Five Ways to Value Your Faith

Five Ways to Value Your Faith

Two weeks ago, I blogged about living out your values. Then I decided to turn this into a multi-part series about living out your values by taking each of my values and talking about them. My values are faith, family, friendships, health, writing, work, and...

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Are You Living By Your Values?

Are You Living By Your Values?

The conversation began about a piano. And misplaced values. A couple of weeks ago, my husband texted me from work and asked me to see if friends of ours wanted a free piano from one of his co-workers. They declined due to a lack of space. I relayed the message and...

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Are You Struggling to Trust God to Provide?

Are You Struggling to Trust God to Provide?

I have a confession to make--sometimes trusting God is a challenge. Last week, I was stressing about our finances. But here's the thing--we have money to pay all of our bills. We have a roof over our head, two nearly-new vehicles to drive, good jobs with wonderful...

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What Distorts Your Vision?

What Distorts Your Vision?

Over the weekend, my husband and I attended his company picnic at an amusement park. Visiting the park without our sons or our granddaughter was a different experience. After enjoying a buffet of food from the picnic, we rode a handful of our favorite rides, walked...

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3 Ways to Thrive Through Life’s Challenges

3 Ways to Thrive Through Life’s Challenges

After a difficult July, my husband and I have taken a much-needed vacation to get away from the daily stresses in our busy lives. We've rented a yurt for the week at a nearby state park that we visit on a regular basis. While we are not new to camping, our aging...

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Ten Ways Prayer Journaling Strengthened My Faith

Ten Ways Prayer Journaling Strengthened My Faith

Over a decade ago, a friend mentioned how prayer journaling strengthened her prayer life and subsequently, her faith. I was intrigued and asked about her process. Her technique was quite simple—she chose a lined journal, dated each entry, and instead of praying...

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3 Principles for Living a Life of Contentment

3 Principles for Living a Life of Contentment

A week or so ago, I helped my brother with an errand. As we headed back to his house, we talked about living boring lives. He said my life wasn’t boring because I had a fun job, wrote books, and traveled (not so much in the past couple of years). Then I decided our...

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Three Ways to Share Our Joy

Three Ways to Share Our Joy

Last week, my husband expressed his displeasure over the skyrocketing gas prices. A friend shared her anxiety about running out of baby formula. Then I skimmed news headlines that left a heaviness in my chest that I struggled to shake. By focusing on what was...

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Are You Walking Hand-in-Hand with Joy and Faith?

Are You Walking Hand-in-Hand with Joy and Faith?

I’m going to be honest and say April was a bit of a challenging month for me. But it didn’t start out that way. In fact, I had high hopes for April. My faith was strong and my well of joy quite deep. I had met my book deadline for March 31st, and I expected to spend...

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