DO EVERYTHING BETTER (why NOT to adopt this mantra)

michelehowe:

Still working on NOT making a list every single day.

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

Last week a close friend invited me to her house for a lovely meal and some much-needed conversation. As is our custom, we discuss our kids, our extended families, our work, and the current state of affairs worldwide…and we generally offer recommendations (on food/books/travel/life.)

The topic of today’s post comes directly from my friend’s recommendation to read this book, Bittersweet, by Shauna Niequist.

Love Niequist’s subtitle for Bittersweet: Thoughts on change, grace, and learning the hard way. (That last bit…learning the hard way? that’s me.) Every time.

Like every other woman I know past 40…I’m trying to figure out how to make the life adjustment between all things parenting and kids to life without kids at the center of my life (and my time.)

It’s harder than it looks!

Which is why I so resonated with Niequist’s chapter titled, “Things…

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The Supreme Court Just Gave American Evangelicals a Gift

michelehowe:

Thoughtful and graciously presented.

Originally posted on Ed Cyzewski :: Freelance Writer:

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Evangelicals are tenacious, persistent, and driven when they want to fight for a cause. The problem is that American evangelicals have been swept up in fighting for the wrong cause for a long time.

When the Supreme Court ruled to make same sex marriage the law of the land, American evangelicals received a gift that many don’t want: official permission to fight for people in need instead of fighting against same sex marriage.

Whatever you believe about same sex marriage, the role of government, and the future of the church in America, disagreeing with same sex marriage on moral grounds does not demand a public campaign to prevent it from becoming legally sanctioned. While I remain committed to creating room for affirming and non-affirming evangelicals who unite under the common banner of saving faith in Christ, evangelicals in America should have never made legalized same sex marriage a central moral…

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I Hear Better in the Dark

michelehowe:

Feeling grateful that no matter how I “feel”…God is always close.

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

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And….it’s a good day for a little Max Lucado to get us started.

Speak, Lord, I am your servant and I am listening.1 Samuel 3:9

We expect God to speak through peace, but sometimes he speaks through pain…

We think we hear him in the sunrise, but he is also heard in the darkness.

We listen for him in triumph, but he speaks even more distinctly through tragedy.

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Feeling Pulled in Every Direction? (With a Little Help from Your Friends)

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

This photo gives new meaning to that old phrase, “I’m feeling pulled in every direction!

Unlike this comical visual of good friends who are just having a good time (not at the expense of each other) but because they truly care for one another; choosing friends is serious business.

The truth is we become like those with whom we voluntarily choose to walk through life. Our friends and their choices help to make and mold us. We listen to them. We observe how they handle difficult moments (and how they weather even harder seasons of life). We learn from them often without even being conscious of it.

And, we frequently start mirroring their thoughts, attitudes, and actions in ways we’re often not even aware of — but others are.

Selecting friends is serious business and the same care we extend to teaching our…

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Making Room for Failure — Dads Helping Daughters Succeed

michelehowe:

All fathers can make a difference.

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


Those who are successful are those who learn from their failures and do not give up. Quitting is a very easily learned habit. People who quit when they fail at something never accomplish anything in life. Rick Johnson

My good friend and author, Rick Johnson, has just released another excellent resource titled, That’s My Girl: How a Father’s Love Protects and Empowers His Daughter, which I, as a mother, a daughter, and as woman found to be instructive and positively practical.

One of Johnson’s premises is that today’s world is a dangerous one for girls. He’s right.

Johnson cites how many girls are falling prey to eating disorders, poor body image, cutting, depression and other emotional trauma. The media’s unhealthy attention on attaining perfection places unrealistic expectations upon girls, teens, and young adult women.

The message our girls hear is that unless they are perfect, they are total failures…

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I Endorse You!

michelehowe:

Thankful today for all those terrific authors/speakers/radio hosts who honored me by endorsing my newest work: Empty Nest, What’s Next?

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

I’ve been thinking a lot about endorsements lately.

With two new books coming out, I’ve been making two lists (and checking them twice!)

Gathering together a list(s) of people whom I’d love to read and then endorse my book(s) has been a happy task.

Why?

Because as I mentally compile this specific grouping of people, I’m considering why I want them to endorse my work —

Here’s why.

These are folks I respect.
These are people who mirror my values.
These are men and women whose work and lives I seek to emulate.
These are people who live out honor, integrity, other-mindedness (
and it shows.)
These are individuals who “get” what I’m trying to accomplish.
These are people who are my friends and colleagues and when I think about them, I smile (inside and out.)

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Weaning Me from the World

lordgavemestrengthRandy Alcorn shares in 90 Days of God’s Goodness a quote from J.C. Ryle “There is nothing which shows our ignorance so much as our impatience under trouble. We forget that every cross is a message from God, and intended to do us good in the end. Trials are intended to make us think – to wean us from the world – to send us to the Bible – to drive us to our knees. Health is a good thing but sickness is far better if it leads us to God. Prosperity is a great mercy; but adversity is a greater one if it brings us to Christ. Anything, anything is better than living in carelessness and dying in sin.”

If you’re anything like me, then you too struggle under the heavy weight of hardships, of sorrow, of evil, of suffering that either touches us directly (or indirectly).

I’m determined to see my trials through the lens of eternity.

How about you?

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