hands before you touch another cookie.” I rinse my hands as my mother’s love echoes in my heart. I can still see her kitchen full of cookies, all carefully prepared for her piano student’s recital party. These cookies are still … Read More

Is It On the List?

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How to Avoid the Wrath of a Child   You did it! You finally said, “No, we’re not going to get that today” to your child. Good for you! Now you find yourself faced with a storm, a tirade and even open rebellion. That’s where I used to get into trouble. Let’s face it, with all those gizmos and gadgets … Read More