Personal Growth and Development

Insights and tips to help with the growth and development of Godly character.

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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 …

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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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What does the Bible say about Generosity?

In order to become generous we need to experience gratitude and appreciation.

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Choosing Faith over Fear & 3 Types of Fear that Hold Us Back

Faith over fear does not mean our faith will eliminate the things we fear. It means we choose to walk by faith as we process our fear. When we take a leap of faith in life, we trust that God walks beside us regardless of the outcome. Faith over fear reminds me of a story …

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Finding Hope in Difficult Times: Searching for Rainbows

Finding hope in difficult times can be challenging. I have experienced several life-altering events that were extremely hard to face, but each difficult time drew me closer to God. By searching for rainbows through times of trouble, I have learned to lean on Him and hold onto the hope only He can provide. Finding Hope …

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Are you Feeling Vulnerable? There is a Way to Find Courage

Feeling vulnerable is uncomfortable; at least for me. Recently I experienced a situation that made me evaluate how I come to terms with vulnerability and if courage is a position I am able to take. Are you feeling vulnerable? There is a way to find courage and trust God. What Does it Mean to Feel …

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