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The Right Conditions (The Reboot)

My backyard is my haven. It’s my favorite place to retreat.

And my favorite time to be outside is from spring through fall. I walk barefoot in the yard all the time, even when it starts to get cold. 

I love to discover unexpected beauty, but most of the time I discover weeds. Lots of weeds

My first summer in the house was an experiment. I was new to serious yard care and...

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Joy Is A Fruit

We have a friend who’s a self-proclaimed “hug dealer.” 

She has a hug for anyone who wants one, and even some that don’t! She proudly wears a t-shirt with this title written in large letters across the front. If you were to ever receive a hug from her, we’re convinced that, like us, you’d want more. 

These hugs are legit! But there’s more to...

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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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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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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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Don't Ignore the Check Engine Light

I wonder if you can relate...

 

Everyone thinks you’re the one people trust to have it all together. That you’ve always been this way. They think nothing ever moves you, and if it does, it only moves you forward faster. 

 

You’ve handled the pandemic with purpose—from the closet purge to taking things up a notch in your work. You’ve embraced this...

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How to Win the War of Words

The frontlines of life and leadership often means you’re on the frontlines of a war of words

 

This isn’t a surprise. Years of experience (and, perhaps siblings) has prepared you for battle. You’ve studied the approach of excellent leaders. You’ve listened to their advice and even had some experience navigating your own encounters with explosive rants and...

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Dare To Be Drama Free

There’s a farmer’s market in town. It takes place every Saturday morning in the parking lot of the Catholic Church. People from all around the area come to sell and to shop. The only drama here happens when the last jar of jam is sold but there are still people in line waiting to buy some. At least until this summer.

 

It was a 90 degree day. Somewhere between the vegetables...

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How to Lead with Honor

Right now, our nation is feeling the tension between a great injustice and a great awakening. 

 

In the midst of anger, frustration and confusion, a deep hunger for unity is rising. People everywhere asking a foundational question for building life and relationships well: how can I be part of the change we need in the world today?

 

It may sound obvious, but change requires...

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