The Kind of Inventory We Shouldn’t Take in the New Year
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The Kind of Inventory We Shouldn’t Take in the New Year

Have you ever noticed how when someone you love does something or says something that hurts your feelings, your mind immediately goes to the last time they did or said that same thing?—and the time before that?—and the time before all the times they’ve done or said it? The new year is a time for…

Why “Just Kidding” Isn’t Funny: The Two Types of Kidders
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Why “Just Kidding” Isn’t Funny: The Two Types of Kidders

How do you feel when someone says just kidding? Do you believe that she didn’t really mean what she said? Were the words she spoke hurtful or offensive? Kidding can be a cover-up, and it’s usually not funny at all. As an example, a while back someone I’m close to jokingly made a negative reference…

3 Unexpected Benefits of Memorizing Scripture and 3 Simple Memorization Methods
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3 Unexpected Benefits of Memorizing Scripture and 3 Simple Memorization Methods

In a minute, I’m going to share 3 simple memorization methods that can help you memorize short or long passages of scripture, even if you have difficulty memorizing—like ME. But first a little story. When I was a teenager I had a conversation with a friend about the Bible. Actually, it was more like an…

Is There Really Such a Thing as “Our Own Truth?”
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Is There Really Such a Thing as “Our Own Truth?”

Ever been a witness in a trial? I have. Once. You used to put your hand on the Bible and swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. I don’t know if that terminology is used universally anymore. I think it would be difficult now because “the truth” is not…

How to Keep From Expecting the Worst
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How to Keep From Expecting the Worst

How do you wake up in the morning? With joy and peace? With dread and discouragement, expecting the worst to happen? Or is it something in between? Are you even aware of how you feel in the morning? Deep down inside? I wasn’t. Not really. Some time ago, I read Dr. Carolina Leaf’s book, Switch…

A Critical Spirit: How Much Damage Can It Do?
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A Critical Spirit: How Much Damage Can It Do?

I’m blessed with many wonderful friends, but there is one in particular who I would describe as a “breath of fresh air.” Just being in her presence encourages me. I’ve known her for more decades than I would like to admit I’ve even lived, and I can remember only once or twice that she’s spoken…

It’s Not All Or Nothing! Setting Small Goals
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It’s Not All Or Nothing! Setting Small Goals

I’ve always been one of those “all or nothing” kind of people. I lost 135 lbs. in a year with very little struggle.
How did I do that? I got on a program and stuck to it like glue.
It really wasn’t that hard, once I’d made up my mind. The struggle began after I lost the weight. That was almost seven years ago, and I’ve wrestled every day to keep it off, sometimes unsuccessfully.

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