Encouragement

Finding the Motivation to Get Moving & Get Healthy

Finding the Motivation to Get Moving

If fitness is not your thing, but you know that getting moving for the sake of your health and physical wholeness is a necessary step, then take heart . . . you’re not alone. I get you! I understand the struggle and the predicament you find yourself in. My brain thinks I’m fit enough, but my body has something else to say on the matter. It’s not that I hate exercise, per se. I hate the pain — not as in muscle burn after a good work out sort of pain, as I welcome that reward — but in the […]

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Is it possible to overcome anxiety?

Is it possible to overcome anxiety?

Anxiety. It’s a word none of us like. It’s more than a word. It’s an experience that seeks to undermine everything, whether we’re struggling with anxious feelings or the throws of an anxiety attack. Anxiety is the silent joy-stealer wrecking the lives of God’s children. But why? Why? Why must anxiety be such a problem? I think it’s because we are too afraid to admit it is a struggle, mostly because we’re terrified of the response. Being honest about anxiety leaves the door wide open to commentary and criticism rather than being an invitation for compassion. Isn’t that a double-whammy to […]

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Surrendering Your Dreams

31 Days to a Better Marriage

I find it interested that I don’t share much about my marriage over in these parts. I think the reason is two-fold. One, I’m keenly aware that there are many of you who want to be married, or wish you were in a happy marriage, and having to read about someone else’s marriage just hurts. I don’t want to be the source of that hurt. And, two, I still hold my marriage and it’s stability in such a tender place. With both of us coming from families devastated by divorce, we’ve walked through the last 18 years on eggshells, fearful […]

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Should you count your hours?

Time is Sacred

Have you ever thought about counting your hours, as in the time you spend working or investing in a certain ministry endeavor? I only ask because once I had a friend who shared with me that her husband counted up all the hours he put into his work in a given week. Even though he was a salaried employee, he wanted to be sure where his time really went. In some way, I get that. Even my son asked me recently, “How much do you make an hour?” Of course, he was sitting with me as I was doing my […]

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The Value of Rest

I’ll never forget those early years of my marriage, when my mother-in-law would be in town for an extended visit and comment about how I would flit from one thing to another without ever sitting down. My pace and productivity overwhelmed her to no end. I don’t think that’s changed, nearly twenty years later, bless her heart. As a young bride, desperate for approval, I worried that there something was wrong with the way I did life. I simply couldn’t sit still if I knew there was a chore to accomplish. Finishing “it” meant I could finally rest. Of course, […]

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How We Choose to Respond

Did you know that my desire to become a life coach really came out of my passion for mentoring and reaching the next generation? I so desperately want to rich young women — teenage girls — at a time in life when their ideals and identity is being so critically shaped. So I thought that by being trained as a coach, I’d gain skills to become a better mentor —  it turns out my hunch was right.   Through life coach training, I discovered that my habit of “telling” wasn’t very effective at reaching these girls I loved. I also […]

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