10 Days To Purposeful Living

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“I just DON’T feel motivated!”

I’m laughing to myself right now because I know a secret that could change your life. I know it’s changed mine. You see, I just finished a long day at work with challenges that have tried to follow me home. My wife, Jennifer, has been in rehearsals for a play all week, and we just had…

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Two too many on the treadmill

It was a Sunday afternoon: not my usual time to take a run, but I was feeling a little overwhelmed with life… Do you ever feel that way?   My Sunday norm is usually reading a book or taking a nap for an hour or so in the bedroom. But, on this Sunday I knew…

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How do you know so much?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I call “perceived scarcity.” It’s hard to define it with words because… it’s a feeling. It’s the feeling I get when I write out our budget at the beginning of the month, and I feel anxious about not putting enough into savings. It’s the longing I sometimes…

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Why is this taking so LONG?

The turtle was slowly making his way across the side of our yard when Lily and I pulled into the driveway Monday morning. I quickly got out of the car! (Though I don’t know why I thought I needed to move fast since the turtle was in no hurry.)  I got Lily out of the…

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3 1/2 Tips to ease frustration

To protect the guilty, I’ll avoid going into too specific details, but someone made me really angry… Not “lose-my-temper-explode-and-go-to-jail” angry, but just plain-everyday angry; more of a deep frustration. This is where a carefully-crafted scathing text or email comes in handy. I’ve already written it out in my head, and it’s beautiful. But it will…

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Be stronger than the coffee

I love coffee. It was an acquired taste to begin with, but through the years it has grown to a great morning pleasure. It started out with the simple lure of the coffee smell. The smell of whole coffee beans holds a strange comfort.  But upon first taste it proved bitter in its allure; however,…

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Are you afraid of the storm?

Have you heard of the “thundershirt” for pets with anxiety issues? I’ve heard it helps calm them during storms, but I still haven’t spent the money to buy one for Lulu, my 4 ½ lb Chihuahua.  Instead, I put her in one of her many coats or tight dresses to see if it helps her.…

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Play ’til you WIN!

Losing stinks. We all know that, right? We tell our children (or other people’s children) stuff like “You need to be a good loser,” or “When you lose, you learn,” or “It’s just a game!” I teach kids chess in a bi-monthly chess club I started years ago, and I’ve said a lot of phrases like…

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Band-Aids and “Bazzerts”

Over the weekend Josh and I took the kids on a geocaching adventure. If you don’t know what geocaching is, here’s a short definition from geocaching.com: Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at…

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3 Easy steps to clear vision

I was listening to a podcast by Craig Groeschel from LifeChurch.tv and something he said really caught my attention. He said “Your strengths may impress people, but your weaknesses connect you to them.” That’s kind of where I’m going with today’s article – I’m going to share with you where Jennifer and I are in our…

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