Tag Archives | Encouragement

Never Let What Is Good Keep You From What Is Great

I stumbled upon the story below as I was browsing through my journal. It was the first thing I wrote, although I never published it here. I think of it as my demo tape. From my journal, August 12, 2013: __________ A man sets out to climb the highest mountain and spends tireless hours rising to its summit. Reaching, striving, falling, climbing. His journey covers him in experience; he’s bloody, bruised, and exhausted. Yet, he continues to strive for the summit. […]

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Monday Matters: Abundant Courage

On this week’s Monday Matters, I’m sharing encouragement from one of my favorite people, Deborah “Debbie” Sheneman. Debbie lives outside Atlanta, Georgia with her husband of 32 years, Allen.  She has two grown children and is known as Gigi to her four precious grandchildren. Debbie has an unbelievable testimony of faith which includes losing her 11-year old son in a hunting accident 28 years ago; only months after she accepted Christ into her life. Despite the countless questions and real […]

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How Could I? Choosing to Forgive

Forgiveness is Missing The concept of forgiveness is unfortunately amiss in our world today, or so it seems.  Every time you turn on the television, or God forbid, pick up a newspaper, all you see is blame and resentment. Quite honestly, if you spend any time engaging these two practices, it starts to seem that forgiveness is often unattainable.  Or, forgiveness is something that can only be granted by a judicial system that we’ve lost hope in. It leads us to […]

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Matt vs. Wild

I love reality shows like, “Survivorman” and “Man vs. Wild”. I am amazed by them because I am so incapable of going into uncharted territory, living off the wilderness for days.  Les Stroud and Bear Grylls, the personalities behind these programs, are amazing in their ability to tackle the most extreme environments. When these men overcome challenges it sparks a belief in us that it can be done. As I was watching one of these shows the other day, it reminded […]

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Greatfull: What I Learned by Misspelling

I have created a word that helps me see a clear picture of what it means to live richly: GREATFULL Greatfull is my vision of a life full of greatness, achieved through learning the power of gratitude. Read that again – using gratitude to accomplish greatness. Can we learn how to harness gratitude as the primary fuel to live the life we choose; to live a great life? I learned this lesson over a cup of coffee. Normally, before going […]

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The 3 Essential Components of Intentional Living

“Am I living the life I choose to live?”  “Am I the greatest version of myself?” These questions are essential. It doesn’t matter if you are a stay-at-home mom or the breadwinner, married or not married, employee or employer; everyone has a purpose and everyone can be great. But, if you fail to live intentionally, you may become the person you never meant to be. Intentions are dangerous. There is power in intention, but intentions lull us into a belief […]

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A Blind Man Taught me About Vision

I’m not a fan of the dentist, at all. Before you label me as an anti-dentite, just hear me out. It’s not the dentist himself or his hygienist, it’s the process. My impatience meets people messing in my mouth and I get freaked out. Last week, that dreaded visit came. As I pulled into my parking space and jumped out of my car, I was admittedly focused on the fact that I didn’t want to be there. I took no care to engage in […]

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