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In Others’ Words: Remember Your Nice Words

In Others’ Words: Remember Your Nice Words

Comedian Jerry Lewis died just this past Sunday, August 20. The New York Times hailed him as “a defining figure of American entertainment in the 20th century.” While at times he was controversial, Lewis was also certainly multi-talented, known for his slapstick humor, as well as an actor, singer, producer, director, screenwriter, and humanitarian. Jerry Lewis was also one of my all-tim... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Surrounded by Story

In Others’ Words: Surrounded by Story

More and more, I have come to love story.  My life story — and other people’s life stories, too. To be honest, there are times I see someone and, at first, I’m closed to their story. Maybe they seem a little too different from me … and I’m put off. But I’ve learned to say to myself, “This person is made in the image of God,” and doing so opens me to ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Who are You?

In Others’ Words: Who are You?

Honest relationships are the best … and honest relationships are hard to come by.  I have to choose to completely trust someone before I open up to them and show them who I am — the good, bad, and the broken. And when I do that, I hope the other person respects what I’ve shared by believing me. I don’t want to have to prove anything. Or repeat myself,  reminding them of wha... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Honest Truth

In Others’ Words: The Honest Truth

Which would you choose: acceptance achieved by pretense or rejection caused by honesty? Living honestly? It’s risky business. Wear a mask and be well-liked. Conform to the expected behaviors and earn a pat on the back . . . a place at the table . . . a “welcome to the family” — whatever equals acceptance for you. Or replace the sanctified lie with the unvarnished truth and ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Getting What You Want

In Others’ Words: Getting What You Want

This quote has languished in one of my quote files — yes, I have more than one — for months. I read it over and over. I liked it every time I read it. Truth is, I like a lot of Mark Twain quotes. He’s one of my go-to quote guys. But when I read it yesterday, it “pinged” and I knew it was time to dust it off and publish it in a blog. “I can teach anybody how to g... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Holding Back the Flood of Fear

In Others’ Words: Holding Back the Flood of Fear

  Fear was a constant companion of mine last week. It was as if a predator stalked the edges of my life for days. I was unsettled. Unable to sleep. Unable to focus. My prayers seemed pathetic … disjointed … to no avail. I went to bed each night determined to be braver when I woke up, only to find myself battling fear again. Circumstances hadn’t changed — some days even... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Magic Life Keys

In Others’ Words: Magic Life Keys

So, I asked my husband Rob to suggest a topic for today’s quote and he said, “Integrity.”  To be honest, at first he said, “Weather,” but I asked for a second suggestion and then he said, “Integrity,” and I went with that. And then I read this quote by W. Clement Stone and I wondered: Are there more than 3 magic keys to living a life of integrity?  Key #1:... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Freedom of Security

In Others’ Words: The Freedom of Security

“Do exactly what you would do if you felt most secure.” I kept mulling over today’s quote as I wrote my blog post. Do I believe it? Embrace it as true? Think it’s good advice to be followed? Maybe. I’m all about honesty, after having faked my way through life for too, too long. I stopped pretending I was someone else a number of years ago. I like myself, but that does... Read More »

In Your Words: Fear is a Liar

In Your Words: Fear is a Liar

  Look at the picture above. That’s me. My name is Christa, and I’m Beth K. Vogt’s daughter! I hope you guys don’t mind me writing this post today. As a 15-year-old girl going through high school, fear is not an uncommon thing. Fear of messing up on a test. Fear of not having that cute boy like me back. Fear of that girl harassing me — just like she has for the past two years. Yeah. Hah... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Demands of Insecurity

In Others’ Words: The Demands of Insecurity

I’ve certainly sat on the ledge and attempted to reason with insecurity … and lost. I’ve tried to calm my self-doubts with both truths and the Truth and found myself staring down, down, down, realizing that insecurity is stone-deaf to that kind of wisdom and good sense.  I also agree with my writing friend Jill Buteyn that insecurity is an all-too-willing assassin, one who sneaks... Read More »

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