Personal Growth and Development

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How to Choose a Word for the Year and Make Your Own Creative Journal

As you stand at the entrance of a new year, do you ever reflect on a word for the year that could be yours throughout the year? I do this practice every year. For me, this has never been an exercise such as coming up with a New Year’s Resolution (which never works anyway, right?) …

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4 Guidelines for Living an Authentic Life

At my dear friend John’s funeral, I was brought to tears as people highlighted his kind, generous spirit. The word authentic was repeatedly used to describe him and how he lived his life. What a legacy to be known as a genuinely authentic person; someone who knows what it means to be real. Although my …

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Finding Your Purpose in God & Understanding What is the Real Purpose in Life

Finding your purpose in God leads to a better altogether life. When we relinquish control and trust God with our lives, our journey is more inspiring, peaceful, and fulfilling. But for me, it took time and several wrong turns. Finding purpose took me on many paths with some success but a lot of dead ends …

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9 Tips to Help with Controlling Anxiety & Walking in Freedom

Controlling anxiety has been a lifelong goal for me. Millions of people suffer with anxiety, and unfortunately it seems to be a growing ailment. What was once a normal life has become a distant fog.   We have been forced to find a place to anchor in a world that is overcome with chaos. But …

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How to Persevere in Faith When You Feel Like Giving Up

Most mornings I exercise on a path near my home and get to practice how to persevere when you feel like giving up! Occasionally, as I head out the door, a neighbor waves and says, “headed for a run, good for you!” It feels good to think other people see me as a runner. I …

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Pursuing Peace

I am a person that usually enjoys pursuing peace with everyone. But I typically pursue peace using my voice. Never in my life did I think I would be out of words. I am a professional communicator; I work for a local radio station. My mom says I talked before I could walk. My husband …

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A Child of Divorce Finds Healing in 8 Powerful Ways

Children of divorce experience challenges that are far-reaching but seldom recognized or discussed in society, or churches. It is a unique and personal condition that gets lost in the shadows amidst the greater stresses and priorities of broken families. As a child of divorce, I am convinced that God wants us to embrace the topic …

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Coming to Terms with Turning 50…Turning toward Others

As I was coming to terms with turning 50, my thoughts wandered back to a long-ago conversation: It was daybreak on a February morning in 1989. The weather was minus 10-degrees, and the wind was blowing as I was walking over the Mississippi River bridge. I was with one of my roommates headed to a …

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How to Calm Down when Stressed: 4 Tips to Help You Find Peace

My teenagers love the phrase ‘calm down’ except when it is applied to them, of course! Actually, I haven’t met anyone who likes to be told to calm down. The overused sentiment is usually expressed as a minor outburst or dramatic reaction, but in reality, learning how to calm down when stressed is helpful when we …

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Coping with Fear and Anxiety during a Crisis

There are many of us trying to deal with the frightening situation of the Coronavirus, and coping with fear and anxiety.   Whether you’re a health-care worker going to work, or an older person who just wants to go to the grocery, it is likely that you’ve experienced anxiety during this pandemic.   Coping with …

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