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Blog Spotlight with Andrea Wilson: To Do Or To Be? That Is The Question.

 

In this 21st century way of life, it’s easy to believe that we have to keep running, keep doing, keep achieving in order to fulfill the plans and purposes God has for us. Personally, as a scientist, my mind is always on overdrive with lists and protocols that are prepared days or weeks in advance. 

 

But even with the best preparation and planning, I have often found...

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The Element of Surprise

I don't remember a lot about my very early childhood years, but I do remember one of my favorite childhood toys was a Jack In The Box.  

I know… I’m telling my age here. 

For those of you who have NO idea what I’m talking about, this was a simple toy. Usually a metal box with a clown on it, all in primary colors. There was a crank on one side. When you turned...

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Blog Spotlight with Melissa Leslie: Building With A Teachable Spirit

My husband hasn’t always been Mr. Fix-it, and his quiet demeanor doesn’t scream leader, but he excels at both.  It is one of the things that I love most about him—his desire to learn.  Whether it’s finding a YouTube video to help him troubleshoot an issue with the car or getting his hands on the latest John Maxwell book, he is always seeking out ways to learn a...

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My Pursuit Of Purpose with Dr. S. Alyssa Preston

For many years, my pursuit of purpose was anything but purposeful.

I often found myself in the aftermath of seemingly right decisions that left me struggling within myself wondering, what in the world went wrong?!  

In hindsight, I can see a pattern in the decision making.

I’ve pushed my way through doors that weren’t for me to open.

I’ve stepped through open doors...

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Blog Spotlight with Beverly Rogers: Nurturing Your Needs

Every year, we set goals, like getting healthier, eating better and exercising more.  We know it's good for us, but when we set these goals, we don’t always see them through.

This is because we often isolate our goals when we should be integrating them.

This is because God designed us as an integrated whole – body, soul, and spirit – with an interconnectedness that is...

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Contending For Your Purpose

Before you can fully live in your purpose, you will have to contend for it. 

 

This means you will have to wrestle, struggle and even fight to realize your God-given purpose.

 

Just ask Jacob.

 

He wrestled with man and God for much of his life.  It started at a young age when he posed as his older brother, Esau, to claim the first-born’s birthright.  Jacob...

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Blog Spotlight with Coach Joaniebop: When Passion & Potential Collide

Doing my own thing, in my own way, was always my mantra.  But two years ago I was stopped in my tracks.

My marriage was a wreck.  I disliked most people.  I couldn’t tell up from down.  BUT I was focused forward, singing “just keep walking…” every step of the way. 

I’m not one to sit around, so while I was looking for the best next step, I...

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The Wounds Of A Friend

Good friends tell you the truth. 

 

They don’t hold back when it comes to celebrating you. When you’ve done something remarkable, they applaud, loudly! When you look good, they tell you. When you’re being too hard on yourself, they help you realign your perspective. When you don’t see what makes you great, they tell you over and over again until you believe it...

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Relationships Matter. Choose Wisely.

 

We say this a lot: you choose.  

The heart behind this mantra is a simple truth: we believe that your choices have more to do with how you build your life than you may realize. 

 

Read that one more time.

 

The choices you make are one of the most important tools in how you build life well. This is because your choices impact everything about your life. Whether...

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How To Live In Peace

Shalom. 

 

It’s not just a Hebrew expression for hello and goodbye. It’s an invitation to know Peace, personally. To be surrounded by peace, right where you are. Complete peace. Absolute peace. Peace in your body. Peace in your relationships. Peace in your finances. Peace in your purpose.

 

Shalom is peace that brings wholeness.

 

But the true depth of this word...

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