Let's play a game: Fresh Look Friday

OK! Everybody up! Rise AND Shine!  It’s Friday – Let’s play a game. Come on. You know you want to. We’ll call it Fresh Look Friday. Have you ever heard of Pay-It-Forward? How about Random Acts of Kindness? And here’s one. Have you ever heard someone transform the words of Luke 6:31 which clearly says “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” so they become “Do unto others before they do unto you?” I know. Those play on words usually projects a negative connotation, and that’s …

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Learning from highlights of the past

I have a rule which I follow pretty diligently. Protect the first hour and last hour of the day – no televised news shows and no talk shows. They plant seeds of negativity that have to be weeded out before the roots take hold. If you’re into gardening you know how pesky those insidious little strands can be. I don’t advocate cutting off awareness to current events or living without a shred of knowledge about what’s going on in the world, but you can set the tone and make peace …

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You can have a good day in 2 steps

Before you went to bed last night, did you say “Tomorrow is going to be a good day.”? I did. I begin the weekend shut-down process about 7:00 pm, squeezing in the last few leftover tasks that can’t be left undone – or my day will start out in chaos.  I read something good for my mind, review scripture our pastor used during his message on Sunday, and pray for everyone and everything that comes to mind. Monday has to be a good day. You can have a good day …

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I want to be the one who enters

Posted on the wall of an office I noticed this truth:  Everyone who visits this office brings joy – some by entering, some by leaving. I feel your smile. I know. You’ve seen it too. Maybe not that one specifically, but one that asserts the same sentiment. I want to be the one who brings joy by entering. It seems that articles circulate in themes. Lately many have discussed the impact attitudes have on work associations, home relationships, productivity, ROI (for us non-business majors, that’s the measurement of what you …

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Confessions of an Information Junkie

Just for fun since I’m traveling today. This was one of my first blogs and it was posted on March 5, 2013.  I have not read through it so I will be as surprised as you when it publishes tomorrow I’m an information junkie, I admit it. As far back as I can remember, I have been fascinated by written words. I have to blame someone, right? I blame my parents.  Or maybe I could blame Kelloggs or Post or General Mills.  After all, didn’t they print the backs of …

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Distractions! Let's call them what they really are

How was your day yesterday? I know. Do we really have to bring up yesterday? Don’t we love the words in Philippians 3:13 “Forgetting the things that are behind and reaching out for the things that are ahead, with this goal in mind”? I’m all about kicking yesterday to the curb and starting fresh every day but let me revisit yesterday so I don’t repeat it today. First – yesterday was a good day; nothing bad happened. Let’s just say it was an instructive day because God answered one of my …

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Our purpose is a whisper away

Sometimes God hears our whispers when we don’t dare to speak out loud. This morning I read ahead in my Bible Study. I was just wandering actually, probably procrastinating – if you want the honest truth. I’ve been questioning a lot lately about what, out of all the avenues I could take, which ones are really inscribed in my DNA? There is no lack of opportunity, but which ones are threaded through my purpose so the tapestry of my life is an ornate, beautiful pattern – not a tangled mass …

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As Difficult as Child’s Play

Children have it made, don’t they? No schedule, no job, no financial responsibility – just play all day, eat meals served up by someone else, carefree and leisurely … It’s tough being a child. You don’t agree with me, do you? Last night I had the privilege of remembering what it was like to be a child getting to play all day, eat meals served up by someone else, carefree and leisurely. I remember saying multiple times a day – “I’m bored. This day is boring. Nothing to do.”  It’s …

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A different definition of kindness

I drove by a church and noticed their marquee that read “Lord show us your kindness.’ That thought has followed me around for days. I wondered what events prompted the display of a message so clear, yet so perplexing. “Lord show us your kindness.” It’s an understandable request. There is no complicated rhetoric to decipher; the request is straight forward, so why wouldn’t it leave my mind? I may have just unraveled the tangled dilemma, though. The Lord, our God, is always kind – even when he allows unkind circumstances …

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Refining Grace