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  • 10  Ways to Motivate Yourself to Workout

    how to motivate yourself

    Encourage. Encourage.  That’s the secret.  Trainers are great because they push you when you no longer want to continue. “One more.  You can do it,” they say while your legs are shaking and burning.  So since we all can’t afford our own trainers to encourage and push us we need to be our own personal […]

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  • Trusting in the midst of the Unknown

    If you let go of the safety bar and put your hands in the air on a roller coaster some would say it’s a freeing experience, full of adrenaline. Why?  You’re letting go, literally.  You’re letting go of fear and entrusting your life and safety to something you cannot control.  You’re trusting in the midst of […]

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  • I feel guilty. I have too much…

    I feel Guilty.  I have too much… Paper.  I have too many books.  That’s what I would say if I were to finish the sentence.  I go through my paper, organized in folders, notebooks, and binders, at least once a year, and I do the same for my book collection.  Some years I’m ready to […]

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  • How to handle disappointment

    How to handle disappointment I was recently disappointed by plans that fell through. What made it worse for me was that when I called the plans we had made weren’t even brought up, just that the person was doing something else for the day. So now I was disappointed and stuck. My husband and I […]

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  • 3 Small Ways to Make a Difference

    3 Small Ways to make a Difference Start small: As a kid and young adult I wanted to change the world.  I looked for opportunities to change the world in my small town, not a lot of luck.  I got discouraged.  If I moved I’d have more opportunities to change the world, or at least […]

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  • When I Can’t See Myself the Way God Does…

    It’s likely we’ve all had those moments when we look in the mirror and don’t like what we see, when we look at our lives and feel discouraged, when we wonder what our purpose and value is, which the Jason Gray video “Remind me Who I am” illustrated so poignantly.    What do we do […]

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  • Random Acts of Kindness Inspiration

    My neighbor and I like to chat about gardening and the weather, always a smile when we see each other.  So when I found out his father died, I wanted to do something to show I cared.  I gave a card and muffins and walked them over.  My heart blossomed with happiness and I knew […]

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  • Living Joyfully

    Which would you prefer to see in your daily life? A person who grumbles as they go about their business? Or a person who smiles and seems to enjoy what they’re doing? Now think about it: Who do you think is happier, living joyfully? Who do you think inspires and uplifts others more? Bishop Basil […]

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  • Why I Feel Guilty After Eating a Lot

    Lately I’ve been eating a lot of food because I’ve been visiting with friends and family.  In the past I would’ve eaten full portions of each item but now I eat smaller amounts.  Even so, a little of this, a little of that adds up quickly.  The next day I wanted to eat as little as […]

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  • How to be Less Critical of Yourself and Others

    When Samuel went to find a new king for Israel like God asked, Samuel was sure one of the eldest brothers would be anointed.  God had other plans: “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; […]