Let Your Passion Push You


A little push every single day…has a cumulative effect.

Originally posted on Burden Lifters: Every Woman's Daily Guide to a Healthy, Happy Life:


“Connecting is a philosophy of life, a worldview. Its guiding principle is that people, all people, every person you meet, is an opportunity to help and be helped.”
Keith Ferrazzi in Never Eat Alone

The driving force behind a company, an idea, a product, or even a person’s underlying motivation for getting up each morning is passion.

Every individual, every organization must have at its core a basic compelling incentive to work, to be successful, to see an objective (be it private or public) reached. Keith Ferrazzi author of Never Eat Alone, offers myriad practical steps for reaching one’s personal and professional goals.

At first glance, readers might wonder at Ferrazzi’s motivation. Is it solely to sell books, up his personal net worth, and create an avalanche of buzz for his own company? Certainly. Both yes and no.

And still, despite some who might deem parts of Ferrazzi’s whole as…

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No Shortcutting Grief


Two years ago, I wrote this post after one of the first of now many school shootings. Today, I’m revisiting this theme on grief after attending a recent funeral that was so unexpected and following up on a long season of personal grief for our daughter and her family. Grief…none of us can avoid it…and we cannot short-cut it either.

Originally posted on Burden Lifters: Every Woman's Daily Guide to a Healthy, Happy Life:

snowwalkLike everyone else in our country, I’ve felt heaviness of grief and loss and stunning heartache over the senseless killings of these children and adults.

Like most people I know, I’ve been watching the television accounts of what happened and I’ve been reading the online articles hoping for a reason? an explanation? something? anything? to help me understand how a person could walk into an elementary school and just start shooting.

The news didn’t give me any answers.
The online journalists’ timeline accounts didn’t either.

I still felt sick inside.

And to be honest…I just wanted to forget about it.

There was already enough evil in the world before this happened. And now?

I can see why people give up.
I can see why people all over the world blame God in general and guns in particular.

But I also know that we’re right at the start in…

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Tis the Season to Take Care of Your Peeps

Originally posted on Burden Lifters: Every Woman's Daily Guide to a Healthy, Happy Life:

peepsdatingpeepsphonepeepssnowRemember those bright yellow little marshmallow candy chicks covered with sugar called Peeps?

Well, I’ve been noticing the Peeps company has been expanding their reach in recent years from just Easter to all the major holidays. Now, they have the little white and red sprinkled peeps complete with ecards apologizing for any wrongs you may have committed against any of your own “peeps.” Funny.

I’ve included three of their little cards in this post (and if you find yourself guilty as charged, you can go directly to the Peeps website and send your own note of apology in a sweet, sort of funny form.)

On a more serious (and helpful note), I always get mixed up when someone (I care about) asks me when it’s okay to exercise while they’re sick. So, how happy was I this morning when I read some guidelines on Dr. Mercola’s website.

Here you go…some…

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The Persistence Quotient: Never Leave Home Without It


Leaving home (or staying home), we need it (persistence) every day.

Originally posted on Burden Lifters: Every Woman's Daily Guide to a Healthy, Happy Life:

Earlier this week, as I walked by (READ: walked SLOWLY by) this candy display case filled with countless eye-appealing treats and desserts, I was tempted (sorely tempted) to stop and give in to the siren call of indulging in an immediate sugar rush…because I’ve given in so many times before, I know how good a piece of chocolate can taste (feel.)

Instead, I decided to hold off, take a few photos instead and come back later after my head cleared. As I had already “indulged” enough for the day and knew better than to push it with more sugar loading (tempting though it was to give-in and give-up on my plans to eat healthy, I knew from experience that if I walked away now…that persistent urge to indulge would pass…and it did.)

As I forced myself to walk away…I started…

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Thanksgiving….Giving Thanks Every Day, Especially Today


Remember that a grateful heart is almost always a happy one.

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him. Psalm 28:7

Life’s Little Instructions

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Today, especially today, I am thankful for —

loving family
good friends
the strength to make a meal (and clean it up) ;)
a warm house
living in the United States
the conversations we’ll share today
delicious smells and yummy tastes


gentle reminders all day long that Jesus Christ is the Giver of all good gifts and I am a thankful recipient of His forgiveness and grace

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Taking That All Important First Step


But God.

Originally posted on Burden Lifters: Every Woman's Daily Guide to a Healthy, Happy Life:


Ever felt too little?
Too small?

Lacking in something (anything) at all?

I sure have!

More times than I can count.

Thanks to David Jeremiah, I now have a little different perspective on my own “too small” mindset.

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), in God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?
Psalm 56:3-4

Fear is the first step toward obedience. In Scripture, when God calls a person to a specific task or role, their first response is usually an objection, question, or doubt. Fearfully, they ask, “Why have You chosen me? I’m not qualified. I’ve never done this before.”

God chose Israel, although it was a small, insignificant nation (Deuteronomy 7:7). God chose Moses, although he had run away from Egypt in fear. God chose Joseph, although he was ridiculed…

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Messy, Messy, Messy and More Messy: That’s Life, So Expect It

Originally posted on Burden Lifters: Every Woman's Daily Guide to a Healthy, Happy Life:

When you taste a measure of being able to love and enjoy the people in your life, without having to have any particular response from them, you are tasting bliss. Paula Rinehart

Love this quote so much that I started off one of the chapters in our book, Burdens Do a Body Good, with it.

I’ve pondered this quote quite a bit too…wondering how to engage other people in relationships that grow without having expectations from them.

Is it even possible?

On the one hand, it is right and proper to expect certain things from people close to us.

Mutual respect.

On the other hand, it is also just as important to expect that the people close to us will fail us. Because they will.

Unconsciously or consciously (or both)…every relationship is necessarily flawed.

Which always reminds me of one of Paul…

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