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In Others’ Words: Be a Wise Guy

In Others’ Words: Be a Wise Guy

Go ahead, be a wise guy. Sometimes we discredit ourselves. We discount how much we know. Downplay our hard-earned experience. Overlook how we’ve matured. Let’s face it, you can’t go through life without learning a few things, right? And who knows you better than you do? Have you ever participated in one of those “Write a letter to your younger self” exercises? That... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Love Without Words

In Others’ Words: Love Without Words

Happy Valentine’s Day! I know people who love Valentine’s Day, and I know people who don’t like this holiday at all. No matter where you stand on the debate — love it, hate it — I hope that you experience a moment of feeling loved today. Either a moment where someone expresses their love for you out loud with three little words: “I love you,” or an equally... Read More »

The 12 Authors of Christmas Giveaway

The 12 Authors of Christmas Giveaway

  It’s the first day of December and what better way to begin the holiday season than with a giveaway? The giveaway is appropriately named “The 12 Authors of Christmas” because 11 writing friends and I put together a fun prize package. As I looked at all the smiling faces on the festive graphic designed by the oh-so talented Angie Dicken, yes, I saw award-winning authors. Bu... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Practicing Gratitude

In Others’ Words: Practicing Gratitude

It’s November, the month when our thoughts more easily turn toward thankfulness. After all, this is the month when we have an entire day devoted to giving thanks — and weeks to prepare for the celebration. And yet, isn’t it true that when we want a reason to be thankful we don’t have to chase after “extraordinary moments” of happiness? Gratitude is about paying ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The God of Hope

In Others’ Words: The God of Hope

My understanding of God has changed through the years, but one thing hasn’t changed: I know that God is a God of hope. Do I get discouraged at times? Yes. Do I struggle against God’s plan — sometimes when it’s clear and sometimes when it’s not? Yes. Do I sometimes call myself “Oh-me-of-little-faith”? Yes. But all that stuff about me doesn’t change th... Read More »

In Others Words: The Art of Learning

In Others Words: The Art of Learning

Most everyone would agree that Michelangelo was a creative genius, the artisan who sculpted the Pietà and David before he was 30, and who also painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. But I never realized Michelangelo considered himself a learner. When you consider someone as talented … no, as gifted as Michelangelo, you assume the man knows what he’s doing, right? He must ha... Read More »

In Others’ Words: In Praise of Others

In Others’ Words: In Praise of Others

My mother taught me how to compliment people. Not the “how to” so much as the “why.” I remember running errands with her when I was a young girl. Usually one of the errands was a stop at the grocery store. My mom always found a way to say something nice to the cashier or to someone else as we passed them in the aisle. Something like: “I like your hair.” Or maybe... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Burying Yourself Alive

In Others’ Words: Burying Yourself Alive

How would you define self-pity? We’ve all heard the quote about how harboring unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person — the person we can’t forgive — to die. But what about self-pity — an overwhelming focus on your troubles? Sometimes self-pity blares like a megaphone, but sometimes we learn to muffle the “woe-is-mes,” to make ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Joy of Losing

In Others’ Words: The Joy of Losing

There’s certainly something to be said about receiving and the kind of joy it brings. Receiving a gift. A compliment. A raise. Unexpected good news. But there’s also a special kind of joy that comes with giving away. Giving away some of your time to someone else who needs your help. Sometimes you might give away money — because you have extra and someone else has less. Anything y... Read More »

In Others’ Words: You’re Not Alone by Guest Blogger Varina Denman (Giveaway)

In Others’ Words: You’re Not Alone by Guest Blogger Varina Denman (Giveaway)

  Today I welcome author and friend Varina Denman to the blog! Varina writes stories about the unique struggles women face. Her award-winning Mended Hearts series, which revolves around church hurt, is a compelling blend of women’s fiction and inspirational romance. A native Texan, Varina lives near Fort Worth with her husband and five mostly grown children. Connect with Varina on her website... Read More »

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