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Blog Spotlight with Kathi Moore: Surrender

I grew up in the Baptist Church. We learned our Bible and sang some beautiful hymns. One comes to mind now as I sit down to write this blog:  I Surrender All.

 

As I sang that song in my childhood, I had no idea what a journey of surrender would look like. It is not a word that excites us as strong, capable women. We do not want to think of ourselves as surrendered to anything or...

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Blog Spotlight with Heather Busin Arnold: Faith Over Feelings

Have you ever had a call that took your breath away? 

A call that gave you that horrible sinking, rushing feeling that goes from your heart to your thighs immediately, and then all through your body—seemingly all at once? (It’s usually followed by a word or burst of words, which typically aren’t found in God’s Word.) 

I have--and I remember the call from my...

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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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How To Run Well

Like you, we’ve had to answer a lot of unexpected questions in the past several months—questions like where to buy Clorox Wipes, how to do school from home, mastering the decorated corner for all your zoom calls, deciding to hug or not to hug, and wearing mask-proof makeup.

 

But there’s one question that’s given us more to think about than the rest. It’s a...

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Tweezers, Ticks, and Trust

Recently, Alyssa noticed several tiny ticks around the eyes and lips of her outdoor cat, Rhemy. Tweezers in hand, she pulled him into her lap and went to work. Rhemy sat — still and calm — his face toward hers as she tweezed the ticks off, one by one, until they were all removed.

Tweezing ticks off any cat, especially around their eyes, isn’t an easy task. When you find out...

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A New Cycle

Have you ever had a problem with an appliance you use all the time? 

Right now, that’s Alyssa’s dishwasher. The door handle is broken and only one setting works: light wash. This was discovered this after running a full and heavy-wash load on extra-hot steam dry. It ran hot, without water. You can imagine the outcome. It wasn’t pretty!

If the issue had been recognized...

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Successful & Stuck


When we tell people about The Smart Carpenter...

We’re typically asked two questions: Are you carpenters? And when we say “no,” the next question is, What exactly do you do? 

Though we tinker with basic home projects (and we do mean basic), our craftsmanship is of a different kind. 

We work with women who are successful and stuck. We help them choose to move and...

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