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Choosing to See the Bright Side

Optimism is a discipline that can be learned. Choosing to see the best in all situations makes us happier and healthier in the long run. Optimists live longer than pessimists.

Focusing on the Good

Due to the fact that my son waited to the last minute to write a paper for his lit class and the fact that my brother was unable to install Word on his computer a few weeks back, I was unable to use my computer last night. I don’t really have a post today. But, … Continue reading »

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Processing Change

A couple of Sundays ago, I learned that the women in our church choir were going to sing, “I’ll Fly Away.” I was ecstatic. I have always loved that song. I sang it in church as a kid. But, as we began to sing, I learned that the sopranos were going to sing it completely … Continue reading »

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Faith in the Messy

I was driving down the road yesterday after dropping my son off at marching band practice. I was annoyed that the band director didn’t cancel it. I mean seriously, the skies were dark. The thunder was rumbling and the radar showed storms heading our way. But, no, practice was on. Sigh. I was on the … Continue reading »

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More Faith Lessons from Walmart

Last weekend, my family and I did a supplies run at Walmart. As I have noted here before, I really dislike going there. It’s always so crowded, and you can’t find a parking space, and the people who shop there are rude, and it takes forever to check out, and since we live next to a … Continue reading »

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Being the Ears

Last week, my family attended a mission work camp in South Carolina. This was my second year. I was no longer a rookie. I went in with skills and confidence that I didn’t have the year before. When we visited the two houses we would be working on, only one needed a roof. That was … Continue reading »

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Letting the Creator Create

On a recent trip to Jekyll Island on the Georgia coast, my family visited a place called Driftwood Beach. For the most part, it isn’t really driftwood. It’s actually huge oak trees and some pines that have either been eroded by the ocean or have blown in from storms. So, it’s a beach littered with … Continue reading »

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Faith Lessons from Running Shoes

I recently purchased a new pair of tennis shoes. I always put off this task as long as possible for a couple of reasons. First of all, there’s nothing more comfortable than a pair of running shoes that I have worn long enough to feel like they are custom-made for my feet. The second reason is … Continue reading »

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He Still Parts the Waters

As I was reading through Exodus and the account of God parting the Red Sea, I was reminded that God would again part the waters, some forty years later. This time He parted the waters of the Jordan River and this time it wasn’t for Moses, but for Joshua. Joshua was a slave in Egypt … Continue reading »

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Soul Wellness

My kids just had a week off from school for spring break and being a mama who wants to soak up every minute possible of these fleeting years of them at home, I happily took the week off with them. The first part of the week was fabulous. We went down to visit the grandparents. … Continue reading »

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No Small Parts in Kingdom Building

My daughter was recently asked to be the stage manager in her high school’s production of “High School Musical.” She is really interested in the behind the scenes of the entertainment industry, so she enthusiastically agreed. When I told her that her daddy and I wanted to come and see the show, she couldn’t understand why. … Continue reading »

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