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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 »

In Others’ Words: Finding the Right Place and Standing Firm

In Others’ Words: Finding the Right Place and Standing Firm

  I remember the first time someone called me “narrow-minded.”  Now, when I say “the first time,” please don’t get the idea that this happens often. It doesn’t. As a matter of fact, I can’t remember the last time someone called me “narrow-minded,” but I do recall the first time. I was shocked. Me? Narrow-minded? I called my good friend Rob... Read More »

In Others’ Words: A New Way to Slow Down and Focus on Christmas

In Others’ Words: A New Way to Slow Down and Focus on Christmas

We’ve all heard the lyrics of a certain Christmas song: It’s the most wonderful time of the year …  And if you’re like me, you’ve probably had times when you’ve responded with “Really?!” Christmas comes ’round the same time every year. And sometimes, sometimes, it collides with circumstances in our lives that aren’t wonderful. I could poi... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Need for “This I Knows”

In Others’ Words: The Need for “This I Knows”

So Monday’s blog post was about reframing impossibilities. Today’s post is about certainties. I have to admit I kept tripping up over the phrase “The thing about getting older is … “ because, well, while I am getting older, I like to ignore that reality. Overlook the wrinkles. Highlight and lowlight my way past the gray. Celebrate my birthdays, sure, but not focus on ... Read More »

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